OPDX Bulletin 1007 April 18, 2011

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1007
BID: $OPDX.1007
April 18, 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, KP2HC, K3LR, NG3K & ADXO, WP3GW, N4AA & QRZ DX, KH6BZF, WB6RSE, K8YSE, N8SNM, W8GEX (60m News), Algarve STAR DX Team, AT International, DL1SBF, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DH7WW, DXItalia.it, DX-World.Net, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HA0HW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, M0PCB, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's-DX- Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, TA1HZ, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and ZL2TZE for the following DX information.

There will be NO BULLETIN next week due to the holiday. I will be heading south, to Murfreesboro, Tennesee, to see my daughter for the Easter weekend. However, PLEASE continue to send your DX info to me (I should have InterNet access), and if any special announce are announced, I will probably send it out from there.... 73 and GUD DX de Tedd KB8NW

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 10th-April, through Sunday, 17th-April there were 233 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, 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, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FR/j, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OJ0, 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, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, 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" (WFWL).

Yuris, YL2GM, will be active as 4K3AC between April 25th and May 3rd. Activity will be on all HF bands using 100w and operating CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign.

4W6, TIMOR-LESTE (Update to OPDX.1005)
Steve, 9M6DXX, has reportedly has been issued the individual callsign 4W6AA for the upcoming September 16-26th, -- 2011 4W6A DXpedition. QSL 4W6AA via M0URX. For more inform- ation, please vist:


6J5, MEXICO (Special Event)
Members of the Asociación de Radio Experiment- adores del Estado de Puebla A.C. (AREEPAC) will be active as 6J5M between 0000z May 1st, through 0459z May 6th. Activity is to celebrate the 149th anniversary of the Cinco de Mayo Battle. QSL via XE1AMF. On May 5th, activity will be mainly from "Guadalupe Fort" (Grid Loc.: EK09vb). See pictures on (QRZ.com). A special award will be avalable. See details at:


Sergej, UA9B (ex-UA9BI) is now active as A6/UA9B until April 22nd. Activity will be holiday style (as a guest operator of A65BR) and will be on 80-10 meters using mainly CW with some SSB. QSL via his home callsign or by the Bureau via UA9AB.

Operators Diethelm/DJ2YE, Dieter/DJ8DS, Ulrich/ DJ9IE, Detlef/DK3QZ, Hans/DL1XW, Kai/DL3HAH and Rein/PA0R will be active as CR3L from Santana, Madeira Island (AF-014) during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via DJ6QT. Operators will probably be active as CT9/homecall before and after the contest between May 24-30th. Activity will be mainly CW with some SSB. Checkout the CR3L station's Web page at:


CR6, PORTUGAL (Special Event Cancelled)
Members of the Algarve STAR DX Team were expected to be on air as CR6A from "The Submerged Fortress" in the sea near Olhao city in the southern part of Portugal inside the CTFF-07 Natural Park, on April 17th, but the operation was cancelled and delayed until a summer date. Reason for the cancelation was winds were at 50km/h which did not allow travel and landing on the fortress. The team is sorry for situation. However, they were still active on April 17th, as CR6A, but from their activity HQ, on Armona Island DIA (Algarve Islands, AI-04, DIP [Portuguese Islands] AL-04 ST-022 [Isl. Plaque] and CTFF-007.

Pascal, F5JSD, is now active as FS/F5JSD from Saint Martin Island (NA-105) between now and April 21st. He is there on vacation, so activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters and mainly CW. Look for some possible portable operations from Sint Maarten (NA-105, WLOTA 0711) where he will operate as PJ7/F5JSD. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or LoTW.

GB4, ENGLAND (Special Callsign For Royal Wedding)
Operators Chris/M0DOL and Gary/M0NNH will be active as GB4RW on April 29th, to celebrate the Royal Wedding of HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton. QSL via address/info on (QRZ.com).

GR/MR/2R, UNITED KINGDOM (Special Callsign For Royal Wedding)
At the request of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), Ofcom has issued special temporary prefixes for British amateurs to use with their callsign between April 29th and May 9th, to commemorate the marriage of HRH Prince William of Wales and Miss Catherine Middleton. Look for the amateurs in the United Kingdom (if they choose) to apply the following prefixes - GR, MR and 2R, during this royal event.

HG15, HUNGARY (Special Event)
Look for special event station HG15IPA to be active through December 31st. Activity is to celebrate the 15th anniversary jubilee callsign of the International Police Association. The station is expected to be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and SSTV. QSOs with this station are valid for the HA-IPARC Award. QSL via HA3JB. For more information, visit the following Web pages:


EU-108. Members of the GMDX Group (Scotland's DX Association) plan to be active as GB5TI from the Treshnish Isles between April 28th and May 1st. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via MM0BQI, direct or E-mail Bureau requests to:

They state, "We do not need your card but are happy to send you ours using the methods above. Cards will be printed following our return with first ones being sent out in June. Let's save a tree and the bureau some work!!"


 Apr  18    HN          SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS
 Apr  19    HN-LN       --------------------
 Apr  20    AN          BN - Below Normal
 Apr  21    AN          AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET
 Apr  22    AN          LN - Low Normal
 Apr  23    AN          HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED
 Apr  24    AN          DIS  - Disturbed
                        VDIS - Very Disturbed

   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 less
The team of the Puerto Rico Field Day Group will be active to commemorate "World Amateur Radio Day" this April 18th, on the same premises where Field Day 2011 is to be, in the Nuevo Gran Parque Dorado in Dorado, PR. They will be on-the-air- as KP4FD on HF and on SSB after 1600z. QSL via KP4FD, direct, by the Bureau or eQSL.

Tzetzo, LZ2FQ, has provided DXers with a new tool online to only work stations on the air that use "Logbook of The World". The neat feature about this Web page is that you can filter the spots by band and DXCC entity. Give it a look at:


MJ & MU, JERSEY AND GUERNSEY (Channel Island DXpedition)
Operators Silvia/EA1AP (YL) and Alberto/EA1SA planned to activate Jersey (EU-013) between June 12-17th, and Guernsey (EU-114) between June 17-21st. The callsigns to be used are MJ/EA1AP, MJ/EA1SA, MU/EA1AP and MU/EA1SA. Look for activity to be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. They plan to participate in the IARU 50 MHz Contest from Guernsey. Suggested frequencies are (+/- QRM):
   CW - 3504, 7004, 10104, 18074, 21024, 24894, 28024 and 50103 kHz
   SSB - 3780, 7056/7180, 14195, 18145, 21295, 24945, 28495 and 50120 kHz
   RTTY - 3580, 7035, 10140, 14080, 18100, 21080, 24920 and 28080 kHz
QSL via their home callsign. For more details, updates and log search, visit the DXpedition Web page at:


MX0, ENGLAND (Special Group)
Team Thunderbox (M0TBG) is a group of people who enjoy the lighter side of Amateur Radio and will be active once again as MX0TBG between now and April 23rd. The group states, "We all belong to various radio clubs, and come from very different backgrounds in and around the Wiltshire area, coming together several times a year to enjoy the great outdoors through amateur radio." Activity will be on all bands, but the main operation will concentrate on 80/40/20 meters. Visit their
Blog page at: http://teamthunderboxactivities.blogspot.com
Also, check out: http://www.youtube.com/user/teamthunderbox

Members of the Cantareira DX Group have announced that they will activate Trindade Island (SA-010) as PP0T this month. The group earlier in the week announced that they were going to leave for Trindade on April 18th. However, a few days later their plans were changed. The Brazilian Navy rescheduled their trip to Trindade on the April 25th. They expect to arrive on the island on April 29th. Currently, Junior, PY2ZA, is the only operator listed on the new Trindade Web page at:

David, EB7DX, is listed as the QSL Manager and Webmaster. Sebastian, EA7HEG, is also listed as a Webmaster. Suggested frequencies are as follows:
CW - 1824, 3514, 7014, 10114, 14014, 18084, 21014, 24904 and 28014 kHz
SSB - 1850, 3790, 7065/7185, 14195, 18140, 21285, 24940 and 28475 kHz
BPSK - 1838, 3600, 7035, 10110, 14071, 18100, 21080, 24920 and 28120 kHz
RTTY - 3582, 7038, 10140, 14082, 18102, 21082, 24922 and 28082 khz
6m - 50104/CW, 50140/SSB and 50500/BPSK
All QSOs will be confirmed via LOTW.


  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated April 17th)
  5P4F via OZ4FF            GB0MPA via GW0ANA       RG50C via RA4CEO
  5W0AR via UA4HOX          GX4HRC/A via G3SVK      RK0AZC/P via RX0AE
  5W0IR via EA1IR           HF70GMZ via SP9PTG      SI350CP via SM-Bureau
  5W0QQ via N7CQQ           HG15IPA via HA3JB       SQ0MORSE via SP1PBW
  5W0X via W9IXX            HP1/IZ6BRN via IZ8CLM   TK/F8DZY via F8DZY
  6W/DL2AWG via DL2AWG      IR0IAR via IK0IXI       TM26UFT via F6ICG
  A25FC via ON4CJK          KH6/N0FUX via IK0FUX    U5ARTEK/A via UT7UT
  AO8WRD via EA4URE         KH8/AI5P via AI5P   UK8LBZ via RW6HS (direct only)
  EA6/DL7UCX via DL7UCX     LZ02WFF via LZ1BJ       UP50S via RZ3AHQ
  EA8/MM0HST via MM0HST     MD/DH7FB via DH7FB      UQ50G via UN6QC
  EG3VIC via EA3ERE         OM2011IHWC via OM0CS    UQ50L via UN7LZ
  EN50ESF via UT4EK         PJ7/K2GSJ via K2GSJ   YF1AR via N2OO (direct/OQRS/
  ER4DX via RA4LW (direct)  R50SK via RZ3AHQ         RSGB Bureau via M0OXO)
  FK8DD via LZ1JZ           R50YG via RZ3AHQ        YU0NS via YU7BPQ
NO8DX/20 QSL STATUS. As of April 17th, all direct QSLs have been answered (including the cards that DID NOT have SASE).

PIRATE ALERT. Phillip, ZL2TZE, informs OPDX that a station signing ZK5A has been operating and is reportedly a PIRATE. Station states that his name is Bill and claims to be on Atafu Island (Tokelau), using 70w and GP. He was heard on 40 meters. This callsign is not listed with RSM. Any reports on this station are appreciated and should be sent to John, ZL1GWE, at: ms@nzart.org.nz

T32TV QSL STATUS. QSL Manager Stan, KH6CG, reports to "please be a bit patient since Tov's new QSL cards are being printed and will be shipped here as soon as possible. Once I receive them, I will start sending them out. Direct preferred, if you want your QSL in a timely fashion. Big delay via Buro." For updates, watch QRZ.com under T32TV.




Brian, KP2HC, informs OPDX: "It is with the greatest of broken hearts I inform you of the passing of my wife Ann, KP2YL. Ann passed away at home on April 11th, after a 4 month battle with cancer. Ann loved getting on the air and giving out 'new ones'. Especially on the WARC bands. She loved meeting new people. And she loved hearing from old friends. It's been a thrill for me to share this hobby with her during the past 15 years. Thank you to everyone who made ham radio so enjoyable for her." OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to Brian, the friends and family of KP2YL (SK). Her signal/voice on the air will be deeply missed.

SV/A, MOUNT ATHOS (Update to OPDX.1006)
Brad Nowak, N8SNM, Southeast Michigan DX Association's (SEMDXA) Treasurer, would like to clarify their position on donations to the Monk Apollo Project. The SEMDXA will not be accepting any donations for the "Monk Apollo Project" due to the sensitive nature of "collecting" funds for the Monk as this is not allowed. SEMDXA has donated the MFJ keyer to the Monastery but not to Monk Apollo himself. Rick, NE8Z, was not able to operate from Mt Athos but planned to spend time training Monk Apollo in using the keyer/reader to better improve chances for many deserving DXer's to work SV/A on CW. For more details on the project, go to:

(click the "Monk Apollo Project" button)

T31, CENTRAL KIRIBATI (Update/Delay)
The international team of operators planning to be active as T31A from Kanton Island (OC-043) has been delayed for a few days. It was announced on their Web page April 13th: "The boat chartered for sailing to Kanton is delayed and will not arrive in Apia until late the 14th or early 15th, so the departure is delayed until maybe as late as the 16th. The boat captain arrived in Apia by plane. All operators are anxious about the delay as to how it may affect the T31A total operating days and also return flights to home QTHs beginning on May 2nd. Standby for updates." The T31A Web page is available at:

UPDATE JUST BEFORE GOING TO PRINT. Looks like they are enroute to Kanton Island. From the T31A Web page:
April 16th (@ 1535) - BOAT JUST LEFT MARINA.
April 16th (@ 1600) - Boat is in early today Friday morning. Loading equipment off boat now and will load our equipment today. Expect to leave Apia before 6PM today.

TC57, TURKEY (Special Event)
Members of the Turkish group called TCSWAT (Special Wireless Activity Team) will once again activate special event station TC57A from the battlefields of Gallipoli/Gelibolu. They hope to set up the station between April 21-25th. First activated as TC57ALAY in 2007, the special event/commemorative station for the 57th Regiment Martyrs is active every year at the end of April as TC57A. A special emphasis will be made to work VK/ZL stations. QSL via TCSWAT at: POB 73, Karakoy, 34421 Istanbul, TURKEY (or by the Bureau). Details and photos from previous activities are available on the Web site at:


Wally, VK6YS, member of the South Pacific Contest Club, will be active as VK9CI from Cocos (Keeling) Island (OC-003) for one week in June. He plans to concentrate on the Digital modes. QSL via VK6YS.

Iain, M0PCB, who plans to be active as VP8DNA from the RAF Amateur Radio Club Station (VP8FIR/VP8RAF) located at the Mount Pleasant Airport on the Falkland Islands (SA-002), informs OPDX this past week: "Not managed to get on the bands yet. There is uncertainty on how long I will be here and whether I will get on the air at all this time. Not great news ."

Paul, W4/VP9KF (G4BKI), is once again active as VP9KF from Baileys Bay, Hamilton Parish, between now and April 27th. Activity will only be CW on all bands. QSL via W4/VP9KF: Paul Evans, 6809 River Road, Tampa, FL 33615. Visit his Web page at: http://vp9kf.com/ Please, DO NOT send to the VP9 bureau.

A German team will be active as XV4YY from Phu Quoc Island (AS-128) between April 18-28th. Operators mentioned are Udo/DL2AQI, Ingolf/DL4JS, Sigi/DL8AKI and Rich/DK8YY. Activity will be on all bands and modes using stations with. Special attention will be given to the low bands using the antenna facilities on the allowed site. QSL via DH7WW, direct or by the Bureau. NO eQSLs.

Tim, K3LR, reports (edited): "This is the first year for the new Youth focused track at ConTest University (Youth Contest University [YCTU]) in Dayton. The YCTU Dayton will have its own classroom right beside the regular CTU classrooms and will be linked via the Web to other YCTU participants around the world.

Several young operators have signed up to attend in person and present talks at YCTU, but there is room for more to attend. Full scholarships for YCTU/CTU registration have been sponsored and are available for YCTU/CTU participants 25 years old or younger. If you know of a young amateur radio operator who has an interest in contesting, please encourage them to come to YCTU." For more details, visit:


ZK2, NIUE (Update to OPDX.1002)
Chris, GM3WOJ/ZL1CT, announced that he is returning to Niue (OC-040) starting about October 15th, and is hoping to spend at least 2 months there. He states (edited), "I will be at a new QTH, using new antennas on the LF bands to improve results (there is S9 QRN on 160m and 80m from the island's 11kV AC distribution system, over most of the island). I worked nearly 16000 stations in poor conditions during the 2009 ZK2V operation - my target is 40000+ this time - hopefully with better conditions and a longer DXpedition. My friend Keith, GM4YXI/ GM5X is joining me for the first 2 weeks of the DXpedition and is hoping to be QRV as ZK2X in the CQWW DX SSB Contest as a Single-Operator/All-Band entry." Chris suggests to visit the following Web page, which will be updated periodically before the DXpedition, at:


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