The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1167
June 16, 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, K1SE, NJ1Q & W1AW, W1NK, W2GB, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, AA2WN, N4AA & QRZ DX, WB6RSE, NN7A, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, K9KM, W9ILY, 4J5T, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, E73Y, ES1CW, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IK7JWX, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, RW6HS, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, and the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 8th-June, through Sunday, 15th-June there were 215 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, 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, FH, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VP2E, VP2V, VP8, VR, VU, XE, XW, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, 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".
Operators Dmytro/UT6UA and Alex/UT5UAS are going to Azerbaijan to the mountain Geranboy District (LN30GK) to activate this new EME DXCC-entity and grid on 144 and 430 MHz. The 4K licenses have been obtained (4K/UT6UA and 4K/UT5UAS). Activity will take place between June 16-19th (and possibly the 20th). Their setup:
144 MHz: 8x7H + PA GS35B + LNA SPF-5122 + TRX TS2000 430 MHz: 4x8WL + PA GS35B + LNA ATF-54143 +TRX-TS2000 Modes: JT65 and some CW (skeds only)The main activity is planned on 144 MHz. They will change the antennas to 430 MHz for the last day, or one day earlier, right after finishing with the 144 MHz pile-ups. Listen for QSL instructions. The following phone numbers on their positions will be available:
They state, "Thank You in advance for assistance and see You on EME!"
The International team of operators (Ukraine, Georgia and Azerbaijan), called the "Safari Club" active from Nagorno Karabakh, will also be on all HF bands (except 80m) together with Boris/4K4K and Mamuka/4L2M using the callsigns 4J0K and 4K3K. The WFF reference number is 4JFF-005. The QSL Manager for the HF activity only (not the EME QSOs) is via RW6HS.
4W, TIMOR LESTE
If you missed the 4W/HB9FLX operation by Felix this past week (June 10-14th), look for a team to activate Timor Leste between October 19-31st. The same group who was active as VK9X/K7CO now plans to be active as 4W/K7CO. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB, as well as participate in the CQWW SSB Contest (October 25-26th). A team is being assembled and they will announce the roster shortly. However, their Web page currently lists Jon/K7CO, Christian/K7CXN and John/9M6XRO. For more details and updates, watch:
Lee, VK3GK, will be in Tonga between October 3-14th, spending approx. 10-11 days on the Island of Eua (OC-049) as a volunteer with a Rotary International Humanitarian Project. This is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Cranbourne which he is a member.
"We will be building two 'houses' (huts) and installing a 2500 meters drinking water pipeline from a natural spring into the Agricultural College, located on the Island of Eua. About 26 volunteers are participating from Australia. Operation may be a bit sporadic as the main aim is the Rotary Project. Apart from daily operations for an hour or so, I do hope to be active in the Oceania DX Contest SSB and even possibly in the CW contest the following weekend."Lee's equipment consists of an IC-7000, AH4 atu, 32' Vertical, and 135' doublet (hopefully hanging between a couple of palm trees). Activity will be on all bands, 80-10 meters using CW, SSB, and maybe even RTTY. QSL via his home callsign, VK3GK, direct (Please include return postage 2 USDs and SASE) or by the Bureau. Lee hopes to get a OQRS up and running.
C2, NAURU (Update/Change)
Stan, LZ1GC (3D2GC), will be active as C21GC from the Menen Hotel, Meneng District, Republic of Nauru (OC-031), between September 28th and October 14th. This will not be a vacation style operation. This will be DX ACTIVITY! Stan will sleep 4-5 hours during the day and will be active all other times on different bands and various modes, on all HF bands! Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and some RTTY. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1822.5, 3507, 5371, 7007, 10116, 14010, 18070, 21015, 24895 and 28010 kHzHis equipment will be a Kenwood TS-480 SAT + ACOM-1011 and a Yaesu FT-857 will be his backup transceiver. Antenas: EXP. GP (40-10 meters) and GP on 160/80/60/40 meters, and a 12 & 18 meters high Spiderbeam fiberglass masts DONATED by SPIDERBEAM (DF4SA and DL9USA). On 10 meters, Stan will put up 3 element Delta Loop fixed to Europe. Preferred method for QSL and LoTW requests is via PayPal. His PayPal address is: LZ1GC@ABV.BG
SSB - 5401, 7164, 14190, 18140, 21275, 24940 and 28480 kHz
RTTY - 7038, 10140, 14088, 18100, 21088, 24922 and 28088 kHz
Direct QSLs are via LZ1GC (see QRZ.com), and Bureau QSLs will take up to 1-2 years. For more details and updates, see: http://www.c21gc.com
Jason, N5NU, is currently living in Santiago, Chile, until August, and is sometimes active as CE3/N5NU and CE5/N5NU. His "Home station" is a MFJ-9020 QRP radio running 5 watts and a dipole. Sometimes he is active from "Radio Club de Chile" using a TH6 and 100w. Activity so far has been mainly 15 meters using CW and SSB. He is there as a full time missionary with the Assemblies of God. QSL via his home callsign. Look for QSLs to come out after his return.
FP, ST. PIERRE and MIQUELON
Operators Gerhard/OE3GEA and Oliver/OE5OHO will be active as FP/homecall from Miquelon Island (NA-032) between July 16-22nd. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using mostly CW with low power and wire antennas. QSL via their home callsign.
FT4, TROMELIN (Update)
The FT4TA Tromelin Island DXpedition team has recently updated their Pilot stations listing. The Pilot stations are the following:
Chief Pilot - Col/MM0NDX JA & Asia Pilot - Harumi/JR4OZR EU & AF Pilot - Bjorn/ON9FCG NA East & SA Pilot - Don/N1DG NA West Pilot - John/K6MM OC Pilot - Lee/ZL2ALFor the complete details which include where the NA East-West border- line is drawn, visit:
ANOTHER UPDATE (June 12th): Flo, F5CWU, posted on the FT4TA Web page: "A big step in the preparation of our operation has been done with sending three boxes containing the equipment. They are en route to Marseilles, where they will be shipped at the end of the month on a boat to the island of Réunion. This puts an end to several intensive weeks devoted to the manufacture of antennas and other equipment that we had to test, weigh and pack. However, the list of tasks to be performed is still long and the whole team is mobilized on different folders." Pictures of the team packing equipment can be see at:
AS-103. Operators Steven/VK2HSL, Randson/BV2DQ and Terry/BU2CC will be active as BW9/VK2HSL from P’enghu Island between June 18-20th. Activity will be mainly during local night time hours (after 0800z)on 40 and 20 meters. QSL via VK2HSL. Meanwhile, Steven is currently active from Taipei, Taiwan as BW/VK2HSL from the shack of BV2DQ. His operating conditions are an IC-9100, Tri- band Yagi and 1000 watts linear. To see pictures, see the URL address on BV2DQ's QRZ.com page.
EU-007. Members of the Papa Lima DX Group and other guest operators will once again be active as EJ0PL from Great Blasket between July 26-31st. Activity is usually on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. They will also be on the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) signing as EJ1Y. QSL via EI5JQ, direct or by the Bureau. An OQRS will be available via ClubLog. Log will be uploaded to LoTW, eQSL and HRDLOG.net.
EU-016. Tibor, OM3RM, will be active as 9A/OM3RM from VisIsland during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band/Mixed entry. QSL via OM3RM.
EU-091. Members of team IQ7AF, the Radio Club of ARI Lecce section, will be active as IQ7AF/P from Capezzone Island (IIA P-027) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). QSL by the Bureau or direct.
EU-119. Operators Victor/R1NU, Gen/R3BY, Max/RU5D and Ivan/UA6MF will be active as RI1O from Morzhovets Island (RRA RR-02-08, RDA AR-21, WLOTA L-1070, ARLHS ERU-051 and RLHA RLE-031) between June 23-27th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via R1NU, direct or by the Bureau.
NA-034. Operators Dragan/K0AP and Vlado/N3CZ will be active as homecall/4 from Anna Maria Island between July 12-19th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsigns.
NA-083. Art, NN7A, will operate as NN7A/4 from Chincoteague Island between July 7-13th. Activity will be all CW and holiday style running 100 watts into a wire and vertical antennas. QSL via NN7A, direct or by the Bureau.
J3, GRENADA (Reminder/6m Op!)
Just a reminder that Dave, W9DR, will be active as J38DR from Grenada (NA-024) between June 19th and July 1st. This will be a 6 meter only DXpedition. Dave will be on the north shore of the island (Grid Square FK92EF) for a great launch angle to North America and Europe over the Atlantic Ocean. Also, South America will be workable too. Operating frequencies will be 50.115 MHz SSB, 50.115.6 MHz CW and a breakable Beacon on 50.115.6 MHz running during no stations heard. He states, "Again, I will be using a FlexRadio SDR-1500 driving my HB solid state water-cooled amplifier into a 5 element 6 meter Yagi. Please submit your confirmation request (QSL) to W9DR home address. I hope to work many 6 meter operators."
J6, ST. LUCIA
Bill, K9HZ, will once again be active as J68HZ from his villa at Labrelotte Bay, Castries, St. Lucia (NA-108, WLOTA L-1336) between June 15-29th. Activity is usually on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. There will be a special emphasis on 160 and 80 meters on all modes. His equipment will consist of an Elecraft K3, a 3 element beam for 20-6 meters and wire antennas for 160-30 meters. QSL via his home callsign. He does use the LoTW, ClubLog and eQSL. ADDED NOTE: Bill is working towards his WAS on several modes and bands, so he prefers cards.
JD1, MINAMI TORISHIMA
Take, JG8NQJ, will once again be active as JG8NQJ/JD1 from Marcus Island in the Minami Torishima (OC-073, JCG 10007) group between June 17th and August 19th. He is usually there to work on the island's weather station. Activity will be limited to his spare time. He will be mainly on 17 meters but also on 15/12/10 meters CW. QSL via JA8CJY, by the Bureau or direct to: Susumu 'Sin' Sanada, 5-17, 5-4, Shin-Ei, Toyohira, Sapporo 004, Japan. Online log is available at:
Harry, AA2WN, will be active as PJ4/AA2WN from Bonaire Island (SA-006) between June 22-27th. Activity will be holiday style (he informs OPDX that his "primary purpose of the trip is a Scuba diving vacation") and will be using an IC-705Mk2 with 100 watts to a portable antenna with operations on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
PJ7, SINT MAARTEN
Andy, WA6WXD, will once again be active as PJ7/WA6WXD from Sint Maarten (NA-105) between June 21-28th. Activity will be holiday style on 20-10 meters. QSL via his home callsign.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (June 16-22nd)
Jun/16th AN Jun/19th HN Jun/21st AN Jun/17th AN Jun/20th AN Jun/22nd AN Jun/18th 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=6-9 100-400QSL INFO AND NEWS
HZ1HX QSLS. Boris, E73Y, reports, "I would like to inform you that effective 01-Jun-2014 I am taking QSL manager duties for Dr. Munzer Qraini operation from Saudi Arabia as HZ1HX. I have complete LOGs and once QSL cards are printed, I will be able to confirm direct and bureau requests for all QSOs. Clublog OQRS will be activated once QSL cards are received from printer."
RW6HS (Vasiliy) is the QSL Manager for:
HI3LFE - RW6HS MANAGER EUROPE ASIA
HP1DSD - RW6HS MANAGER EUROPE ASIA
XW4ZW QSL STATUS. Bill, K1SE, reports on June 9th, "QSL cards for XW4ZW have arrived here from the printer and are available. ALL pending cards have gone out; I mailed about 50-60, or so this past weekend. So, if anyone wants an XW4ZW card, bring 'em on! For USA: SASE. For all others: SAE and 2 green stamps. Please NO IRC's."
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3A2MW, 4X19MG, 4Z19MG, 7Q7BP, A71/WT2NY, EA6FG, EA8DBM, ET3AA, FS/K4UEE, IZ5EKV, JD1YBT, JH1KYA, LW9ETQ, MD0CCE, PF7M, PJ5/K6NAO, PY2VA, TZ6BB, VU7AG, W1EU/HR9, W100AW/7 and ZD8M
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3D2GC, 4V1JR, 4X6HP, 5J0X, 7P8JR, 7P8NK, 7P8YY, 9M4SLL, 9N7BM, A45XR, A61DJ, A92HK, CM6RCR, CX2CC, EP3HF, EX8MLE, FO/K7ST, FR5DZ, FY/F8FUA, HK0/N7QT, IA/IZ3SUS, JD1BMH, JD1YBT, PJ4H, S54ZZ, PJ6A, TO7CC, V25M, V25N, VK6FZM/mm, VK9MT, VU4K, VU7AG, XU7AEV, XV7BM, XW4ZW, XW8BM, YB4IR/5 and YF1AR/8
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3B9FR, 4K9W, 5B/DJ7TO, 5U9AMO, 8Q7BM, 9H3TX, 9Y4HQ, CO8EZ, DM45SCHUMI, EA8/DK5AN, HB0/DL5YM, HI3WL, HS7WMU, HZ1FI, LX9BSC, V31MA, V4/DF8AN, V5/DL3DXX, VK9MT, VP2MMN, YW5B and ZM90DX
Look for the Polish Amateur Radio Union (PZK) Team to once again participate in the IARU HF World Championship (July 12-13th) in the HQ category. QSL via SP7DQR.
T31, CENTRAL KIRIBATI (Update)
It was announced a few weeks ago that members of the 2013 November XR0ZR Juan Fernandez Island DXpedition is planning an operation to Kanton Island sometime in November 2014. The callsign will be T31R. More information is forthcoming. A new Web page will be activated soon at:
Tevfik, TA1HZ, will be active during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op entry. Callsign requested T88TC. Look for activity outside of the contest. QSL via his home callsign or LoTW.
TO5, MARTINIQUE (NA-107)
Al, F5VHJ, will once again be active as TO5A, from FM5BH's QTH during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via F5VHJ, direct or by the Bureau. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW. An OQRS will be available via ClubLog.
TX7, MARQUESAS ISLANDS
Operators Jared/N7SMI and Grant/KZ1W will be active as TX7G from Hatiheu Village, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas (OC-027), between October 18-26th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using SSB and RTTY, with high power to verticals right on the beach. They will focus on lower bands and favoring difficult propagation paths to provide as many amateurs the opportunity to get Marquesas in their log as possible. They will also be on the air for the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) from Zone 31. ClubLog OQRS is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED for direct, LoTW, Bureau and eQSL cards. QSL cards will be a beautiful full-color photo- graphic quality. A QSL priority list is available (recommended to view it), on their Web page at:
Look for IARU President Tim, VE6SH, to once again be active as V29SH Jumby Bay Island, Antigua (NA-100), between July 26th and August 8th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands with a focus on 30/17/12 meters using a Elecraft KX3 with an amp into a CrankIR. QSL via VE6SH, direct or by the Bureau and LoTW.
VK0, HEARD ISLAND (VK0EK Update/Radio Team Is Being Reorganized)
On June 14th, it was announced on http://vk0ek.org/:
"During the stay on Heard Island, we will carry out a full-service all-band, all-mode amateur radio operation using the callsign VK0EK. We expect to log as many as 150,000 individual contacts, operating from two sites: Atlas Cove and Spit Bay. In addition, we will use DXA3, the latest version of the real-time online log server that was used successfully on the Kure Atoll K7C (2005) and Clipperton Island TX5K (2013) DXpeditions. DXA enables DXers to get con- firmation of their contact within 1 minute, thereby eliminating the need for insurance contacts. DXA is fully described in the book by KK6EK.VP9, BERMUDA
We have been building the radio team over the past year, and we have more than half the projected 20 participants committed. Unfortunately, in the past two months five team members withdrew, including the team leader, citing conflicts or the desire to participate in a shorter, less challenging DXpedition. This circumstance has relatively suddenly left us short of a team leader and committed operators, and therefore we have decided to completely re-organize the radio team. The first step is to identify a new team leader who is widely respected in the DXing community and experienced with organizing and leading DXpeditions to rare locations. The new team leader will have the authority and responsibility for re- building the radio team and for managing the amateur radio operations on Heard Island."
W9DXCC DX CONVENTION AND BANQUET (Press Release #2 6/8/14, Schaumburg,
All DXers and guests are invited to attend the 62nd annual W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet September 19-20th, 2014, an ARRL approved Operating Specialty Convention. The Northern Illinois DX Association, sponsor of W9DXCC, has selected a new location with expanded capacity. Activities begin on Friday with DX University for new and experienced DXers. The Convention is Saturday with a full program, QSL checking, exhibits, W9D on the air, CW pileup contest, and many prizes. The Banquet Saturday evening is a time to relax with speaker ARRL First Vice President Rick Roderick, K5UR, the DX Countdown, and grand prizes. Hospitality suites and other related activities will continue. For convenient nearby shopping, the famous regional Woodfield Mall featuring nearly 300 stores and restaurants is directly south of the hotel.
September, 19-20, 2014 Hyatt Regency Schaumburg 1800 East Golf Road Schaumburg, IL 60173DX-U – Friday, opens at 8:30 AM. -- A full day of exciting topics: Software, Propagation, Station Engineering, DX Contesting, Pileups, QSLing, and Conquering a Small Lot.
PROGRAMS – Saturday, opens at 8:00 AM.
"The Amsterdam Island FT5ZM DXpedition", Ralph Fedor, K0IR
"Topband DXpedition Operations, comparing the 160 meter operations from Amsterdam and Wake Island", Craig Thompson, K9CT
"DXpeditions for the Rest of Us", Jim Fitzpatrick, WI9WI
"DXpeditions and the 21 st Century Dynamics", Bob Allphin, K4UEE
"Cycle 24 Update, FT5ZM Skewed Paths, Maunder Minimum and More", Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA
"ARRL Roundtable Discussion", ARRL First Vice President Rick Roderick, K5UR; ARRL Central Division Director Dick Isely, W9GIG and DX Advisory Committee, Jim O’Connell, W9WU
REGISTRATION -- Go to http://w9dxcc.com and click Registration. Registration is open now via PayPal or download the form and send a check. Early registration ends August 1st. Banquet orders must be received by September 13th. Click Location & Lodging for hotel reservations.
UPDATES -- Check http://w9dxcc.com/ often for new developments.
WP4, PUERTO RICO (NA-099)
Operators Carlos/KP4CPC, Eduardo/NP4GE, Anthony/WP4I and Rafael/KP4ROS will be active as WP4I from Culebrita Island [Little Snake](PR003-USIsland) next to Culebra Island (PR002S) and Saint Thomas Island between August 15-17th. The team will be trans- mitting from the old Culebra Lighthouse (PR0013-ILLW). QSL via by the Bureau, direct (SASE) and eQSL. See QRZ.com (under WP4I) for more info.
Alex, RK3DT, is once again active as XW3DT from Laos. Most of his activity has been on 15 meters CW/SSB this past week. The length of his stay is not known at this time. QSL via his instructions on his QRZ.com page (once posted).
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