OPDX Bulletin 781 October 23, 2006

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 781
BID: $OPDX.781
October 23, 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, N2OO, W2YR, KA3QLF, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, KP4JRS, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5TR, AC8G, K8YSE, K9NW, ARSI, NIAR, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, DH7WW, DJ5AV & The DX News Letter, DK8JB, DL5AUA, E21EIC, F5NQL & UFT, F6FVY, HA0HW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JI6KVR IOTA-JA, ON4IA, RSGB IOTA, RA3AUU, TA3J, VA3RJ & ICPO, VK6HZ, VO1MX/VO2ZZ, YU1AB, YU1EA and ZS5BBO for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 15th/October, through Sunday, 22nd/October there were 225 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3C0, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J8, 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, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T32, T5, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XF4, XU, XW, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YU6, YV, Z2, Z3, Z7, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, 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).

3C0, ANNOBON ISLAND
Elmo, EA5BYP, is now active as 3C0M from the Island of Annobon (Pagalu) and will remain on the island for 15 days. Elmo will be on air on SSB (80-10m), RTTY (20-15m) and CW (only on 160m). QSL via EA5BYP. Please remember that this DXpedition is very costly for only one operator, and he is looking for help in funding his operation. Two Web pages are now active for this DXpedition. The Elmo's log will be available after his operation over at:

http://www.tabarca.es.mn
http://personal.telefonica.terra.es/web/ea5yn

4N8, SERBIA
Operator Dule, YU1EA, will be using the contest callsign 4N8A during the CQWW DX SSB Contest as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m)/ High-Power entry. QSL via the QRZ.com address.

4O3, MONTENEGRO
Operators Toma/YU1AB and Emin/T91S will be active as 4O3AB and 4O3ES, respectively, between October 27th and November 3rd. Activity will be on CW, SSB and PSK. QSL via their home callsigns.

4X0, ISRAEL
For the second year in row, operators Burt/W3GG, Dov/4Z4DX, Meir/4X6KX and Mony/4X6ZK will be active as 4X0G in the CQWW DX CW Contest November 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via W3GG.

6Y1, JAMAICA
Operators David/KY1V and Kari/OH3RB will be active as 6Y1V in the CQWW DX CW Contest(November 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via OH3RB. David states that they are looking for operators. If interested, contact him ASAP at: david.kopacz@ky1v.com He states, "This is a contesters dream station. Come and have fun with us!"

9H, MALTA (Cancelled!)
Jo, DL5AUA, who was to be active as 9H3JC from the Island of Gozo (EU-023), October 23rd to November 2nd, had to cancel his trip due to a sudden death in the family. He hopes to go there next year.

DR1, GERMANY
Look for the German DF0CG Contest Station to participate again in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Multi/Multi entry. However, this year they will be using their new callsign DR1A. They will also have a multi-national team consisting of: Stavos/5B4AFM, Peter/DB6JG, Jorg/DF6JC, Thomas/DH1NFL, Markus/DJ7EO, Wolfgang/DK1FW, Oliver/DL1EJA, Maik/DL2AA, Axel/DL5SDK, Ben/DL6FBL, Carsten/DL6LAU, Mike/DL8NCR, Thorsten/ DO1ET, Zoli/HA1AG and Jan/PA1TT. They are hoping to do better than in 2005 where they won 5th place in the World, 1st in Europe and 1st in Germany. Visit the DF0CG Web site at:

http://www.df0cg.de/en/

E21, THAILAND (Update and More!)
Champ, E21EIC, will be active in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/ Low-Power entry. JA stations QSL via JR5XPG and all others via E21EIC. ADDED NOTE: Champ informs OPDX readers to also look for the following Thai stations to be active in the CQWW DX SSB Contest:


         E20PFE      SOAB LP      QSL via E20PFE
         E20WXA      SOSB 15M     QSL via E20WXA
         E21YDP      SOSB 40M     QSL via E21YDP
         HS6MYW/1    SOAB LP      QSL via HS6MYW
         HS8KAY      SOSB 20M     QSL via HS8KAY
         HS0AC        M/S         QSL via HS0ZFZ (See HS0 below)
EA8, CANARY ISLANDS
Operators Girt/YL2KL, Kaspars/YL1ZF, Arvis/YL2LY, Oleg/YL3DW and Gunars/YL2GD will be active as EA8EW during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via YL2KL.

FM, MARTINIQUE
Mike, K9NW, will be active as FM/K9NW in the CQWW DX Phone Contest (October 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. He will be active on the island between October 25-30th. QSL via K9NW.

FY, FRENCH GUIANA
Operators Marc/F1HAR, Herve/F5HRY, Olivier/F5MZN, Gerard/F6FGZ, Laurent/F6FVY and Didier/FY5FY will be active as FY5KE (Zone 9) in the CQWW DX SSB Contest as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via the bureau or direct.

HI9, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Operators Udo/DL2AQI, Ingolf/DL4JS, Sigi/DL8AKI and Rich/DK8YY will be active as homecall/HI9 from October 21st to November 3rd. Activity will be on SSB, CW and Digital modes. They will also be active in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as HI9L. QSL Manager for all these callsign go to DH7WW via the bureau or direct to: Ulrich Moeckel, Muldenstrasse 1, 08304 Schoenheide, Germany. He does not accept IRCs with expiry-date, 31st December 2006, as return postage!

HR, HONDURAS (Update)
A team of Russian speaking hams from New York will be going here between October 22-30th. Operators mentioned are: Andrei/EW1AR/NP3D (team leader), Boris/UU5SY/N3SY, Alex/K2PAL (ex-UB5XAZ) and Joel/KB2PDW. The group will activate Tigre Island (NA-060) together with Javier/HR2J and other HR operators from October 22-25th. The callsign will be HQ4D. Andrei, EW1AR/NP3D, reports that for those who make the most QSOs, there will be special prizes like T-Shirts from Tigre Island that will be sent out. QSL via W3HNK. Activity will be on 80-6 meters, RTTY, CW and SSB. During the CQ WW DX SSB Contest they will be active and on as Single-Band entries.

HS0, THAILAND
Operators John/W2YR/HS0ZDJ, Winit/HS0CKC, Charly/K4VUD/ HS0ZCW and Bob/KL7ENY/HS0ZCG will be active as HS0AC during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via HS0ZFZ. John, W2YR, informs OPDX that due to restricted band allocations in Thailand, the 160 meter operations will be about 1.824 MHz and on 80 meters they will transmit about 3.539 MHz and listen up the band for contacts.

IOTA NEWS
AF-018. Operator Raffaele, IH9YMC, will be active from Pantelleria Island (Zone 33) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Single-Band entry (possibly 15 or 10 meters). QSL via direct.

AF-019. Operator Giuseppe, IV3ORM, will be active as IG9B from Lampedusa Island during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Single-Band entry (80m). QSL via operator's instructions.

AS-099. CORRECTION. Last week we mentioned that operators Milan/OK3AA and Josef/OK1XV would be active as TA0/homecall from Lale Island, October 20-25th. It was pointed out to us by Berkin, TA3J, that Lale Island is NOT an IOTA. He sends the following:

From: http://www.rsgbiota.org/members/searchref.php4?getref=as099
"(Note: not Alibey [*], Gokceada) [* - In the Directory 2000 revision the following island/s were found not to qualify for the IOTA group shown. The Committee has decided to withdraw credits from membersí records on 1 February 2005 for all contacts made with these islands. With regard to QSLs not yet submitted, the position is as follows: Credit will continue to be allowed up to 1 February 2005 for operations from the following islands that took place before 1 February 2001. ALIBEY ISLAND)"
AND LALE ISLAND is connected to the Ayvalik mainland by road. It is not considered as an island like ALIBEY ISLAND.

AS-117. Operator JN4MBO was expected to be active as JN4MBO/4 from Kosagi Island (AS-117-020), JA4 Hiroshima Prefecture, October 19th. Activity was to be on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

J3, GRENADA
Harry, AC8G, informs OPDX that Grenada will have lots of activity from October 25-31st. The contest station J3A (QSL via WA1S) will be active as a Multi-Multi entry in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (Ootober 28-29th). Team members Diane/K2DO, George/N2GA, Tim/KU4J and Ulf/DL5AXX will use J3/homecall with Ann/WA1S and Harry/AC8G using J38AA and J37K, respectively, outside the contest. Bill, VE3EBN, will provide logistic support and will use J37LR outside the contest and be a separate Single-Op entry in the contest using J37T. Unless advised differently, QSL to their home callsigns. Outside of the contest, expect various other modes and operations on the WARC bands. The team has arranged for antenna and power improvements including assistance by Cushcraft in replacing of the 40 meter beam destroyed in the hurricane IVAN.

J48/SV8, GREECE (Contest/IOTA Op)
A group of Hungarian operators will once again be active from Astris, Thassos Island (EU-174), Greece, between October 26th and November 8th. They plan to participate and be active as J48RT in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via HA6NL. The group will also be active in the 33rd HA QRP Contest

(see http://www.radiovilag.hu/haqrp2.htm )
using the same callsign, but on 80 meters CW with only 7 watts output. Outside of the contests, the operators will use their home callsign on all bands, mainly on CW and SSB during the two week period. Operators and callsigns are as follows:

   Gyuszi/HA2VR - SV8/HA2VR              Al/HA7JJS - SV8/HA7JJS and J48JJ
     Laci/HA6NL - SV8/HA6NL and J48NL  Laci/HA7PL  - SV8/HA7PL and J48PL
    ZSolt/HA6PS - SV8/HA6PS and J48PS
QSL via operators home callsigns, by the bureau or via QRZ.COM addresses.

JERSEY SHORE DXPO!
The Jersey Shore DXPO will take place November 11th in Manahawkin, NJ. Full details can be found at: http://www.sjdxa.org They announced this week that YAESU is co-sponsoring the Jersey Shore DXPO by donating a new FT897D for the grand prize! Also, Yaesu's Dennis Motschenbacher, K7BV, will be in attendance and will have an FT-2000 on display! There will also be a nice assortment of presentations lined up for the event. TICKETS ARE STILL AVAILABLE!!!!!!!!!

KH2, GUAM (Change)
Look for Matsuda, JM3PIT, to be active December 20-22nd (not 22-26th). His callsign and bands of activity were still not provided. QSL via JM3PIT.

OA7, PERU
Arno, DL1CW, will be active as OA7/DL1CW from October 20-30th. He will travel throughout Peru and will operate four days from Puerto Maldonado, three days from Cuzco, and one day from Lake Titicaca. His activity will be on 80-10 meters CW using only 100 watts and a dipole. QSL via DL1CW, by the DARC Bureau only.

PACIFIC TOUR (Correction)
Harry, RA3AUU, informs OPDX and its readers that he is sorry for providing the wrong dates for the team's operation. The schedule on the islands was reversed. V6 will be the first stop and KH0 will be the second one. So, look for operators Roman/RZ3AA, Andy/UA3AB and Harry/RA3AUU to be active from Mariana Islands and Micronesia during the first part of November. Their schedule is as follows:

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

PJ2, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
Operator Jeff, K8ND, will be active as PJ2T from Signal Point, Curacao (SA-006, WLOTA LH-0942), in the ARRL 160 Meter Contest (December 1-3rd) as Single-Op/High-Power entry. Also, look for Jeff/K8ND and Jim/W8WTS to be active as PJ2T during the CQ 160-Meter CW Contest (January 27-28th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL both operations via N9AG.

QSL INFO AND NEWS
HA506OI via HA6OI
PE2SWL no QSL
TF60IRA via TF3IRA

Scott, KA3QLF, informs OPDX that the QSLs for FP/WV2B are in, and that the direct requests received will be in the mail early next week. He states that he may contacted by E-mail if anyone has any questions. His E-mail is: petty@teisprint.net

XW1A QSL requests must be sent to E21EIC only. Don't send QSL requests to Laos.

SPECIAL EVENT
Members of the "Radio Officers Association" (ROASS) will air the special event callsign GB500KCS for three days starting November 2nd. Activity is to celebrate the centenary of the Berlin International Wireless Telegraphy Convention. The convention established 500 kHz as the maritime calling and distress frequency and SOS as the distress signal. The association is also using the special event to launch its campaign for 500 kHz to be recognised internationally as a heritage frequency. For more details about ROASS and the special event station, please visit the ROASS Web page at:

http://www.anything-it.biz/roass/default.htm
ADDED NOTE: The Italians will also air a special event station on November 2-4th. Look for IY1SP/500KCS to be active.

VK6, AUSTRALIA
A team from the Northern Corridor Radio Group will be active as VK6ANC from the club rooms just north of Perth (Zone 29) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Multi-2 entry. Activity will be on 80-10 meters. Operators mentioned are: John/VK6NU, Andrew/VK6ARA, Steve/VK6DXA, John/VK6HZ and possibly others.

VK9C, COCOS-KEELING ISLANDS
Just a reminder that Bernd, VK2IA, will be active as VK9AA from here this week (October 27-30th) and again between November 20-27th. Look for him to team up with David, VK2CZ and possibly others during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via DL8YR.

VO2, CANADA (Zone 2)
Ken, VO2MK, will be active from the southeast coast of Labrador in Zone 2 during the upcoming CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th). He will be operating from the Point Amour Lighthouse (CAN-665) during his stay. This will be a portable operation with antennas consisting of wires for 80-20 meters. He will also try 6 meters mobile if the band conditions exist during his stay in Labrador. QSL via his home callsign VO1KVT.

VP9,BERMUDA
Kurt, W6PH, will be active as VP9/W6PH again for the 2007 ARRL DX CW Contest (February 17-18th) and ARRL DX Phone Contest (March 3-4th). Operating class was not provided. QSL direct to his home callsign W6PH.

VU7, LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS (Update and News)
Members of the Amateur Radio Society of India (ARSI) have announced that the VU7LD DXpedition team will be active during the entire month of December. Members of ARSI will be active from Kavaratti Island during this period. An all Indian operator team will be operational on all bands, including the low and WARC bands, and on all modes - SSB, CW and Digital. This will give the amateur radio operators around the world their first chance to work this rare entity after so many years. They also plan to have 8 stations on the air at the start of their operation. However, the ARSI is looking for support and funds. A Web site is now available online with details on how to show your support, up-to-date press releases, list of operators and online logs (when available), at:

http://www.arsi.info/vu7/index.html
Remember to QSL this operation via W3HNK.

The National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR) plans to organize an International Hamfest with approximately 50 multi-national and Indian operators to activate VU7RG from the Laksheedweep Islands group. The activity will take place between December 1-10th from at least three different islands. Islands mentioned are: Agatti, Bangaram and Kadmat. There will be three reliable QSL Managers from each ITU Region:

Region 1 - The German DX Foundation (GDXF)
Region 2 - Bob Schenck, N2OO
Region 3 - The I-House Radio Club
The NIAR is also look for support. More details about this operation, hamfest, announced operators and how to support/donate to this operation are available on the VU7RG NIAR Web page at:
http://www.vu7.in/

WP4, PUERTO RICO
Members of the "Trujillo Alto Contest Club WP4WW", will operate as WP4BH during this CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Multi-Multi entry. Operators mentioned are: Tomas/WP4BH, Nestor/WP4BL and Jose/KP4JRS. QSL via WP4BH direct, by the Bureau and LoTW.

XF4, REVILLAGIGEDO
The German-Mexican Team are now active as XF4DL from Socorro Island until November 3rd. Activity and their arrival was delayed for about 24 hours this past week due to tropical storms. QSL via N6AWD for North-America, and DL9NDS for the rest of the world. Visit their Web page at:

http://www.xf4dl.xedx.org/
ADDED NOTE BEFORE GOING TO PRINT: Word has it that Tropical Storm PAUL may come very close to the island in the next 24 hours. Visit NOAA Web page at:
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/refresh/graphics_ep2+shtml/110226.shtml?tswind120

XU, CAMBODIA
Champ, E21EIC, informs OPDX that a Thai group will be in XU for DXpedition and CQ WW CW Contest. They are waiting for XU7xxx callsigns. Details are forthcoming.

YE0, INDONESIA
Operators Wisnu/YB0AZ, Suryadi/YB0JS, Dudy/YB0DPO, Pri/YB0ECT, Adyatma/YB0GOF, Karsono/YB0NDT and Yadi/YB0YAD from Jakarta will be active as YE0X during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via YB0ZZ.

YT6, MONTENEGRO
Luc, ON4IA, informs OPDX that he will be at YT6A's contest location in Montenegro again from October 23-31st. He will enter the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th), probably as a Single-Op/Single-Band entry. He informs OPDX that he is not sure which band yet but he hopes to be active on 80 and/or 160 meters before and after the contest. He also mentions that YT6A has finished installing his 2 element yagi for 80 meters, so Luc will be looking forward to his stay.

ZL8, KERMADEC ISLANDS
A ZL8R press release was sent out on October 20th. OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive the complete press release as an additional bulletin. In short, the press release states that the Microlite Penguins Dxpedition to Raoul Island in the Kermadecs went QRT at 2200 UTC on October 17th with over 40,000 QSOs in the log. Operators were EI6FR, HB9ASZ, K9ZO, N0TT, N6MZ, VK6DXI, W7EW and 9V1YC. Total on-air operating time was just over 7 days. Landing on Raoul Island involves a rather dangerous jump from a zodiac onto a rock face, but thankfully the seas were cooperative and none of the team slipped or was injured in the process. Transceivers consisted of six, brand new Icom IC-7000's kindly sponsored by Icom America, and antennas were all simple wire dipoles strung up in the surrounding pine trees. Given the weak worldwide propagation at this point in the solar cycle, they still made every effort to work as many European stations as possible. The final ZL8R QSO statistics are: North America 39%, South America 1%, Europe 26%, Asia 30%, Africa 1% and Oceania 3%. Most of the QSOs were on 40m (15%), 30m (13%), 20m (22%), 17m (13%) and 15m (20%).

PLEASE NOTE! Almost all of the expenses for this trip were paid by the team members themselves. But given the extraordinary expense it takes to charter a ship to a remote island in the Pacific for two weeks, they hope that each and every DXer will help contribute to this endeavor, either by donations with your QSL cards to their QSL Manager VE3XN, or by joining the NCDXF - the Northern California DX Foundation.

ZS9, SOUTH AFRICA
Members of the Bloemfontein Defence Amateur Radio Club will use the callsign ZS9X during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Multi-Operator entry. Operators will be John/ZS4S, Barney/ZS4U, Bernie/ZS4TX, Jan/ZS4JAN, Edwin/ZS5BBO and Dennis/ZS4BS, members of the full-time and Reserve Force of the SANDF. The ZS9X station is situated approximately 20 km west of Bloemfontein on a hill overlooking a military training area.

The station has an impressive antenna system comprising of three Log Periodic antennas covering 3 - 30 MHz fixed in northwest, a north and a northeast directions to be used mainly on 80-40 meters. Each Log Periodic has 30 elements and occupies about an acre of ground. They will use a rotatable Optibeam OB17/4, at a height of 20m (approx 60 ft), covering 40-10 meters; one 5 element 10 meter monobander up at a height of 30m (approx 100 ft) fixed north; and one 5 element 15 meter monobander up at a height of 20m (approx 60 ft) fixed north. In addition, there will be one HF Discone antenna mounted on a 40m mast covering 1.5 - 30 MHz, which will be used mainly on 160 meters and two shunt loaded towers for use on 80 and 160 meters. The equipment is a mixture of Yaesu and Icom transceivers with valve type amplifiers. QSL information is available on (QRZ.com). Pictures, a web site and more information will be added as the station progresses.

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Date: Sat, 21 Oct 2006 06:02:35 -0700
From: George Fremin III (geoiii@kkn.net)


20 October 2006
Tauranga, New Zealand


The Microlite Penguins Dxpedition to Raoul Island in the Kermadecs
went QRT at 2200 UTC on 17 October with over 40,000 QSO's in the
log. Operators were EI6FR, HB9ASZ, K9ZO, N0TT, N6MZ, VK6DXI, W7EW and
9V1YC. Total on-air operating time was just over 7 days (detailed QSO
statistics are below).  Eight team members and only a week on-air made
this trip somewhat smaller and shorter than usual, but overall the
results were still within our goals, and the spirit of low-power
DXing.


Landing on Raoul Island involves a rather dangerous jump from a zodiac
onto a rock face, but thankfully the seas were cooperative and none of
the team slipped or was injured in the process.  All equipment was
directly hoisted out of the zodiacs and onto a cable transport for
loading up on top of the island.


Transceivers consisted of six, brand new Icom IC-7000's kindly
sponsored by Icom America and antennas were all simple wire dipoles
strung up in the surrounding pine trees. With heights ranging from 120
to 150 feet, and situated on a cliff 300 feet above the beach, the
operating location was absolutely perfect.


Given the weak worldwide propagation at this point in the solar cycle
we still made every effort to work as many European stations as we
could. Our percentage numbers seem to reflect this effort - especially
on 10, 12 and 15 meters which turned out impressive QSO totals to all
parts of the globe.


Special thanks go to Icom America, the New Zealand Department of
Conservation, and of course the talented and dedicated crew of the R/V
Braveheart without whom this trip would not have been possible.


Almost all of the expenses for this trip were paid by the team members
themselves. But given the extraordinary expense it takes to charter a
ship to a remote island in the Pacific for two weeks we hope that each
and every DXer will help contribute to this endeavor, either by
donations with your QSL cards to our manager VE3XN, or by joining the
NCDXF - the Northern California DX Foundation.


Thanks for all the QSO's, and all the fun.  See you on the bands from
the "next" one.


73


The Microlite Penguins DXpedition Team
ZL8R Final QSO statistics


North America   39%
South America   1%
Europe  26%
Asia    30%
Africa  1%
Oceania 3%


Band    Total   CW      SSB     RTTY            BAND%
1.8     643     643                     643     2%
3.5     3039    2488    551             3039    8%
7       6152    4702    1450            6152    15%
10      5161    4707            454     5161    13%
14      8793    4571    4222            8793    22%
18      5425    3531    1541    353     5425    13%
21      7889    3659    3659    571     7889    20%
24      2160    1148    1012            2160    5%
28      1168    604     564             1168    3%
Total   40430   26053   12999   1378    40430   100%
        MODE%   64%     32%     3%


6M EME          5

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