The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 798
February 19, 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, KA2AEV, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N5FF, K8DJC, K8GG, K8YSE, K9EL, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, DJ5AV & The DX News Letter, DJ0GM, DK8JB, F5NQL & UFT, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2WIJ, IT9EJW, IZ8EDJ, JA1ELY, OM2TW, PY2HS, RSGB IOTA, SM5GMZ, VA3RJ & ICPO and YZ1EW for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 11th-February, through Sunday, 18th-February there were 230 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 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, D6, DL, DU, E5, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, 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, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T32, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YU, YU6, YV, YV0, Z2, Z3, Z7, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK2, 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).
3DA, SWAZILAND (Update)
To celebrate the 75th Jubilee of the Irish Radio Transmitters Society (IRTS), a group of IRTS members are planning 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) and Pete/GI4VIV (3DA0GI) A private UK/Ireland YAHOO newsgroup for this DXpedition is available at:
4S, SRI LANKA
A few weeks ago we mentioned that Joel, F5PAC, would once again be active from here as 4S7PAG from February 2-22nd. We also mentioned that Joel would try to activate one of Sri Lanka's Coastal Islands (AS-171, possibly Barberyn Island) on February 10-11th. We were informed by Alfred, DJ0GM, that Joel was not able to activate Barberyn Island because foreigners are not allowed to go to this island. He also mentioned Joel had several problems getting on the air from 4S-land. Alfred states that Joel hopes to hit the airwaves by Saturday, February 17th and is currently staying north of Colombo on the westcoast of Sri Lanka. Joel was heard this past weekend on 14256 kHz after 1300z. Look for him on 20 and 17 meters. QSL via F5PAC.
4TH INTERNATIONAL DX CONVENTION (Rome)
A press release from the Strange Radio Team states: "The hills of the Roman Castles and a sumptuous 19th century villa only a few kilometers outside of Rome will be the scene of the 2007 4th International DX Convention organized by the Strange Radio Team (SRT), which will be held on next May 5th and 6th. On Saturday the 5th, from 3 PM to 8 PM, the DX Conference will be held followed by the 3rd Strange Radio Event 2006 Awards. Sunday the 6th will be devoted to visiting the Eternal City, marvellous Rome! This year, differently from the previous editions, the convention will gain a greater international dimension with the presence of illustrious, renowned foreign guests who will speak during the proceedings. The hotel features ample parking, a restaurant, bar, and a fully-equipped conference center. In addition, all the rooms are a harmonious blend of elegance and practicality besides featuring every type of confort (each room is equipped with Internet connection)." For more details and program schedules, please visit the SRT Web page at:
4U, UNITED NATIONS HQ
Operators Johnny/LA5IIA, Martti/OH2BH and Bernie/ W3UR, were active this past weekend as 4U1UN during the ARRL CW DX Contest as a Multi-Single effort. Remember to QSL via HB9BOU.
Dick, W7ZR, will be active as 5C5Z during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry. He will be operating CW and RTTY before contest as CN2ZR. QSL via W7ZR.
Pete, SM5GMZ, informs OPDX that he will be active from here starting April 27th. The callsign will be 6V7-something. He plans to operate for 12 days. Activity will be on all modes and bands, but look for him especially on 80/160m.
9M6/9M8, EAST MALAYSIA
Pete, SM5GMZ, informs OPDX that he will be active as 9M6/SM5GMZ between March 13-21st. He plans to be active on the lower bands on CW. On March 22nd, Pete will go to 9M8-land and during that weekend he will work the CQ WPX Phone Contest together with Steve/G4JVG.
ANTARCTIC ACTIVITY WEEK (AAW)
Remember that the Worldwide Antarctic Program's (WAP) will hold their 4th Antarctic Activity Week (AAW) this week, February 19-25th. This annual event is to promote worlwide interest in the Antarctic continent. There should be many special event callsigns on the air from around the world. For more details and a list of callsigns, please visit the WAP's Web page at:
ARRL'S 2007 GREAT LAKES DIVISION CONVENTION
Mark your calendars and make plans to attend and be part of the ARRL 2007 Great Lakes event of the year! The GLDC will be held on September 22nd the day before the 2007 Cleveland Hamfest, so make it a weekend to visit Northern Ohio. The GLDC's location will be at the Sheraton Independence Hotel, 5300 Rockside Rd., Independence, OH 44131 (Tel: 216-524-0700).
The Convention/Seminars will begin Saturday, 11:30 AM, followed by a dinner banquet in the evening. The seminars will be geared towards the new upcoming (and old) DXers and other amateur radio interest (Emergency Comm., AMSAT, ARDF, Antennas..etc.). Seminars will open with guest speakers Bob Heil/K9EID and Chip Margelli/K7JA from Heil Sound. DX Seminars will be moderated by Tedd/KB8NW (Editor of the OPDX) with guest speakers Bernie McClenny/W3UR (Editor of "The Daily DX and Weekly DX" and QST's "How's DX?" column.), John Papay/K8YSE (Swains Island operator) and possibly other speakers. Seminars will close with Tim Duffy/K3LR (on Antennas/Contesting). The dinner banquet will be at 7:00 PM with guest speaker Joel Harrison/W5ZN, President ARRL. For more details on tickets/rooms and updated convention information, please visit the GLDC Web page at:
BS7, SCARBOROUGH REEF
Last week we announced the upcoming DXpedition to Huang Yan Dao (Scarborough Reef) which will take place in late April. The multi-national team is seeking financial contributions to help defray the cost of this DXpedition. Full details on how to contribute can be found on the DXpedition's Web site at:
C5, THE GAMBIA
Members of the "Mosquitos Contest Club" (known as OM0C Contest Crew) are pleased to announce a DXpedition to Gambia C5. A group of 6 operators will be active as C52C between October 17-30th. Activity will be on all HF bands (160-10m), and 6m with an accent on the lower bands, especially 160m. They plan to have up to 4 well equipped stations on the air. They will also participate in CQWW SSB Contest.
Operators mentioned are: Rich/OM2TW (Team Leader), Bob/OM1KW (CW/SSB operator), Roman/OM2RA (CW/SSB operator), Joe/OM5AW (CW/SSB operator), Noro/OM6NM (CW/SSB operator) and Dano/OM1NW (Digi modes and SSB operator). The last major activity from Gambia was the C5Z (2003). During this DXpedition, the group wants to try to activate Bijol Island (AF-060). Currently, they still don't have permission for landing and the licence for the island. QSL via OM2FY, direct or by the Bureau. More information will be available on:
C9, MOZAMBIQUE (IOTA Op)
Remember to look for operators Jose/CT1APE and Filipe/CT2GLO to be active from Bazaruto Island (AF-072, WLOTA LH-0816) as C98APE and C98GLO, respectively, between now February 24th. Activity will be on all HF bands with modes of CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via their home callsigns.
World traveler Vladimir, UA4WHX, is currently active from here, D60VB, and as always the length of his stay is unknown. Look for him to be active on any HF band CW/SSB. He was heard this past week on 30/20/17 meters. Vlad has been travelling throughout Africa for sometime now, and who knows where he will be active from next. Many have been complainning about "When will the QSLs be out?" The answer is when he returns to Russia. It is recommended to hold off sending QSL cards until he is done with his travels. Once that happens, then you can batch up all of your QSL cards in one envelope and send them to UA4WHX.
DAYTON TOPBAND DINNER
George/K8GG and George/W8UVZ sent out the details for the upcoming Daytom HamVention Topband Dinner. The press release states: "All 160 meter enthusiasts are cordially invited to the Topband dinner on Friday evening of the 2006 Hamvention in Dayton. This annual event brings together 160 meter operators from around the world for food, drink and camaraderie." Details are about the same as last year.
The date will be Friday, May 18th, the time (Social Hour 6:15 PM [cash bar], Dinner 7:30 PM), and the location is: The Barnsider Restaurant (Near Hara Arena and Hamvention), 5202 North Main Street (Highway 48 just north of Needmore), Dayton, Ohio [PH.(937) 277-1332]. The cost is 29 USDs each, in advance, which includes complete dinner, taxes and gratuities. To reserve a seat, send your pay dinner cost to: George Guerin, K8GG, 14322 A Drive North, Ceresco MI 49033-8611 (USA) (e-mail: email@example.com).
PLEASE NOTE: Reserve now and pay dinner charge by May 1st. Foreign visitors may pay at the door but need to reserve by E-mail (or airmail) now. This restaurant is space limited, so please make your reservations ASAP (they have only 100 seats). If you reserve by E-mail, you will be confirmed by return E-mail shortly. If you mail in your request, please include an E-mail address or SASE for confirmation.
DXCC NEWS (CORRECTION)
Last week (in OPDX.797) the year was listed wrong for the VU7RG operation. It should have read:
VU7RG - Lakshadweep Islands; Operation from January 14-26th, 2007
DX MARATHON DEADLINE NEARS!
John, K9EL, reminds everyone that the last day to submit your scores for the 2006 DX Marathon is February 28th, 2007. All submission information and forms are available at:
FR, REUNION ISLAND
It has been reported that Gildas/TU5KG should be going QRT as FT5XQ/mm and is expected to be on Reunion Island on February 20th before heading back to France on February 26th for 10 days. His tour has been cut short due to the breakdown of the refrigerator on the ship.
HH, HAITI (Update)
We were informed this past weekend that Dale, N3BNA, who was recently active from Paraguay as ZP6/N3BNA, and was to be active (along with his brother Ray, KC3VW) from southwestern Haiti, is currently having radio problems. His QSL Manager Mike, KA2AEV, states that Dale is hoping that he will be able to make repairs and get back to business as soon as possible! If you hear him, please QSL HH7/N3BNA via KA2AEV. QSL HH7/KC3VW via his home callsign or by operator's instructions.
AS-139. Operators He/BD1DRJ, Jack/BA4ALC and Wenjun/BD7KLO will be active as homecall/7 from Weizhou Island, February 20-24th. Activity will be on the HF bands, CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsigns.
EU-034. Frank, DL1FT, will be active as ES0FTZ from Saaremaa Island, July 11-21st. Activity will be on 80/40/30/20/17/15 meters SSB. For more information and exact times, check Frank's Web site at:
EU-054. Operators Giovanni/IT9GAC, Giacomo/IT9GIE, Rosario/IT9IVA, Carmelo/IT9TPJ, Eugenio/IT9VKY, Eugenio/IW9BCW, Giuseppe/IW9BDV and Nucifora/IW9FY will operate as IF9RGE from Favignana Island (IIA TP-011, MIA MI-025) between April 21-23rd. Activity will be on HF (CW,SSB, RTTY), 6 and 2 meters. QSL via IT9EJW, either by the Bureau or direct to: Alfio Bonanno, Via della Regione, 20 - 95028 Valverde (CT), Italy. Visit the Radio Gruppo Etna Web page for updates and more information at:
NA-091. Heinz, VA7AQ, will be active as VA7AQ/p from Quadra Island (BC-006 for the Canadian Islands Award) between July 26th and August 1st. Activity will be on all bands, SSB only, plus an entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
NA-183. Operators Enrique/XE1IH, Francisco/XE1KOF, Luis/XE1YJL, David/ XE1XR, Martin/XE2ML and Ben/XE2AUB will be active as 4A3IH from two different islands with the same IOTA references. They will activate Roqueta Island (Light House ARLHS MEX-069) between May 14-19th and Ixtapa Island between May 21-26th. Activity will be on HF (CW, SSB, Digital mode), 6 and 2 meters and the satellites. QSL via IT9EJW, either by the Bureau or direct to: Alfio Bonanno, Via della Regione, 20 - 95028 Valverde (CT), Italy. More information is available at:
OC-164. Operator John, VK6HZ, will be active as VK6ARI from Rottnest Island (WLOTA LH-2197), March 5-11th. This will be a holiday style operation with IC-7000 on SSB, PSK and RTTY, possibly CW. Activity will be around the usual IOTA frequencies. QSL via VK6HZ.
Maria/IN3TCH and Mauro/IN3SAU will be active from here as JW/homecall from March 8-11th. Activity will be on RTTY and SSB from the Longyearbyen JW5E club station. Look for them to be active on all bands especially the low bands. QSL via IN3SAU.
The Japanese WRTC2006 Team members Fukuda/JK2VOC and Nose/JA2BNN will be active from here for the Russian DX Contest in March. Fukuda will participate as KH2/JK2VOC and Nose as KH2/JA2BNN, both as Single-Op entries. Operators will be here between March 16-19th. Activity before the contest will be on the WARC bands. QSL via their home callsigns.
KH8S, SWAINS ISLAND (DXpedition Update/Added Operations)
Hrane/YT1AD, with the team of Krassimir/K1LZ, David/K3LP, Alan/K6SRZ, Doug/N6TQS, Harry/RA3AUU, Eugene/RK3AD, Viktor/RU4SU, Vangelis/SV2BFN, Alekcej/UA4HOX, Roman/UR0MC, Milovan/YU1AU, Mladen/YU7NU, Vel/YZ1BX, Stevan/YZ7AA, and potential team members Srecko/YU1DX and Dragan/YZ1EW, will be going on a DXpedition to Swains Island between April 4-15th, using the callsign N8S (November Eight Sugar). They will stay on Swains Island 10 days and will operate with 6 stations on the air at the same time. Activity will be on 160-2 meters using CW/SSB/RTTY/SSTV/PSK31. Current suggested frequencies are:
BAND CW SSB RTTY SSTV PSK31 ------ ---- ----- ------ ----- ------ 160 1825 1835 1835 - 1835 Frequencies for 2m and 80 3505 3795 3582 3723 3582 6m will be determined 40 7005 7082 7035 7035 7035 later. 30 10105 - 10145 - 10145 20 14020 14195 14081 14230 14081 17 18075 18150 18100 - 18100 15 21020 21295 21081 14230 21081 12 24895 24950 24920 - 24920 10 28020 28495 28081 28680 28081 kHzThe DXpedition will also be active from the Tokelau Island as ZK3A between April 16-19th, and the Independent State of Samoa (5W - formerly known as Western Samoa from 1914-1997) as 5W5AA between April 20-24th.
LX6, LUXEMBOURG (Attention Prefix Hunters!)
A new prefix, LX6, is now being issued to Novice licenses as of January 1st, 2007. The LX6 stations are now allowed to work on 160/80/15/10 meters with 100 watts.
OPDX ADDRESS CHANGES
PLEASE NOTICE (as of February 12th), there are new E-mail address changes (listed below) for the OPDX InterNet HELP/SUBSCRIBE/UNSUBSCRIBE request.....
PJ7, SINT MAARTEN ISLAND (NA-105)
By the time you read this, Alex, PY1WAS, should be active as PJ7/PY1WAS through February 22nd. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, most CW with some SSB and some VHF operations. Especially look for him on 60 meters (5403.5 kHz). QSL via the LABRE-SP Bureau or direct to: Liga de Amadores Brasileiros de Radio Emissao, - LABRE-SP, PObox 22, (ZipCode:) 01009-972 - Sao Paulo -- SP, Brazil. More info is available at:
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL Route For Contest Stations and Beacons CN3A via I2WIJ FX3THF via F6DBI OH9VHF via OH6DD CT1ART via CT1EPS FS5KA via W3HNK ON0VHF via ON7PC DB0JW via DL9KAS GB3SSS via G3AGA OY6BEC via OY1A DB0LBV via DC6WM GB3VHF via G0FDZ PI7CIS via PA0C DB0SI via DL1SUZ IQ1SP via IK1LBW PI7HVN via PA3FHY EA6VHF via EA6FB IQ2CY via IK2THZ PI7PRO via PA3FGE EA8EW via RX3DU IQ3MF via IN3IYD PJ2T via N9AG EI2WRB via EI8JA LX7I via LX2A SK4MPI via SM4HFIQSL STATUS OF CN3A AND 5D5A. Bob, I2WIJ, QSL Manager for CN3A and 5D5A callsigns, regrettablly informs the deserving HAM community that due to unpredictable delays in QSL card printing, he is not able to answer any of the QSL card requests yet. As of February 14th, he hopes that the printed QSL cards should be available before the end of the next month.
Some of the VU7MY logs (as well as VU7RG) are now available online at:
S9, SAO TOME and Principe
Luciano, CT1HHP, will be active from Sao Tome as S92FM (waiting confirmation) from February 26th to March 7th. Activity will be on 40/20/15/10 meters and perhaps 17 meters using RTTY and BPSK31. QSL via his home callsign.
Members of the German Lufthansa ARS will be active from here between March 3-12th, using the special Egyptian callsign SU8DLH (Deutsche LuftHansa). Activity will be on all HF bands, CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Further information about the QSL Manager to be announced soon.
V7, MARSHALL ISLANDS
Look for Keisuke, JK1QLR, to be active once again as V73KN from Majuro Island (OC-029), March 16-22nd. Activity will be on all bands. QSL via JK1QLR only, either through the JARL Bureau (DO NOT QSL VIA THE V73 BUREAU!) or direct to: Keisuke Nagase, #203 371-1 Bishamonyokocho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 6020817 Japan.
Saad, N5FF, will once again be active as YK1BA. He is expected to arrive in Damascus during the evening of April 9th and should be active between April 10-27th, before returning home to Texas on the 28th. Saad informs OPDX,
"As usual, the purpose of the trip is not a DXpedition, so my operating will be spotty. However, I hope to be able to operate at least 3-4 hours a day. With the current band conditions and my typical operating times, I suspect that I will spend most of my radio time on 30, 40, and 80 meters. However, I will operate on whatever band (80-10m) and mode that have the best propagation at the time. Most probable operating times are between 2000-2300z or between 0200-0500z, and possibly some occasional activities between 1200-1400z. I will be active on SSB, CW, and RTTY."QSL via N5FF.
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