OPDX Bulletin 700 March 7, 2005

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 700
BID: $OPDX.700
March 7, 2005
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, K1XN & GoList, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4VUD, N4AA & QRZ DX, N5FG, NA5U, KH6BZF, K8YSE, W8NF, DL/VE3ZIK & www.contesting.info, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, DU1EV, EA5KY, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I1HYW, IZ8BRI, IZ8CCW, J6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, OH5DX, PA3EWP, RA3AUU, Scotham DX News, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE7AVV, VK2IA, VK4FW, VQ9LA and VU3RSB for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 27th/February, through Sunday, 6th/March there were 236 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FT5W, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/m, 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, PJ7, PY, PZ, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T5, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VK9L, VK9N, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, ZK1/s, ZK2, ZK3, 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).

3B8, MAURITIUS (Update)
Giovanni/IZ2DPX and Simon/IZ7ATN will be active from here March 7-14th. They are currently trying to receive licenses and are hoping to use the callsigns 3B8/IZ2DPX and 3B8/IZ7ATN. Activity will be on 40/20/17/15/12/10 meters SSB. QSL 3B8/IZ2DPX via the bureau to IZ2DPX or direct to his QSL Manager IK2DUW. QSL 3B8/IZ7ATN via his QSL Manager IZ0CKJ.

35 YEARS OF YUCWK NEWS
Zik, DL/VE3ZIK (4N1DX), informs OPDX that two new members are now valid for "35 Years of YUCWK Award" (YU CW Club). Look for Milan/YT1WG and Acim/YZ1EW to be active until the end of the year as YT35WG and YZ35EW. QSL via their home callsign. Also, remember to look for special event callsign 4N35CW to be active all year. QSL via YU1BM. This activity is to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the YUCW Club in the State Union of Serbia And Montenegro (SUSAM).

4U1UN, UNITED NATIONS HQ
Be advised that there was a short 90 minute unexpected operation this past week (between March 1-2nd) from Seppo/OH1VR and John/W2ID. Another short operation is expected to take place once again on March 7th or 8th, possibly around 1500-1600z. QSL via HB9BOU.

6Y, JAMAICA
Kyle, WA4PGM, will be active as 6Y6Y in the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL direct to WA4PGM.

BY4, CHINA
Dave, W8NF, will be in Shanghhai, PRC, on business in March. He hopes to be active as W8NF/BY4AOH and/or W8NF/BY4CYL sometime between March 14-21st. Actual dates and times are subject to business needs and availability of the two gracious station managers. He hopes to operate CW and plans to check the bands to find the best openings to NA. Watch his (QRZ.com) entry for QSL info.

ANTARCTICA NEWS
AY1ZA Orcadas Base (WAP ARG-15). Gianni, I1HYW, reports that several Antarctic Chasers have recently asked on the Antarctic Reflectors about how to QSL to Horacio, LU4DXU. AY1ZA and other cards from Horacio seem to be "hard to get"! A common practice is to send "Registered Mail" to those countries where mail is often a risk, particularly when Ham activities could be detected through the envelope. Cards to and from Argentina are among those hard to get! Gianni states, "Personally, I have received everything from Horacio by using this simple practice, even though registered mail is lot more expensive!"

MAITRI Station (WAP IND-03). Dr. Bhagwathi, VU3BPZ, will try to listen everyday for Europe on 14150 kHz between 1815-1900z. QSL address is still not known, but Bhagwathi will announce it soon. Meanwhile, a Maitri Base Web page has been set up, and it is available at:

http://www.geocities.com/xxiiae/

W.A.P. Antarctic News and Bulletins are available on the WAP Web site at:

http://www.ddxc.net/wap/boll_anno.php

CN8, MOROCCO
Look fo M'Hamed, CN8NK, to be active in the CQ WPX Contest as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via EA5XX.

DAYTON AWARD
Charle, K4VUD, reports: "Bharathi, VU2RBI, is the winner of the Special Achievement Award this year at the Dayton HamVention for her Andaman disaster communication work and the VU4 DXpedition (as well as a lifetime of teaching ham radio to school children)."

DX0, SPRATLY ISLANDS
Eddie, DU1EV, informs OPDX that Gil, 4F2KWT, has returned to the Philippine mainland. Operations from DX0K will resume the middle of March (around March 15th). They are expecting three operators during the next activation: DU1EV (Eddie), 4F2KWT (Gil) and 4F1OZ (Ed). Operation shall be from the same location, Pag-Asa Island of the Kalayaan Island Group of Palawan Province, Philippines. For more details and pictures please visit the Web page at:

http://www.geocities.com/f2kwt

FT5W, CROZET ISLAND (Update/Request)
Jean Paul, F5BU, now signing FT5WJ, reports that he is on most days on 14278 kHz from 1615-1830z (also sometime before dinner from 1400-1515z), and he hears many stations calling him. However, Jean Paul states too many stations (who can barely hear him) are calling and he is wasting too much time calling them. His time is very limited, and he requests that stations that can hear him good enough only call him.

FT5X, KERGUELEN ISLAND
There's a little over a week to go before the "Microlite Penguins DXpedition Team" will activate Kerguelen Islands (IOTA AF-048, DIFO FT-011). This is the same organization that activated South Georgia (VP8GEO) and South Sandwich Islands (VP8THU) in 2002. The multi-national team of twelve highly experienced operators from France, Ireland, Switzerland, Canada, Australia, Singapore, South Africa and the United States will operate on the HF bands between March 15th and April 2nd. James Brooks, 9V1YC, DXpedition Team Leader states, "This DXpedition is funded entirely by the twelve team members and a generous and exclusive grant by the Northern California DX Foundation. There are no other club, foundation, individual, manufacturer or QSL sponsors." We are expecting more details to be released for next week.

GJ, JERSEY
Frank/DL1WA and members from the Club Station DL0GTH, with Jun, JH4RHF/OE1ZKC, will be active as GJ2A during the CQ WPX SSB Contest as Multi/Single entry. Some activities are expected before and after the contest by operators using MJ/homecall and MJ0RHF(JH4RHF). QSL to callbook address for GJ2A, home callsigns (for MJ/homecall) and OE1ZKC (for MJ0RHF).

IOTA NEWS
AS-017. Mat, JS6PXB, will be active as JS6PXB/6 from two islands in the Okinawa Island Group. Activity will be on 80/40/30/15 meters CW/SSB. QSL via the bureau or direct (QRZ.com). Look for him to activate:

Okinawa Island - March 7th between 0500-1300z
Aguni Island - 0500z, March 8th to 0100z, March 9th

AS-060. Kim, DS4BHW, is now active as DS4BHW/p from Cho Island until March 31st. His activity will be on 80-6 meters. QSL either via the Bureau or direct to: Kim, P.O. Box 27, Sunchon, 540-600, South Korea.

EU-123. Four members of the Vital Sparks Group (MM0VSG) will be active from the Island of Arran (SCOTIA CS14 and IOSA CL01), March 10-13th. They will be active on all bands and modes at various times during their stay. QSL via the bureau to MM0VSG or direct to GM7WED: Ross Feilen, 131 Croftend Avenue, Glasgow, Scotland.

OC-NEW. Just a reminder that a new IOTA will be activated this week. (See OPDX.696 and OPDX.697). Look for YB7M to be on the air from Moresses Island (Marabatua Island) in the Laut Kecil Group, between March 9-14th. QSL via YB9BU.

OC-194. Bill, VK4FW, announced that it is a definite go to Little Solitary Island. He will sign VK4FW/p starting March 16th. He states that his equipment will be a Cushcraft R5 and a full size quarter wave vertical for 40 meters. He will spend a fair amount of time on CW, as usual, to pass out as many QSOs as possible for a new one. Look for him about 5-7 kHz from the bottom of the bands on CW. QSL direct with 2 USDs or IRC to: Bill Horner, P.O. Box 612, Childers, 4660, Australia.

OC-220. Look for VI5PN to be activated between 0700z, April 7th and 2200z, April 12th, from St. Peter Island, Nuyts Archipelego, South Australia. Activity is to commemorate Pieter Nuyts, the Dutch explorer and East India Company man.

SA-020. Members of the Provins F6KOP ARC should be ready to activate Salut Islands (Royale Island, DIFO FY-008 and WLOTA 0911) by the time you read this. Operators Bernard/F9IE, Frank/F5TVG, John/F5VHQ/OE5TGL, Jean-Paul/F8BJI and Guenter/OE3GCU will sign TO7C late evening March 7th. A second group of team operators will join them on March 10th (Frank/F4AJQ, a YL Jacquie/F6EGG, Bruno/F5AGB, Serge/F6AML and Mathieu/F5PED). The team will pay attention to the lower bands, with a V80 and receiving loops. For the upper bands (including 6 meters), they hope for very good results thanks to the HM, F5VHQ's wire beams systems. Visit their Web page for realtime logs, operating schedules and propagation forecasts at:

http://to7c.free.fr/traficuk.html
QSL via F9IE: Bernard Chereau, Boite Postale 211, F 85330, Noirmoutier en L'ile, FRANCE. For direct QSLs, please send a SAE + 1 IRC (or 1 USD for Europe and Africa, and 2 USD for anywhere else).

KH7K, KURE ISLAND
The following press release was made public on March 1st: We are pleased to announce a DXpedition to Kure Atoll, at the extreme northwestern end of the Hawaiian Islands, during Sep-Oct, 2005. The callsign for the operation will be K7C. Kure is currently #10 on DX-Magazine's Most-Wanted List, and #1 on the German DX Foundation's list. The radio team includes Bob/KK6EK (Expedition Leader), Garry/NI6T (co-organizer), Alan/AD6E (co-organizer), Mike/N6MZ, Ward/N0AX, John/N7CQQ, Charlie/W6KK, Franz/DJ9ZB, Max/I8NHJ, Alan/K6SRZ (Expedition doctor), and Kathryn K6DZL (Educational program), plus two more radio operators to be selected. The team will be QRV with four stations on all bands/modes, including 6m and RTTY. In addition to the radio operations, the group is developing an innovative real-time interactive web-satellite-based system called 'DXA'. This system will enable the DXer to see and interact with activities of the operation as they happen using any web browser. The group also will be carrying out several scientific projects in collaboration with naturalists on the atoll to help restore and protect its fragile ecosystem. Finally, the group is developing an educational program that will utilize the DXA resource to enable students to learn from and interact with the onsite team. The project is being strongly supported by ICOM and the Pacific DX Group (Kimo KH7U and Patrick NH6UY). The team and project will be visible at Visalia and Dayton. QSL Manager is Tom, N4XP, Trustee of the Dudleys DXers of NorthEast Georgia (K4TSJ), Box 1, Watkinsville, GA 30677. The team welcomes comments and suggestions, pilots, programmers, and contributions. The project is being managed by Cordell Expeditions, a nonprofit research organization with a 25-year history of successful expeditions to remote oceanic sites. For more information, please E-mail info@cordell.org (use "Kure7Cordell" in the Subject line) or any member listed above, and look at the full description on www.cordell.org (click on the 2005 Kure Expedition link). For more information about this release, please contact:

Dr. Robert Schmieder,
CORDELL EXPEDITIONS,
4295 Walnut Blvd.
Walnut Creek, CA 94596
(925) 934 3735
KK6EK@cordell.org

KH8, SWAINS ISLAND (Update)
Members of the American Samoa Amateur Radio Association (ASARA) are finally active as KH8SI from Swains Island (IOTA OC-200) after a departure delay by cyclones, rough seas and trying to find a calm place to land. Operators departed at 2200z Thursday, March 3rd, aboard the ship "Tasman Explorer". It would seem the first station came on the air early Sunday, March 6th. As this was being written (around 1400z), the activity was on 40 meters CW and 20 meters SSB. The update on the ASARS Web page stated that at 11:00z, March 6th, more stations would be set up at sunrise and should be active on all HF bands. However, operator Dianna/KB6NAN has not landed with the team and is suffering from severe seasickness. So the 6 meter activity is on hold at the moment. QSL Manager is VE3HO: Garth Allistair Hamilton, P. O. Box 1156, FONTHILL, ON L0S 1E0, CANADA. For more details, maps and pictures, visit the following Web page:

http://www.swains-island.org/

OH0, ALAND ISLAND
Ari, OH5DX (ex-OH1EH), will be active as OH0Z from March 18-20th. Activity will be CW/SSB on all bands, including an effort in the Russian DX Contest (see below). QSL via OH5DX. Check out the following Web page at:

http://www.qsl.net/oh0z

OOOPPPSSS DEPARTMENT
In OPDX.699, under the header "FP, ST. PIERRE AND MIQUELON", we listed the IOTA as NA-132; this is incorrect and should have been NA-032.

QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL the following stations C91Z, 7P8ZZ, 3DA0WPX, SU/ZS6WPX, 5H9AW and ZS6WPX direct to: Andre van Wyk, 2 Trident Dr., Arden, NC 28704, USA.

QSL STATUS for FP/VE7SV. Paul, VE7AVV, states, "We are pleased to report that our QSL card processing is back on track and as of today (March 1st) cards are being mailed. Please be patient, your request will be answered. On behalf of Team Miquelon, please accept our apology for this unexpected delay."

NEW QSL MANAGER. Effective immediately, QSL UA0AV via W3HNK.

NEW QSL MANAGER. Effective immediately, Joe, W3HNK, is the new QSL Manager for ST2BF. QSL direct w/SASE or by the Bureau.

NEW QSL MANAGER. Effective immediately, Joe, W3HNK, is the new QSL Manager for 9V1NC from 2005 and forward. QSL direct w/SASE or by the Bureau.

Pekka, OH2TA, is the QSL Manager for the S9A/S9BB Nov-Dec 2004 operation and also manager for OH0R and OH0TA. QSL via direct or via the bureau. Also, E-mail bureau requests are OK ( oh2ta@sral.fi ). Direct QSL, please 1 IRC is minimum for return postage. Also, 2 USD is OK.

VK9LA AND VQ9LA CONFUSION (More!). Last week we mentioned that the QSL Manager for VK9LA, Bill, VK4FW, reported "many many" people are getting confused between these two callsigns. Well, Larry, VQ9LA, has contacted OPDX and has also confirmed that there is a problem. Larry states, "I have corrected so many EU stations on this and they refuse to listen and go by incorrect spots (ed. from the clusters). They have also called me on RTTY and CW as VK9LA. Guess it is a computer world these days and they go by spots and not ears. KILO and QUEBEC are not even close."

VU4 QSL STATUS. Press Release (March 1st):

"We are happy to inform you that the QSL cards for VU4 are being formerly released by our Honorable Minister of Communication & IT Mr. Dayanidhi Maran, VU2DMK, on 3rd March 2005, at 1200 hrs to 1300 hrs IST (UTC 0630 hrs to 0730 hrs) in New Delhi, Capital of India. All those who have sent the direct QSLs to NIAR will get back by post with in next 10 to 15 days as we have made plans to post all of them before 8th March 2005 from Hyderabad. As stated earlier, we will also place the callsigns of all the incoming QSL Cards which are received at NIAR on the VU4 Website. The sample also displayed after inauguration in our website. We will be holding a simple ceremony of release of QSL Cards along with a live demonstration of Amateur Radio in the presence of Electronic/Print Media. We request those Hams whose signals can be copied at Delhi during that time to please look for us on 14.190Mhz or 21.240 Mhz - SSB & 14.070 Mhz or 21.070 Mhz - PSK Mode. Echolink VU2RG-R will be active. We will try SSTV with sked also. Kindly circulate the above news in your News item.
Any response to the above / queries please email: niarvu4@gmail.com The above program could be arranged because of good offices of Mr. S. Suri, VU2MY Chairman & Director, NIAR and his excellent PR with the Govt. of India / Govt. of A.P
Thanking you,
With Regards"......... D.Bharathi Prasad, VU2RBI
Team Leader for VU4 Dxpedition

RUSSIAN DX CONTEST
Harry, RA3AUU, would like to invite everyone to take an active part in the 12th Russian DX Contest to be held from 1200z, March 19th, until 1200z, March 20th. They would like to see you among the increasing number of RDXC participants. For rules, news, trophies list, tips & hints and many more useful information, please visit the RDXC Web page at:

http://www.rdxc.org
The contest rules are available in 9 languages.

S0, WESTERN SAHARA
Operators Tono/EA9CP and Fernando/EA1BT will be here from March 19-26th, doing a comunications project in this area, and will be active during their spare time as S09A. QSL via EA1BT.

SPECIAL EVENTS FROM LZ
Ivan, LZ1PJ, reports to look for the following special activities from Bulgaria:

1) Look for LZ800AB to be active between March 1st and April 30th. This special activity will commemorate the 800th anniversary of the "Battle of Adrianopolis" (now Edirne in Turkey), where Bulgarian Tzar Kaloyan (also known as Ioanitza) defeated the knight army of the Latin Empire and captured the emperor himself, Baldwin of Flanders.

2) Look for LZ05KM to be active between May 1-31st. This special activity is to commemorate the creators of the cyrillic alphabet; St. brothers Kiril and Methodius. (Same as LZ02KM, LZ03KM, LZ04KM).

QSL INFO: Ivan, LZ1PJ, will be the QSL Manager of both stations. QSL via the Bureau is OK or direct. E-mail requests are OK, even preferable for bureau cards. Send requests to: lz1pj@qsl.net For direct requests, please add SAE + postage (1 USD or 1 IRC is enough). All cards will measure 9x14 cm. Please avoid sending too oversized envelopes (He has received many such envelopes from US stations). DO NOT send U.S. or other foreign stamps and also Bulgarian stamps. He can't use them. His mailing address is: Ivan Ivanov, P.O. Box 15, BG-1324 Sofia, Bulgaria.

SPECIAL EVENT
In conjunction with the KP1-5 Project, W5NWR/T will operate from the Tishomingo National Wildlife Refuge located in Johnston County, Oklahoma, on March 12-13th. This operation is the first for the W5-National Wildlife Refuge ARC. Others will follow and are intended to raise awareness of the benefits of national wildlife refuges and the KP1-5 Project. Learn more about the KP1-5 Project at:

http://www.kp1-5.com
This operation will coincide with the Oklahoma QSO Party. W5NWR/T will not be in the contest but will be glad to provide Johnston County for those who are. DXers and interested hams are invited to stop by to say hello. QSL is via NA5U for a card describing refuge activities and the KP1-5 Project.

SPECIAL EVENT
The F6KPM ARS will activate the special callsign TM6OVN to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the liberation of the North Vosges area, March 22-26th. Activity is scheduled for all bands HF and VHF, and on CW, SSB, FM and digital modes. A special QSL will be available via F6KPM.

TO4G, GLORIOSO ISLAND (Update)
Dany, F5CW, Technical Coordinator for this DXpedition, reports that the 2005 Glorioso DXpedition is still on its way, but the Navy ship that would be used to carry the crew and their gear on route from Reunion Island and Mayotte is no longer available. So the team now has to use a non-Navy ship for their whole journey to Glorioso. This is now an added cost for the operators which they will have to pay out their pocket. The extra charge is for transportation from La Reunion to Mayotte and from Mayotte to Glorioso. Team states, "It's out of question to cancel this expedition." If you can help them with a donations, please contact Didier Senmartin - F5OGL, Boite Postale 7, F-53320 LOIRON, FRANCE. By E-mail: f5ogl@club-internet.fr
Visit the Glorioso 2005 Web page at:

http://glorieuses2005.free.fr/index-fr.htm
It was also announnced this past week that Floyd, N5FG, is the Pilot station for North America, and he will also manage donations from N.A. as well.

V85, BRUNEI
Ambran, V85SS, has been quite active recently on 80/40 meters CW between 1000-1730z. QSL only direct (he requests 2 to 3 USD per QSL to help cover the cost of printing, handling and postage) to:

Lt Col (Ret.) Ambran H.M.Noor Aston, SMB, psc,
P.O.Box 138, MPC,
Bandar Seri Begawan, BB3577,
SULTANATE OF BRUNEI.
ADDED NOTE: Ambran, V85SS, states that a friend from Japan, Mr. Kanzi Takemasa, JA4ENL, will be active as V85NL from his station on a short trip to Brunei. Activity will be mostly CW on 160/80/40/30/20/17/15 meters. QSL info is forthcoming.

VK9AA CQWW STORY (from Cocos Keeling)
Bernd, VK2IA, has written a little article on last year's CQWW CW Contest from Cocos Keeling Island with photos, background information, links etc. For those who are interested, it can be read on the VKCC Web site at:

http://www.vkcc.com/stories/vk9aa_04.shtml

WH8, AMERICAN SAMOA (IOTA Op)
Remember to look for Paul, F6EXV, to be active as WH8/F6EXV following the KH8SI operation from Larry's, AH8LG, (ex-KS6DV) QTH on Tutuila Island (OC-045). Activity should last until March 19th. Paul states, "Larry and his charming wife Uti, KS6FO, are to be thanked for their superb, friendly and nice hospitality -- they truly show the real ham spirit, and the warmth of Pacific islands inhabitants." Activity will be on all bands, mostly SSB (some CW) on the usual DX frequencies. QSL via his home callsign (see QSL directions tab on his Web page). His Web is:

http://www.f5kbw.org/pagesperso/f6exv
ADDED NOTE FROM F6EXV: The old logs of the following callsigns are online on his Web page: F6EXV (up to date), 4U9U, 4U/F6EXV, 7O8AA, 9Q5EXV, 9X5DX, FO5OO, ZA1ZMX, ZA1ZVX and ZA1ZXV. The log from his WH8/F6EXV operation will be uploaded about once a day directly by himself from AH8LG's place.

ZB2, GIBRALTAR
Tom/GM4FDM and Ronald/PA3EWP will be staying in the Caleta Hotel in Gibraltar from March 21-28th. They will operate as ZB2/GM4FDM and ZB2/PA3EWP, respectively. Plans are to have antennas for 80-10 meters and possibly 160 meters. Look for activity on CW, SSB and RTTY. They will be using Elecraft K2s. The two operators will take part in the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th). QSL via their home callsigns.

ZL1, NEW ZEALAND
Station ZL1V was active in this past weekend's ARRL DX SSB Contest by Chris, ZL1CT. Look for ZL1V to be activated again later this month in the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Multi-Multi entry, but from the Wellington Amateur Radio Club's QTH (ZL6QH) station. The operators mentioned will be Chris/ZL1CT, Brian/ZL1AZE and Martin/VK7GN. QSL both contest activities via N3SL. Also, visit the ZL1V and ZL6QH Web pages at:

http://www.qsl.net/zl1v/
http://www.zl6qh.com

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WRTC 2006 - Araucaria Dx Group/LABRE Announces WRTC 2006 Raffle
The World Radiosport Team Championship Organizing Committee is pleased to announce, effective immediately, the opportunity to win a free trip to Florianopolis, Brazil for "WRTC Week" which will be held July 7th - 10th, 2006. Two (2) grand prizes will be awarded (each for one (1) person) at the Contest Dinner at the Dayton Hamvention. One prize will be drawn in May 2005 and the second prize will be drawn in May 2006. Each grand prize includes the following:

o R/T Airfare in coach class on VARIG, the International airline of Brazil, to Florianopolis from any of its International gateways. Ex: US gateways include Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York and Washington. Other International gateway cities can by found on the VARIG website: http://www.varigbrasil.com/english

o Hotel stay in the WRTC guest hotel in Florianopolis during the WRTC games (Room "extras" such as films, mini-bar, etc. are NOT included).

o A guest entry pass for (1) person to all public WRTC activities

o Free "public" meals as provided by the WRTC Organizers

The estimated value of each prize is approximately $1875USD.

Raffle chances are now available for sale at $10USD each from the following sources:

Mail

Checks may be made out to "NCDXF" in multiples of $10 with the notation "WRTC RAFFLE" to be placed in the lower left-hand corner of the check. Please be sure to include this notation to assist with our processing and accounting procedures.

Checks for raffle chances should be mailed to:

Mr. Rusty Epps, W6OAT
651 Handley Trail
Redwood City, CA 94062

(Email: W6OAT@sbcglobal.net)

Raffle chances will be entered on purchasers' behalfs by the WRTC 2006 Fundraising Committee and held in safekeeping until the drawing at the Dayton Hamvention. Your cancelled check is your receipt.

Public Sales

The WRTC 2006 Fundraising Committee and/or its various representatives will be attending a number of the major hamventions between now and July 2006 at which raffle chances will be sold, eg: Visalia, Dayton, Friedrichshaven etc. Solicitations will also be made at various other venues including DX forums, US & DX contest club meetings, etc Be on the lookout for our "Win a Free Trip to Brazil for WRTC 2006" banner when it comes to your area.......

Please note that WRTC raffle chance sales are NOT tax-deductible under US IRS tax law.

The 2006 World Radiosport Team Championship in Florianopolis, Brazil follows in the footsteps of previous WRTC competitions held in Seattle, San Francisco, Slovenia and Finland. The WRTC showcases amateur radio competition at the highest level. More than 36 two-man teams will be selected from around the world to participate in this Olympic-type event.

The games are open to everyone - competitor and spectator alike. Everyone is invited to come to Florianopolis to attend WRTC 2006 and join in on the fun!

Good luck to all those who purchase WRTC 2006 raffle chances! Hope to see you in Brazil July 7th-10th 2006.

73, Atilano de Oms, PY5EG
Chair, WRTC Organizing Committee


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