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SUNDAY 14 FEBRUARY 2010 12:52

February 2010

VP5 - Turks & Caicos


Jim, WB2REM and Glenn, KD2JA  will  be  active  as  VP5/WB2REM  and VP5/KD2JA from Providenciales (NA-002),  Caicos  Islands  on  10-17
June. They will operate CW  and  SSB  on  160-6  metres,  and  will participate in the ARRL June VHF Contest  as  VQ5M.  Operation  for         the contest will be on 6 meters SSB and CW  only.  QSL  via  KD2JA.

[SOURCE: 425 DX News #979]


Radio-Active SunSpot


Behemoth sunspot 1045 is crackling with M-class solar flares--and that's not all. "There have been many loud shortwave radio bursts over the past two days," reports amateur radio astronomer Thomas Ashcraft of New Mexico. "Some of the bursts have completely saturated my receivers." Just listen to the sounds coming from the loudspeakers in his observatory.




The roaring sounds you just heard were mainly Type III radio bursts, caused by beams of electrons streaming through the sun's outer atmosphere. Sunspot 1045 appears poised to explosively accelerate more electrons in the days ahead as the flare-show continues. Ham radio operators, point your Yagis toward the sun !

[SOURCE: Spaceweather.com]


P29VIM - Papua New Guinea


P29VIM is Paju,YO5BIM, who is active in CW and SSB on 30m-6m during his evening hours until Feb 21. QSL via YO5BIM.

[SOURCE:  DXNL 1662 (Feb 17, 2010) ]


IS0R - Isola Rossa

Members of the F6KOP Team will be active as IS0R from Isola Rossa, Sardinia (EU-024, Loc. JN41ka), between May 7-15th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, using 3 stations on HF and 1 station on 6 meters. They plan to use CW, SSB and RTTY. Each station will be a FT450 with an Acom 1010 using Micro Ham and PC. Antennas include 6m Yagi Beam, Spider Beam for 30-10m, 4 square for 40m, vertical for 80m (K9AY) and an Inverted L for 160m plus a beverage. Operators mentioned are: Team leader Thierry/ F4TTR (SSB), Sebastien/F5UFX (SSB), John/F5VHQ (SSB), Sergio/IS0AWZ (SSB), Norbert/F6AXX (CW), Maurice/F5NQL (CW), Bruno/F5AGB (CW), Jean-Paul/F8BJI (Digi), Henri/F1HRE (Digi) and Frank/F4AJQ (Digi). QSL route TBA.


TM5EL - EU068

Members of a French DX Group will be active as TM5EL from Sein Island (AT-007, L-2721, PB-106, Loc: IN78NA), France, between April 7-14th. Activity will be on the HF bands, as well as 6m, 2m, 70cm and 23cm, using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via F6KHI, direct or by the Bureau. Operators mentioned are: Tom/F4BCG, Pat/F4FCS, Antoine/F5RAB, Christian/F6AXN, Didier/ F6DXE, Francis/F6DPD and Jack/F8AEJ.


JD1BNN - Ogasawara

Kirk, JF3MYU, will be active as JD1BNN between March 28-31st. He is part of the "JD1 PROJECT 2010" and is expected to be there with four other operators who will be staying long (See the next JD, OGASAWARA). Kirk's activity will be focused on the 30/17/12m bands, SSB, some CW and 6 meters. QSL is "OK" via the JARL Bureau but write JD1BNN on your QSL (so it can be sorted easily). Also, you can receive his QSL direct if you send your QSL to his address in Kobe, JAPAN: Kirk Itaya, 5-1-35, Daikaidori, KOBE, 652-0803 JAPAN. Please enclose SAE plus sufficient return postage. For JA stations, SASE, please. For NA, SA, EU and AF include one new IRC or 2 USDs. For Asia, one IRC or 1 USD.

[SOURCE: OPDX Bulletin No. 947]


XR9JA - Updated

By the time you read this, a team of operators, from the Concepcion Radio Club (CE5JA), should be operating from Arturo Prat Chilean Navy Antarctic Base on Greenwich Island on the South Shetland archipelago (IOTA AN-010, WW Loc. GC07FQ), between now and the end of March. Their callsign will be XR9JA. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, PSK31 and the AO-51 Satellite. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1834, 3504, 7004, 14024, 18074, 21024, 24894 and 28024
SSB - (*), 3780, 7078, 14200, 18145, 21295, 24995 and 28475 kHz
6m - 50115
Please note that ALL CW contact will be done with a PC (due to the absence of their CW operator). They request to: "Be patient with us! Will try to do our best and certainly we will have enough time." QSL via CE5JA. For more information, go to:http://www.ce5ja.cl


YI9PSE - Kurdistan Region

A group of operators called the "YI9PSE DXpedition team" are planning to operate from Kurdistan and be active between April 3-11th. The team will receive a ten day visa issued by the Government of Kurdistan.

A band/mode survey is available on their Web site at: http://www.yi9pse.com/survey.html

Suggested frequencies are also published on their Web page. The current updated YI9PSE Team consists of the following operators: Paul/N6PSE (Team Leader), Bob/N6OX, David/AH6HY, Bill/N2WB, Dave/K3LP, Al/K3VN, Jack/W0UCE, Jun/JH4RHF and Heathem/YI1UNH. Pilot stations are: Don/N1DG (East Coast), Chuck/AA6G (West Coast), Toshikazu/JA1ELY (JA) and Col/MM0NDX (EU). However, they are still looking for two skilled CW operators. The group is also looking for donations to help fund their DXpedition. Donations can be made via PayPal or mail a check to: Kurdistan 2010 DXpedition, 3052 Wetmore Dr., San Jose, CA 95148, USA. Online logs will be available during and after the DXpedition. QSL via N6NKT. For more details and updates, visit: http://www.yi9pse.com

[SOURCE: OPDX Bulletin No. 947]


3V - Tunisia

Following their activity from Morocco Alfredo, IK7JWX, will lead a team of operators to activate two IOTA islands between April 27th and May 4th. Operators mentioned are: Alfredo/IK7JWX, Leo/I8LWL, Raul/IC8ATA, Titti/IK8GQY (YL), Armando/IK8BPY, Ampelio/IS0AGY, AntoNello/IK2DUW, Rosy/IW2NLC (YL), Michele/IK2GPQ, Simon/IZ7ATN, Ruggero/IK2PZC and Stanislav/IZ2GRG. The team will air (no specific dates were provided) Djerba Island and Kuriat Island. They will used the callsigns TS8P and TS8P/p (3V8SM). Activity will be on all HF bands and 6 meters, using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via IK7JWY.

[SOURCE: Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #946]


5C - Morocco

Alfredo, IK7JWX, and a team of operators will activate the city of Essaouira and Agadir, between March 16-23rd. Operators mentioned (with callsigns) to be active are: Alfredo/IK7JWX (5C2J), Leo/I8LWL (5C2L), Simon/IZ7ATN (5C2SG), Ruggero/IK2PZC (5C2P), AntoNello/IK2DUW (5C2W) and Michele/IK2GPQ (5C2Q). Activity will be on all HF bands and 6 meters, using CW, SSB, PSK31 and RTTY. QSL via their home callsign.

[SOURCE: Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #946]


GB75BRS - Special Call

In recognition of the historic events that took place in 1935 and 1940 which played a significant part in Britain’s war effort, Bawdsey Manor will be activated on three separate occasions during 2010.

During its time as a the radar research centre and as an operational station for Chain Home radar, it was known by the acronym BRS – Bawdsey Research Station. Special event callsigns with BRS as the suffix have been applied for to recognise this.

Over the weekend of 26 to 28 Feb 2010, we will be on the air on HF, 6m and VHF, operating CW, SSB and possibly some digital modes too. The callsign will be GB75BRS, since this operation will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the
Daventry Experiment, which resulted in radar development in the UK being based first at Orfordness, then at Bawdsey.

Later in the year we will operate on two weekends to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the start and end of the Battle of Britain in 1940. The callsign will be GB70BRS. These weekends will be 5/6 June, and 18/19 Sept. Operating bands and modes will be similar to those used at the February event.

Further information  can  be found at www.bawdseyresearchstation.org.uk

[SOURCE: 425 DX News #981]


CY0 - Sable Isl.

The scheduled 2009 operation that was placed on hold due to a family illness is now proceeding with the planning for a DXpedition in the September/October 2010 time frame. Operators mentioned include: Murray/WA4DAN, Ron/AA4VK, Randy/N0TG and Rick/AI5P. Team members will sign homecall/CY0. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, including the 30/17/12m bands, using CW, SSB, RTTY and the FM Satellite (tentative). The Web site will be updated as more details are available at: http://www.CY0dxpedition.com


SV5/DJ7RJ - Kos Isl.

Willi,SV5/DJ7RJ, is spending his holidays on Kos (EU-001/GIOTA DKS 043) from Feb 24 until Mar 17. He prefers the lowbands but can be found
working in CW and SSB on all bands from 160m-6m. QSLs -also via bureau- bis his homecall.


9M4STE - Special Call

Tanjung Piai is the southernmost point of the Asiatic mainland. Members of the Malaysia Amateur Radio Transmitters' Society (MARTS) will show up as 9M4STE in CW and SSB on 40m/20m/15m/10m/6m from Feb 26-28. 
The team has an own website at: http://dxpeditionmalaysia.blogspot.com


ARLP007 Propagation de K7RA - February 19, 2010

We've now observed sunspots continuously for the past 30 days, certainly a turnaround from the quiet conditions of the past few years. In fact, in ten weeks we have seen only three days with no sunspots, on December 25, January 6 and January 19. This is a little over 4% no-sunspot days, a nice contrast with all of 2009, with over 71% days with no sunspots.

Sunspot group 1049 emerged on Wednesday, and it is growing.

The minimum non-zero sunspot number is 11. This is because the numbers are derived from the number of sunspot groups, plus areas inside the groups. Each group counts for 10, so the minimum sunspot number is 11, and the minimum sunspot number for at least two sunspot groups is 22.

In 2009 only 87 days (23.8%) had sunspot numbers greater than 11, and 21 of those days were in December. Only 43 days (11.8%) had a sunspot number greater than 15 (14 of those in December), and only

26 days in 2009 had a sunspot number of 23 or more (none had 22).

Since the first of the year, average weekly sunspot numbers were 14.6, 26.4, 18.6, 28, 14.6, 43.3, and 38.7.

This weekend is the ARRL International CW DX Contest, and there is every reason to expect continued good conditions. Predicted planetary A index for today, February 19 is 10, followed by 5 for the next week. Solar flux for February 19-25 is predicted at 85, 85, 84, 84, 82, 80 and 78. Geophysical Institute Prague predicts quiet to unsettled conditions for February 19, and quiet conditions February 20-25.


1st 50 MHz Marathon

The Florence Section of ARI organizes the first edition of "50 Mhz Marathon - Memorial Roberto Rossi I5RRE". Participation is open to all amateur radio operators resident in Italy. The purpose is to contact  as many squares as possible in the 50 MHz band. Participants are requested to operate respecting to the letter the spirit of the competition and the frequency allocations of IARU Region 1 Band Plan.



Aland Island OH0 EU-002

From 15 mai till 28 mai a dx pedition to Aland Island OH0, EU-002, Eckero Island.Qrv on all hf bands and 6M, special on the WARC bands in CW, SSB and RTTY. We are running 3 or 4  stations. We will be also qrv on 6m EME from the locator JP90SF
calls are OH0/PA2AM, OH0/PA0VHA, OH0/PA3ALK, OH0/PA3BAG, OH0/PA2VMA, OH0/PA2A, OH0/PB5A. Qsl direct or via homecalls. More info on website www.pi4cc.nl

Many thanks and hope to work you from OH0
Best 73 de Wim PA2AM


Iceland on 4m for 2010 ! 






The Post and Telecom Administration in Iceland has granted a temporary experimental access on a secondary basis to the 4m band (70.000-70.200 MHz, maximum bandwidth 16 kHz and power limit 100 watts) and to the 600m band (493-510 kHz, CW only, power limit 100 watts). The permits are valid until 31 December 2010, and in both cases is necessary to apply for a special licence.

[SOURCE: 425 DX News #982]


ARLP008 Propagation de K7RA - February 26, 2010

Two new sunspot groups -- 1050 and 1051 -- appeared on February 23 and 24. We've now seen 38 continuous days with sunspots (including today), and the last time there were no sunspots for two or more days in a row was back on November 23 through December 8 when we saw

16 days with no sunspots. If sunspots continue through Sunday (they will!), February will be the first calendar month since January 2007 with sunspots every day.

Until the past few days, the NOAA/USAF forecast showed solar flux dipping below 80 around now, which we have not seen since January 26 through February 5, eleven days when the average sunspot number was 16.2. Note that the average sunspot number reported for the seven days through Wednesday, February 24 was 23, the previous seven days was 38.7 and 43.3 the week before that.

The latest forecast (Thursday's, by the time this bulletin is

written) at

shows solar flux at 82 for today, 80 over the weekend, 84 on March 1-4, 85 on March 5-6, and 90 on March 7-13. But the February 22 forecast showed solar flux below 80 beginning yesterday, February 25 through March 2, going as low as 75 on March 1.

Solar flux is a rough proxy for sunspot numbers, and is measured with a parabolic dish antenna and a 2.8 GHz receiver tracking the Sun at the Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory near Penticton, British Columbia -- about 168 miles (271 km) northeast of Seattle.

You can see their daily solar flux data at

The latest NOAA/USAF forecast shows a small rise in geomagnetic activity, with planetary A index for February 26 through March 5 of 5, 6, 7, 7, 7, 6, 5 and 5.

Geophysical Institute Prague predicts quiet conditions for February 26-27, February 28 through March 1 active, March 2 unsettled, and March 3-4 quiet.

http://tinyurl.com/ks8tvn. They report the flux values three times per day, but the noon reading at 2000z becomes the official 10.7 cm solar flux reported for the day, and it is shown in the fluxobsflux column. When we see it later from NOAA at http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ftpdir/indices/DSD.txt the value is rounded off to the nearest whole number. For some reason we find solar flux predictions but no forecasts of sunspot numbers.



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