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*** The Daily DX (c) ***
Volume 13 Number 188
September 30, 2009
Editor/Publisher Bernie McClenny, W3UR

DX News

It is now time to start dumping your old International Reply Coupons
(IRCs). The "Beijing model No. 2"
( must be redeem before December
31, 2009. Many QSL managers are now only accepting the new Nairobi
mode IRCs ( It's now time
to start getting rid of the old IRCs and not get stuck with any! The
new IRCs were supposed to be available July 1st. Here in the US they
were only made available September 10, 2009. For those in the US
having a tuff time getting the new IRCs K9MBQ, Alan, tells us that US
postal workers can read about the IRCs in Postal bulletin # 22267
( dated
September 10, 2009 on pages 11 and 12. The new IRCs cost $2.10 in the
US and for the unknowing postal employee it is USPS item # 330800.
For those in the US exchanging the old "Beijing model No. 2" IRCs the
manual says "Advise customers to exchange IRCs that expire on December
31, 2009, for the new IRC version (Item 330800), or for other postage
stamps. Retail associates (RAs) can exchange unused U.S.-issued IRCs
for $0.01 less than the value of the IRC. (The amount to exchange is
the printed price of the IRC along with any additional postage affixed
minus one penny.)" For more information on IRCs you can check out

Yesterday around 1747Z the United States Geological Survey (USGS)
reported an 8.0 magnitude earthquake east-north-east of Hihifo, Tonga
(A3) and 125 miles south of Apia, Samoa (5W). Both American Samoa
(KH8) and Samoa (5W) reported a Tsunami killed more than a dozen
people. Shortly afterwards K2EWB, Leon, spoke to the 3D20CR team on
Conway Reef, who knew about the tsunami and earth quake, and all are
fine. Today around 0900Z DL9GFB, Franz, spoke on the satellite phone
with DK9KX, Hawa, reconfirmed the team is OK. The 3D20CR team has set
up their first station, which is now QRV. In fact K2EWB, Leon, says
he spoke to DK9KX today at 1145Z confirming the one station is now QRV
on 14024. "Because the Reef is now in darkness, the rest of the
antennas will have to wait until their sunrise tomorrow their time
(Ed. note: later today - GMT). A35RK, Paul, on Lifuka Island, Tonga,
reports a 3-4 feet high tsunami came about 30-40 minutes later.
"Nobody was injured, and it's a big mess in the harbor but nothing
like what happened up in Samoa", says Paul. Over in Pago Pago,
American Samoa AH8LG, Larry, and his family and their home are
alright, however Larry's "custom embroidery shop" was a complete loss.
YT1AD, Hrane, was at LAX airport when the earthquake and tsunami hit.
His flight to Apia, Samoa was still on for today at 0630Z today. He
and YU1DW, Miki, will be on 5W for about 10 hours and then plan to fly
to American Samoa.

Both Guam (KH2) and the Mariana Islands (KH0) and the northwest
Pacific area are currently getting more than their fair share of rain
with three storms. Most of the ops have secured their antennas and
probably won't be in the clear until Monday October 5th, says KH2L,
Ed. You can see what is happening at

Rumor has it the FT5GA DXpedition team will be leaving Glorioso Island
on October 5th. Your editor has asked the French support team for a
confirmation. The FT5GA operating permit
( is good through
October 10th.

M0WTF/OK1THA, Petr, is now in eastern Africa through October. Plans
are to "occasionally" be QRV as 5Z4PS from Nairobi and possibly other
locations within Kenya. His simple setup includes an IC-706MKIIG and
20 meter low dipole. He also has plans to be in the Kampala area of
Uganda during the first week of October and QRV as 5X1THA. During the
second week of October Petr could be QRV as ZS1/OK1THA in South
Africa. QSL via M0WTF direct with 1 IRC or greenstamp or via the RSGB
QSL bureau.

ND3F, Brian, is heading to Barbados to visit some friends between
November 22nd and December 2nd, including participation in the CQ
World Wide CW DX Contest. He is hoping to get a special call, but if
not will operate as 8P9SS. Brain will have verticals for all bands,
probably running a K3 and 500 watt amp. He believes he may be able to
operate on 60 meters (5 MHz). QSL via ND3F.

KJ5YU, Keith, is currently on a work assignment in Guantanamo Bay
until approximately February 1, 2010. He'll be operating as KG4YU.
QSL via KJ5YU.

SM1TDE, Eric, will be in The Gambia from December 10, 2009 to January
3, 2010. He has applied for a license and supposes it will be issued
upon his arrival. This will be a family vacation and so radio will be
second. Activity is planned for CW only on 1.8 through 28 MHz using
100 watts and simple wire antennas. Eric prefers QSL go via the
bureau, although direct is OK too. He does not have plans to use LOTW
or eQSL.

Look for DL9USA, Andreas, to be on holiday with his girlfriend on
Comino Island, Malta for one week between October 15th and 22nd. He
will be using an FT-100 and a wire antenna on CW as 9H8C. QSL via the
bureau or direct to DL9USA.


3D20CR - CONWAY REEF - The crew started up today on 14023.9 KHz
at 0815Z, reports JA1ADN, Fred. The operator was
DL6JGN, Hans. As of press time it seems the guys
currently have one station QRV. Most likely more
stations will come online later today.

FT5GA - GLORIOSO - Several East Coast US stations found them on
10105 today at 1200Z with few callers. Most likely
this would have been long path.


The following IOTA stations were active yesterday.

IOTA Call Freq. GMT IOTA Call Freq. GMT
------ ---------- ----- ---- ------ --------- ----- ----
AF-004 EA8/PD2BNH 14178 1935 EU-042 DF3ZE/P 14013 1546
AF-014 CT9/DL1YFF 14223 1707 EU-042 DH3RB/P 14260 1619
AS-157 XV3RRC 7045 1942 EU-045 IB0/IK4RVG 14175 1604
EU-010 MS0WRC 14189 1709 EU-127 DA0HEL 10103 1903
EU-012 MA0XAU 14004 1846 NA-026 W2/CT1FMX 14083 2254
EU-015 SV9/DJ5AA/P 14013 1940 NA-102 FG5LA 10144 2136
EU-015 SV9/DJ5AA/P 3516 2011 NA-126 VE1/G3ZAY 14257 1932
EU-016 9A/S57YX/P 7090 1805 NA-145 PJ5/AH6HY 18155 2144
EU-016 9A3AGS 7150 2052

IOTA frequencies -
CW 28040 24920 21040 18098 14040 10114 7030 3530
SSB 28560 28460 24950 21260 18128 14260 7055 3765


Date End Prefix Call Manager Ref Vol-No
------ ------ ------ -------------------------- ---------- ----------
30-Sep 31-Oct 4W 4W6FR (OC-148) VK4FW 13-126
30-Sep 2-Oct 5B 5B/HG3IPA (AS-004) HA3JB 13-160
30-Sep 31-Oct 5N 5N0OCH DL3OCH 13-167 152
30-Sep 12-Oct 6W J68WI (NA-108) WB5ZAM 13-170
30-Sep 12-Oct 7Q 7Q7BJ G4AHK 13-177
30-Sep 2-Oct F TM0RPC F5KAZ 13-166
30-Sep 21-Oct FH TO7RJ (AF-027) DJ7RJ 13-134 115
30-Sep 12-Oct FO/A TX5SPA (OC-152) SP9PT 13-096
30-Sep 30-Nov FT#W FT5WO (AF-008) F4DYW 13-187 181
30-Sep 10-Oct FT5G FT5GA (AF-011) F5OGL 13-172 172 171
30-Sep 3-Oct GM MS0WRC (EU-010) G0MTD 13-116
30-Sep 30-Sep HB9 HB9VELO HB9OCR 13-160
30-Sep 13-Nov HL HL9QST KE7WRJ 13-159
30-Sep 15-Oct J7 J79ZG (NA-101) DL7AFS 13-159 122
30-Sep 8-Nov JA 8J2S (AS-007) bureau 13-174
30-Sep 30-Sep JT JU85TTC JT1DN 13-151
30-Sep 30-Sep JW JW6VM (EU-026) LA6VM 13-167
30-Sep 30-Sep JW JW7XK (EU-026) LA7XK 13-167
30-Sep 30-Sep JW JW9DL (EU-026) LA9DL 13-167
30-Sep 1-Oct KH8 KH8/N9YU (OC-045) 13-176
30-Sep 3-Oct KL7 K7A (NA-216 or 222) K6HFA 13-182 180
30-Sep 30-Sep KL7 K7A (NA-236) K6HFA 13-182 180
30-Sep 6-Oct OD OD5F IZ8CLM 13-169
30-Sep 31-Dec P2 P29CW VK2IR 13-163
30-Sep 13-Oct PA PA10SFF 13-111
30-Sep 1-Oct PJ5 PJ5/AH6HY (NA-105) AH6HY 13-153
30-Sep 31-Oct SP SN120OSP SP4CUF 13-156
30-Sep 30-Nov SP SN40DVP SP6DVP 13-181
30-Sep 2-Oct SV SV8/PA1FJ/P (EU-049) PA1FJ 13-176
30-Sep 4-Oct SV SV8/PA3DEU (EU-072) PA3DEU 13-181
30-Sep 10-Oct SV5 SV0XAN/5 (EU-001) IK2WZD 13-136
30-Sep 3-Dec SV5 SV5/G2JL (EU-001) G2JL 13-166
30-Sep 5-Oct SV9 SV9/WB2GAI/p WB2GAI 13-116
30-Sep 1-Oct TA TC10TF TA1HZ 13-185
30-Sep 3-Oct TK TK/DF6ZY DF6ZY 13-156
30-Sep 3-Oct TK TK/F5MCC (EU-014) F5MCC 13-182
30-Sep 1-Oct XV XV3RRC (AS-157) RZ3EC 13-176
30-Sep 5-Oct YO YR550BU 13-181
30-Sep 30-Sep ZL7 ZL7/N7OU (OC-038) N7OU 13-134
30-Sep 30-Sep HF DX Challenge 13-123

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Today's Propagation Forecast

Solar Activity Forecast: Solar activity will be very low with a slight
chance for a C-class event.

Geophysical Activity Forecast: Today the geomagnetic field will be
quiet. Quiet to unsettled levels are expected on Thursday and Friday
due to a coronal hole high-speed stream.

Here is the latest 3-day Solar-Geophysical Forecast:

Perhaps the most useful propagation page for Amateur Radio Operators
can be found at

The sunspot number for September 28, 2009 was 15 and for yesterday was
14. We have now had sunspots from Cycle 24 for the past nine days.
This is a Cycle 24 record!

QSL Info

Call Manager Call Manager Call Manager
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Need a QSL route? Here are some great free sites for you and your
friends -

QSL cards recently received direct and via managers: 8Q7DV, PX6T (SA-
080) and VK9GMW.

QSL cards recently received via the bureau: none reported today.

Confirmations recently received via LOTW: BV1EK, CU2JT, HI3TEJ, HQ2W,


Many thanks to the following for the above DX information: 5B4AHJ,
K7SS, K9MBQ, KH2L, N2MFT, ND3F, SM1TDE, W1YY/7, W4DN, W6ENZ, and

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