OPDX Bulletin 797 February 12, 2007

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 797
BID: $OPDX.797
February 12, 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, N1DG, NC1L, NJ1Q, KA2AEV, KA2BZS, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5LBU, W5ZL, WE7K, K8DJC, K8PT, K8YSE, NE8Z, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, DJ5AV & The DX News Letter, DK8JB, EA5KY, EY8MM, F5NQL & UFT, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JA1ELY, LU5FF, RSGB IOTA and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 4th/February, through Sunday, 11th/February there were 233 countries active. Countries available: 1S, 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FW, 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, J5, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, 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, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YU, YU6, YV, YV0, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZK3, 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).

Tom, W2SC, will be active as 8P1A during the ARRL Inter- national DX Phone Contest (March 3-4th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via NN1N.

Operator Dean, 8P6SH, will be active as 8P2K during the ARRL International DX Phone Contest (March 3-4th) as a Single-Op/Single- Band (20m) entry. QSL via KU9C.

A2, BOTSWANA (Ops Needed!)
Frosty, K5LBU, reports that they have a good place to operate from in Botswana for this upcoming summer trip. Daniel, ZS6JR, has found a operating place that is on a large game farm in Botswana about a 6 hour drive north of Johannesburg. He says there is room to put up all the antennas and the electricty is good. The food is also good. However, Frosty is still looking for 2 more operators. The dates will be to arrive at Johannesburg on July 4th and be at the operating site on the 5th. They plan to depart from Botswana on the 20th and fly home on July 21st. If anyone would like to join them, Frosty will be at Visalia for the International DX Convention in April, so stop by and talk to him. All you have to bring with you is your laptop for loging and your clothes. All antennas and radios are in Johannesburg. Frosty states, "We will have a callsign just for the IARU Contest to use, and each person will have their own A2 callsign (I hope)."

A group of four American hams are planning a few deep south expeditions which includes stops in the Antarctica, South Georgia and the Falklands. Operators Marc/K9PET (VP8DJU), Jim/W3ASA (VP8DJV), Bill/W3WKO (VP8DKD) and David/W3WKP (VP8DKG) are scheduled to be at the following locations:

February 11th - Depart Ushuaia, Argentina
February 14-17th - Antarctica (KC4)
February 19th - South Orkney (VP8)
February 22-25th - South Georgia (VP8)
February 28th-March 2nd - Port Stanley, Falkland Islands (VP8)
March 4th - Return to Ushuaia.
The operators, when in the Antarctica, will use their homecall/KC4. Activity will be on 40/20/15 meters, CW, SSB and PSK from all locations. For updates, check the Casual DX Web page at:

Jim, W7EJ, will be active as CN2R during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) as Single-Op/Single-Band (160m) entry. He will be active before the contest starting on March 13th. Look for activity on the WARC bands. QSL via W7EJ. See the station from CN2R at:


The following surprising announcement was sent out this past week by Tom, N4XP, (released by Don, N1DG) which seems to be in the works for 3 years.......

Don, N1DG, posts on the NJDXA Mail Reflector: "After 3 years of hard work it gives me great pride to post this to the reflector:

Announcing the 2007 DXpedition to Huang Yan Dao

Better Known as..... Scarborough Reef

After three years of effort to obtain permission to land and operate from the most needed entity in the world, that needed authorization has been received. A multi-national team led by W6RGG will operate from Scarborough Reef for ten days in late April 2007. BA1HAM and BV4FH have been instrumental in bringing this operation to reality with ongoing support being provided by N4XP, N1DG, K5YY and N6MZ.

A team is being assembled that will include members from Asia, Europe and the USA.

As with any DXpedition to a location such as this, transportation is very costly and will be the largest single expense. Success will depend on the contributions of the DX Community.

Please QRX for more information as it becomes available and the web site is activated.

N4XP for the 2007 DXPedition to Huang Yan Dao.

More to come......but we've already updated the online log and the first qsls are already in the mail so don't ask.... Don"

 Some more details were released during the past weekend from a Web page
that is still under construction at:           
It looks like the callsign will probably be BS7H. The following inter- national operators have been announced and they are: China (Representing the CSRA): United States of America: BA1HAM, Chen Peng W6RGG, Bob Vallio BA1RB, Fan Bin ND2T,Tom Berson BA4RF, David Chen AA4NN, Joe Blackwell BA1RC, Chen Fang K4UJ,Paul Pescitelli BA7NQ, Terry Liang N5KO,Trey Garlough K5YY,San Hutson Republic of China (Taiwan): N6MZ,Mike Mraz BV6HJ, Ko Chih-Ta N7NG, Wayne Mills Singapore: Italy: 9V1YC, James Brooks I8NHJ, Max Mucci Germany: Philippines: DL3MBG, Christian Entsfellner DU1EV, Eddie Valdez Off Island Support Team: BV4FH, Paul Pai N4XP, Tom Harrell N1DG, Don Greenbaum W6XA, Paul Hansen QSL Manager for this operation will be Steve, KU9C. Suggested operating frequencies are: CW - 1826.5, 3504, 7004, 10124, 10104, 14024, 18074, 21024, 24894 and 28024 SSB - 3799, 7057, 14185, 18145, 21295, 24945 and 28475 RTTY- 14080, 21080 and 28080 kHz
YU6AO QSLS. Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Branch Manager, reports that DXCC is now accepting all QSOs dated June 28, 2006, and after for this operation. Anyone who has submitted cards for YU6AO and had them rejected, can send an E-mail to dxcc@arrl.org for corrective action.

Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Branch Manager, reports that the following operations are approved for DXCC credit:
5A7A - Libya; Operation from November 15-30th, 2006
VU7LD - Lakshadweep Islands; Operation from December 1-30th, 2006
VU7RG - Lakshadweep Islands; Operation from January 14-26th, 2006
YU6AO - Montenegro; Operation effective June 28th, 2006
ZL9BSJ/P - Auckland & Campbell Island; Operation of September 12th, 2006

Bob, G3PJT, will be active from Raratonga Island (OC-013), March 3-17th. He has requested the callsign as E51PJT. Activity will mainly be CW and an entry in the RSGB Commonwealth Contest (March 10-11th). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau. E-mail requests for bureau cards can be sent to: g3pjt@btinternet.com

EZ, TURKMENISTAN (Where are they?)
Nodir, EY8MM, provides the following press release (edited):

"Dear friends, colleagues!
Turkmenistan Radio Amateur League regrets to inform that: Starting from 2006, the Turkmenistan Ministry of Communications, without any official explanations, refuses to give radio-amateur sportsmen of Turkmenistan permission to use amateur radio stations.

With deep regret, we inform that we have no further opportunity to work on the air and to represent our country in different international competitions. We also announce with deep regret that BARKELOV RUDOLF IOSIFOVICH -an honoured radio sport instructor, Turkmenistan Radio Amateur League radiotelegraphists1 teacher, and GUBENKO ALEKSANDR EFIMOVICH - an active first category radio-amateur - ex UH8AS (had no time to restore under the prefix EZ) left this world for a better one. Moreover fell forever silent the preliminary calls: EZ8BO ex UH8BO - of the oldest and most active radio-amateur, till 2003 - a president of Turkmenistan Radio Amateur League - ZVONTSOV EVGENIY MIKHAYLOVICH, and EZ8DI ex UH8DI - of a former chief of the central joint radio station UH8KAA ex UK8HAA, UH9AWA-SHABALIN VLADIMIR BORISOVICH. Memory of them will live on forever in our hearts! For information that is more detailed you can contact: 'Turkmenistan Radio Amateur League', POB 555, 744020 Ashgabat, Turkmenistan."

Chairman of Board - B.T. ADAKOV (EZ8AI)
Secretary of Board - V.P. ZINEVICH (EZ8BP)

Rick, NE8Z, will once again be active as HC1MD from Tumbaco, February 24th to March 14th. Most activity will be after March 1st and will be on 80-10 meters CW/SSB using 500w into 80-10m Carolina Windom. QSL via K8LJG: John C. Kroll, 3528 Craig Drive, Flint, MI 48506 USA.

By the time you read this, Dale, N3BNA, who was recently active from Paraguay as ZP6/N3BNA, should be active (along with his brother Ray, KC3VW) from southwestern Haiti. Activity is expected to start from February 12th or 13th and last until the 24th. Dale is expected to sign HH7/N3BNA and focus on CW, while Ray will sign HH7/KC3VW and focus on SSB. N3BNA will try to participate in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 17-18th) as a Low- Power station entry. The purpose of this trip is a mission project to replace the base insulator of a 220 foot broadcast tower for a Christian broadcast station. This is a huge undertaking, and amateur radio will be secondary, but they will try very hard to get on. Please QSL HH7/N3BNA via KA2AEV. QSL HH7/KC3VW via his home callsign or by operator's instructions.

Operators Txema/EA5BWR and Luis/EA5KY will be active as HQ2R, February 14-21st. Operations will be from the "Radiosolidarity Project" on the Ulua River, in El Progreso. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, SSB and RTTY (by EA5BWR), and CW and RTTY (by EA5KY). Their equipment is a YAESU FT-897 and FT-857 with an amplifier. Their antennas will be a SpiderBeam for 20-10 meters, and wires for 30, 40 and 80 meters. QSL via EA4URE (by the bureau or direct).

AF-020. Jack, F6BUM, will be active as J5BI from Bubaque Island, Guinea- Bissau, March 14-28th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and SSTV (on request preferably on 21340 kHz). He will use a FT-857D w/100 watts in dipole antennas. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or eQSL. Visit his Web page (with a log search) at:


EU-125. A German Contest Crew will be active as OZ/DKØG from the Island of Romo (or Roemoe), Denmark (Grid JO45GD), February 26th to March 6th. Activity will be on the HF bands, VHF and microwave bands (inclusive 9 cm). Main HF activities will take place on March 3-4th during the ARRL International DX Contest, on 160 and 80m. QSL via DKØG.

Only a few more days to work the group of Italians who are now active as J20MM and J20RR from Moucha Island (AF-053) until February 15th. Remember to QSL is via I2YSB. Their Web page (with online log) is available at:


Operators Lucas/LU1FAM, Gerardo/LU1FZR, Roberto/LU2FA, Jesus/LU5FC, Javi/LU5FF AND Mario/LW8DQ will be active as LR2F during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 17-18th) as Multi/Single entry. QSL via LU2FA. The Thursday before the contest, look for LU1FAM (QSL via AC7DX), LU2FA (via home callsign) and LU5FF (via EA7JX) to be active on different bands paying bigger attention to 160 and 80 meters.

Look for Pete/K8PT and Craig/K3PLV to be active once again from here as MJ/K8PT and MJ/K3PLV, March 14-22nd. Activity will be on 160-6 meters CW/SSB/RTTY. Their activity will emphasize the lower bands. Due to recent fierce winds there, their existing beam has a broken boom and other antennas are in poor shape. They hope to have an InterNet service there. While on the island their E-mail address will be: k8pt@hotmail.com Skeds can be arranged prior to their departure and activity at: k8pt@arrl.net More information is available at:


Three to four operators (not announced yet) are planning a DXpedition to Market Reef for July 1-7th. Operators will sign OJ0/homecall. Activity will be on CW/SSB/Digital modes on 160-2 meters. More information will be forthcoming in due time.

Last week (in OPDX.796), under "ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND" we listed one of the operators as "Bill/W2WX (ZD8WX)", and it should have been "Bill/W4WX (ZD8WX)".

PLEASE NOTICE (as of February 12th), there are new E-mail address changes (listed below) for the OPDX InterNet HELP/SUBSCRIBE/UNSUBSCRIBE request.....

P4, ARUBA (SA-036)
Andy, AE6Y, will be active as P49Y in the ARRL Inter- national DX CW Contest (February 17-18th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via AE6Y.

P4, ARUBA (SA-036)
Operators Bob/AA1M, Mike/W1USN and Scott/W1SSR will be operating from here March 6-13th. They plan to be active on all HF bands, SSB, PSK and CW. QSL to their home callsigns.

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

  F1XAE via F1AAM    F1ZMT via F1BJD   F5XAS via F6HTJ   F5ZPS  via F6CBC
  F1XAH via F1AAM    F1ZPE via F1JGP   F5XAV via F5IHN   F5ZRS  via F5LGJ
  F1XAI via F1JGP    F1ZQT via F1MMR   F5XAY via F6DPH   F5ZTS  via F6DWG
  F1XAK via F1AAM    F1ZQU via F1MMR   F5XAZ via F5EAN   F5ZTT  via F6CXO
  F1XAN via F1PBZ    F1ZRI via F1BJD   F5XBD via F5HRY   F5ZUO  via F6HTJ
  F1XAO via F1LHC    F1ZTF via F1AAM   F5XBE via F5HRY   F5ZUU  via F5IOG
  F1XAP via F1LHC    F1ZTV via F1LCE   F5XBF via F6DBP   F5ZVM  via F5HMS
  F1XAQ via F1LHC    F5XAC via F6HTJ   F5XBG via F6FAT   FK8SIX via FK8HA
  F1XAT via F1HSU    F5XAD via F2SF    F5XBH via F6BUF   FR5SIX via FR5GX
  F1XAU via F1MPE    F5XAG via F5AXP   F5XBK via F6ACA   FX3UHX via F6CGJ
  F1XAW via F1RXC    F5XAJ via F6HTJ   F5XSF via F6DBI   FX4SIX via F5GTW
  F1XBB via F1JGP    F5XAL via F6HTJ   F5ZMF via F5BJL   FY7THF via FY1FL
  F1XBC via F1AFJ    F5XAM via F6BPB   F5ZPH via F6ETI   HB9EME via HB9HLM
  F1XBI via F1AHO    F5XAR via F6ETI   F5ZPR via F6CBC   TK5ZMK via TK5EP
                                                         TK5ZMV via TK5EP
QSL 5C5W via EA5XX. Operator was Mohamed, CN8KD, operating in this past weekend's CQ WPX RTTY Contest. This is the first time that the prefix 5C5 was used in Morroco.

QSL CT9M via the Bureau, LoTW or eQSL. Activity was from Madeira Island during this past weekend's CQWW RTTY WPX Contest.

QSL ER0FEO via UU0JM. Operator was Serge, UR5FEO, active in this past weekend's CQWW RTTY WPX Contest.

The J20RR/J20MM logs are now avaialble online at:


QSL KH7X via K2PF. Activity was from Hawaii by Mike, KH6ND, in the CQWW RTTY WPX Contest this past weekend. He was a Single-Op/Single-Band 80m entry.

NEW QSL ROUTE FOR V51AS. Tommy, WE7K, informs OPDX: "Many hams have been frustrated with the lack of response of QSL cards from Frank, V51AS, as a result of local mail problems in Namibia, e.g. stolen and 'lost' content mail. As of March 10, 2007, Frank offers those who need his card to send their QSL cards to:

Frank Steinhauser, Schlossstr. Nr 68A, 82 140 Olching, Germany He emphasizes that this is not a QSL Manager, so it may be up to four months before you will hear back from him. The QSL address in Namibia is still valid but not reliable."
Members of the UA2 Contest Club will be active as RK2FWA during the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 17-18th) and the ARRL International DX Phine Contest (March 3-4th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL both efforts via DK4VW.

Willi, DJ7RJ, will be active from Kos Island, possibly as SV5/DJ7RJ from February 25th to March 18th. Activity will be on all HF bands, SSB and CW. QSL to his home callsign.

Operator Mac Obara will be active as TZ6JA from Mali between February 13-21st. Mac hopes to operate mainly on 75/40 meters SSB but with some 20/15 meters SSB. QSL direct only (w/SASE) to: Mac Obara, P.O.Box 59, Tama, Tokyo, 206-8691 JAPAN.

Operators Henry/W2DZO and Robert/KG4NEP will be active as V26H during the ARRL International DX Phone Contest (March 3-4th). Their operation class is undecided. QSL via KU4BP.

Operators George/K5PI (V31AT), Terry/AB5K (V31TG), Gary/W5ZL (V31ZL) and John/WC0W (V31TP) will compete in the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 17-18th) from Cahal Pech in Western Belize. They will use V31TP for the contest callsign. There will be operations before and after the contest under the operator's individual callsigns. QSL to their home callsigns.

Operators Fujimori "Tada"/JA3PPH and Mega/JA3EGZ of the Himeji Armature Radio Club, and Yoko/JA3DFM of JARL Kobe Club, will be on the air from Sihanoukville, between March 16-19th. Their callsigns will be XU7PPH, XU7EGZ and XU7DFM, respectively. Activity will be on 160-10 meters on CW and SSB. They are also planning to operate on 6m. QSL information via JARL Bureau: XU7DFM to JA3DFM, XU7EGZ to JA3EGZ and XU7PPH to JA3EGZ. Direct QSLs for all callsigns go to: Himeji Armature Radio Club, P.O. Box 6, Himeji, 670-8691 Japan.

Only a few more days to work YW0DX. Their departure day will be between February 13-15th. As of 1530z, February 11th, the team reports 15,000 QSOs. The group tried working some 10 meters and was also heard in northern Ohio on 12 meters Sunday. On the Web site they mentioned that they don't have an InterNet access there, so the "Online Log" will be posted when they return on land. More details are available on their Web page at:


Jacky, F2CW/ZL3CW, will once again be active from Raoul Island. He will leave Auckland on March 19th and be back on March 30th. He will be joined by Aki, ZL1GO (ex-JA4EKO). They will stay there for 5 days and be active as ZM8CW and ZL8GO.

Operators Sara/HA9SDA and Eli/HA9RE are now active as ZK3RE until February 21st (possibly 22nd). There seems to be plenty of activity. The duo planned to have two stations on the air operating CW, SSB and RTTY, and on 160-10 meters. QSL via HA8IB.

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