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Sixitalia Weekly Info Page; Nov. 15-21, 2011
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Daily Report (Opening reported in Italy, and some interesting reports from EU and North Africa)
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Nov. 14 - Evening - TEP: ZS6, Z24EA, ZD8b, PY + CE, LU (South Italy).
Nov. 15 - Afternoon: TEP: ZS6. Evening - TEP: ZS6, Z24EA, ZD8ZZ. North EU (GM, OY, TF, F) had 1st transatlantic F2 to N.America in direct path.
Nov. 16 - Afternoon: TEP: ZS6. Evening - TEP: ZS6, Z24EA, 5N7M + ZD8ZZ (South Italy).
Nov. 17 - Afternoon: TEP: ZS6. Evening - TEP: ZS3, 5, 6, 9J2RI, 5N7M, Z2/b, ZD8ZZ + LU, PY (South Italy).
Nov. 18 - Afternoon: TEP: TJ3AY. Evening - TEP: ZD8/b, 9Q/b + PY, LU, ZP, CX (South Italy).
Nov. 19 - Evening: TEP: ZD8/b, Z2/b + PY, CE (South Italy).
Nov. 20 - Evening: TEP: 5N7M, ZD8/b, 9Q/b.
DX News about: 6O, C6, C9, J6, T3, T8, TX, VP2A, VQ9.
6O – Somalia - 11.16.11
Darko J28AA / E70A has cancelled his activity from Somalia, sceduled on November 21–30, due security risks.
C6 - Bahamas - 11.18.11
Team Vertical members Gene KB7Q, Fred KE7X, Walt N6XG, Jeff N6XR, Mike WA6O (C6AAW), Kenny K2KW to be active on all bands from North Palmetto Point, Eleuthera Island (IOTA NA-100), Bahamas, from 18-28 November, 2011. They will sign C6A with their personal callsign. They will also participate in the CQWW DX CW Contest (26-27 November) as a Multi-Multi entry, using the callsign C6AAW. QSL via WA4WTG.
[SOURCE:NG3K via ICPO]
C9 - Mozambique - 11.18.11
Mike, K9NW, will be active as C91NW from Mozambique between 21-29 November 2011. QRV from 160-10m on CW/SSB/RTTY, possibly 6m too. During the CQWW DX CW Contest (26-27 November) look for C91NW as a Single-Op/All-Band entry from CQ zone 37. QSL via home call.
[SOURCE: dx-world.net via ICPO]
J6 - S. Lucia - 11.16.11
Mike W0MU wrote: "I spoke with J69MV a couple of days ago and he is reporting decent
openings on 6m. He had a 4 ele beam for 6m.
Our J6 group will hit the Island on Monday afternoon. We have a 2 ele SteppIR that will work on 6m. We will have internet access so if we get on 6m will can spot ourselves. The emphasis before the contest will be getting ready for the contest. We have a few days after to operate before we have to tear down."
[SOURCE: W0MU in 50mhz reflector]
Maritime Mobile - 11.20.11
Yuri, UT1FG, will once again be traveling across the Atlantic Ocean and will be active from some "Wet grids" as UT1FG/MM between November 25th, through the end of May 2012. First trip will be from the Panama Cannal to Huelva, Spain (EA7), and then to Brunsbuttel, Germany (From there, he will inform us later). Yuri is reportedly a crew member on the ship, so activity will be during his free time. Operations are expected on all amateur radio bands, 160-2 meters, 70 cm, and also including the satellite. His activities will be mainly through the satellite, but also look for him on the HF bands. He will also be active on 6 meters, conditions permitting. QSL via his home callsign, direct (see QRZ.com), by the Bureau or to his QSL Manager UX0FY.
T3 – Kiritimati - 11.17.11
From 17 January to 2 February 2012, a team of six operators will be active from Kiritimati in Eastern Kiribati.
Each team member will operate with their own callsigns, with activity on 160m to 6m CW and SSB.
T32WW and T32CO will also operate both RTTY and PSK. The group will put in a full effort for the CQ WW 160m CW contest as T32XX.
The operators are:
T32AU (op VO1AU) QSL via VO1MX
T32CO (op KG8CO) QSL via KB8TXZ
T32LJ (op N8LJ) QSL via K8ESQ
T32TR (op K8AQM) QSL via KB8TXZ
T32TX (op KB8TXZ) QSL via KB8TXZ
T32WW (op AC8W) QSL via KB8TXZ
T32XX (Multi-op in CQ WW 160m CW) via KB8TXZ
The team will operate from the same location as the recent T32C DXpedition.
T8 - Palau - 11.19.11
Arkady, UA4CC will be active as T8CC or T88UU from Palau on 7-16 December. He plans to operate holiday style on 160-10 metres (and maybe 6m as well) CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via UA4CC, direct or bureau, and LoTW.
[SOURCE: UA4CC via 425dxn]
TN - Congo - 11.19.11
TN9SN is the new callsign issued to Nicolas Sinieokoff, ex-TN5SN, by the new licensing authorithy in the Republic of Congo. He plans to have it renewed for 2012, as he will be there until July.
[SOURCE: The Daily DX via 425dxn]
TX – Clipperton - 11.15.11
A multi-disciplinary expedition to Clipperton Island will be carried out during March, 2012.
The expedition team is an international group of highly experienced radio amateurs, writers, artists, and field scientists. Clipperton will be activated for radio amateurs worldwide, using the callsign TX5Q.
The team will also deploy and use the innovative satellite-internet system (“DXA“) for real-time display of the expedition activities.
VP2A - Anguilla - 11.18.11
Pete, VE3IKV / VA3RA, will be active from the island of Anguilla (IOTA NA-022, WLOTA 1474, Grid Loc. FK88) as VP2ERA between 25 November and 3 December, 2011. This will include an entry in the CQWW DX CW Contest (26-27 November), Single-Op on 40-10m. After the contest he will be QRV on the 17m and 12m WARC bands plus 10m and 6m. QSL via VE3IKV, direct or bureau.
[SOURCE:NG3K via ICPO]
VQ - Chagos Is. - 11.19.11
Jim, ND9M is back at Diego Garcia (AF-006), Chagos Islands and expects to be QRV at least until 1 March 2012. The local licensing office renewed his regular license (VQ9JC) for two years and also issued another short-term special prefix callsign (VQ91JC) for him to use from 19 November through 4 December. This will include a SOAB Low Power entry in the CQ WW CW Contest.
His usual QRV hours are 12.00-16.30 UTC on most days. He operates from the club station, where the current situation is far from being optimal. "Visitors over the last few months disconnected a number of coax and other cables without labeling them first", he says, "so I'm doing a lot of cable tracing (and labeling!). Much of the cabling work that VQ9LA did over the years has been removed for no apparent reason.
The finals in both amps (Alpha 99 and AL80B) have failed, so I'll be running barefoot for the foreseeable future. The amps are owned by the Navy, but the Navy hasn't provided any equipment repair support for several years, and I'll have to buy the replacement finals out of pocket, but that won't happen for several months.
Also, the log periodic (10-30 MHz) works well, but the rotator binds around 020 degrees when turning clockwise (from north towards east). There's an apparent issue with strain on the coax caused by turning the rotator and maybe even the connection at the top of the 30-meter tower; the SWR skyrockets when the rotator is turned beyond 020 degrees as it moves to the east.
For now, the antenna will be left facing northwest rather than risk causing permanent damage until I can get up there. This heading favors the path to Europe and the Americas, but obviously hurts the paths to JA and VK/ZL to the east as well as Long Path to NA to the south, but it can't be helped at this point.
The single remaining HF rig is an IC-760 which has a lot of years and miles on it, but its performance is still adequate. (There's an FT-920 that's barely good enough for QRP on a couple bands.) I brought an FT-857 from home which I'm using to work the LEO satellites. It will also serve as a back up for HF should the 760 come into hard times.
I'll be putting up a 5-element 6M beam. That antenna won't be on the tower, but should still be high enough to take advantage of the openings that have finally started appearing. I'll use the FT-857 for working 6M as well as the satellites".