The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 724
August 29, 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, K2HJB, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4UEE and K0IR, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4GN, WW5L, K8YSE, 4X1VF, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, EA5KY, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, G3NKC, HL5FUA, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, MM0DFV, ON3UR, SK0BU, SM0BYD, SQ9MZ, TA3J and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 21st/August, through Sunday, 28th/August there were 208 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D6, 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, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, 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, R1FJ, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YL, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, 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).
3Y, PETER I ISLAND (Update)
A new press release was sent out this past week by Ralph/K0IR and Bob/K4UEE (Peter I Dxpedition co-leaders). OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive the complete press release as an additional bulletin. Excerpts from the press relase state that three new team members have been added to the 3Y0X DXpedition: Mel/W8MV, Don/N6JRL and Mike/FM5CD. They indicate that there are still a couple of team slots available, and they are especially keen to find a team physician to accompany them. If you have an interest, contact Bob, K4UEE at:
The Pearl River DX Association will again operate W2WTC to commemorate the 4th anniverary of 9/11. The club will operate throughout the month of September on all bands SSB only. Check out W2WTC on (QRZ.com). Operators will be Hank/K2HJB, Kevin/KA2NUE, and Ira/KB2DJJ. QSL via W2WTC or K2HJB, direct (w/SASE) or by the Bureau.
The Metropolitan 222 Amateur Radio Society (K2MET) will sponsor a September 11th Memorial Station on Governors Island, NY (IOTA NA-026, USI NY-012 - new one for USI), September 10, 2005. Operations will take place between 11:00 AM and 4:00 PM EDT (1500-2000z) on 21340 kHz, 14250 kHz and 7250 kHz (+/- QRM). QSL via W2SN.
0T705 & 0T805, COSTA RICA (Attention Prefix Hunters!). Carlos, TI8CBT, will activate new prefixes starting September 1st through September 30th. Look for special callsigns 0T805P and 0T705G to be on the air to celebrate the 184th annversary of Costa Rica's independence. Activity will be on all bands 160-10 meters including the WARC bands and 2 meters. Carlos states that the suffix "P" is for Puntarenas, Costa Rica, Zone 8, and the suffix "G" is for Guanacaste, Costa Rica, Zone 7. More details and a picture of the QSL card is avaliable on (QRZ.com).
FRENCH SPECIAL ACTIVITIES
From September 12-26th, hams from the French Correze area will put on the air the special callsign TM5MEM. During these 14 days they will celebrate the "French Heritage Days." On September 17-18th, a station will be active, CW only, from the Partisans and Deportation Museum, Edmond Michelet, in Brive la Gaillarde. QSL via F6KLO, direct or via the French REF Bureau.
Now through September 10th, look for TM8CDX to be active during and before the French DX Club and The Clipperton DX Club's (CDXC) 27th convention. This callsign will be used also by the members of the Provins ARC (F6KOP) during their entry in the IARU VHF Contest on September 3-4th. QSL via the French Bureau to Rafik, F5CQ, or direct to: Rafik Djandji, Les Revergis, F-35360 LA CHAPELLE DU LOU, FRANCE.
FY, FRENCH GUYANA
David/F0CRS and Freddy/F5IRO will be here for the next four months. Activity will be on the HF bands, CW and PSK. Both operators have asked for FY callsigns. They will be active from the Cayenne ARC (FY5KAC). Freddy is currently active as FY/F5IRO and David is awaiting his new "F8" callsign and is expected to sign FY/F8*** when he receives it. Both operators plan to be acive in the next French CW Championship the last weekend of January 2006 (28-29th); callsign TBA. QSL both operators via F5KIN.
GD0, ISLE OF MAN
The Manx Kippers will be active again during "SSB Field Day" (September 3-4th); in the Open Section (400w and beams category). The callsign will be GD0EMG/P. The team this time will be G3NKC, G4MJS, G4XUM and M0RHI. They will be active on 80-10 meters, as per UK rules, and welcome all QSOs. They will try to be active on 30m if time permits (they get many requests for activity on this band; before the IOTA Contest they made a number of QSOs, and they attempted to be active afterwards but had RF feedback problems). QSL to M0BEW.
H40 & H44, TEMOTU PROVINCE AND SOLOMON ISLANDS
Members of the Korea Amateur Radio League (KARL) will be celebrating their 50th anniversary by going on a DXpedition to the Temotu Province in the Solomon Islands, between November 5-11th. Six operators will have two stations active on all HF bands 160-6 meters (including the WARC band) on CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. The callsign H40HL has been requested (not confirmed yet) for their activity on Nendo Island (OC-100) in the Temotu Province. The operators mentioned are: Choi Jong-Sool/HL5FUA (member of Korea DX Club - KDXC), Gang Ho-Jun/DS2AGH (Team Leader), Yi Ju-Dong/DS2BGV, Yun Yong-Ju/6K2AVL, Yu Byeong-Jo/6K2DJM and Bak Yeong-Su/N1PW (ex-HL1PW). They will use five beam antennas, two kinds of vertical antennas and one dipole antenna. They will use the callsign H44HL (not confirmed yet) in the Solomon Islands (OC-047) before and after the operation in the Temotu Province. A Web site is now active with more details at:
AF-100. NEW IOTA ACTIVATED! Joe, I2YDX, activated this new IOTA during the past weekend. Activity was from an island located on the Delta of Congo River, belonging to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and qualifying for IOTA NEW ONE. Joe got a special prefix/callsign for this operation: 9R2DX. He was joined by a local ham from 9Q.
AS-100. If you missed this past weekend's 4X0AI Akhziv Island activity by Dov/4Z4DX and Alex/4Z5KJ (QSL via 4Z4DX), you will have another chance in September. Jan, 4X1VF, informs OPDX that he will lead a team to operate as 4X7AZ from Akhziv Island between September 30th and October 1st. They will have three complete stations on 80-10 meters CW/SSB. Operators mentioned are: 4X1VF, 4X6HP, 4Z1UF, 4Z4KX, 4Z5LA and 4Z5FI. QSL via 4Z4LA: Ruslan Bunyat-Zade, P.O. Box 345 D.N.Efraim, Barqan 44820, Israel
EU-038. Vince, IZ0FKE, plans to be active as PA/IZ0FKE from Texel Island between August 30th and September 2nd. Activity will be on all HF bands, including 6 meters, SSB only. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
NA-092. Bob, N2OML, will be active from Mustang Island (USI TX-011S, Nueces County, Texas), between now and September 4th. Activity will be mainly on 20 and 17 meters. QSL via his home callsign.
NA-175. Bruce/KD6WW and Mike/K9AJ arrive in Kugluktuk (formerly Copper- mine) on August 31st and will activate the Kitikmeot Region-West Centre Group (NA-175) first, then hopefully go on to the Kitikmeot Region-West Group (NA-NEW) next. There is considerable ice remaining in the Coronation Gulf from last winter, and their activation of the new one is contingent on improving ice and weather conditions. They will depart Kugluktuk on September 7th. Anticipated activity will be mostly on 20/30/40 meters on or near the usual IOTA frequencies. The callsigns will be KD6WW/VY0 and K9AJ/VY0 from both locations, so operators will need to pay attention to which island they announce they are on. QSL to each operator's CBA.
KH6, HAWAII (Special Event)
Look for the USS Missouri's club station, KH6BB, to be active on September 2-4th to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Japanese surrender papers on board the battleship USS Missouri (on Sept. 2, 1945) in Tokyo Bay, formally ending World War II. The station's activity will take place between 0000-0600z and 1600-1800z. Their primary operating frequency will be on 14063 kHz CW. Depending on the propagation, alternate frequencies will be 18073 and 21063 kHz. There may be combined CW/SSB operations on 14263, 18163 or 21363 kHz. QSL direct to: Battleship Missouri Amateur Radio Club, 98-1547 Akaaka, St. Aiea, HI 96701-3051, USA. Check the KH6BB Web page event calendar for last minute details on times and frequencies at:
MD4, ISLE OF MAN
MD4K will be active again during the "SSB Field Day" (September 3-4th); in the Open Section (400w and beams category). The team this time will be G3NKC, G4MJS, G4XUM and M0RHI. They will be active on 80-10 meters, as per UK rules, and welcome all QSOs. They will try again to be active on 30m if time permits (they get many requests for activity on this band; before the IOTA Contest they made a number of QSOs; they attempted to be active afterwards, but had RF problems). QSL to G3NKC.
OH0, ALAND ISLAND
Ari, OH5DX, will be active as OH0Z during the CQ WW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op possibly as an All-Band or Single Band (TBD) entry. QSL via W0MM.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
The log search with pictures of the recent 5X1B and 5X1W operations (August 3-12th) by JJ1CBY/Yuki and JA1DOT/Hisa are now available online at:
Hans, SM0BYD, informs OPDX that for direct QSL replies for HZ1EX, please QSL ONLY via SM0BYD (please - NO QSLs via SM0CXU!): Send 2 USDs OR 1 IRC, OR a prestamped SAE with a 10 kronor Swedish stamp which makes up for sufficient return postage. He also states, "Unfortunately, I still receive only 1 USD now and then and I don´t think that I should pay for the postage or part of it, hi..." QSL via the Bureau is also OK as well. ADDED NOTE: Hans states that he will now accept IRCs. He was misinformed about IRCs being accepted in Sweden by an employee at his Post Office HQ in Stockholm!
The correct QSL Manager for Berkin, TA3J, is TA3YJ. Some Polish radio amateurs have been using YL2GP as his QSL Manager which is incorrect.
NOT THE QSL MANAGER. Jerzy, SP9FUU, has been receiving QSL cards for V8NOW. Jerzy has never been a QSL Manager of any station . QSL V8NOW to: Alias Hj Mohd Ali, No.6, Simpang 208-5,Kampong Manggis Dua, Jalan Madang BC3515, Brunei Darussalam, BRUNEI.
RSARS CIS DX CONTEST 2005
Jurij, MM0DFV, informs OPDX that there are new rules and date (October 22nd, 1000-2200z) for this contest. Visit the following Web page for details and the 2004 results at:
The Amateur Radio Club at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden, is celebrating their 50th anniversary this year. They will participate in the Scandinavian Activity Contest (SSB) from September 24th 1200z to September 25th 1200z using the callsign SA5ØL. QSL via SKØBU.
SOUTHEAST ASIAN TRIP
Pete, SM5GMZ, will be back in Bangkok in the beginning of December this year for another six months working as a photo journalist mainly for the European news agencies but also for World Picture News (WpN) in New York. Even though work always comes first, during his free time he will be active on the air. Between December 5-31st, Pete will try to activate his Thai callsign, HS0ZFI, as much as possible. His operations will be on CW/SSB/PSK31 and RTTY. Starting January 6th, Pete will be back in Cambodia (XU) and will also try to make a few thousand QSOs (12K last time) with his Cambodian callsign XU7ADI. He will stay in XU for at least two months. Activity will be on all bands including 50 MHz and the same modes as above; CW/SSB/PSK31/RTTY. He also mentions that there may be a slight chance that he will activate Myanmar (XZ) and Laos (XW) as well. More details will be forthcoming.
Jovica, T98A (ex. T94FC), will be on a one year United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) assignment to the Sudan. He has received the callsign ST0RM. Activity will be mostly CW on all bands, but also expect some SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via T93Y by the Bureau or direct to: Boris Knezovic, P.O. Box 59, 71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Ado, W4ADO, has a two years contract with "Doctors Without Borders - Medecins Sans Frontieres" (MSF-USA) for work (technical support) in The Republic of the Sudan. He will arrive in Sudan on September 26th and will try to get an amateur radio licence. His activity will be on both CW and SSB. Ado states, "My first goal is to help people in Sudan and after that work on the radio". QSL will be via 9A6AA.
The following was a press release sent out by Tim Totten, N4GN, on Tuesday, August 23rd:
Tim, N4GN, and Martti, OH2BH, have decided to challenge the matter and put two T88 signals on the air at the same time; T88GG mostly on CW and digital modes and T88BH on SSB. The activity begins on August 25 and continues until September 5, including the All Asian DX Contest during the first weekend of September. QSL cards featuring this newly independent Republic can be obtained via Jarmo Jaakola, OH2BN: Kiiletie 5 C 30, Helsinki FIN-00710, FINLAND.
This DXpedition is supported by Vertex Standard (Yaesu) both in radio and manpower terms. Yuichi, JN1WTK/T88YK, will be on the team to make sure that you can hear the cleanest audio on the bands from the latest lineup of state-of-the-art Yaesu gear, but not around the clock as ladies are involved, too--Joana and Leena OH2BE/T88BE expect to establish a reasonable routine between radio and beach time while still guaranteeing that peak hours in both activities will not overlap as the path can be critical during these days of low sunspots.
You are invited to visit Palau and use the Yaesu supported luxury radio room. Maybe you can start your own dream tour today by studying the Republic of Palau for your next travel destination.
TI0, COSTA RICA (Special Event)
Look for special event station, TI0SP, to be active in September to commemorate the 184th anniversary of Costa Rica's independence. Activity will be on all bands 160-10 meters, including the WARC bands and 2 meters. Modes will be CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL will be via EA7FTR, only direct. More info is available on (QRZ.com) (type TI0SP).
Look for Rick/G3VZT, his XYL Lynda/G0VDR and his 13 year old daugther Catherine/M3VZT to be active as VP2MRJ, VP2MLJ and VP2MCJ, between October 26th and November 4th. Rick states that he will be active as much as possible, but this is a holiday/business/family trip. Rick and his family are also expected to be active during the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. He hopes to use the callsign VP2M as he did in the 1977 CQWW CW Contest. However, the VP2M callsign currently belongs to the Montserrat Radio Society. If they can't use VP2M, they will use Rick's old callsign VP2MRJ. QSL via G4WTD.
The United Radio DX Team is planning a new trip at the end October here. Their callsign will be: ZB2/ON5UR (Max), ZB2/ON5MRT (Thierry) and ZB2/ON6NP (Wim). Activity will take place between October 27th and November 3rd on all bands, SSB and Digital mode. They will be active also during the CQ WW DX Contest. QSL direct via: United Radio DX Team, P.O. BOX 33, Zichem B-3271, Belgium. All direct QSL cards will receive a special full color double QSL. Visit their Web page at:
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Date: Thu, 25 Aug 2005 19:23:19 -0500 From: Tom Anderson
Subject: P5 final news release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Tom Anderson, WW5L WW5L@gte.net Lone Star DX Association Vice President and Information Director http:www.dxer.org/lsdxa Apparent internal miscommunications within the North Korean government's Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries and the Ministry of Telecommunications and Posts over the approval of an operating permit to Dr. David Borenstein, KA2HTV, led the government to halt his recent P5 DXpedition before it could even begin, the New York physician said today. However, the main purpose of his trip to North Korea was not amateur radio, but the donation of several thousand dollars worth of medical supplies from various Western countries to the Korean Medical Association. I went to make sure these medical supplies got where they were supposed to, he said. Dr. Borenstein specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation. Another situation that may have also played a part in the halting of Dr. Borensteins DXpedition operations was the death of his government assigned guide, one of the leading such guides in the country. The guide drowned at Wonsan, while he and other government assigned guides were escorting KA2HTV and others to the North Korean coast. Dr. Borensteins DXpedition costs were underwritten by the Lone Star DX Association (http://www.dxer.org/lsdxa) and equipment donated by many companies and individuals. Before he left the United States, Dr. Borenstein and the LSDXA were told his DXpedition operation should be fully accredited by the ARRL once he returned and submitted passport, visa, and photographic documentation showing he was in North Korea. This is standard procedure for DXCC DXpedition accreditation. The Lone Star DX Association is committed to the support of DX. We knew this would be a gamble, but thought the risk was worth it to try getting P5 back on the air. Hopefully our efforts and those of Dr. Borenstein has moved the ball forward in restoring amateur radio in North Korea, said LSDXA President Mike Thomas, NA5U.. The miscommunications developed when a Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Cultural Relations official issued the operating permit, while the governments Telecommunications and Posts officials, had not formally processed KA2HTVs request for a permit to operate. Both agencies are part of the North Korean government. Dr. Borenstein was planning on beginning his full time P5 operations on August 20, when DPRK officials suddenly called him into a meeting. They told me the person who gave the authority in the committee should not have given it because of a mix up with the Ministry of Telecommunications and Posts, he said. Up until then I had no idea that I would not be allowed to operate as government officials had given no hint that the operating authority issued previously was not valid. I was able to demonstrate amateur radio to these same government officials and showed them how it would benefit the country. But the inability to operate was devastating, he said. After meeting with the government officials I just went back to my room for a while and watched the BBC, the only English language television program we could receive. I knew there were hundreds of stations around the world waiting to make a P5 contact and I could not get on the air. The Lone Star DX Association and I had planned this DXpedition for many months and many donors had given equipment and their time and effort to make this operation occur, he said. Both KA2HTV and the LSDXA would like to thank the following sponsors for their donation of equipment: Tennadyne log periodic antennas, Yaesu and Vertex Standard radios, ACOM International amplifiers, Texas Towers, W4MPYThe QSL Man, GigaParts, Buddipole, Hex Beam, High Sierra, Press JonesThe Wireman, Heil Sound, North Alabama DX Club, Southeastern DX Club, LDG Electronics, DX Engineering, Ham Radio Outlet, and W4HT Electronics. In addition, the following individual hams provided logistical and other support: WW5L, WY5H, K4UEE, K9LA, KC2MWA, K7JA, W4WB, W4RT, W5QM, W9GJ, W2RC, QSL manager KK5DO, and the many members of the Lone Star DX Association. Dr. Borenstein said these government officials confided to him they were hopeful a license for him to operate could be obtained in the near future, however no definite date was given. They told me they would welcome me back, despite the fact it is very difficult for Americans to get a visa there. Also, he added, there is no prohibition by the U.S. government against Americans visiting North Korea. After the death of his guide, he said, many government leaders went into official mourning. I couldnt ask them about radio matters as these people were in mourning, so that delayed everything another two or three days. When he arrived Aug. 9 all of the radio equipment was processed through North Korean customs without problem and it all went smoothly. Later the Telecommunications and Posts ministry officials asked to inspect some of his equipment, which included an Icom 735 and 706 MK2G, and a Yaesu 857, plus an Acom amplifier. They kept part of it for a week, he said, before ministry officials told him he would not be allowed to operate. When first planning the DXpedition, Dr. Borenstein said, negotiations had centered on the donation of amateur radio equipment to the DPRK as a measure of friendship. When the DPRK government took the equipment for inspection, they apparently thought this was the same equipment that was to be donated. The donated equipment taken for inspection includes KA2HTVs own personal Icom 735 transciever, a Hexbeam antenna, a High Sierra tripod, coax, a Yaesu rotator, and a dual voltage power supply. The equipment was not seized, they knew I had other equipment, they could have taken everything, but they didnt, he said, adding, seventy percent of the equipment I took over there came back home. A receipt thanking Dr. Borenstein for the donated equipment was issued by the DPRKs Committee for Cultural Relations with Foreign Countries. KA2HTV does not consider this a failure, but rather a chance to open doors to North Korea for possible future amateur radio operations. Although I didnt get a chance to operate from P5, I believe the equipment donations and my visit planted the seeds for amateur radio operations in the future, he said. Some people may see this as a failure, but if you dont try, youll never fail. KA2HTV received his first amateur license in 1980 and earned his extra class license in 1984. Dr. Borenstein has guest operated from the following club stations or as an individual from: SP5PBE in Poland, 4X/KA2HTV in Israel, JY6ZZ in Jordan, CO2KK in Cuba, and 9G5DR from Ghana. This trip to North Korea was not his first. He was in the DPRK in July 2004 for similar medical related reasons. -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- PRESS RELEASE 2006-2 Peter I DXpedition- 3Y0X For Immediate Release August 24, 2005 From: Ralph, K0IR and Bob, K4UEE Peter I Dxpedition co-leaders We are pleased to announce the addition of three new team members to the 2006 Peter I DXpedition. They are Mel W8MV, Don N6JRL and Mike FM5CD. These gentlemen all bring radio operating expertise to the team as well as individual talents for the overall project. We are pleased to have them aboard! There are still a couple of team slots available and we are especially keen to find a team physician to accompany us. If you have an interest contact Bob, K4UEE at: firstname.lastname@example.org. An inspection team consisting of Erling LA6VM, Bob K4UEE, and Carlos NP4IW/6 have just returned from Punta Arenas and Santiago, Chile. They report that everything is on track for an early February, 2006 activation of Peter I. The plan has the team departing Punta Arenas, Chile around Jan. 27th and returning around Feb. 25th. This will allow about sixteen days at the island. Of course, the actual time on the island and on the air depends on weather and other factors. Fifteen members of the team will meet in Atlanta for a training session scheduled for Sept. 15th through Sept 19th. This will give us all a chance to renew friendships forged earlier this year and get acquainted with our new team members. Among the activities on the agenda are: practicing rapid deployment of shelters, low band antenna erection, sequenced container packing and rappelling practice. There will also be a safety meeting and discussions of operating techniques and tactics to be utilized by the team. Other subjects will be discussed by the team leaders, safety committee, and the antenna committee. Please visit our website at: www.peterone.com and if possible make a contribution toward the significant expenses of this DXpedition. It may be the most expensive DXpedition ever and every contribution helps. PayPal is available too! The team members themselves are funding 70% of the total cost. Thanks to all of our great contributors, but the team would especially like to thank the International DX Association (INDEXA) for their enthusiasm, confidence and support of the 2006 Peter I Dxpedition. Not only have they offered significant support, but have increased their contribution from the previous year. Thanks! -=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=-=- From: "Jarmo J. Jaakola" Subject: WRTC2006 Tokyo Press Release - August 22, 2005 Date: Mon, 22 Aug 2005 12:31:44 +0300 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE WORLD RADIO TEAM CHAMPIONSHIP 2006 (WRTC2006) SIGNED SPONSORING AGREEMENT WITH VERTEX STANDARD IN TOKYO TODAY Tokyo August 22, 2005 The 5th Olympic Games of Amateur Radio will be organized in Brazil, for the first time on South American soil, during the summer of 2006 with participants from more than thirty countries, representing all continents. The WRTC concept provides all participants with a level playing field, allowing pure operating skill to determine the very best in handling Amateur Radio traffic, using both voice and Morse communication. "It is essential for an event of this magnitude that we can secure a solid financial base through leading companies in the Amateur Radio field to be able to carry out the event professionally," commented Mr. Atilano de Oms (PY5EG), President of the WRTC2006 Steering Committee. "We are honored to have leading companies support the Games as title sponsors; thus this agreement we have signed with Vertex Standard today illustrates an extremely important landmark for the Brazilians who make a huge voluntary manpower investment in this event", he concluded. Mr. Jun Hasegawa, President of Vertex Standard Co. Ltd, emphasized that supporting one of the world's premier on-the-air events for determining the best in fair competition is fully in line with their established strategy for the Yaesu brand. "The brand profile will continue to be focused both on leading DXpedition events as the Choice of the World's Top DXers and on world championships in radio contesting", he added. "We have been pleased with the impact of the previous WRTC event which enhanced our image, realizing that more than 80 percent of the world-class competitors in a similar 2002 event had selected the Yaesu FT1000 series as their radio in pursuit of the world championship", Mr. Hasegawa stated at the press briefing. Mr. Martti Laine (OH2BH), representing the World Radio Team Championship Sanctioning Committee in Tokyo today, welcomed the continuation of this long-term relationship and emphasized that signing up exclusivity for leading manufacturers, such as Vertex Standard, will help the WRTC concept flourish while also sending a clear message that this kind of supporting opportunities exist whatever country decides to apply for the next Games due in 2010. WRTC2006 WRTC2006 is jointly organized by the Araucaria DX Group of Brazil and LABRE, the IARU society of Brazil, utilizing a large voluntary base, opening their homes and hearts to the visitors as well as contributing hundreds of working hours to make the event a success. For the first time in WRTC history, the event will be geared to receive a large number of Amateur Radio operators also with their families as friends to attend the event in Brazil. The event will be held in the beautiful city of Florianopolis with good transportation connections from several major cities in Brazil. Vertex Standard (Yaesu) Co. Ltd Vertex Standard is a leading manufacturer of competition-grade HF radios along with an extensive range of radio communications equipment from UHF and VHF to HF frequencies. The units are a result of pioneering work with sophisticated technology such as SSB emission, originating from its early invention. The recent launch of the very latest breakthroughs in high-end radio design, such as the FTDX9000 series, with several "firsts" in the industry is proof that the industry can be proud of. The invention of full-duplex, simultaneous listening and transmitting for transceivers is just one of those advances that place Vertex Standard in the forefront of radio design. Further information can be obtained from: WRTC2006 - Mr. Atilano de Oms, email@example.com Vertex Standard Co. Ltd - Mr. Yuichi Kurosaki, firstname.lastname@example.org