OPDX Bulletin 767 July 17, 2006

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 767
BID: $OPDX.767
July 17, 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, NC1L, KC2NMZ, N2OO, K3TRM, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K8YSE, N0VD, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, HAM Radio Association, CE6TBN, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, EA8AUW, F5NQL & UFT, HA0HW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, RSGB IOTA, TA3J, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3EXY and YT7AW for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network or the week of Sunday, 9th/July, through Sunday, 16th/July there were 198 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5W, 5Z, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C9, CE, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J6, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, 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, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD9, 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).

As of July 1st, the "World Wide Young Contesters" group has activated the special callsign 4O7WWYC (Four Oscar Seven) through August 31st to celebrate the 7th anniversary of establishing the WWYC club. Their special activity will be during the third meeting of WWYC members in Novi Sad, Serbia, between August 9-14th. Activities will include HF and maybe 6 meters, both CW/SSB, and an entry in WAE CW Contest. They were spotted this past week on 160/40/20/10 meters CW. QSL via YT7AW. Please note that this activity will be from SERBIA (not Montenegro as many may suspect). Information about the WWYC's club and upcoming meeting can be found at:


Operators Ted/K8AQM (5W0TR), Jeff/N8CC (5W0JB), Dennis/KT8X (5W0DW) and Kirk/JF3MYU (5W0KI) will be active from Upolu Island (OC-097) from July 27th to August 10th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters CW, SSB and RTTY. They plan to have three stations active, and will participate in the IOTA Contest (possibly as 5W0XX). More details, schedule and their operating frequencies are available via the following Web page at:

QSL 5W0DW, 5W0JB, 5W0TR via KT8X; QSL 5W0KI and their IOTA Contest callsign via JF3MYU.

9A, CROATIA (Island Op)
Look for Aniko/HA5TAA (ex-9M2/HA5TAA) and Feri/HA5AZZ to be active as 9A/homecall from Murter Island (Not a IOTA, ACIA IC-318, CIA-28, IOCA CI-074), through July 30th. They will try to visit as many Croatian islands as possible for the CI award. Activity will be SSB on their prefered bands 40/20 meters. QSL via HA Bureau.

Gary/W2VQ and his son Paul/KC2NMZ will be heading to Treasure Cay, Abaco Island (NA-080), July 23-31st. Their activity will likely include a entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) that week. Paul tells OPDX that they will have 1 or 2 stations setup (100w and 50w). Operation will be on all modes by both of them. Activity will be on 80-6 meters, with an emphasis on RTTY, PSK31, CW, SSB and maybe some SSTV. They will using dipoles and verticals. QSL via KC2NMZ, by the bureau or direct.

Peter/W2GJ and Jim/K4QO will be active as C6APR from Crooked Island (NA-113) between July 26-31st. Activity will include an entry in the IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via K3IXD.

Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Branch Manager, reports that the following operation is approved for DXCC credit:
YU6AO - Montenegro; Operation beginning July 4, 2006

ADDED NOTE: From the "DXCC Dialog Weblog" - YU6AO is setting up an HF contest station and will be active starting July 20th with numerous operators for 10 to 20 days. Interestingly, this is the same date that YT6A has chosen for the start of the the Montenegro DX Festival

With so much activity, this should be a great opportunity to work a new one and even fill out many band-country slots.

Paul/K9OT and Peg/KB9LIE will be making their sixth annual trip to Miquelon Island (NA-032), July 28th- August 6th. They will sign FP/K9OT (prefers CW on 40/30m) and FP/KB9LIE (strictly SSB, mostly 17/20/40m unless higher bands are open). They will try to run a breakable 6M beacon on 50.120. Both will be in the IOTA Contest as Single-Ops, and Paul will also be in the CW North American QSO Party. Note: he just needs to confirm Alaska for his FP/WAS. QSL to their home callsigns, same address, either direct with return postage/IRC or via the bureau. Logs will eventually be uploaded to LOTW. No eQSLs. Visit the following Web page at:


Stewart, GM4AFF, will be active as FR/GM4AFF for one day (July 30th) during the upcoming RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via M0CMK.

The "Worked All Britain Awards Group" (WAB) is pleased to announce that they will be holding a joint event with the "Isle of Man Amateur Radio Society" (IOMARS) and "The British Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society" (BARLS) between August 19-26th. This activity week was mutually arranged with the IOMARS to encourage new licensees to gain experience in portable, mobile and net activity. They hope that it will provide publicity for the Island and increase activity around the bands and generally promote an interest within our hobby. The Activity Week will coincide with the International Lighthouse/LightShip Weekend (ILLW) and a visit by two of the WAB Committee members, Dave and Judith Brooks (G4IAR and G4IAQ), plus members of the "British Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society" (BARLS). The "plan' for the week is as follows:

All three lighthouses on the Calf of Man will be activated on both days of ILLW event (August 19-20th) by members of WAB and BARLS.

Chicken Rock will be activated (Sea State permitting) on August 19th. All the major lighthouses on the island will be activated on the afternoon of the 19th; by both WAB and BARLS jointly. Callsigns of those taking part - GD0SGB/P, GD0VML/P or /M , GT4LAB/P/M (IAR and IAQ in disguise).

ALL 14 areas on the island will be activated during the week. Members of the IOMARS will position themselves around the island. More details will be posted on the Worked All Britain Web site at:

Two new certificates have been produced especially for the event. There will be a "Basic Activity Week Certificate" stating how many areas have been worked and a "Premier Class Certificate" for all 14 IOM areas.
They all hope that the event will prove to be a great success and encourage newcomers to come forward to join in the fun. Please give all concerned your support by calling them. This may well become an Annual Event.

AS-115. Berkin, TA3J, will participate in the IOTA Contest (July 29-30th), as TA3J/0 from Antalya - Sican Adasi (Rat Island, MIA MTC-099 and KM56JU). QSL via Nilay, TA3YJ, direct (only SASE and 1 IRC, no green stamps please) or by the bureau. No eQSL. SWL QSL cards are "OK".

AS-117. Operator Kenji, JA4GXS, will be active as JA4GXS/4, from Kasado Island (JIIA AS-117-096), JA4 Yamaguchi Prefecture, starting July 29th, including the IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). Activity will be on all HF bands CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, by the bureau or direct to: Kenji Sasaki, 2-15 Ishikannon-cyo, Yamaguchi-City, 753-0038 JAPAN.

EU-014. Vittorio, IK1RAC, will be active as TK/IK1RAC from the Island of Corsica (DIFM TK-001, MIA MCO-001, WLOTA LH-1390) between August 19th and September 1st. Look for activity from between 1200-1400z and from 2000-2200z, on QRP HF + 6 meters. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

EU-034. Rolf, DK2ZF, will be active as ES/DK2ZF from the Island of Saaremaa, Estonia, between July 21st and August 3rd. Activity will be mostly CW on HF, 6 meters and 144/432 MHz. QSL via home call (QRZ.com)(QRZ.com).

EU-052. Massimiliano, IK2XYG, will be active as SV8/IK2XYG from Corfu Island, between July 24th and August 12th. Activity will include an entry in the IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via IK2XYG.

EU-057. Jan, PC2T (ex-PA1TT) will be active as DL/PC2T from Rugen Island during the IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). Look for activity before and after the contest. QSL via PA1TT, by the Bureau.

EU-088. Ric, DL2VFR, will be active as OZ/DL2VFR from Laeso Island July 23-30th. Activity will be mostly on CW. He will also participate in the IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as Single-Op on CW for 12 hours. Laeso Island is NK-003 for the Danish Island Award. Ric is also planning to visit Hornfiskroen (NK-005 - same IOTA group) with QRP/CW-gear for some hours. QSL via his home callsign/bureau.

EU-092. Members of the Summer Isles Radio Club will be active as MM0Q from Tanera Mor during the IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via MM0BQI.

EU-122. Loook for GN0ADX/p to be active from Rathlin Island during the IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via GM0ADX.

EU-125. Michael, DL3FCG, will be active as OZ/DL3FCG from Bolilmark, Romo Island (NS-001 for the Danish Islands Award), August 5-19th. Activity will be on all bands, CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct, through the bureau, or LoTW.

EU-143. Operators Manuel/EA7HY, Antonio/EA7HW, Juan/EA7AVW, Martin/ EC7AEJ, Jose Manuel/EC7ALT, Oscar/EA4TD, Alfonso/EA4ATA, Javi/EC4DX, David, Pepe and Jeronimo will be active as ED7SPI from Sancti-Petri's Island in Chiclana de la Frontera (Cadiz - Spain), July 28-30th. Other reference numbers for this activity are: DIE S-002, FEA D-2388, DCE CCA-007, DMHE MCA-195, and DME-11015. The group will be active in the IOTA Contest. They also plan/try to activate different Farallones with other different references numbers: DIE S-225 Sancti-Petri's Farallon Grande, S-235 Farallon Chico de Sancti-Petri and S-236 Los Farallones de Sancti-Petri. They plan to have three stations on 80-10 meters on SSB, CW and Digi modes. QSL via the Bureau to EC7AEJ.

EU-170. Norbi, HA3FIN, will be active as 9A/HA3FIN from Pasman Island (ACIA IC-348, CIA-34, IOCA CI-085 and MIA MC-291), July 25-31st. Activity will be on HF bands. Look for him to use the callsign 9A/HG3X during the IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via his home callsign for both callsigns.

EU-170. Peter/HA9MDP and Tamas/HG9MET will operate as 9A/homecall from August 3-13th, from Pasman Island (CI-085), and than Ugljan Island (CI-134) and some others island in the EU-170 group depending on the weather and other "local things". They will be operating on 80-6 meters, and also on 2 meters. They will take part in the Alps Adriatic VHF Contest as 9A/HG9VHF from JN73QW. The equipment is a FT-897, FT-736, multiband dipole for 80-40m, Gp for 20-10m, 6 element Yagi for 6m, and 14 element DJ9BV and 9 element F9FT Yagi for 2m. QSL via their home callsigns, via the HA QSL bureau is "OK".

EU-171. Hans, OZ7BQ, will be active as OZ7BQ/p from Fur Island during the IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). He will use a vertical antenna. QSL via OZ7BQ.

EU-174. A group of Hungarian operators will activate Thassos Island during the end of July. They plan to be active from 3 different locations on the island. Some will be in the IOTA Contest. Look for the following callsigns and locations (Grid Squares):

J48NAR - Operator Laci, HA0NAR, from Skala Rachoni (KN20HS)
J48IM - Operator Endi, HA0IM, from Pothos (KN20HO)
J48PL - Operator Laci, HA7PL, from Astris (KN20IN). IOTA entry: 12HR/SSB/HP/Islands expedition.
J48NL - Operator Laci, HA6NL, from Astris (KN20IN). IOTA entry: 12HR/CW/HP/Islands expedition.
J48PS - Operator Zsolti, HA6PS, Astris (KN20IN). IOTA entry: 12HR/CW/LP/Islands expedition.
J48JJ - Operator Sanyi, HA7JJS, Astris (KN20IN). IOTA entry: QRP/24HR/Islands expedition.
All stations will be active as SV8/homecall outside of the contest (few days before and after) on all the HF bands plus 6m and 2m, CW/SSB with some digital modes too. QSL via the HA QSL Bureau or direct to addresses on (QRZ.com).

EU-179. Operators Tom/UT3IB, Medvedev/UT9IO, Alex/UX2IQ and UR8IR will be active as UX2IQ/p from Berezan Island during the IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via UX2IQ, by the bureau or direct.

NA-038. Heinz, VA7AQ, will be active from Madeleine Island during the IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via VA7AQ.

NA-038. Operators Fred/VE1FA, Helen/VA1YL, Alphonse/VO1NO, Reginald/ VE2AYU, William/VE1MR, Howard/VE1DHD, Rich/VA1CHP and Gary/ VE1RGB will be active as VC2W from Ile aux Meules during the IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). Activity will be on 80-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via VE1RGB.

NA-034. Operators Fred/VE1FA, Helen/VA1YL, Bill/VE2MR, Lynn/VE2ENT, Al/VO1NO, Shelley/VE1NOS, Rich/VE1CHP, Reg/VE2AYU and Howard/ VE1DHD will be active as VC2W from Ile du Cap aux Meules (QC-004 for the Canadian Islands Award), in the Magdalen Islands Group from July 26th to August 1st. They will also participate in the RSGB IOTA Contest as a Multi-Op/Expedition entry. Look for activity on 80-6 meters, CW and SSB. The Magdalens Group includes 6 Canadian Islands (which are not separate IOTAs) and three lighthouses which they will try to visit and activate briefly. QSL via VE1RGB (QRZ.com).

NA-046. Alec, W2JU, will be active as W2JU/p from Martha's Vineyard during the IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via W2JU.

NA-067. Nathan, N4YDU, will be active from Ocracoke Island during the IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Mixed/Low-Power entry. QSL via N4YDU direct.

NA-091. Operators John/VE7JOH and Rick/VE7ADN will be active from the Malcolm Island Amateur Radio Club, on Malcolm Island (BC-019 for the Canadian Islands Award, Grid Loc. CO60), located in the Queen Charlotte Strait, British Columbia, July 29-30th. John will use the club callsign VE7MIV. Activity will be on 80, 40 and 20 meters. QSL both VE7MIV and VE7ADN via VE7JOH.

NA-112. Stephen, W3HF, will be active as W3HF/4 from Bogue Banks during the IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via W3HF.

NA-112. Kyle, W4KTF, will be active as W4KTF/p from Bald Head Island during the IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via W4KTF.

OC-022. Adhi, YC3MM, will be active as YC3MM/9 from Bali Island during the IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) on 15 meters only (CW/SSB) using 100 watts into a 3 element yagi. QSL via YC3MM.

SA-070. Danilo/XQ4CW and Marco/CE6TBN will be on the air as CE5S from Santa Maria Island (WLOTA LH-543) for the next IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). Before and after the contest, they will be on the air on 30/40 meters CW and 20 meters CW/SSB. QSL via HA1AG.

During the weekend of July 8-9th, Nenad, VE3EXY, was operating from the Island of Bonaventure (NA-177). Nenad informs OPDX: "The island itself is easily accessible by regularly operating boat lines, but the stay is strictly limited to the tourist season, and only during daylight operating hours of the National Park. I was allowed to operate for 5 hours each day. There is no electricity on the island, and I was allowed to use battery only. The reason is that the Island of Bonaventure is a bird sanctuary (Ganets colony), and they do not want them upset. I was not even sure if they will allow me to operate during daylight, and I did not announce my operation before. The island has IOTA designation NA-177, and CISA designation QC002. The call used was VE2/VE3EXY/p. In early evening (on Sunday) I activated the Rock itself (QC012) using VX2/VE3EXY call. The rock is connected to the mainland by tiny strip of land, but only during low tide (abt 2 hours). It is submerged otherwise. Even during the low tide, the waves may swipe the tiny strip of land which may put any operation in danger. 250 stations made QSOs with NA-177, and about 30 QSOs from the Rock (Pierced Rock)."

The Old Barney Amateur Radio Club will be operating from the Barnegat Lighthouse (nicknamed "Old Barney") in Barnegat Light, New Jersey, on Saturday, August 5th (rain date is Sunday August 6th). This counts for ARLHS lighthouse #USA-039, Long Beach Island NJ: IOTA NA-111, USI NJ-001S. Operation will be primarily on 20 and 40 meters SSB from about 1300-2200z. Visitors are welcome. A nice full color photo QSL of the lighthouse is available. QSL via N2OB.

. Members of the MD4K Contest Group will be active as MD4K during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Multi-Op entry. Operators mentioned are: Dave/G3NKC, Fred/G4BWP, Peter/G4MJS, Martin/G4XUM, Tim/M0BEW and Royce/M0RHI. QSL direct to G3NKC: David Sharred, Chestnut House, 510 Crewe Rd., Wistaston, Crewe CW2 6PS, U.K.. QSLs can be requested by the bureau on their Web site at:


Juha, OH9MM, will be active as OH0Z during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/24-HRS/SSB/Island entry. QSL via W0MM.

Tom/DL2RMC and Katrin/DO3MSH will be active as OY/homecall from here August 21-23rd. Activity will be limited to their spare time but look for them on all HF bands on CW, SSB and digital modes, with 400 watts and a vertical antenna. QSL via DL2RCM, bureau preferred.

The HAM Radio Association distributes a Russian CallBook (English Version) containing detailed and updated information on all Russian HAM radio operators. It also contains:

1. Detailed information about the DX Expeditions which will take place in the nearest future.
2. Information about the diplomas.
3. List with names and addresses of Russian collectors of HAM equipment.
Should you be interested in ordering this directory, please write to: zakaz@poste.ru
The price is 52 USDs, including the shipping to your country.

On July 22nd, the Union de Radioaficionados de Estella (URDE) is organizing jointly with the City Council of the town of Lerin (50 KM South of Pampelona, Navarra) some ham activities, part of the Twin Cities partnership Lerin/Pompignac (Near Bordeaux) festivities. Among the Ham activities will be a flea market and the airing of the special callsign ED2HLP (HLP = Hermanamiento Lerin Pompignac = Jumelage Lerin Pompignac= Twin cities partnership Lerin Pompignac ). QSL via the operator's instructions. More information is available at:


Members of the Club RadioAmateurs de Lanester (F6KPQ) will activate the special callsign TM0FIL from July 24th to August 6th, during the Inter Celtic Festival of Lorient (French Brittany) activities. Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL via F6KPQ.

Tom/DL2RMC and Katrin/DO3MSH will be active as TF/homecall between August 24th and September 6th. Their activity will be limited to their spare time but will include an entry in the SSB Field Day Contest. Operations will be on all HF bands on CW, SSB and digital modes, with 400 watts and a vertical antenna. QSL via DL2RCM, bureau preferred.

Remember to look for Reiner, DL2AAZ, to be active as V47/DL2AAZ from the Island of Nevis (NA-104), July 20th to August 10th. Activity will be on 40/20/15/10 meters SSB and CW, with 100 watts, dipole and groundplane antennas. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

Look for Kelly/N0VD and Alan/WB9JTK to be active as VP5/homecall between August 1-6th. They will be there primarily for business but plan to be active during their spare time. N0VD will make a special effort on the low bands with attention given to the EU and JA sunrise. This, of course, will depend on the noise level. Both operators will be concentrating on CW with some operations in the U.S. general bands. QSL to their homecalls.

Frank, K3TRM, will be returning to Hamilton Parish, Bermuda, again this summer for a short vacation from from August 3-8th. He will be operating as VP9/K3TRM. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, including the WARC bands using SSB, RTTY and CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau. Additional information will be available on his Web site at:


VQ9, CHAGOS (Top-banders Take Note!)
Larry, VQ9LA (aka WD0HSP), on Diego Garcia, announced this past weekend that he will be on the Island for one more year. He is now scheduled to leave December 2007. The company he works for won their contact and will be staying. During Larry's stay, he plans to get several things fixed (Alpha 99, FT-1000, VQ9X K9AY loop, etc..) and really clean up the shack (a makeover).

Rene, DL2JRM, is now active as VU3RYO from New Delhi, until July 24th. Activity is on 160-10 meters CW with 100 watts, wires and a vertical. He was heard this past weekend on 80/40/30 meters CW between 1630-2130z. QSL via DL2JRM.

VY0, CANADA (IOTA Activity)
Operators Mike/K9AJ and Bruce/KD6WW will be active as K9AJ/VY0 and KD6WW/VY0 from Nunavut (Hudson Bay - Quebec Coast) Centre Group (NA-195), July 19-23rd, and from Nunavut (Hudson Bay - Quebec Coast) North West Group (NA-156), July 23-26th. QSL to their respective home callsign.

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