OPDX Bulletin 804 April 2, 2007

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 804
BID: $OPDX.804
April 2, 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, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, W7YAQ, K8CX, K8PYD, K8YSE, N8KOL, WD9EWK, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DL2AH, EA8AUW, F5NQL & UFT, GM3YOR, HA0HW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, LU6EF, RSGB IOTA, VA3RJ & ICPO, YZ1EW/RA4U, ZS1RA and ZS4BS for the following DX information.

There will "NOT" be an OPDX bulletin for April 9th. I know, you heard this before, but it is true this time. My wife (chief proof-reader) and I will be heading south to Tybee Island, Georgia, for our daughter's "barefoot on the beach" wedding. Besides, I can really use the break! However, PLEASE continue to send your DX info to me. If there are any special announcements, I will try to send them out.... 73 de Tedd KB8NW

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 25th/March, through Sunday, 1st/April there were 211 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5U, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 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, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H3, H4, HA, HB, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YU, YU6, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZL8, 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).

Mart, DL6UAA, will once again be active as 3B8MM starting April 5th and staying possibly for a few weeks. Activity will be mainly CW on all HF bands with some SSB and SSTV. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau. Visit his Web page at:


3DA, SWAZILAND (Reminder)
Operators Filip/ON4AEO, Kath/ON7BK, Danie/ ZS6VWD and Elize/ZS6EMH will be active as 3DA0FC from April 5-9th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters including the WARC bands. QSL via ON4CJK. The group's Web pages are:


Alex, IK4ALM, will be active as 5Z4/IK4ALM between now and April 10th. This will be a holiday style operation with only 100 watts and a ground plane on SSB. QSL via his home callsign.

60M ACTIVITY (Between Saturday, March 31st and Sunday, April 1st)
The following were heard: G0HNW, G3ZGP, G4YSG, GD3YUM, IK4WTU, MU0FAL and YN2N.

7P, LESOTHO (Update)
Shaun, ZS1RA, informs OPDX that due to unforseen circumstances, the team had some withdrawals. Operators ZS1ROY and ZS1ZL will no longer be able to participate. Shuan states, "This has put some undue financial pressure on the 7P8DX team, and we are short of some 500 Euros or approx. 700 USDs. All donations would be greatly appreciated." The current list of operators are now Shaun/ZS1RA, Barry/ ZS1FJ and Tony/ZS1APB. Listen out for them between April 5-12th. They will be operating from the highest point in Lesotho (3000m ASL) on the north border escarpment of the Drakensburg Range. The team has requested the callsign 7P8DX. Activity is planned for 80-15 meters with an emphasis on the lower bands.

Operators Roberto/EA2RY and Juanjo/EB1ISN will be active as AO1A during the EA RTTY 2007 Contest (April 7-8th) as a Multi-Op entry. Activity will be from the Palencia Province in Spain. QSL via EB1ISN, by the Bureau or direct.

Eric, K9GY, will once again be active as C6AYM from Nassau, New Providence Island (Grid FL15) during the CQ WW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. Outside the contest he will also be on 6m and 2m. QSL via K9GY, direct or by the Bureau.

Members of the Dar Bouazza Contest Group (DBCG), will activate their ARRAM club station (CN8MC) in Rabat, during the CQ WW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as CN5W and as a Multi/Single entry. Operators mentioned are: Nico/SV3SJ and Patrick/F6IRF. QSL via the LoTW. More details about the DBCG are available at:


UPDATE. Bob, W7YAQ (E51PDX/E51YAQ), informs OPDX of the following:

"The accreditation documents for the November 2006 E51 North/South Cooks operation of N7OU and W7YAQ have been resubmitted to the ARRL DXCC Desk. The original packet sent in January got lost somewhere between Oregon and Connecticut. Please accept our apologies for the inconvenience and thanks for your patience."
73, Bob W7YAQ / E51PDX / E51YAQ and Bill N7OU / E51PEN / E51NOU

CHANGES. Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Branch Manager, reports the following changes in DXCC, WAS and VUCC Card Checking Program rules.

"Effective immediately, DXCC announces the following changes to the DXCC Card Checking program:

The 10-year rule is now removed. Card checkers can now check cards 'for current entities only', dating back to November 15, 1945. Card checkers still cannot verify 160 meter cards or deleted entities.

In addition, DXCC card checkers can also check applications, if they agree to do so, for:
The Worked All States Award (WAS) (See www.arrl.org/awards/was); and
The VHF/UHF Century Club Award (VUCC) (See www.arrl.org/awards/vucc)

Contact Bill Moore, NC1L (dxcc@arrl.org) with questions."

Drew, GM3YOR, informs OPDX that he has made plans for some holiday operations for this year. Look for him to be active as GM3YOR/P from Isle of Islay (EU-008), Inner Hebrides, Scotland, between May 19-26th. Also, look for him to be active as SV5/GM3YOR from the Isle of Symi (EU-001), Dodecanese Islands, between September 15-30th. He will be taking his TS50 and wire antennas, and will operate when time is available.

EU-048. Francois, F5JNE, will stay at his son's home for about two weeks, starting April 30th, on Belle Ile en Mer Island. Activity will be during his evenings on the HF bands, mainly CW. During this stay he has scheduled to visit some of the other islands in the Bretagne (Morbihan) Region Group with Max, F5IRH (tide, wind and sea permitting):
May 1st - Les Grands Cardinaux Island
May 5th - Ile aux Chevaux (Horses Island)
They will sign as homecall/p on 80/40 meters (and possibly on some other bands), CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the bureau.

EU-171. Operators Ela/DL1TM and Tor/DJ4MG will be active as OZ/homecall from Island of Vendsyssel-Thy, Nordjylland Island, Denmark, April 10-26th. Activity will be on 160/80/40/20/17/15 meters and VHF 2m SSB. Their favored operating time and frequencies are: During the Central Europe's daytimes on 40m and 20m on SSB, but 20m mostly somewhere around 14260 kHz. QSL via home callsign ((QRZ.com) addresses).

NA-031. Page, WA3EOP, will be active as WA3EOP/p from Conanicut Island (USI RI-007S, Newport County, Rhode Island) and the Beavertail Lighthouse (ARLHS USA-048), July 18th. Activity will take place during the afternoon and evening. Another operator will join her at 1900z; Al, KZ3AB. Suggested frequencies are: 14266, 14332, 7178 and 3902 kHz. Look for activity before and during the Century Club nets on 75/40 meters. The QSL will picture the Lighthouse.

OC-078. Keisuke, JK1QLR, will be active as V63LR from Ulithi Atoll, Micronesia, April 20-23rd. Activity will be limited (holiday style), but he will be on the HF bands, CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via JK1QLR.

SA-049. You still may have some time to work members of the Radio Club Ushuaia that are now active as AY7X from Redonda Island (SA-049, WW Loc. FD55UE) until 1200z April 2nd. The Isla Redonda qualifies for "GACW Five Argentine Islands" award with #ARXP6. Operations will be on CW, SSB,PSK and RTTY on the following suggested frequencies:
CW - 3530, 7030, 14040, 21040 and 28040 kHz
SSB - 3670-3765, 7045, 14260, 21260 and 28560 kHz
PSK - 3620, 7040, 14070, 21070 and 28110 kHz
RTTY - 3620, 7040, 14080, 21080 and 28120 kHz
QSL via WD9EWK, by the Bureau or direct to: Patrick Stoddard, 4031 E. Aster Drive, Phoenix AZ 85032-7417 USA. Argentina stations can send their QSL cards to:
Radio Club Ushuaia, Polideportivo Municipal, Pasaje Jorge Vrsalovic S/N 9410 USHUAIA - Tierra del Fuego. Details of the Radio Club Ushuaia award program can be found at:


J3, GRENADA (NA-024)
Operators Harry/AC8G, Ed/K1EP, Wayne/K8LEE, Brian/KA7KUZ, Janet/W8CAA, Joe/W8GEX, Harry/W8KKF, Ron/WA8LOW and Don/WC4D will be active as J3A during the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th), as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via WA1S.

Tibi, HA7TM, will once again be active from here as J5UTM between April 14-21st. He will be using an IC-706 and and DunaX GPS for 40-10 meters, and dipoles for the lower bands. Activity will possibly be on CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. He will be using an amplifier with 500 watts. An online log search will be available and updated every two days at:

Also, visit his home page at:

It was reported last week that the N8S DXpedition to Swains Islands will be leaving a day earlier than announced which mean the team should be active on April 3rd. The current team consists of 17 operators: Hrane/YT1AD (Team Leader), David/K3LP (Co-Leader), Krassimir/K1LZ, Alan/K6SRZ, Doug/N6TQS, Chuck/JT1CO, Harry/RA3AUU, Eugene/RK3AD, Viktor/RU4SU, Vangelis/SV2BFN, Alekcej/UA4HOX, Roman/UR0MC, Milovan/YU1AU, Mladen/YU7NU, Vel/YZ1BX, Stevan/YZ7AA and Mome/Z32ZM. Current suggested frequencies are:

    BAND    CW    SSB   RTTY   SSTV   PSK31
   ------  ----  ----- ------  -----  ------
   160     1825   1835   1835     -     1835
    80     3505   3795   3582   3723    3582
    40     7005   7082   7035   7035    7035
    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 kHz
As announced in last week's bulletin, the team will also operate on 60 meters (on 5403.5 kHz), 2m EME and 6 EME with WSJT65 A,B,C (on frequencies 50.375 MHz and 144.375 MHz). He also announced that the following pilot stations for the operation are: Toma/YU1AB for Western Europe, Lee/KH6BZF for the Americas and the Pacific, and Antic/YU1AA for the YU and Eastern Europe areas. For updates and more details, visit their Web site at:

Ulli, DL2AH, announced his next DXpeditions will take place in the Pacific between the end of September and mid-November. Using only a FT897 and a loop antenna for 40-10 meters, look for him to be active on SSB and RTTY from the following locations:

ZK2 - Island of Niue; between September 29th and October 12th
ZL7 - Chatham Island; as ZL7/DL2AH, between October 17-30th
VK9N - Norfork Island; two weeks
QSL via home callsign DL2AH or by the German Bureau or direct (SAE + IRC/2007). More info will be forthcoming later.

Reports of 3C0M QSLs are now being received. Activity took place in October 2006.

Reports indicate that the VU7RG and VU7MY QSL cards have not arrived from the printer. However, pre-process labeling is being done so they can send them out once the cards do arrive.

Look for special event station YU07HST to be active now through the end of this year. QSL via YU1FJK. Activity is to celebrate the upcoming 7th World High Speed Telegraphy (HST) Championship which will be held September 19-23rd, in Belgrade, Serbia. For details, visit the following Web page at:


To commemorate the 95th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, ham radio operators worldwide will participate in a special event taking place between April 14-15th. Look for members of the City of Belfast Radio Amateurs Society (COBRAS - GI2BX) to activate GB2MGY for this event from the Blackhead Lighthouse in Northern Ireland. The COBRAS are ISWL affiliated, so this callsign will count for the "Monitor Award". The QSL info is still to be announced, so keep your eye on QRZ.com for the latest information. ADDED NOTE: Remember to look for "W0S" to be activated by the members of the Nixa Amateur Radio Club from the TITANIC Museum Attraction (in Branson, Missouri). See OPDX.802 for details.

Look for special event station OL75CAV to be active on April 22nd, to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the founding of CAV - Ceskomoravsti Amateri Vysilaci (Czech-Moravian Transmitting Amateurs). Activity will be on all bands on CW and SSB, also with time permitting on RTTY and PSK. All QSOs will be confirmed with a special QSL card. QSL via OK1UU. For more information on CAV, check out their Web page at:


There has been a report that Tony, T77C, came up on 5371.5 kHz and gave out a new 60 meter country QSO. Tony had a severe QRN problem and had trouble hearing stateside. Hopefully the QRN won't be as bad the next time he shows up. QSL via direct only!

Just a reminder that operators Eric/ON4LN (TZ2T), Ivo/ON5CD (TZ1T), Stefaan/ON4FG (TZ4T) and Bart/ON3VK (TBA) will be active from Bamako, Mali, April 2-7th. The group plans to activate some prefixes that were never issued before. Activity will be on 160-10 meters on SSB, CW and Digital modes (RTTY, BPSK31, etc.) with at least 2 stations on the air simultaneously. Bands and mode will largely depend on the propagation. The aim is to activate the low and WARC bands, CW and digital modes as often as possible. QSL direct to ON4LN for all callsigns, or via bureau to their home callsigns. More information is available on their Web site at:


Glen, W5IF, is currently active as V31IF until April 4th. Activity will be on all bands 160-10 meters, CW, SSB and RTTY. He was heard this past weekend on 40/20/17 meters after 1700z. QSL via W5IF (QRZ.com).

By the time you read this, operators Nando/IT9YRE, Claudio/I1SNW and Mike/K9AJ should be active from Ngulu Atoll (OC-180) as V63RE, V63WN and V63J respectively. This is the first part of their IOTA Micronesia tour between April 2-19th. They plan to be at OC-180 just under two days before moving onto Sorol Atoll (OC-277) and then Woleai Atoll (OC-132). Activity will be on CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsigns. Visit their Web page at:


David, VK2CZ, will be active as VK8AA during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as Single-Op/Single-Band (40m) entry. He will be using stacked 40m yagis. QSL via VK6NE.

Al Hix, W8AH, was known around the world by thousands of amateur radio operators for his pursuits in the DX. He became a "Silent Key" at 85, on June 25th, 2003, at home after a short illness. Well-known DXer/Dayton-photographer Tom Roscoe, K8CX, has put up a special Web page in tribute to W8AH. Is your photo with Al in there? Visit the following Web page at:

ADDED NOTE: Who is the unknown person in the Dayton 2000 photo on this page? Let Tom know at: k8cx@hamgallery.com

John, M0JDK, is expected to be active mobiling on a canal boat from Warwickshire up to Liverpool and Manchester now until April 15th. This is primarily a holiday for him, but he will be on 80/60/40/2 meters. Activity is good for the "Worked All Britain Award" (WAB). QSL via the info on (QRZ.com).

Tom, G0JRT, will be mobiling around in Scotland between now and 0900z April 6th (possibly the 7th). Activity will be on 3760 kHz possibly or 7060 kHz depending on conditions. QSL via info on (QRZ.com).

Alfredo, WP3C, will be active in the CQ WW WPX Contest (May 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. His activity will also count for the WLOTA as LH-2802. QSL via W3HNK, direct preferred but Bureau is OK.

Operators John/K6AM, Joe/W5ASP and Dale/ KG5U will be signing ZF1A from Grand Cayman Island (WLOTA LH-1042) during the CQ WW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via W5ASP, direct or by the bureau or LoTW.

ZS, SOUTH AFRICA (Talk to The Hell!)
A team of ten operators from the Boland Amateur Radio Club will be visiting "The Hell", also known as Gamkaskloof or Gamka's Valley, situated in the Swartberg Mountains of the Southern Cape in the area between 33.28 S 21.15 E [KF06nr] and 33.33 S 21.42 E [KF06rq]. They will be using a special callsign, ZS1HELL. The team consist of Rassie/ZS1YT, Karl/ZS1KC, Bennie/ZR1JHD, Graham/ZS1GVB, Conradt/ZR1CE, Derrek/ZS1DUP, Douglas/ZS1GUD, Johan/ ZS1GP, Mac/ZS1XX and Olivier/ZS1OLI.

The special station, with the callsign ZS1HELL, will be active from Friday, April 27th until Monday, April 30th. The station will be active on 160, 80, 40 and 20 meters. Although the station will be active on some DX frequencies, their main aim will be to achieve a Worked All ZS Award and a Top Band certificate. The electronic QSL system on the SARL Web page will be used as well as standard QSL cards. The direct QSL address is: PO Box 273, Strand, 7140, South Africa. For more information on "The Hell", visit the following Web page at:


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