OPDX Bulletin 768 July 24, 2006

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 768
BID: $OPDX.768
July 24, 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, AA1AC, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N7NG, K8YSE, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, 6W/EA4ATI, 9A6AA, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, F5NQL & UFT, HK6DOS, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IT9DAA, IZ8EDJ, OH2BH, OH2BN, RSGB IOTA, UX0FF, VA3RJ & ICPO and YT1AD for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 16th/July, through Sunday, 23rd/July there were 199 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C9, CE, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FM, FO, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, JA, JT, JW, JX, K, KH0, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PY, PZ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2M, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YU, YU6, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).

Well known DXer Kan, JA1BK/KH6BK, and a group of operators will activate another new DXCC entity. The team of 6 operators will travel to Swains Island some time this week. Swains Island was recently added to the DXCC's entity this past weekend due to the recent DXCC rule change (ed. See DXCC News below). The team of operators who have been in Pago Pago, American Samoa, since Thursday, July 20th, have been delayed in going to Swains Island due to some transportation problems.

The list of operators are Kan/JA1BK/KH6BK (team leader), Uti/KS6FO, Paul/F6EXV/WH7S, John/K1ER, Tets/AH7C and John/K8YSE. Larry, AH8LG, President of the American Samoa Amateur Radio Association (ASARA), has been helping in planning/organizing and has provided the team with lots of resources and logistics to make this operation happen. Larry will not be going with the team but will be a pilot station for the operation. However, Larry's wife, Uti, KS6FO, is expected to travel with the team to Swains Island and will do the cooking for the team.

The callsign will be KH8SI once again. Activity will be on HF bands CW/SSB. However, the team will utilize the best bands to work as many as possible during this short operation (possibly 3-4 days). The start date is unsure at this time due to the transportation to the island. QSL via JA1BK. More details will be forthcoming.

ADDED NOTE: Those who use propagation and bearing programs may be interested in the following coordinates (Lat/Long) to use. Some of the following agencies have a slight vary in their coordinates, but all are very close.

U.S. Department of Interior -- Latitude 11 degrees 3 minutes South Longitude 170 degrees 55 minutes West
U.S. Coast Guard ------------- Latitude 11 degrees 4 minutes South Longitude 171 degrees 5 minutes West
U.S. Census Bureau ----------- Latitude 11.08207 South Longitude 171.04813 West
CIA FACT Book ---------------- Latitude 11 degrees 3 minutes South Longitude 171 degrees 15 minutes West
Dani, 6W/EA4ATI, informs OPDX that he will be active from Conakry as 3XY9B, August 1-8th. He states that he will use a 3 element yagi beam antenna (three bands), dipole antennas and work all HF bands (occasionaly 6m band too). QSL via direct to EA4ATI.

Last week in OPDX.767, we mentioned that Tom/DL2RMC and Katrin/DO3MSH were going to Faroe Islands and Iceland. The QSL route mentioned was incorrect. QSL via DL2RMC (NOT DL2RCM as mentioned) and Tom prefers the bureau.


* The following was received from Wayne Mills, N7NG, ARRL Membership Service Department Manager, dated July 22nd, from Newington, Connecticut: For Immediate Release With the addition of Section II, Criteria Rule 1c) to the Political Entity criteria, certain former separation entities may now qualify as Political Entities. One such entity has been determined to be American Samoa. American Samoa is now a Political Entity for DXCC purposes.

As a result of the reclassification of American Samoa, and upon the filing of a request and substantiating evidence, and with the concurrence of the DXAC and the Awards Committee, Swain’s Island has been added to the DXCC List.

Swain’s Island, entity number 337, qualifies as the first separation entity from American Samoa, now a Political Entity. The distance between American Samoa and Swain’s Island has been determined to be in excess of 350 km as required by DXCC Rules Section II, Paragraph 2, Section b). QSOs made with Swain’s Island on or after 0001Z, July 22, 2006 will count for DXCC credit.

For additional information, including the DXCC Reference Number for Swain's Island, contact Bill Moore at the DXCC Desk, dxcc@arrl.org.

* Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Branch Manager, informs OPDX:
"Due to a problem with the DXCC software a few callsigns were not shown in the DXCC Honor Roll list that was published in August 2006 QST. Although there were some errors in this computer-generated list, the on-line Honor Roll listing produced from the same database is correct. If you were on the Honor Roll between April 1, 2005 and March 31, 2006 and your callsign did not show in the QST list, contact DXCC Branch Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, at (860)594-0234 or dxcc@arrl.org. We will publish a correction in October 2006 QST."

Chris, DJ2CK, is expected to be active as EA8/DJ2CK/p from Isla de Lanzarote (DIE S-007 for the Spanish Islands Award) and the Punta Pechiguera lighthouse (FEA D-2782, ARLHS CAI-047, WLOTA LH-0099, WW Loc. IL38BU) until August 4th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters SSB and the RSGB IOTA Contest included. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

Nodir, EY8MM, expects to be busy this year during contests. Look for him to be active during the following contest:

CQWW DX RTTY Contest(September 23-24th);Sinlge-Op/Single-Band (20m)/ High-Power entry. Activity will be limited. QSL vua K1BV.
CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th); Single-OP/Single-Band (80m)/ High-Power entry. He will use a 4-square and beverages for receiving. QSL via K1BV.
CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th); Single-OP/Single-Band (160m)/ High-Power entry. QSL via K1BV.
Kanichi (Kan), JJ2RCJ (AB2RF), will be active as FG/AB2RF from August 3-7th. Activity will be focused on the digital and CW modes. QSL via AB2RF.

Stewart, GM4AFF, who was expected to be active as FR/GM4AFF for the upcoming RSGB IOTA Contest has cancelled his operation. He states, "I have decided to cancel my operation from Reunion in the IOTA Contest. It was always going to be hard, but when I found out that conditions are also really awful, I decided to pull the plug. I'll have less luggage to carry now!"

EU-006. David, EJ3GKB, will be active as EJ3GKB/p from Inisheer Island (WLOTA LH-2314) during the IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). Look for activity before and after the contest on 80-6 meters. QSL via EJ3GKB.

EU-010. Rick, G4BYB/G3PPG, will be active as GM3PPG/p from his portable QTH on South Uist (IOSA OH-03, SCOTIA HI-06) in the Outer Hebrides, now through August 13th. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/SSB entry. Before and after the contest look for Rick to be active mainly on 80 meters SSB, looking for DX with his 80m phased vertical arrays. QSL via GM3PPG: Rick Penman, 9 Southall Avenue, Worcester, England - U.K.

EU-049. George/SV8GXC and Marcel/PA9M will be active from Chios Island (KM38BJ), Greece. Marcel will be active as SV8/PA9M/P from July 29th to August 10th on various bands and modes. QSL via PA9M. George will be active as SV8GXC from July 25th to August 10th on 160/80/40/20/15/10/6 meters on PSK31, RTTY, CW and SSB. The majority of SV8GXC activity will take place on 20/40/80 meters on the digital modes PSK31 and RTTY. George's activity (freq. and mode) will be published ON-LINE in "REAL-TIME" on the Web page at:

Also, in some cases on DX-Cluster. Scheds may alo be arranged via E-mail at: 6972414304@mycosmos.gr QSL via SV8GXC direct, bureau, eQSL and LoTW.

EU-088. (Update) Operators Ole/OZ2TF, Jan/OZ5JR, Klaus/OZ7KDJ and Erik/ OZ9V will be active as OZ8MW/p from Anholt Island (NK-001 for the Danish Islands Award) between July 27th and August 1st. Activity will include the IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). Look for them to be active on 80/40/20/15/10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via their home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

EU-120. OPerators G3ZGC, G4FON, M0DDT, 2E0KOP and G6FOP will be active as G7N from Isle of Wight (WLOTA LH-2985) during the IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via G6FOP, direct or by the bureau.

EU-128. Juergen, DJ7YT, will be active as DJ7YT/p from Fehmarn Island during the IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via DJ7YT.

EU-144. Some Strange Radio Team members will operate as IC8S from Dino Island (IIA CS-002 )for the IOTA Contest, July 29-30th. QSL via IK8WEJ. After the IOTA Contest, the Team will be active from Serpenti Island (IIA CS-007). Operators mentioned are: Simone/IZ0BTV, Giovanni/IW7DOL, Marco/IZ7DOK, Gianni/IZ7FLP, Giovanni/IK8LIU, Francesco/IK8WEJ, Vicedomimi/IW8EQS, Oreste/ IZ8EDJ, Francesco/IZ8EQF, Mario/IZ8EZP and Salvatore/IZ8GGF. Photos and info will be publish at:


EU-174. Geza/HA4XG and Gabi/HA1YA will be active from Thasos Island as J48XG and J48YA, respectively, between August 5-19th. Activity will be on HF, 50 MHz and 144 MHz. Callsigns for 50 MHz will be SV8/HA4XG and SV8/HA1YA. On 144 MHz, they will use WSJT MS with IC-746 + GSZ35B + 10 element DK7ZB yagi. On 50 MHz, operations will be on JT6M, CW, SSB with IC-706 + 3 element yagi.

EU-182. A group of Ukrainian operators will activate EM5F in the IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) from Ankudinov Island (URDA - OD022, UIA - DU03, GRID - KN45QJ). Operators mentioned are: Alex/UR5FAV, Vlad/UT0FT, Nick/UT2UZ, Vitali/UR5FGW, Boris/UT7UT, Nick/UX0FF (Team Leader), Pavel/UX2HO and Patrick/F6IRF. QSL via UX0FF. All QSL cards from their EM5F 2005 DXpedition were already sent via the Bureau. If somebody still needs it confirmed via the Bureau - send your request (no QSL!) by E-mail to:

Direct request to: Nick Lavreka, P.O.Box 320, IZMAIL, 68609, UKRAINE.

NA-010. Bryan, K2BW, will be active as K2BW/VE1 from Cape Breton Island (CIsA NS-001 for the Canadian Islands Award) from now until July 26th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

NA-031. Mark, AA1AC, will be activating Aquidneck Island in the Rhode Island State Group during the upcoming IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). Activity will be SSB only. QSL via his home callsign.

NA-112. Sherman, W4ATL, will be active as W4ATL/p from Sunset Beach (USI NC-012S, Brunswick County, North Carolina) during the IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via W4ATL.

SA-044. The 4M5DX Group, in collaboration with MDXC, plans to activate La Tortuga Island from September 24-30th. Callsign will be YX5IOTA. Operators mentioned are: YV5ANT, YV5KAJ, YV5WW (OH0XX), YV5TX, YV5MSG, YY5RED, YY1RDX, YV1FM, YV5SSB, YY5HBO, YY1ALE, YV1CTE, YV5OHW and YY4MP. Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL Manager is IT9DAA (QRZ.com). For more information visit the following Web page at:


Paolo, F8ENY, is expected to be active now as TK/F8ENY/p from the Island of Corsica (EU-014, DIFM TK-001, MIA MCO-001, WLOTA LH-1390) until August 6th. Activity will be on the HF bands, mainly CW, with an IC-746 and vertical. From August 7-11th (or 12th), he will sign IS0/F8ENY/p from the Island of Sardinia (EU-024, IIA SD-001, MIA MIS-035, WLOTA LH-1608). Activity will also be on the HF bands and 6 meters. From August 13-20th, Paolo he will be signing I1/F8ENY/p from mainland Italy. Activity here will also be on the HF bands and 6 meters. UFT members are requested to please give your membership number when you contact Paolo. QSL via his home callsign, via the French REF-Bureau or direct to: Paravagna Paolo, 267 Avenue Jean Rieux, F-31500 Toulouse, FRANCE. Please nothing via ARI.


Martti, OH2BH, sent out the following press releases this past week: (July 17th)
"Several vehicles have left various European locations, such as Bulgaria, Poland, Germany and Holland bringing radio equipment and additional antennas to an already impressive multi-multi site on the Adriatic coast, the latest addition - the Republic of Montenegro - to the DXCC List. Operations will commence July 20th and will run until August 13, 2006. The callsign will be 4O3NT. While the DX activation is the most visible part of the festival the group will conduct meetings with the local telecom authorities and also help the Amateur Radio Union of Montenegro toward a membership in the International Amateur Union (IARU). The following operator roster is released: 9A6AA, A61M, DJ7EO, DJ9ZB, DL3DXX, DL6LAU, DL8OBQ, DL5NAM, DL3PS, DL7AJA, DF3TJ, G3TXF, G3UML, I8NHJ, IK1PMR, IZ0BTV, K1ZZ, KA1ZD, K2LEO, K2WR, N6OX, W6OSP, LZ1JY, LZ1UQ, LZ2UU, OH2BH, OH2RF, OH2TA, ON4IA, ON4ATW, ON5TN, PA0R, PB2T, S50R, SM0W, SP5XVY, T95A, UA3AB, UA4HBW, YL2KF, YU1AA, YT3T, YT6A, YT6Y and Z35G plus several others. Participation is still open specifically for the second and third weeks. Please email yt6a@cg.yu cc: oh2bh@sral.fi

The 4O3NT operation will launch Yaesu's new FT2000 transceiver and will also employ several SteppIR beams, courtesy of the Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) and SteppIR. Also Acom is providing several amps for this operation. 4O3NT QSL via YT6A."

Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1826.5, 3522, 7022, 10106, 14022, 18072, 21022, 24892 and 28022 kHz
SSB - 3795, 7055, 14190, 18145, 21290, 24945 and 28490 kHz
RTTY - 7035, 10135, 14085, 18105, 21085 and 28085 kHz
6 Meters - 50106 kHz CW/SSB

ADDED NOTE: Online log is available at:

July 21st

"Today, Thursday, at noon an international amateur radio delegation saluted Montenegrin hams, the local Amateur Radio Union folks as well as representatives of the Telecom and the Military of Montenegro to kick off a three-week program to assist the local people in many areas of Amateur Radio as well as to help make Montenegro visible on the bands in a big way. Totally some seven 4O3T stations will hit the airwaves over this weekend. Veso Babic, YU6A, the Association President and Ranko Boca, YT6A, the Project Organizer, welcomed the foreign visitors to sunny Montenegro and promised all possible help. Martti, OH2BH discussed some of ham radio's current challenges and opportunities to form a schedule for further talks with the local administration. Hans, PB2T of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) promised every possible help to get Montenegro soon into the IARU family of national societies. Veso, YU6A, reminded those present of the valuable efforts made during a 1979 earthquake when Amateur Radio secured a permanent place in the hearts of people saved through emergency communication efforts by local amateurs. Mr. Peter Cupic, Deputy Director of Telecom, invited all delegates to a cruise at Boka Bay later on in the program, organized by his Agency. People were in tears when 19-year old Nikola, YZ6AMD called the first CQ to provide the first QSO under the 4O3T program. The German station DF3IU was there at 1020 UTC to win the honors. Now amateurs around the world are turning their antennas to the newly born Republic of Montenegro to salute 4O3T operators from three different continents, representing more than ten nations."
Hrane, YT1AD-YT5A, informs OPDX that a team of operators will activate Montenegro with the callsign YU6AO from July 20th to August 15th. He mentions the location will be Podgorica, Montenegro. The host is Gojko, YU6AO. Hrane states, "Accomadation and food is free. All of our team is welcome. We will operate with 4 working station's at the same time." Activity will be on all bands and modes (CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK, SSTV, FM). Operators mentioned are: Gojko/YU6AO, Hrane/YT1AD, Milovan/YU1AU, Ratko/YU1NR, Mladen/YU7NU, Zoran/YU7KW, Marko/4N1JA, Goran/YT7AW, Igor/RA3AUU, Jack/RW3QC, Eugene/RK3AD(?), Srecko/YU1DX, Trajko/Z35A, Dragan/Z32AU, Marijan/S56A, Simone/IZ0BTV, Dragan/YZ1EW, Zeljko/YU6ST and YZ6DCT. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1830, 3530, 7010, 10115, 14015, 18080, 21015, 24900 and 28010
SSB - 1850, 3790, 7080, 14232/14250, 18130, 21250, 24930 and 28450
RTTY - 3585, 7040, 10130, 14085, 18110, 21085, 24910 and 28085 kHz
6m - 50.102 and 50.130 MHz
2m - 144.050 and 144.310 MHz
QSL via YU6AO, via the YU Bureau or direct to: Gojko Mitrovic, Crnojevica 4, 81000 Podgorica, Montenegro.

During International DX Festival in Montenegro (July 20th-August 12th), Emir, 9A6AA, informs OPDX that he will try to get a license (4O3/9A6AA) for activity from Sv Nikola (IOTA EU-163, MIA MY-003). Depending on his free time (and license, of course), Emir plans to be active a few hours on SSB on 40 and 20 meters.

Ralph/DL1SVA and Frank/DG0GA are now active as OH0/homecall/p until July 28th. Look for activity on all HF bands, CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the bureau.

John, KK9A, will be active as P40A in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via WD9DZV.

Oscar, HK6DOS, reports:

"The Liga Colombiana de Radioaficionados (LCRA) was established in 1935, and for many years was an important and respectful organization with a good number of members. Its bureau service worked well for decades, providing an excellent service for all its associates. For the last 5 years now, it has been losing importance, that is members, activity and management. Today, nobody really knows the whereabouts of their QSLs, inbound or out. For this reason many Colombian amateurs currently have a QSL manager. Please be informed that the Colombian Bureau service is out of service for hams outside of the 3rd Colombian zone (HK3) who have not had information on the bureau status for many years now, and you should not waste your money or time, as the LCRA has cancelled this service to its members and international bureaus. We are; therefore, regretfully advising the DX community to refrain from sending QSLs via our LCRA bureau."
CORRECT QSL ROUTE FOR VQ9LA. QSL VQ9LA to: Larry Arneson, DG-21 Anx 30, PSC 466 Box 24, FPO AP 96595-0024, USA (or by QRZ.com). SASE is required for direct QSLs. QSL via the Bureau is fine (Also by VQ9 Bureau or USA Bureau). Logs will be uploaded to LoTW once he leaves the Island. N0QM and WD0HSP ARE "NOT" HIS MANAGERS. The callsign N0QM is his stateside callsign, and WD0HSP is his former callsign. Larry mentions that some people still send to N0QM, and his parents hold on to the envelopes and send them to him about every 6 months or when he goes home on vacation. If you send to N0QM, there will be a big delay in getting the cards direct.

Andrea, IW0HK, will be active as TK/IW0HK until July 30th. He is expected to be in the IOTA Contest on 20 and 15 meters. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

Members of the VooDoo Contest Group will be active as TZ5A for the second year in a row during the 2006 CQWW CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Multi/Multi entry. QSL via G3SXW. Operators mentioned are: Ed/AA7A, Roger/G3SXW, Fred/G4BWP, John/G4IRN, Robert/GM3YTS, Vince/K5VT, Mike/KC7V and Lee/KY7M.

Kanichi (Kan), JJ2RCJ (AB2RF), will be active from Nevis as V47/AB2RF from August 8-12th. Activity will be focused on the digital and CW modes. QSL via AB2RF.

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