OPDX Bulletin 796 February 5, 2007

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 796
BID: $OPDX.796
February 5, 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, W1RG, KA2AEV, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4WX, K5LBU, K8YSE, KU9C, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, 3W9JR, DH7WW, DJ5AV & The DX News Letter, DK8JB, EA8AUW/EC8AUA, EB7AEY, F5NQL & UFT, G3XTT, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IT9DAA, LA5HE, OH2BH, OH2BN, RSGB IOTA, RX3RC, SP9MRO, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE1DX and ZL3AB for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 28th/January, through Sunday, 4th/February there were 230 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, 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, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, 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, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, 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).

3B6, AGALEGA (Update)
Team leader Witek, SP9MRO, sent out the following press release: Newsletter No. 2 -- "We would like to inform, that Polish expedition to Agalega Islands, planning its activity from March 22nd until April 2nd, 2007, is in the middle of negotiations with transporting companies concerning the insurance and the equipment's transport to the islands.

So far the previous assumptions have much changed - the transporter set up costs highly inadequate to the preliminary. The expedition's budget estimated for 70,000 EUR is not sufficient!

The expedition is actively seeking for sponsors and financial aid from every institution and foundation. Our cooperation conditions are presented on expedition's web page

as well as we are willing to organize actual conversation concerning the sponsoring.

The group is planning to execute about 40,000 QSOs during its activity, mainly using the emissions CW, SSB and RTTY.

On our web page, you can find two surveys concerning the emission and frequency of activity that are expected by our correspondents. Their results will be considered during the activity from 3B6 islands."

3B7, ST. BRANDON (DXpedition Update/Press Release)
Don Field, G3XTT, FSDXA Publicity Officer, sent out a press release this past week titled "FSDXA St. Brandon DXpedition ­ Bulletin No.3". Excerpts from the release state:

"Two members of FSDXA recently visited Mauritius to set up logistics for the September operation from St.Brandon (see previous press releases). We are pleased to say that all the necessary permits and licences are in hand, and a suitable ship has been located to take the team members and something like 6 tons of equipment to the island. There is still a lot to be done, but we are all looking forward to putting another rare one on the air."
Also, the release mentions the recent DX Magazine's “Most Wanted” survey which lists 3B6/7 at 45 overall, but at a high 18th place on the U.S. West Coast. Other area rankings were also noted: Europe 55th, Asia 47th, North America overall 40th, U.S. Eastern 40th, U.S. Central 63rd, U.S. Mountain 66th and the Rest of World at 26th. The press release states:
"Clearly this means we will make a particular effort to work U.S. West Coast as well as ensuring we don’t forget those 'other' parts of the world (Africa, South America, VK/ZL, etc.)."
The FSDXA is also delighted to announce that they have been selected to receive a Colvin Award in respect of 3B7C. As well as the Colvin award, FSDXA announced that NCDXF (Northern California DX Foundation) and the UK’s CDXC (Chiltern DX Club, the UK DX Foundation) have recently come on board with sponsorship, but further sponsorship is still required to make this very large scale operation possible. Details appeared in previous press releases or can be obtained from the author.

Look for Nigel, G3TXF, to be active as 3B9/G3TXF between February 7-13th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters CW. The location will be the same Cotton Bay Hotel used by the large Multi-Op 3B9C DXpedition in April 2004. He will be using small vertical antennas during this one week stay.

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 16-25th. 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 (3DA0PM). Currently, the following members have signed up for the DXpedition:

Peter/EI7CC (3DA0PB), Aidan/EI8CE (3DA0AM), David/EI4DJ/GI4FUM (3DA0DG), Rory/EI4DJB (3DA0RH), Brendan/EI3GV (3DA0GV), Pete/GI4VIV (3DA0GI) and Paddy/EI8BFB.

A private UK/Ireland YAHOO newsgroup for this DXpedition is available at:

Also check:
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.

Operators Eddy/XV1X and Stan/3W9JR, the 3W3W Team, are now back in Hanoi from Doson, and they inform that it was a very hard weekend during the CQWW DX 160M CW Contest. However, they state that it was fun, good score and lot of new experiences. They want everyone to visit their Web page at:

On the Web page you can use the log search, see a personal presentation and 50 pictures in Photo Gallery. Team states,
"Thanks to all of you who call us." QSL via OK1DOT, DIRECT ONLY.

Operator Scott, MM0LID, will be active as 4L0N during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 17-18th) as a Single-Op/All- Band/High-Power entry. QSL via MM3AWD.

Operators Ingolf/DL4JS and Rich/DK8YY will be active as 6W/homecall from now until February 9th. Activity will be on CW, SSB and the Digital modes. As this was being written, QSNs showed 6W/DK8YY was active on 160 meters after 2100z and was also on 20 meters PSK after 1600z. There was no sign of 6W/DL4JS. QSL for both callsigns are via DH7WW, by the Bureau or- direct to: Ulrich Moeckel, Muldenstr. 1, 08304 Schoenheide, Germany.

Peter, HA3AUI, will once again be active from Africa and will also activate again both Senegal (as 6W2SC) and Guinea-Bissau (as J5UAP), between February 25th and April 30th (posssibly longer). Activity from both places will be on all bands, mostly Digital and some SSB. QSL via HA3AUI; direct, by the bureau, LoTW or e-QSL. He is currently has a Web page under construction at:



PLEASE REMEMBER - Stations That Are Active May NOT Be In The Antarctic!
Just a reminder that the Worldwide Antarctic Program's (WAP) 4th Antarctic Activity Week (AAW) will take place between 0000z, February 19th and 2400z, February 25th. The AAW is an unique world-wide event where Hams are "celebrating and working to improve Worldwide interest around the Antarctic Continent and its related matters, to understand and share what the Nations and Organizations are doing to study and protect this still non contaminated corner of the world and share from there, a message of peace." Also, AAW is celebrated every year during the last week of February, and it coincides with Argentine's celebration of their Antarctica Day
(see http://www.marambio.aq )
on February 22nd. Visit the WAP's Web page at:

Look for the special callsign II1MNA (WAP-060) to be activated for the first time during the 4th Antarctic Week from the National Antarctic Museum (MNA - Museo Nazionale dell'Antartide) in Genoa, Italy. During this activation, activity will count towards the Italian Castle Award (DCI). Listen for the reference number. Paolo, IK2QPR, will be active as IU2ANT (WAP-52) during the 4th AAW (February 19-25th). QSL via IK2QPR.

Francesco, IZ7AUH, has been issued the special callsign IR7ANT (WAP-74) from the Italian Ministry of Communication Dept. Members of the SRT Group of Puglia and Taranto HF Team will use this callsign during the 4th AAW (February 19-25th). However, Francesco will be using IR7ANT/n starting February 11th (where /n will indicate the days before the 2007 AAW 2007 event). QSL via IZ7AUH, by the Bureau or direct to: Francesco Giacoia, Casella Postale 2224/TA05, 74100 Taranto, Italy. More info and details are available at:


Andre, ON7YK, will once again be here for 3 weeks between February 9th and March 1st. His callsign is currently unknown. Activity will be on 80/40/20/17/10 meters SSB using a dipole and a Kenwood TS-2000 running only 100 watts. Andre states, "Be aware that this is not a DXpedition." QSL via ON7YK (with e-QSL!).

This year's Clipperton DX Club's (CDXC) annual DX Convention (their 29th) will be held on September 21-22nd. The Convention's location will be in Puyloubier near Marseille and the Mediterranean Sea. For complete details visit the CDXC Web site at (in French):


CE, CHILE (Lighthouse Activity)
Look for Hector, CE3FZL, to be active as CE2P from Panul Lighthouse (ARLHS-073) during the weekends until the end of February. Activity will be on 40/20/15/10 meters, SSB only. He was heard this past week and weekend on 40 meters between 0145-0803z. QSL CE2P via EA5KB.

Calvin, K6CT, member of the Florida Contest Group, will be active as CW7T during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 17-18th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m)/High-Power entry. QSL via K5WW.

Members of the Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA) and a JA group of operators are now active as DX0JP from the Pag-Asa Island, in the Kalayaan Island Group (AS-051), Philippines, until February 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 on the DX0JP Web page at:


Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Branch Manager, reports that the following operation is approved for DXCC credit:

VU7LD - Lakshadweep Islands; Operation from December 1-30th, 2006

Edu, EA8AUW/EC8AUA, informs OPDX that a Spanish and Canary Islands team will be active as EF8A from the URE Las Palmas section during the CQ WW WPX RTTY Contest (February 10-11th) as a (possible) Multi-2 entry. Operators mentioned are: Juan/EB1ISN, Roberto/EA2RY, Juan/EC8ABQ and Edu/EA8AUW. QSL via EA8AUW, by the Bureau or direct.

Operators Stan/AC8W and Hank/K8DD will be active as HK1/AC8W and HK1/K8DD, respectively, from in Cartagena, between February 14-21st. Activity will include the ARRL CW DX Contest (February 17-18th) as a Multi-Single entry. Their sign has not been decided yet. QSL via their home callsigns.

EU-048. Jean-Marc, F5SGI, will be active as F5SGI/p from Groix Island, French Brittany (DIFM AT-012, WLOTA 050), April 7-13th. Activity will be on the HF bands, propagation permitting, mainly on CW. QSL via F5SGI, either direct or by the French REF Union Bureau.

Mauro, IN3QBR, will be active as IS0/K7QB during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 17-18th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (160m) entry. QSL via AA4NN.

J20, DJIBOUTI (Update/Contest/IOTA Op)
The group of Italians, who are now active as J20MM and J20RR from Moucha Island (AF-053) until February 15th, have announced that they (Operators IK2CIO, IK2HKT and I2YSB) will be in the CQWW RTTY WPX Contest (February 10-11th) as J20RR as a Multi-Single entry. Activity outside the contest will be on all bands 160-10 meters including the WARC bands, CW, SSB and RTTY with three stations on the air. The complete team of operators are: Stefano/IK2HKT, Alfeo/I1HJT, Vinicio/ IK2CIO, Angelo/IK2CKR, Carlo/IK1AOD, Marcello/IK2DIA and Silvano/I2YSB. QSL is via I2YSB. Their Web page is available at:

ADDED NOTE: The team has also requested a licence for 60 meters (5 MHz) and will try to be active next week.

Mark, ZL3AB, is collating an "Oceania Most Wanted Countries List" and is seeking submissions from operators in VK/ZL and Oceania only. Lists can be submitted in text, Word, or Excel formats or simply in the body of an E-mail. Email your list to:

Submissions will close on February 28th with results published in March and E-mailed direct to all who submit.

The South Florida DX Association (SFDXA) is pleased to announce that its newly elected officers and directors for 2007 are:

	     President:         Ray Smolenski, N4RU
              Vice President:    Bill Marx, W2CQ
              Secretary:         Richard “Gil” Gillingham, W1RG
              Treasurer:         Bruce Phegley, W4OV
              Directors:         Norm Alexander, W4QN
                                 Steve Romagni, W4DTA
                                 Don Search, W3AZD
                                 William “Randy” Shirley, N4QV
For questions or additional information, please contact: Gil, W1RG, by E-mail at:

The station active as VK7ZO on 17 meters CW January 28th (2007) was a PIRATE. The operator gave his name as Jeff, but Buckmaster, QRZ.com and RAC list VK7ZO as Graham. The original VK7ZO sold all his gear in 1997 and moved to Canberra, taking on the callsign VK1ZO. Save your postage and green stamps.

Joeke, PA0VDV, is now active as PJ4/PA0VDV from the Island of Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA LH-1279) until February 18th. He was heard on 10 meters CW this past weekend after 1630z. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

Johannes, DK8JB, provides the following QSL routes for all SP Beacons:

  SR0CWK via SP9NLY         SR3XHR via SP3WYP
  SR1LHX via SQ1BVJ         SR6NCI via SP6GWB
  SR1XHX via SQ1BVJ         SR6XHZ via SP6LB
  SR3FHB via SP3DRT         SR9FHD via SP9BGS
  SR3LHE via SP3DRT         SR9LHK via SP9BGS
  SR3SHF via SP3DRT         SR9UHK via SR9BGS
  SR3UHD via SP3DRT         SR9VHK via SP9BGS
Martti, OH2BH, reports:
"The last problem QSLs were sorted out this past week and should reach hungry DXers latest by the 15th of February. Over the next ten months the direct QSLing phase will continue through sub-QSL managers and then by the end of 2007. The rest will be released for distribution via the worldwide bureau network. It was also noted that an unknown volume of direct requests were lost in the postal system somewhere along the way. You can obtain 4O3T QSLs direct as follows:

USA & Canada - John, N7CQQ
Japan & Asia - Martti, OH2BH
Europe and the rest of the world - Hans, PB2T
YT6A QSLs via YU1FW."

There is a new QSL Manager for EX8AB. Please QSL to RX3RC. QSL by the bureau or direct to: Roman A.Novikov, P.O.Box 21, 392000 Tambov, Russia.

NOT THE MANAGER. Mike, KA2AEV, reports that he is not the QSL Manager for V26VR. QSL should go to G4OOC.

STATUS OF THE YX0A/YX0LIX QSLS: QSL Manager Steve, KU9C, reports: "I've mailed about 70% of the cards as of this morning. What's left to do is a large pile of cards that have the following issues:

- 'sticky' qsos that are not in log. There appears to have been at least two major 'slim' runs, one on 15 meters and one on 80 meters that are creating a need to triple check some q's.

- folks that requested /mm cards. I've got to do those, and have been concentrating on getting out the Aves Island card first.

- folks that requested other cards that I manage.

- I've not started bureau cards yet, and won't for some time. I apologize for the slow delivery of these cards; my hope was to be able to mail these a long time ago, when I had some slack time in my schedule, but the process 'came together' just as some hectic work and personal commitments came into my schedule.

Doing the best I can, have patience... 73 Steve KU9C"

Gildas (Gil), TU5KG (aka FT5WL and FT5XP), will once again be maritime in the Austral Sea (in the Southern Indian Ocean) on a fishing boat near/around the Kerguelen and Crozet Island. This year he will be using the new callsigns FT5XQ and FT5WM. Gil will be active until February 15th as FT5XQ/MM and then FT5WM/MM until March 15th. He is expected to visit Port aux Francais, Kerguelen Islands, on March 14th. Gil will be active as FR/TU5KG from Reunion Island from the April 15th until he returns to France in April. FT5XQ/MM was heard this past week on 21295 kHz at 0815z. QSL via F4EFI, direct or by the bureau.

Members of the Torbay Amateur Radio Society (TARS) will be active as GB60TR throughout the year of 2007. Activity is to celebrate the TARS Diamond Jubilee. Their society was founded on February 24th, 1947. Look for them to be active all day long on the 24th, from the TARS HQ, in Newton Abbot, Devon. QSL via G3LHJ, direct or by the bureau.

Members of the Uppsala ARS (SK5DB) will be active as SC5L until June 26th. Activity is to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Carl Linnaeus (1707-1778), the famous botanist, physician and zoologist. QSL via the bureau. Those who prefer the direct route, QSL via SM5XSH (SE5S). An award is also available; see details at (QRZ.com) for SC5L or visit the SK5DB Web site at:


Mustapha, DL1BDF, is in Cairo for two or three days (end of stay not known yet). The purpose of the trip is to meet with local authorities to prepare for the next Lufthansa ARC DXpedition to take place between March 2-12th. Activity will be on 40 and 20 meters SSB and digital modes including SSTV and APRS as SU/DL1BDF. QSL via the DARC Bureau or direct.

Andy, DH8WR, will once again be active from here between February 5-27th. Callsign was not provided (possibly DH8WR/TI). He will try to uploaded his logs via his Web site after the DXpedition. For further information, check his Web sites at:


Al, F5VHJ, will be active as TO5A in the ARRL Inter- national DX SSB Contest (March 3-4th) as a Single-Operator/All-Band/High- Power entry. QSL via F5VHJ, direct or by the bureau.

XU7, CAMBODIA (Update)
Operators Steve/9M6DXX, John/9M6XRO and Pete/SM5GMZ continue to be active as XU7DXX, XU7XRO and XU7ADI, respectively, from an established DX shack in Sihanoukville, Cambodia, until February 10th. Activity over the past weekend has been mostly CW on 40/30/20/15 meters, and some SSB on 40/20 meters. Look for the digimodes to be used and possibly the other bands (depending on propogation). Steve will primarily be on SSB and John will be on the key and RTTY. QSL XU7ADI via SM5GMZ, and for XU7DXX and XU7XRO via M5AAV: Graham Ridgeway, 6 Pilgrim Street, Nelson, Lancs, BB9 0JQ, England. Remember, ISWL members can claim John for the "Monitor Award", if heard or worked.

YW0, AVES ISLAND (Update/Change)
The recent announcement by the 4M5DX Group, that a team of 15 experienced operators lead by Alex, YV5SSB, will be active as YW0DX from Aves Island (NA-020), has changed their plans for activation. The agreement with the Venezuelan Military Navy is to leave for Aves Island on February 7th (with operations beginning February 8-9th). Their departure day will be between February 13-15th. It was also announced that operators YV1FM, YV1CTE, YV1RDX, YV5KAJ, YV5RED, YV5OHW, YV5SSB, YV5MSG and YV5WW will be active in the CQWW RTTY WPX Contest (February 10-11th) as a Multi-Op/Single/Low-Power entry. QSL via IT9DAA. They are looking for sponsors/donors. More details are available on their Web page at:


David, EB7AEY., will once again be active as ZB2/4O3AL, February 23-25th (if all is OK and weather conditions permit). Activity will be on 80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters SSB and RTTY. He is also expected to be active during some other months throughout 2007 during his spare time. QSL via EB7AEY.

Operators Bill/W2WX (ZD8WX) and Jan/K4QD (ZD8QD) will be traveling here on February 19th. They will remain on the island until February 27th. Jan will enter the CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest (February 24-25th). Outside the contest, look for them on all bands CW, PSK-31, RTTY and SSB. QSL ZD8WX direct only to W4WX and ZD8QD via K4QD, by the Bureau or direct. Read all about the Island at:


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