OPDX 665 June 21, 2004

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 665
BID: $OPDX.665
June 21, 2004
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF-80 BBS Cleveland, Ohio

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, AD1C, K1XN & GoList, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4WX, WA4AA, WA4PGM, W4VQ, KH6BZF, K8YSE, CT1END, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, DL5MO, EA8CAC, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK4RUX, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, JJ1BDX, LZ1PJ, PA7FM, SM0DTK, UA0MF, UT3UZ, VA3RJ & ICPO, YT1HA and Z36W for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 13th/June, through Sunday, 20th/June there were 200 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PY, PZ, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZF, ZK1/s, ZK2, 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).

Looks like DXing is on a summer decline. There were 200 DXCC entities reported this past week, and 212 and 215 the weeks before. Interesting, will it hit below 200 next week?

It seems everything is a go for Peter I. Activity will take place in January 2005 according to their Web page at:

"The Daily DX" reports that the team has found new transportation to the island - a newly refurbished icebreaker formally in service of the Chilean Navy (no name provided). Just a reminder that this operation is a very expensive undertaking, and the team is looking for additional financial support and sponsors. More details on the upcoming DXpedition can be found on the Web page listed above.

Peter, 4W3CW, was heard this past weekend on on 20/15/10 meters CW. Activity was between 0100-1500z. QSL via 4W3CW (QRZ.com)

Propagation Guru Lee, KH6BZF, reports the following: "Since we have had some doldrums in propagation, there is some light at the end of the tunnel! Forecast data indicates that the 27.5-day solar cycle may peak close to ARRL (FD) Field Day! Flux levels upward toward 100+ level may be expected just prior to the FD. Event on June 25-27, 2004. However, some short skip on 6mtrs and 10mtrs may occur. Let 10mtrs dictate what may be expected on 6mtrs. For HF--both 20 and 17 meters seem to be where the dawn to dusk action will be, pending any solar perturbations which may always occur. Meanwhile, both 80/75 and 40 meters will be the bands to observe from grayline to night to grayline. The 30 mtr band is expected to be open to somewhere during the 24-HR period. Happy hunting." Lee, KH6BZF REPORTS.

Scott, AC3A, is expected to be active until June 24th as CE0/AC3A. He does plan to concentrate on 6 meters if the band cooperates. However, Scott will also be on HF during his evenings. QSL via his home callsign (QRZ.com)

OPDX and its readers would like to wish well-known "QRX DX" Editor Carl Smith, N4AA, a speed recovery. Carl informed his readers that after "failing" a stress test on Monday last week, he was sent directly to the hospital where he was given a heart catheter. This test revealed the main artery in the front part of his heart was 99% blocked. The doctor immediately performed the "baloon/stint" procedure to open up that artery. He is pleased to say that it apparently was a complete success, and he was allowed to come home on Wednesday evening. Once again, OPDX and its readers are glad to hear Carl is doing well and hope to see him back in print after a good rest and recovery.

EU-020. Martin, SM0DTK, will be active as SM0DTK/1 from Gotland Island between June 24th and August 22nd. Skeds can be arranged via
E-mail at: sm0dtk@passagen.se
More info on:


EU-045. Thomas, DL5MO, will be on a holiday style operation from Orust Island and will be active as SM6/DL5MO from July 12-23rd. His activity will be focused on 40/30/20 meters. QSL via his home callsign. Visit his Web page for pictures, his QSL card and an online log search (after operation) at:


EU-054. Vanni, IK4RUX, will be active as IF9/IK4RUX from Favignana Island (Egadi archipelago, IIA TP-011) now through June 26th. Activity will be on HF SSB. During this operation other reference numbers could be activated and valid for the IIA Award, D.C.I. or WAIL- ARLHS. QSL via IK4RUX, direct or through the ARI Bureau.

NA-213. Members of the Tennessee Valley DX Association (TVDXA) will activate Dauphin Island using the callsign W4D. This island is part of the Alabama State group. W4D plans on being active about 1900z on Friday, September 24th, and will go QRT sometime on Monday, September 27th. The group will use 100w transceivers with various antennas and plans to be active on 80-10 meters SSB. Operators mentioned are: Barbarra/WA4RMC, Kathy/W4KRY, Lynn/KOMAI, Tom/K4VCM, Greg/WA4NFO, Kenny/AB4GG, Tommie/K4KWK and Paul/WA4AA. QSL via WA4AA (SASE) or bureau. A W4D website will be available to view contact logs.

Jim, KG8RP/KH0, Nao, NA8O/KH0, Yutaka, KH0/JQ2GYU, Koko, KH0/JM1MAC and Tomi, WH6CZC/KH0, will be active from Saipan, from July 9-12th. The operation will be on 40-6 meters including the WARC bands, but no 6m EME. Yutaka states, "We are planing to bring a 4-element Yagi for 6m band, 2-element HB9CV for 20/15/10m bands, a Zepp for 30m band, and an ATU + Long Wire for 160/80/75/40/17/12m bands with several barefoot radios, such as FT-897D, TS-480SAT, and so on." QSL info is as follows: KG8RP/KH0 via 7K4QOK, NA8O/KH0 via JK1FNL, KH0/JQ2GYU via JQ2GYU, KH0/JM1MAC via JM1MAC, and WH6CZC/KH0 via JF1UMK. QSL all direct or via the JARL bureau. Please do not send the QSLs to the U.S. QSL bureaus.

The Pina Colada Contest Club will be active as KP2AA from St. Croix during the ARRL Field Day, June 26-27th. Activity will be on 80-2 meters, including Satellite. QSL via K7JA. PLEASE NOTE: Stations not involved in the Field Day competition are reminded of the exchange needed by Field Day stations. If you are at home on commercial power, your report is "1D DX" and if mobile you send "1C DX" to FD stations. More details may be found on the ARRL Web site at:


A team consisting of Dima/RA0LQ, Oleg/RW0LL and Mike/UA0MF are preparing to visit Askold Island's Lighthouse (AS-066, LH-2159, RDA:PK-39) and operate as UE0LLH from July 2-5th. They will participate in the WLH Contest operating barefoot and a R7 antenna. They will be looking for ARLS and RRC/RLH numbers. More exact details and QSL info will be announced at the end of June.

The Mediterraneo DX Club (MDXC), organizer Mediterranean Islands Contest, would like to invite Contester/DXers to join in on the contest which takes place from 1200z, September 18th to 1200z, September 19th. The complete set of rules can be found on the MDXC's Web page at:


Operators OH3BHL, OH6JHU, OH6XX, OH8GCW and OH9MM will be active as OH0I during the CQ/RJ DX RTTY Contest (September 25-26th) as a Multi/2 entry. QSL via OH3BHL. They plan on using multiple beams and vertical arrays on the low bands.

Skobelkin, RA3AMG, will be active as P3B in the CQ/RJ DX RTTY Contest (September 25-26th). QSL via his home callsign.

Zik, YT1HA, informs all readers of Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin that the special QSL cards for 4N200A, 4N600A and 4N25K will be sent to the printer this week. The cards will be full color and nicely designed by YZ1ZV-Zoki. Also, Zik informs us that the QSL cards for the following special callsigns go to:
4N200A and 4N600A via 4N1A - Operating untill December 31, 2004.
4N25K via YU1SB - Operated between July 11, 2003 and December 31, 2003
4N1A (in contests) via YU1FJK
YT0T (in contests) via YU1FJK
YZ1V (in contests) via YU1AAV
For those who sent their cards, please be patient. You will receive your QSL cards!

CP4BT CORRECT ADDRESS. Claus, CP4BT, is stating that many HAMs are sending their QSL cards to his old address: Casilla 26, Uyuni, Bolivia. The address has changed to: Claus Braun, CP4BT, Casilla 26, Tupiza, Bolivia. Claus says, "Please can you change the city to Tupiza in the most looked for QSL info services." Please pass the word along to all QSL databases.

QSL DS3HWS/5, DS2GOO/5, DS5BSX/5 and 6K2CLF/5 via their home callsigns and bureau. Activity was from Gadukdo Island.

QSL ED8GCR via EA8AKN through the Bureau. Activity was during the DIE Contest. The Gran Canaria DX Group activated for first time the D.I.E. reference: S-349 (Roque del Burrero) from the Gran Canaria east coast.

Gerard, ON4AXU, announced this past week that the logs for his FO, FO/A and FO/M operations are available at: http://www.qsl.net/on4axu

"LZ04KM QSL cards are expected by the end of this month", states Ivan, LZ1PJ. He has uploaded on his web site the online log, QSL card preview, and some pictures from the SSTV activity. The URL address is:

Ivan also states that he has cleared all the backlog for the other callsigns he manages: LZ75A, LZ02JP, LZ02KM, LZ03KM and LZ100JVA. All future requests will be answered much faster than in the past. LZ1PJ's QSL Policy: "I answer all direct, bureau and e-mail requests. For direct requests, please include SAE + postage / 1 IRC or 1USD is OK/. All cards are 9x14 cm. Please do not send too oversized envelopes. If you don't have a suitable return envelope, an address label is OK. Please avoid sending Bulgarian stamps. Very often the post clerks do not know which stamps are valid."

Special event station CS2004REP now has its logs and an online request form for QSLs available online at:

QSL via CT1REP, by the bureau or direct to: REP AWARD/CONTEST MANAGER, P.O.Box 483, 1112 Lisboa Codex, Portugal.

The logs for the recent TM7BDX operation from EU-159 are now online at:


QSL via UT7UZZ/p via UT3UZ. Members of the EM0U team (UT3UZ, UT3UV, UT4UO, UT7UW, UT5UAE, UT4UAA and UT4UBS) were active over the past weekend from Ivankiv (for the Ukrainian Districts Award [URDA] Award - KO-16) and Poles'ke (URDA Award - KO-25) districts of Kiev region. UT3UZ address: Alex Arbuzov, P.O.Box 240, Kiev-232, 02232, UKRAINE.

Venco, Z36W, reports that members of the radio club Z37M (Z30M) will once again be at this year's Friedrichshafen in Germany. They will have logs for all club activites (Z37M, Z30M, Z3100IL, Z39A, Z37GBC, etc..) and also the logs for the personal callsigns Z31GX, Z31MM, Z33F (Z3100F), Z36W (Z31JA), Z32XX and Z32XA. Cards will be availble at their stand in Hall 1. Everybody is welcome to visit them.

UPDATE. Jim Reisert, AD1C, updates OPDX readers that the correct QSL Manager for ZK1VVV is W7VV.

Look for the special event station ED8ERC to be aired between July 3-10th to celebrate the 2nd Canarias HamRadio Meeting (II Encuentro de Radioaficionados de Canarias). Activity will be on all HF bands SSB/CW, possibly PSK/RTTY and one APRS station on air. QSL via the info on QRZ.com. The special station will be operated by EA8ZS, the Gran Canaria DX Group members and others EA8 operators.

To celebrate the Formule 1 French Grand Prix in Magny-Cours, a group will be signing TM0GP from June 20th to July 4th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters as well as 2 meters on the modes of CW/RTTY/PSK31/SSB. QSL to F5KCH via the bureau.

OPDX was informed by Dennis, PA7M, that Michael, ST2DX, will be leaving the country on Saturday the 10th of July. So his last day of activity prbably will be on the 9th. The 10 element log-periodic antenna does a real good job from 30m through 6m. There is also a long wire for 40-160m, but daytime operation on those bands is of no use off course. Problems with his keyer forces him to do more SSB then CW. But he'll try again when it's possible. It's difficult to work stateside during daytime, while during nighttime there's no time to operate because the normal work days are from 6.30 a.m till 6.30 p.m. (but most of the times this is even longer). However, Michael will keep on trying - also on the longpath. The online log and also real audio of the recent 6m openings can be found on the following We page at:

Anyway, Michael has been heard over the past week on 30/17/10 meters. Watch around 10106, 28465 (+/- 30 kHz) and 18153 kHz between 1300-1900z. QSL to PA7FN (direct cards from outside EU with 2 USD or 1 IRC).

Operators OK1FKL, OK1PGS, OK1JFH, OK1TIC and OK1MCS (not sure yet) will be here between June 24th and July 5th. The group of Czech hams will be active from the northest part of Corsica called Cap Corse (GRID LOC JN42QX, about 600m ASL). Details on the operation and their QTH position can be found on the Web site at: http://www.qsl.net/ok1ofm Their main activity will be to focus on the July VHF/UHF Contest using the callsign TK/OK5DX/p. They will also be active (not during the contest) on HF with a FT100D and vertical antenna. There will NOT be any 6 meters operations. 50 MHz is prohibited in TK. The group will use the following during the contest:
144 MHz: PA 750W out, ANT 2x11 element Yagi ZACH ZZ 211
432 MHz: PA 130W out, ANT 20 element Yagi
Skeds can be made until the evening of June 22nd via E-mail at:

via PR, during their holidays in Corsica SMS:
+420 603 703 722 (OK1MCS) or +420 603 269 296 (OK1FKL)

Members of the Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club (RVARC), W4CA, will activate Christmas Tree Island (USI VA-New). This is a new island for the USI, and it is located on Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia. Activity will be on 80, 40 and 20 meters starting 1100z, August 28th and ending 2300z, August 29th. Look for the station on or about 14270, 7270 and 3860 kHz. QSL via CBA for a nice color QSL card from the RVARC.

V44, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS (Special Activity/Event)
Andrei, EW1AR, will be active as NC2N/V44, July 5-12th, from the island of Nevis (IOTA NA-104. Activity will be on all bands - RTTY, CW and SSB including participation in the HF IARU Contest. QSL via W3HNK. SPECIAL NOTES: Do NOT send QSL via EW1AR please, this will delay QSL confirmation. Andrei states, "I devote this DXpedition to the 60th anniversary of the Liberation of my home country BELARUS from the faschists occupants on 3rd of July, 1944. I will transmit as NC2N/VICTORY-44 (on SSB). Special Awards will be issued to those hams who make SIX or more QSOs/SWLs on different Bands/Modes. (Applications and shipping fees of 2 USD should be sent direct to NC2N). For those who made Eight or more contacts, no fee required. The Three Special Prizes will be sent for free for those five hams who make most of the QSOs on different Bands/Modes......73s Andrei NC2N/EW1AR (ex NP3D)"

Bernd, VK2AI, has announced that he will be active as VK9AA in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via DL8YR. He will also be active in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) (See OPDX.648 for details.).

Dave, AH6HY, will be going back to VP5 in the fall on another scuba diving trip. So, look for him to sign VP5/AH6HY from Salt Cay, Turks Islands (NA-003), September 23rd to October 2nd. Activity will be on 20-10 meters SSB only. QSL to AH6HY direct or via the bureau. His Web page can be found at:


Kyle, WA4PGM, will be active from Bermuda (NA-005, FM72) as VP9/WA4PGM from July 9-19th for the upcoming IARU and NAQP RTTY Contest. Activity is planned for CW, SSB, RTTY, 160-6 meters and maybe 2 meters. QSL direct to: P.O. Box only, please do NOT use street address.

WANTED: Retired Military for DXPeditions
Bill, W4WX, is looking for some individuals that are retired from the Military living near the Jacksonville, FL, area that might want to go on some "Space A DXPeditions". If you are retired and willing to make some trips, Bill wants to talk you about it. E-mail him at: w4wx@bellsouth.net He is only interested in locals within a couple of hundred miles so they would be able to meet and chat.

Victor, ZK1CG, has been active on 160 meters the last couple of weeks. He states that since his roomate Dr. Elisabeth is on an around the world trip until the first part of July, he will try and listen and call every night on the sked times (using the following schedule below). Here are the times Victor will try to be on 160 meters and 40 meters:

     0415-0425z  1845.00      +/- QRM  SSB
     0425-0430z  1825.50      +/- QRM  CW  Send CW slow and Clear
     0430-0440z  7160 to 7170 +/- QRM  SSB Seems to be a radio station
                                       on 7160 at this time
     0915-0925z  1845.00      +/- QRM  SSB
     0925-0930z  1825.50      +/- QRM  CW Send CW slow and Clear
     0930-0940z  7160.00      +/- QRM  SSB

Please note that Victor may be delayed going to 40 meters if he is working stations on 160 meters.

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From: Mike Dalrymple {KM4SUC@compuserve.com}
Subject: International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend 2004
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This highly popular annual August event attracts hundreds of amateur radio stations at lighthouses and lightships (369 in 48 countries for the 2003 weekend .) world-wide. It is organised by Mike, GM4SUC, and Kevin, VK2CE is the web-master. This year the period of the event is from 0001 UTC on Saturday 21 August until 2359 UTC on Sunday 22 August 2004.

The event is NOT a contest. It is a special event weekend when amateur radio stations are established at lighthouses or lightships, they do not have to be adjacent to salt water, and each group decides how it will operate the station with regard to modes and bands. Participants are not committed to being on the air during the entire period - operate as much as you can. There are no restrictions on aerials or power. We wish operators to enjoy themselves and have fun while making contact with as many stations as possible whilst giving priority to other lighthouse/lightship stations. Please take some time to work the slow operator, the newly licensed and QRP stations.

As available space in many lighthouses is filled to capacity, participation in this activity does not have to take place inside the tower itself. Field day type set-up at the light or other buildings next to the light or adjacent field is OK. Permission MUST be obtained from any interested parties.

The International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend is used to obtain maximum exposure for our hobby. We invite the press and, QTH permitting, also the public and try to underline the parallel between the international aspects in lighthouses, lightships, and amateur radio. Full details of the event can be found at


As from last year, the World Lighthouse Day is held on the Sunday of the event and lighthouse keepers/managers/caretakers all around the world open their lighthouses to the public.


A list of the lighthouses/lightships of the world, currently 10,802 in 209 DXCC countries, plus their Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS) Number can be found at http://arlhs.com/awards/arlhs-numbers.html The list is constantly being updating and added to as more data become available. You can help: If you see a correction or an addition needs to be made, please send an e-mail with the information to K2JXW@arrl.net

If you decide to join us, please register on-line at

with details of your name, callsign to be used, lighthouse/lightship, Country, qsl route etc. Although registration is not compulsory, doing so enables us to maintain a detailed list of participants at
showing QSL address, web site and any special event calls they may be using. E-mail addresses will be modified with unicode to minimise harvesting by spammers.

So come and join us in the fun of the weekend, already over 100 stations have confirmed their participation and numbers are expected to exceed 300, establish a station at a lighthouse, lightship or maritime beacon.


The more the merrier.

73 Mike GM4SUC

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