OPDX Bulletin 1073 August 6, 2012

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1073
BID: $OPDX.1073
August 6, 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, NJ1Q & W1AW, W2NK, W2VU, K3IRV, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4GN, N4JF, K5XK, KH6BZF, KK6EK, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, W9ILY, AC0RA, W0GJ, AT International, DF2UU, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3RWF, G3TXF, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, ON4ZD, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, S50U, Sixitalia Weekly, UT7UT, VA3RJ & ICPO and the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Tuesday, 31st-July, through Tuesday, 7th-August there were 207 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY9, D2, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, 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, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, P5, PA, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TT, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).

5X, UGANDA (Pirate!)
Nick, G3RWF, reports, "Someone is currently pirating my Ugandan call (G3RWF) - he/she/it was on 20m today (August 1st) at about 1215 UTC - also on 40m a few days ago (and also last March fwiw). I hope to return to Uganda in October, but no dates yet fixed." Nick told OPDX, "Current plans are for a return to Uganda in mid-October for 8 weeks - taking in CQWWCW (maybe SSB too if I can find my mic) and the ARRL 10m contest (if 10m wakes up again properly!)."

Just a reminder that operators John/9M6XRO and Steve/9M6DXX will be active as 9M4SLL from Pulau Layang Layang, Spratly Islands (AS-051) this week between August 7-13th. Activity will be on all bands from 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, using two stations with linear amplifiers to vertical antennas on the edge of the ocean. Spratly Islands are ranked 29th in the current The DX Magazine ‘100 Most Needed Countries’ survey (world-wide, mixed modes), up from number 32 last year. The QSL Manager for 9M4SLL is Tim Beaumont, M0URX. QSL direct with SAE + 2 USDs or 1 new IRC, OQRS

(see http://m0urx.com/oqrs)
or via the RSGB bureau (all bureau cards MUST be marked "via M0URX"). Logs will be uploaded to LoTW as soon as possible after the end of the operation (within a few days), but there will be NO online log during the DXpedition itself. (Note for users of computer logging programs: The 9M4 prefix is issued to special event stations that may be anywhere on Malaysian territory; this includes the DXCC entities of West Malaysia, East Malaysia or, as in this case, Malaysian islands in the Spratly group.)

In OPDX.1072, under "VK0H, HEARD ISLAND (Update)", The callsign for Joe Taylor (Nobel physics) was incorrect and should be K1JT (not N1JT). We have been informed by Bob, KK6EK, that it is now corrected on the Heard Island Web page.

Rich, W2VU, sent out the following press release on August 1st:


CQ magazine will embark on a major reorgani- zation of its editorial content in order to publish contest results signif- icantly sooner, Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, announced today. On average, contest results will appear four months sooner than at present. The new schedule will be phased in over the course of 2013 and will be fully in place by 2014.

'The phase-in is necessary because of new and old dates overlapping,' Moseson explained, 'as well as scheduling needs for non-contest articles including our special focus issues and Dayton new product reports. As a result, some contest results will be temporarily relocated in 2013 and some specials will be rearranged as well.'

'In addition, there will be two sets of CQ WPX Contest results published in 2013 -- the 2012 scores in January (SSB) and February (CW), followed by the 2013 results in September (SSB) and November (CW). The CQ World Wide DX Contest results, which currently appear in the August (SSB) and September (CW) issues, will be published as of 2013 in the April and May issues, respectively. For one year only (2013), the CQ World Wide VHF Contest results will be published in CQ VHF magazine, and will return to CQ as of 2014, appearing in the January issue.'

This schedule change has been made possible by the fact that the vast majority of contest entrants submit their logs online, as well as advance- ments in technology for log-checking, earlier log submission deadlines announced last month and advances in publishing technology.

'For years, both participants and contest directors have been asking us to publish the results sooner,' Moseson explained, 'and at last, all of the pieces have fallen into place to make it possible. The new schedule represents the minimum amount of time needed to not only collect and process the logs, but to resolve issues with problem logs and take the necessary steps to assure the ongoing integrity of our contest results.' A complete calendar of contest results issues for 2013 and 2014 will be posted on the CQ website at www.cq-amateur-radio.com."

The CY9M St. Paul Island DXpedition went QRT earlier then expected on July 31st, around 1625z due to a forecast of poor weather conditions and at the request of the skipper. They departed from St. Paul Island at 1900z. In 4.5 days of operating, the team made over 33k QSOs. All contacts will be verified via LoTW once they return home, and for those who want paper QSLs, Tim Beaumont, M0URX, will be the QSL Manager. The log is now available on ClubLog. The final totals are as follows: 33219/QSOs and 12715/Unique Calls. Mode breakdown is:
15561/CW, 16143/SSB, 62/PSK, 705/RTTY and 748/PSK63F.
Continent breakdown is: 441/AF, 0/AN, 514/AS, 17438/EU, 13548/NA, 233/OC and 1045/SA.

D6, COMOROS (Reminder/Update)
A team of Europeon operators will be active as D64K from Ngazidja (Grande Comore), Comoros Islands (IOTA AF-007), between August 8-20th. The current list of operators mentioned are Salvador C31CT/EA3QS, Sigi/DL7DF, Josep/EA3AKY, Fabrizio/IW3SQY, Paolo/ IV3DSH, Franco/IZ8GCE and Les/SP3DOI. The team has already obtained all permissions, and the license has been sent to the DXCC Desk. Pilot station is Stan/KH6CG. Their license covers from 160 to 6 meters, so the guys will be active on all bands and modes, and they are even considering the possi- bility of working on 60m and 6m. They will have four stations on the air using 2x Elecraft K3, 2x Elecraft K2 all with amps, into 2x Spiderbeams, 2 element vertical array (80/40/30) and HF vertical Multi-band. Suggested frequencies are:
CW ­ 1826, 3506, 7006, 10106, 14026, 18076, 21026, 24896 and 28026 kHz
SSB ­ 1845, 3780, 7060/7150, 14150, 18140, 21270, 24940 and 28470 kHz
RTTY ­ 7035, 10142, 14080, 18100, 21080, 24920 and 28080 kHz
6m - 50130/CW-SSB and 50193/EME

The QSL Manager will be Paolo, IV3DSH. Watch the following Web sites for updates:


Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following operation is approved for DXCC credit:
H44UD ­ Solomon Islands; 2012 Operation

With more and more DXpeditions putting their videos on YouTube and other Web services, we decided to list them (possibly) each week. For this week's listings:
2008 - T88CJ Palau Koror Island DXpedition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NbuSLKOiZsI
2005/2007 - 6W/ HA7TM & J5UTM DXpeditions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mwwbm0Vh36k
1999 - 7A0K Semut Kecil Island DXpedition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDfh4MAx_4k
1998 - E30HA & E30GA Eritrea DXpedition: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qeWXNC0jWhs

If you have a DXpedition 'video' available on the Web and would like to have it listed in the OPDX, PLEASE send the URL to use and we will publish it.

Didier, F6BCW, will be active as FO/F6BCW (or possibly a special callsign) from various French Polynesian Islands between October 2nd and November 8th. Activity will be holiday style, CW only, and using 100 watts into dipoles strung-up between coconut trees on the following islands:

October 2-6th - Tahiti Island (OC-046); no or very little activity
October 6-15th - Huahine Island (OC-067); 40-10 meters
October 15-19th - Raiatea Island (OC-067); 30/20/17 meters
October 19-22nd - Tahaa Island (OC-067); 40/30/20/17 meters
October 22-26th - Maupiti Island (OC-067); 30/20/17 meters
October 22nd(?)-November 8th - Huahine Island (OC-067); 40-10 meters
QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

Willi, DJ7RJ, will once again be active as FR/DJ7RJ from Reunion Island between September 26th and October 21st. Activity will be on all bands 160-10 meters using, CW and SSB, and will pay special attention to the low bands for US and JA. QSL direct to his home callsign.

AF-018. Operator Raffaele, IH9YMC, will be active from Pantelleria Island (IIA TP-001, MIA MI-124, WW Loc. JM56XT), African Italy, during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/ Single-Band (??) entry. QSL via eQSL.

AS-105. Kim (Tia), DS2NMJ, will be active as DS2NMJ/2 from Yonghung Island between August 12-13th. Activity will be on 15 and 12 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct (preferred) or by the Bureau.

AS-190. (Update/New IOTA) A team of Saudi operators will activate Al-Dhahrah Island as 7Z7AB between October 5-11th. Operators mentioned are Abdul/7Z1CQ, Suli/7Z1SJ, Abdullah/HZ1AR, Bader/ HZ1BF, Abdullah/HZ1BW, Abdul/HZ1DG, Firas/HZ1FS, Hani/HZ1HN, Mohamad/HZ1MD and Nhaw/HZ1TL. More details and a Web page will be forthcoming. See their logo on (QRZ.com).

EU-012. Look for a YL DXpedition to be active as GB2YLS from Fair Isle (IOSA SH-09, WLOTA 1319) between August 16-22nd. Operators mentioned are Unni/LA6RHA, Chantal/PA5YL, Ruth/IT9ESZ/HB9LFM, Nicky/MM5YLO, Elaine/2E1BVS and Denise/MM6ZDW. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB, as well as an entry in the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (August 18-19th) from Fair Isle South (Skaddan) Lighthouse (ILLW UK0127, ARLHS SCO-079, BARLS A3750, TWLHD WLH GM-028). QSL via MM5YLO, by the Bureau or direct. Visit their Web site at:


EU-028. Paolo, IZ5NFD, will be active as IA5/IZ5NFD from St. Andrea (WW Loc. JN52BT) in the north western part of Elba Island between August 6-12th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-2 meters on CW during his early mornings (0500z) and his evenings (2100z). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-042. Mike, DG5LAC, will be active as homecall/p from Amrum Island (GIA N-018, WFF DLFF-013, WLOTA 2464) between August 11-24th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. Log will be uploaded to LoTW, WFF and eQSL.

EU-064. Members of the Radio Club Vendéen (F6KUF) will be active as F6KUF/p from the Sebastopol Polder (FFF-218) on Noirmoutier Island between August 20-21st. Operators mentioned are:
CW Team - Pat/F6ACD and Alain/F5OEV
SSB Team - Phil/F5TRO and Seb/F4BHZ.
Activity will be on the usual WFF frequencies, +/- QRM permit- ting. QSL cards are via the Bureau; SWL cards are welcome.

EU-84. Operators Stefan/SA0AEK, Alexander/SA0AEX and Oskar/SA0ASG will be active as SC0UT/5 from the Scout Camp Boomerang on Vassaro [Vässarö] Island until August 10th. Activity will be on 80-12 meters SSB. QSL SC0UT via the Bureau.

EU-165. Massimo, I0PNM, will once again be active as IM0/I0PNM from San Pietro Island (IIA CI-007, MIA MIS-050, WLOTA 2989) between August 10th and September 3rd. Activity will be mainly 20/15/10 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via his home callsign direct only.

EU-182. (Correction) One of the Russian-Ukrainian team's operator who was listed a R6LP in OPDX.1072 from their press release is actually Oleg, RL6LP, and was active as UT/RL6LP from Ankudinov Island during the IOTA Contest last weekend. QSL via LoTW or eQSL.

NA-124. Manuel, XE2HUQ, will be active as XF1F from San Francisco Island sometime in October. Specific dates were not announced. Activity will probably be on 80/40/20/17/15/12/10 meters using SSB only. QSL via XE2HUQ.

Torkel, LA6VJA, will once again be active as JW6VJA from the JW5E club station in Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen Island (EU-026) between August 10-12th. Fredrik, LA6TMA, will also join him and be active as JW6TMA. Activity by JW6VJA will mainly be CW with some SSB, while JW6TMA will be active mostly on the Digital modes. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau. PLEASE NOTE the new postal address for direct QSL cards. Also, JW6VJA will upload his log to LoTW. For more details, visit:



 Aug/06th  AN      Aug/09th  AN      Aug/11th  AN
 Aug/07th  AN      Aug/10th  AN      Aug/12th  AN
 Aug/08th  AN

    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       100-400
KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (On the Birds!)
Wyatt, AC0RA, reports that he made a QSO on August 2nd with Rich, KP2CT, from St. Thomas on FO-29 for his first satellite contact. For equipment he has a Icom 706 and an arrow antenna. He is manually tuning for Doppler and still getting the hang of it. Wyatt states, "He (Rich) is going to only be on the SSB satellites for now and probably only FO-29 due to the ease of working semi duplex on mode J vs mode B. Though we might try on VO52 at some point. He is still picking up on things that make it easier and need to trouble shoot a few problems we found during our first QSO! He will try to be QRV on fo29 during the next few week ends and possibly during the week depending on his free time due to his unpredictable work schedule. He also asked that people not try to contact him for skeds. If he knows he can make a certain pass or passes I will try to make an effort to post to the AMSAT BB."


"The Northern California DX Foundation is the recipient of a 4000 USDs donation from the Northern California DX Club. This is the largest donation ever received from a club. More and more DX clubs are donating to NCDXF. NCDXF thoroughly analyzes the financial needs of planned DXpeditions and helps provide critical funding to DXpedtions high on the Most Wanted List. Often without support such DXpeditions would not be possible. Several expensive DXpeditions in the Top Ten Most Wanted are in the early or mid planning stages. Contributions from individuals and from clubs to NCDXF will help make these DXpeditions happen."
NCDXF PRESS RELEASE (Dated August 48th)
"The Northern California DX Foundation is pleased to announce the addition of two new Directors to fill vacancies created by retiring board members. Tom Berson, ND2T, and Glenn Rattmann, K6NA, were elected to fill these positions.

Tom Berson, ND2T, became a ham at the age of 11. He has lived and worked abroad for 7 ½ years. He is a past president and director of the Inter- national Association for Cryptologic Research, Inc. Professionally, Tom is an expert in cryptography, computer security, information conflict, and high-tech business. Tom has been on several high profile DXpeditions and will be headed to NH8S Swains Island very soon. Tom has lived in Palo Alto, CA, since 1977.

Glenn Rattmann, K6NA, has been DXing and contesting since age 14. He has a degree in Marine Geology and has had successful careers in oceanographic survey work, electronic sales and manufacturing and aerospace. He retired from Northrop Grumman in 2007. He has participated in many DXpeditions and is very active in contesting. He has worked all current DX entities and loves the low bands. He has been very active in the San Diego DX Club. Glenn lives in Valley Center, CA.

More extensive biographies for Tom and Glenn can be seen at:

An eleven member Board of Directors oversees all of the Foundation's business. These Directors and the volunteer advisors who assist them have held responsible positions in the business or academic worlds. They all are active DXers. The Foundation does not have a paid staff, and no Foundation officer, director or advisor receives a salary or compensation in any form.

In keeping with the original intent of the founders, NCDXF has supported over 500 DXpeditions, large and small. For the expensive "mega" DX- peditions, NCDXF is usually the "anchor" sponsor and its grant often makes the difference in whether the DXpedition goes forward. Since its founding in 1972, NCDXF has donated in excess of $1 million to worthy DXpeditions. NCDXF also supports the world-wide NCDXF/IARU Beacon Project and provides for scholarships for worthy recipients in cooperation with the ARRL Foundation.

The Northern California DX Foundation relies heavily upon the generosity of its contributors to fund various projects. The NCDXF is an organization described in Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and all con- tributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law for U.S. taxpayers.
73, Glenn W0GJ"

Members of the Lebanese Army Ham Radio (HAM RADIO DX GROUP) will be active as OD5ARMY during the month of August. Activity is to celebrate the founding of the Lebanese Army, and to "thank the Lebanese Army for their effort and their faithfulness to the Land, to the Country, to their parents, and the Lebanese people." Gabriel, ON5NJ, informs that the following will be participants during this event: Joe/OD5TE, Raja/OD5MV, Puzant/OD5NH, Gaby/OD5NJ, George/OD5QB, Maria/OD5QT and Anthy/OD5YY. QSL via OD5NJ.

Pasi, OH3WS/OG3A, who was active as OH0/OH3WS from Eckerö, Aland Island (EU-002) on Friday, is now active as OJ0W from Market Reef (EU-053, ARLHS MAR-001, WLOTA 0542) until August 10th. Activity will take place during his spare time. QSL via OH3WS.

P3, CYPRUS (Update)
Mark, M0DXR, will be active as P3F (not 5B/M0DXR as first announced) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign.

Members of the Araucaria DX Group, in conjunction with the TX3A Team, will activate St. Peter and St. Paul Rocks (PY0S), under the callsign PT0S approximately between November 10-22nd. They suggest on their Web page to please visit and check their Web site regularly for news updates or announcements. (Like all things maritime, the exact dates of their travel to the rocks will be subject to the weather and issues related to the boat.) The Web page also menitoned that two operators of the PT0S Team (PY2XB and AA7JV) went out on a survey voyage to St. Peter and St. Paul Rocks this past weekend to find a suitable site for a platform to hold their operating and sleeping tent. This is necessary as there is no flat land available on the rocks. They have only 5 hours on the rocks to complete their survey, which, in addition to the platform site, will include surveying potential antenna sites and generator location.

Once again, operators for the PT0S operation will be Fred Carvalho/PY2XB (PY2XB/PY0F, PQ0F, VP5/PY2XB, 8P9XB), Peter Sprengel/PP5XX/PY5CC (PY0FM, PW0T, HK0NA). Tomi Pekarik/HA7RY and George Wallner/AA7JV. The operation will have a strong low band focus. There will be a dedicated 160 meter station operating on 160 meters from sunset to sunrise. A second station will be on 80 and 40 meters at night. During the day they will operate two stations on the higher bands -- and 6 meters -- based on conditions. RTTY will also be supported. An "Online QSL Request Service" (OQRS) will be set up on their Web site for both direct or Bureau QSLs. For direct cards via the mail, QSL via HA7RY (read details on the Web page). The log will be uploaded on LoTW, generally within 36 hours of the QSO taking place. For further information, please visit:



  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated July 29th and August 5th)
 6K13KJ via HL0CHD          HG3IPA via HA3JB           OH0/YL2GN via YL2GN
  8J2NDP/3 via JA (B)       HG460EV via HA6VA          OM100IG via OM3BY
  9A/OM8AA via OM8AA        HK2PMR via EA5GL (d)       ON12TRUDO via ON4TRC
  9A/VE3ZIK via DK8ZZ       HR2/NP3J via EA5GL         OZ3SDL via EI3IO
  D2QR via RW6HS (d)        I2/ON4ENL via ON4ENL       P3F via 5B4AHJ
  DP87SIXD via DL3VU        I6/IZ0MQN/P via IZ0MQN     PC25HR via PC2F
  ED5RKB via EA5RKB         ID8/IQ8CS via IQ8CS        R10RLHA/1 via RA1QY
  ED7YAD via EA7URM         II3PIC via IV3FIV          R35CZF via RV9CVA
  EH2DLG via EB2FAC         IK/AL3T via DL7ET          R1812SM via RV3LZ
  EI25DB via EI9HQ          IK2/DF5DN via DF5DN        SU1IE via HA3JB (d)
  EJ0PL via EI5JQ           IM0/I2KQE via I2KQE        SV2/OE5RTP via OE5RTP
  EJ3Z via EI6GUB           IN3/I3GNQ via I3GNQ        SV5/RD1AP via RD1AP
  EN5RFF via UT1RT          IS0/OM3BH via OM3BH        SZ6P via SV1BJW
  ES0W via SP7DPJ           JH1OGT/BY1RX via JH1OGT    V5/F5JWH via F5JWH
  ES7FHELL via ES7FU (B)    JX9JKA via LA9JKA          XV9NPS via JA2NPS
  EV140OP via EW7DK         KH0/WE0A via WE0A          YF1AR via N2OO
  EX2F via RW6HS (d)        LX/PA7AL via PA7AL         YV7/UA9YAB via UA9YAB
  F/M0CUL via M0CUL         LY/RA5FB via RA5FB         YV7/UA9YPS via UA9YPS
  F/OE5JKL via OE5JKL       LZ916SS via LZ1KCP         YV7BMZ via EA7FTR
  GB2012OLY via M0DOL       MW0ZZK via EB7DX           ZF2GG via W4SIG
  GI/EI7GEB/P via EI7GEB    MX0HFC via G1EYY           ZP0B via ZP5KO
  GO1VDP via M0URX          NP3CW via EB7DX            ZP5AJR via PY4KL
  GO3TXF via G3TXF          OD5ARMY via OD5NJ
                (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW
NEW MANAGER. Buzz, NI5DX, is now serving as QSL Manager for Clive, 3B8CW, on Mauritius Island. Buzz has Clive's past logs and will be able to confirm contacts made with 3B8CW from September 1, 2011, onward. Clive is using a Mosley TA-33 antenna at the present time, but is considering building/buying a HexBeam to improve his signal and allow operation on the 79-WARC bands. A QSL card is now being designed and will be printed soon. Please allow for a short delay in response if sending for a card before they arrive from the printer. This is generally 4-6 weeks after the order is placed.

OJ0R LoTW. Nigel, G3TXF, reports that the OJ0R log will be uploaded to LoTW just as soon as the LoTW Cert arrives. He also states that both Don, G3XTT, and himself had a great time, and they are grateful to Teemu, SM0W, for setting it all up. Nigel has provided a few photos from last weekend's IOTA Contest trip to Market Reef (OJ0R) at:


QSL STATUS S55CERKNO & S555E. Dan, S50U, reports, "All S55CERKNO & S555E direct QSL request (OQRS is preferred) will be honored by a special stamp released for the occasion! Please SASE with 2 USDs to: Radioclub Cerkno, P.O. BOX 16, 5282 Cerkno, Slovenia, with priority return when getting cards from the printer in early 2013. Request your direct QSL with special stamp at http://www.s50e.si. "

TM0BI (EU-032) IS QRT. The complete log is uploaded on the OQRS provided by ClubLog. Direct and Bureau QSL are via ON4ZD and can be requested via this OQRS (the prefered way). OQRS access is also available directly on the Web page: http://www.qrz.com/db/tm0bi




Well-known operator Paul Caboche, 3B8AD, became a Silent Key (SK) on July 25th. Paul is remembered as a communications pioneer and was active on many islands in the Indian Ocean. He was inactive in recent years due to illness. Older DXers may remember Paul as VQ8AD, etc.

He was 94. Jacky, 3B8CF, made the following announcement on the IARU Region 1 Web site, "Paul was the oldest ham in Mauritius. His first call was VQ8AS in the Chagos back in 1937. Later he got the call VQ8AD, then in 1970 he became 3B8AD. He was the first chairman of MARS (Mauritius Amateur Radio Society) and held this post for many years, from 1967 to 1993. He has done much to protect the interests of ham radio in Mauritius and to promote this hobby over the years. May he rest in Peace! Jacky, 3B8CF."

OPDX was also informed that Sven Lutzen, OZ3SA/OX3SA, recently had a heart attack and is now a Silent Key (SK). No other details were provided.

OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the above Silent Keys.

"The Daily DX" reports this past week that Fernando, Z21BB/EA4BB (ex-9Q5BB, D2BB, ST2BF, TU5JL), has left Zimbabwe and has taken a new assignment in the Mali Republic. He is expected to receive a TZ6BB license in a couple of week. QSL via W3HNK.

Hans, DF2UU, informs OPDX that he will once again be active from Namibia between the end of August to the middle of September as V5/DF2UU. Activity will be on 160-6 meters. He will also be active during some contests. In the SSB FD, September 1-2nd, he (and others) will be active as V55V/P as a Multi-Single entry. In the WAE SSB, September 8-9th, he states that the callsign is not sure, but if he works Single-Op it will be V5/DF2UU and if it is Multi-Op then V55V.

VU7, LAKSHADWEEP ISLAND (aka Laccadive Islands)[IOTA/Lighthouse/WFF Op]
Members of the Bangalore Amateur Radio Club (VU2ARC) and a small group of amateur radio volunteers will be active as VU7M from Minicoy Island (AS-106, WFF VU-103, ARLHS LAK009 and also IND017 [to be deleted!!]) between August 13-22nd. The group received special permission from Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, and the Government of India on July 26th, to use the special callsign VU7M to represent India during the 2012 International/Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend, August 17-18th. Operators mentioned are Arasu/VU2UR, Laxmanan/VU2LX, Srikantha/VU2GSM, Govind/VU2GGM, Ramesh/VU2LU and Lion/VU2JHM. Details on QRZ.com state that they will be "setting up humble HF station" and the QSL route is "DIRECT or through the Bureau". For more details (plently of URLs to look at) and updates, watch (QRZ.com) under VU7M.

Jeff, N6GQ, will once again be active as YN2AA from Grenada, Nicaragua, between October 23-29th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, and he will participate in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-OP/All-Band/High-Power entry. Jeff will probably use a K3 radio and 1 KW amp into the following antennas: a Tribander, 2 element 40m beam, wires and beverages for 80/160m. QSL via NN3W, by the Bureau or direct. U.S. stations, please send SASE; DX stations, please send SAE with GS or IRC. Bureau service will take time. Logs will also be uploaded to LoTW.

It was announced on August 5th: "The HARAOA ZL9HR DX’Pedition to Campbell Island in the Great Southern Ocean (IOTA OC-037) is delighted to have been granted an award from the prestigious ARRL Colvin foundation.

The Colvin Award is conferred in the form of grants in support of Amateur Radio projects that promote international goodwill in the field of DX and the HARAOA are honored to have received this award.

Preparations for this major DX’Pedition are on schedule for the activation dates of November 28th. to December 9th, 2012."

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