The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 800
March 5, 2007
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, AA1AC, K1XN & GoList, N1DG, WA2VQW, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4ZLE, K4WW, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5XK, W5MPC, K6SE, NM6E, K8YSE, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, 9K2HN, DK8JB, DK9TN, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, F5NQL & UFT, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, M0OXO, OH2BN, OK1MU, RSGB IOTA, VA3RJ & ICPO and VK4HFO for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 25th-February, through Sunday, 4th-March there were 228 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU, E5/s, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, 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, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YU6, YV, Z2, Z3, Z7, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, ZK2, 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).
Yves, F5MSR (ex-FT2XE and one of the F6KAT ARS gang), will once again sign 7X0MT from Algier, Algeria. The length of his stay is not known at this time. He will use a FT 817 (QRP) and a long wire. His activity will be mainly on CW and the digital modes. QSL via his home callsign, either direct (QRZ.com) or via the French REF Bureau.
9M0, SPRATLY ISLANDS (Update)
Spratly Island 9M2SDX DXpedition will take place this week from Pulau Layang Layang (AS-051) in the Spratly Island group, March 10-19th. Operators will include members of the Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitter’s Society (MARTS) and a group of JA operators. Malaysian operators mentioned are: Chow/9M2CF, Kiyohiro/9M2/JH3GCN, Tex/9M2TO and Yasumasa/9M8YY. JA operators mentioned are: Yoshiaki/JA1OCZ, Tack/JE1CKA, Harumi/JF1PJK, Naoyuki/JK1FNL, Miho/JJ2VLY, Yutaka/JQ2GYU and Takashi/JR7TEQ. They plan to have 2-4 stations up and running for 24 hours on all bands 160-6 meters, and on CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK modes. QSL via 9M2TO, by the bureau or direct to: Tex Izumo, 2C-10-03 Mutiara APT., JLN. SG. EMAS 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Penang, MALAYSIA. Visit the DXpedition's Web page at:
BS7, SCARBOROUGH REEF
The following is another press release on the upcoming DXpedition to Huang Yan Dao (Scarborough Reef) which will take place in late April. PRESS RELEASE (March 2, 2007):
"The BS7 Team is happy to announce a third easy way to support our operation.Remember, 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:
Now our European friends who wish to send their donations via paypal in Euros can contribute that way as well. Through the assistance of the Mediterraneo DX Club their website can accept Paypal donations in Euros. The web address is
http://www.mdxc.org/bs7h/This is in addition to the US Paypal system on the main BS7H site and the two collection points in America and Germany for mail in donations:
If you are sending a check in North America or Asia , please make it payable to " Paul Pescitelli". Please mail this form to:
PAUL B PESCITELLI, K4UJ
622 Ridgeview Drive
Lilburn GA 30047 USA.
European Donors can make their checks payable to "Dr. Markus Domach" and send it to:
Dr. Markus Dornach, DL9RCF
94036 PASSAU GERMANY.
European Donors can also easily transfer donations to DL9RCF via E-banking respectively the European standard money transfer - just contact Markus, DL9RCF, via firstname.lastname@example.org
As we enter the 60 day window for our activiation of the number one country on the DXCC list, your support is now more vital than ever. Thank you again for your continued support. THE BS7H team."
Members of the Dar Bouazza Contest Group (DBCG), will activate their ARRAM club station (CN8MC) in Rabat, during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) as CN5W and as a Multi/Single entry. Operators mentioned are: Mohamed/CN8PA, Jean-Luc/F5IQA and Patrick/F6IRF. QSL via EA7FTR or the LoTW. More details available soon at:
DAYTON HAMVENTION DX DINNER
Jay, K4ZLE, states, "This is a reminder of the 22nd annual DX Dinner to be held in conjunction with the 2007 Dayton HamVention. The dinner will be Friday evening, May 18th, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located in Dayton City Center. This is the same venue as in years past. Our key speaker will be Ward Silver, N0AX. Ward is a well known DXer, Contester and author. In addition to the camaraderie and fellowship we expect to continue the tradition of have some very nice attendance prizes - last year the main prize was an Icom IC-756 Pro III! We have upgraded the menu this year. Tickets are 36.00 USDs per meal, payable in US funds to SWODXA. (Sorry, We do not process PayPal or Credit Card payments.) Please advise if you want a vegetarian meal when you order. You may order from Jay Slough, K4ZLE, at his CBA. SASE would be appreciated. We attempt to honor group seating requests when tickets are ordered together. There is not a bad seat in the house, but seating is definitely limited. Come join us for an evening of fun and fellowship. Further information may be obtained from Jay at:
DAYTON HAMVENTION RTTY FORUM
Shelby, K4WW, informs that the 2007 Dayton RTTY forum will take place on Sunday, May 20th, from 10:15-12:00 at Hara Arena, in Room 2. Speakers will be Ken/K1EA and Ed/W0YK. He states, "Ken will discuss log checking, and distinguish between myth and reality, busted/unique calls, serial numbers, and packet poaching. Ed will give ideas of efficiently improving RTTY contesting. Time permitting, there will be a question/answer session following the presentations."
DQ50, GERMANY (Special Event)
Look for special event station DQ50SAAR to be active through the end of the year. Activity is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the DARC Distrikt SAAR (Q). This activity counts as a special DOK 50SAAR. A special QSL will be issued and available via DO7VLR. QSLs will be sent automatically via the Bureau.
Operators Hovik/EK6TA, Anna/EK6YL, Leszek/SP9LJD and Kazimierz SP9UON/DJ0MCZ will be active as EK0B during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) as a Multi/? entry. QSL via SP9ERV.
FK, NEW CALEDONIA (Also 3D2/R)
Tony, 3D2AG (aka FO5RK), is currently active as FK/FO5RK from Noumea, until the end of April. Activity is mainly CW on 40 meters after 0600z and 20 meters after 0900z. Reports indicate that he will go to Rotuma in May/June and operate as 3D2AG/p.
Look for two WorldWide Young Contesters (WWYC) teams to activate Liechtenstein between March 16-19th, and participate independ- ently in the Russian DX Contest (March 17-18th) from there. The German team, consisting of Simon/DJ4MZ, Matthias/DK4YJ, Ulf/DK5TX, Christoph/DK9TN and Martin/DL5RMH, will sign HB0/homecall outside of the contest, but will be active as HB0/DK4YJ in the Russian DX Contest as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via the Bureau to their home callsigns. The Croatian Team, consisting of Dragan/9A2SX, Igor (Siro)/9A3AXX, Hrle/9A6XX and Mark/9A8MM, will sign HB0/homecall outside of the contest, but will be active as HB0/9A8MM in the Russian DX Contest as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via the Bureau to their home callsigns. Visit the two WWYC team's Web sites at:
Members of the "Piastowski Klub Krotkofalowcow" will activate their club station (SP6PAZ) using the special event callsign HF40PAZ to celebrate their 40th anniversary. The station will be on the air between March 1st and April 30th, and again between September 1-30th. Also, look for HF40PAZ to be active in the 2007 CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th). QSL via SP6PAZ. Visit their Web page at:
HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Javier, NM6E, informed OPDX on Thursday that he is in Santo Domingo and is active as HI8/NM6E. He will be in the country on an extended work assignment until March 15th. He plans to travel around the country, so look for him to also sign HI3/NM6E (Santiago) and HI7/NM6E (Punta Cana). Activity will be on 80-10 meters CW/SSB. Javier will use his K2 #4409 (QRP) station and a Super Antenna MP-1 vertical (10-80 plus wire antennas). His operation will be from the hotel pool areas or beach as his work schedule permits. He was expected to be in this past weekend's ARRL International DX SSB Contest (QRP Category) and Elecraft QSO Party (both modes, common QRP calling freqs). Depending on his work, Javier should be on in the evenings and on the weekends. QSL via LOTW ONLY.
AF-019. Operator Luigi, IK8HCG, will be active as IG9R from Lampedusa Island during the next CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry. QSL via IK8HCG.
EU-186. Operators Pavel/TA2ZAF (OK1MU), Slavek/OK1TN, David/OK1RK, Standa/OK1AU, Karel/OK1DG, Zdenek/OK1FIA and Vlada/OK1CW will activate two Turkish Islands between March 4-11th. They will be using the special callsigns TC0DX and YM0DX to activate the Gokceada (EU-186) and Bozcaada (AS-099), respectively. Activity will be on 40-10 meters CW/SSB. They will have three IC-746PRO, 2 x PA, 5 elemnet Spiderbeam, 17m 2 element Delta Loop, 20m HB9CV and loops for 30m and 40m. QSL via OK2GZ, either by the OK Bureau or direct or via E-mail (for Bureau request). Online logs, story, photogallery, daily news, team, etc.... are available at:
NA-082. Members of the University of Mississippi ARC (W5UMS) will be activating Horn Island, March 10-11th. Operators mentioned are Barrett/W5BJC, Jim/W5JMO, Mike/WB5HSX and Mike/W5MPC. The team will be on the island from around noon Saturday through noon Sunday. Operation will be on 80/40/20 meters CW, SSB and the Digital modes around the regular IOTA frequencies. The callsign used will be K5I. QSL via W5MPC.
OC-137. Tim, VK4HFO, on Lamb Island, is expected to be active on 40 meters for stations wanting this IOTA. Look for him starting at 0600z onwards and again at 1700z onwards. Tim can be found working ZL1BMW most mornings around 7060 kHz (+/- QRM/QRN). Skeds are "OK" by E-mail at: email@example.com
Following the recent "Antarctica Activity Week'' event, look for operator Charles, M0OXO, and the North Wakefield Radio Club to be operating the special event station GB4IPY from March 1-15th. Activity is to celebrate the "International Polar Year". Look for them to be active on all HF bands on SSB, PSK31 and CW. QSL Manager is M3ZYZ. Also, a brand new WAP reference has been issued: WAP-098. ADDED NOTE: Remember, the following stations are also expected to be active are:
TM4IPY - Operator Francois/F8DVD; QSL via his home callsign.J75, DOMINICA
LZ07IPY - Operator Svetly/LZ3SM; QSL via his home callsign.
IA3IPY - Operator Adriano/I3XMQ; QSL via his home callsign.
IP7IPY - Francesco/IZ7AUH; QSL via his home callsign.
J8, ST. VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES
Look for Gary, W0AW, to be active as J8/W0AW from the Island of Bequia (pr. Bek-way) in the Grenadine Islands (NA-025), March 10-16th. He will be using an ICOM IC-7000 and an inverted "L" for 80-10 meters. If antenna space is available there will also be some operations on 160m. Activity will be CW, RTTY, and some SSB. QSL via W0AW, either by the bureau or direct.
Matsuda, JM3PIT, will be active as KH6/JM3PIT from Oahu, March 21-25th. His activity will include the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th). QSL via JM3PIT, by the Bureau.
LZ129, BULGARIA (Special Event)
Members of the Balkan Contest Club (LZ1KZA & LZ5A) will activate the special event callsign LZ129LO from March 1-31st, to commemorate 129th anniversary of the "Liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman yoke by Russia." The special station LZ129LO counts 10 points towards the "St. Teodosii Tyrnovski Award":
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL Routes For Contest Stations and Beacons: QSL CN3A via I2WIJ QSL LA6UHF via LA4OO QSL I7A via I7FNW QSL LA7UHF via LA6LCA QSL IQ0RI via IZ0DZT QSL LA7VHF via LA5TFA QSL IQ5LU via IW5BHY QSL LA8UHF via LA6LCA QSL IT9G via IT9BLB QSL LA8VHF via LA6LCA QSL IW0UMP via IW0UGR QSL OE3XMB via OE3FFC QSL LA2UHF via LA1K QSL OH2UHF via OH2LNM QSL LA3UHF via LA3BAA QSL OH2VHF via OH2LNM QSL LA4VHF via LA6LU QSL OH2VHH via OH6DD QSL LA5UHF via LA3EQ QSL OH9UHF via OH6DDQSL CU2A via OH2BH. Activity was during last weekend's ARRL International DX Contest. Operators were CU2CE, CU2DX and OH2BH.
Ron, K5XK (QSL Mgr for 3B8FQ), informs OPDX readers that the following are excerpts of an E-mail from Dimiter, LZ1AF, one of the higher profile DXers from Bulgaria, addressing pilferage of currency directed to his P.O. Box in Sofia. This may be of interest for anyone needing a quick LZ QSL reply not only from Dim, but other LZ stations as well:
"I QSL via the QSL bureau 100%, and direct if required. I am going to have LZ50DX cards printed soon. For either of my calls, QSL via Bureau or Direct via P.O. Box 412, 1000 Sofia, Bulgaria. For direct replies, please include an SAE + 1 new IRC return postage (rather than USD because dollars are often intercepted. Thus, I am not aware of the QSL sent!). 73! Dim, LZ1AF"QSL VK9DNX via DJ2MX. The German BCC DXpedition to Norfolk made some 60k+ QSOs. Online log is available at:
OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the following Silent Keys.
SU1ER. Early last week Hamad, 9K2HN, informed the DX community that Ezzat Sayed Ramadan, President of the Egypt Amateurs Radio Assembly (EARA - Egypt's IARU Society), became a Silent Key (SK). On February 25th, 9K2HN states, "It is with grief and deep sorrow that I received this morning the news of the sudden loss of our good friend, Ezzat Ramadan (SU1ER) who passed away peacefully. We would like to pass our deepest heartfelt condolences to his family on behalf of the Arab Radio Amateurs. May his soul rest in peace. For the people who never met Ezzat, he was very constructive in supporting Amateur Radio in Egypt and the Arab world. Ezzat will be greatly missed....."SU, EGYPT
N6ZZ. Well known contester Phil Goetz, N6ZZ, became a Silent Key (SK) on February 27th after suffering from a brain hemorrhage. Phil lived in of Alto, NM, and was 64 years old. For more info on Phil, visit the following Web page at:
TOPBANDER DX DINNER AT VISALIA
Earl, K6SE, announces that the Topbanders' DX Dinner will take place on Friday, April 27th, at 6:30 PM in the banquet room at the Sizzler Steak House, 2121 W. Caldwell Ave. in Visalia, CA, during the International DX Convention there. Dinner attendees will order from the Sizzler menu and pay their tabs individually. There is no fee to attend. To ensure adequate seating if you plan to attend, please contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Information on Convention activities may be seen at:
Robin, K4VU, will be active as V31RG from March 21-28th. Activity will include the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via K4VU.
Mark, AA1AC, will be operating from the Hamilton Parish, Bermuda, as AA1AC/VP9 from March 11-15th. QSL via to his home callsign, direct or via the bureau.
VR2, HONG KONG
A group of VR2 hams will be active as VR2C during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) as a Multi/2 entry. QSL via VR2NN (NO Bureau cards).
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