OPDX Bulletin 755 April 10, 2006

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 755
BID: $OPDX.755
April 10, 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, ARRL Letter, K1XN & GoList, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5LBU, N5FF, K8YSE, W9VNE, DJ7ZG, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, DL4KQ, F5NQL & UFT, F5UJK, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HA1AG, HA5X, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IZ8AJQ, JI6KVR & JA IOTA News, M3SDE, ON7WW, PA7FM, PY7RP, RU3DNN, SP2FAP, VA3RJ & ICPO, VA4DP and VE3ZZ for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 2nd/April, through Sunday, 9th/April there were 211 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J5, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T5, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP8, VP8/g, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, 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).

Dov, 4Z4DX, will be active during the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 27-28th) as an All-Band entry. QSL via his information on (QRZ.com).

QSL Manager Dennis, PA7FM, informs OPDX that UN worker (World Food Program - WFP) Michael, PA5M, is on the road again after his 3Y0X participation and is now in Somalia. Activity will be limited to his spare time, and he will be operating as 6O0M using wire antennas and a FT-857 w/100 watts. Most of his activity will be during his local evenings. He was heard this past weekend on 40/20/17 meters CW. It's not known yet when he will leave the country, but it looks like he will be in 6O-land for at least 6 weeks or so (but things may easily change). Send QSLs to PA7FM, who will also provide online logs and photos when available at:

Logs will probably be updated daily.

Peter, HA3AUI, has announced that he has prolonged his stay in Africa and will now be active from both from Senegal (as 6W/HA3AUI) and Guinea-Bissau (as J5UAP) until June 10th. Look for activity on 20/17/15/12/10 meters, SSB, with some possible PSK and RTTY. He was heard this past week from J5-land on 20 meters RTTY. QSL via his home callsign direct only.

8Q, MALDIVES (Correction/Update)
Simon, M0BOX, is now active as 8Q7BO from the Kuredu Island Resort (AS-013 -- not AS-018 as mentioned last week..), now through April 20th. He was heard on PSK Sunday on 15 meters around 1023z. Look for activity during his spare time on all bands 40-10 meters, the WARC bands included. Simon will concentrate on the digital modes, mainly PSK31 plus RTTY and maybe SSTV if requested, and of course SSB. Further information and updates can be found at:


C9, MOZAMBIQUE (Update/Still Looking For Ops!)
Frosty, K5LBU/C91CF, announced that they now have one CW and one SSB operator signed on for the Dxpedition to Mozambique this June-July. They will be there and on the air from June 29th to July 13th. He states that they would like to have at least 2 more operators join them. They plan to be in the IARU Contest. They will also operate on EME on 6-2m and 70cm and plan to do PSK and RTTY in their spare time. They hope to have 2 statons set up but need 2 more CW and one more SSB operator to make it worth their effort to do both. Check out the Web site to see the location they will be staying at:

Frosty will be in Visalia for the International DX Convention if you would like to talk to him. Or you can call him at home at 281-437-1978 after 5 PM DST.

Yves, F6CTL, will be in French Polynesia and some of its islands from June 18th to July 18th. He plans to activate the following islands (no specific dates announced): FO/M: Hiva Hoa, Marquesas (OC0-027)
FO/A: Rurutu, Australes (OC-050)
FO: Tahiti (OC-046), Moorea (OC-046)
, Huahine (OC-067),
Fakarava and Tuamotu (OC-066),
Mangareva and Gambier (OC-063). His activity will be active on SSB, with some CW, with an IC-706 MK2G, vertical antenna for 40-10 meters and dipoles.

HA, HUNGARY (Special Activity)
Since March 29th (2006), the Hungarian amateurs can use 50-52 MHz. To celebrate the long-awaited legalization of that band, the special callsign HA50MHZ will be aired by Chris, HA5X, through December 31, 2006. Look for this special callsign on CW/SSB and the digital modes. A short-term award is also in preparation, so work as many HA/HG stations on 6m as you can. QSLs for HA50MHZ are via HA5X, the LoTW or eQSL.

Operator Glauber, PS7EB, will be active as HH/PS7EB between May 19th and November 25th. Glauber works for the Brazilian Army and has joined a group of Brazilian Military Forces that will work together with ONU on a peace program in Haiti. He will use an IC-746 PRO and a vertical multi-bander antenna and hopes to be active on both modes CW/SSB and also the digital modes. QSL via PS7EB, direct (QRZ.com) or by the Bureau. For direct QSLs, please enclose SASE + 1 USD (or 1 IRC).

AS-036. Operators Nakayama/JA1KJW, Shoji/JJ1JGI, Noboru/JH1VVW and possibly others plan to be active as homecall/6 from Tsushima Island (JIIA AS-036-022), JA6 Nagasaki Prefecture, April 21-23rd. QSL via their home callsigns. You can go direct or via the bureau.

AS-041. Operators Nakayama/JA1KJW, Shoji/JJ1JGI and Mitsu/7N4AGB plan to be active as homecall/4 from Oki Island (JIIA AS-041-003), JA4 Shimane Prefecture, April 29th to May 8th. QSL via their home callsigns. You can go direct or via the bureau.

AS-117. Look for JA4ZKI/4 and JE6QIG/4 to be active from Oshima Island (JIIA AS-117-108), JA4 Yamaguchi Pref, Hagi City, from May 13-14th. QSL via their home callsign. You can go direct or via the bureau.

EU-011. Keith, G3TTC, will be active as G3TTC/p from the Isles of Scilly, April 30th to May 5th. Look for activity on 80/40/20/15 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign.

EU-011. Operators Nobby/G0VJG, Ralph/M0MYC, Simon/M3CVN, Richard/G7GLW, Dave/G4BUO, Chris/G0FDZ and possibly others will be active from St. Marys Island, Isles of Scilly, between July 26th and August 2nd. They will also participate in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) using the callsign M8C. They will also use the callsign G3RCV/p on 6 meters (WAB SV91, WW Loc. IN69UW) and G1RCV/p on 2 meters. Outside of the contest look for members of the team to be operating on all bands as homecall/p. QSL M8C, G3RCV/p and G1RCV/p via G4DFI (QRZ.com). QSL others via their home callsigns.

EU-170. Team leader Fredy/DE0MST along with operators Daki/9A2WJ, Boro/9A3KB, Emir/9A6AA, Sven/DF9MV, Mathias/DL5MFL, Fredy's XYL Maria and Sven's XYL Petra plan to be active as 9A0CI and homecall/p from Dugi Otok Island (IOCA CI-018 for the Islands of Croatia Award, CIA-10 for the Croatian Islands Award, ACIA IC-367 for the All Croatian Islands Award, MIA MC-074 for the Mediterranean Islands Award, County ZD), April 14-22nd. They will also be activating the Veli Rat Lighthouse (ARLHS CRO-183, WLH 9A-077, WLOTA LH-2375, WW Loc. JN74JD) at the same time. QSL 9A0CI via DE0MST (100% via bureau), and the others via their home callsign.

NA-029. Gregg, VE3ZZ (ex-PA9ZZ), will be active as VE3ZZ/VY2 from Prince Edward Island, July 26-31st which also includes the July 29-30th IOTA Contest. Activity will be from the PEI DX Lodge superstation, and he will also work the the WARC Bands outside of the contest. QSL direct to VE3ZZ (QRZ.com) or via the VE3 Bureau.

NA-055. Scott/NE1RD and Dave/KZ1O will activate the special event callsign, K1P, from Deer Isle (USI ME-014S, Hancock County, Maine), April 10-17th. Activity is to celebrate Patriots Day. Many do not know that Maine was part of Massachusetts until 1820, and split as part of the Missouri Compromise. Join them from the Maine sea coast celebrating Patriots Day and New England's tradition of the sea, April 10-17th. Look for activity on all bands. QSL via NE1RD (QRZ.com). OC-042. Rag, LA6FJA, will operate as DU1/KI4KJP from Luzon Island (WLOTA LH-0081), between now and May 1st. Activity will be on 80/40/30/20/17 meters CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via WY4N (QRZ.com).

SA-NEW. CANCELLED! Zoli/HA1AG and Marco/CE6TBN were expected to activate a new IOTA this past weekend, but operations were cancelled due to WX and sea conditions. The island was to be Pupuya Island in the O'Higgins/Maule Island Group of Chile (group E under Chile in the IOTA Directory). The callsign was to be XR4PI. Detailed information about the island can be found at:


QSL MANAGER CHANGE. Paul, RU3DNN, a member of the R45G Team, informs OPDX that the QSL Manager for R45G is now RK3DZB (was RW6HS earlier). QSL via the bureau or direct to: P.O.Box 159, Zvyozdny Gorodok, 141160, Russia.

UNITED RADIO DX TEAM QSL MANAGEMENT BUREAU. Tim Beaumont, M3SDE, is pleased to introduce a service to help cut costs in QSL posting especially for DXpedition Teams, Holiday Stations, IOTA Stations or just the every day Radio Ham. QSL Management Bureau will provide several free services (ex. P.O. Box, QSLs...). For details,
E-mail Tim at: qslm@btopenworld.com
Read complete press release at:


Members of Sala Consilina ARI team will operate from April 15th to May 15th with the special callsign IO8VAT to celebrate the 75 years of the foundation of Vatican Radio. Receive a special QSL card via the bureau from IZ8AJQ or direct from:
ARI, P.O. Box 11, CAP 84036 Sala Consilina (SA), ITALY.

Doug, VA7DP, reports that he has obtained permission to use the callsign VA7UNEF, June 5th to July 5th. Activity will be to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the UN Emergency Force. No other details were available.

The ARRL Letter reports that Members of the Titusville and the North Brevard Amateur Radio clubs in Florida will be on the air as special event station N4S now through Saturday, April 15th. Operations will be from the Florida Space Authority facility at the Kennedy Space Center/Cape Canaveral Air Force Station complex. The N4S special event will celebrate the silver anniversary of NASA's successful space shuttle program, which began with the launch of the shuttle Columbia on April 12, 1981. Through contacts with stations around the globe, the special event hopes to increase awareness of the many NASA men and women of space technology and note their accomplishments. A 25th anniversary certificate signed by Florida Lt. Governor Toni Jennings on behalf of the Florida Space Authority is available upon request and an SASE to Carl Zelich, AA4MI, 1720 Old River Tr, Chuluota, FL 32766-8603. Full information is available on the North Brevard ARC Web site at:


Fernando, ST2BF (ex-D2BB), was heard this past weekend on 20 and 15 meters CW/SSB between 0830-0930z and after 0030z. QSL via W3HNK.

Members of the Collins Amateur Radio Club are now active as T30CXX from Tarawa. Length of stay is unknown. Operator are Rod/K0DAS and Tom/NY0V. Activity over the past weekend was on 40/30/20/17/15 meters (Some CW and some SSB). QSL via W0CXX.

Bernd, VK2IA, will be active as VK9AA during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via DL8YR.

Frank, DL4KQ, announced this past week that he received word that the first VU4 permits have been issued to him and his XYL with more permits to follow. Those who already own VU reciprocal licenses will get their VU4 permits quicker than the other foreign hams. Callsigns will be using a VU4AN prefix indicator. For example Frank will be signing VU4AN followed by his reciprocal callsign: VU4AN/VU3FRK. Other ham callsigns will be like: VU4AN/K3LP. Frank also menitoned that 30m and 6m operations have been confirmed too. The permit is given for the hamfest dates (3 days) and another extension of 5 days has also been granted.

Charles, K4VUD (VU3CHE and HS0ZCW) has announced that his Andaman Island callsign is VU4AN/VU3CHE.

Babs/DL7AFS and Lot/DJ7ZG will be hitting the airwaves during the Hamfest Event at Port Blair, between April 18-25th. Babs and Lot will be signing VU4AN/VU3SIG and VU4/VU3SID. Activity will be on 80-10 meters on the modes SSB/RTTY/PSK. Lot wants to remind everyone that there will be several stations on the air from VU4, and be sure of the callsign you work. QSL both VU4AN/VU3SIG and VU4AN/VU3SID only via DL7AFS. Visit their Web page at:


WARD Award 2006 (World Amateur Radio Day 2006 Award)
The WARD Award is designed to commemorate the World Amateur Radio Day celebrated by IARU on April 18th each year. It is issued by the MK QTC, Polish Radio Amateur's Journal, with the support of PZK, Polish Amateur Radio Union. The WARD will be granted for at least the following numbers of contacts: either 10 QSOs on the HF bands, or either 5 QSOs on the VHF bands. All contacts must be made between 0000-2400z on April 18th. Send a standard application form (log extract), including the list of QSOs, on or before May 31st to: The Radio Amateur's Journal MK QTC, Suchacz-Zamek - Wielmozy 5b, 82-340 Tolkmicko, Poland. The price of the WARD Award is 6 USDs or 5 Euros. The full colored Award size is: 210 x 297 mm. The WARD Award is also available to SWLs for the same numbers of reports. The WARD Web page is:

Amateur Radio: A gateway to information and communication technologies for today's youth.

Halim, YB1A, who usually can be found on 40 meters after 1200z, is now active on 160 meters sometime between 1100-1300z and after 2115z. He lives near Jakarta. See a nice picture of him on (QRZ.com).

Saad, N5FF, informs OPDX that he has postponed his business trip to the Jordan (JY) and has decided to proceed with his YK trip earlier than planned. He will arrive in Damascus on the evening of April 16th, and should be active again as YK1BA from April 17 through May 5th, returning home to Texas on May 6th. As usual, the purpose of the trip is not a DXpedition, so his operating will be sporadic. However, Saad hopes to be able to operate at least 3-4 hours a day. Saad states, "With the current band conditions, I don't have a solid plan as to what bands I will be operating on. However, I will operate on whatever bands (80-10m) and modes that have the best propagation at the time." He suggests that the most probable operating times are between 0100-0400z, 1900-2200z and possibly 1100-1400z. Modes of operations will be on SSB and CW, but he will do his best to work as much RTTY as possible also. QSL via N5FF.

Laurent, F4DZG, new French ham, will be active as YO/F4DZG at Brasov, Romania, May 26th to June 12th. This is a family and tourist visit. He will operate on SSB on 14120 during his mornings and late afternoons with a TS-50 and G5RV half-size antenna. He will also be accompanied by some Romanian operators. When he departs, some material/equipment will be left at David's, YO6FNF. QSL via F4DZG, by the bureau is OK or direct via (QRZ.com). Laurent will go back to Romania in October, and this time he will try to help the ham community of Brasov (YO6KXP and YO6KYZ).

Members of the Association of Radioamateurs of Venezuela (ARV) and the Grupo DX Caracas (GDXC) will activate Aves Island (Isla de Aves), on April 19th for two weeks (if everything goes as planned, no promises here because they depend on the Venezuelan NAVY for transport- ation and the landing permit). See details in OPDX.753. Jose (Joe), YV5LIX, announced this past week that he will be the DXpedition's digital modes coordinator for the YX0A operation. Modes will be RTTY, PSK31 and PSK63. A special emphasis will be on PSK63 and PSK31 on 30 meters, the proposed operating frequencies are:

  Band    RTTY     PSK
  160     none     none
   80     3570     3580   Listening up
   40     none     none
   30    10137     10140  Listening up
   20    14085     14071  Listening up +/- Pactor  QRM
   17    18100     18100  Listening down because NCDXF beacons on 18110 kHz
   15    21085     21071  Listening up
   12    24920     24920  Listening down because NCDXF beacons on 24930 kHz
   10    29580     28071  Listening up
The bands where most of their activity will be on is 80, 30 and 20 meters. The other bands, 17, 15, 12 and 10 meters are secondary and are subject to propagation. There are no digital operations planned for 160 and 40 meters. Because they are limited to 14 operators by the NAVY, the DXpedition team plans to be active on all bands on CW/SSB. Joe, YV5LIX, is basically the only digital modes operator available and can't be active full-time on the digital modes, so please be patient during the beginning of the operation. Joe is reserving a few days at the end of the DXpedition for the digital modes, so during the first week or so they will be only on SSB and CW. For more details and updates, visit the YX0A Web page at:

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