The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1018
July 11, 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, N2OO, NG3K & ADXO, N4AA & QRZ DX, W5SJ/4, N6PSE, KH6BZF, K8GI, K8YSE, KF8UN, W8GEX (60m News), W0GJ, Algarve STAR DX Team, AT International, CO8ZZ, DL1SBF, DG8KAD & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3VKW, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IZ2LSC, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's-DX- Newsdesk, PS7AB, RSGB IOTA Web Site, SM1TDE, VA3RJ & ICPO and VHF-DX- Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 3rd-July, through Sunday, 10th-July there were 222 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, 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, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/m, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH3, 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, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V4, V5, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZL7, 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).
6V7, SENEGAL (Possibly C5)
Luc, F5RAV, will once again be active next year (2012) from La Somone between February 25th and March 6th. He will be operating from Jean-Francois, 6W7RV, QTH as 6V7T. Activity will probably be the same as last time -- on SSB and PSK31, and on 160-10 meters (including 17 and 12m with a dipole only). He will also once again be in the French REF SSB Contest (February 25-26th) and the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 3-4th). QSL via only direct to his home callsign. See details on (QRZ.com). Also, visit his BLOG page at: http://f5rav.free.fr ADDED NOTE: Luc will also try to be active as C56/F5RAV (or possibly another callsign) from Banjul, The Gambia (C56), between the two weekends (February 27th, and March 3rd, 2012) with some other operators from Europe.
Operators Tommy/DL8KX and Andy/DD8ZJ will be active as 9H3KX from Gozo Island (EU-023, MIA MM-004, WLOTA 0046) between October 8-14th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via DL8KX, by the Bureau or direct.
9Y, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Jim, N6TJ, will once again be active as 9Y4W during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via DL4MDO.
Members of the Algarve STAR DX Team will be active as CQ73O between July 11-17th during the Faro International Moto Meeting. Activity will be on all bands and modes. Operators mentioned are Luis/ CT1CQK, Jose/CT1EHX, Toze/CT1GFK, Mike/CT1IUA, Anderson/CT2IUK, Lili/ CT2KAL and Pedro/CR7ABW. QSL via CT1EHX. For more info, pictures and online log, go to:
E5, NORTH AND SOUTH COOK ISLANDS
Bill, N7OU, informs OPDX that he will be active from the following this year:
Southern Cook Islands
From Rarotonga Island (OC-013) between October 17th and November 7th; as E51NOU; CW only; on 80-10m; during his spare time as work allows; QSL via N7OU.
Northern Cook Islands
From Manihiki Atoll (OC-014) between November 8-22nd; callsign TBA; CW only; on 160-10m; Single-Op DXpedition; focus on EU; QSL via N7OU.
EJ3, IRELAND (IOTA Op)
Members of the Galway Radio Experimenters Club (EI4GRC) and the Shannon Basin Radio Club (EI2SBC) will be on air from Inishbofin Island (EU-121) for the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a Multi-Op/Mixed-Mode/Low-Power entry using the callsign EJ3Z. This is their second year of joining forces for this contest. Inishbofin is a small island 9km off the west coast (53.37 North - 10.14 West). On the days leading up to the contest, members will be active using their own callsigns on HF and VHF; also watch out for EJ4GRC. Inishbofin Grid Sq. is IO43VO.
Operators mentioned are Pat/I9HX, Niall/EI4CF, Anthony/EI6GGB, Mike/EI2EO, Tony/EI3HA, Fergus/EI6IB, Ronan/EI8IH, Brian/EI8IU, Mark/EI6JK, Des/EI5GT, Tom/EI3ER, Adrian/EI7DMB, Michael/EI4AL and Enda/EI2II. For more information on the island, see:
GS, SCOTLAND (Lighthouse Op!)
Geoff, G0PFH, will be heading to Scotland to activate a trio of lighthouses between July 25-29th. Geoff will be activating the following ARLHS SCO lighthouses utilizing the Halifax club callsign GS2UG:
Killantringan Lighthouse (SCO-111)
Port Patrick Lighthouse (SCO-177)
Southerness Lighthouse (SCO-223
) Geoff is uncertain as to the order the lighthouses will be activated, but the preliminary information is available on (QRZ.com) under the callsign GS2UG. This info will be updated as his plans become firm. Please be sure to read and follow the QSL instructions.
EU-031. Operators John/IK8LIU, Francesco/IK8WEJ, Vincenzo/IZ0FKE, Oreste/IZ8EDJ, Aurelio/IZ8EGM, Rosario/IZ8KNW, Dario/IZ8LKL, Fabio/IZ8OJG and Giuseppe/IZ8UZF will be active as IC8L from Licosa Island (IIA SA 001, ARLHS ITA 089, WAIL CA 020, WLOTA LH 3342) on July 24th. QSL via Aurelio, IZ8EGM.
EU-052. Operators Panos/SV3DCX, Kostas/SV8BUS, Michalis/SV8GKE and Pantelis/SV2HWR will be active as SZ8L from Meganisi Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a Multi-Op/ Mixed-Mode/High-Power entry. QSL via SV8GKE.
EU-081. A French-Belgium group will be active as TM5SM from Saint Marcouf Island (WLH LH0060, DIFM MA0001) between August 11-15th. Operators mentioned are Jean-Bernard/F4RTE, Jean- Claude/F5IL, Jacques/F5JY, Jean/F5NKX, Denis/F5RJM, Alain/ F6BFH, Benoit/F8PDR and Francois/ON4LO. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via F5RJM, direct or by the Bureau.
NA-067. Operators Karl/W4CHX, Marty/W4MY and Paul/AA4XX will be active as AA4XX from Harker's Island, NC, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a Multi-Op/All-Band (80-10m)/Mixed-Mode entry. QSL via LoTW.
NA-143. (Not NA-145 as mentioned in OPDX.1017) Joe, K5KUA, will be active as K5KUA/5 from Galveston Island (USI TX001S, Galveston County, Texas) between July 29th and August 1st. He will participate in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a Single-Op entry. Activity will be on all HF bands, propagation permitting. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.
NA-154. Operators Barry/VE1TRI, John/VE1CDD, Alan/VA1MM, Fraser/VE1WO and Robert/VE1PQ will be active as VC1Z during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a Multi-Op/Mixed-Mode/High-Power/ 24-Hrs entry. QSL via VE1CDD.
NA-232. Yuri, N3QQ, announced this past week that the St. Matthew Island (NA-232) operation is back on for 2011. Yuri has managed to team up with Mike Horn, well-known South African and Swiss explorer, whose vessel is now in Kodiak. Yuri is planning to arrive in Dutch Harbor on July 14th. Tim, NL8F, is expected to join them, as well as Yuri, UA9OBA. Activation is expected to take place between July 19-22nd, depending on Mike's schedule and the weather. For more details and updates, watch:
OC-142. (Update) Operators Paul/VK4FPDW, Derek/VK4MIA, Mike/VK4QS and Graham/VK4FGCC will be active as VI4FI from the Sandy Cape Lighthouse (AU0043) on Fraser Island during the International Lighthouse-Lightship Weekend (August 20-21st). Activity will be on all HF bands "SSB ONLY" from 80-10 meters. Suggested frequencies are:
80m - 3600 kHz (For VK Foundation & Standard Licences) 3795 kHz (For The World)All frequencies will be +/- 5-10kHz in case of QRM. QSL via VK4MIA, direct (see (QRZ.com)), direct or by the Bureau (NO eQSL). Visit their Web page at:
40m - 7180 kHz
20m - 14260 kHz
17m - 18145 kHz
15m - 21295 kHz
12m - 24945 kHz
10m - 28495 kHz
SA-035. Members of the Caracas DX Group will be active as YW5LR from Los Roques Islands (SA-035) between July 13-18th. Activity is in celebration of the Venezuelan Navy Day (July 24th). The 15 team operators will be on all bands and modes. QSL via DM4TI.
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (July 11-17th)
Jul 11 AN SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS Jul 12 AN -------------------- Jul 13 AN BN - Below Normal Jul 14 AN AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET Jul 15 HN LN - Low Normal Jul 16 AN-HN HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED Jul 17 HN 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 lessN2, UNITED STATES (Lighthouse Op!)
NCDXF PRESS RELEASES
NW6P RETIRES - Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, NCDXF Vice President, sent out the following on July 4th: "Effective immediately Tom McShane, NW6P, has resigned as a director and the secretary of NCDXF. Tom has been on the board of directors and its secretary for over 15 yrs. Tom suffered a serious stroke on January 25, 2011, and has been recuperating since then. Tom felt that his stroke rehabilitation would be a full time job for a number of months. The NCDXF board and officers wish Tom continuing great success in his recovery. He will be missed."
SOUTHERN SUDAN - Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, NCDXF Vice President, sent out the following on July 6th: "The Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) is pleased to announce a major grant to the Intrepid DX Group
NODXA member Byron, KF8UN, will be in Peru between July 22nd and August 16th, and plans to be active as OA4/KF8UN. He states that he plans to work 20 meters, devoting August 8th, to amateur radio, but will be on casually at other times. Byron will check in as often as possible with the YL International Single Sideband System Net on 14332 khz. He will also try to operate mobile when possible. QSL via his home callsign.
OH0, ALAND ISLAND
Eric, SM1TDE, will be active as OH0/SM1TDE from Eckero in the Aland Islands (EU-002) group between July 21-24th. Activity will be holiday style. Look for him around 2 kHz from the bandedges on CW on 80-10 meters. QSL via the bureau, and later LoTW.
PJ5, SINT EUSTATIUS
Gerd, DL7VOG, announced that he will be active as PJ5/DL7VOG from Sint Eustatius Island (NA-145) starting the middle of November through the beginning of December. His three week operation will also include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th). Activity will be on 160-6 meters using mainly CW and RTTY, but he will have a microphone with him just case someone really needs a phone QSO. As always, Gerd will be using his IC-706MK2G (this time with an amp) into an HF9VX for 80-6m and an inverted "L" (on a 15m fiberglass pole) for 160m. QSL via his home callsign, Bureau is preferred.
PJ7, SINT MAARTEN
Operators Travis/AF6WU and Kjerstin/KJ0DVA will be active as PJ7/homecalls from Sint Maarten (NA-105, WLOTA 0711) between August 11-15th. Activity will be mostly SSB on 20/17/15 meters. QSL via LoTW or direct via AF6WU. U.S. stations please send one first class stamp. International stations send 1 USD or 1 IRC. PLEASE NO SASE. Bureau QSLs or cards with no return postage will get a delayed reply or probably through the Bureau.
PQ3, BRAZIL (Lighthouse Op!)
Orlando, PT2OP, will be active as PQ3C from Chui Lighthouse (ARLHS BRA-024, DFB RS-13) between July 17-20th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters SSB. QSL via PT2OP, direct (see (QRZ.com)) or by the Bureau.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 4O3A, 7P8AA, 8R1K, B7P, C6A/N5KM, EA3GHZ, EV1R, FM5CD, FS/K9EL, JG7MFN, KH6MB, OL5Q, ON5PO, PJ6D, PR1T, PZ5RA, SP8AJK, SV5/G0TSM, VA2OP, VE3AXW, VE9DX, ZB2X and ZS8MI
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3D2A, 4J3M, 5M2TT, 9L5MS, CX5BW, EG5CI, F1BBU (SAT), IS0/WH0Q, J28JA, JD1BMH, K8LEE/CY0, LY3BH, N1SNB/CY0, N0TG/CY0, P29VCX, P29VLR, PJ2T, SP5EWY, ST2EB, SV2ASP/A, T31A, TG9AHM, TG9NX, TJ9PF and ZA/I2GPT
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: HB0/PC5A and HP1/IZ6BRN
Keith, G3VKW, informs OPDX that Henry Lewis, G3GIQ, became a "Silent Key" (SK) July 7th, in a hospital in Barnstable Devon. Henry had recently left London and moved to Devon. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of G3GIQ.
ST0, SOUTHERN SUDAN (Update)
The Southern Sudan is now the world's newest country as they celebrated its independence on Saturday, July 9th, with a flag-raising and a swearing-in ceremony for the new president in the capital Juba. The special ceremony was attend by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and several other world delegates. On Friday, the U.N. Security Council approved a new peacekeeping force for South Sudan. The United Nations Security Council will endorse the Republic of Southern Sudan to become a member before the General Assembly on July 14th. The Southern Sudan is then expected to be the 193rd member/nation of the U.N. The ARRL should recognize this new country once they obtain UN admission.
Meanwhile, Paul, N6PSE, reports that the Intrepid-DX Group and the DX Friends/Tifariti Gang is expected to activate this newly created country. They have had several meetings with this new government and they have obtained a valid license for this DXpedition. A team of 18 international operators are hoping to make 100,000 contacts over fourteen full days of operation on each amateur band and mode. If exact days for their operation are announced during the week, look for a special bulletin to be sent out. Stay tuned! For more details and updates watch:
T32, EAST KIRITIMATI
Giovanni, I5JHW, will be active as T32JB from the Captain Cook Hotel on Christmas Island (OC-024) between August 17-24th. Activity will be holiday style on CW, SSB and RTTY, using an IC-718 and a 7-band vertical antenna. QSL via I5JHW.
ADDED NOTE: Giovanni is actually on a family vacation which also includes Fiji (3D2HW) and New Caledonia (possibly his renewed callsign FK/I5JH), but the main operations will be on Christmas Island. For more details, visit his Web page at:
Once again, members of the "Federación de Radioaficionados de Cuba" in Las Tunas, will activate the contest callsign T48K during the upcoming CQWW VHF Contest (July 16-17th) as a Multi-Single entry. They will be on 6 and 2 meters from Grid Locator FL10mw, which was previously activated on 6 meters during the June QSO Party. This activity will be the very first time ever on 2 meter/CW/USB. QSL via DK1WI.
Aaron, W6ANM, will be active as V63FAA from Kosrae (OC-059) between July 26-29th, and Pohnpei (OC-010) between July 30th and August 4th. Activity will be focused on 40 and 20 meters using CW and SSB. A contact can be scheduled via the E-mail address on (QRZ.com) for any HF band. QSL via LoTW or direct to W6ANM (please include SASE). A new Web page is now available with details about his schedule, QSL info and online log, at:
W2, UNITED STATES (Lighthouse Op!)
Members of the Old Barney ARC will be operating as W2T from the Tucker's Island Lighthouse (USA-911) in the Tuckerton Seaport
XE3/XF3, MEXICO (IOTA Op)
Andrea, IZ2LSC, will be active as XE3/IZ2LSC between July 26th and August 8th. Activity will be holiday style on 30-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. He will also make a side trip to activate IOTA NA-045, Isla Mujeres, as XF3/IZ2LSC between August 9-14th. Andrea informs OPDX that "According to RSGB IOTA website the Island has been credited to only 30.5% of participants." QSL via EB7DX, by the Bureau or direct, as well as LoTW. For more details, visit the Web page at:
ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS
Just a few more days to work Ann, W6NN, as ZF2LL from Grand Cayman Island (NA-016) as her last day is July 12th. Activity has been on 20 and 15 meters SSB. QSL via her home callsign, direct or by the Bureau or LoTW.
ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS
Operators Bob/W5UQ and Bill/W5SJ will be active as ZF2UQ and ZF2EZ, respectively, between July 11-17th. They will be based at the "Cayman Amateur Radio Society" (ZF1A) club station. Operation will be primarily CW with an emphasis on 6 meters. Bill will operate Single-Op in the CQWW VHF Contest (July 16-17th). Bill states, "It is planned to be fun and relaxing - dits, dahs and beach!" Send QSLs for both callsigns to Jay, W5JAY.
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