The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1123
August 12, 2013
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
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DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 4th-August, through Sunday, 11th-August there were 222 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE0Z, 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, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, 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, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, 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).
Jacek, SP5OXJ, will be active as 4O/SP5OXJ from Budva between August 13-20th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-20 meters using CW and the Digital modes. QSL via his home callsign or LoTW.
Just a reminder that Francis, F6BLP, will once again be active as 6W7SK from Saly Portudal, 80 kms south of Dakar on the coast, between January 3-31st, 2014. Activity will be holiday style using the same station as last time (IC-7000 into G5RV antenna) operating mainly CW on 80-10 meters. If possible, he also hopes to be active on 160m with an Inverted L. QSL via F6BLP, direct or by the Bureau. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL. For more details, logs and pictures of his last operation, visit:
YL Ann, W6NN, will be active from the following areas as:
* EA8/W6NN - Tenerife, Canary Islands; August 11-16thAll activities will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using all modes. QSL via her home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. See QRZ.com for details. Logs will be posted on ClubLog.
* 9H3NN - Gozo Island, Malta; August 21-26th
CE0Z, JUAN FERNANDEZ ISLAND
Operator "Mario", in his capacity as aerodrome manager on Juan Fernandez Island, has recently been active as CE0ZOL. He is not a DXer nor a contester. Mario is likely to be active when time permits during the weekends. He will be stationed on the island for 6 months. Activity has been on 40 meters SSB (on 7080 kHz around 2200z). More details will be forthcoming. QSL via QSL via CE3RAC: Radio Club Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil, P.O. Box 15 - Aeropuerto AMB, Santiago, Chile.
CE, CHILE (ILLW Op!)
Look for the following Chilean lighthouse to be in the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (ILLW) event August 16-17th:
* Punta Herradura, Lighthouse - Ref No. NAC. 120; Manuel, CE2UNE, will be active on 40/20/15/10 meters, using 100 watts and a YAESU 1700 into a Delta loop and dipole antennas. Chilean hams please QSL by sending a SASE, and foreign stations with 2 IRCs to the following address: Manuel Mejias Gallardo, Ana Moral Cuesta Nº1710, Ovalle, CHILE.CS, PORTUGAL
* Coquimbo Lighthouse, - Ref. No. NAC.115; Hector, CE3FZL, will be active on 40/20/15/10 meters, using an ICOM IC-718 with 100 watts into a Delta loop and dipole antennas. Chilean hams please QSL by sending a SASE, and foreign stations with 2 IRCs to the following address: Hector Frias, P.O. Box 9570 cc, Santiago, Chile.
* Curaumilla Lighthouse - ILLW Ref. No. CL0017; Freddy, CE3NLU, will be active on 40/20/15/10 meters SSB, using a Kenwood TS-140, Kenwood TS440 into a Hy-Gain 14-AVQ. QSL via CE3AA, direct or by the Bureau. More information is available on QRZ.com.
DXCC RULES TO BE REVIEWED!
From the "Minutes of 2013 Second Meeting - ARRL Board of Directors - dated July 19-20th, 2013" Item 35:
"On motion of Mr. Fenstermaker, seconded by Mr. Vallio, the following resolution was ADOPTED:DXCC NEWS
WHEREAS: The ARRL's DXCC program is very successful and is recognized as the premier DX award available to Radio Amateurs. It has been at least 10 years since the DXCC rules were comprehensively reviewed by the DX Advisory Committee (DXAC) and/or another committee and ratified by the ARRL Board of Directors. These changes to DXCC have been very successful and resolved many previous problems and inconsistencies in the DXCC rules and program; and,
WHEREAS during this time, changing international conditions and situ- ations now warrant review of these rules to insure the DXCC rules acknow- ledge such changes and events.
NOW BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the ARRL Board of Directors tasks the Program and Services Committee to request the DX Advisory Committee (DXAC) study and, if warranted, recommend changes to the DXCC Rules for the ARRL Board of Directors to discuss.
A status report shall be forwarded to the Programs and Services Committee prior to the January 2014 Board Meeting with a final report and recommen- dations forwarded to the Programs and Services Committee prior to the July 2014 Board Meeting."
NOTE: If you've had these rejected in a prior application, send a note to email@example.com to be placed on the list for an update to your record. Also, please note the submission date and/or reference number where the rejection was noted to expedite the search for any rejected QSOs.
FP, ST. PIERRE AND MIQUELON ISLANDS
Operators Peter/DJ4TC and Hermann/ DL2NUD will be active as FP/homecall from a motel on Miquelon Islands (NA-032) between September 10-21st. Activity will only be on 2 meters, 70 and 23 centimeters using JT65B and JT65C. Their WW Loc. is (GN17tc). QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau.
FT5ZM AMSTERDAM ISLAND DXPEDITION UPDATE (From The FT5ZM Web Page)
Ralph, K0IR, updated the Web page this past week with details (as well as pictures) of the landing and operating sites for the FT5ZM DXpedition on Amsterdam Island. He states,
"We have been assigned two operating sites on the north end of the island. One site, a shelter called Mataf, is located just northeast of the base. It is over 400 feet from the sea and the beach area has small cliffs, is rugged and rocky, and is exposed to the high sea. Having antennas at the water's edge is not really an option. The slope downward and to the north favors propagation to most major population areas. We will use verticals for the low bands and 3-element Yagis for the high bands."Check out the complete press release (with pictures) at:
H4, NICARAGUA (Update to OPDX.1116)
Members from the Spanish Aitana DX Group (ADXG) will be active as H7H from Octavio, YN2N, radio shack in Nicaragua between October 1-16th. Operators mentioned are Javi/EA5KM (CW), Fer/EA5FX (CW), Eugen/EA5HPX (CW), Fran/EA7FTR (SSB/RTTY), Jose/EA1ACP (SSB/RTTY) and Carlos/EA1DVY (SSB/RTTY). Pilot station named is Ismael/ EA1AZ. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via EB7DX, direct or by the Bureau. An OQRS will be available for direct and Bureau QSLs. All QSOs will be confirmed via LoTW. For more details and updates, visit:
HL, SOUTH KOREA
Dom, SQ9KWW, will be active as HL3/SQ9KWW between August 12th and September 2nd. Activity will be on the HF bands using wire antennas and 100 watts. QSL via his home callsign, direct or eQSL.
As of August 9th, HV0A has been active and is expected to be active "for some day" per Sergio, IK0FTA. Activity will be active on the HF bands, mostly on CW and during the peak of Perseids meteor shower on the VHF bands. QSL direct to IK0FVC or LoTW.
Just a reminder that next weekend is the "International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend" [ILLW] (August 17-18th). It was announced this past week that the ILLW has broken a record for registrations. There are over 460 registered as this was being written. Complete details on the ILLW event, update and registered stations can be found at the following URL links:
AF-019. Landi, IW5ELA, will be active as IG9/IW5ELA from Lampedusa Island between September 8-13th. Activity will be on the HF bands, mainly CW and using FT-857 with 100 watts into a multiband vertical. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau and direct.
AS-014. Members of the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society (ROARS) will be active as A43MI from Masirah Island between September 20-24th. Activity will be on CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via A47RS, direct or by the Bureau. Visit the ROARS's Web page at:
EU-016. Leo, S50R, is now active as 9A/S50R from Solta Island (ACIA IC-656, CIA-51, IOCA CI-126, MIA MC-389, WLOTA 2833) until August 17th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. Visit his Web site at:
EU-016. Bela, HA8BE, is now active as 9A/HA8BE from Brac Island (CI-010, WW loc JN83GJ) until August 17th. Activity will be on the HF bands mostly on CW, but some SSB too. He will try to be active on or near the IOTA frequencies. QSL via his home callsign, by the HA Bureau or direct.
EU-028. Paolo, IZ5NFD, will once again be active as IA5/IZ5NFD from St. Andrea in the north western part of Elba Island (IIA LI-001, MIA MI-022, WLOTA 0609, Grid Loc. JN52) between August 12-21st. 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-029. Bernd, DL2SBE, is now active as OZ/DL2SBE from Lolland Island (DIA SJ-015, WLOTA 2773) until August 24th. Activity will be on the HF bands, using SSB, PSK, RTTY and SSTV. Equipment is an Icom IC-706MKIIG, Expert 1K, Hexbeam (20-6m), W3DZZ for 80-40m or a vertical with 18m Spiderbeam Pole. Bernd also plans to be active as OZ/DL2SBE/m. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct. More details on QRZ.com.
EU-057. Marc, PE1FJN, will be active as as DL/PE1FJN/p from Ruegen Island (DID O-007, WLOTA 1712) between August 18-31st. Activity will be limited to his spare time (family holiday), but he will be using an Elecraft K1 with 2.5 watts into a Buddipole GP. Operations will be focused on 30m CW. QSL via PE1FJN, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-172. Operators Heinz/DC5WW, Robert/DK2RO, Anton/DL8AW, Norbert/ DL9NAC and Thilo/DL9NBJ will be active as 5Q7Y from Langeland Island September 14-21st. QSL via Anton, DL8AW, by the Bureau, direct and LoTW. You can also use the Clublog OQRS Service (fee: 1 EURO). Anton, states, "If you want to send direct cards, please include an SASE (only with German stamps) or SAE plus sufficient return postage. I don't want to earn money by sending cards directly, I just want to cover my expenses. In Germany sending international letters (no matter to which country) costs 0.75 EUR (about 1 USD). You also can use a valid IRC." Log will be uploaded as often as possible.
OC-109/ (Update) Operators John/YB5NOF, Anton/YB5QZ, Joni/YB9WZJ and
OC-122. YE5WM will activate Tambelan (OC-122) as YE5T between August 28th and September 1st. Natuna Selatan (OC-109) activity will be afterwards between September 4-9th. All activations are weather dependent. QSL via W2FB.
OC-065. By the time you read this, Ralph, H44RK, is expected to arrive on Swallow Islands. Once Ralph finishes his projects on the island, look for his to be active as H40IOTA on 20 and 15 meters. Per DX-World.net, suggested times are 0700-0900z on 14260 kHz and after that on 21260 kHz.
OC-261. (Reminder!) Craig, VK5CE, will be active as VK5CE/p from Flinders Island between August 15-21st. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, with most of the operations being on 40/20/15m, using SSB and PSK. QSL via his home callsign. For more details and updates, watch Craig's Blog page at:
SA-054. (Update) Members of the Grupo DX Caracas will be active as YW5X from Orchila Island (ARLHS VEN-022, WLOTA 3044) between August 20-26th. The YW5X will be active to commemorate the Navy's Dìa Venezuela 2013 during the month of August. The dates will depend on Navy transport. QSL via DM4TI only. Look for updates on QRZ.com.
Toshi, JP1IOF, will once again be active as JD1BLC from Chichijima Island (AS-031, WLOTA 2269, JCG #10007) in the Ogasawara group between Novenmber 7-15th. Activity will be on all HF bands and modes. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. Log will be uploaded to LoTW and ClubLog. An OQRS will be available via ClubLog.
Operators Sig/DL2JIM, Rene/DL2JRM and Dan/DL5SE will be active as JW5E from the club station in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen Island (EU-026, WLOTA 0125), between September 13-16th. Activity will be on all HF bands and modes. They will also be an entry in the Worked All Europe (WAE) DX SSB Contest (September 14-15th). QSL only direct to: Svalbardgruppen Av NRRL Clubstation, PO Box 498, N 9171 Longyearbyen, Norway.
ADDED NOTE: Netti/DO6XX will join Rene/DL2JRM to be active as JW/homecall from the JW5E club station between September 20-23rd. Rene will be active as JW/DL2JRM and will focus on the Scandinavian Activity CW Contest (SAC) (September 21-22nd). Netti will be active as JW/DO6XX and will be on all HF bands using SSB and RTTY. QSL via home their callsigns, direct or by the Bureau. For more details about JW5E station, visit:
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (August 12-18th)
Aug/12th AN Aug/15th AN Aug/17th AN Aug/13th AN Aug/16th AN Aug/18th AN Aug/14th AN 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=6-9 100-400ON, BELGIUM (LH Op!)
OX, GREENLAND (Reminder)
An international group of YLs will once again activate amateur radio from Kangerlussuaq (NA-018, WLOTA 0072, WWFF OZFF-006, WW Loc. GP47PA) between August 16-20th. Their callsign will be OX5YL. Operators mentioned are Unni/LA6RHA, Mio/JR3MVF, Chae/HL1KDW, Kay/WA0WOF and Solveig/SM6KAT. Activity will be on all HF bands and modes QSL via PY5YL, direct or by the Bureau. The last YL expedition was in 2010 and was very successful. For more information, visit their Web site at:
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (For August 11th) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3B8/HB9ARY via 3B8/HB9ARY EG3RD via EA3GYT OM150MS via OM3KHT 4K20RO via 4J6RO (d) EI2HMB via DG5SDQ OS0C via ON7KC 5Q4B via OZ5EV (d) ES9YOTA via ES1CW OU2W via OZ1ETA 8J1A/1 via (JA-B) EW/DL7VFM via DL7VFM R01DTV/6 via R7AA 9A/DK9FEC/P via DK9FEC F/DK1AF via DK1AF R7AA via R7AA 9A/E77AW via E77E F/DL4KCA via DL4KCA SP2B via (SP-B) 9A/HA3HP via HA3HP G/K1HP via JE2EHP TF4M via G3SWH 9A/IZ2ESV via IZ2ESV GX4KPT via M0DOL TM2NOI via F4FVI CP6/DF9GR via DF9GR GX8HRC/A via G3SVK UA8WAA/4 via UA8WAA D44TS via DL3GCS H40IOTA via NR6M UN9LBB via W3HNK D80HQ via HL1OYF HA/PA3FYX/P via PA3FYX UP0L via DL8KAC DL/OE9SCH/P via OE9SCH HF13C via SQ1DWR V31PA via DL1CW E20HHK via E21EIC HF13Z via SP1FFC V5/UT5UY via UT5UY EA5/F5TDK via F5TDK IT9/OZ8BV via HB9DUY XR3Y via XQ7UP EA8/KD4D via KD4D LZ2013IPA via LZ3HI YQ0BIKE via YO6KNE EG2MES via EG2MCK (d) OH0/DM2ECM via DM2ECM YQ6A via YO6BHN (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW onlyCONGRATULATIONS TO W3HNK. Joe Arcure, W3HNK, has hit a milestone. It's has been 50 years this month since this world-famous/known QSL Manager began serving as manager for many DX stations (+400). We bet that many DXers throughout the world have received a QSL from Joe. Read an article written about Joe that was posted this week by the ARRL at:
QSL ROUTES FOR II8LH. The Calabria DX Team activated the Paola Light- house (WW Loc. JM89AI, reference ARLHS ITA-111 and CL-002 WAIL) and the the Capo Spartivento Lighthouse (WAIL CL-009, ARLHS ITA-043, WW Loc. JM77UW) this past weekend. QSL via Bureau: HB9FHZ (USKA bureau). QSL via direct to IK8YFU. Also, e-QSL authenticity guaranteed and LoTW. For more info, see:
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 9V1YC, CO7WT, CR5CW, EI3JB, EJ0PL, FG4NO, G0JKZ, KP2HC, OX3KQ, RJ5DX, V63XG and YF1AR/3
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 7P8D, 8Q7KP, 9M2/OK1CZ, 9L5MS, D44TWO, D85C, RI1ANU, TM6M and TX5K
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 4B1AC, 4K6/JR0HYT, 4K9W, 4S7KKG, 5V7SI, 7J1AYJ, 7K3BKZ, 8J1RL, 9G5S, 9M1JKL, 9M2TO, 9M6/OH2YY, 5R8VB, 5R8X, 5X1VB, 5Z4/UA4WHX, 7Q7VB, 9J2VB, 9M4SLL, 9M6DXX, 9X0VB, A25NW, AH0BT, BA2IA, BA4WR, BD3DBU, BD3MV, BD3OM, BD5PN, BD6IF, BD7JUI, BD8NBG, BD9AC, C21UF, C4SV, CR2X, CT3/DF8AA, CT8/DL1CW, CT9/DL3KWF, CU1ARM, CU2ARA, CU2CE, CU3URA, CU5AM, CU6GRP, CU7CRA, CU9AC, CY9M, D3AA, D60VB, DA0I, DJ2AX, DL4FN, DR1A, DV7HTK, EA6/DL6CT, EA8/DF8AA, EN2012UEFA, FM/K9NW, HB100FLP, HB60LU, HS0ZIN, IK7RVY, IS0R, J20VB, J8/JA7SGV, KH2/JS6RRR, KH0WW, LZ1437MGS, LZ1737SSS, LZ67VZ, LZ907SKB, LZ916SSLZ1515PSB, MU/F4ERS, MU/F5CWU, N1BJ/KH2, OH0V, OH2BH, OP4K, P40X, S21YZ, S79NU, SV8/LZ1QN, SWL-YL-RS-01, TI5N, TK/DL4FF, TN2T, TO3X, TU2/F5PTM, TU2T, V5/DK9IP, V51VV, VE3RZ, VE3XL, VE7IMD, VK4TT, VK9LA, VP8ORK, W1AW/90, W3STX/KH0, XV2DLH, XV3AA, YL2PN and YM94KK
T4, CUBA (ILLW Op!)
Members of Federación de Radioaficionados de Cuba (FRC) and the Cuba DX Group (GDXC), will activate several stations for the next International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend (ILLW). Look for the following stations:
Roncali Lighthouse - Callsign T40C; Ref. No. ILLW CU0002; QTH Cabo San Antonio; activity on HF/6m using SSB/CW/DIG; WW Loc. EL71; QSL via EA7FTR.TX5, AUSTRAL ISLANDS
Morro Castle Lighthouse La Habana - Callsign T49C; Ref. No ILLW CU0003; activity HF on SSB/CW; WW Loc. EL83; QSL via K8SIX
Maya Lighthouse - Callsign CO9EAA; Ref. No. ILLW CU0005; activity HF on SSB; WW Loc. EL93; QSL via the Bureau
Morro Castle Santiago de Cuba Lighthouse - Callsign T48SC; Ref. No. ILLW CU0004; activity HF on SSB/CW; WW Loc. FK19; QSL via Bureau.
Punta Maisí Lighthouse - Callsign T48FM; Ref. No. ILLW CU0001; activity HF on SSB/CW; WW Loc. FL20; QSL via Bureau
V4, ST. KITTS
John, W5JON/V47JA, informs OPDX that he will be active once again from his vacation home in Calypso Bay, St. Kitts (NA-104, WW Loc. FK87SG) between October 10th and November 10th. Activity will be on SSB and the RTTY/Digital modes. He will also use his contest callsign V49J during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Equipment is a Kenwood TS-590S and Elecraft KPA500 Amplifier. Antennas include: a 80-10m Multi-band Dipole, and metal roof mounted S9, 18' and 31' Verticals and 3 element Yagi for 6m. Also, XYL Cathy, W5HAM, will occasionally operate as V47HAM. ALL QSLs go to W5JON direct or via LoTW. NO Bureau QSLs.
ZL, NEW ZEALAND
Atsu, 5W1SA, will be active as ZL1EA with QRP rig between September 7-10th. He states that there is a good chance for him to be active from Rotorua, the lakeside of the island on September 8th. QSL via LoTW.
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