OPDX Bulletin 792 January 8, 2007

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 792
BID: $OPDX.792
January 8, 2007
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, NJ1Q, NG3K, W3HC, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4GN, WD4ELG, K5LBU, K8CX, K8YSE, WD9EWK, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, 9M2TO, DJ5AV & The DX News Letter, DL4KQ, DK8JB, DL5EBE, F5NQL & UFT, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I1HYW, JT1CD, PG5M, RSGB IOTA, SP6NVK, VA3RJ & ICPO, VK4FW and YZ5W for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 31st/December, through Sunday, 7th/January there were 223 countries active. Countries available: 1A, 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE0Y, CE0Z, 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, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S0, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T30, T5, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YU6, YV, Z2, Z3, Z7, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, 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).

By the time you read this, activity from 1A4A from the S.M.O.M. (Sovereign Military Order of Malta) should be going or are QRT. QSL seems to be only direct to the QSL Manager IZ4DPV: MASSIMO CORTESI, P.O.BOX 24, 47100 FORLI' CENTRO (FC), ITALY. Online log will be available at:


To celebrate the 75th Jubilee of the Irish Radio Transmitters Society (IRTS), a group of IRTS members plan a "AFRI75 Dxpedition 2007" to Swaziland between March 16-30th. Activity for this DXpedition will also cover St. Patrick's Day and the CQWW WPX SSB Contest. The callsigns to be used will be published as soon as available. The DXpedition's leader is IRTS Vice President Paul Martin, EI2CA. Currently, the following members have signed up for the DXpedition: Peter/EI7CC, Aidan/EI8CE, Paddy/EI8BFB, David/EI4DJ (GI4FUM), Rory/EI4DJB, Brendan/EI3GV, Pete/GI4VIV and Paul/EI2CA. A private UK/Ireland YAHOO newsgroup for this DXpedition is available at:

Admission to this group is by request only and is at the discretion of the group moderators. Skeds may also be requested to any of the DXpedition members.

3Y9, ANTARCTICA (Update)
Dag, 3Y9SDA, who is currently operating from the Norwegian Troll Base Station (WAP NOR-10), will leave to head back home for Tromso on February 5th. He is there installing satellite equipment for receiving polar obit remote sensing satellites. He is operating on the 20 and 40 meter bands using a dipole and a ground plane antenna with only 100W output. Dag is trying to be active on PSK and SSB in the morning around 0730z and in the afternoon starting at 1900z. Watch around 14203 kHz.

The Worldwide Antarctic Program's (WAP) 4th Antarctic Activity Week (AAW) will take place between 0000z, February 19th and 2400z, February 25th. The following stations have announced/lined to be active next month:

 Callsign   Ref. Number   Opeartaors
 --------   -----------   ----------
 GB0ANT       WAP-72      M0OXO
 HB9ICE       WAP-81      HB9BHY, HB9BHW, HB9CET and HB9DPO
 II1ANT       WAP-32      IW1QN, I1SCL, IK1HJS, and IK1YDB @ SRT LIGURIA
 II2ANT       WAP-30      I2JJR/HB9TZA
 II4ANT       WAP-17      IK4QIB
 II5ANT       WAP-25      IZ5BTC @ SRT TOSCANA
 II0ANT       WAP-16      I0NZK @ ARI CASSINO
 IO2ANT       WAP-77      I2AZ (CW only)
 IO8IAA       WAP-82      IK8WEJ
 IOØANT       WAP-35      I0YKN and I0OCD
 IR1ANT       WAP-02      I1HYW
 IR2ANT       WAP-04      IK2DUW
 IR4ICE       WAP-67      IZ4AKS
 IR7ANT       WAP-74      IZ7AUH and A.R.I. Taranto (Taranto HF Team)
 IR0ANT       WAP-10      IK0ESM
 IU7ANT       WAP-15      IK7JWY
 IU8ANT       WAP-44      I8QJU
 IU0ANT       WAP-19      IZ0BTV @ SRT Lazio
 K4A          WAP-73      K6IED
 K4Z/ANT      WAP-78      W4KDS
 TM1ANT       WAP-37      F5SIH
 TM2ANT       WAP-40      F4DNW
 TM3ANT       WAP-38      F5PFP
 TM5ANT       WAP-29      F5NOD
 TM5TAF       WAP-79      F6AXX, F5MQW, F6DKV, F6FXS and F5HEW
 TM8ANT       WAP-14      F8DVD
 TM8WAP       WAP-80      F5XL, F5MLE and F5VHQ
 TM0ANT       WAP-08      F6KDF'S RADIO CLUB
 TMØTAF       WAP-43      F4TTR and ARS Provins (France)
 VA3ANTA      WAP-71      VE3XN
 VA7ANTA      WAP-70      VE7IG
 YQ2ANT       WAP-75      YO2BP
For more details/updates on the WAP and the 4th AAW, please see the following Web page at:

Tex, 9M2TO, informs OPDX that the callsign 9M4SIX has been issued to the Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitter Society (MARTS) for 6 meters operations. A beacon signing 9M4SIX (supported by MARTS, JA1OCZ and JI1ETU) is now active and transmitting on 50005 kHz from Tex's QTH.

A22, BOTSWANA (Ops Needed!)
Frosty, K5LBU (aka-C91CF/7P8CF/3DA0CF), is once again trying to put a team together to operate from another African country. He thinks operating from Botswana (A22) for the IARU Contest in July would be a good place. The contest is July 14-15th, so Frosty thinks that 15 days total would be the best amount of time to operate (arrive on the 9th of July and depart on the 23rd). This would give them 2 weekends on the air. If he can find at least 5 or more operators to join him, he will set up 2 stations (one for CW, one for SSB and/or possibly one can be used for RTTY and PSK or whatever a person would like to run). If he can not find a good place in A22-land, Frosty might look at Lesotho (7P8) if they can get real callsigns and not portable ones. He states that Daniel, ZS6JR, will have to check both places out. If you are interested in joining Frosty, let him know ASAP, at: frosty1@pdq.net

CT9, MADEIRA ISLANDS (Lighthouse Activity)
Members from Madeira Island Radio Club (ARRM) and operators Alfons/DJ8VC and Rudolf/HB9CQL will be active as CT9F from the Ponta do Pargo Lighthouse (DFP FMA-004, ARLHS MAD-005 and WLOTA LH-0053) on Madeira Island (AF-014, DIP MA-001), January 19-21st. Operators mentioned are Hermann/CT3FN, Rudi/HB9CQL, Alfons/DJ8VC, Jose/CT3MD, Luis/CT3EE, Tiago/CT3KU, Jose/CT3DZ, Jose/CT3KY, Luis/CT3DL, Joe/CT3BD, Duarte/CT3EN, Miguel/CT3IA, and other associates from the Radio Club. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via CS3MAD: ARRM, P.O. Box 4694, 9058 Funchal, Madeira Island.

Members of the Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) and a group of JA operators will be active as DX0JP from the Pag-Asa Island, in the Kalayaan Island Group (AS-051), Philippines, February 3-13th. Activity will be on 160-2 meters, CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK, with a special emphasis on the low bands. Operations will also be on 6 and 2 meters (JT65 EME). JA team members include JA1BRK, JA1RJU, JF1IST, JA4DND, and JF2XGF, and the PARA operators are DU1EV, DU1BA and 4F2KWT. QSL via JA1HGY. EME QSO only via JA1RJU. Look for more info to appear nearer to the date on the DX0JP Web page at:


OPDX received a report that the 5X1RI operation should be approved for DXCC credit very soon. Documentation was mailed and possibly the approval announcement will take place this week. Stay tuned!

Nodir, EY8MM, will be active in the CQ 160-Meter CW Contest (January 27-28th) as a Single-Op/High-Power/Assisted entry. QSL via K1BV. Priority will be given to NA QSOs and New ones. See Nodir's Web page for skeds:


Darek, SP6NVK, informs OPDX that he has started a new ham atlas service on the Web after 4 years of work on it. This service contains the complete information on all 337 DXCC Entities, over 3000 pictures and 1100 maps. He hopes everyone will enjoy and be satisfied in using his service. The HamAtlas Web site is available at:


Sang, DT8A, was on the air this past weekend as HL8KSJ from the South Korea's King Sejong Station on South Shetland Islands (VP8/h, IOTA AN-010). Activity was on 20 meters CW/SSB. The length of his stay is not known. QSL via HL2FDW.

AS-093. Kang, DS4DRE, is currently active as DS4DRE/4 from Hong Island (ARLHS SKR-041, WLOTA LH-1528, WW Loc. PM24OR) until June 30th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via DS4DRE (see (QRZ.com)).

Khosbaya, JT1CD, announced this past week that licensed radio amateurs of Mongolia held a conference on November 18th and have now established a new organization. The name of new organization is the "Mongolian Amateur Radio Soceity" (MARS). MARS will officially represent Mongolia to the IARU and all amateur radio societies. MARS hopes that they can co-work together in the future. Once all licensed amateur radio operators of Mongolia have switched their membership from Mongolian Radio Sport Federation (MRSF) to MARS, they hope that they can change the name and keep IARU membership. MARS will continue to pay its dues to IARU and their QSL bureau will be working permanently in the future. Also, MARS will be providing Mongolian Amateur Radio Awards to the world's amateur radio operators. If there are questions, please feel free to contact the following:

   President of MARS        D.Bolor,              bolor@ntc.mn
   General Secretary        N.Khosbayar, JT1CD,   jt1kaa@mtcone.net
   Secretary                D.Nekhiit, JT2AN,     jt2an@yahoo.com
   Member of EC             C.Chadraabal, JT1CO,  jt1c@mongol.net
   Member of EC             S.Baatar, JT1BB,      baatars@yahoo.com
Bruce, KI7VR, will be signing KP2ZZ from the Island of St. Croix (NA-106, also count for WLOTA LH-2477) between January 24th and February 6th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, mostly CW, with an emphasis on 160/80 meters each night. Daytime activity will be focused on 30/20/17 meters CW for the first few days, then some SSB. QSL via G4OOC (QRZ.com).

"NCDXF announces new video! I'm pleased to announce a new video about the Northern California DX Foundation. This video explains the history of NCDXF and highlights the Foundation's many accomplishments, including our scholarship program, the sponsorship of DXpeditions, the NCDXF/IARU International Beacon Network, and support for the World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC). Everyone will enjoy the footage from numerous Foundation-sponsored DXpeditions and even long-time NCDXF supporters will probably learn a few things they didn't already know about the Foundation's activities.

The video runs just under ten minutes in length and was produced by James Brooks, 9V1YC. DXers around the world are certainly familiar with the high-quality DXpedition videos James has produced over the years.

DVD copies will be available in the coming weeks, but the video is available now for viewing on-line under the "Videos" section of the NCDXF web site:

It may also be viewed or downloaded from the Google Video site at the following URL:
Feel free to spread the word about this video. Thanks for your support of NCDXF! 73, Tim Totten N4GN, Director, NCDXF"

Members of the Oceania Amateur Radio DX Group Inc (ODXG) recently had its annual general membership meeting and elected the following officers for 2007:

    President             - Bill Horner,  VK4FW
    Senior Vice President - Maurice King, VK2KV
    Junior Vice President - John, Mcrae,  VK5PO
    Secretary/Treasurer   - Eric Fittock, VK4NEF
    Directors             - Elvira Simoncini, IV3FSG
                          - Larry Duncan, K4WLS
                          - Paul Spinks,  VK5GX
                          - George Koutsoukos, VK6NKG
                          - Mill Reiff,   LX1CC
Hrane, YT1AD, during his Pacific trip and preparation for the upcoming Swains Island (KH8/S) DXpedition (March 29th to April 21st), will be active from three different islands this month and February. His schedule is as follows:
January 25-26th - Fiji; active as 3D2AD
January 27th to February 1st - America Samoa; active as KH8/YT1AD
February 1-5th - Independent State of Samoa (formerly known as Western Samoa from 1914-1997); signing possibly 5W1***.
For more info about next KH8/S DXpedition, visit the N8S Web page at:

Tom, K8CX, informs OPDX that a station signing VU2DX on 40 meters CW, around 2220z on December 31st, working a pileup was a PIRATE. Tom thought the VU2's signal was way too strong, so he E-mailed Abdul, VU2DX, and he stated that he hasn't been on the air for a couple of months.

CT1APE via W3HNK - Only for USA & North America, after 01-Nov - 2006
DU2US direct
LX2007D via LX1KC
LX2007L via LX1KC

QSL 9M2/PG5M via PG5M, by the Dutch QSL Bureau or direct to: Gerben A.Menting, Brandparken 2, 9351 XM Leek, The Netherlands. Activity this past week was from Pulau Pangkor (AS-072), West Malaysia.

The international reply coupons that bear the following language on their front side:

Aechanger jt "31-12-06 expires on Dec 31, 2006
should now be destroyed.

TYPO/CORRECTION: Last week our fingers got carried away and typed an extra character in QSL Manager Osten's, SM5DQC, callsign as SM5DQCI. We are sure most individuals caught it, but if you didn't we decided to report the TYPO anyway.

S21, BANGLADESH (Update/Reminder)
Just a reminder that the "Bangladesh 2007 DXpedition" will take place this week between the January 10-16th. The callsign to be used is S21XA. The team members are: Josep/EA3BT (Team Leader/SSB/Digital), Tony/EA2PA (CW), Nuria/EA3WL (YL/SSB/Digital), Fernando/EA5FX (CW) and Juan/EA8CAC (CW/SSB). Activity will be on SSB, CW and RTTY, on all bands from 160-6 meters. Their aim is to give a new entity to the maximum number of stations, and that's why they will have 3 stations on the air simultaneously. The team is expected to arrive at Dhaka, at 2:00 a.m. (local time), January 8th. Plans are to install all antennas and equipment during January 8-9th so as to have all 3 stations up and running. They will be on the air on January 10th, at 12:00 a.m. local time (1800z, January 9th). QSL via EA3BT (direct or by the bureau). Further information and updates will be available at:


Patrick, WD9EWK, will be part of the AMSAT table at the Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club's "Westfest", at Glendale Community College in Glendale AZ on Saturday, January 13th. As part of the AMSAT table, Patrick will demonstrate the AO-51 and SO-50 satellites on up to 4 passes during the morning, subject to satellite availability:

SO-50: 1317-1330 UTC (south to northeast)
1458-1510 UTC (west to north)

AO-51: 1509-1522 UTC (east)
1647-1702 UTC (west)

Thanks to the hamfest organizers, Patrick is authorized to use the hamfest's special callsign W7W for the demonstrations. He will provide the hamfest with a copy of the satellite log, which will be combined with the log for the HF contacts the hamfest's station makes. QSL information, and more details about the hamfest, can be found at:

The grid may not be exotic (DM33), but Patrick hopes to work you next weekend from the Westfest.

Greg, K4NO, will be active from here between February 14-19th. Activity will include the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 17-18th). The callsign will be determined. Operations will be from V31MD's rental QTH. QSL to his home address or via the Bureau.

Kyle, WA4PGM, will be active as VP9I in the CQ 160-Meter CW Contest (January 27-28th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via N1HRA, by the bureau or direct to: William R Champagne, 105 Main St., Ashaway, RI 02804, USA). The log will be uploaded to eQSL and LoTW.


* The countdown continues for the second VU7 operation. Activity should begin in about one week. For up-to-date details, visit the VU7RG Web page at: http://www.vu7.in/

* PRESS RELEASE (January 4th, edited): "VU7RG permitted for Minicoy Island (AS-106)!!!! Today special permit was granted by WPC (Indian Govt.) to operate from Minicoy Island (Asia's #1 on Most Wanted IOTA List) which will be the fourth operation site.

Minicoy operations will start on January 16th, and you can expect 2-3 well equipped stations on SSB and CW, 40-10 meters.

The IOTA-Hunters easily can identify the Minicoy stations since they will use VU7RG/VU...... while Agatti, Bangaram and Kadmat Island stations will use VU7RG.

Pilots - William, K6GNX, has joined the team of pilots. We now have 2 pilots for North America, see the operations page (on the Web page) for the details.

Frequencies - Now we have 4 operating sites, the frequency plan has slightly changed, see the operations page (on the Web page) for the details."

* ADDED NOTE: Frank, DL4KQ, reports: "The last operation from Minicoy Island took place decades ago, and it was extremely difficult to obtain this additional permit. Once again NIAR and Bharathi, VU2RBI, made it possible again; first the special 30m permit and now Minicoy!"

The F6KOP ARS of Provins group is now active as XT2C from Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso. Activity will last until January 20th. Suggested frequencies (+/- QRM) are as follows:
CW - 3514, 7014, 10115, 14014, 18071, 21014, 24892, 28014 and 50096
SSB - 3785, 7057, 14266, 18140, 21266, 24966 and 28444
RTTY - 10140, 14082, 18100, 21082, 24920 and 28082
PSK - 10140, 14072, 18100, 21072, 24920 and 28122 kHz
160m - CW only Asia/OC: TX 1830 RX 1820-1825
EU: TX 1832 RX 1835-1840
NA/SA: TX 1832 RX 1833-1835
The QSL Manager for XT2C is F9IE, by the bureau or direct to: Bernard Chereau, BP 211, 85330 Noirmoutier en l'ile, France. For all direct requests, please send a Self Addressed Envelope (SAE) with:
- 1 IRC or 1 USD for European Union and Switzerland
- 1 IRC or 2 USDs for other destinations
Only "NEW IRC" (with validity date after 31st Dec 2006) will be accepted. All direct requests that do not have a SAE and/or sufficient IRC/USD required to cover postal fee will be returned via the bureau. If you wish to receive a QSL via bureau, you can speedup the process by sending a list of your QSOs by E-mail (with callsign, date, time, band and mode of each QSO) after January 21st to: xt2c@orange.fr

By following this procedure, you do not need to send a paper QSL via bureau. All requests received via e-mail or bureau will be answered. Visit the XT2C Web page at:


John, 9M6XRO (ISWL Member 9M6-6982) will be active as XU7XRO from an established DX shack in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, between February 1-10th. Activity will be on CW, SSB and possibly digimodes as well (bands information was not provided). Pete/XU7ADI and Steve/XU7DXX are also accompanying John, and will be operating under their own callsigns. John is looking forward to working some International Shortwave League (ISWL) members and welcomes SWL reports. QSL route for XU7XRO is via QSL Manager M5AAV: Graham Ridgeway, 6 Pilgrim Street, Nelson, Lancs, BB9 0JQ, England. Direct QSLs with return postage are preferred, but Graham will also reply to cards received via the bureau. PLEASE NOTE FOR SWLS: SWLs be aware that Graham, the QSL Manager, will not accept SWL reports unless you log John working at least 3 or more stations. ADDED NOTE: Please see the following interesting Web site at:


Peter, NO2R, will be active as XU7ACY from Sihanouk Ville between January 7-30th. He will be concentrating on the lowbands, CW and SSB. Peter will also be active in the CQ 160-Meter CW Contest (January 27-28th). Doug, W2EN, will act as his pilot station. QSL via K2NJ.

Look for Roberto, I2JIN, to be active as YS3/I2JIN from January 10-31st. Activity will be on all bands, mostly CW. An online log can be found on Roberto's Web site at: http://www.i2jin.com/ QSL via his home callsign.

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