The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1002
March 14, 2011
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, KL2A, NG3K & ADXO, WP3GW, N4AA & QRZ DX, KH6BZF, W7GJ, K8GI, K8YSE, KG8P, W8GEX (60m News), W9NGA, 2E1EUB, AT International, DF1DV, DL1SBF, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, F8DVD, GM3WOJ/ZL1CT, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JA1MFR, JG1EIQ, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, PA3CNO, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, OE1WHC, RSGB IOTA Web Site, RZ0SR, TA1HZ, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE1QD, VE3ZZ, VE7DP and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.
Due to the Japanese earthquake/tsunami disaster, it is recommended/suggested to please stay clear of the following emergency frequencies:
Operators JARL and Volunteers — 3520-3530, 7025-7035, 14090-14110, 21190- 21200, 28190-28210, 50100, 51000, 14100, 14500, 430100 and 433000 kHz.
DXpedition Operators — Please kindly consider QSX freq & RTTY freq.
It is also suggested to stay away from the IARU Region 3 Emergency Centre of Activity frequencies: 3600, 7110, 14300, 18160 and 21360 kHz.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 6th-March, through Sunday, 13th-March there were 234 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XF4, XT, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD9, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS, ZS8
* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later" (WFWL).
2M, SCOTLAND (Satellite Op)
Paul, 2E1EUB, will once again be active as 2M1EUB from March 20th for 7 days (depending on the WX). He states that he will be operating from the van; so could be interesting because he has spent all winter setting it up and he hopes to be able to be on the mountains of Scotland rather than below them. Paul says the fun starts from IO87rj in Eastern Scotland and around that area. Watch (QRZ.com) for updates. Paul also has plans later this year to activate the western islands of Scotland, including Sky, Harris and Lewis...some other rare islands for Satellite operators! Dates will follow later in the year. Remember to check out QRZ.com under 2M1EUB for more info.
4A, REVILLAGIGEDO (Update)
The 4A4A team conitnues to be active from Socorro Island (NA-030) until March 20th. They will have 3 stations running simultaneously on CW, SSB and RTTY. As this was being typed, the 4A4A QSO count as of 0413z, March 13th, is 50064 with 14366 unique callsigns (24738/CW, 19864/SSB and 5462/RTTY). QSL via EB7DX direct. All QSOs will be confirmed via LoTW automatically. The DXpedition's Web site is:
4A, MEXICO (Special Event)
Members of the DXXE (Mexican Contest and DX group) will activate the special callsign 4A0IARU between April 18-24th. Activity is to celebrate World Amateur Radio Day on April 18th, and the 86th anniversary of the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union, IARU. The theme for this year's celebration is "Amateur Radio: The first technology-based social network." QSL via N7RO. Don't send your QSL cards to the Mexican Bureau since they will not have QSLs to answer. Make sure your Bureau QSL card is clearly marked via N7RO. QSOs with this station are good for the DXXE Award. For more information, visit the DXXE Web page at:
A German group will be active as 5V7CC, from a location outside the capital city of Lome between the sea and Lac Togo, starting in the middle of April through the 28th. Operators mentioned are Werner/DL9MBI, Christian/DL3MBG, Armin/DL5MGH and Rudi/DL5MEV. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via DL9MBI (Bureau preferred). See (QRZ.com) for details on direct. Logs will be uploaded to Clublog at:
Operators Serge/UA0SC, Sergey/UA0SE, Alex/UA0SW and Igor/RZ0SR will be active as 6W/homecall from Senegal between March 17-28th. QSL via the operator's home callsign. However, during the Russia DX Contest (RDXC - March 19-20th) and the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) they will be active as 6V7D. QSL 6V7D via UA0SE. Activity outside the contest will be on all HF bands and all modes.
Yuri, VE3DZ, will once again be active as 8P9AA between March 9-29th. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. He is expected to be in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as 8P3A. QSL both callsigns via his home callsign.
Carsten, DF1XC, will be active as 8P9XC from Saint Philip, Barbados (NA-021), between July 23rd and August 15th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. Log will be available at:
8TH MARITIME DX FORUM (MDF)
The Halifax Amateur Radio Club (HARC) is pleased to invite all DXers, contesters and HF enthusiasts to attend the 2011 MDF. It will start on Friday, August 5th, at 4:00 pm, when the Maritime Contest Club (MCC) will sponsor a social gathering. This will be followed by a Pizza Dinner at 5:30 pm, an opportunity to pickup registration materials and socializing at a reception. The MDF program on Saturday, August 6th, will run from 8:30 am - 4:45 pm and will be followed at 5:00 pm by a reception and the MDF banquet.
The speakers - active and outstanding members of our ham radio community - include:
* John Devoldere, ON4UN, Low Band DXing for the 21st CenturyThe MDF will be held in the Rosaria Centre of Mount St. Vincent Uni- versity in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Inexpensive accommodations are available at the university. This is a great opportunity to combine a top-notch ham radio event with a tourist visit to Canada's Maritime Provinces.
* Scott Johns, W3TX, Practical Options for Operating a Remote Station
* Reg Beck, VE7IG, Islands On the Air: RSGB's Top Contest and Awards Program
* George Nicholson, N4GRN/VE1GRN, & Wes Lamboley, W3WL, The Antarctic Island: Still a Major Challenge for Amateur Radio
* Wes Lamboley, W3WL, Why do we do it? (Banquet Speaker)
Details about the program, sponsors, prizes, costs and accommodations as well as registration instructions can be found on the HARC Web site
A German team of operators will activate the callsigns 9N7AN and 9N7WL from the High View Resort (1570m ASL) in Dhulikhel, which is located about 25 km from Kathmandu, the capital city of Nepal, and 127 km west of the Mount Everest between March 26th and April 8th. Activity will be on all HF bands, 160-10 meters and 2 meters as well. Modes to be used are CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and JT65b on 2m.
The 9N7AN team consists of Heinz-Josef/DK5WL, Ernst/DK7AN, Georg/DL4SVA and Franz/DL9GFB. Ernst, DK7AN, will arrive early in Nepal on March 16th to prepare the 9N7AN activity and possibly be active from time to time on 40/30/20/17m. They also plan to activate Nepal for the first time on 144 MHz in JT65b by Earth-Moon-Earth (EME) communication using the callsign 9N7WL. The 2m EME operation will be on March 30th. QSL 9N7AN via DL4SVA and 9N7WL via DK5WL. An OQRS is available via their Web page. For more details and updates, go to:
Filip, ON4AEO, will be active as A25FC from Botswana between April 14-18th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via ON4CJK. Visit his Web page at:
Operators Zorro/JH1AJT and Jay/JA1TRC will be active as A51A and A51J, respectively, from Bhutan between March 23-38th. Activity will be limited to their free time from work on the HF bands. QSL via JH1AJT.
CY0, SABLE ISLAND (Update)
Operators Randy/N0TG, Jeff/N1SNB and Wayne/ K8LEE continue to be active as homecall/CY0 from Sable Island (NA-063) until Tuesday, March 15th. According to their Web page: "The Team has been operating all bands but have experienced the same propagation problems due to solar flares that all of us, not on Sable Island, have witnessed this week. Two of the members have severe colds which has restricted their ability to operate SSB. Never the less, the three- operator team is approaching 20,000 Qs." QSL all callsigns via N0TG, direct or by the Bureau. They will have an "Online QSL Request Service" (OQRS) on their Web site for both direct and Bureau QSLs (see "How to QSL") at:
DAYTON HAMVENTION NEWS (DX Dinner Banquet)
Members of the SouthWest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA) are pleased to announce that Dan Henderson, N1ND, of the ARRL will be the speaker at this year's DX Dinner which is held in conjunction with the 2011 Dayton Hamvention. The dinner will be at the Dayton Marriott on Friday, May 20th. Cash bar starts at 5:30 with dinner served at 7:15 pm.
CQ Hall of Fame awards will be presented at the dinner by Gail SHEEHAN, K2RED, Managing Editor, and Chip Margelli, K7JA, Director of Advertising and Marketing.
As in the past, there will be many excellent door prizes. They will include an IC7000 donated by Icom, and an Alpha 8410 amplifier donated by RF Concepts.
Dinner tickets are available through their web site at www.SWODXA.org. Print and complete the form, and submit it with your payment to Kirk Swallow, W8QID with a SASE.
Don’t forget their new location; they will be at the Dayton Marriott, 1414 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton, OH 45409. There is plenty of free onsite parking at ground level. Should you need accommodations, their phone number is 937 223-1000 or the website is:
This is their 26th annual dinner, and they are eager to renew old acquaintances and meet new ones.
DL0, GERMANY (Special Event)
The special event callsign DL0YLWM will be active between June 1st and July 31st. Activity is to celebrate the "Woman's World Cup 2011" in Germany. There is also a short term award recognizing this event. Further information can be found at:
DX2, PHILIPPINES (Attention Prefix Hunters!)
Frank, VE7DP, is celebrating his "50th year in HAM-RADIO", and he will be active between March 18-20th, using the special callsign DX2DP. QSL via VE7DP. Island. His schedule is 3 months ON and 3 Months OFF.
Operators Johnny/HQ2JCM, Dan/HR2DMR and his son Daniel (JR.)/HQ2DMR, will be active as HQ2W during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Multi-Single/All-Band/Low-Power entry. They will use monobander antennas on 20/15/10m and sloper antennas on 160/80/40m. QSL via OK1DOT. QSL via address on (QRZ.com).
AF-018. (Early Announcement) Operator Raffaele, IH9YMC, will be active from Pantelleria Island (IIA TP-001, MIA MI-124, WW Loc. JM56XT), African Italy, during the CQWW ZDX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??)/Low-Power entry. QSL via eQSL.
AS-049. (POSTPONED) Take, JI3DST, has cancelled/postponed his trip to Tokara Archipelago due to Japan's enormous earthquake and Tsunami. OC-091. (Late Announcement) Members of CW-Philippines ARC were expected to activate DZ1P from Polillo Islands this past weekend (March 11-13th). Operators mentioned are Ed/4F1OZ, Gus/4F1EAA, Nani/ DU1COP and Gudo/4F3XX. Gil/4F2KWT and Frank/VE7DP were expected to also joining the team. QSL via 4F1OZ or VE7DP.
Freddy, F5IRO, will be active as J28RO during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th). QSL via F8DFP.
Operators Makoto/JI5RPT (JD1BLY), Harry/JG7PSJ (JD1BMH) and Masaru/JE4SMQ (JD1BMT) are scheduled once again to be active from from Chichijima Island (AS-031), Ogasawara during the following dates:
JD1BLY: April 30th to May 7th
JD1BMT: April 30th to May 5th
JD1BMH: May 4-13th
Activity will be on 40-10 meters, possibly 80 and 6 meters (no EME), using CW, SSB and RTTY. Check QRZ.com for QSL info.
Francois, F8DVD, will once again be active as JW/F8DVD from Longyearbyen ARC located on Spitsbergen Island (EU-026, LAFF 033) between April 1-8th. His activity will be on all HF bands mostly on SSB. He will use the Longyearbyen Radio Club's equipment which consists of an ICOM 751 and a 500 watts amp into a 5 elements yagi on a 30 meters high tower. QSL via his home callsign, through the French REF-Union Bureau or direct, w/SAE + 1 IRC (or 1 USD for EU, and 2 USDs for elsewhere) to: Francois Bergez, 6, Rue de la Liberte, F-71000 MACON, France. To see previous pictures from his JW/F8DVD activity, visit:
Jon, LA8HGA, will be active as JW9HGA from Longyearbyen ARC located on Spitsbergen Island (EU-026) between May 19-23rd. Activity will be on the HF bands and CW only. QSL is via LA8HGA, by the Bureau or direct.
KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS
Operators Eri/JF1VGZ (an 11 year old YL) and Masa/JA1MFR will be active as KH0/KH7ERI and KH0/WN1Y, respectively, from Saipan between March 25-29th. QSL via JF1VGZ direct. Also, check out the Web page at:
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (March 14-20th)
Mar 14 AN-HN SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS Mar 15 AN -------------------- Mar 16 AN BN - Below Normal Mar 17 AN-HN AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET Mar 18 AN LN - Low Normal Mar 19 AN HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED Mar 20 AN DIS - Disturbed VDIS - Very Disturbed GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE --------------------- QUIET - The "A" index is expected to be between 0-7 and the "K" index will be 2 or less UNSETTLED - The "A" index is expected to be between 7-16 and "K" index will be 3 or lessLX, LUXEMBOURG
KP4, PUERTO RICO
To celebrate his 20 years in Digital Amateur Radio (and his birthday) Jose, KP4JRS, will be active as special event station with the callsign K4J between March 14-29th. Operation will be mostly on RTTY and PSK31. This will include an entry on the Russian DX and CQ WPX SSB Contests. A special Electronic Certificate will be available via his home callsign and
The Amateur Radio Section of ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) and the Documentary Archives Radio Communications/QSL Collection will operate, for only 72 hours, a special event station with the callsign OE11M between Friday, April 29th and Sunday, May 1st (0000-2400z). The OE11M is an official "International Marconi Day" station. Contacts made on Saturday, April 30th, are valid for the IMD Award. QSL via OE Bureau or direct to OE1WHC. Cards without SAE and (new!) IRC or green stamps to cover postage will be processed via Bureau.
PJ2, CURACAO (YL Op/Update/Reminder)
Just a reminder that a YL team of operators (Gayle/K6GO, Margie/KG6TBR, Ellen/N6UWW, Michelle/W5NYV, Rusty/ AF6WF and Georgia/KI6LAV) will be activating the PJ2T Signal Point Station on Curacao (SA-099, WLOTA LH-0942) as PJ2/NA6YL between March 18-21st. They plan to have 4 stations on the air operating 24 hours on as many bands as possible. QSL direct to NA6YL (w/SAE and 2 USDs) to: YL DX- peditions, 2104 Poplar Rd, Oceanside, CA 92058 USA. All QSOs will be confirmed via LOTW amd eQSL. Visit the YLs DXpeditions Web page at:
Operators Jan-Willem/PA7JWC and Monique/PD7DB will be active as PJ2/homecall from Curacao (SA-099, WLOTA LH-0942) between April 15-22nd. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL PJ2/PA7JWC via PA7JWC or LoTW. QSL via PJ2/PD7DB via PD7DB. For updates, visit Jan-Willem Web page at:
PJ4, BONAIRE (2m & 6m EME Planned)
Operators Peter/PJ4NX, Johan/PA3FPQ, Jurgen/PE1LWT and René/PE1L will be active from the island of Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA L1279) as PJ4X on 144 MHz moonbounce between April 7-11th. The locator is FK52ud. It was announced this past weekend (by popular demand), the PJ4X will also be setting up a horizon-only 6m EME oper- ation from PJ4-land for the first time ever. PJ4X will be operating on both moonrise and moonset when their moon is below 20 degrees elevation providing them with ground gain lobes. Experienced 6m EME operators know that these ground gain lobes can make your horizon-only antenna perform like a 4 yagi array. QSL via PE1L. For more details and updates, go to:
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated March 13th) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4J3DF via RW6HS (direct only) FT5YK/P via F5PFP TM100CCAE via F6FMT 4L6DL via LZ1OT KL7J via N3SL TO7A via UT5UGR 5Z4/OH1RX via OH1RX KP2/W1MJ via W1MJ TP50CE via F5LGF 5Z4KI via YO9AFH KP4/KH2RU via NP3O (direct) UK/JA0VSH via JA0VSH 8P9AA via VE3DZ LU/FT5YK via F5PFP V25OP via W9OP 9J2GS via PA3CPI LZ85R via LZ1BJ VK4LDX/P via VK8PDX AY5F via LU5FC NO8DX/20 via KB8NW W1EI/KH2 via JR1GSE C4Z via G3SWH TA2/DL7BC via DL7BC W2FJ/KH2 via JA1SVP CY0/VE1AWW via VE1AWW TE8X via TI5AA YY8CAM via YV8AD EA4BQ/EA8 via EA4BQ TF/DL2JRM via DL2JRM ZA/I2GPT via I2GPT FG/F6ITD via F6ITD TM7F via F6KRC ZV1WDX via PU1XDX (direct)VP8ORK LoTW STATUS. A press release from Don, N1DG, states: "The VP8ORK team is pleased to announce we have completed the first upload of LoTW credits to the ARRL's website. If you were either a donor of our expedition or used our direct OQRS service you should see those contacts that match our log."
ZL8X QSL/LOTW STATUS. Christian, DL1MGB, reports, "We got our first boxes with QSL cards from the printer. Thanks to the QSL-Shop in Berlin for their fast and professional service and the excellent quality of the QSL cards! We already started to send the first QSL cards. DX clubs with a special QSL service for their members (GDXF, SDXF and DDXG) were the first who got them. Followed by another 1000 letters last week we continue working on the over 4000 direct requests which came through OQRS. On the day we received the QSL cards from the printer, we uploaded ALL QSOs to LOTW. Please check your LOTW account before asking us when we will upload LOTW! Nevertheless it can happen due to wrong dates/times that this or that QSO does not show up in LOTW. You may contact us, and we can have a look at it." To read the complete press release, go to:
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 4X20HC, 5H3/IK2GZU, 6W/PA3EWP, 7Z1HL, 9A5AN, 9K2F, C6ANM, C6APG, CE3DNP, CN8KD, CW5W, EF8R, F2DX, HH4/AF4Z, HH4/K4QD, LZ170MDS, IZ4GWE, J7Y, J73WA, JH1MDJ, KH2L, KH6/AA4V, KL7RA, KM4DR, LU6ETB, LY100SP, MD/PA3EWP, NY3C, OM5MF, ON4KEB, P49Y, PJ2/DF7ZS, PJ2/K9NV, PJ2/OE3JAG, PJ2/W1NG, PJ2/WI9WI, PJ2MI, PJ2T, PJ4A, PJ4D, PJ4N, PJ4NX, PJ5/AA4NC, PJ5/AH6HY, PJ5/K1XM, PJ6/N4HH, PJ6A, PJ7/K1GI, PJ7E, PJ7/KC0VKN, PZ5RA, S59ABC, SV1CQN, SV9/ON6WP, TG9AGR, TM6M, UA6YGN, V21ZG, V31YN, V44KAI, VE3IFS/W2, VE3WU, VK3BM, VP2MXF, VP8ORK, WP4SK, XE2S, XE7S, YO9HP, ZL50VK and ZS2I
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3B8/EA3BT, 3B8/SP2FUD, 3C0CW, 5J0BV, 6Y1LZ, 7Z1HL, 9M6YBG, 9Q50ON, C4SV, CM3RPN, CS7/PD0HNL, CY0X, DP1POL, E51PJT, ER240C, ET3JA, FM/F5LGE, FJ/VE3EY, FO/N6JA, JY4NE, LU1ZC, OH1K, OM3EY, OZ5E, PJ2/N2MF, PJ2/OH1VR, PJ2MI, PJ2T, PJ4D, PJ4I, PJ4N, PJ5/AA4NC, PJ5/AH6HY, PJ5/K1XM, PJ5/SP6IXF, PJ6A, PJ7E, S21YX, SA3W, ST2AR, SV9AHZ, SY8AN, TM0WAP, V31YN, V73NS, VK0KEV, YN2DD, YS4/N0AT, Z23MS, Z24EA, ZD9T and ZL8X
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: NONE REPORTED THIS WEEK!
The "Foundation with Global Children (FGC) DX Group" is pleased to announce their next multi-national DXpedition to Bangladesh using the callsign S21YZ between March 17-30th. Bangladesh is the 14th most wanted country in North America. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, including the 30/17/12 meter bands, and using the modes CW, SSB and RTTY. The team plans to erect high gain antennas, use filtering and receive antennas, and run 4 stations with amplifiers 24 hours a day. They state, "We have a new and improved QTH and will focus on the low bands to maximize this time of year. Also, we intend to listen carefully to the needs of the DX community during the operation by monitoring the activity on our Web site, and other social media outlets for band openings, and dialogue with the radio community." Operators mentioned are: Zorro/JH1AJT/A51A (Team Leader), Jay/JA1TRC/KH2J, Hiroyuki/JP1TRJ, Nao/JA1HGY, Eun-Gwang/DS4EOI, Jon/KL2A, and 3 other operators TBA. QSL via JH1AJT, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. For more details, visit their We pages at:
SJ9WL AND LG5LG, MOROKULIEN STATION
Operators Hugo/PA2HW, Robert/PA2RDK, Frank/PA3CNO, Paul/PA3DFR and Gert/PE0MGB will activate the special Swedish/Norwegian peace monument "Morokulien" as LG5LG and SJ9WL between April 10-16th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. The callsign will change every day at 0000z. An award will be available for 2 contacts with each call on different bands and different days. QSL via Bureau or direct to LA4EKA. For more details on this station, visit:
TC18, TURKEY (Special Event)
Members of the Turkish group called TCSWAT (Special Wireless Activity Team) are proud to announce that special event station TC18M will be active on the air between March 14-20th, to com- memorate the Naval Victory of March 18, 1915. Operators Ahemt/TA3AX, Onur/TB2MYE, Tevfik/TA1HZ, Hasan/TA1GE and Leonardo/TA1FR will be active from Canakkale - the Dardanelles to commemorate the Naval Victory. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and BPSK31. This year's QSL Manager is TA1HZ. More detailed information is available at:
TJ, CAMEROON (Special Event)
Henry, TJ3AY, is now active with the special callsign, TJ3FC, until March 30th. Activity is to commemorate the 51st anniversary of the "Francophonie". He was spotted this past week on 80/40/ 12/10/6 meters SSB. A special QSL cards has been printed (see (QRZ.com)). QSL via F5LGE.
Chris, F8DZY, will be on a job mission in Ajaccio between March 23rd and April 17th. He plans to be active as TK/F8DZY. Activity will be limited to his free time but will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. He will be using an Icom 7600 with 100 watts into a vertical. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
Maurizio, IW1GGN, will be active as TO1N from Martinique (NA-107) between now and March 18th. Activity will be holiday style and mainly on 20 meters. QSL only direct to IW1GGN.
TO11, GUADELOUPE (NA-102)
Gildas, F6HMQ, will once again be active from here, but this time using a special callsign, TO11A, between March 20th and April 1st. He plans to also be active in the upcoming CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via F6HMQ.
Operators VE2BR/Noel and VE3ZZ/Gregg will be active using the special callsign VC2B during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Multi-Single entry. QTH will be Mercier, Quebec (Zone 5, Grid Loc FN35dh). QSL to VE2BR.
VK9, LORD HOWE ISLAND
Members of the Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia (HARAOA Group) are planning a major DXpedition to Lord Howe Island (OC-004) as VK9HR for 10 days between July 8-17th. The group plans to operate on multiple bands simultaneously to give everyone a chance to contact Lord Howe Island. This the same group of operators that activated VI2BI from Broughton Island (OC-212) back in February 2010, and VK9NI from Norfolk Island (OC-005) in July 2009. The VK9HR DXpedition team leader is Tommy/VK2IR and co-leader John/VK3YP. QSL is via: HARAOA, Attn: VK9HR QSL MANAGER, PO BOX 13, SANS SOUCI, NSW 2219, AUSTRALIA. Look for more details by the end of April on the team of operators, frequencies and equipment at:
VU4, ANDAMAN ISLANDS (Update)
By the time you read this, 11 members of the Amateur Radio Society of India (ARSI) are in Port Blair (and 6 more to follow in a few days), are beginning to prepare to be active as VU4PB between March 15-31st. Before their schedule date to operate the team has plenty to do. Much of the equipment was sent by sea freight and has been received at Port Blair awaiting for them to unpack and deployment to the three operating sites. Some items missed the last sailing and have gone out via air freight. It will be a busy few days before the stations go on the air. More details and updates, visit:
Rudi, DK7PE, will be active as Z22CW from Harare between March 20-26th. His main focus will be CW using wire antennas (Jumper Beam/Slopers). He is thankful for the great support of Eric/Z21FO, Fernando/ Z21BB and POTRAZ Zimbabwe, because he was issued the callsign Z22CW. QSL via DK7PE. Visit his Web apge at:
ZC4, U.K. SOV. BASE AREAS ON CYPRUS
Tom, ZC4TS, states that he is sorry but ZC4 is off the air for good. The radio is disconnected and the antennas are down. Tom is headed back to the states for good in 2 weeks. If you were still looking for a contact with ZC4, you'll have to get in touch with Steve, ZC4LI. He's the only other ZC4 that Tom knows and is off the air currently.
Chris/GM3WOJ/GM2V will once again be active as ZK2V from Niue (OC-040) starting about October 15th, and onward. Keith/GM4YXI/GM5X, will join him for 2 weeks during the DXpedition and will be active in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via N3SL. Chris informs OPDX, "I hope to be active as ZK2V for several months, from a new QTH on the island. ZK2V will be making an extra effort on the low bands, with special antennas to overcome the local QRN problems on 160m and 80m which made these bands difficult in 2009." Chris states that the Web site
ZS8, MARION ISLAND (Reminder/Uodate)
Pierre, ZS1HF/ZS8M, has ceased his ZS8M operation as of Sunday, March 13th. He states, "Our polar supply ship arrives on Tuesday, March 14th, and departs the island on March 20th. If I am able to operate after March 20th, I certainly will. The ZS8M operation officially ends on May 5th." Watch the QRZ.com Web page or the ZS8M Web page
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