The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1061
May 7, 2012
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, NC1L, KF2TI, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, W5JON, KH6BZF, WB6RSE, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, K9EL, W9ILY, 4J5T, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, E21EIC, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, GW0ANA, I1HYW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK7JWY, LY5W, LZ1BJ, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, UT7FP, VA3RJ & ICPO and the VHF-DX-Portal for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 29th-April, through Sunday, 6th-May there were 222 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5X, 5Z, 6Y, 7O, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, 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, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T5, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).
3D2C, CONWAY REEF (Update)
An international team of operators will be active as 3D2C from Conway Reef (OC-112) between September 24th and October 5th. The current list of operators are Hrane/YT1AD (Team leader), David/K3LP (Technical Co-leader), Aleksey/UA4HOX (Organization Co-leader), Paul/N6PSE (PR), David/WD5COV, Vasily/RW4NW, David/AH6HY, Alan/AD6E, Alan/K6SRZ (Medical Doctor), Craig/K9CT, Sergej/RZ3FW, George/N6NKT, Stanislav/LZ1GC, Al/K3VN, Alexander/RW3RN and Peter/PY5CC/PT5XX. Most of these operators were active from Rotuma as 3D2R last year. Activity will be on 160-2 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, SSTV and PSK31. Suggested frequencies were published in OPDX.1045. QSL via YT1AD, direct (w/SAE or SASE + 1 USD for normal postage, 2 USDs for Airmail) or by the Bureau. For more details and updates, visit the 3D2C Web page at:
A team of Italian operators will be active this week from from Galkayo, Somalia, as 6O0CW between May 7-18th. Operators mentioned are Silvano/I2YSB (6O0CW), Vinicio/IK2CIO (6O0IO), Angelo/IK2CKR (6O0KR), Marcello/IK2DIA (6O0IA), Stefano/IK2HKT (6O0KT) and Gino/IK2RZP (9O0ZP). Also mentioned are Software developer Giacomo/IH9GPI and Pilot station Art/IK7JWY. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1823, 3530, 7025, 10113, 14050, 18069, 21050, 24891 and 28050 kHz
SSB - 3790, 7056/7125, 14270, 18130, 21275, 24980 and 28450 kHz
RTTY - 7041, 10142, 14080, 18103, 21080, 24915 and 28080 kHz
6m - 50105/CW and 50105/SSB
QSL Manager is I2YSB, direct or by the OQRS. They state on their Web page [edited]: "The members of Italian Dxpedition Team, after the donation of an ambulance to the Galkayo Medical Center and an absence of six years from Galkayo, return to the country to help again the Somali Red Crescent Society. The same team has operated from Somalia in 2005 with the callsign 6O0CW and 2006 with the callsign 6O0N, putting in the log about 25,000 QSOs in the first case and about 35.000 QSOs in the second one. We ask those who have already worked us during one of these DXpeditions to not work us again in the same bands/modes, thus giving more opportunities for those who have not previously worked Somalia. Thanks for your cooperations." For more details, visit their Web page at:
Vladimir, RK4FF, will once again be active as 6V7S from Le Calao in Ngaparou between May 16-28th. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via RK4FF.
An international team of operators are now active as 7O6T from Socotra Island (AF-028) as of 2100z, April 30th through 2100z May 15th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1824, 3504, 7004, 10104, 14024, 18074, 21024, 24894 and 28024 kHz
SSB - 1845, 3780, 7065/7180, 14145, 18145, 21295, 24945 and 28495 kHz
RTTY - 7035, 10140, 14080, 18100, 21080, 24920 and 28080 kHz
The 7O6T log shows (per ClubLOG dated May 5th, at 2106z): 74613 Total QSOs and 20859 with Unique Calls. Mode breakdown: 38537/CW, 35329/SSB and 747/RTTY. Continent breakdown: 562/AF, 0/ANT, 8312/AS, 48761/EU, 15906/NA, 558/OC and 514/SA.
QSL via UA3DX. More details about OQRS/Direct/Bureau/ LoTW will be available during the course of DXpedition. Operators mentioned are Dmitri/RA9USU (Team Leader), Harry/RA3AUU (Co-Leader), David/K3LP (Co- Leader), Andrew/UA3AB, Oleg/R3FA, Vlad/R7LV, Alex/RM2M, Yuri/RL3FT, Aleksey/UA4HOX, Choigonjav/JT1CO, Paul/N6PSE, David/WD5COV, and Hrane/ YT1AD. The 7O6T operation is supported by: Ministry of Interior Republic of Yemen, Ministry of Information Republic of Yemen, Ministry of Radio Republic of Yemen and the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology Republic of Yemen. The 7O6T operation does have a Web page and Twitter page:
DAYTON HAMVENTION NEWS (Press Release - SWODXA DX DINNER ANNOUNCEMENT)
Joe Pater, W8GEX, W8GEX@aol.com, dated April 30, 2012:
"FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- The SOUTHWEST OHIO DX Association (SWODXA) wants to remind everyone that the DX Dinner™ is less than three weeks away. The dinner will again be at the Dayton Marriott, 1414 S. Patterson Blvd., Dayton, OH 45409 on Friday, May 18th. The cash bar opens at 5:30 p.m., with dinner served at 7:00 p.m. Following the meal, there will be a separate room and cash bar available for more fellowship. Ticket sales have been brisk, and the reservation deadline is only two weeks away. Dinner details, a list of door prizes, and the reservation order form can be found on the SWODXA event website,DIGIFEST 2012
www.swodxaevents.orgDinner reservations must be received no later than midnight, Saturday, May 12, 2012."
The Contest consists of 3 convenient periods (8 hours each) during the weekend. To add more adrenalin into this competition a special feature will be offered to those who like competing in real time online results will be presented on a server. And, of course, a lot of real nice prizes, mostly RigExpert AA-230 and AA-30 Antenna Analyzers and RigExpert USB Interfaces. All prizes sponsored by RigExpert Ukraine Ltd. Since the number of the participants is relatively small and the most populated competing area is Europe, the "far away" stations from NA, SA, Africa, Asia and Australia are at great advantage. From the last year's experience those stations were the most prize winners.
Considering this and also to support growing participation from Europe, the sponsors "double" the prizes i.e. separate main prizes are now available both for Europe and for the "rest of the World". But wait, that's not all! For those of you who won't be able to win "main prize" in respected category, there will be a lot of small gifts, like T-shirts and paper awards. All the prizes will be mailed to participant's home addresses. The results are usually available just 2 weeks after the end of the Contest, So, let's just meet on the 1st weekend of June and have fun! Complete rules can be found at:
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following operations are approved for DXCC credit:
7O6T - Yemen; Current Operations
6O3A - Somalia; 2012 Operation
DXCC ONLINE APPLICATION TURN-AROUND
Steve, WB6RSE, informs OPDX:
"I submitted an Online DXCC application just prior to the Visalia DX convention where I had the cards checked and the paperwork accepted for forwarding to the DXCC desk for processing. Now just two weeks later, the credits have appeared in my LOTW DXCC Account Status. Congratulations to all at the ARRL and all at DXCC for a highly successful and fast new process. Online DXCC Application. Recommended."E51, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS
GD, ISLE OF MAN
Stewart, G3RXQ, will be active as GD3RXQ from the Isle of Man (EU-116) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via G3RXQ.
Ed, GW3SQX, will be active as GU7O from Guernsey (EU-114) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a CW entry. QSL via GW3SQX.
HS85, THAILAND (Special Event)
Members of the Rotarians Of Amateur Radio (ROAR) are currently active as HS85RI; the special event station for 2012 Rotary International Convention in Bangkok. The team leader is Tim, JH1NVZ, and the operation is supported by Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (RAST). They will active until May 9th. QSL via E21EIC.
AS-067. Operators Mitsuo/JF6TEU and Tsuyoshi/JA6VDB will be active as homecall/6 from Uji Island between May 11-13th. Activity will be on 80-12 meters using CW and SSB. There is a possibility of some 160m, 10m, RTTY and PSK31 operations. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau. Look for updates to be posted to Twitter @JA6VDB.
EU-008. Glyn, GW0ANA, will be operating as GW0ANA during a "Micro DX-Pedition" from Gigha Island, Inner Hebrides, Scotland, between May 21-27th. Activity will be on SSB, RTTY, PSK and SSTV. QSL via GW0ANA, direct QTHR or by the Bureau.
EU-127. Michael, DL4ABO, will be active as homecall/p from Neuwerk Island (GIA N-012) and lighthouse (DLTD #38, ARLHS FED-165, TWLHD WLH DL-019, WLOTA 2311) between May 10-11th. Activity will be focused on 80-17 meters CW. Also, this operation counts for the National Park and Nature Reserve award (Hamburg Wadden Sea WFF DLFF-005). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. For more details, see:
EU-174. Boyko, LZ1QN, has been issued the special contest callsign SW8A and plans to visit Samothraki Island, Greece, to partic- ipate in the upcoming CQWW WPX CW Contest May 26-27th. His intention is to organize and support a group of experienced hams to join this holiday adventure. QSL card via LZ1QN.
OC-199. Wally, VK6YS, will be active as VK6YS/p from West Lewis Island between May 19-21st. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using mainly SSB with some CW. He suggests, "Local nighttime will be best for lower frequency CW and mornings and evenings best for SSB." QSL via his home callsign direct or e-QSL.
Operators Ken/JN1THL (J79KT), Yoshikatsu/JK1KHT (J79YK), Yoshiko/JQ1LCW (J79YL) and Misae/JF1UOX (J79JF) will be active this week from Dominica (NA-101) between May 10-17th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, possibly 6m, and using CW, SSB and RTTY. Equipment will be a TS-590 and IC-706MKII with amps. QSL all callsigns via JN1NDY.
Operators Karl/LA8DW (JW8DW) and Kjell/LA9HH will be active from the JW5E club station in Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen Island (EU-026) between September 12-19th. Their activity will include the Scandinavian Activity Contest (SAC) CW Contest (September 15-16th) using the callsign JW5E. Operations outside of the contest will be on CW and SSB. QSL JW8DW via LA8DW. QSL JW5E direct. Visit the JW8DW Web page at:
Once again world traveller, Vladimir, UA4WHX, is active, but this time from Jordan as JY8VB. Currently his length of stay is unknown, and his activity has been on 40/20/17/15/12/10 meter using SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign.
KK5, UNITED STATES (Special Event/IOTA Op)
Look for members of the Brazos Valley ARC (KK5W) to be active during the Museum Ships Weekend (0000z, June 2nd to 2359z, June 3rd) operating from radio rooms of WWII Submarine USS Cavalla and Destroyer Escort USS Stewart from Seawolf Park on Pelican Island (NA-143) in Galveston, Texas. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. Be a part of living history as they commemorate the actions of these ships and crews. Receive a special event QSL by sending a SASE to KK5W (QRZ.com). More information is available at:
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (May 7-13th)
May/07th AN May/10th HN May/12th AN-HN May/08th AN May/11th HN May/13th AN May/09th AN-HN SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS/INDEXES AND GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE ====================================================== NORMALITY GEOMAG K Values Alpha ----------------- ------ -------- ------ AN - Above Normal Quiet K=0-1 0-7 HN - High Normal Unsettled K=2 8-15 LN - Low Normal Active K=3 16-29 BN - Below Normal Minor Storm K=4 30-49 DIS - Disturbed Major Storm K=5 50-99 VRY DIS - Very Disturbed Severe Storm K=6-9 100-400KH8, AMERICAN SAMOA
PG6, NETHERLANDS (Special Event/Windmill)
Members of the Veron Woerden Radio Club (Division A66) will be active as PG6MILL between May 12-13th. Activity will take place from the Dutch Windmill 'de Windhond' during the WOTA (Windmills On The Air) Event. Operations will be on 80m-70cm. The PI4WNO members are also celebrating the club's 25th anniversary. QSL via PA4J. During the WOTA Event, it is possible to earn an award, for details see:
Once again operators YL Anja/DH2AK and Torsten/DL1THM will be active as PJ2/DH2AK and PJ2/DL1THM from Curacao (SA-099, WLOTA LH-0942) between now and May 18th. Activity will be holiday style using this time the PJ2T Signal Point club station. Activity will be on 20-15 meters and mainly on SSB. QSL via their home callsign, by the Bureau or direct. See details (QRZ.com).
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated May 6th) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4O/IW3FWT via IW3FWT HB60RF via HB9DDS RP67IB via RK3DXW CT7/GW0VML/P via GW0VML HG3IPA via HA3JB RP67KE via RW9QA DL250COAL via DK8VR K4A via N4PJ RP67SO via RW3ZC EG8WFF via EA8URL KP4ED via EB7DX RP67S via RV3LZ EM50ISI via UT5SI LZ907SKB via LZ1KCP RP67ZZ via UA1ZZ EM67QN via UT3QN MQ0OXO via M0OXO YL44WFF via YL2SW EO1HFF via UY1HY OK2RRR via OK2RZ YU/S50HH via S50HH GQ4RCG via M0OXO OZ/DL1BWU via DL1BWU ZW7R via PR7ZAJ GS6PYE via M0VFC PY0FM via PY5XX (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTWLY16W QSL STATUS. Sam, LY5W, reports that he just received a few days ago the special LY16W QSLs from print. The special callsign was used to celebrate the independence of Lithuania signed on February 16th, 1918. QSLs are good towards a beautiful LY WPX Plaque. All info is available on QRZ.com under LY5W. First QSLs will go out this week to those who send direct; Bureau QSL cards will go a little later. Sam states, "Look for me with another new prefix."
QSL 4J0LH and 4J0SF via 4J5T. Activity was by the "Safari DX Club" from the Shuvalan Lighthouse (AZE 007) on May 6th. This was a new activation. Operators were Boris/4K4K and Natig/4J5T.
NEW QSL MANAGER. As of April 30th, 2012, Buzz, NI5DX, has become the QSL Manager for Volker, ZS3Y. Buzz will be able to confirm all contacts made with ZS3Y after October 11, 2008. Cards will need to be printed so replies will not be sent out for about six weeks. Patience is appreciated during this transition period.
OLD QSL COLLECTION (Update). Jean Michel, F6AJA, wants to remind everyone to visit the Les Nouvelles DX (LNDX) Web page to see more than 9900 old QSL cards in several different albums/galleries. This site contains:
- The ten most wanted DXCC entities (2004 to 2011) with more than 300 QSLs - At least one card for each 60 deleted DXCC countries (more than 1300+ QSLs) - Nearest the totality of current prefixes, disappeared now (more than 3500+ QSLs) - Album for stations from North Africa 1945-1962 (300+ QSLs) - More than 850 QSLs from the Antarctic bases. - Nearly 270 QSLs from the TAAF (Terres Australes and Antarctiques Francaises). - More than 300 QSLs for the rare French Pacific Islands such as FK, FK/C, FO/C, FO/A, FO/M, FO/C and FW - Nearly 100 cards from Eparses Islands such as FR/B/E/G/J/T - The FG, FM, FP, FS, FY stations from 1945 to 1970 - More than 1400 cards for the old timer with more than 130 countries before 1945. - Cards from the French Department before 1945. - At least one card from each of the states in the U.S. before 1945.The URL address for the Web site is:
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 4Z4DX, 6H6IARU, 9N7MD, CD3DZ, CE4SFG, CE9/PA3EXX, CT3DZ, CT9/CT1FFU, EA3IN, FM5CD, FY8PE, GM3YOR, GR100MGY, HK1MW, HP1WW, JA7IC, JV5A, KH6ZM, ON4AXU, PJ2/K8ND, RG9A, UN1L, WP4U and VE6STP
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 5Z4EE, 7P8GF, 9M6/OH2YY, E51M, E51Z, HC2/W7SE, HI8A, JC91NW, SU9VB, SV2ASP/A, SV5BYR, T2T, TG8/W0OR, TO3A, TU2T, VK0TH, VP8SGP, VR2XMT, XV2RZ and ZX2S
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3A/N9NS, 3W6C, 5WOU, 5W0YA, 5Z4/RW1AU, 6W/UA0SE, 9M6DXX/P, 9M6XRO/P, 9M8Z, 9U1RSI, A6/UA9B, A65BP, B3C, BV9G, BV0G, BV0SSB, C21DL, C6AUM, CY9A, CT3/DK7YY, DU3/KL7IWC, E51NOU, FM5WE, FO/N6JA, HC8/DF8AN, HK3Q, HK5NLJ/3, HK6BRK, HR9/WQ7R, JW/DC8TM, JY4NE, KH2L, KH0/KT3Q, KP2/K0BBC, P29SS, P4/RG5A, PJ4C, PJ4/W5WR, R1ANC, T27A, T32YA, TC4M, TN2T, TT8ZZ, UK8AR, V31YN, V55A, VP2MSC, VP5DX, VR2C, XU7ACQ, XU7XRO, YS9SS, ZC4VJ, ZF1A, ZF2AM, ZK3OU, ZK3YA and ZL7/N7NOU
Eric, K9GY, who is active as T6MO from the Helmand Province (Grid MM21), will be on during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. Operations will only be on 40/20/15/10 meters using 100 watts into a OCF dipole at 40 feet. QSL via LoTW or to K9GY (see QRZ.com) direct or by the Bureau.
V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS (Update)
John, W5JON, will once again be operating as V47JA from his Calypso Bay, St. Kitts, W.I., hillside vacation home (CQZ 8, IOTA NA-104, Grid FK87pg) between July 12th and August 2nd. Activity will be on 80-6 meters, including 60m and using SSB. His activity will also include RSGB IOTA (SSB) Contest as a Single-Op/All-Band entry and also, the CQWW VHF Contest (July 21-22nd). Equipment will be: Kenwood TS-590S and a SB200 Amplifier and a 80-10m Multiband Dipole and S9 Ver- tical (18' and 31'); 6m will be a 3 element yagi. His XYL Cathy, W5HAM, will occasionally operate as V47HAM. ALL QSLs go to his home callsign W5JON. Also via LoTW.
W9DXCC DX CONVENTION ANNOUNCES (Press Release - dated May 5th)
"DX'ing from the Black Hole - A multi-session course to be presented in conjunction with the 60th W9DXCC DX Convention (Schaumburg, Illinois) -- The W9DXCC convention committee has announced it will offer a 4 session class on Friday, September 14th, 2012, to introduce ham operators to the excitement and fun of 'DXing', or contacting hams in other countries around the world. The class will be held the day before the W9DXCC convention on September 15th, and has been designed for new and inexperienced DX'ers. Each will cover a different aspect of DX'ing including operating practices, station design, chasing awards, QSL'ing and propagation from the Black Hole.
All presenters are accomplished DXers from the NIDXA (Northern Illinois DX Association) and include K9AJ, K9EL, WA9YYY and W9MU. Between them they have over 100 years of experience that includes participation in DXpedition operations to rare locations around the world and numerous awards.
Registration for the class may be done online at the W9DXCC web site
www.w9dxcc.comwhen Convention registration is active. Discounts will be available for persons signing up for both the class and the convention. Please contact W9MU email@example.com for further details and information."
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