OPDX Bulletin 809 May 14, 2007

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 809
BID: $OPDX.809
May 14, 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, ARRL Letter, N1DG, NJ1Q, KF2TI, N2OO, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5AC, WW5L, K8YSE, KU9C, ND9M, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, F5NOD, F5NQL & UFT, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2WIJ, M0OXO, PA7FM, RSGB IOTA, VA3RJ & ICPO and YB0ECT for the following DX information.

There will not be a OPDX Bulletin next week. I will be attending the Dayton HamVention. "IF" I receive a major announcement, I may send something out late Sunday or Monday. However, PLEASE continue to send your DX information. You never know what I might do.... 73 de Tedd KB8NW

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 6th/May, through Sunday, 13th/May there were 211 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3C, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, DL, DU, E3, E5/n, E5/s, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, 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, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J5, J6, J8, JA, JT, JW, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD9, ZF, ZK1/n, ZK1/s, 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).

QSL Manager Dennis, PA7FM, informs OPDX that Michael, PA5M, is now here and active as 3XY5M. He will remain in Guinea until early June before returning back home. He is there working for the UN's World Food Programme (WFP), but will be active during his spare time between his work there. His callsign 3XY5M has been already approved for DXCC. Activity will be on all bands 160-6 meters (depending on his free time and propagation) using only wire antennas and 100W. Over the past week, Michael was heard on the following frquencies between 1815-1930z: 18155-18160, 14254 and 28435 kHz. QSL via PA7FM direct to: Dennis Robbemond, Loggerhof 11, 3181NS Rozenburg, The Netherland (Please, remember 1 USD does not cover postage anymore. Look for updates and an online log search at:


Andrew, G7COD, will be active again for the third time as 8Q7AK from the Island of Embudu, South Male Atoll, during the first half of October 2007. Exact dates of operation, frequencies, ...etc, will be announced (probably in September) closer to his activation.

Duration of his operation will be approximately 2 weeks. For QSL information and further updates, check (QRZ.com). ADDED NOTE FROM G7COD: He reports that all QSLs received from the last 2 activations of 8Q7AK in October 2006 and January/February 2007 have now been mailed direct if IRC or Green Stamps were included. If not included, they have been sent via the Bureau. All QSLs received via the Bureau will be returned the same way. All EQSLs have been responded to.

Vlad, UA4WHX, is now active as 9U0VB (as May 1st). As always, the length of his stay is unknown. Activity over the past weekend was on 30/20/17/12/10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau. It is recommend to send direct cards after his travels.

Gil, F5NOD, informs OPDX that the Antarctic Challenge scores are up-to-date at:


Members of the BS7H team are reportedly all back home now. It seems that the team travelled from Scarborough Reef to Manila, The Philippines, and not Hong Kong as first thought. All the international operators were dropped off there, but the six Chinese operators continued on aboard the ship heading back to Hong Kong. This past week details of band statistics were released. Here are the QSOs per band:

	              Band        SSB     CW     RTTY
                       -----      ----    ----   -----
                       160m          0      54      0
                        80m        117     217      0
                        40m        509    3039      0
                        30m          0    3374      0
                        20m      10370   11434     54
                        17m       3277    3497      0
                        15m       3803    1986    268
                        12m        402     474      0
                        10m        841     724      0
                                 -----   -----    ---
                      Total      19319   24799    322
Don, N1DG, reported that there were NO QSOs made with NA on 160, 80 and 10 meters. Online logs and two batches of pictures also became available this week at the following Web pages: Logs
PLEASE NOTE WHEN QSLING TO KU9C. Remember postage in the U.S. will be going up on May 14th (First Class Stamp will be 41 cents).

DXCC NEWS: Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, announced that the "BS7H Scarborough Reef 2007 operation" has been approved for DXCC credit.

Marios, 5B4WN, will be active as C4W during the CQ WW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL is via the LoTW. QSLs via the Bureau is also available via the "self-QSL" button on:


"JARL operating award checking available at Hamvention":
A representative of the Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) will be available at Dayton Hamvention May 18-20th to check applications for JARL awards and to issue certificates for certain awards. Former JARL executive director and renowned DXer Masa Ebisawa, JA1DM, will be at Booth 483 in the Ballarena of Hara Arena, near ARRL EXPO 2007. Applications for other JARL awards can be checked at the JARL booth. Masa also will answer questions on JARL activities as well as reciprocal licensing in Japan.

DXCC Dayton Hamvention Card Checking (Just A Reminder!)
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, reports: "DXCC staff and approved card checkers will be checking cards at the Dayton Hamvention from May 18-20th. Checking will be done during all operating hours of the convention. Following these simple steps will help make processing go quick and easy:

There is a 120 card limit per applicant. Larger applications may be checked as time is available after all other applications are finished. (No larger applications will be checked on Sunday). If some cards cause the application to exceed 120 QSOs, this is OK.

Cards MUST be sorted first by band, then by mode. Cards with more than one QSO should be placed together at the end of the application. Do not sort cards alphanumerically. Applications not properly sorted may be returned for proper sorting.

Prepare all paperwork ahead of time. The record sheet is required when submitting cards at Dayton. Use the latest application form available at www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc. Fill in ALL fields on the record sheet.

Write clearly and concisely.

Do not use forms with fields other than those that appear on the standard ARRL form.

There are no restrictions on what can be checked. (Cards for 160 meters and deleted entities are OK.)

DXCC will not bring applications with cards back to ARRL HQ. All cards must be checked and claimed in Dayton.

For those submitting a hybrid application (LoTW and paper credits combined), the LoTW application must be in the LoTW system by 7:30 AM Monday morning, May 21st. If you do a hybrid application, you must note on the LoTW application that a paper application is being made. You must also note on your paper application that you will be submitting a LoTW application by checking the appropriate box.

Applications for other ARRL awards, such as WAS, VUCC, WAC, can be checked.

When you arrive at the booth, please take a number and stay near the booth. When your number is called go to the next available checker. Your cards will be checked while you wait and they will be immediately returned to you.

If you need a personal copy of the application and record sheets please handle this before you arrive. DXCC cannot make copies for you on site.

Please see rule 15 for the latest fees. Acceptable payment methods are: Major credit card, check (by USA bank only), money order (both USA and international), cash (US dollars only). DXCC cannot bill you.

Following these steps will allow us to process your application quickly and in minimal time. Contact Bill Moore, NC1L at dxcc@arrl.org with questions."

The Northern Ohio DX Association (along with Janeen Hire, W8ZET) will once again sponsor a Hospitality Suite at this year's Dayton Hamvention. It will be in Suite 1011 on the 10th Club Floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel (old Stouffers) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (Look for signs!). All DXers/Contesters are welcome. Munchies and refreshments will be avaialble. Come and meet the members and friends of NODXA.

Operators DK3QZ, DL1EKC, DL3QQ, DL3HAH and PA0R will be active as DR5L during the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via DK3QZ.

Look for operators DK3DM and DJ2QV to be active as DR80AMA during the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Multi-Single entry. Activity is to celebrate SES's 80 years of DL ham radio. QSL via DK3DM by the Bureau.

Sailing couples Mike/KM9D (E51QMA) and Jan/ KF4TUG (E51TUG), are now active from Suwarrow Atoll (OC-080), Northern Cook Islands. Operator was heard saying they would be active until May 21st. Most of the activity seems to be on 20/17 meters. QSL via OM2SA.

Operators Girts/YL2KL, Oleg/YL3DW, Andy/ YL2GQT and Tom/YL2PP will be active as EE8A during the CQ WW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via YL2KL.

Chris, M0DOL, will be active from the Island of Guernsey (in and around the island) using the special callsigns GP8LED/P and GP3GWB starting on May 26th for one week. Operators Trevour/M3PNQ, Tom/2E0TSW and some members of the Northampton Radio Club will be joining him. Activity is expected to be mainly on 2, 4 and 6 meters.

In assocation with the Ham-Com Hamfest

(see http://www.hamcom.org ),
the Lone Star DX Association DX dinner will be Friday, June 8th at 6:30 p.m., at the Southfork Hotel at 1600 North Central Expressway (U.S. Highway 75) in Plano, Texas. Their featured speaker will be Dr. Glen Johnson, W0GJ, who will present an Audio/ Visual program on the VU7RG/VU7MY DXpedition to the Lakshadweep Islands earlier this year
( http://www.vu7.in )
. Bharathi Prasad, VU2RBI, and her daughter, Ms. D.S. Mahathi, VU3DSM, who both operated from VU7MY, will be special guests at the dinner. The tickets are 36 USDs/person and are available online at www.hamcom.org or may be purchased by sending a check or money order to: Jim Bass, K5KQI, 2709 Monarch Dr., Arlington, TX 76006. The chances of winning a major door prize are quite good because they have thousands of dollars worth of prizes from many vendors including Kenwood, Yaesu, ICOM, Alpha Power, Tennadyne, W2IHY Technologies, Heil Sound, Texas Towers, The Southfork Hotel, and many many others. Act now!!! Ticket sales end on June 1st.

Two members of the Uruguay DX Group, Bert/CX3AN and Mario/CX4CR, will be traveling to Panama, June 22-28th. Operators will sign as HP2/homecall (or possibly as 3E2/homecall) from San Blas Archipielago (NA-170). Activity will be on 80-6 meters CW/SSB using 500w into a vertical/wires antennas. They informed OPDX that this Caribbean DXpedition is to celebrate Bert becoming "DXCC NUMBER ONE" after working BS7H. This will be their 15th country from five different continents they activated over past 20 years.

AS-043. Operators JA1UNS, JI1PLF, 7N1GMK, 7L4PVR and 7N4VPS will be active as homecall/1 from Hachijo Island (JIIA AS-043-004, WLOTA LH-0446), JA1 South Izu Group, May 25-28th. Activity will be on the HF bands, 6m, CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the bureau.

EU-060. Operators SV2FPU, SV2HNZ, SV2HOB, SV2HPP, SV2HPY, SV2HRT, SV2HSV and SV2GNQ will be active as SY8WT from Skyros Island between June 16-22nd. This is the 4th most wanted European island. QSL via SV2HPP, by the Bureau or direct.

EU-108. Operator Jim, MM0BQI, will be active as MM0BQI/p from the Isle of Lunga, Treshnish Isles (IOSA NH-17, SCOTIA DI-09), September 1-3rd. Activity will be on 80-15 meters, mainly SSB. QSL via his home callsign (QRZ.com).

EU-112. Operators Alan/G0RCI, Gordon/G3USR and possibly other members of the Grantham ARS will be active as GC0GRC/p and GS0GRC/p from Eilean an Tighe (House Island), Shiant Islands (IOSA OH-18, SCOTIA DI-24), July 10-13th. They plan to have 2 stations on the air on all bands 80-6 meters, SSB only. QSL is 100% via the bureau.

EU-120. Members of the Wakefield & District Radio Society will be activating Holy Island Lindisfarne from Saturday, July 21st to Sunday, July 22nd, 24 hours special dispensation from the National Trust only. The callsigns will be GB1HI and GB5HI. Contacts will also count for "Holy Island Guille Lighthouse" (Ref.no. ENG-224 and Admiralty number A2816.5). The Worked All Britain (WAB) reference is NU-23 Northumberland. The IARU Locator is IO95CQ. QSLs for ALL contacts are via Charles, M3ZYZ, direct (QRZ.com) or by the Bureau. E-mail Bureau requests are welcome (see (QRZ.com).

EU-145. Francois, ON4LO, will be active from Faro Island (AL-006 for the Portuguese Islands Award), June 14-27th. Activity will be on 40/20/15/10 meters SSB and PSK. QSL via his home callsign, bureau preferred.

OC-177. Five members of the Organisasi Radio Amatir Republik Indonesia (ORARI) will be participating in 2007 CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) from Ayer Island in the Jakarta Bay. Operators mentioned are: Pri/YB0ECT, Dudy/YB0DPO, Jo/YC0LOW, Andry/YB1TX and Ray/YD0NQW. Activity will be on 160/80/40 meters, 80m and 160m bands, as a Single-Operator category. This IOTA reference is very seldom activated for IOTA chasers. Look for RTTY and PSK31 activity on high bands. The operators will be signing with their home callsigns with a specific designator "/0", example: YB0ECT/0. Please send QSL cards to the Orari Bureau and/or direct.

Operators Lars/DF1LON, Carsten/DL1EFD, Hein/DL2OBF, Jurgen/DL4SDW, Bernd/DL8SCG and Philippe/LX2A will be active as LX7I during the CQ WW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via LX2A.

Members of the Craven Radio Amateur Group (CRAG), from the Yorkshire Dales, UK, will be taking part in a CASHOTA (Castles and Stately Homes On the Air) activation on May 20th between 0900-1600z. They will be operating from the prestigious Broughton Hall, near Skipton (Locator IO83WW, WAB Square SD95YSN), using the callsign MX0BCQ/P on HF and VHF. For QSL information, please check (QRZ.com). Visit the CASHOTA Web page at:


OX, GREENLAND (6/2 meters, EME)
Operators Ole/OZ7OX (OX3OX) and Bo/OZ1DJJ (OX3LX) are planning a combined work and vacation DXpedition to here and want to activate grids squares GP47TA and GP36DW. Activity will be on 6/2m EME. They plan to use their OX callsign or maybe OX2A or XP1AB. Activity is to take place in July (possibly July 7-25th). More details are forthcoming.

3 STEVES QSL CARDS/CERTIFICATES STATUS. Steve, KF2TI, informs that the QSL cards and certificates for the "3 Steves" operation from St. Croix, USVI, last year are now starting to go out in the mail. The callsigns were N2IFA/KP2, KB2ENF/KP2 and KF2TI/KP2.

CN3A AND 5D5A QSL STATUS. Bob, I2WIJ, reports that as of May 11th, the backlog of all direct QSL requests for CN3A and 5D5A have been fully cleared. He states, "Thanks to my wife for her 'outstanding' help as secretary, with a major help in keeping everything clean and ordered.

VU7RG/VU7MY QSLS. Bob Schenck, N2OO, states, "...be patient folks. It'll probably be a few weeks or more yet." This is because the 3 QSL Managers for the VU7RG/VU7MY operation will still have to "process" the cards when they DO arrive from the printer.



Members of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Amateur Radio Club will be signing W9IMS to celebrate the 91st running of the Indianapolis 500, between May 24-28th (1500-0300z). Activity will be on the following suggested frequencies: 21340, 14240, 7240 and 3840 kHz. A certificate and QSL are available. For information, please visit:


Members of the Boeing Employees AR Operators North Society will be active using the special callsign W7FLY to celebrate the rollout of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, July 8-9th. Activity will be on CW 7050 and 14050, and on SSB 7240 and 14240 kHz. QSL via KN7T: Mark McLauchlin, 2625 176th St SE, Bothell, WA 98012. More information can be found at:


Operators Orrin/K9KEJ and Bill/K5YG will once again be active from the east coast of Costa Rica as TI6/K9KEJ and TI6/K5YG. Activity will be limited because they are there on a fishing trip. Activity will be on 40/20 meters SSB. QSL via their home callsigns.

The UK Six Metre Group (UKSMG) is happy to announce its 25th birthday. It will be celebrated with a series of special callsigns in several different countries. It will start in the Netherlands with the special callsign PA25UKSMG between May 19th and June 3rd. Activity will be active on all bands from 160-2 meters, including an entry in the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th). Also, look for several special callsigns to be active during the UKSMG 6m Contest during the first weekend of June. Working them will give you extra bonus points during that contest. Furthermore there will be a special 25 years anniversary award. Also, look for TM6MG to be active starting June 1st for 2 weeks from France on several bands, but the focus will be on 6m. There will be a few other callsigns to be announced later, but they have not yet been confirmed. QSL all of these special callsigns to PA7FM. More information can be found on the UKSMG eb page at:

Online logs for these operations will be available at the following Web page once they start:

VF0, CANADA (Zone 2 and IOTA Op)
Operators Pete/VE3IKV and Bill/W4TAA will be activating the Belcher Islands (NA-196) in CQ Zone 2, VY0 Nunavut Territory, using the special callsign VF0X (authorized by Industry Canada) between June 29th and July 4th. Activity will be on the HF bands and 6 meters, CW and SSB. QSL via VE3IKV direct (quick) or by the bureau (slow).

Paul, G4BKI, will be active as VP9KF from Hamilton Parish, from May 15th to June 5th. Activity will be CW only, but will include the CQ WW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th). QSL via W4/VP9KF: Paul Evans, 6809 River Road, Tampa, FL 33615. Visit his Web page at:

VQ97, CHAGOS ISLANDS (Attention PFX Hunters!)
OPDX was informed by Jim, VQ9JC (ND9M), that he has received written permission to use the special callsign "VQ97JC" from May 23rd through June 5th. The special indicator "7" added to the prefix simply reflects the number seven in the year 2007. Jim was informed by Harmon (a.k.a. Dale), W4QM/VQ9QM, who was "Mr. VQ9" for 15 years, this is the first time a special prefix was authorized to be used there. Look for Jim to use this special prefix as much as possible during those two weeks. He states,
"I am on a work assignment while at Diego Garcia, and as such I can only be on the air after work which normally means 1200-1730z. That said, I'm hoping to make the VQ97 prefix available at least 10 evenings during that period; with luck, there may be more. My work schedule includes weekends, so a pretty big bite is already taken out of the CQ WPX Contest timeframe. But I'm expecting to stay overnight at the shack both nights during the contest so that I can put in some time around the local sunrise (2300-0100Z) as well. I'll be SOAB during the contest."
QSL via ND9M, direct or by the bureau. QSL cards will not be printed at least until after his return home to Florida in August.

Members of the Yankee Clipper Contest Club (YCCC) will celebrate its 30th anniversary by signing their call- sign/30. Activity is a way to positively promote the YCCC on the air. A special certificate will be available after confirming contacts with at least 10 members. For more details, visit the YCCC Web page at:


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