The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 795
January 29, 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, NC1L, NJ1Q, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K8YSE, N8PR, NE8Z, W9VNE, Financial Times, Pete's-DX- Newsdesk, DJ5AV & The DX News Letter, DK8JB, DO1DXX, F5NQL & UFT, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1HYW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IZ8CGS, LU1FAM, OK1DOT, RSGB IOTA, SP9MRO, VA3RJ & ICPO, VK2CZ, YO3JW and ZL2AOH for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 21st-January, through Sunday, 28th-January there were 222 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, CE, CE0Y, 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, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, 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, S0, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV9, T30, T32, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, VU7, XE, XT, XU, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YU6, YV, Z2, Z3, Z7, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, 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).
100 POUND DXPEDITION (VP2M - Update/Reminder)
The "Buddipole Users on Monserrat" (BUMS) have made their final preparations for their lightweight DXpedition. Operations are planned for January 29th through February 6th. The seven operators are: Budd/W3FF (VP2MFF), Chris/W6HFP (VP2MHF), Scott/ NE1RD (VP2MRD), Mike/KC4VG (VP2MVG), Paul/KB9AVO (VP2MVO), Bob/AB7ST (VP2MST) and Tom/W4OKW (VP2MTC). They will establish two stations at Gingerbread Hill, one SSB/CW and the other operating various data modes including PSK31 and RTTY. Several portable stations will be operated during the day from various interesting points on the island including the Montserrat Volcano Observatory, hilltops along hiking trails, and beaches using portable antennas, batteries, and solar power.
DXpedition pilots supporting the operation from their homes in the U.S. are Dan/WZ1P and Dave/KZ1O. QSL all contacts from operators via NE1RD. Additional information on the operation, including an on-line log, are available from the DXpedition's Web site at:
2U0, GUERNSEY (EU-114)
Kevan, 2E0WMG/ISWL G-21098, will be active as 2U0WMG from March 19th-23rd. If you need to work EU-114 for the IOTA award, or you want to bag an ISWL Monitor point, please drop him an E-mail to arrange a sked at: firstname.lastname@example.org He will be active on all HF bands if conditions allow.
3B6, AGALEGA (DXpedition Update)
Members of Polski Zwiazek Krotkofalowcow (PZK)(the Polish Amateur Radio Union) and SP-DX-Club are organizing a DXpedition to the Island of Agalega. Team leader Witek, SP9MRO, informs OPDX that the group has received their license and will be active from March 22nd to April 2nd. The callsigns to be use are 3B6/SP9MRO and 3B6/SP9PT. A copy of their license can be viewed on their Web page at:
"The Dxpedition cost is huge! We are going to travel for nearly 1200 km on the Indian Ocean and live on the island which is practically isolated from all the other people except the local community. There are no planes landing. But as we have heard from our HB9 friends, there are nearly 200 extremely kind people who live there and are very friendly towards hams. We are encouraging all of you who would like to help us to do so. All the information needed can be found at our webpage."Earlier reports indicate that activity is also possible from Seychelles (S7), Mauritius (3B8) and /MM operations from the Indian Ocean. Remember the team is looking for sponsors to help off-set the huge expenses of this DXpedition.
This one was received a little late, but if you worked 3W3W during this past week's CQ 160 Meters CW Contest, operators were Eddy/XV1X and Stan/3W9JR. This special callsign was issued to them on January 17th to be used during the contest. The operators of 3W3W operated from a location 15 km southeast of Haiphong, Vietnam. The antenna was a vertical feed Delta loop directly above the sea water facing towards Europe, Japan and North America. QSL via OK1DOT, DIRECT ONLY.
4S, SRI LANKA
Joel, F5PAC, will once again be active from here as 4S7PAG from February 2-22nd. He will be on the main island, but on February 10th and 11th, he will be on one of Sri Lanka's Coastal Islands (AS-171, possibly Barberyn Island) for some IOTA activity. He will take his FT-897 and vertical antennas for 20 and 17 meters. QSL via F5PAC.
Jacques, F6HMJ, will be active as 6W/F6HMJ from February 9th to March 13th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters on CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign.
Just a reminder that operators Mike/DB1JAW and Michael/DK5MH will be active from the northern part of the Sahara using the special callsigns 7W0JAW and 7W0MH, respectively, between February 2-10th. Activity will be on 24 hours a day on 80-10 meters, mainly on SSB with a little bit of PSK31 and RTTY (maybe). The main activity will be on the following suggested frequencies: 14185, 14290, 18120, 18150, 24950 and 24980 kHz. All QSLs are to be sent direct only to DB1JAW (SAE is not required, return postage is appreciated): Mike Weiler, Stormstr.126, 47445 Moers, Germany.
9M6, EAST MALAYSIA (Update/Correction)
David, VK2CZ, informs OPDX that he was a little off on the location he reported last week. He will be attending an Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Region 10 meeting in Kota (not Koto) Kinabalu (9M6 and not 9M8), March 25-27th. He also mentioned that he plans to be active as 9M6/VK2CZ (not 9M6/VK8AA) "during the last 6 hours" of the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) as a Single-Op/ Single-Band (20m)/Low-Power entry.
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 continues to be active on 14130 kHz between 1700-1830z. Hopefully, he will move up the band for the stateside guys during his last week.
Francois, F8DVD, announces that he has been issued the special callsign TM4IPY to celebrate the beginning of the 4th International Polar Year (IPY), and will be active between April 1-14th. Activity will be on all bands, SSB and CW. A special QSL card will be available by the Bureau or direct to: Francois Bergez, 6, Rue de la Liberte, F-71000 MACON, FRANCE (with 1 new IRC or 1 USD for Europe, 2 USDs outside Europe). TM4IPY will be referenced as WAP-84.
Gianni, I1HYW, reports that some callsigns for the IPY have already been assigned/issued by different country's administrations. The first ones issued are: TM4IPY to F8DVD (see above), IA8IPY to IK8WEJ, and IA0IPY to I0OCD. They expect more callsigns to be issued shortly and the list of entries will grow. They remind DXers that the 4th IPY celebration will start on March 1st. IPY special stations will be active throughout the year at different times. Being also a great Antarctic event, the IPY callsigns will be referenced with a WAP number as well and could be valid for the WAP-ASEA and IPY Awards (the first of which has been presented recently by the Italian ARI Cassino).
Gianni, IZ8CGS, informs: "ANTARCTICA AWARD - The Mediterraneo DX Club's Antarctica Award Directory is the official source of information for the IOTA Program on stations active from Antarctic bases. It acts as an extension of the IOTA Directory and provides the IOTA reference number for each base. The updated edition of the Antarctica Award Directory is available for download at:
Look for Bob/N4BP (C6AKQ) and Pete/N8PR (C6AHR) to be active from February 12-19th. A few days later, Kevin/K4PG (C6APG) will join them and be active from February 15-19th. The trio plans to be active as individual station entries in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 17-18th). Pete will be on 160 meters and will try to set a new world record in the contest. Pete hopes everyone will work him. Bob will be on 40 meters (look for him, he is also trying to set a record!). Kevin will be on 80 meters (look for him too, he gets lonely). Prior to the contest, check all bands including the WARC bands. Before the contest and when 80 meters is not open in the contest, look for C6APG on 6 meters (when he is not sleeping). QSL to their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau.
C9, MOZAMBIQUE (IOTA Op)
Operators Jose/CT1APE and Filipe/CT2GLO will be active from Bazaruto Island (AF-072, WLOTA LH-0816) as C98APE and C98GLO, respectively, between February 18-24th. Activity will be on all HF bands with modes of CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via their home callsigns.
Lucas, LU1FAM, will be active as CE/LU1FAM or possibly CE3/LU1FAM from March 1-5th before and after the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 3-4th). During the contest he will team up with Roberto, CE4CT, and be active as CE4CT as a Multi-Single entry. QSL CE3/LU1FAM via AC7DX. QSL CE4CT via EA5KB.
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Branch Manager, reports the following:" 2007 DXCC Honor Roll Deadline Approaching Just a reminder that the deadline for the next Honor Roll listing is March 31, 2007. Your submission must be postmarked March 31, 2007. The Honor Roll list will appear in August 2007 QST. There are 337 current entities on the DXCC list and you must be at 337 (for Top of the Honor Roll) or within the numerical top 10 to qualify for the Honor Roll. The current minimum number for Honor Roll is 328. (Deleted entities do not count towards Honor Roll). Top of Honor Roll and Honor Roll plaques and lapel pins are available to all past and current Honor Roll members. See www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc for the order form and current fees.
INTERESTING WEB SITE
Well-known DXer, Peter, ON6TT, has put together an interesting Web site which includes writing short stories about Peter's travels, people he has met, and situations he has encountered. Many of the stories deal with the DXpeditions he participated in, such as FO0CI, AH1A, VK0IR, 3Y0PI or DX activities like D2TT, 5X1T, YA5T, AP2ARS, YU8/ON6TT, etc... Some are simply stories of every day life during his work for a UN humanitarian relief organization. Peter states, "I hope they form an interesting read for the DX community." His travel short stories can be found in blog-format at:
EU-008. Operator Jon, M0OVL, will be active as MM0OVL/P from Island of Mull in the Inner Hebrides, July 27-29th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters and entry in the 2007 IOTA Contest. QSL via M0OVL (QRZ.com). Visit it his Web page at:
EU-011. Members of the Cray Valley Radio Society team will once again (4th trip) activate St. Mary's Island in the Isles of Scilly for one last time during the IOTA Contest (July 28-29th). The team will be there between July 24th and August 2nd. Operators mentioned are: Dave/G4BUO, Justin/G4TSH, Chris/G0FDZ, Nobby/ G0VJG, Richard/G7GLW and Simon/M3CVN. In the past the team has operated on the WARC bands and 6m prior to the contest either using their callsigns above /P or the club callsign of G3RCV/P. During the contest they will be active as M8C and after until they leave the Islands under the callsigns above. QSL via G4DFI, the QSL Manager of M8C and the Club callsign.
EU-030. Operator Jens, DL8WOW, will be active as OZ/DL8WOW from Bornholm Island (BO-001 for the Danish Islands Award, WLOTA LH-2203), August 5-17th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, mainly CW, with an FT-897 at 100 watts. QSL via his home callsign.
OC-164. John, VK6HZ, will be active from Rottnest Island (WLOTA LH-2197), March 5-11th. The callsign for the operation will be announced shortly. Activity will be on SSB and PSK, possibly CW. This will be a holiday style operation, and John will use an IC-7000. QSL via VK6HZ.
KOSOVO (Independence/New Entity?)
"Kosovo is to declare independence in the next few months, with the tacit support of the EU and NATO, in an effort to resolve the eight-year impasse on the status of the province at the heart of the 1999 war between NATO and Belgrade", states the Financial Times this past week. Read the story at:
KP2/WP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
Operators John/K3TEJ and John/K3CT will be active from St. Croix as WP2Z during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 17-18th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via KU9C. Activity before and after the contest will probably be on 160m and the WARC bands by KP2/K3TEJ and KP2/K3CT. The operators will be here between February 14-21st. QSL to their home callsigns.
Beginning in March, look for some new prefixes to show up for Greenland (OX), Faroe Island (OY) and Denmark (OZ). While still keeping the old prefixes, look for stations to use the following new prefixes in: Denmark - OU, OV, 5P and 5Q Greenland - XP Faroe Island - OW
QSL INFO AND NEWS
Johannes, DK8JB, provides the following QSL routes for all OK Beacons: OK0EG via OK1MGW OK0EQ via OK2ZI OM0MSB via OM3WA OK0EH via OK2VLT OK0ER via OK2XDX OM0MTA via OM3ID OK0EJ via OK2QW OK0EU via OK1DCP OM0MTB via OM3WA OK0EK via OK2PWM OK0EW via OK1JKT OM0MUA via OM3ID OK0EL via OK1AIY OK0EX via OK1FPC OM0MUB via OM3WA OK0EM via OK2BZM OK0EY via OK2UWH OM0MVA via OM3ID OK0EN via OK1DUB OK0EZ via OK1DXF OM0MXA via OM3ID OK0EO via OK2VLX OM0MKA via OM3ID OM0MYA via OM3ID OK0EP via OK1VPZ OM0MSA via OM3ID OM0MYB via OM3WA OM0MZA via OM3IDLU2ERA/Z (PLEASE NOTE). Henry, LU4DXU, informs the DX community that the recent activity by LU2ERA/Z from South Orkney will not be good for DXCC. It was suggested that operator Hugo, who is at the South Orkney Base, be on the air without knowing that he never renewed his LU2ERA license and lost it. This callsign has now been issued to another individual. As soon Henry received this information, he spoke with Hugo to cancel the operation. All QSL cards received will be returned to the sender. Henry hopes that Hugo eventually renews his license and is able to activate such rare Bases in the near future. PLEASE DO NOT SEND QSL CARDS FOR THIS OPERATION to LU4DXU.
NEW MANAGER. Petr, OK1DOT, informs OPDX that he is now the QSL Manager for TG9AKH. QSL only to OK1DOT and not via Mario, TG9AKH! More info at:
The logs for the recent special Romanian callsign YR0UE are now available online at:
QSL ROUTES FOR STATIONS IN THIS PAST WEEKEND'S CQ 160M CW CONTEST:
3W3W via OK1DOT direct - Vietnam 4O1A via YU1EXY - Serbia 9A7T via 9A2EU - Croatia CN2A via DK4VW - Morocco CU2A via OH2BH - Azores ER0FEO via UU0JM - Moldova ES5Q via ES5RY - Estonia EY8MM via K1BV - Tajikistan GJ2A via K2WR - Jersey HQ9R via N6FF - Honduras I4EAT via I4EAT Bureau - Italy IK1YDB via IK1YDB - Italy LX7I via LX2A - Luxembourg MD4K via G3NKC - Isle of Man OH5Z via Bureau - Finland OH0Z via W0MM - Aland Islands OM7M via OM3PA - Slovak Republic OM8A via OM2VL - Slovak Republic OP5T via ON5UM - Belgium P33W via RA3AUU - Cyprus PJ2T via N9AG - Neth. Antilles ST2A via T93Y - Sudan T93J via OE1EMS(Direct) - Bosnia-Herz. TA2RC via TA2RC (Bureau) - Turkey TA3D via TA3D - Turkey VK3EGN via VK3EGN (Bureau) - Australia VK6VZ/6 via VK6VZ - Australia VP8/LZ1UQ via LZ1UQ - South Shetland VP9I via N1HRA - Bermuda VQ9LA via VQ9LA - Chagos VY2/N3DXX via N3DXX - Canada XU7ACY via K2NJ - Cambodia ZL6QH via ZL2AOH or via bureau - New ZealandTK, CORSICA (EU-014)
Kanzi, JA4ENL, will once again visit "The Sultanate of Brunei" and be active as V85NL between, March 8-12th. Activity will be mainly CW on all bands (including 160m) depending on the propagation. QSL direct to JA4ENL.
Ambran, V85SS, reports that the bands are getting better now, and he is active on most days on all bands CW only. He states that he has good success with stateside stations on 80/40 meters between 1200-2200z on most evenings. On 20 meters, he listens around 0800z for Hawaii and later for the West Coast. Ambran is just operating barefoot, about 50 watts into GP vertical and dipole for the top band.
Ambran is currently building a small shack (behind his QTH) with a bedroom (for 3 to 4 persons), sitting room/radio room, shower and kitchenette for a DXpedition, contesting or just holidaying hams who wants to see Brunei. He hopes to rent the shack out possibly about April.
VK9N, NORFOLK ISLAND (Update)
Members of the Bavarian Contest Club (BCC) will be active as VK9DNX from Norfolk Island (OC-005) between February 15th and March 3rd. Two new members (Ben/DL6FBL and Joerg/DL8WPX )have been added to team of Markus/DJ7EO, Heye/DJ9RR, Christian/DL1MGB, Dietmar/ DL3DXX, Tom/DL5LYM and Dieter/DL8OH. Activity is planned for 160-10 meters on CW, SSB and RTTY, with a focus on the lower bands. QSL Manager is Mario, DJ2MX. The group will also have an "Online QSL Request System" (OQRS) for bureau QSL cards on their Web site. Visit the DXpedition's Web site for more information at:
VQ5, TURK AND CAICOS ISLANDS (Rare Prefix)
Jim, W9VNE, will be signing with a rarely used prefix VQ5 next weekend for a 48 hour period. His main focus is to participate in the FOC Marathon (a members only event) on CW. Jim also knows that some prefix hunters will want to exchange reports too, so he will be pleased to give any prefix hunter a report too. Operation starts late Friday afternoon, February 2nd at 2100z through 2100z, February 4th. The FOC Marathon is the annual on the air event for the "First Class Operator's Club (FOC). There are members throughout the world on all continents. The exchange for members is their membership number. For non-members an RST will suffice. Jim has been an FOC member for more than 36 of his 68 years. Jim just celebrated his 54th anniversary of being a ham. He was nominated to the FOC (in 1970) by W9IOP the first editor of CQ Magazine and K4FW the founder of Electro Voice and Ten Tec as well as his long time mentor, W9VW. Jim operates this event and VQ5FOC in their memory and various contributions to the ham fraternity. The FOC Web site is available at:
VU7, LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS (VU2RG News)
Some of the following information is from the VU7RG Web site (and can be edited) at:
* VU7MY Minicoy: VU7MY will stay active until January 30th, 2007. The Minicoy QSL card goes via the same QSL route as VU7RG and the logs will be published later. EDITOR'S NOTE: VU7MY was heard early Sunday (EDT) begging for contacts on 14260 kHz around 1430z.
* Special QSL Cards: The special QSL cards will go in the mail right now. The envelope is stampted by the Kadmat Lakshadweep Post Office.
* On-line Logs: On Kadmat, we struggled to get the logs uploaded on a daily basis, we had limited Internet access restrictions at the local high school, unreliable transportation and the operating sites were separated 2 Km. Furthermore, we also had to make QSOs with you so time was flying. By the time you read this we have sent the final logs to DL5NAM for Agatti, Bangaram and Kadmat. The Minicoy logs will be published on-line somewhere in February 2007.
* EDITOR'S FINAL NOTES: QSL info was published in last week's OPDX.794 bulletin. Depending in what IARU Region you are in, there are three different QSL routes for this operation. It is recommend to visit the VU7RG Web page for more details on how to QSL to each different route, especially for Bureau QSLs. Online logs are available (most, but not all) at the following Web site:
YS, EL SALVADOR
You only have a few more days to work Roberto, I2JIN, as YS3/I2JIN. His activity will end January 31st. He seems to favor 30 and 17 meters CW. However, there have been some QSNs on 80/40 meters CW and 20 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign. An online log can be found on Roberto's Web site at:
ZL6, NEW ZEALAND (Special Activity)
Look for Charlie, ZL3CED (#9039), to be active throughout the month of February, using New Zealand FISTS Club station ZL6FF. Working ZL6FF is worth five points towards FISTS awards, including the FISTS Down Under Award.
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