I?m busy. I?m an American living in the twenty-first century in the Northeast. You can go read the statistics, but I?m part of a group of hustlers. We get stuff done. I?m usually busy freaking out about things on my todo list. They usually break down into three categories: things to do at work, things to do for myself, and ways to improve my skills. The ordering is important here, because the same order in which things are ensured to get done, is the reverse in which things will be neglected. We all know that your personal goals can be easily prioritized last and neglected first. There are probably more than a few books written about how to be successful, make friends, get rich, and conquer the world; and likely most of them pivot upon a central principle: time management.
We are living in what I perceive to be an information Big Bang. Our lives are disrupted exponentially more by information and technology than was the case a decade ago. I have to squelch the questions asked by my own brain just to get through the day. Thoughts cross my mind like: which blog should I add to my reader? Who should I follow? Am I missing out on anything important? Is there new technology that I should learn? Are my skills still relevant? Will they be relevant a week from now? What are people saying on Twitter right now? Ahh! What to do? Unfortunately, I don?t have the answers for How to Stop Worrying and Love Information Technology Overload.
If you can manage to filter out all the worrying and get to the most important part, self-education, then we can begin to make some progress. It?s what got me here. I?m apparently writing this article because I have convinced somebody that I might know something, likely due to something I?ve taught myself. As web professionals, we have to learn all sorts of skills. Each skill had to be given some portion of your attention, and likely that study made you a better person. As the years go by, people come to know you by your accomplishments, and you get paid to do those things. But what about the things on your self-improvement list? Do you ignore them because you ran out of time?
Every time I approach a new task, my own little mini Big Bang of ideas goes off in my head. The task could be something simple like ?add a notification bubble next to the label whenever something funny happens.? Unfortunately, I?ve already thought of 100 associated things that I would like to do to add my personal touch, as well as technologies to help me achieve my goals. Obviously, I have deadlines to meet, and I can?t just add new tickets at will without discussing it with my team, but I can choose one of them that is important to me, that will help me add value to the project and learn something at the same time.
Lately, I?ve been interested in automated web application testing. That shit is hard. Real hard. There are so many daunting words just to get started: unit tests, functional tests, integrated tests, acceptance tests, test targets, test-driven development, behavior-driven development? holy shit! What gives? What approach and technology should I use? Someone might recommend: PHPUnit , Selenium , Cucumber , Behat , Mink , CasperJS , and Jasmine . That?s a lot of things just to make sure my application works. Dude, I?m a developer. I?m always trying to ensure that shit is working with my eyes, and now you?re throwing all this crap at me? Now I?m not so sure my shit is working? aw man?
Relax. Time out. Yes, there is surely a lot of information out there. There are infinite things to learn. It?s going to take some time, but you can do it, I keep telling myself. First I tried PHPUnit, then Selenium, then Behat, &c. Did I get to my destination in the 15 minutes I wanted to? No, I did not. Am I learning? Yes, I am. When did I find the time to do this? I made time. I knew I had to work 8 hours today and for 1 of those 8, I changed gears and learned something to further my long term goals.
PHPUnit is for testing small blocks of code. Sure, I can write a test to make sure my function works, but how do I know it works in the larger context of the application? How do I know that when I click on a button, it loads the Ajax request, and then ultimately gets to that small block of code that already has a test. Well, then I would need to use something with a larger test target. In fact, I would love to write tests without using a programming language at all. Selenium IDE is built exactly for this reason. Now I have to learn two technologies just to make sure that I?m being a good developer and my feature is working. So last week, I set aside some time to learn both of these things, and I know more than I did a week ago. Testing is an incredibly deep topic. It?s going to take me a long time to learn how to do it right, but I had to start somewhere.
This is the only way to self-educate. You have to take the time to make the time. Knowledge is power, and in the technology field, relevant knowledge is evolving at an extremely fast rate. If you don?t take the time to keep your skills sharp, you will ultimately be left behind. Devote a small portion of your day for learning, and know that even a little is enough.
Hello to all supporters of the Muckaty nuclear waste dump campaign. There are important developments regarding the proposed national radioactive waste dump outlined in the update below, please take a few minutes to read through. I am also happy to talk further if you would like more information.
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1. Proposed new site nomination The Northern Land Council and federal government recently sent a delegation to Spain to inspect a nuclear waste facility. The NT news reported on Thursday April 4 ["Top End Team inspects Spanish Nuclear Dump"] that 28 people travelled, including government officials and Traditional Owners. The resources used in taking such a large delegation overseas is a stark indication of political and financial investment in the Muckaty site dump going ahead ? at any cost. In stark contrast, Traditional Owners opposed to the waste dump continue to fundraise themselves for interstate trips and initiatives to highlight their opposition.
In discussing the trip, the NT News said federal scientists have stated other sites are ?better? than the one currently being assessed. This raises and reinforces very important questions: If not the best site scientifically, why is the current Muckaty site still being forcefully pursued? Has there been an official study done on these other potential sites so they can be properly compared? Are site study reports available to the public like the ones relating to the current nomination?
With federal court proceedings around the current site likely to take years, the interim time should be used for an independent commission into radioactive waste management that is transparent, inclusive of stakeholders and broad-ranging, rather than choosing a site considered politically expedient and hoping the science will match up.
Traditional Owners have vowed to contest the nomination of any further sites on Muckaty and have called for support to make their demand heard loudly around the country : No nuclear waste dump ANYWHERE on Muckaty.
2. Tennant Creek rally and concert May 25 May 25 marks six years since the Northern Land Council voted to nominate the current Muckaty site for assessment.
The annual community rally will be held on this date in Tennant Creek. This year we will also be having a concert with performers including: Sandridge Band (Borroloola); Winanjjikari All Stars (Tennant Creek); and; Kylie Sambo, hip-hop artist (Tennant Creek).
Supporters from across the Northern Territory and country are invited to attend. Organisations are encouraged to send a banner and flags along with representatives.
If you are unable to travel to TC for the event please consider sending a banner or message of support to be displayed or read. Contact natwasley(at)gmail.com to arrange this.
3. New NT Chief Minister and Federal Resources Minister There has been a change of guard at both Territory and federal level relevant to Muckaty. This provides an opportunity to revisit the current policy of pursuing Muckaty despite the obvious contest and lack of scientific basis for site selection.
New NT Chief Minister Adam Giles has stated he will consider what the community wants before finalising his position. He has been approached to meet with Traditional Owners opposed to the waste dump and we hope this meeting will be advanced soon to allow grassroots voices of opposition to be heard and represented.
New Federal Resources Minister Gary Gray has not specifically spoken on Muckaty since taking over the portfolio from Martin Fergsuon. In 2010 he was quoted on the NT News as saying he ?strongly support [s]the decision of the people at Muckaty to make a decision about their land? but also that he ?believed the process with traditional owners had been fair? . http://www.ntnews.com.au/article/2010/04/16/140271_ntnews.html .
Minister Grey has also been sent a request to meet with Traditional Owners.
Please take a few minutes to contact these two politicians and encourage them to meet with Muckaty Traditional Owners in Tennant Creek.
4. Photo exhibition: updated catalogue now available print on demand ?Manuwangku, Under the Nuclear Cloud?, by Jagath Dheerasekara, which presents the community and area affected by the waste dump proposal, is currently showing in Canberra at Manning Clark House Gallery. There was a very successful opening on April 7 and the exhibition will remain until May 4 before travelling to Brisbane and then ?home? to Tennant Creek. A full list of exhibition dates is available at: http://jd.photoshelter.com/page1
The photos from this exhibition are available for purchase with all proceeds directly supporting the campaign against the nuclear waste dump at Muckaty. Please contact email@example.com for more information.
The Manuwangku exhibition now includes around 20 additional images and we have accordingly updated the catalogue with these and some exciting accompanying essays, including by Dr Catherine De Lorenzo, art historian and senior lecturer in the Architecture Program, Faculty of the Built Environment, University of New South Wales.The catalogue is available for $35 via a ?print on demand? system. Please visit http://au.blurb.com/my/book/detail/4159127-manuwangku-under-the-nuclear-cloud#sell-pane for a preview and to purchase copies.
The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster DX Bulletin No. 1186 BID: $OPDX.1186 October 27, 2014 Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q & W1AW, W2VU, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4UEE, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4DN, K6VVA, WB6RSE, K8GI, K8YSE, NE8Z/HC1MD, W8GEX & 60m News, WD8IOU, W0GJ, 5B4MF, 9M2PJU, AT International, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G7VJR, HA0HW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IK0FUX, IK1QBT, LA7QIA, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, PS7AB, RSGB IOTA Web Site, RW6HS, S50U, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and YU1EA for the following DX information.
*** EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTES (by Tedd, KB8NW): This week's bulletin was sent out earlier than normal to accommodate the late CQWW DX SSB Contest announcements. Also, we wanted to provide the readers with a consolidated listing of the CQWW DX SSB Contest participants.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 17th-October, through Friday, 24th-October there were 225 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FO/m, FP, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VK9N, VK9X, VP2E, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK3, ZL, ZP, ZS
* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later".
3W, VIETNAM. Dervin "Derk", PD9DX, is now active as 3W2LI/PD9DX from Ho Chi Minh City until October 29th. Activity has been on SSB and on 15 meters. QSL via PD9DX, direct or by the Bureau. NO IRCS.
3W, VIETNAM. Tony, KM0O, will be active as 3W3O from Danang between November 25th and December 24th. His main activity will be the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Tony likes 80 and 160 meters, so he will probably be emphasizing those bands before and after the contest. QSL via LoTW, by the Bureau or KM0O (see QRZ.com). He will upload his logs to LoTW as promptly as possible. QSLs will not go out until summer of 2015.
4A, MEXICO. Alejandro, XE1EE, will use the special callsign 4A5XX (to celebrate his 20 yrs in amateur radio) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Band entry. QSL via LoTW, LZ3HI, eQSL, by the Bureau and direct to his home callsign. ADDED NOTE: Callsign is valid for one year. See: http://www.qrz.com/db/4A5XX
4X, ISRAEL. Operators Zvi/4X6FR and Moshe/4X1DX will be active as 4X7R from Herzliya during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single/All-Band entry. QSL via 4X6FR.
8Q, MALDIVES. Francesco, IK0FUX, will be active as 8Q7UX from Maayafushi Island (AS-013) between December 1-9th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands, mainly CW. His equipment is an Icom IC-7000 into a Big stick MFJ-2286 and dipole. QSL via his home callsign.
9K, KUWAIT. Operators Hamad/9K2HN, Essa/9K2HQ, Yasser/9K2MY, Muhammad/ 9K2NO, Osama/9K2OD, Ahmad/9K2QA, Basil/9K2RX and Nick/HB9EFK will be active as 9K2HN during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi/Single or Multi-2 entry. QSL via 9K2HN, by the Bureau, direct or LoTW. Visit the home page at: http://www.9k2hn.com
9M2, WEST MALAYSIA. Members of the Malaysian Special Expedition Team will be active as 9M2SE from Pangkor (AS-072) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single/Low-Power entry. QSL via 9M2RDX. Operators mentioned are Piju/9M2PJU, Rahmat/9M2RMT, Khairul/ 9M2KRZ, Weerut/9W2RUT and Mohd/9W2EDU. For more details, visit the following Blog page at: http://9m2se.blogspot.com Also, see below: IOTA NEWS - AS-072.
AH2, GUAM. Members of the Guam Contest Club will be active as AH2R during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. Operators mentioned are: Nozomu/JE8KKX (AH2K), Toshinobu/JI3ERV (NH2C), Tad/JA3XOG, Kazumasa/JG3RPL, Sato/JH7QXJ and Mikawa/JR7OMD. QSL via LoTW or direct to JH7QXJ. PLEASE DO NOT QSL via the KH2 Bureau.
ASIAN AND AFRICAN TOUR. Toshi, JA8BMK, plans to be active over the next month and into the new year. Activity will be focused mainly on the lower bands (160-80m) with better receive antennas and locations. His tentative schedule is as follows: October 31st-November 20th - Nagarkot, Nepal; callsign 9N7BM; set up a vertical in stead of a inverted V with RX antennas. January 10-25th (2015) - Antananarivo, Madagascar; callsign 5R8DX; operators Toshi/JA8BMK and Ken/JN1THL; focusing on the low bands. February 5-25th (2015) - Vientiane, Laos; callsign; from a new QTH with lower noise and wider area and with RX antennas. March 1-31st (2015) - Nha Trang, Vietnam; callsign XV7BM; with improved RX antennas. QSL all callsigns via JA8BMK.
BV, TAIWAN. Look for the BV2A club station of China Radio Association (C.R.A.) in Taipei to be active during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via BV2A. Operators mentioned are Tang/BM2AAV, Eddie/BV2DD, Evan/BV2KS and YaoJun/BV5OO.
C45, CYPRUS. Spyros, 5B4MF, will be active as C45T during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Assisted/All-Band/High- Power entry. QSL via his address on QRZ.com.
CE0Y, EASTER ISLAND. Gerben, PG5M, has announced that he will be active as CE0Y/PG5M from Easter Island (SA-001) between November 23-28th. This will be a holiday-style operation. Further details will be forthcoming. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau, direct or the OQRS on his Web page. Important: Don't use IRCs as they can't be exchanged at his post office. For updates, watch his Web page and Twitter account at: http://www.dx.to http://twitter.com/@PG5M
CQ NEWS (CQ Reconsiders Policy on Crimea in CQ Contests). The following was announced Tuesday, October 21st: "In response to requests from a large number of contesters around the world, CQ has reconsidered its decision regarding the acceptance of logs from stations in Crimea in CQ-sponsored contests. As CQ Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA, explained, 'a large portion of the contesting community felt that we were unfairly denying our fellow amateurs in Crimea of the opportunity to fully participate in our contests. Since the country list for CQ contests is based on a combination of the Worked All Europe (WAE) and ARRL DXCC lists, and the ARRL has already adopted a policy regarding Crimean stations in its award and contest programs, we will amend our policy to be consistent with the ARRL's DXCC policy.' 'Therefore, the listings of Crimean stations submitting logs for CQ contests will be based on the call sign under which they have operated. If they used Russian-issued calls in the contest, they will be listed under Russia; if they used Ukrainian-issued calls in the contest, they will be listed under Ukraine. This change reflects not only the desire of many contesters around the world, but also of a large majority of members of the CQ World Wide DX Contest Committee.'"
DXCC NEWS. The DXCC desk is now accepting ZS8A QSLs for DXCC. If you?ve submitted a card that was rejected for lack of documentation, send a note to to have your record updated.
E2, THAILAND. Members of the Thailand DX Association (HSDXA) will be active as E2X during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single/High-Power entry. QSL via E20GMY. Operators mentioned are Phot/E20GMY, Kriangkrai/E20HHK, Wat/E20MDN, First/E22WWZ, Paul/HS4DDQ, HS4HLW, Art/HS4LKW, Apiwat/HS4SCI, Wanlop/HS6MYW, Son/HS6NDK and Bunknite/ HS6RMY. Visit the HSDXA FaceBook page at: http://www.facebook.com/hsdxa
EA8, CANARY ISLANDS. Operators Andrea/IK1PMR and YL Claudia/PA3LEO will once again be active as EA8/homecall from Tenerife Island (AF-004) between December 9th and January 8th (2015). Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via HB9FKK (preferred) or their home callsigns, by the Bureau, direct, or E-mail requests for Bureau cards. Also via LoTW and Clublog. For more details and updates, see: http://www.ik1pmr.com
ED9, CEUTA AND MELILLA. Members of the Ceuta Legion Contest Team will be active as ED9K during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as Multi-2 entry. Operators mentioned are Jose/EA7BJ, Salvador/EA7FQB, Jorge/EA7HZ, David/EA7IVN, Julio/EA7JB, Manolo/EA7LL, Jose/EA7LS, Cris/EA7RU, and Jose/EA9CD. QSL via EA7LS, only direct (NO BUREAU - NO IRCs). Visit the ED9K Team's FaceBook page at: http://www.facebook.com/ed9kteam
EF8, CANARY ISLANDS (Update). Jaime, WP3A, will be active as EF8U from the Las Palmas Contest Club radio station (EA8URL) on Gran Canaria Island (AF-004) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band/Low-Power/Assisted entry. Before and after the contest he will sign EA8/WP3A. QSL direct only via NP3O. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW after he returns to Puerto Rico.
FT4TA, TROMELIN ISLAND. Just a reminder that members of the F6KOP Team and Lyon DX Gang will be activating FT4TA from Tromelin Island between October 30th and November 10th. They plan to have 4 stations on the air for 10 days, on 160-10 meters using SSB, CW and RTTY. Suggested frequencies are : CW - 1826.5, 3523, 7023, 10115, 14023, 18079, 21023, 24894 and 28023 kHz SSB - 3790, 7082, 14185, 18130, 21285, 24955 and 28485 kHz RTTY - 10142, 18099, 21080, 24912 and 28080 kHz 6m - 50105/CW and 50105/SSB
An online log will be available during the DXpedition. An OQRS will be available by ClubLog. QSL via F1NGP. QSLing details can be seen at: http://www.tromelin2014.com/cartes-qsl For more details, visit: http://www.tromelin2014.com
EW3, BELARUS (WFF Op). Eugene, EW3LK, will activate Prostyr (EWFF-024) for the World Wide Flora & Fauna Award (WWF) between November 1-4th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB.
HC0, ECUADOR. Members of the Quito Radio Club (HC1QRC) will be active as HC0E from Quito during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via HC1QRC or HC1JQ.
HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Ezequiel, HI3EPR, will be active during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/Low- Power entry. QSL via LoTW or direct (see QRZ.com).
HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Tino, HI3CC, will be active during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (160m)/Low- Power entry. QSL via W2CCW.
HO1, PANAMA. Members of the Colon DX Group will be active as HO1C from Panama during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Op entry. Operators mentioned are Emilio/HP2NG, Jose/HP2BWJ, Manolis/HP1CQ, Dorian/HP2DB, Roger/HP2ROC and max/HP2EK. QSL via HP1CQ.
IOTA NEWS.............. AF-019. (Update) Dan, S50U, reports, "On Thursday night strong winds caused by Gonzalo hurricane destroyed almost all antennas at IO9Y M/M Lampedusa Contest Team station. There will be only sporadic operation from IG9/CALL stations in low-power category during CQWW SSB contest. All transportations from the Island are canceled because of bad weather and team will return home when ferries start to run."
AS-072. Members of the 9M2SE Malaysian Special Expedition Team will be active from Pangkor Island between 0800z, November 7th and 0100z, November 9th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using SSB and CW. Operators mentioned are Piju/9M2PJU, Rizal/9M2RDX, Khairul/9M2KRZ, Wak Mit/9M2TPT, Rosli/9M2RHQ, Zamri/9W2NMX, Ikmal/9W2EDU, Mat Meran/9W2VVN, Weerut/9W2RUT, Kopok/9W2JDY and Izat/9W2RI. They will have 2 transceivers with 100 watts on the air using 2 element 3 bands yagi (20/15/10m), EFHW vertical (40-10m) and G5RV junior (40-10m). Piju informs OPDX, "Please support our activity. We are promoting our country, heritage, culture, beautiful islands and beaches to the world. Malaysia has many beautiful beaches and islands, lots of city excitement, nature and adventure, also cultural attractions. It is time to explore Malaysia. Spread the words."
EU-025. The II9K Contest Team will once again be active as II9K from Sicily Island during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-2 entry. Operators mentioned are Giuseppe/IT9HBT, Girolamo/IT9GNG, Rino/IT9FXY, Vincenzo/IT9ECQ, Sal/IW9FRA, Mike/IF9ZWA, Domenico/IW9GTD, Salvatore/DH7SA and Josep/EA3KS. The II9K ContestTeam will be active with an improved setup and new Momobeam stacked Yagis. QSL via IT9HBT.
EU-174. Operators Peter/HA5OV, Kéki/YT7DQ, Barichek/YU7CM and YZ7ZZ are now active as SV8/HA5OV from Thassos Island (GIOTA NAS-037, MIA MG-124, WLOTA LH-4186, QRA KN20HS) until October 29th. Look for operators to use their own callsigns outside of the contest as SV8/homecall. QSL via their home callsigns.
IOTA and Crimea - "IOTA Management has decided that, given the unresolved political situation in Crimea, it has no course open to it except, for a period initially of one year, to freeze certain actions connected with Crimea that it would normally take in the routine management of the IOTA programme. This means that it will not accept or issue credit for EU-180 operations taking place after 17 March 2014 that use a non-Ukrainian callsign, or accede to any requests from programme participants for update of their records or changes of callsign and/or checkpoint that involve a change of DXCC entity. The Committee will review the situation after one year in the light of developments. IOTA Management regrets taking this action but it accords with practice adopted elsewhere..... G3KMA, 21 Oct 2014"
SA-024. Operators Marcelo/PY2AE, Murilo/PY2DS, João/PU2KKE, Willian/ PU2XIZ and Fábio/PU2KFL will be active as ZX2CA from Cardoso Island (DIB SP-07), and as PW2BA from Bom Abrigo Island and Lighthouse (ARLHS-BRA-013, DIB-SP-05, DFB-SP-03) between November 21-24th. Operators will spend two days on each island (Cardoso Island should be first depending on the sea conditions). Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10/6/2 meters using CW and SSB. QSL ZX2CA via PY2DS direct. QSL PW2BA via PY2AE direct.
IY, ITALY (Special Prefix). Look for special event station IY1EY to be active between November 1st and December 31st, from Loano to commemorate the experiments conducted by Gugliemo Marconi from his yacht 'Elettra' in the Ligurian Sea between 1919 and 1936. Expect activity on CW and SSB, and on all bands including 30/17/12m. Receive a special QSL card via IK1QBT direct.
JW, SVALBARD. Look for JW5E, Svalbardgruppen Av NRRL Clubstation on Longyearbyen, to be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) possibly as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via JW5E. List of operators were not mentioned. Visit the JW5E Web page at: http://jw5e.com
JW, SVALBARD. Alexander, UA3IPL, will be once again active as JW/UA3IPL from Spitsbergen Island (EU-026) for 4 months starting October 30th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW (slow speed), SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and JT65. Equipment will be a Yaesu FT-857D with FC30 tuner into a G5RV antenna. QSL via RW6HS direct.
KH7, HAWAII. Once again the members of the "Coconut Wireless Contest Club" (formerly AH6XX) will be active as KH7CW from Aiea, on the Island of Oahu (USI HI008S, WLOTA 1227, WW Loc. BL11bj, Honolulu county), Hawaii (OC-019) in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. Operators mentioned are: Tetsuo/AH7C, Soi/JH1ECG, Rich/K2WR, Akira/KH6BU and possibly 2 others. QSL via LoTW, or direct to K2WR.
KP1, NAVASSA (Press Release). From the The KP1-5 Project, dated October 22nd: "The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has notified the KP1-5 Project that they will be the team to activate Navassa Island (KP1) in January 2015. The DXpedition will be a maximum of fourteen days. The exact dates in January will be determined by USFWS mission requirements and weather windows. Our experienced team of fifteen is complete and is ready for the challenge. The weeks ahead will be extremely busy as the team has less than 90 days before the DXpedition comes on the air. January is the month of minimum bird nesting activity and this is the primary reason USFWS is asking that the operation be completed during that month. However, the weather is unpredictable in January and because Navassa is surrounded by cliffs, this may preclude a safe landing by boat. For safety reasons and in order to maximize our time on the Island and on the air, a helicopter operation is planned. Navassa is over 100 miles (160 km) from the nearest helicopter staging point and as many as ten round trips will be required at the beginning and end of the operation. Obviously, this means that there will be a significant cost for activating this #1 ranked DXCC entity. In the next few weeks, we be working with USFWS and as details firm up, we will issue periodic press releases. Check our webpage, for more details of the operation and how you may financially support this DXpedition. The KP1-5 Project team has committed to fund 50% of the total costs. We are hopeful the DX community at large will fund the remainder. for The KP1-5 Project, Bob Allphin, K4UEE, President Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, Vice-president Mike Thomas, NA5U, Secretary"
ADDED NOTES: * OPDX was informed that the callsign they will use on the island will be "K1N".
* Press Release: "INDEXA Supports Navassa Island DXpedition -- Hello fellow DXers and INDEXA Members: INDEXA is pleased to announce that we are generously supporting the just announced major DXpedition to Navassa Island, KP1. The official team announcement says this will occur in January, 2015. The DXpedition call will be announced later. Navassa Island is currently ranked #2 on the DX Magazine's "Most Wanted list". The Navassa Island DXpedition Team leader is Bob Allphin, K4UEE, and he has assembled an extraordinary team of DXpeditioners with the know-how to plan, implement and activate the rarest of the rare DX entities. The team includes AA7JV, HA7RY, K0IR, K4UEE, K5AC, K9CT, N2TU, N4GRN, NA5U, NM1Y, VE7CT, W0GJ, W6IZT, and WB9Z. INDEXA is the first DXpedition support group to announce financial support for this DXpedition. This support is possible because of your membership in INDEXA and the many prior donations. Interestingly, over half of the DXpedition team is made up of INDEXA officers, directors and members. INDEXA has provided support that is over and above what is customary; so if you would like to help replenish our reserves you might consider an additional contribution via the web page . This DXpedition should provide many of you with an all-time new DXCC entity as well as new band/mode countries for various ARRL, CQ and IOTA awards. Regards, Gary Dixon, K4MQG - INDEXA President John Scott, K8YC - VP-Newsletter Editor Dick Williams, W3OA - Secretary-Treasurer"
NH2, GUAM (OC-026). Joel, KG6DX, will be active as NH2DX in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m)/High-Power entry. QSL via NH2DX, CBA or QRZ.com address. NO Bureau QSLs.
OH0, ALAND ISLAND. Operators Juha/OH1JT, Jouko/OH1RX, Kari/OH2XX, Ari/ OH5DX, Tomi/OH6EI and Pasi/OH6UM will be active as OH0Z during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via W0MM.
OH0, ALAND ISLAND. Pekka, OH2YY, will be active as OH0YY from Aland Island during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band (only 40-10m) entry. He states, "I will not have time to install antennas for 75 and 160." QSL via OH2YY.
OP, BELGIUM (Special Prefixes). Belgian Telecom authorities (BIPT) granted to all Belgian stations the privilege to use the OP prefix to commemorate the Great War between November 1-30th of each year and until 2018 (included).
P4, ARUBA. Operators Elza/K4ISV, Ray/K9RS and Art/N3DXX will be active as P40S from the P49Y rental station in Pos Chiquito (WW Loc. FK52AL), Aruba (SA-036, WLOTA 0033), during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single/High-Power entry. QSL via K9QVB.
P5, NORTH KOREA (Update On The P5/K6VVA Quest). Rick, K6VVA, posted the following on October 20th: "In just a few months will begin Year #9 of my quest for approval to operate from P5. There have been many, MANY different proposals made to the D.P.R.K. Authorities during the past 8 Years. Recently, my primary Advocate and Envoy to P5 has left the NGO to a new position with a different organization not involved with Humanitarian work in the D.P.R.K. I am pursuing alternative new pathways to success in this project to be able to fulfill the intended Humanitarian goal, and the objective to provide an equal opportunity for all DXCC Program participants in need of ONE "CW" QSO credit with North Korea. ADDITIONAL CHANGES & INFORMATION -- An original purpose of the P5/K6VVA Expedition was to operate from at least one IOTA (AS-197), with background plans to hopefully QRV from all 4 of the P5 IOTAs. However, based on data Results of my K6VVA IOTA SURVEY and a very detailed analysis of almost 100,000 QSOs made by 25 different "IOTA-ONLY" Expeditions, plans have now changed. The previous expressions of interest in donations for Humanitarian work in the D.P.R.K. were astonishing for which I am grateful. Yet, LESS than 5% (Five Percent) of Callsigns from the serious IOTA Community in the combined 2010 + 2014 Honor Roll and Annual Listing Reports participated. The overwhelming level of support for the Humanitarian goal in the D.P.R.K. came from the DXCC Community. Accordingly, IOTA is no longer a primary objective in my P5/K6VVA plans due to lack of IOTA support." To read the complete update by Rick, go to: http://www.k6vva.com/p5
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (October 27th-November 2nd).... Oct/27th HN Oct/30th AN Nov/01st AN Oct/28th AN Oct/31st AN Nov/02nd AN Oct/29th AN
SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS/INDEXES AND GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ NORMALITY GEOMAG K Values Alpha ----------------- ------ -------- ------ AN - Above Normal Quiet Kÿ1 0-7 HN - High Normal Unsettled Kÿ 8-15 LN - Low Normal Active Kÿ 16-29 BN - Below Normal Minor Storm Kÿ 30-49 DIS - Disturbed Major Storm Kÿ 50-99 VRY DIS - Very Disturbed Severe Storm Kÿ9 100-400
REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE : The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual (REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for Contesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be of benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets and casual QSO's. This information is NOT based on any software pre- dictions or any kind of satellite based readings. It's is based on a new Ionospheric sounding method called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry" which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.
PS43, BRAZIL (Special Event). Look for special event station PS43GPB to be on the air because of the Grand Prix Brasil F1 Race, Interlagos Circuit, from São Paulo between November 1-10th. Activity will be SSB only, and on 20/17/15/10 meters. QSL via PS7AB, direct (SASE + USD), by the Bureau, LoTW, and eQSL. SWL QSL cards are welcome. For more informations, see: http://www.qrz.com/db/ps43gpb
QSL INFO AND NEWS..................... QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (October 24th) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3W2LI/PD9DX via PD9DX IT9/VE8DX via VE3FDX SN1956PW via SP3PGR 5T0ITU via ON8RA J43TR via SV3DCX SN650B via SQ9CAQ 8P5A via NN1N JV5A via WV6E SP/DJ9ZZZ via DJ9ZZZ 9A/DJ8QP via DJ8QP JW1ENA via LA1ENA SP/DL1EKO via DL1EKO 9M2TO via JA0DMV K3K via K3TW SV0GU via DL4SV EA8/UY5ZZ via UY5ZZ KH7Y via EA5GL SV3/DF9ZV via DF9ZV EA9KB via EA7FTR N8M via KD8HNF TG9AJR via NR6M EG5PO via EA5HOX OP14Z via ON4GI TJ3SN via IZ1BZV FR5DZ via F6CXV OR3A via ON6CC TT8/F5RQP via F5RQP GB1BGS via GW1IOT P40L via WA3FRP V31SW via W3HNK GW3TTC/P via G3TTC PH146EU via PD7YY V5/OE6GLD via OE6GLD (d) IG9/S59M via W3HNK R14CWC/0 via UA0C VI3RVAC via VK3CAM II8RJP via IK8PXZ R14CWC/7 via RK6HG (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only (O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3W4DK, 9M2MI, BA4TB, CE0Z/UA4WHX, CT1CT, F8BEC, HK0/UA4WHX, RI44ANT, RK9UN, TY1AA, VK2HSL/BW9 and VK5CE/8
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 9M6XRO, 9M6XRO/P, CO2ELS, DV1UD, JX5O, MQ6EOW, PY5BLG, PY5DK, PY5UP, PY5ZHP and V31ZM
RU9, ASIATIC RUSSIA. Marko, N5ZO, will be active as RU9CZD from R9DX QTH during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/ High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or by the Bureau.
S0, WESTERN SAHARA. Roberto, EA2CNU, will be active as S0S from Western Sahara during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th). Outside of the contest, he will sign S01WS. QSL both callsigns via EA2JG.
STANDARD TIME. Remember to change your clocks next week? Countries who observe Daylight Saving Time (DST), which took place on Sunday, March 9th, are now expected to move their "local clocks" backward 1 hour on Sunday, November 2nd, from 2:00 AM local time to 1:00 AM. In 2015, Day- light Saving Time (DST) will again go into effect on Sunday, March 8th, at 2:00 AM local time. For the history and details about ST and DST, as well as an interesting map of the world (showing the countries who observe DST), see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_time http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_time http://www.timeanddate.com/time/dst/2015.html ADDED NOTE: Hopefully, all amateur radio operators know not to change their GMT/UTC/ZULU clocks. However, since most operators usually set their computers to local time, some may have to change their settings on "some" ham radio software (ex. logging, propagation, DXTelnet, etc..) programs.
TI, COSTA RICA. Operators Eddie/K4UN, Juan/TI2JCY, Carlos/TI2KAC and Mauricio/TI4ZM will be active as TI5M from Poas Alajuela during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via TI2KAC. The TI5M callsign is the new callsign for the TI8M Contest Group due to a location change.
VI6, AUSTRALIA (Special Event). Members of the Southern Electronics Group (VK6SR) will be active as VI6ANZAC between October 31st and November 2nd. Activity is to mark the 100th anniversary of the departure of the first convoy of ships carrying ANZAC troops and the significant role Albany has played in Australia's ANZAC history. Operations will primarily focus on the HF bands SSB, 80/40/20/15/10 meters including 30/17/12 meter bands, possibly 160 meters, and depending on the propagation. Also, if they can find some interested operators, there is some possibility of Digital modes and CW. QSL via VK3CAM or by the address on QRZ.com.
VK9DLX, LORD HOWE ISLAND (Updates).................. October 22nd: "Yesterday our last team member Bernd, VK2IA, arrived on the island. Due to business commitments he was not able to stay with us the full length of the DXpedition. QSOs are running good on all bands, though we observe a decrease of daily QSO numbers. Due to the relative low ranking in the Most Wanted list (#59 clublog.org), we expected this. And the latest solar flare doesn't really help. We will see how conditions develop until the CQWW SSB. Of course we are also preparing ourselves and the stations for the CQWW SSB contest. We are planning to participate as a Multi-Multi effort with the callsign VK9LM. Even if you already worked VK9DLX, please call us in the contest. Many thanks! We made some good progress of finding local noise sources which make life very hard on the low bands. One main source was a small power supply of a TV distribution network amplifier. Fortunately we could replace it by one of our notebook power supplies and the noise has almost gone. But mean- while we have a new noise source, showing up at North America prime time on 160m. We try everything possible to find the source to get a better RX situation on the low bands. On 80m we are aware that South America is looking for a 80m QSO with us at their sunrise. We try to be QRV just before Lord Howe sunset (around 0700z to 0730z) the next days. 6m was definitely a highlight the last two days. With a 5 Element Yagi on a 10m mast, pointed to JA, we were able to make about 260 QSOs. Mainly with Japan and some VK's. We also observed the opening from North America to FK, but heard absolutely nothing from them. It is still 1200km from FK8CP to VK9DLX. We will continue to observe Magic Band on DX-Cluster. We will also temporarily operate a beacon on 50.114 with antenna directed to Japan. If you notice anything please send the info to the DX cluster net- work or to our contact form on our homepage. We still get e-mails and guest-book entries to change this or that callsign in the onlinelog. We definitely will not do that during the DXpedition. If the onlinelog doesn't show your callsign, just work us again. Regarding LoTW: We will upload our log to the Logbook Of The World within 3 months after the DXpedition. Please also have a look at the picture gallery (http://www.lordhowe2014.org/service/gallery/index.php) for new impres- sions from Lord Howe Island."
October 24th: "This is to inform the contest community that there will be a Multi-Multi operation from Lord Howe Island in the CQWW SSB 2014. Our callsign will be VK9LM. We will operate all six contest bands from 160m to 10m and man the stations when there is propagation from Lord Howe Island to anywhere in the world. Normally you will get DXcluster spots where we are on each band. But especially on the low bands it may be possible that we will not always find a running frequency (especially when we have to compete against European stations). But don't be shy to contact us to ask for a QSY frequency on 160m, 80m or 40m. In most cases not only we are the multiplier, but also you! There will be no CW operation on the contest bands during the contest. But we will have two stations which can be operated on 17m and 12m during the contest. Please note and understand that there will be no upload to Club Log for the contest log as long as the official log checking takes place. Of course we will also upload the QSOs with VK9LM to LOTW later. Feel free to visit the DXpedition website on http://www.lordhowe2014.org and subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed. No idea who the Lagunaria DX Group is? Just visit http://www.lagunaria-dx-group.org and learn more about the group, the people behind it and their goals."
VK9N, NORFOLK ISLAND. Michael, G7VJR, (author of ClubLog) will be active as VK9/G7VJR from Norfolk Island (OC-005) between December 26th and January 2nd (2015). Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using CW with an Elecraft K3 and 100 watts. QSL via M0OXO or LoTW.
VK0M, MACQUARIE ISLAND (Cancelled). It was announced on QRZ.com a few weeks ago that Rod, VK6MH/GM4AWB, would be active as VK0MH from Macquarie Island (AN-005) between early or starting November 2014 and April 2015. However, this week it was announced on October 15th by Rod, "Alas, my ship L'Astro- labe sailed yesterday to Macquarie and I was not on it. After all the weeks of training were complete I cannot go. On Friday I had a small innocent mole cut off my arm. Late on Monday, I was told it was a Melanoma and so that meant no travel on the ship. I had an op to remove it yesterday an although gutted that I cannot go, feel uplifted by support of friends and family and am focused on future adventures :0)"
VR, HONG KONG. Operators Charlie/VR2XMT, Yau/VR2UBC, Solo/VR2CO, Oscar/ VR2ZLI, Calvin/VR2ZCL, Brian/VR2ZXM, Dawood/VR2XNG and Farid/VR2UNG will be active as VR2S (Region Scout Special Station by the HKIR IT Club) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest as a Multi-Single entry. QSL direct via VR2HKS or the address on QRZ.com.
YS, EL SALVADOR. Hiro, JA6WFM, will be active as YS1/NP3J during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (10m)/ Low-Power entry. QSL via EA5GL or LoTW.
YS, EL SALVADOR. Mario, YS1GMV, member of the Club de Radio Aficionados de El Salvador (CRAS), will be active as YS1YS during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Transmitter entry. QSL via YS1GMV.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------- The following stations are expected to be active in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th, 2014) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following consolidated listing of the participants in the 2014 CQWW DX SSB Contest. For a more detailed listing (and up-to-date changes/corrections) in HTML format, please visit Bill's Web page at: http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/cqs2014.html (By call sign) http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/cqsd2014.html (By entity) http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/cqsz2014.html (By zone) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Contest DXCC CQZ Class QSL Callsign Entity Route ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 3B8HA Mauritius 39 SO LoTW 3G1B Chile 12 M/? HA1AG 3G3W Chile 12 M/2 XQ4CW 3Z6O Poland 15 LoTW; QSL via SP6NVK (B) 4L8A Georgia 21 SOSB 20M LoTW; QLS via K1BV 4L0A Georgia 21 SOAB HP LoTW 4O3A Montenegro 15 M/S LoTW 4W/K7CO Timor Leste 28 M/? OQRS MM0NDX 4X2M Israel 20 SOSB 80M 4X4DZ 4X7R Israel 20 M/S 4X6OM 5R8C Madagascar 39 M/? LoTW 5W0EF Samoa 32 SO W8AEF 5W0QQ Samoa 32 SO N7CQQ 5W0XH Samoa 32 LoTW; QSL via KD6XH (d) 6Y4K Jamaica 08 LoTW; QSL via VE3NE (B/d) 9A1P Croatia 15 M/S 9A2RD 9K2GS Kuwait 21 SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via EA5KB 9K2HN Kuwait 21 M/? 9K2HN 9M2SE West Malaysia 28 M/S 9M2RDX 9Y4D Trinidad & Tobago 09 SOSB 15M LoTW A73A Qatar 21 M/2 A71A AH2R Guam 27 M/S LoTW; QSL via JH7QXJ AH0K Mariana Islands 27 M/2 OH6GDX B4L China 24 SOAB HP BY4IIG BH1IOT China 24 M/? BH1IOT BV2A Taiwan 24 M/S BV2A C37NL Andorra 14 M/2 C37URA CE3CT Chile 12 SOAB LoTW CN2R Morocco 33 M/S W7EJ CO2IR Cuba 08 SOSB 20M CO2IR CR3L or CQ3L Madeira 33 TBD DJ6QT CR3A Madeira 33 M/S LoTW CR6K Portugal 14 M/S CT1CJJ D70LW South Korea 25 M/S LoTW; QSL via DS4NYE E2X Thailand 26 M/S E20GMY E78T Bosnia & Herzegovina 15 SOSB 15M E78T (B) EA6/GM0EGI Balearic Islands 14 M/2 TBD EA8/RA1A Canary Islands 33 SOSB 15M LoTW; QSL via RN3RQ ED1R Spain 14 M/2 EC1KR ED9K Ceuta & Melilla 33 M/2 EA7LS EF8S Canary Islands 33 SOSB 80M OH2BYS EF8U Canary Islands 33 SOAB LP EA8URE FR/F4FET Reunion 39 MM0NDX FY5FY French Guiana 09 SOSB FY5FY FY5KE French Guiana 09 SOSB LoTW GJ2A Jersey 14 M/S LoTW; QSL via (C) HB9H Switzerland 14 M/S HB9CXZ HB9OK Switzerland 14 M/S HB9OCR HC0E Ecuador 10 M/2 HC1JQ HI3CC Dominican Republic 08 SOSB 160M W2CCW HI3EPR Dominican Republic 08 SOSB 20M LoTW; QSL via HI3EPR (d) HK1NA Colombia 09 M/M K6IPM HO1C Panama 07 M/? HP1CQ HR2WW Honduras 07 SOAB LP KD4POJ IG9R African Italy 33 SOSB IK8HCG IH9YMC African Italy 33 SOSB eQSL II9K Sicily 15 M/2 IT9HBT IO4W Italy 15 SOSB 15M LoTW IR5A Italy 15 M/S LoTW; QSL via (e) and IK5AFJ J43TR Greece 20 M/S SV3DCX J3A Grenada 08 SO HP WA1S J42T Greece 20 M/2 LoTW J79L Dominica 08 SOSB SP9FIH J79X Dominica 08 SOSB SP9FIH JW5E Svalbard 40 M/2 JW5E KH2RU/KP4 Puerto Rico 08 SOAB NP3O KH6LC Hawaii 31 SOAB LoTW; QSL via WA6WPG KH7CW Hawaii 31 M/S K2WR KH8B American Samoa 32 SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via (C) LT7H Argentina 13 SOAB LP EA5GL LU8YE Argentina 13 M/2 IK2DUW LX7I Luxembourg 14 SO LX2A LY4A Lithuania 15 M/2 LY4A LY7A Lithuania 15 M/M LoTW NH2DX Guam 27 SOSB 15M NH2DX NH0DX Mariana Islands 27 SOAB LP JL3RDC NP2P Virgin Islands 08 SOAB LoTW NP4Z Puerto Rico 08 M/2 N4AO OA4O Peru 10 SOAB HP OA4O OH5Z Finland 15 M/S LoTW OH0JFP Aland Island 15 SOSB 10M OH0YY Aland Island 15 SOAB OH2YY OH0Z Aland Island 15 M/S W0MM OL4A Czech Republic 15 M/2 OK1DSX P3F Cyprus 20 SOAB HP P40L Aruba 09 M/2 WA3FRP P40S Aruba 09 M/S K9QVB P40W Aruba 09 SOAB LP LoTW; QSL via N2MM (d) PJ2T Curacao 09 M/? LoTW PJ4X Bonaire 09 M/? LoTW; QSL via W1MD (d) PJ7/K5WE Sint Maarten 08 K5WE; QSL via (C) PW2D Brazil 11 M/? M0OXO RA0R Russia (Asia) 18 SOAB HP LoTW RK0LWW Russia (Asia) 19 M/S RK0LWW (d) RM3F Russia (Europe) 16 SOSB 15M UA3DPX RU9CZD Russia (Asia) 17 SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via RU9CZD (B) S0S Western Sahara 33 EA2JG SI9AM Sweden 14 M/S SM3TIR SJ2W Sweden 14 M/S LoTW; QSL via SM2LIY (d) SV8/HA5OV Greece 20 M/S HA5OV SX9C Crete 20 M/S LoTW T42R Cuba 08 M/S EA7FTR T48K Cuba 08 M/? DK1WI T88H Palau 27 SO LoTW; QSL via TA1HZ T88WJ Palau 27 SO JS3LSQ TC2BC Turkey 20 SOAB LP DL7BC TC7V Turkey 20 SOAB HP M0OXO TI5M Costa Rica 07 M/S TI2KAC TK9R Corsica 15 SOAB HP IK8UND TO1A French Guiana 09 SOSB LoTW TO2A French Guiana 09 KU9C TO5A Martinique 08 SOAB LoTW; QSL via F5VHJ (B/d) TO0X Mayotte 39 SOSB HP LoTW TX7G Marquesas 31 M/S LoTW; QSL via (C) UB7K Russia (Europe) 16 M/M UB7K V47JA St. Kitts & Nevis 08 SOAB LoTW; QSL via W5JON (d) VE2IM Canada 02 SOAB HP VE3DZ OQRS; QSL viaa VE3DZ (d) VK9LM Lord Howe Island 30 M/? OQRS DL1MGB; QSL via DJ2MX VK9XSP Christmas Island 29 M/? LoTW; QSL via SP6IXF VP5T Turks & Caicos 08 M/? LoTW; QSL via WA3RHW (B/d) VP9I Bermuda 05 SOAB LP WW3S VR2S Hong Kong 24 M/S VR2XAN Hong Kong 24 SOSB 15M WP3C Puerto Rico 08 SOSB 40M W3HNK XW1IC Laos 26 SOAB HP E21EIC OQRS XX9R Macao 24 M/S EB7DX YB0NDT Indonesia 28 SOSB 40M LoTW; QSL via YB0NDT (d) YC8ROP Indonesia 28 SOSB 15M LoTW; QSL via YC8ROP (d) YE2C Indonesia 28 M/2 LoTW YF1AR/8 Indonesia 28 SOAB LP ClubLog; QSL via N2OO (B/d) YN5Z Nicaragua 07 SOAB HP LoTW YS1/NP3J El Salvador 07 SOSB 10M EA5GL YS1YS El Salvador 07 YS1GMV ZA/F4DTO Albania 15 F4DTO ZA/F4GFE Albania 15 F4GFE ZD8R Ascension Island 36 SOSB OH0XX ZD8W Ascension Island 36 SOSB W6NV ZD8X Ascension Island 36 SOSB OH2KI ZM1A New Zealand 32 M/? LoTW (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only (O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only
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Parce que ça peut donner des idées à certains. J'ai publié [sur mon site](http://orangina-rouge.org/plux/index.php?article11/musique-line-up-du-festival-nordik-impakt-2014), le #lineupdu festival de #musique#electro#nordikimpakt .
My Nakamichi Dragon is having FF and RW problems. I took the top off and cleaned the drive capstan and drive wheel. There's just not enough friction for the deck to function properly. The rubber parts are supposedly new within the last two years. Today is the first time the top has been off since I've had it. The deck has been used less than 20 hours since it was rebuilt.
The FF and RW were not very "powerful" when I got it, but not having had a Dragon before, I thought it was normal. Now it's clear to me that there is a problem.
Are the drive wheels and spindle hubs (for lack of a better word) still available? Who does a stellar job of repairing these in the US? The only issue is mechanical. The electronics rebuild is first rate.