OPDX Bulletin 807 April 30, 2007

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 807
BID: $OPDX.807
April 30, 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, NJ1Q, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4TV, AF8C, K8YSE, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, 9M2TO, DK8JB, DL6LAU, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, EA7FTR, F5NQL & UFT, G3XTT, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IZ2DPX, LZ1BJ, OH2HSJ, PY2ZA, PY4WAS, RSGB IOTA, RZ3EM, SM3CVM, TA1HZ, UR7EU, VA3RJ & ICPO, VK4AAR and ZL3JT for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 22nd-April, through Sunday, 29th-April there were 224 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H3, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J5, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, 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, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YU6, YV, Z2, Z3, Z7, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).

3B7C, ST.BRANDON ISLAND (DXpedition Update)
Don Field, G3XTT, has sent out a press release (#4) with updated information. Excerpts from the release states that plans for the September FSDXA DXpedition to St. Brandon are progressing well. A suitable boat has been chartered to take the team and its 6 tons of equipment to the island. The licence has been received, and all permits are in place for their stay on the island. The team will be operating from Isle du Sud, the southern end of what is shown on the charts as Cocos Island (not to be confused with Cocos Island in TI9 or the Cocos-Keeling Islands VK9!).

"Lighthouse on the Air" enthusiasts might be interested to note that Cocos Island does have a beacon (WLOTA-Ref. LH 1017). This will be an all-time new one for lighthouse collectors - assuming the light is accessible from Isle du Sud. There have been some team changes. Some of the previously announced members have, unfortunately, had to drop out of the expedition. These include G3VMW, G4KIU, SM5AQD, WF5T and W3WL. However, they are delighted to announce that they will be replaced by Bob/MD0CCE (also known as N2BB), Pete/SM5GMZ (recently QRV from 6W), Gordon/G3USR and Clive/GM3POI (well-known as a low band expert living in the Orkney Islands).

It was also announced at the RSGB Board meeting on Saturday, March 16th, that the board unanimously agreed to award the Five Star DXers Association (FSDXA) the "Calcutta Key" for the association's outstanding service to International Friendship. The FSDXA now has a four page full-color brochure with more information about their expedition available. This can be downloaded in both high and low definition PDF format from their Web site at:


Members of the Korea DX Club will be active from the capital city of Dili between May 30th and June 4th. Operators Kim/6K5YPW, Lee/DS2BGV, Choi/HL5FUA and Yoon/6K2AVL will be active as 4W6AAV (or possibly a 2 letter suffix callsign that will be requested upon their arrival). Activity will be on 160-10 meters CW, SSB and the digital; depending on propagation. Suggested frequencies are:

CW - 1822/1824, 3515, 7015, 10115, 14015, 18075, 21015, 24895 and 28015 kHz
SSB - 3795, 7095, 14195, 18130, 21295, 24950 and 28460 kHz
Digi - 14082, 21082 and 28100 kHz
QSL via HL5FUA: Jong-sool CHOI, P.O.Box 5, ULLEUNG ISLAND, 799-800, Republic of KOREA. QSL cards will be sent to the KARL Bureau after completing the direct request. More info and logs will be available at:

Remember Pete, SM5GMZ, is expected to be active from Thies as of 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. QSL via SM5GMZ, direct or by the bureau.

A team of 18 operators left for Scarborough Reef at 0600z, April 25th, from Hong Kong and arrived at the Reef on the North side just as the sun was setting on April 28th. The trip was slower than expected because of extreme rough seas. As this bulletin was being written, the team reportedly (as of 0300z, April 29th - Local time at Scarborough Reef was 1100 hours in the morning) "has made entry into the lagoon area and are starting to build the operating positions. They are proceeding as quickly as possible under the conditions that are present. The weather is now perfect and for the time being should not hinder work activities as the day moves on."

Currently, all the DXers world-wide wait patiently to work the most wanted DXCC entity. By the time you read this, they should be on the air and active for 9 days. This operation has been in the planning stages for 5 years. We were told that the International Team is led by Bob/W6RGG and includes James/9V1YC, Chen/BA1HAM, Fan/BA1RB, David/BA4RF, Chen/BA4RC, Terry/BA7NQ, Ko/BV6HJ, Eddie/DU1EV, Jun/DU1BA, Tom/ND2T, Joe/AA4NN, Paul/K4UJ, Mike/N6MZ, Mike/K9AJ, Martti/OH2BH, Massimo/I8NHJ and Christian/DL3MBG. The support staff include Tom/N4XP, Don/N1DG, Sam/K5YY, Paul/BV4FH and Jose/DU1JMG. pAccording to their press release: "Scarborough Reef has unique and dangerous attributes and as such we will not have online logs or pilots. All efforts are on keeping our team safe so they can provide a new one to as many hams as possible." OPDX wishes the team best of luck and a safe operation and safe trip back from BS7. QSL via KU9C. For updates, visit the BS7H Web Page at:

NEWS FLASH (Just before going to print!):PRESS RELEASE #9 (14:00 UTC 29 April):
"The BS7H team worked throughout the day in setting up the stations and managed to get one station operational as darkness fell. The first QSO was made at 13:47 UTC. The dangerous environment prohibits any work in darkness, and they were unable to fully provision the one station that is operating. As a result, the CW station now on 14024 does not have enough gas to last the evening, so when you hear them QRT do not panic. At daybreak they will resupply the station as well as complete adding the other stations. We expect the team to be fully operational with all stations by darkness tomorrow.
N4XP and N1DG for the BS7H
A team of operators (possibly 5B4AIE, LZ2HM and LZ3CQ) are expected to be active as C4I during the CQ WW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Multi/? entry. QSL via LZ2HM.

Kenny, K2KW, will be active as C6ATA between November 18-26th. Activity will include participation in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m)/Low-Power entry. Outside of the contest he will be active on 160-30 meters, mostly CW. QSL via WA4WTG.

Eduardo, CU2AF, is expected to be active as C91AF from Maputo between now and May 6th. He plans to be active only a few hours a day on 80-10 meters SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via his home callsign.

SWODXA DX DINNER: This is another reminder of the 22nd annual DX Dinner to be held in conjunction with the 2007 Dayton HamVention . It is not too late to order tickets, but time "IS" running out. The dinner will be Friday evening, May 18th, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located in Dayton City Center. Their key speaker will be Ward Silver, N0AX. Ward is a well known DXer, contester and author. ICOM has generously donated another IC-756 Pro III as a door prize. In addition, there are many other nice prizes. Full information can be found on their Web site at:

Please check it out. Come join them for an evening of fun and fellowship. After checking out the web site, further information may be obtained from Jay at: k4zle (at) yahoo (dot) com. Be sure to get your tickets now, sales at the door are done as a courtesy for selling those tickets previously purchased but brought back or sent back at the last minute.

11:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Contesting Moderator: Doug Grant, K1DG
* Atilano Oms, PY5EG-WRTC2006 Video
* Randy Thompson, K5ZD/PT5Q; John T. Laney III, K4BAI/PW5Y and Charlie Wooten, NF4A (referee of PT5O)- Memories of the WRTC2006 Experience
* Dick Norton, N6AA/PT5K-The 40-Zone Adventures of Phil Goetz, N6ZZ
* Champ C. Muangamphun, E21EIC (PS2T in WRTC2006) - Contesting from Thailand & South East Asia
* Tim Duffy, K3LR/PT5G - The K3LR Multi-Multi Station and Video Notebook

2:00 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. DXing Moderator: Jay Slough, K4ZLE
Assitant Moderators, Harry Flasher, AC8G & Tom Kissner, W8WQT
* John Papay, K8YSE ..KH8SI; Swains Island
* Ramon Jose Perez Brett, YV5EED..YX0A/YX0LIX; AVES Island
* Ralph Bellas Jr., K9ZO..ZL8R; Kermadec Island
* Theodore Mirgliotta, KB8NW; OPDX Bulletin preparation and distribution.
* Glen Johnson, W0GJ.. VU7NR; Lakshadweep Island
* Mike Mraz, N6MZ - The upcoming Scarborough Reef operation.
* Dewey Jones, W8KJ

Gary, ZL2IFB, will be on a family holiday to Rarotonga and is expected to be active during his stay sometime at the end of May. He has not received his callsign yet (possibly E51IFB). His activity will include the CQ WW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. He states that he will be "using 5W or 100W to wires at the hotel unless a friendly E51 op needs an extra CW contester and perhaps some logistics help from the ZL end." QSL via ZL2IFB or LoTW.

Sailing couples Mike/KM9D (E51QMA) and Jan/ KF4TUG (E51TUG), are expected to be active any day now from Suwarrow Atoll, Northern Cook Islands. QSL via OM2SA.

Operators RD3AF, RZ3AZ, RA9JR and RX3APM will be active as EF8M during the CQ WW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via RX3DU.

. John, K9EL, is now active as FS/K9EL when- ever possible until May 6th (because he is on a family holiday). He will be heard this past weekend on 60 meters (5346.5 kHz after 0245z). He is using an IC7000 and verticals for 80-10 meters, and will mainly be on CW and SSB. QSL to his home callsign; bureau QSL cards are OK.

Flavio, IW2NEF, will be active as IW2NEF/HI7 from Bayahibe, June 3-9th. Activity will be limited to no more than 1 or 2 hours a day on HF, on 40-10 meters and VHF 6 meters E-skip. He will use a Yaesu FT-857D w/100 watts max power into a vertical "9M WIRE" for HF and a J pole for the 6M band. QSL via IW2NEF.

AS-049. Operators JA1GLE, JA3BKM, JA4JBZ and JR8GZU will be active as homecall/6 from Taira Island (JIIA AS-049-011), Tokara Islands, May 3-8th. Activity will be on the HF bands and 6 meters. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the bureau.

EU-008. (Update) Jim, MM0BQI, will be operating as MM0BQI/p from the Island of Shuna (IOSA FL08), in the Inner Hebrides, NW Scotland, now through May 5th. He also mentions that he will have a boat available so other island activations may be possible in the local area. Operation will mostly be on 80/40/30/20 meters, RTTY, SSB and CW. QSL to his home callsign, by the RSGB or direct.

EU-030. Jurgen "Yogi", DB5YB, will be active as OZ/DB5YB from Bornholm Island (BO-001 for the Danish Islands Award, LH-2203) between May 5-18th. Activity will be on 20/17/15 meters SSB. He will also try to be in the DARC VHF/UHF Contest. QSL via his home callsign. For more information, vist:


EU-041. Max, IK2YSE, will be active as IM0/IK2YSE from Caprera Island (IIA OT-012, MIA MIS-006), May 3-5th. Activity will mainly be CW only on 40-10 meters. He will also try 6 meters; watch 50200 kHz. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

EU-054. Operators Raffaello/IT9ATF, Gianni/IT9ORA, Renato/IT9NPR, Pippo/IT9PPG, Giuseppe/IT9RZU and Pino/IT9WDC will be active as IF9A from Favignana Island (IIA TP-011, MIA MI-025, WLOTA LH-1545), May 2-6th. They will also be active between October 26-28th, for the CQWW DX CW Contest. Activity for both operations will be on all bands and modes. QSL via IT9ATF.

EU-055. Operators Henk/PA3FMC and Ruud/PE1BTV will be active from Utvaer Island and lighthouse (ARLHS NOR-264, WLOTA LH-2373). They will participate in the International Lighthouse/Light- ship weekend. Activity will be on all HF bands using SSB and BPSK, plus 2 and 6 meters with meteor scatter. QSL via PA3FMC (QRZ.com). More information can be found at:


EU-096. Jorn, DG5XJ, will be active as OH1/DG5XJ from Mossala/ Houtskaer Island between June 7-13th. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters SSB only, using a Yaesu FT-897 with 100 Watt output to Force 12 Sigma 40XK and perhaps a big vertical. QSL via his home callsign. More information can be found at:


EU-128. Jorn, DG5XJ, will be active as DG5XJ/p from Fehmarn Island (O-01 for the German Islands Award), May 8-10th. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters SSB only, using a Yaesu FT-897 with 100 Watt output to Force 12 Sigma 40XK or Spiderbeam. QSL via his home callsign.

EU-138. Bernd, DL8AAV, will be active as SD1B/7 from Aspo Island between June 18th and July 1st. Activity will be on all HF bands, SSB only. QSL via his home callsign.

NA-062. Mark, KG8DP, is planning to be active from Grassey Key some- time after "Labor Day" (September 3rd). He is looking for operators (possibly from FL). His E-mail address is: kg8dp@columbus.rr.com

NA-128. Operators Claude/VE2FK and Jean-Pierre/VA2SG will be active as VE2FK from Ile-aux-Coudres (CISA QC-009) from July 27-29th. Activity will be on 80/40/20 meters CW only and will include an entry in the IOTA Contest. Some RTTY is possible. If the propagation and weather is good, they may stay an extra day to operate this mode. QSL direct to VA2SG. North America stations are requested to send 1 SASE with 1 USD to VA2SG. Info is available at (QRZ.com). Others stations are requested to send 1 SASE with 2 USDs to VA2SG. More info can be found at:


NA-196. (ZONE 2) Operators Pete/VE3IKV and Bill/W4TAA will be activating Belcher Islands in CQ Zone 2 and the VY0 Nunavut Territory, using the special callsign VF0X between June 29th and July 4th. Activity will be on HF and 6 meters, CW and SSB. QSL via VE3IKV, direct (quick) or by the bureau (slow).

LZ07, BULGARIA (Special Event)
Several members of the Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs (BFRA) will activate the special event station LZ07KM (LZ Zero Seven KM) from May 1-31st. Activity is to commemorate the brothers St. Kiril (Cyril) and St. Methodius, founders of the cyrillic alphabet, and the Bulgarian's Culture and Literatute Day (May 24th). QSL via LZ1PJ, by the bureau or direct to: Ivan Ivanov, P.O. Box 15, BG-1324, Sofia, Bulgaria (w/SAE+ 1 IRC-EU and 1 IRC or 2USDs-DX). NO eQSLs. QSL bureau E-mail request via: lz1pj@qsl.net

The Manchester Mineira All American DX Contest (MMAA DX Contest) will take place between 1500z, May 19th through 2359z, May 20th. The purpose of the contest is to celebrate the anniversary (birthday) of Juiz de Fora City, obtaining CWJF Awards and promote CW activity by groups in North/South/Central America. Prefix hunters should be interested in this event because of the special Brazilian prefixes that get used (such as PQ, PT, PX, ZV, ZW, ZW, ZX, ZY and ZZ). To read the rules and see the 2006 results for the MMAA DX Contest, please visit the following Web site:


Look for special event station OH2EURO to be active from May 11-13th. Activity is to celebrate the "Eurovision Song Contest" which wil be held in Helsinki on May 12th. Two YL operators (Anne/OH2YL and Annika/OH2HSJ) will be active on HF bands. They will use mostly SSB with some CW. QSL OH2HSJ via the bureau.

Small error (typo) in OPDX.806 under "8Y/SI9, SWEDEN (Special Event)." Correct prefix is 8S/SI9.

OX, GREENLAND (Expedition to Greenland of Foundation & Academy "The World Encyclopedia of Travel")
Operators Valery/RW3GW, Andrey/RW3AH, Alexander/RA3MR and Artemiy/UA3MQM will be active as OX/NA1SA from Kangerlussuaq, May 4-10th. Activity will be on all HF bands, CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. Special attention will be given to the WARC and lower bands. QSL via NA1SA or the Foundation & Academy "The World Encyclopedia of Travel", P.O.Box 88, Moscow 101000, Russia. All the QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the bureau.
ADDED NOTE: The team is also expected to be active as OZ/NA1SA on May 3rd and 11th from Copenhagen, Denmark. During the OX & OZ expedition, a special video (including Radio operation) will be produced!

Toshi, JP1IOF, will be active as KH0WW from Saipan Island, Mariana Island between May 10-13th. He will also be active from Guam as WH7P/KH2, May 13-15th. Activity from both places will be on 160-6 meters, CW and SSB (with 500W). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

Carsten/DL6LAU informs OPDX that Joachim/DL8OBQ (not DL8OBO), Jan/DJ8NK and himself will now be active as PJ2/homecall from the island of Curacao (SA-006, WLOTA LH-0942), July 9-16th. They plan to participate in the IARU HF Contest (July 14-15th) as PJ2HQ, and as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via their home callsigns. QSL PJ2HQ via N9AG or LoTW.

US Postal Service has announced all of the increased postal rates.

See: www.usps.com/cpim/ftp/bulletin/2007/pb22203a.pdf
In addition to an increase in U.S. Domestic First Class rates, international rates also increase and Surface Parcel Post service is being discontinued. It is believed that the loss of surface parcel post will probably effect the cost of forwarding cards via the ARRL Outgoing QSL Bureau (unless they are using m-bag service and even then those rates are increasing significantly).

                            old        new 
                         --------    -------  
   Domestic First Class    $0.39      $0.41  (1 ounce/28 gm)

   Canada/Mexico           $0.63      $0.69  (1 ounce/28 gm)
   Rest of world           $0.84      $0.90  (1 ounce/28 gm) 

   IRC                     $1.85      $2.00
New rates/prices/services effective May 14, 2007.

9M4SDX QSL STATUS. Tex, 9M2TO, informs OPDX that the direct 9M4SDX QSLs are starting to be answered. All NA DIRECT REQUESTS have been mailed as of April 27th. They are now processing EUs, then JAs and Asia.

CN3A and 5D5A QSL STATUS. As of April 26th, the CN3A direct QSL requests backlog has been cleared, and all the cards are in the mail. New requests for CN3A, from now on, will be answered once a week. The 5D5A direct QSL requests backlog will be processed starting from May 2nd.

Look for R7C/TF QSLs to start coming out in the middle of May. This info is via RW3GW/3.

QSL Manager Alan, VK4AAR, reports: "Due to the rapidly increasing strength of the Australian dollar (or perhaps the US dollar is weakening?) it is vital that DXers are aware that ONE U.S. DOLLAR will no longer buy a stamp to any part of the world from Australia. Lately I have been able to survive by using 'card only rate' postage ... but that is no longer possible. I have noticed that the EURO is more stable and €1.00 (one Euro) will be enough ... but do NOT send coins! Banks only accept and exchange paper money."




Look for special event station EN62EN to be active on all bands from Ukraine, May 5-13th. Activity is to celebrate the 62th anniversary of the end of WWII. QSL via UR4EYN: Nick I. Golub, P.O. Box 548, Ordzhonikidze, 53300,Ukraine. Special E-mail address for this event is: en62en@ukr.net

look for special event station DL16XXV to be active during 2007 on all bands and modes. Activity is by a local radio club, Duisburg-Huckingen (DOK L16), which celebrates its 25th anniversary (Roman Numerals in the suffix of the callsign). A special DARC local identifier, DOK 25L16, will used May 1st-August 31st. QSL via the bureau and eQSL; info "OK" on (QRZ.com). For 20m/SSB skeds, E-mail Johannes, DK8JB at: dk8jb@darc.de

Look for Jose, PY2ZA, to be active as ZY2P between May 1-3rd. Activity is to celebrate the visit of the Pope Benedict XVI at Sao Paulo City, Brazil. QSL Manager is PY2AA.

Look for two special event stations to be active to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Fenerbahce Sports Club (Football team) between May 1-31st. Operators Tevfik/TA1HZ and Bekir/TA2RX will be operating as TC100FB from Istanbul mainly on 40/20 meters. Also, look for operator Mehmet/TA1CM to be active as TA100FB between May 13-27th from Tekirdag. More details about the evnt are available at:

Fenerbahce Sports Club Web page at:

Tom, ZL2HGR, will be active from here as VP6TD for about 4 months starting sometime in May. He will operate as his work permits on PSK31 as the primary mode with some SSB and CW. Tom's ETA is May 3rd on Pitcairn Island, but do not expect him on the air immediately. QSL is direct only to his home callsign ZL2HGR. Please include SAE with IRC or 2 USDs. No bureau please. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW and eqsl.cc after he returns home.

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