The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 765
July 3, 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 DX Bulletin, K1XN & GoList, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4THW, AC7DX, N7NG, K8YSE, Pete Rayer, Pete's -DX-Newsdesk, CN8NK, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, E51CG, F5CVI, F5NQL & UFT, GM3YOR, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK4MGP, IW5EDI, IZ8EDJ, TA3YJ, VA3RJ & ICPO and YO3APJ for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 25th/June, through Sunday, 2nd/July there were 197 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, ER, ES, EU, EX, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZK1/s, ZL, ZL8, 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).
5A7, LIBYA (Update)
After some years of silence, an international team will activate Libya between November 14-28th. The callsign will be 5A7A. Activity will be on all bands with CW and SSB, and for the first time ever, digital modes on RTTY, SSTV and PSK plus another first will be FM. The goals of the Dxpedition are:
* To support the development of ham radio in LibyaThe international team operators are: Andy/DJ7IK (Team Coordinator),
* To activate a rare country on all bands and modes including the digital modes and FM
* To provide more than 50,000 QSOs
* To take part in CQWW DX CW Contest as a Multi/Multi entry
* To activate a new prefix - 5A7
* To set the focus on "long distance DX" like W6/7, JA, VK, etc.
* To provide lowbands contacts
CW - 1827, 3507, 7017, 10107, 14007, 18077, 21027, 24893 and 28027Frequencies for 2m, 6m, SSTV and PSK have not been chosen yet. Send direct QSL requests to their QSL Manager DL9USA ONLY: Andreas Glaeser, PF 100 246, D-03122 Spremberg, Germany. The Bureau QSL cards will be processed very last after the direct requests are processed. For updates and more info, please see the following Web page at:
SSB - 1847, 3777, 7087, 14197, 18147, 21277, 24977 and 28477
RTTY - 14087, 18107, 24928 and 28087 kHz
M'hamed, CN8NK, will be active in the IARU Radiosport World Championship Contest (July 8-9th) using the special callsign 5C8A. He will also represent Morrocco as a headquarter station.
New DXCC Entity -- ARLD026 Montenegro is the newest ARRL DXCC entity:
"A new ARRL DXCC entity has come into being! As expected, the United Nations admitted the Republic of Montenegro as its 192nd member June 28, and that action automatically makes the tiny Balkan nation the 336th current DXCC entity.
'According to the ARRL DXCC List criteria, entities on the UN list of member-states qualify as political entities,' said ARRL Membership Services Manager Wayne Mills, N7NG. 'Therefore, effective June 28, 2006 (UTC), ARRL has added The Republic of Montenegro to the DXCC List. Claims for DXCC credit will be accepted immediately.'
Current Montenegrin radio amateurs reportedly may continue using their YU/YT/YZ/4O/4N-prefix callsigns until the International Telecommunication Union designates a new callsign block for the new country.
In anticipation of Montenegro's new nation status, the International DX Festival Montenegro, with information on the web at,
http://www.yu6scg.cg.yu/international-dx-festival.html, has been setfor July 20 until August 12. That's when several international operators will join forces with Montenegrin Amateur Radio operators from at least three different stations using a common callsign in an effort to meet the DX community's need to work the newest DXCC Entity. Festival organizers have set the ambitious goal of 200,000 contacts for the event, which will use all HF bands.
Montenegro declared its independence on June 3 following a national referendum May 21."
DXCC Fee Increase Reminder! ARRL Membership Services Manager Wayne Mills, N7NG, wants to remind everone: "The new DXCC fee schedule will go into effect on July first. Applications received at the DXCC Desk by Friday afternoon, June 30th, will be processed under the existing fee schedule. Applications which have not reached the DXCC Desk by June 30th will be processed under the new fee schedule." The new DXCC fee schedule is available at:
E5, NORTH AND SOUTH COOK ISLANDS
Victor, ZK1CG/ZK1USA (now as of July 1st E51CG and E51USA), reports that the callsign change from ZK1 for the North and South Cook Islands was officially announced in the local newspaper "Cook Islands News Daily" on Monday, June 28th: "Please be advised that as of 1, July 2006 UTC the International Cook Islands Radio Callsign prefix ZK (Zulu Kilo) will be replaced with E5 (Echo Five). This will mean that if your callsign is currently ZKR (Zulu Kilo Romeo) it will now be E5R (Echo Romeo). Please note that only the first two characters will change, the remainder will remain as is. If you require further clarification please contact radio licensing division at 29680 during working hours." Paper's Web page is:
Sido, F4CKP, will be here for 2 months from July 3rd and until end of August. His activity will be on 80-10 meters including the WARC bands on RTTY and SSB. He will use a FT-897 into a Cushcraft vertical and a G5RV antenna. QSL direct via his home callsign or by the bureau.
Luc, FR5IZ, will be active as FR5IZ/E from Europa (AF-009, DIFO FR-003) from July 4-6th. He will be using a FT-897 (w/100w) into a doublet antenna. QSL via the French Bureau (REF-Union du Ref) or direct to FR5IZ address via QRZ.com. LAST NOTE: "The DAILY DX" reports that Luc is here on a work assignment, and will be active only during his free time. Look for him mainly on 20/12/10/6 meters and possibly 17 meters.
The RSGB HQ station GB5HQ will be active in the IARU Contest (July 8-9th). This year, look for ten GB5HQ stations (with 30+ operators) to be active and located around the country. There is a series of free GB5HQ Awards for the 2006 event available, and they are managed by John, G3LZQ. More details about the awards and station locations can be found at the following Web site:
HC8, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Trey, N5KO, and other operators will be active as HC8N during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as Multi/Multi entry. QSL via W5UE.
HI3, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Mark, KB2MS, will be active as HI3/KB2MS from Puerto Plata, starting July 28th until about August 23rd. Activity will be on all bands except 160m. QSL via his home callsign.
AS-076. Koyo, JA5BEX, was expected to be active as JA5BEX/5 this past weekend from Oshima Island (JIIA AS-076-003), JA5 Shikoku Island group, Kagawa Pref. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
EU-011. Dom, M1KTA, will activate St. Agnes Island as M1KTA/p between July 28th and August 4th. His activity will include an entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest on all bands CW/SSB. There is also the possibility that Dom might activate St. Mary's, Tresco or Bryher islands during the same weekend. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
EU-016. Branko/9A7YY and Antonio, 9A/K6LKH, will activate (depending on sea condition) Brusnik Island, July 8-9th. Other reference numbers are: All Croatian Island Award ACIA-800 and Mediterranian Island Award MC-047.
EU-030. Klaus, DJ4JI, will be active as OZ/DJ4JI from Bornholm Island (BO-001 for the Danish Islands Award, WLOTA LH-2203), September 3-13th. Activity will be on 80/40/20 meters, SSB only with a Swan 350 (400 watts). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
EU-031. Operators John/IK8LIU, Franco/IK8WEJ, Enzino/IK8YTG, Giovanni/ IW7DOL, Luigi/IW8EQS, Orlando/IW8FCA, Simone/IZ0BTV, Marco/ IZ7DOK, Oreste/IZ8EDJ and Francesco/IZ8EQF will activate Licosa Island (I.I.A. SA 001, D.C.I. SA 028 and ARLHS ITA 089) on July 9th. Operators will sign homecall/P. QSL via their home callsigns. Watch for more info at:
EU-034. Frank, DL1FT, will be active as ES0FTZ from Saaremaa Island (WLOTA LH-1401), July 4-14th. Activity will be on 40/20/10 meters SSB. QSL via DL1FT. More information is available at:
NA-144. Six operators will activate Santa Cruz Island July 27-30th. Their activity will include the IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). Operators mentioned are: Ray/N6VR, Jim/N6KZ, Fred/N6AWD, Jim/ WB9AWX, Vic/KI6VC and Sreven/WA6SC. They will use the callsign N6VR/P for the IOTA Contest and their home callsigns at other times. They will have three stations active: one on the WARC bands and two for the other bands. During the contest they will use a tri-band yagi for SSB and amplifier and a vertical on CW. QSLs for N6VR and N6AWD go to N6AWD; all others go directly to the operator's home address. OC-130. Peter, DK2PR, reports he will operate as DU9/DK2PR from the Island of Mindanao, between July 28th and August 15th. This will be a holiday style operation. A side trip to islands in the OC-235 group are possible, but it depends on the local situation.
SA-055. Members of the Radio Club Argentino will be operating as LR4D from Martin Garcia Island, July 6-9th. They will take part in the IARU HF World Championship as HQ station for Argentina. QSL via LU4AA.
Simone, IW5EDI, will be active as IS0/IW5EDI from the northeastern part of Sardinia Island (EU-024), now through July 7th. Activity will be on HF bands (mainly of 20 meters). QSL via the Bureau. For more info, visit:
KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS
Operators Nao/JK1FNL, Jim/7K4QOK and Takky/JE1KUC will be active from Saipan, Nothern Mariana Islands (OC-086), July 7-10th. They will operate as NA8O/KH0 (JK1FNL), KG8RP/KH0 (7K4QOK) and N1KU/KH0 (JE1KUC), and be active on 80-6 meters. Also, look for them to participate in the IARU HF World Championship. QSL via their JA home callsigns, direct or by the bureau.
OP0, BELGIUM (Attention Prefix Hunters!)
Look for members of the Royal Union of Belgian Amateur Radio (UBA) to participate in the IARU Contest (July 8-9th). Look for HQ station OP0HQ to be active on all 6 bands and on both modes. This will be the first time that the "OP0" prefix has ever been used. All QSOs will be confirmed with a QSL via the bureau. However, direct QSLs can be sent to ON5ZO (UBA HF Manager). The address is OK on (QRZ.com).
QSL INFO AND NEWS
NEW IRCS AVAILABLE. New IRCs are now available as of July 1st. The Universal Postal Union (UPU) has redesigned the International Reply Coupon (IRC) again. The new design, known as "Beijing Model No. 2," was submitted by Volodymyr Taran, a graphic artist from Ukraine. Taran's design was inspired by Michelangelo's painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel -- "two fingers about to touch framed in a postage stamp, representing the notions of communication and exchange." The newly designed IRC will be valid until December 31, 2009. However, the current IRC is valid through December 31, 2006 (ed. Depending on who you talk to...).
ADDED NOTE: The IRC will celebrate its centenary in 2007. It was October 1st, 1907, that the International Bureau issued the first International Reply Coupon. To mark this event, countries can ask the International Bureau to include a special overprint that reads "1907-2007: 100 years of IRCs"! Collectors, philatelists and future buyers will appreciate this added feature. The coupon is certain to be a popular collector's item at post offices next year.
Charles, S9SS, informs OPDX that his QSL Manager Gerard, N4JR, will be out of country. He will return home in the latter part of July and will catch up on the backlog of QSLs as soon as possible.
Nilay, TA3YJ, informs OPDX that she sent out QSL cards for TA3YJ, TA3YJ/4 LH, TA3J, TA3J/4 LH, TA3J/60, YM3ATA, YM3SV, YM75TA, YM21TA, YM3LZ/WPX2000, YM3LZ/WAE2000 and TC2K4J to the QSL Bureaus of Germany, Russia, Serbia&Montenegro and Ukraine by registered mail on June 27th, 2006.
The International Shortwave League (ISWL), continues with their 60th (Diamond) Anniversary celebrations throughout the month of July. Look for the following special station to be active:
July 5th - GB6SWL will be active for 1 day from Dagenham, Essex. John, M0HEM, will be the operator.ADDED NOTE: The ISWL Club callsigns GS4BJC/P and MX1SWL/P will also be active throughout July. The ISWL Awards Program is open to non members for a very small fee to cover postage to any country in the world. Please see the following Web page for all details, including QSL information and Special Diamond Anniversay Awards etc... at:
and 12th - GB6SWL will be active for 3 days from Walton on the Naze, Essex. Herbie, G6XOU, will be the main operator.
July 15-16th - GB6SWL will be active for 2 days from Bagulay, Manchester. Ron, G6BMY, will be the main operator.
July 22-23rd - GB6SWL will be active for 2 days from RAF Macrihanish, Argyllshire, Scotland. Andy, MM0CXA, will be the main operator.
July 29-30th - GB6SWL will be active for 2 days from Walton on the Naze, Essex. Herbie, G6XOU, will be the main operator.
Drew, GM3YOR, will be on holiday on the Island of Halki (EU-001) and will be active as SV5/GM3YOR from September 21st to October 4th. Activity will be CW only during his stay; bands will depend on conditions and the times he is available. He will be taking his TS-50s transciever and wire antennas. QSL via his home callsign.
T7, SAN MARINO
A mixed team of San Marino and Italian operators will be active from the ARRSM Headquarters (Associazione Radioamatori Repubblica San Marino) during the next IARU HF World Championship (July 8-9th), with the special callsign T70HQ. Activity will be on all bands, both CW and SSB. Operators will be: I4FYF, I4TJE, IK3QAR, IK4DCW, IK4GNI, IK4HVR, IK4MGP, IK4MGX, IK4SXJ, IK4UNH, IK4WMH, IZ4AKS, T77C, T77CD, T77EB and T77GO. Also, expect some activity by operators before the contest as T70A. QSL via T70A, via Bureau or direct. A special QSL for the event will be printed. Further information can be found at:
VE1, CANADA (IOTA Ops)
Len/VE9MY and Linda/VE9GLF will be vacationing in Nova Scotia during the week of July 16th. They plan to activate a few IOTAs in the Nova Scotia Island groups (NA-081, NA-126, NA-127 and NA-154) during their week stay, but have not determined at this time the sequence of activation. They will also try to activate new Canadian Islands whenever possible and any lighthouses that are accessible. Operations will be mobile or portable with 100 watts, on 20 and 40 meters. QSL via their home callsign, by the bureau or direct.
Members of the Associacao dos Radioamadores de Macau (ARM) will be active as XX9A as a HQ station during the IARU HF World Champion- ship. There will be four stations operating from Taipa Island (AS-075). QSL via XX9BB.
Carlos, N4THW, informs OPDX that he is in Iraq for the next four months on a military air base. He states that he has already applied for YI license and is expected to be on the air soon. He may sign YI/N4THW if the military gives him approval. Carlos plans to be on all bands 80-10 meters including the WARC bands. He currently is looking (for help) to find a good radio and antenna. Right now all he has is an old military HF radio w/100 watts into a G5RV dipole.
Remember to look for Tommy, VK2IR, to be active as YJ0IR from New Hebrides (OC-035) between July 3-15th. His activity will be on 80/40/20/17/15/12/10 meters SSB depending on conditions. QSL via W3HNK.
Look for YR0HQ to participate in the 2006 IARU World Wide Championship Contest (July 8-9th) as an IARU Member Society HQ Station representing the Romanian Amateur Radio Federation (FRR). All the contacts will be confimed by eQSL and LoTW. Please note, an award, free of charge, will be issued to all those who will prove at least 3 contacts with YR0HQ during the contest. For 6, 9 or 12 contacts, the award could be printed for different classes (3rd, 2nd, 1st or Extra Class) in accordance with the number of contacts, but only one single award is given. The application, along with the log extract, should be sent to one of the following addresses. By mail to: FRR, YR0HQ Award, BOX 22-50, RO-014780 BUCURESTI 22, ROMANIA. By e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
World-wide traveler Vladimir, UA4WHX, continues to be active as Z2/UA4WHX. He was heard this past weekend on 80/40/30/20/17 meters CW. There were a few SSB QSNs on 20/17 meters. The length of his stay or where he goes next is unknown. QSL via UA4WHX.
ZA, ALBANIA (LH, WW Loc. and IOTA Ops)
A group of four Italian operators will be here between July 7-17th. Activity will be on all bands HF and VHF, CW, SSB, PSK31 and RTTY. They also plan to activate lighthouses, WW Loc.'s and be in the upcoming contests for HF/VHF (IARU HF World, Six Club Contest and CQ World-Wide VHF Contest). Operators mentioned are: Giuseppe/I2AZ, Pino/I8YGZ, Alfredo/IK7JWX and Giancarlo/IK7QMJ. All plan to sign ZA*/homecall. The group is currently waiting for permission to activate Sazan Island (EU-169) plus the lighthouses on the island. QSL via their home callsigns (via the ARI Bureau or direct using the (QRZ.com) address).
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