OPDX Bulletin 746 February 6, 2006

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 746
BID: $OPDX.746
February 6, 2006
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, N1DG, N1KI, NC1L, N2OO, WA2VQW, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4DTA, W4WX, K6WR, AC7P, K8YSE, 9A6AA, DK3KC, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, DL3APO, F5NQL & UFT, G0HFX, I1HYW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IZ8CGS,IZ8EDJ, JT1BV, LA9VDA, P29ZAD, SM7WT, SV1VS, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3EXY and ZL2HE for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 29th/January, through Sunday, 5th/February there were 221 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9U, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, JA, JD/m, JD/o, 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, PJ7, PY, PY0S, PZ, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T32, T5, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZK1/s, 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).

Operator Jurgen, DJ5HD, is now active as 3B8/DJ5HD until February 15th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters CW/SSB. He was heard this past on 40 meters CW after 1900z. QSL via his home callsign.

Probably by the time you read this the 3Y0X DXpedition should be on the air. Activity is expected to start Monday, February 6th, and last for about 12-14 days. This is probably the biggest DXpedition to hit the airwave to date. As this was being written, the 3Y0X Web page reported

"Our current ETA at Peter I is Sunday, Feb. 5th at 2300 hours. Our first reconnaisance flight will be at first light on Monday morning about 0700Z weather permitting!" It also reports, "First four men ashore will be Erling/LA6VM, Bob/K4UEE, Ralph/KIR and Bob/N6OX. The plan is to set up OP B and make it self-sufficient before building the main camp. This way if WX deteriorates, we will have a 'foothold' on the island with two stations QRV. If WX is OK, we will proceed with building the camp before going on the air."
This operation should be fun to work with 9 stations on and with activity on 160-10/6/2 meters and 70cm. QSL via N2OO (Please read the note under QSL INFO AND NEWS...). Don, N1DG, Chief 3Y0X Pilot Station, states, "For up to the minute news on Peter I including videos from the Island the best source is the Peter I Web site.... There will be no releases by the team other than what we post as news on the Web site on a daily basis." The Web site is:

Operator Isaac, 4Z4TL, will be active as 4X0L in the CQ WW WPX RTTY Contest (February 11-12th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via 4Z4TL, direct or by the bureau.

Alex, 4Z5KJ, will be active as 4Z5J in the CQ WW 160 SSB Contest (February 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via W0MM.

Jean, ON8RA/5T0JL, who is in Nouakchott, continues to be very active on 80/40/20/15/12 meters CW. Watch 80 meters between 0400-0630z, 40 meters between 2130-2300z, 20 meters between 2000-2200z, and 15/12 meters between 1500-2000z. QSL via ON8RA (correct on (QRZ.com)).

Dave, G4WFQ, is now active as G4WFQ/6W until February 17th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters including the WARC bands, mainly on CW and RTTY with some SSB. He was quite active this past week on 20/15 meters CW. Look for him to participate in next weekend's CQ WW WPX RTTY Contest (February 11-12th). QSL via G3SWH, by the bureau or direct with SAE and adequate return postage. Also, bureau QSLs can be received by sending and E-mail to: phil@g3swh.demon.co.uk

The new Antarctica Award score tables are now available via the Mediterraneo DX Club (MDXC) Web page at:

They include the "Certificates of Excellence", "Honor Rolls", "Basic Awards and "Operator Certificates" issued through December 31st (2005).

Vlady, R1ANN (RU3HD/ANT), is still on Novolazarevskaya Base (WAP RUS-09). He was heard on 80/40/30 meters CW and 20 meters SSB this past week. Vlady will leave the Russian Base on February 15th, and will head to Capetown, South Africa, onboard the M/V Akademik Federov. He hopes to operate as R1ANN/MM and RU3HD/MM on the way home. QSL via RZ3DJ.

Bhagwati, VU3BPZ, he is still at Maitri Base (WAP IND-03) for another week (contrary to the announced schedule) before sailing onboard M/V Paardeberg for the trip back home via Capetown, South Africa. He should operate onboard as VU3BPZ/MM. For Antarctic hunters, Bhagwati can be found on 14180 kHz around 1600z and later on between 14205 and 14280 kHz. QSL via VU3MKE at the following address: Mr. Manoj Kumar Dhaka, Trupati Valley No 7, D-Lane, Kewal Vihar, DEHRADUN, Uttaranchal - 248001 INDIA.

Ivars, KC4PX, will be active from Nassau as C6APX during the CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest (February 11-12th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. Activity will be on 40/20/15 meters. QSL via KC4PX.

Toni, OH2UA, will be active as CU2A in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via OH2BH.

Operators DL1MGB, DL5AXX and DL8WAA will be active here between February 12-20th. The team will be active in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL route and contest callsign (but possibly CU7/DL****) is not yet known. Outside of the contest the operators will focus on the low bands for Asia.

Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Branch Manager, informs OPDX that the following operation is approved for DXCC credit:
YI9VCQ - Iraq, November 30, 2004, through November 5, 2005

Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Branch Manager, wants to remind everyone that the deadline for the next Honor Roll list is rapidly approaching. In order to be shown in the next list that will appear in the August 2006 QST, you must be current on the DXCC Honor Roll as of March 31, 2006. Applications must be postmarked no later than March 31, 2006. In order to qualify for the DXCC Honor Roll you must be within the numerical top 10 of the overall entities on the DXCC List. There are 335 current entities on the DXCC list, making the minimum level for the Honor Roll 326 current entities. (Deleted entities do not count towards this level). Wall plaques are still available for anyone who is currently on the Honor Roll. (If you were previously an Honor Roll member you can still order the wall plaque for this achievement). See the DXCC website for the latest order form at:


The DX Magazine has announced the results of their "2005 Most Wanted Survey" which was conducted between September and October for 2005. The top 10 Most Wanted DXCC Entities are:

    1) Scarborough Reef           6) Navassa Island
    2) Lakshadweep Islands        7) Desecheo Island
    3) North Korea                8) Bouvet Island
    4) Peter I Island             9) Glorioso Islands
    5) Yemen                     10) Andaman & Nicobar Islands
Visit DX Publishing, Inc. Web page at:

Members of the Trowbridge & District Amateur Radio Club TDARC, Jan/G0BBL and Chris/G0HFX, will travel to Terra del Fuego (IOTA SA-008) and Patagonia from February 3-13th. They will be using the callsigns LU/G0BBL and LU/G0HFX. They are planning to be active on 15/20/30/40 meters, depending on the band conditions. Chris informed OPDX that the Radio Club of Ushuaia, LU8XW, has invited them to use their club station and let them work from IOTA SA-008 during their visit. The probable date is February 8th; the Radio Club of Ushuaia's monthly club night. This is probably going to be the best chance to work them as LU8XW since they have a contest grade club station. See the following Web page for details at:

Jan and Chris will leave February 13th on the Tall Ship "BARK EUROPA" and will be active on the high seas using the callsign PA5D/mm. Once they reach the British Antarctic territories, they will be signing VP8DJK. The two operators plan to land and operate from several islands of the South Shetland Islands Group (IOTA AN-010) through March 6th. Track the Tall Ship "Europa" via the following Web site at:
The Trowbridge & District Amateur Radio Club Web site is available at:

XYL Aniko, HA5TAA, was rewarded just before Christmas with a Far East trip by the company she works for. She will travel to the Far East and stay for 14 days and 12 nights between February 27th and March 12th. Her schduled route is the following:

2 nights in Bangkok (HS) 2 nights in Kuala Lumpur (9M2) 7 nights on the Island of Tioman (AS-046) (9M2) 1 night in Bangkok (HS)
Aniko is very happy with receiving this reward, but disappointed that Feri (OM) can't come with her. Rashid, 9M2RS, is helping in get her a license (9M2/HA5TAA). She states that there are no resident HAMs on Tioman. She will take the couple's station with a simple dipole and expects to work on 20 meters SSB.

Operators Wulf/DL1AWI, Mat/DL5XU and Erik/DL9AWI are now active from Raivavae Island (OC-114, Austral Islands, FO-122) as FO/DL9AWI and FO/DL1AWI. Activity will last until February 14th. Activity will have an emphasis on the lower bands, especially 160m. Their Web site will be updated frequently at:

QSL via DL3APO, by the bureau or direct. JUST A REMINDER: Operators will travel to Auckland, New Zealand (IOTA OC-036) next. Activity will be between February 17th to March 2nd using the callsigns ZL/homecall/m.

Girts, YL2KL, will be active as HK1/YL2KL from HK1AR's QTH in Cartagena, February 10-20th. Activity will include the CQ WW WPX RTTY and ARRL DX CW Contests as Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entries. He will also emphasize activity on 160/80/40 meters. QSL via YL2KL.

EU-170. Look for 9A0CI to activate the Lighthouse Veli Rat on Dugi Otok Island, April 14-22nd.

OC-258. Operators Jerry/P29ZAD, Norm/P29NB, Tommy/P29TL and Peter/P29KPH will activate Kranket Island (Papua New Guinea's Coastal Islands North), March 17-20th (Starting 0000z). Callsign will be P29K. Activity will be on 80-6 meters. QSL via LZ1JZ. For more info, please visit:


The W2RZS Amateur Radio Club will be returning to Dominica for the 2006 CQ WPX SSB Contest in March. They expect to arrive on March 22nd and depart on March 28th. Last year they logged over 6500 QSOs. This year they hope to be able to break that record. They will be concentrating more of their activity on the low bands; 160/80/40 meters, and hope to increase their number of RTTY QSOs. Their expected callsign will be the same as last year: J75RZ. All QSLs should be sent to W2RZS with a SASE, or sent ONLY to W2RZS via the bureau. The operators will be: Mike/WA2VQW, Bob/WB2NVR, Bob/N2DVQ and Adam/N2DHH. Their location this trip will be Sea Cliffs Cottages, a location that is a bit closer to the ocean than the one they had last year.

Naran, JT1BV, Member Board of MRSF, informs OPDX that all JT HAM's will be celebrating the 800th anniversary of the Great Mongolian State using the special event prefix "JV800" with their own callsign suffix (ex. JV800BV via JT1BV) until the end of this year. QSL via their home callsigns ((QRZ.com) address).

Operators Tony/LA9VDA (JW9VDA), Andy/LA8AJA (JW8AJA) and Morton/LA9DFA (JW9DFA) will be active from Spitsbergen Island (EU-026) between February 23rd and March 1st. Activity will be on all bands, CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL JW8AJA and JW9VDA via LA9VDA: Trond Johannessen, Helgedalen 13, N-1528 Moss, Norway. QSL JW9DFA via LA9DFA: Morten Kvenmoen, Brodbol, N-2224 Austmarka, Norway. PLEASE NOTE: QSL cards for JW9VDA can be requested via E-mail to: la9vda2003@yahoo.no For direct QSLs, please include a self-addressed envelope and sufficient return postage. For postage to EU and the rest of the world, 1 USD is not enough. Please provide at least 1 IRC or 2 USDs. Direct QSLs without sufficient return postage and SAE will be answered through the bureau.

Operators KH6YY, KH6ND, KH7U, WH6R, AH6OZ, AH6NF, I8QLS, W1NA, W6NV, K6NA, N6ND and N6TJ will be active as KH6YY during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 4-5th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via K2PF.

Members of the South Florida DX Association (SFDXA) have elected the following people to serve in the 2006-2007 Board of Directors for their club:

 President    Steve Romagni,      W4DTA    Director Kappy Kapplan,  WA4WTG
 V.President  Bruce Phegley,      W4OV     Director Mark Horowitz,  K2AU
 Treasure     Bill Marx,          W2CQ     Director Don Search,     W3AZD
 Secretary    Richard Gillingham, W1RG     Director Norm Alexander, W4QN

P4, ARUBA (Contest Update)
John, W2GD, will be active as P40W between February 16th and March 8th. Activity will be on the WARC bands and 160 meters. Also, look for him in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as Single-Op/All-Band entry and the CQ WW 160 SSB Contest (February 25-26th) Single-Op/High-Power entry. QSL via N2MM.

Art, ZL2HE (YJ0HE), informs OPDX that a pirate station has been using the YJ8UU callsign for the last 2 years. Stuart/YJ8UU and Art dismantled the station and antennas in September 2002. There are still plenty of QSL cards available from these two stations via ZL2HE. 2 USDs or one IRC will bring a quick response. View QRZ.com for the new ZL2HE address.

Joca, PY0S/PS7JN, who will be or is about to go QRT from the scientific Brasilian base on St. Peter and St. Paul Rocks, has posted some photos of his previous expeditions to the Rocks on the following Web site:

PLEASE NOTE: The QSL information on that site looks to now be obsolete. Joca has posted in some detail on QRZ.com how to go about QSLing the current PY0S/PS7JN operation.

QSL BUREAU ACTIVITY ON A DECLINE??? (Story continues!) Nenad, VE3EXY, informs OPDX that the VE QSL Bureau has also experienced a decline over the last 6 years. He states, "... a decline of 60 kg in the year 2005, or almost 300 kg less than in its best days (2001). The rule of thumb is that 1 kg = 333 QSL cards (e.g. 500 kg = 165000 cards). This trend is mostly driven by solar activity, but also by increasing postal costs, aging DX population, and electronic QSLing alternatives." PLEASE NOTE: It would be interesting to hear from other area QSL Bureaus to see if they are experiencing the same decline. QSL Bureau Managers are welcome to send a small report to OPDX.

3Y0X, CE0Z AND XR9A QSL INFO. QSL Manager Bob, N2OO, reports that QSLs for XR9A/8, XR9A/MM and XR9A can be sent in the same envelope via N2OO. He asks that QSLs for CE0Z sent via N2OO be sent in a separate envelope. For more detailed info, go to:

Bob also asks that QSLs for 3Y0X be sent in a separate envelope via N2OO. 3Y0X QSL info:
Sending cards for multiple calls in one envelope will SERIOUSLY delay your QSL. Please send separately if at all possible!

QSL Manager Emir, 9A6AA, informs OPDX that the logs for 9A150NT (all 9A counties) are available at:

Logs will be updated from time to time during 2006. More information about the special event station, 9A150NT, and the "Nikola Tesla Award" is available at:

NEW QSL MANAGER. Phil, N1KI, informs OPDX that he is now the QSL Manager for the T40C contest station. The station is currently manned by Winston/CO2WF and Willy/CO2UG. Look for T40C to be active in the important CW Contest such as CQ WW DX, CQ WW WPX, ARRL International and possible ARRL 10m International Contest.

NOT THE QSL MANAGER. Raul, DK3KC, who is the QSL Manager for their local section of the DARC, reports that DL5NAM is "NOT" the QSL Manager for ST2M and ST2BSS. In the past he has received a lot of QSL cards for DL5NAM (for ST2M and ST2BSS). All of the QSL cards are being returned to the sender via the bureau.

TOP 5 QSL MANAGER SURVEY HAS ENDED. John, K1XN, announced this past week that the "2005 TOP 5 QSL Manager Survey" has ended. John states, "The survey this year was lacking in interest by the DX community as a whole. Less than 100 responses were received from USA/CANADA. Less than a thousand responses in total were received. Nothing like the response from years past. Maybe this indicates that everyone is getting their contacts confirmed by LoTW or eQsl!! It distrubs me that DXers will not take a few minutes to respond to a survey to honor a group of guys/gals that give of so much time and money so the rest of us can enjoy receiving awards and other benefits of DXing. I guess times are changing more rapidily than I thought. The Top 5 survey WILL NOT be conducted for 2006. Maybe this will give DXers time to work some stations and have the benefit of using the best QSL service in the world 'QSL Managers'." Here is the complete list of the nominees for the Top 5 awards for 2005:

    CE6TBN    EA5KB    IZ8CCW     KU9C       N7RO       VE3XN     WV7Y
    DJ2MX     EA7FTR   IZ8CGS     LU4DXU     ON5NT      VK9NS     YB9BU
    DJ2YE     F6AJA    IZ8EDJ     M5AAV      PA3GIO     W2GHK
    DJ3HJ     G3AB     IZ8FWN     N1WON      PA4GIO     W3HNK
    DJ9ZB     G3SWH    JE1LET     N2OO       RU6FZ      W5UE
    DK7YY     G3SXW    K1BV       N3SL       RW6HS      W7EJ
    DL4XS     G3TXF    K2PF       N4AA       RZ3EC      WA3HUP
    DL7AFS    HB9BOU   K3PD       N4JR       SM1TDE     WA4JTK
    DL7CM     I2MQP    K4TSJ      N4XP       UA3DX      WA4WTG
    DL7DF     IT9DAA   K8LEE      N5FTR      UA4WHX     WB3DNA
    EA4URE    IT9YRE   KB6NAN     N6RT       VE3HO      WD9EWK

The Top 5 QSL Managers that received the most nominations will be selected and will be announced very soon. An award plaque or plate for a plaques will be awarded via mail to the winners. John thanks all of you that responded with your choices of the best of the best QSL Manager world wide. He also thanks all QSL Managers for helping the rest of us enjoy our hobby of DXing. He certainly hopes that many rewards come to you for giving of your time and money to make the rest of us happy..... "QSL MANAGERS ARE #1" de John K1XN.

SF7, SWEDEN (Attention Prefix Hunters!)
Sten, SM7WT, will be active (using a new prefix) as SF7WT, starting February 15th, to celebrate his 50 years as a ham. QSL via SM7WT. Sten states, "All prefixes from SA0 to SM7 can be expected to be used in the future."

Nick, SV1VS, will be active as SV1VS/SV3 from KM-16 and KM-06 (EU-158 - Peloponnisos [Messinia] Region Group), August 20th through September 29th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters CW/SSB/RTTY/FM, and also 2m and 70cm all modes. QSL via SV1VS.

Operators SV5AZP, SV5DDP, SV5DKL, SV5FRB and SV5FRD will be active as SX5P in the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via: HATJIGAVRIIL DIONISIOS, P.O.BOX 437 GR 85100, RHODES ISLAND, GREECE .

John, T77CD, will be active during the CQWW RTTY WPX Contest (February 11-12th). QSL direct only via I0MWI.

Operators Bob/W4OWY and Mark/W9OP will be active as V25WY and V25OP, respectively, between March 13-19th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters CW/SSB/RTTY. They will focus on the low bands. QSL via their home callsigns, by the bureau or direct.

David, K3LP, has announced that he will be active from April 18-20th, as VU4/K3LP or another assigned callsign to be issued prior to arrival. Activity will be on 160-10 meters and the 10 MHz band. David plans to arrive on April 14-15th, and depart May 3rd. If the operational time is extended by the Government of India beyond April 20th, look for David to be on the air until his departure date. QSL via W3ADC. Also, watch the following Web page for updates at:


YI, IRAQ (Remote Station/Clarification)
Brad, K6WR, informs OPDX the W7DXX InterNet Remote Base Group now has an InterNet Remote Base system operating in Baghdad, Iraq, under the callsign YI9DXX. The system is available when there is AC power from the mains, but that is usually only a few hours per day, and the hours are not necessarily consistent from day to day. The system is usually active on 75 meters between 2100-2300z and on 20 meters between 1300-1600z. For more details on the operation, please visit:


Operators Bill/W4WX and Jan/K4QD will be active as ZD8WX and ZD8QD, respectively, on February 20th. They will remain on the island until March 2nd. Bill is taking a new 160m vertical (MA160V) provided by Cushcraft. They will also have antennas for 80-10 meters. Look for them on CW, PSK-31, RTTY and SSB. QSL ZD8WX direct to W4WX and ZD8QD via the Bureau or direct to K4QD. Read all about the island at:

Also, visit Bill's Web page at:

Operator Simon, IZ7ATN, will be active as ZD9ADT now through February 12th. QSL via IZ0CKJ. No further information was given.

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