OPDX Bulletin 780 October 16, 2006

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 780
BID: $OPDX.780
October 16, 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, W2YR, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5TR, K8YSE, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, CT1END, DJ5AV & The DX News Letter, DK8JB, DU1EV, F5NQL & UFT, G3XTT, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, LU5FF, OH4MDY, OK3AA, RSGB IOTA, RA3AUU, SM3CXS, SP9GKM, VA3RJ & ICPO, VK2GND and ZL2AL for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 8th/October, through Sunday, 15th/October there were 221 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FT5X, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, JA, JD/o, 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, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T32, T5, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VK9N, VP2M, VP2V, VP8, VP8/g, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YU, YU6, YV, Z2, Z3, Z7, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZK1/s, ZK2, 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).

Don Field, G3XTT, FSDXA Publicity Officer, reported on October 10th that the Five Star DXers Association (FSDXA) has announced that their next DXpedition will be St. Brandon (3B7), and it is to take place in September 2007. FSDXA, closely linked to CDXC (Chiltern DX Club), the UK DX Foundation, is noted for their D68C (2001), 9M0C (1998) and 3B9C (2004) operations. FSDXA plans to have up to twelve stations on the air, many using amplifiers and monoband beams, 24 hours a day, for almost three weeks, including three weekends, around the autumn equinox when DX propagation on all bands is typically at its best. They also plan to exceed 100,000 QSOs during this DXpedition using twelve FT-2000 transceivers along with six Quadra VL-1000 linears provided by Yaesu (principal sponsor).

The team will be based on Isle du Sud, approximately 250 miles north-east of Mauritius. They have already received agreement in principle from the radio licensing authorities in Mauritius, and have now to finalize all the details of their permits. The last two expeditions to 3B6/7 were 3B7RF (53,533 QSOs) in 1998 and 3B6RF (64,239 QSOs) in 2001. The multinational team is already close to being complete, with the following having signed up to take part: 9M6DXX (Steve), DK7YY (Falk), DL7AKC (Jens), EI5DI (Paul), G0OPB (Tony), G3BJ (Don), G3IZD (Ivan), G3NHL (Chris), G3NUG (Neville), G3SVL (Chris), G3XTT (Don), G4KIU (Nigel), G4TSH (Justin), K3NA (Eric), N6HC (Arnie), SM5AQD (Hawk), W3WL (Wes) and WF5T (Paul). At this time they are seeking contributions from sponsors to help defray the very significant logistics costs of this DXpedition. There are several ways to donate funds (including PayPal). Visit the FSDXA Web sites for more details at:

All donations will be acknowledged. The logos of all DX clubs etc.. which have helped to sponsor the DXpedition will be shown on the QSL card, as will the names and callsigns of those who make an individual contribution in advance of the DXpedition (subject, in each case, to a certain minimum amount). OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive the first complete FSDXA Bulletin as an additional bulletin. G3NUG and G3BJ will be visiting St. Brandon later this month to conduct a detailed site survey. More information will be forthcoming once that survey is complete.

Serge, UA6JR, will be active as 3XM6JR during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th). Operating class is unknown. QSL via UA6JR.

Toby, DD5FZ, plans to be active as 4N6FZ possibly from the YT6A location between October 15-27th. Activity will be SSB and include entries in the WAG and CQWW DX SSB Contests. QSL via DD5FZ, by the bureau.

Operators Tony/RX9TL, Igor/UA2FZ, Sandy/RW4WR, Oleg/UA9CDV, Jack/RW3QC and Harry/RA3AUU will be active as 5B/AJ2O during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via RA3AUU.

Willi, DJ7RJ, is now active as 5R8RJ until October 31st. Activity will be on all bands 160-10 meters CW and SSB. Emphasis will be on the lower bands. QSL via his home callsign.

Harry, G0JMU, will once again be active as 7Q7HB between now and mid January. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters CW/SSB. He will use a 2 element Quad and a dipole for 20/15/10m and an Inverted "V" for 80/40m. There may be a chance he will also work on 160 and 6 meters. QSL via G0IAS.

A35, TONGA (OC-049)
Mark, VK2GND, will be active as A35GN from December 25th to January 3rd. Suggested frequencies are: 7050, 14195 and 14273 kHz. QSL via VK2GND.

Members of the Guam Contest Club will be active as AH2R during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via JH7QXJ. Operators mentioned are: Kuzamasa/JG3RPL, Toshinobu/JI3ERV, Sato/JH7QXJ and Mikawa/JR7OMD. They suggest to "Please listen to 7075-7100 carefuly."

Juergen, DJ3KR, will be active as BX3/DJ3KR from October 18th to November 5th. Activity should be on all bands and modes. QSL via his home callsigns.

Patrick, F6IRF, will be active as CN2WW between November 22-29th. His activity will include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry. QSL via EA7FTR.

* Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Branch Manager, reports that the following operation is approved for DXCC credit:
9Q1D (Also, 9Q1TB and 9Q1EK) - Democratic Republic of the Congo Current operation beginning September 22, 2006

* YU6AO Cards Again Counting For QSOs On Or after July 4, 2006:
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Branch Manager, announced on October 11th: "Reference our recent comments about YU6AO credits, we have decided to continue crediting any YU6AO QSOs made on or after July 4, 2006. While we are still concerned that for some reason there are apparent date errors on certain YU6AO QSL cards, we will continue to count these credits pending further investigation. If you have received a YU6AO QSL card showing a date of July 4 or later which actually represents a QSO made prior to July 4, 2006, please let us know in an email to dxcc@arrl.org."

Champ, E21EIC, will be active in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/Low-Power entry. QSL via E21EIC.

A few different sources are reporting that Dr. Rick, NE8Z, will be touring Europe between October 19th and November 5th. He is expected to operate QRP from 3A, 9H, CT, EA, G, HB9, I, SV1 and TA4. QSL via NE8Z.

Miguel, CT1EHX, will be active as HI/CT1EHX, October 24-31st. Activity will be on SSB and RTTY on 80-10 meters. QSL via CT1EHX, direct or by the bureau.

Members of the Radio Club of Honduras will be active as HR2RCH during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Multi-2 entry. The group plans on be active on 160-10 meters with amps. There will be some activity before the contest. QSL via HR2RCH. Operators mentioned are: Antonio/HR2AHC, Pedro/HR2PAC, Jorge/HR2JGG and Dan/HR2DMR.

AS-099. Operators Milan/OK3AA and Josef/OK1XV will be active as TA0/homecall from Lale Island, October 20-25th. Activity will be mainly CW on the HF bands. QSL via their home callsigns.

EU-176. Operators Anders/SM3XGV, Jorgen/SM3CXS, Staffan/SM3JGG and Sten/SM3NXS will be working with a VHF/UHF installation on Grimskar Island between October 20-22nd. During their stay they will be active as SD3N and SG3U on 80-15 meters CW/SSB. QSL preferably via the bureau.

OC-244. Eddie/DU1EV and Jin/DU1IST will be active from Romblon Island, October 17-18th. Both will be on business on the island and this will be a holiday style operation. Operators will use their own personal callsigns.

John, K3TEJ, will be active as J79Z between November 22-29th. His activities will include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Look for him before and after the contest on the WARC bands and 160m. QSL via K3TEJ.

Mike, KH6ND, will be active as KH7X during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (80m) entry. QSL via K2PF.

Kimo, KH7U, will be active during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m) entry. QSL via AH6NF.

Operators Hugo/LU1FRZ, Roberto/LU2FA, Jesus/LU5FC, Javier/ LU5FF, Arturo/LU6ETB and Horacio/LW7DX will be active as LR2F during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via LU2FA.

Willy/ON5AX and his wife Magda/ON3AX plan to visit a few different locations in the Pacific during the next several weeks. To start, look for Willy to be active as 5W0AX from Samoa (OC-097) between October 17-22nd. Activity will be on 40/30/20 meters CW, SSB and PSK. Their next planned stops will be American Samoa (KH8/ON5AX, October 24-29th, CQ WW DX SSB Contest included), Tonga (A35AX, November 2-14th) and New Zealand (ZL/ON5AX, from November 16th to December 14th).

Operators Roman/RZ3AA, Andy/UA3AB and Harry/ RA3AUU will be active from Mariana Islands and Micronesia during the first part of November. Their schedule is as follows:

November 5-9th - From KH0 as KH0/NP2KY, KH0/KB7YHQ and KH0/K3UY.
November 10-16th - From V6 as V63RZ, V63UA and V63RQ.
Their main target will be the low bands for Europe and North America. QSL via UA3DX.

Larry, N0UU, and his wife Jo Ann are currently touring the South Pacific with the Lindblad Expeditions between October 14-27th. Although amateur radio is not his primary reason for these cruises, Larry plans to operate from several locations. When active, he will be on 20/17/15 meters SSB. Callsigns will be FO/N0UU (from French Polynesia), VP6UU and possibly a CE0 callsign if he gets the licence. QSL via his home callsign. He will QSL all contacts through the ARRL Outgoing QSL Bureau. Larry's current schedule is as follows:

October 14th Bora Bora - No operation; planned recovery from flight and relax with XYL, Jo Ann.
October 15th Makatea (OC-066, DIFO FO-051)
October 16th Fakarava Atoll (OC-066, DIFO FO-040)
October 17th Raroia Atoll (OC-066, DIFO FO-075)
October 18th - At sea
October 19th Pukarua Atoll (OC-238, DIFO FO-072)
October 20th Mangareva (OC-063, DIFO FO-108)
October 21st - At sea
October 22nd Pitcairn Island - No operation planned..Sight seeing and plenty of hams on this island.
October 23rd Henderson Island (OC-056)
October 24th Ducie Island (OC-182)
October 25-26th - At sea
October 27th Easter Island (SA-001)
Larry has a Web page at: http://www.tri.net/n0uu
Daily ship reports will be posted at:

Operators Marty/W1MD, Scott/W4PA, Helmut/DF7ZS, Steve/N8BJQ, Geoff/W0CG and Cindy will be active as PJ2T from Signal Point, Curacao (SA-006, WLOTA LH-0942), in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Multi-Single entry. If they can get enough operators they might go for a M/2 entry. QSL via N9AG.

Operators Mal/NP2L, Jim/W0NB, Jeff/K8ND, Geoff/W0CG and Jim/W8WTS will be active as PJ2T during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via N9AG.

R1FJT via UA4RC, direct 2-IRC or equivalent
RW0SM direct to: P.O.Box 2595, Irkutsk 664074 Russia
ZL8R via VE3XN

Members of the UA2 Contest Club will be active as RK2FWA during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via DK4VW.

Look for special event station SN0JP to be active between October 15-17th. Activity is to celebrate 28th anniversary of Pope John Paul II election. Activity will be on CW/SSB with operations on 80-10 meters. Also look for 6 and 2 meters activity. QSL via SP9PKZ (bureau) or direct.

Operators Mario/TG9ADQ, Julio/TG9ATG, Edgar/TG9AXF, Christian/TG9AVU and Sergio/TG9SM will be active as TG0AA from Pacaya Volcano during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Multi-Op/ All-Band entry. QSL via TG9ANF.

Operators Jean-Philippe/F5GKW, Bernie/F6HQY, Mark/F6JSZ, Jean/F4CXW, Claude/F8DJV, Emmanuel/F5TEF, Norbert/F4EFG, Jean/F4DJT, Serge/F5HX and Eric/F5NSL will be active as TM5HV during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Multi-Single/Low-Power entry. QSL via F8KFZ, direct or by the bureau.

Shoji, JA7HMZ, will once again visit Pohnpei and be active as V63DX between November 13-18th. Activity will be on all HF bands and all modes (including 160m, WARC and RTTY). He will especially focus on 160m for NA and EU stations. QSL via his home callsign JA7HMZ.

After his activities as BX3/DJ3KR, look for Juergen to be active from here between November 22nd to December 16th as VU3JRA. He is expected to enter the CQWW DX CW Contest as Single-Op/Single-Band (80m) entry. QSL via DJ3KR.

The VU7LD operation that will be active during December will have a stateside QSL Manager. QSLs for this operation will go to W3HNK; direct with return SAE/postage is preferred.

The Provins ARS (F6KOP) has announced their next DXpedition will be to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, between January 6-20th. Operators mentioned are Bob/N6OX, Bill/N2WB, Gerard/F2JD, Alain/ F5LMJ, Frank/F5TVG, Dieter/OE8KDK, Jean Paul/F8BJI, Bernard/F9IE and Frank/F4AJQ (Team leader). Their XT2 callsign will be announced at a later date. Activity will be on all HF bands CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31, PSK63 and SSTV. There may be some WSJT on 6 meters. QSL via F9IE, direct (Bernard Chereau, PO Box 211, F-85330, Noirmoutier En L'Ile, FRANCE) or by the REF Bureau (at the attention of Bernard/F9IE, Vendee Department). Pascal, F5JSD, is currently designing the Burkina Faso DXpedition Web page. More information will be forthcoming.

Champ, E21EIC, will once again be active from here. Look for him to sign XU7ADE during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as Single-Op/Low-Power entry. He plans to use a TS-50s and dipole antenna. QSL via E21EIC.

Last week we reported that Reijo (Retu), OH4MDY, and members of the Finnish radio group called the "Pieksamaen Radioamatoorit ry." (OH4AB) would be active in XU with the callsigns XU7MDY and XU7JGE between October 20th and November 5th. Other team members include Anni/ OH4JGE (XU7JGE), Jack/ON4AJV (XU7AJV) and Wim/XU7TZG. Activity will be on 160-10 meters CW. Suggested frequencies are: 1825, 3507, 7003, 10104, 14007, 21007, 24897 and 28020 kHz. There will be an emphasis on the lower bands. Also, look for XU7MDY to be active in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Single-Band entry (band not provided). QSL only direct and QSL info is available on (QRZ.com).

The DX community was surprised this past week when ZL8R showed up on the air without much of an advance notice of an operation to take place. Word leaked out on Monday, October 9th, that nine operators left Tauranga, New Zealand, on October 7th, on the famous "Bravehart" for a three day voyage to Raoul Island in the Kermadec group. No callsign, QSL route or other details were reported at that time. The official announcement was released on October 10th stating:

"The Microlite Penguins DXpedition team is now active from Raoul Island in the Kermadecs using the callsign ZL8R. Activity will last for about 8 or 9 days, and will cover as many bands and modes as possible. The expedition team is: EI6FR, HB9ASZ, K9ZO, N6MZ, N0TT, VK6DXI, W7EW and 9V1YC. QSL manager is VE3XN. Many thanks to Icom America for sponsoring six IC-7000's for this DXpedition. Thanks also to the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DoC) and the crew of the R/V Braveheart. The DXpedition team would also like to say thanks in advance to all those individuals and clubs who sent in donations with their QSLs. Your generous and continued support of expeditions like this helps keep the magic of DX alive."
Members of the East Coast Contesters will be active as ZM2M during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) from the East Coast North Island Zone 32 as a Multi-2/All-Band entry. Operators mentioned are: Lee/ZL2AL, Stan/ZL2ST, Mike/ZL2CC, Chris/ZL2DX, Peter/ZL2LF and possibly others. QSL via ZL2AL.

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