The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 723
August 22, 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, N2TO, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4VUD, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4GKR, AA5AU, K8YSE, N0AX, 4X6UO, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, DL5ME, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, F8BBL, F5NQL & UFT, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IZ8CCW, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, OH2UA, SP2DX, SP5MXZ, UT5UGR, VA3RJ & ICPO, VK4AAR and VK4FW for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 14th/August, through Sunday, 21st/August there were 201 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J6, JA, JT, JW, JX, 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, R1FJ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, 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).
CCF & OHDXF CRUISE
Once again, the Contest Club Finland (CCF) and the OH DX Foundation (OHDXF) are proud to announce the 11th CCF & OHDXF Contest and DX Meeting on January 20-22nd, 2006. The meeting concept will be the same as last January - a cruise on the Baltic Sea from Helsinki(OH) via Aland Islands (OH0) to Stockholm (SM) and back to Helsinki. More details of special cruise packages, agenda, registration etc... are coming soon. Information from the previous CCF & OHDXF meetings can be found on the CCF Web pages:
Jim, W7EJ, will be active as CN2R during the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m) entry. Look for him to be active before the contest on the WARC bands and 160 meters. QSL via W7EJ.
EA8, CANARY ISLANDS
Uli/DK2OC and Rich/W4GKR will be active (possibly as EA8/homecall) from Gran Canaria Island (AF-004) now through September 4th. Uli will handle CW and Rich will do SSB/PSK. If anyone needs a (specially) PSK contact, please send info on Band/GMT, band opening to your QTH to:
YL chasers may want to look for the E.A.R.S. club station, ET3AA, on 20 meters. Operator Mima was heard this past week on 14174 kHz between 1530-1600z. QSL via Box 60258, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
GD6, ISLE OF MAN
Operators Joe/K1JB and Mike/K1EU will be active as GD6IA during the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as Multi-Single entry. QSL only direct to K1EU.
HI3, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Ted, HI3TEJ, announced that he will be active in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via ON4IJ.
Charles, K4VUD, is now on the air as HS0ZCW. He informed the DX community that there will be no 80 meters operations planned for now. However, he may try to activate the HS0AC club station on that band during the big contests. More details are forthcoming.
AF-NEW. Mustapha/DL1BDF and Salaam/SU1ER announce that an Egyptian team consisting of SU1KA, SU1KM and SU1ER will be teaming up with guest operators from Italy to activate the new IOTA, Gifton Island (AF-New). The SU/I team has received permission to activate the island using the callsign/license, SU8GFTN. Activity is expected during September 2005. More details are forthcoming. QSL is via SU1ER: Ezzat Sayed Ramadan, PO Box 11, El-Thanaweyya Al-Gaweyya, Almaza 11391, Egypt.
AF-018. Operator IT9BLB and an international team will be active as IH9P from Pantelleria Island (IIA: TP01, WAIP: TP and ITU Zone: 37) during both CQ WW DX SSB and CW Contests as a Multi-???? entry. QSL via KR7X.
AS-060. Members of the Pyongtaek DX Club (D90HE) will be active from Saok Island (KDN H32 - Shinan-Gun), August 26-28th. Operators mentioned are: Han/DS2GOO, Lee/6K2CEW, Kim/DS4PAI and Kim/ 6K2CSD. The operators will sign as homecall/4. Acttivity will be on 80-10 meters SSB, RTTY and BPSK31. QSL via operator's home callsign, by the bureau or direct. For more details, visit the Web page at:
AS-100. Mark/4Z4KX, Ros/4Z5LA, Yuli/4X6HP, Isaac/4Z5LI, Ilya/4Z1UF and Jan/4X1VF will be active as 4X7AZ from Akhziv Island between September 30th and October 1st. Activity will be on 40-10 meters CW and SSB. They plan to have three stations on the air. QSL via 4Z5LA (QRZ.com).
EU-017. Fabio, IZ7FLQ, will be active as ID9/IZ7FLQ/p from a few islands in the Eolie Group (IOTA EU-017) between now and August 27th. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
EU-047. Matt, DJ8OG, will be active as DJ8OG/p from Baltrum Island (GIA N-06), now through August 27th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters (no WARC bands) SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or through the bureau.
EU-061. Jorgen/LA5UF, Paul/LA6YEA and Trond/LA9VDA will be active as LA6Q from Svenner Island, September 15-18th. They will also activate the Svenner Fyr/Larvik lighthouse (WLH LA-025, ARLHS NOR-044 and WLOTA 1029). Activity will be mostly on 80-17 meter CW, SSB with some RTTY. They also plan to participate in the SAC CW Contest with one station. QSL via LA9VDA (QRZ.com).
EU-124. Look for the Barry Amateur Radio Society to activate GB5FI from Flatholm Island, Friday, August 26th to Tuesday, August 30th. This is their annual trip. Activity will be on SSB, PSK, RTTY, SSTV, CW, Top Band to 70 Cms plus 6 meters. QSL via GW0ANA, callbook address or by the bureau.
EU-138. Operators Mario/DL5ME and Guenter/DG3HWO will be active as SM7/DL5ME and SM7/DG3HWO from Hassloe Island, August 27-31st. Activity will be on the 40/30/20/17/15 meters CW/SSB. Antennas are a Butternut and Spiderbeam. QSL via their home callsigns, direct (prefer) or by the bureau (longer wait).
OC-148. Hot, YC0IEM, will be active as YC0IEM/9 from Timor Island from August 29th through September 15th. QSL via IZ8CCW, direct or by the Bureau.
IARC'S AWARD WEB PAGE CHANGE
Isaac Lindenbaum, 4Z4TL, IARC V. Chairman and Secretary, announced that the "Maccabiah 17 Games Award" Web page was updated as follows: Award sample picture and a small applet to search eligibility for the award were added. The Web page address is:
KH7K, KURE ISLAND (Update)
A press release was sent out by Ward, N0AX, late last week (dated 8/19/2005) indicating that the K7C team will be leaving for Kure Island in less than a month. OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive the complete press release as an additional bulletin. Excerpts from the release state that the K7C team will leave the Hawaiian Island by boat aboard the Machias on September 15th. It will take about 9 days to sail to Kure Atoll, aided by the trade winds. The return trip will take another day or two. During the voyage, they hope to be active as K7C/mm on the HF bands. The success of this phase of the operation depends on how they can best rig an antenna aboard the Machias. Activity from Kure is expected to be between September 24th and October 6th. For more details, please visit the K7C Web page at:
MONTAIN DXPEDITION CANCELLED!
Alan, VK4AAR, reports: "It is with regret that the DXpedition to a remote Dayak mountain village (of Sarawak - 9M8) has had to be cancelled. Various factors contributed to this unfortunate circumstance which caused Sengchai Chan (9M8SC) and Festus (9M8FH) and their team to 'pull the plug' on their late August plans."
OH0, ALAND ISLAND
Ari, OH5DX, will be active as OH0Z during the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th). Operation class is to be determined, probably Single-Op and Single-Band (15m) or All-Band entry. QSL via W0MM.
P5, DEMOCRATIC PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF KOREA
No QSNs reported yet for Dave, KA2HTV, as P5/KA2HTV as this was being written Sunday morning. There has been some PIRATED QSNs but nothing legit. During the next few days there "should" be activity. He announced that his last three days would be devoted to ham radio. He is expected to be there until August 23rd. QSL via KK5DO.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
C91CW-C93DY NEWS. Dimitry, UT5UGR, reports that the on-line logs are available at:
Laurent/F8BBL (CW) and Jean Marc/F4ECL (SSB) was active this past weekend from Banc d'Arguin Island (EU-159 and DIFM AT-033). QSL via F8BBL, 100% by the bureau or direct.
Online logs and photo story of the unexpected expedition of Barbara/ SQ5BB and Andy/SP5XSD (from August 5-12th, 2005) to the islands and lighthouses of the Polish Baltic coastline (6 islands & 5 lighthouses) are now available at:
QSL VK4YN/p via VK4FW. Activity was from Fraser Island (OC-142) this past weekend. Address via (QRZ.com): Bill Horner, PO Box 612, Childers, 4660, Australia.
QSL VK6DHI via VK4AAR (direct only) to: Alan Roocroft, 376 Old Toowoomba Road, Placid Hills 4343, Australia. Operators were Wally/VK6YS, Dan/ VK8AN and Nigel/VK6KHD from Dirk Hartog Island (OC-206) this past weekend.
RTTY DX SURVEY
Don, AA5AU, Co-editor of the "VK2SG RTTY DX Notes", is pleased to announce the "2005 RTTY Most Needed DXCC Entities Survey." All digital operators are invited to take part in this exciting new survey. The survey can be found on the following Web page at:
Members of the "Singapore Amateur Radio Transmitting Society" (SARTS) will organize another local field day to be held August 26-29th, from St. John's Island (AS-019). They expect a fairly large group of local operators to operate and be active as S61FD. Look for 2-3 stations to be on the air on 40-15 meters all modes. If time permits, and there is the availability of hardware; he may also try 80 meters and possibly 160 meters. QSL via PA0KHS, by the Bureau or direct to: Henk van Hensbergen, Smaragdstraat 53, 6534WN Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
A special event station, SN25SOL, is operating from the Gdansk Shipyard to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Solidarity (Solidarnosc), the social movement which changed the country (Poland) and Europe. The festivities will end on August 31st, 2005. The station is operating on all bands from 80-10 meters (CW, SSB and digital modes). Piotr, SP2AYC, is the QSL Manager (via PZK Bureau).
The Romanian Amateur Radio Federation (FRR) invites radio amateurs world-wide to participate in the annual YO DX HF Contest. The 24 hour contest is scheduled on Saturday, August 27th, 1200z - Sunday, August 28th, 1200z. Rules can be found on the following Web page at:
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Kure-Osity #2 19 August 2005 by H. Ward Silver, NØAX (email@example.com) K7C Team Member K7C Web site: http://www.cordell.org/htdocs/KURE/ Hurry to Kure The one-month-to-go date passed on the 15th of August and the team is scurrying about putting the final touches on everything - the radios, the antennas, computers, food. Of course, the biggest and most important part of the expedition is the transportation! If that doesn’t pull through, nothing else matters as we’ve seen several times in the past. The rarer the QTH, the more difficult the journey, it seems. Could there be a correlation here? When one thinks of Kure Atoll at the far western end of the Hawaiian island chain, the image of swaying palms, steel guitars, and various concoctions of rum and fruit juice come to mind. Nothing could be further from the actual situation, I assure you! First of all, Kure is a lot farther from Honolulu than you might think - 1375 miles (2213 km)! Travel the same distance east from Honolulu instead and you’d be more than halfway back to Los Angeles! On the way to Kure, we’ll pass the islands of Kauai and Niihau, the western edge of inhabitation, and then have a long open ocean run past Nihoa, the last of the islands with a Hawaiian name. 400 km (250 miles) later, we reach Necker Island, 393 miles from Honolulu. Necker begins an increasingly austere series of classic desert islands until Midway is reached. A large military base until 1993, Midway is being returned to its native state as a national wildlife refuge. From Midway, it’s about 60 miles further on to our final destination Kure, the northernmost coral atoll in the world. (Browse to http://www.soest.hawaii.edu/GG/HCV/haw_formation.html to find out more about the Hawaiian islands and how they formed. Kure is a Hawaii State Wildlife Refuge and more can be learned about it at http://www.hawaiianatolls.org/about/kure.php.) In the past, some DXpeditioners to Kure first flew to Midway via military or tour aircraft and then took a boat to Kure. (There is a landing strip at Kure from the Coast Guard LORAN station days, but it is no longer maintained.) These flights are no longer available, unfortunately. The expense of chartered aircraft ruled out that option, so it will be a sailor’s life for us on board the Machias. This name should ring a bell to aficionados of Pacific DX, the Machias having carried the Kingman Reef/Palmyra expedition in 2000. Once again, Cap’n Bill Austin will be in charge of a cargo of wild-eyed hamsters in hot pursuit of DX! Our captain estimates that the trip will take about 9 days from Honolulu to Kure, aided by the trade winds. Weather at this time of year is expected to be mild. You can keep an eye on Kure weather at http://www.weatherforyou.com/weather/hawaii/midway+island+naval+air+facility.html. Coming back we’ll have to add another day or two; a total of 19 or more days at sea. We’ll all be an old salt (or maybe just smell like one) by the time we get back to the land of the hula girls and ukelele. “Ahoy mateys, we’re listenin’ up five we are and we takes no prisoners!” Browse to the K7C Web site for photos of the Machias. During the voyage, we hope to be active as K7C/mm on the HF bands. The success of this phase of the operation depends on how we can best rig an antenna aboard the Machias. Operating at sea will be by-guess-and-by-golly, but if the 6-watt, battery-powered rig of LI2B aboard the balsa raft Kon-Tiki (Thor Heyerdahl’s pioneering adventure in 1947) could maintain contact with North America as it floated westward from South America, then I suspect that we can, too. This sounds like quite a voyage, doesn’t it? We’ll set sail on September 15th and won’t be seen again for a month! Nevertheless, we’ll have all of you to keep us company through the magic of ham radio. See you on the bands!