OPDX Bulletin 715 June 27, 2005

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 715
BID: $OPDX.715
June 27, 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, W2GB, WB2RAJ, WB2REM, WB2YQH, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, WB3CDX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N5FF, WB6RSE, K8YSE, W8HC, WB8FSV, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, DL4KQ, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, F8DQZ, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IZ8CCW, IZ0FKE, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, VA3RJ & ICPO and VE5FN for the following DX information.

EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTE: Too much fun at "Field Day" and "HOT WEATHER" (101 in an open air tent) causes a short bulletin!

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 19th/June, through Sunday, 26th/June there were 200 countries active. Countries available: 3B8, 3B9, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY9, D4, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, 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, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TI9, TK, TR, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2V, VP5, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZK1/s, 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).

4X, ISRAEL (Update to OPDX.714)
Hal, W8HC, updates OPDX on his 4X0WV CQWW SSB Contest activity. He states that he and Jerry/K8OQL will be active outside of the contest (about 12 additional hours on each side of the contest). They will arrive late Thursday night (actually Friday A.M. in Tel Aviv) and will travel mid-morning on Friday to the IARC club station. On Monday morning after the contest they are off to Jerusalem for a couple days and then will head back to Tel Aviv on Wednesday and hope to spend a few hours with some of the 4X boys in Tel Aviv Wednesday evening. They will operate mostly CW outside the contest and will be on all bands.

BA4/BD4, CHINA (Also VR2)
Jack, WB8FSV, informs OPDX that he and his family will visit China again this year, staying with his wife's family in Qingdao, China. From Qingdao, Jack will operate during his spare time as WB8FSV/BA4IT and WB8FSV/BD4JV from June 28th to July 27th. From July 28th to August 1st, Jack will be in Hong Kong, and he plans to operate a little from Charlie/VR2XMT's station as VR2/WB8FSV.

The CY9SS operation still continues until July 7th. An update in the confusion of the VY2SS QSL addresses reported last is "there is no confusion". All three different addresses for VY2SS are good as reported by the CY9SS operators and friends of VY2SS. Here are the addresses again:

HamCall: Robert Robertson, #57 Tranquility Land, Bloomfield, PE C0B 1E0, Canada
(QRZ.com): Robert Robertson, #57 Tranquility Land, Oleary, PE C0B 1E0, Canada
CY9SS Web Page: Robert Robertson, RR#3, Oleary, PEI, Canada C0B 1V0

ADDED NOTE OF INTEREST: If you want to read about past CY9 operations, visit the Web page at:


Jim, WB2REM, will be operating from Vahine Island and Bora Bora (OC-067) as FO/WB2REM from July 24th through August 3rd. Operations will be on CW/SSB and on 40-10 meters as time permits. QSL via WB2REM.

Franco, HB9OAB, will be active as HI7/HB9OAB from Punta Cana now through July 15th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, the WARC bands included. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

AS-154. Metin/TA1ED and Nuri/TA3BN will be active as homecall/0 from Giresun Island, July 1-4th. Activity will be on all HF bands plus 2 meter CW/SSB. Two stations will be on the air, one on SSB and the other on CW. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the bureau.

EU-042. Andy, DL7AT, will be active as DL7AT/p from Foehr Island (GIA N-17), July 3-9th. Activity will be on 40 and 20 meters SSB only. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

EU-045. Andrea "Andy"/IZ0EHO, member of the ARI Frascati DX Team, will be active as IB0/IZ0EHO from Ponza Island, between June 26th and July 9th. Activity will be on HF and 6 meters on SSB and the Digital modes. Andrea will also try to activate some rocks around Ponza the main island. He will use his FT-857 and a vertical antenna. QSL via his home callsign. Visit his Web page at: http://www.iz0eho.com ADDED NOTE: This island is valid for the Italian Islands Awards (IIA) Summer Activity 2005 Trophy. Details available at: http://www.strangeradioteam.com

EU-064. The Radio Club of Redon (F6KQC) will be active as TM5DUM from the Ile Dumet (DIFM AT-018), July 16-17th. This activity will also count for DFCF reference 44-028 for the French Castles Award, Departement de Loire Atlantique (44). Activity will be on all HF bands with 2 stations, one for CW and the other for SSB. They will also have one station for VHF phone. QSL via F5SRH.

EU-165. Sal, IK2MKE, will be portable /IM0 between July 24th and August 9th from San Macario Island (for the Italian Island Award CA-012). QSL via the bureau or by the info on (QRZ.com).

EU-189. Details on the recent "Rockall Ho! 2005", including some pictures of the rock and the amateur radio operators (David/ MM0ALM and Jim/MM0CWJ) who activated MS0IRC/P, are now available on The Rockall Times Web site at: http://www.therockalltimes.co.uk/2005/06/20/rockall-triumph.html

NA-175. Operators Mike/K9AJ and Bruce/KD6WW plan to activate Nunavut (Kitimeot region) West (NA-NEW) Group and the West Central Group (NA-175) sometime between September 1-7th. The exact dates for each island group will depend on the weather and solar conditions. Operators will sign VY0/homecall. QSL via their home callsigns (QRZ.com).

NA-052. The Marco Island Radio Club will be using the special callsign N4M to celebrate the founding of modern Marco Island (USI FL-025S and Collier County, Florida), July 1-10th. Activity will be on 14260, 18128 and 21260 kHz. QSL via N1DL: Karl Geng, 695 Embassy Ct, Marco Island, FL 34145.

NA-062. Paul, N3LTT, will activate various U.S. Islands in the Florida Keys, but primarily Key Largo (NA-062, USI FL-049S, Monroe County), between July 3-8th. There are no set times of activity, but his activity will be mostly in the early mornings and late evenings. Suggested frequencies are on 20 meters SSB (between 14250-14260 kHz). QSL direct to N3LTT, or eQSL.

NA-066. Tony, K1USC, will be active as homecall/6 from Santa Catalina Island (USI CA-016S and Los Angeles County, CA) with Boy Scout Troop 655 during their summer camp at Emerald Bay Boy Scout Camp, July 11-16th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters as time permits throughout the week. Look for scouts to make some contacts as part of their requirements for their "Radio Merit" badge. QSL via Tony's home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

NA-213. Operators Rebekah/WG4Y, Angela/WN4C, Truman/NN4C, Allan/KV4T and Bridget/KS4YT will be active from Dauphin Island (USI AL-002S and Mobile County, Alabama), July 16-17th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via operator's home callsigns, direct or by the bureau.

Alfredo/IK7JWX and some friends will be active as IR7LH/p, July 2-3rd, from Diga di Forte a Mare (ITA-187) and Castello a Mare N. Breakwater Head (Green Tower) (ITA-266) lighthouses on Islola Sant'Andrea (I.I.A. BR005 - Not IOTA). Activity will also be from Castello Alfonsino o Rosso o a Mare di Brindisi (DCI BR-001 for the Italian castles award). Activity will be on all HF bands SSB. QSL via IK7JWX, by the Bureau.

Operators Dan/N1ZZ, Malcolm/NP2L, Scott/W4PA, Jeff/K8ND, Steve/N8BJQ, Jim/W8WTS, Noel/W9EFL, Charles/WA9S, Jim/W0NB and Leo/S50R will be active as PJ2T from Signal Point, Curacao, during the CQ WW DX CW Contest (November 26-27, 2005) as a Multi/?? entry. QSL via N9AG. Visit the Caribbean Contesting Consortium at:


5X1GS QSL STATUS. Bob, WB2YQH, reports that after several failed attempts to get the logs from Graham, 5X1GS, for October 2004 through 2005, they have been received. All QSL requests have been answered for those waiting cards. Graham notes he tried twice to E-mail them to his QSL Manager, WB2YQH, but one time it bounced and the next time there was no response. Graham thought Bob had the logs. It seems his corporate IT folks were adjusting the firewall, and this may have been the problem. ADDED NOTES: More news from Graham as to his inactivity. His tower had to be rebuilt after a bad storm, and he is just getting around to remounting the beams. Also, his mother has been very ill in the U.K., and he has been travelling back home often. He says he will be active in about 3 weeks. QSL via WB2YQH.

Graeme, J39BW, reports that he is now in the process of recovering his logs that were partially ruined during Hurricane Ivan. The hurricane also destroyed the roof of his home and much of his equipment. To confirm any contacts with J39BW he asks that you QSL DIRECT to his Manager WB2RAJ: Kash Kashdin, 4591 West Overlook Drive; Williamsville, NY 14221.

NEED A QSL MANAGER? Walt, WB3CDX, is volunteering to be QSL Manager for any DX, IOTA, or DXpedition. He states, "I provide all QSL printing and cards to stations I manage at no charge. Paper logs are OK. Electronic logs are preferred. Please contact me if you are interested, and we can then work out any other details." Walt's E-mail address is:


Luc, F6FVX, will be active as TY/F6FVX from (Azove) northwest Cotonou in Benin, between August 13th and September 6th. He will be on the air with his TS-50 and dipole, and only on HF speaking the French language. QSL via the operator's instructions.

Look for Jimmy, W6JKV, to be active as V31IV between now and July 6th. His activity will be mostly on CW on 6 meters. Europe stations are to look for him on 50091 kHz and North America stations are to look for him higher up the band. Jimmy will also try to operate EME.

VD2, CANADA (Zone 2)
Pete, VE3IKV, plans to activate Zone 2 on 6 meters from Labrador (VO2) beginning early July. He will use the special callsign VD2X. The purpose of the trip is to investigate high latitude Sporadic-E propagation on the North American side as it is affected by proximity to the North Geomagnetic Pole. Special attention will be paid to multihop transatlantic paths, as well as double hop to central and western USA/ Canada. His equipment is a FT-650 and a 5-element K6STI wide spaced portable yagi (10dBd). Pete will be monitoring CW/SSB during the drive, and if the band opens up, he will switch over to the yagi. QSL via VE3IKV (QRZ.com).

Saad, N5FF, will once again be active as YK1BA between July 2-16th. He informs OPDX that the purpose of the trip is not a DXpedition, so his operating will be "very spotty and not extensive at all." However, he hopes to be able to operate at least 3-4 hours a day. He thinks that he will limit his operating to 20 meters, unless the propagation is better on other bands (80-10m) at the time. His most probable operating times are between 0100-0400z (Americas and Pacific), between 1900-2200z and possibly between 1100-1400z (for the rest of the world). Saad will try to be around 14195 kHz on SSB, and 14045 kHz on CW. Also, check 14080 kHz for RTTY running split and listening 5-10 kHz up. QSL via N5FF only.

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