OPDX Bulletin 727 September 19, 2005

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 727
BID: $OPDX.727
September 19, 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, K2MP/W2AN, WB2GAI, AA3B, K3KO, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, KH7U, K8YSE, NE8Z, N0AX, WO0Z, 4X1VF, 4Z4DX, APDXC Committee (JA3USA), DL1EK & The DX News Letter, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, G1OCN, HK3JJH, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IZ8BRI, IZ8CCW, JF1OCQ, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, LZ1ZF, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE9DX and XQ1IDM for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 11th/September, through Sunday, 18th/September there were 213 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, 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, HZ, I, IS, J5, J6, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH9, 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, PY0F, PY0S, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TI9, TK, TN, TR, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).

Zoli, HA5PP, will be active as 5B/HA5PP during the CQ World- Wide DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (TBD) entry. QSL via HA5PP.

Dean, 8P6SH, will be active as 8P2K during the CQ Worldwide DX RTTY Contest (September 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via KU9C.

The Osaka International House Radio Club is hosting the Asia Pacific DX Convention (APDXC) which will take place November 18-20th, as the first Asian international DX event. In addition to the presentations of recent DXpeditions, there will also be technical sessions, displays, etc... that you usually find at most large DX conventions. This convention will offer something special, such as a tour to the Icom factory, a technical session led by the Icom IC7800 design team, a tour to the electronics district, and more since it is being held in the country in which most of the amateur radio equipment is developed. Their guest speakers are:

Bob, K4UEE, who is co-organizing the Peter I DXpedition Jaes, 9V1YC, who made the successful DXpedition as FT5XO. Andy, UA3AB, will introduce us to the Big Guns in Russia John, ON4UN, will talk about "low band antenna arrays" Bharathi, VU2RBI, tells us about her experiences on Andaman Islands

Please visit their Web site for more details at: http://apdxc.org/

Andrea, IV3SKB, will be active as D44TD, during the CQ Worldwide DX RTTY Contest (September 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/High-Power entry. Listen to the operator for QSL route.

Nodir, EY8MM, will do a limited operation during the CQ Worldwide DX RTTY Contest (September 24-25th) as Single-Op entry. QSL via K1BV. Visit his Web page at:


Jean-Marc, F5SGI, will be active as FR/F5SGI from October 23-31st. Activity will be mainly CW. However, Jean-Marc states, "I'll make an entry in the CQ WW Phone Contest on Oct. 29 and 30 (although phone is definitely not my cup of tea !) to give zone 39 to those who will understand my barefoot signal."

HC1, ECUADOR (Update)
Dr. Rick, NE8Z, will be active as HC1MD from Tumbaco from September 19-26th. Activity will be CW on the WARC bands using a Yaesu FT-100 and a 40-10 meters Carolina Windom. Suggested frequencies are: 10103, 18073 and 24903 kHz. Also, look for him on 6 meters on 50110 kHz using 100 watts into a 2 element Par Electronics Loop. QSL via K8LJG: John Kroll, 3528 Craig Drive, Flint, MI 48506 USA.

AF-NEW. Operators Ezzat/SU1ER (President of the Egypt Amateur Radio Assembly), Mohammed/SU1KM (EARA Vice-President), Karim/SU1KA, Carlo/IK6CAC, Antonio/IZ8CCW, Leopoldo/I8LWL, Tony/IK8VRH and Raimondo/IK8BQE will be active as SU8GFT from Giftun Island, for about four days and for at least 18 hours a day during the last week of September. The team plans to operate SSB and CW mostly on 20 and 40 meters, with two 100-watts stations, a beam and two verticals. QSL via IZ8CCW. This operation is funded mainly by the MDXC. However, further contributions can be sent and gratefully appreciated through the QSL Manager. The Web site for the operation is at:


AS-100. (Op Cancelled!) Jan, 4X1VF, informs OPDX that he had to cancel his scheduled DXpedition to Akhziv Island (for September 30th through October 1st) due to permission problems. The Israel Navy is not ready to give them the permission to stay overnight on Akhziv Island. He states, "Without operating the night, we shall not be able to contact NA and SA as we planned. The Island is close to Lebanon's border and this is a sensitive issue..... We hope one day to get the authorization."

AS-100. Dov, 4Z4DX, is planning to go back to Akhziv Island between October 19-21st. His callsign will be 4Z4DX/p. His mentions that he just finished sending out all the direct QSLs for the last 4X0AI operation (in August).

AS-117. Operators JN4MBO, JR4HHX and JA5BEX will be active as homecall/4 from Toyo Island (AS-117-034), Hiroshima Pref, October 9-10th. Activity will be on 80/40/30/20 meters CW and SSB. Other plans include possibly the activation of Ituki Islands. QSL via their home callsign, direct or by the bureau. Also, visit the JIIA Award Web page at:


NA-143. Martin, KN5G, will be operating from Galveston Island (USI TX-001S) and South Deer Island (Not an IOTA; a new USI TX-037S) mainly weekend days between now and October 9th. He will be running QRP only, 5 watts, with a battery powered K2 and a Half Square antenna at the water's edge. Primary activity will be on 20 meters SSB and CW. He will be using the callsign KN5G/P. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

SA-069. Members of "Atacama Desert DX Group" will activate the very rare IOTA, "Santa Maria Island", for 3 days between October 8-10th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, including the WARC bands and 6 meters. Modes will be CW, SSB, RTTY and BPSK31. The callsign will be 3G1M. Santa Maria Island is an uninhabited island visited by fishermen and is located about 50 Kms north west of Antofagasta City. Operators mentioned are: Nick/XQ1IDM, Danilo/XQ4ZW, Marco/CE6TBN, Mauricio/CE2WUI, Mauricio/CA2UDO, Serigo/CE1RQB and Luis/CE2UWJ. QSL via XQ1IDM. Visit the following Web for more details at:


SA-NEW. (Update) The Team (A group of several operators from Argentina led by Daniel, LU3CT) is working hard to prepare and set up equipment and antennas for their October 20-26th trip to Isla Escondida, in the Northern part of the Chubut Province. The callsign is already issued: L95WI. They have already organized the costs and ship with the skipper to transport operators and equipment to the island. A dedicated Web site for this DXpedition is now available at:

Roberto, LU3CQ, will be regularly in touch with the Dynamic DX Charterhouse in order to update any phases of the activity. They would like to remind the IOTA Hunters that expenses for transportation is a significant amount; therefore, any donations would be greatly appreciated. You can send your donation to LU3CT: Sr. DANIEL CARLOS FAIGUENBLAT, TRES ARROYOS 768, C1416DCF, BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA. You can also contact Daniel, LU3CT, directly at: lu3ct@ipv4.com.ar

SA-082. Pedro, HK3JJH, will be activating the Magdalena/Guajira Division Group for 2 or 3 days begining September 19th. He hopes that the propagation will be good. Look for him as HK3JJH/2 on 14260 kHz (+/-) SSB. QSL via his home callsign (w/SASE).

Doug, W4OX, will be active from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as KG4OX from September 19-26th. Activity will include an all band entry in the CQWW RTTY Contest (September 24-25th). Outside of the contest, he will be active on all bands 80-6 meters, including the WARC bands on SSB, CW and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign. Bureau cards are gladly welcomed. He mentions that upon his return home the logs will be uploaded to LoTW.

Phil, KH2X, will be active during the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Phil will arrive in Guam on the 27th and will operate primarily on 80/40 meters before/after the contest. QSL via KH2X.

Another press release (Kure-Osity #5, dated Sept 15th) was sent out by Ward, N0AX, this past week just before leaving for Kure. OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive the complete press release as well as other Kure-Osity press releases as an additional bulletin. In excerpts from the press release Ward states,

"After a lot of boat loading, box packing, rope tying, and nautical things the words for which escape me at the moment, the K7C expedition is ready to sail on the ebb tide this afternoon!"
The K7C team did leave that afternoon aboard the "Machias" for their 9 day trip to Kure. Actually, Kimo Chun, KH7U, reported: "The K7C Kure DXpedition departed from Honolulu at 6:13 p.m. Hawaiian Standard Time (HST), Thursday, September 15, 2005 (0413z, 16 Sept 05 - UTC). All preparations went well. They left with a rainbow in the sky at their back and a setting sun to guide them out of Keehi Lagoon. Hopefully, the following sea will aid in speeding them towards Kure Atoll at the Northwest end of the Hawaiian Island chain." It has also been reported that the K7C Expedition also wishes to dedicate the expedition to the memory of Hugh "Cass" Cassidy, WA6AUD, whose visionary wisdom in the "West Coast DX Bulletin" opened the door to much of DXing culture that we take for granted today. For more information about the team's whereabouts and schedule, stay tuned to the K7C Web site's DXA application in the "Messages" section. They will also attempt to be active from the "Machias", most likely on 20 meters, as K7C/MM. As of Saturday, the team has not set up a radio on the "Machias". The DXA Web page is:

The Balkan Contest Club, LZ1KZA (LZ5A), will be active again as LZ26ZA between October 1-31st. The callsign LZ26ZA counts 10 points towards the "St. Teodosii Tyrnovski Award". See the following Web page for details at:

QSL via the bureau or send direct to LZ1KZA: P.O. Box 36, 4300 Karlovo, BULGARIA.

MU, GUERNSEY (Update to OPDX.726)
Members of the Purple Mug Team DX Group (PMTDXG) will activate the Island of Alderney (EU-114), the most northernly island of the Channel Islands group, from Wednesday, October 12th, to Wednesday, October 19th. A group of four amateur radio operators from around the U.K. will be operational on all HF bands, 6 meters, VHF APRS, VHF/UHF, SSB, and hopefully, some satellite activity. The team Members announced are: Carol/2E1DQZ, Russell/G5XW, Tim/M3SDE, Dave/G1OCN and Anthony/MW0JZE. Callsigns and QSL route(s) are: GU5XW via G5XW, GU1OCN via G5XW, MW0JZE via G5XW and MU3SDE via M3SDE. For more information, see individual callsigns on QRZ.COM. Also, visit the PMTDXG Web page at:

More details/updates will be sent prior to departure.

Edward, K2MP/W2AN, informs OPDX that an operator called "Bill" is pirating W2AN in Europe on 160/80 meters CW. "Bill" selects weak CW sigs and gives them the thrill of their first EU/USA QSO. Edward states that this is a "Nasty thing to do and I have hundreds of QSL cards from eager EU stations seeking their first DX QSL. Spread the word that W2AN does not work DX on 80 and 160."

Andy, VE9DX, reports that all CY9SS logs have now been uploaded to LoTW during the afternoon of September 12th - all 38,500 + contacts. The paper QSLs are now being printed and should be available in a few weeks. You can view the photo QSL (front) at:


INTERESTING LOTW NOTE. Brian, K3KO, recently announced that he downloaded a file containing all callsigns listed in the "Logbook of The World" (LOTW), and ran it through WIN-EQF to find out the number of countries that were available and missing in the LoTW. There are 273 countries presently within the LoTW. The following countries are not available: 1A, 3CO, 3D2/C, 3D2/F, 3XA, 3Y/B, 3Y/P, 4U1UN, 5A, 5N, 7O, 7P, 7X, 9J, 9Q, 9U, C31, C9, E3, EK, EP, EZ, FO/M, FR/G, FR/T, HK0/MALPELLO, HV, J5, KH5, KH5K, KH7K, KP1, KP5, OD, PY0T, R1F, R1M, ST, SU, T9, TL, TN, TT, VK0/M, VK9L, VP8/SG, VP8/SO, VP8/SS, VU4, VU7, XF4, YK, Z3, ZK1/NC, ZK3, ZL8, ZL9 and ZS/MARION

Brian states, "The completeness and accuracy of the above list is dependentent upon the input file completeness and the accuracy of WIN-EQF in detecting the correct country from the call." If you take a brief look at the list above, less than 50% of them have had some DXpeditions to them (some quite old). It would be nice if some of them would at least upload their logs to LoTW.

Members of the Russian Robinson Club are proud to announce a DXpedition to Aldabra (AF-025) and Farquhar (AF-035) Islands scheduled for late September and early October. Their tentative schedule (and callsigns) is:

S79RRC/A - Aldabra Island, September 30th-October 2nd
S79RRC/F - Farquhar Island, October 5-7th
The team will be: Sergey/RA3NAN (S79NAN), Eugene/RZ3EC (S79EC) and Andy/RZ3EM (S79RRC). They are expected to dedicate 3 days of operation to each island. For more details and updates, visit the Web page at:

It is with great sadness to report the passing of Hugh "Cass" A. Cassidy, WA6AUD, on September 9th at the age of 88 years. Many will remember Cass for his "DX IS" articles/stories he wrote for "The West Coast DX Bulletin". Cass was the editor for eleven years, and some of his "DX IS" stories are available on the K2CD Web site at:

OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Cass.

Ron, WB2GAI, will be operating from here, September 26th to November 10th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters CW using a Force 12 vertical dipoles. Please QSL via the bureau.

John/WB6Z (T88US) and some JA operators will be active and celebrate the 11th anniversary of this country's "Independence Day", between 1300z, September 28th and 1300z, October 2nd. They are now applying to the PTT for extra permission and a special station callsign T80Z. Activity will mainly be on SSB on 80-6 meters and VoIP (Echolink, WIRES?!!!!). QSL via WB6Z: P.O. Box 746, Mercer Island, WA 98040 U.S.A. (w/SASE or SAE+IRC to PO Box address only). No via BUREAU QSLS (it takes forever :-) ).

Bud, AA3B, informs OPDX that he will be active as V26K between November 23-28th. Activity will include an entry in the CQ WW CW Contest as a Single-Operator/All-Band/Low-Power category. Outside of the contest, he will be active on CW only. QSL via AA3B.

A team will activate V31MD for CQ WW SSB Contest (October 29-30th), the first all software defined radio DXpedition. The team, consisting of Rob/V31MD, Terry/AB5K, Eric/AA4SW, Gary/W5ZL and Larry/WO0Z, will also operate as V31LL, V31TG, V31ZL, and V31SD before and after the contest on all HF bands and modes with their SDR 1000s. QSL as per the operator's instructions. ADDED INFORMATION: V31MD's QSL route is the same as always. The other individual callsigns used by the team members will be handled by the individuals ("hence QSL as the operator's instructions"). Dates outside the contest will vary by the participating member's arrival and will be informal. Many team members will operate between October 25-31st. V31MD will be used exclusively in the contest, of course.

VA3, CANADA (New CIsA Op!)
Operators Bob/VA3QV/VA3RCS and Martin/VA3SIE will be cycling into Maple Island (CIsA ON-NEW!!, not IOTA). They plan to activate the island for the Canadian Islands Award Program on September 25th. They will be operating QRP with an FT-817 and Elecraft KX-1 transceivers, battery powered. Activity will be on 80/40/30/20/6/2 meters. Further information and a detailed times/frequencies schedule can be found on their Web site at:


Gail, K2RED, will be active as VP5RED during the CQ Worldwide DX RTTY Contest (September 24-25th). Operation class is TBD - LP. Look for some SSB/RTTY operations as VP5/K2RED prior to contest. QSL via K2RED.

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Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2005 12:15:24 -0500 (CDT)
From: hwardsil@centurytel.net
To: kb8nw@arrl.net
Subject: Kure-Osity #5 - We Sail Today!
Mime-Version: 1.0

After a lot of boat loading, box packing, rope tying, and nautical things
the words for which escape me at the moment, the K7C expedition is ready
to sail on the ebb tide this afternoon! The weather has been a bit stormy
in the evenings, but through the day it is the blissful KH6 blue sky and
sun you might imagine.  We anticipate a following sea on our 1300-mile
cruise out past the pinnacles, seamounts, and islands of the Hawaiian

We would like to extend our special thanks to Kimo KH6U and Pat NH7UY as
our exceptional local hosts and organizers.  Also, we would like to thank
the numerous Honolulu hams that have lent a hand in hosting, hauling, and
hosanna-ing the team.  Without these folks in the background, the expedition
would be far more difficult, costly, and risky.  Thanks  to all of you and
also for sending us off in such fine style at dinner last night.

The team would also like to extend condolences to the family of Hugh
Cassidy WA6AUD. Cass' contributions to DXing are legendary and inspirational
to many of us over the years. His grand "DX Is!", while possibly not
original, was so strongly communicated and resonates so deeply within the
DX community in capturing the essence of why we pursue these dreams and

For information about the team's whereabouts and schedule, stay tuned to
the K7C Web site's DXA application in the "Messages" section.  We will
also attempt to be QRV from the Machias, most likely on 20-meters, as
K7C/MM.  It will be fun to touch base with you from the Pacific as we
wend our way slowly towards the setting sun.

From all of us on the K7C team - Aloha and Mahalo (thanks) for your support
and encouragement.

 See you in the pileups!
 73, Ward N0AX

Date: Thu, 15 Sep 2005 18:50:05 -0500 (CDT)
From: hwardsil@centurytel.net
To: kb8nw@arrl.net
Subject: Kure-Osity #6 - Honors and Dedications
Mime-Version: 1.0

Please forward far and wide - all newsletter editors may feel free to use
this on any basis.  If I type any more, we'll miss the boat - so, aloha!

Kimo Chun KH6U
The K7C Expedition is proud to name as Honorary Expedition Leader, Kimo
Chun KH7U, without whose tireless and exhaustive support the expedition
would simply not been possible.  Kimo's essential good nature and
bottomless generosity typify the island spirit of Aloha, for which we
all are deeply grateful.  Mahalo, Kimo!

Hugh Cassidy WA6AUD
The K7C Expedition also wishes to dedicate the expedition to the memory of
Hugh "Cass" Cassidy WA6AUD whose visionary wisdom in the West Coast DX
Bulletin opened the door to much of DXing culture that we take for granted
today.  One can think of no more Deserving individual than Cass.
DX truly Is, OM.

73, Ward N0AX

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