Here is the fortnightly bulletin of DX information for Australian DXers. Solar and ionospheric news, DX observations, announcements of DX activations, operating tips, and anything else that may be of interest to DXers in our part of the world may be found here. Reader’s observations and suggestions for content are welcome.
Very little is happening on the sun, and very little is happening in the geomagnetic field. Low Bands remain noisy due to almost constant thunderstorm activity.
Around the bands
Forty, thirty and twenty metres continue to offer plenty of DX, with some openings to most parts of the world, and some activity on 17 m from the Pacific area.
DX Heard or Worked
There have been several DXpeditions active over the past two weeks, including ZL7X Chatham Islands, YJ0GC Vanuatu, 5W7X and 5W2TB Samoa, VP6D Ducie Island, VK9XG Christmas Island, 8Q7PE and 8Q7YC Maldives, XT2SZZ Burkina Faso, and Z23MD Zimbabwe.
Upcoming Activations of Interest
Details of upcoming activations will be brief as there are so many. For more details of any activation listed below, visit NG3K’s excellent “Announced DX Operations” calendar https://www.ng3k.com/misc/adxo.html
Vanuatu: YJ0GC, until 4th November.
Mayotte: FH/DJ7RJ, until 6 November.
Zimbabwe: Z23MD, 26th October – 6th November.
St Kitts: V47JA, until 6th November.
Christmas Island: VK9XQ, 3rd – 6th and 9th – 17th November.
Cocos-Keeling Islands: VK9CH, 6th – 9th November.
Bermuda: VP9KF, until 14th November.
Madagascar: 5R8UP, 3rd – 13th November.
St Lucia: J68GU, 3rd – 25th November.
Virgin Islands: KP2/KE4PLT and KP2/KN4PUD, 10th – 16th November.
Maldives: 8Q7DX, 10th – 25th November.
Guadeloupe: TO40R, 11th – 25th November.
Vietnam: XV9WJR, until 27th October.
Tanzania: 5H3MB, until 28th November.
Bhutan: A52BH, until 5th December.
South Shetland: DT8A, until end of December.
Maldives: 4S7KKG, until 1st April 2019.
VP6D Ducie Island DXpedition
VP6D had to shut down a few days early due to increasingly bad weather, and left the atoll on the 2nd of November. They finished up with around 120,000 QSO in the log. There were some problems with FT8 QSO not appearing in the online logs. The operators assure that the FT8 QSO are safe in their logs, and are in the process of compiling all logs and will soon enable the Online QSL Request Service. Pre-expedition donors will already have their QSO confirmed in Logbook of the World.