OPDX Bulletin 1158 April 14, 2014

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1158
BID: $OPDX.1158
April 14, 2014
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, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, WA4DAN, WB6RSE, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, W0GJ, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DL7VEE, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, E21EIC, ES1CW, F5NQL, F5JYD, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HA0HW, HP1COO, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IZ8IYX, JR1GSE, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, PT7WA, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, SP5ES, VA3RJ & ICPO, and the VHF- DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 6th-April, through Sunday, 13th-April there were 230 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, 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, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, 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, PZ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T32, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, 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".

2014 DXCOFFEE PARTY (Press Release)
The location chosen this year is the beautiful town of Milazzo, near Messina, Sicily. Milazzo is located on a peninsula of great natural beauty overlooking the archipelago of the Aeolian Islands. Below there is a video that shows the beauty of the "Peninsula of the Sun", where it is always summer!

The arrival is scheduled for Friday afternoon, but who decides to arrive early in the morning will have a chance to go “on air” /IT9 by ARI Milazzo club station, who kindly make available your own radio station. Then you can then move to a local restaurant (lunch is not included in the packages).

On Friday afternoon, will be free the ladies who can enjoy shopping, going to the beach etc..

Friday dinner (set menu based on fish) will be at the restaurant La Casalinga.

Saturday, May 17: Early in the morning is scheduled to leave for a hydrofoil boat to the island of Vulcano, Aeolian Archipelago, IOTA EU-017, IIA E018.

Vulcano will be activated with a radio station at the restaurant that also will host us for lunch.

The activation of Vulcano is not mandatory and is not included in the packages, those who did not want to wake up early to catch the hydrofoil can spend the day as you prefer: beach, shopping or hiking around Milazzo.

The pizza on Saturday noon will be at the Ritrovo Diana, in the center of Milazzo, 2 minutes (walk) from the hotel.

Sunday, May 18: The final day, but also the main day of the party will take place at the Castello of Milazzo.

In this beautiful scenery the editors of DxCoffee have organized a series of discussions on topics that have always interest our pub- lications: DXpedition, Contesting, IOTA. Soon we will publish the program of the morning.

Also on this occasion will be installed a radio station and you can do activities such as IQ9MY / P (Reference DCI-ME001)

Always at the castle, in a room adjacent to that which will host the convention will take place at the lunch a buffet of typical Sicilian dishes.

For more info: http://www.dxcoffee.com/eng/dxcoffee-party-2014

A group of Colombian operators will activate the callsign 5K0M from San Andres Island (NA-033) between April 19-24th. The operators mentioned are Luis/HK3LEC, Jilmer/HK3UAV, Will/HK4IKL, Julio/ HK5WUI, Ernesto/HK7IPT and Jorge/HK7JA. Activity will be from the Colombian Red Cross facility on 40-6 meters. Their primary purpose is to encourage local amateur radio operators of the island to return to their activities within the hobby. QSL via HK7IPT. Details and updates have been posted on:


Press Release from the ARRL Web page:

"The ARRL Website, E-Mail, LoTW, Online Store Will Be Down Monday Evening, April 14th! The Internet service at ARRL Headquarters will go dark on Monday, April 14th, from around 5 PM ET (2100 UTC) until around 10 PM ET (0200 April 15) in order to complete necessary maintenance. Services affected will include e-mail to and from ARRL Headquarters (all incoming e-mail will be queued), access to the ARRL website, reflector traffic to and from ARRL Headquarters (all incoming reflector mail will queued), Logbook of The World (LoTW), and the ARRL Online Store. We apologize for any inconvenience."
Jose, EA3GUO, is planning to activate several islands in the Caribbean between May 16th and June 7th. Activity will be on 20/15/12/10 meters. QSL via his home callsign direct. His tentative activations are as follows:
 Montserrat Island as VP2MSP            Dominica Island as J7/EA3GUO
 Anguilla Island as VP2E/EA3GUO         Saint Barthelemy Island as FJ/EA3GUO
 Saint Martin Island as FS/EA3GUO       Saint Maarten Island as PJ7/EA3GUO
 Saint Vincent Island as J8/EA3GUO
Stay tuned for more details.......

As this was being written, World-Traveler Vladimir, UA4WHX, is now active as CE0Y/UA4WHX from Easter Island. As always, his length of stay is unknown. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign (see QRZ.com).

The 60m News reports that as part of Canada's 60m permission, they are hopeful that Aaron, VA1AXC, the new island manager, will be on 60m soon. Gary, K4AVC, made, tested and shipped an Inverted Vee to Aaron who will be back on island in a few weeks. Joe, W8GEX, has been working on this for some time along with Murray/WA4DAN, Gary/VE1RGB and Gary/K4AVC. Stay tune for more updates.

Jorg, DL3LUM/PA1MUC, will be active as D44TXU from Santa Maria, Sal Island (AF-086), between April 19-25th. Activity will be holiday style on 20 meters mainly (possibly higher bands), and operating QRP CW only using a KX3 (max 12W from hotel) into a vertical (probably HF-P1 or larger). QSL via DL3LUM, direct (Dutch home address) or by the DARC QSL Bureau.

Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports on the Crimea and DXCC situation: Upon request of the CEO, the ARRL Awards committee evaluated the situation at present in Crimea against the DXCC rules. As the interpreter of the rules, the following is the Awards Committee's decision on how to "count" QSOs with stations operating from Crimea.

Crimea is not a DXCC entity. Neither Russia nor Ukraine is a rare entity and the vast majority of confirmations used for DXCC credit for either entity do not involve Crimea.
DXCC Rule 4 reads:

"4. Confirmation data for two-way communications must include the call signs of both stations, the entity name as shown in the DXCC List, mode, date, time and band. Except as permitted in Rule 1, cross-mode contacts are not permitted for DXCC credits. Confirmations not containing all required information may be rejected."
A QSL with a call sign issued by the administration of Ukraine and showing the entity name as Ukraine counts as Ukraine.

A QSL with a call sign issued by the administration of Russia and showing the entity name as Russia counts as Russia.

A QSL that satisfies neither condition does not count for either entity.

73 es DX!

The FT4TA DXpedition team to Tromelin Island, which takes place between October 30th and November 10th, have announced their pilots stations and posted a link on their Web site. The following pilots stations were named:

Chief Pilot - Col, MM0NDX; E-mail address: dxer59@gmail.com Asia/Japan - Harumi, JR4OZR; E-mail address: Jf1pjk@ybb.ne.jp Europe/Africa - Bjorn, ON9CFG; E-mail address: on9cfg@telenet.be Oceania - Al, ZL2AL; E-mail address: leezl2al@gmail.com North America (*East Coast) / South America - Don, N1DG; don@aurumtel.com North America (*West Coast) - Rich, KY6R; E-mail address: ky6r@arrl.net
* To avoid confusion on the definition of East Coast and West Coast, they decided that the boundary is the Mississippi River. All that is in the West should be sent to the pilot West Coast and vice versa. Naturally, if an error occurs, your application will be all the same consideration. They recommend that you simply stick to detailed regional organization above. They also remind you that the drivers (pilots) will not have access to the logs. Any requests for QSO data are to be sent to QSL Manager only.

To read more detailed info on the pilots stations, see:


Operators Laci/HA0HW, Sanyi/HG8LW/P, Geza/HA8DD/P and Zsolt/HA8FY/P will be active as HG0WFF from Hajdusagi TK (HAFF-019) located on East Hungary on Saturday, April 19th. Activity will start at 6:00 UTC until they use up all their batteries and gasoline for the generator. Operations will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via HA0HW.

HO100, PANAMA (Special Event)
This year Panama is celebrating its 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal. A special event station will be operating as HO100CANAL between April 19th and August 15th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, PSK and RTTY. On August 15th, the Panamanians will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the inaugural transit through the Panama Canal. This activity is organized by amateurs of the Republic of Panama. The QSL Manager for the operation is HP1AVS, some of the operators are HP1AVS, HP1COO, HP1CPE, HP1DBK and possibly more stations from Radio Club de Panama. For more information, see: http://www.qrz.com/db/HO100CANAL For more information on the 100th anniversary of Panama Canal, see:


AS-049. Takeshi "TAKE", JI3DST, will once again be active as JI3DST/6 from Kuchino Island (Tokara Island) between 0600z, April 29th and 0000z, May 5th. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters (possibly 160/80/75m) using CW, SSB, FM, RTTY, PSK31 and JT65A. QSL via JI3DST (see QRZ.com for details). ADDED NOTE: In case of heavy rain or other conditions, the operation condition may vary.

AS-145. (Update) Choon/E20HHK will lead a group of operators which include Teerawat/HS3NBR, Prayong/HS4BPQ, Nuk/HS7BHK, Damrongsak/ HS8GLR and Toshio/JA1WTI to activate Nu Island in the Southern part of Thailand as E20HHK/P between April 18-20th. AS-145 is a rare IOTA in Thailand and was last activated in 2000 (as E29DX). They will go QRT on April 20th in the morning. QSL via E21EIC.

EU-032. Fred, F4EIH, will be active as F4EIH/P from Oleron Island between April 12-20th. He will use 100 watts and a dipole on 40/20/10m SSB.

EU-070. Operators Fred/F5OZK, Paul/F4DVT and Christian/F8HJV (who is a resident) will be active as F5KKD/P from Ile du Levant (DIFM ME012) between May 1-4th. QSL via F5KKD.

SA-028. Operators Leo/PU2LGU, Paulo/PU2WZR and Agostinho/PY2DMC will activate Vitoria Island between April 13-14th. Callsign was not announced before going to print. QSL via PU2WZR only direct.

SA-086. (Update OPDX.1145) The Chilean team, who was expected to be active as XR2T from Damas Island between April 16-20th, has postponed their operation until October.

KH8, AMERICAN SAMOA (Reminder/Update)
By the time you read this, operators Günter/DL2AWG, Hans/DL6JGN and Ron/PA3EWP will be active as KH8/homecall from Ofu Island (OC-077) between April 9-20th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Günter informs OPDX that their rigs are 2x K3 with 600w solid state amps. They plan to have one station on 24 hours and the second on sometimes. The antennas they will be using are monoband GPs (40-10m). Subject to a reliable Internet connection, they will upload their logs to ClubLog on a daily basis. Otherwise the complete logs will be uploaded upon their return. QSL via DL2AWG (OQRS, direct, by the Bureau). For more details and updates, see:


Kazunori, M0CFW/JK3GAD, will be active as MJ5Z during the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or via M0CFW. Look for activity before and after the contest using the callsign MJ0CFW.

A group of Czech operators will be active as MJ0ICD from the Island of Jersey (EU-013) between July 21-27th. Their main activity will be an entry in the RGSB IOTA Contest. The operators will also use their own callsigns/MJ during the daily operations. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. They are also taking equipment for 6m and 2m. QSL MJ0ICD via OK1BIL. Operators mentioned are Marek/OK1BIL, David/OK1DBS, Libor/OK1DOL, Vladislav/OK1FIK, Jan/OK1NP and Josef/OK1XC. The group does have a Web page at:


The Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) sent out the following Press Release on April 7th: The following officers were elected at the annual board meeting of the NCDXF in Visalia, California, on April 5, 2014.

President, Tom Berson, ND2T
Vice President, Glenn Johnson, W0GJ
Secretary, Kip Edwards, W6SZN
Treasurer, Don Greenbaum, N1DG
Directors: Steve Merchant, K6AW
John Miller, K6MM
Glenn Rattmann, K6NA
Ned Stearns, AA7A
Glenn Vinson, W6OTC
In the past year we were saddened with the loss of three previous directors of NCDXF: Lee Shaklee/W6BH, Jack Troster/W6ISQ, (both founders of NCDXF) & Bruce Butler/W6OSP.

Rusty Epps/W6OAT and Ken Anderson/K6TA retired from the board this year and were thanked for their many years of service.

Our scholarship funds will be directed toward supporting new DXers (age 25 or less) at CT University sessions over the next two years.

Over the last year NCDXF provided approximately $99,000 to support DXpeditions to the rare and most difficult entities.

At the International DX Convention banquet, we were presented a generous check of $12,000 from the Southern California DX Club.

The board is grateful for the generous contributions from the DX community, without such support, DXpeditions to the Most Wanted and hard to get to entities would not happen. Have you donated yet? You can make your contribution on the website:


Glenn Johnson, W0GJ
Vice President

Yuriy, N2TTA, will once again be active from here as NP2P during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 24-25th) as a Single- Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW.


 Apr/14th AN      Apr/17th  AN      Apr/19th  AN
 Apr/15th AN      Apr/18th  AN      Apr/20th  AN
 Apr/16th 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
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (April 13th)
  3Z14EASTER via SP6IEQ     HG100ATOM via HA3KNA      OL6R via OK2BQY
  5P0O via OZ1GDI           HG3M via HA3MY            OM8A via OM2VL
  7X2BDX via IK2DUW         K7M via N7ACS             P29NO via EA5GL
  A35X via N3SL             KH0/JH1BXH via JH1BXH     PA530ROT via PA0ABM
  AH0J via JA1NVF           KH7Y via EA5GL            PJ4H via DL3KMS
  CE0Y/UA4WHX via UA4WHX    KH8/DL2AWG via DL2AWG     RG61PP via RZ3LC
  CN2CA via PA9M            KH8/DL6JGN via DL2AWG     SD2G via SA2AWO
  DA0AD via DD1DD           KH8/PA3EWP via DL2AWG     SV8/DK3SJ via DK3SJ
  DA0WCA via DL7RAG (*)     L27D via LW5ER            T88QX via DF8DX
  DQ0HARZ via DF7AA         LZ1808SNS via LZ1KCP      TM29UFT via F6ICG
  EA5HCC/EA8 via EA5HCC     OK1YA/VK4 via OK1YA       UE80YG via RK3LO
  EI0PL via EI5JQ           OK5T via OK1VSL        YP10NATO via YP10NATO (e/L)
  EN0U via UT7UT            OL1C via OK1ONA           YT0PUPIN via YT7WA
  EV80KEDR via EW7WW        OL1Z via OK2WZN           YV4NN via EA5HRT
  HB0/PA2CHR via PA2CHR     OL4A via OK1DSX           ZA/DL7UCX via DL7UCX
  HB0/PA3CNO via PE1FLO     OL4W via OK1IF            ZL2/EA8EE via EA8EE
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW only
    (O) OQRS only
    (*) Don't send your card; all QSOs will be confirmed automatically.
QSL MANAGER. Alfredo, IK7JWX, states that he is the QSL Manager for the following (by the Bureau or direct): 5C2J, 5C2J/P, 5I0DX, TS8P, TS8TI and ZA0IS (Dec. 2002). See QRZ.com for details.




A experienced German team is pleased to announce another DXpedition to the Pacific Ocean to Southern Tarawa Atoll, Western Kiribati. Their callsign will be T30D, and they will be active between October 2-15th. Operators mentioned are Uwe/DJ9HX, Rudolf/DK3CG, Sid/DM2AYO, Dietmar/DL2HWA, Georg/DL4SVA, Bert/DL2RNS, Heiko/DL1RTL, Juergen/DF7TT, Olaf/DL7JOM, Guenter/DL2AWG, Hans/DL6JGN and Rolf/DL7VEE. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, with at least four simultaneous stations with 500 watts amps around the clock. Suggested frequencies are:

CW - 1814.5, 3526, 7026, 10119, 14026, 18086, 21026, 24906 and 28026 kHz
SSB - 1849, 3805, 7095, 7182, 14210, 18120, 21255, 24955 and 28455 kHz
RTTY - 3595, 7046, 10137, 14090, 18099, 21090, 24918 and 28090 kHz
6m - 50120/CW and 50120/SSB
QSL Manager is DL4SVA. QSL via OQRS (see Web page), direct, by the Bureau and logs will be uploaded to LoTW at a later date. A Web page will is now available at:

T8, PALAU (Update)
Operators Fujio/JA1SVP and Takeo/JR1GSE will be active as T88FA and T88TH, respectively, from VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room) on Koror Island (OC-009) between May 16-19th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, including 30/17/12m, using CW, SSB and RTTY. T88TH (JR1GSE) will operate mainly SSB and some CW. While T88FA (JA1SVP) will operate mainly CW and RTTY. Main rig is an IC-756 with a TL-933 (possibly other rigs). Antennas are a 160m sloper, 80/75/40/30m Inverted-V and 20-6m Yagi. QSL T88FA via JA1SVP, and T88TH via JR1GSE. Both either direct or by the Bureau. For more details about the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room), see:


Operators Kenji/JH1BGH and 7K1HLJ will be active as T88WI and T88WH, respectively, from VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room) on Koror Island (OC-009) between May 20-28th. Specific bands and modes were not provided (Probably the same as the above operation). QSL T88WI via JH1BGH and T88WH via 7K1HLJ.

Alex, IW5ELA, will once again be active as TK/IW5ELA from Calvi between April 25th and May 1st. Activity will be holiday style on 40/20/15/12 meters (maybe 6m) and mainly on CW. He will use a FT857 w/100w into a vertical antenna. QSL via his home callsign.

TM02/TM62, FRANCE (Special Event)
Look for the following special event stations to commemorate WWI (1914-1918):
 TM02REF will be active April 13th from 8 to 18 local time
 TM62PGM will be active from April 14-15th from 8 to 18 local time.

TM70, FRANCE (Special Event)
Members of the Loos DX Gang will be active using the special callsign TM70DD (D Day) between June 5-19th, to com- memorate the 70th anniversary of the allied landing in France. QSL via F5JYD, by the French REF Bureau (Only this Bureau will be used) or direct (w/SASE).

Shu, JA1FMN, will be active as V63PSK from Weno Island (in the Chuuk State; also known as Moen Island; IOTA OC-011) between May 14-17th. Activity will be holiday style on 20-10 meters using PSK and JT65A. QSL via JA1FMN, by the Bureau, direct or eQSL.

The "60m News" reports that Macedonia has granted at lease 16 stations permission to start operating on 60 meters on May 1st. The RSM (Radio Society of Macedonia) requested permission for a group of 16 dedicated radio amateurs with good experience, although the permission is given to RSM as an organization - not to individuals. The RSM is given discretion to modify the list so this list may be extended. The following are currently listed: Z31CZ, Z31MM, Z32ID, Z32M, Z33A, Z33F, Z34M, Z35B, Z35F, Z35G, Z35T, Z35W, Z36W, Z39A, Z39Z, and Z30A.

ZK3, TOKELAU (Update)
Operators Jacek/SP5EAQ and Marcin/SP5ES plan to be active from Nukunonu Atoll starting October 8th, for a period of three weeks. However, the dates may change due to the unpredictability of trans- port. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. Jacek operates only SSB, while Marcin SSB and CW. They expect to receive the callsigns ZK3Q (SP5EAQ) and ZK3E (SP5ES) -- callsigns to be confirmed. QSL route TBD. For more details and updates, see:

ADDED NOTE: There may be some activity from Apia, Samoa (5W) planned during their return back (early November).

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