OPDX Bulletin 812 June 11, 2007

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 812
BID: $OPDX.812
June 11, 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, N1DG, NJ1Q, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, KP4BJD, KP4VP, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5LBU, K5XK, W5BOS, IK3ZAW/W6, K8YSE, AD1C/0, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, 9A2JK, BD3APX, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, EA5KY, F5NQL & UFT, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IT9DAA, RSGB IOTA, SP9MRO, VA3RJ & ICPO, YV5SSB and YZ1EW for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Monday, 4th/Junr, through Monday, 11th/June there were 210 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B7, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, D6, DL, DU, E5/s, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).

Word came out this past week that a multinational team lead by Francesco, IK0FVC, will activate 1A0KM from the Sovereign Military Order of Malta between July 12-22nd. QSL via IK0FTA. There is talk that the logs might be uploaded to LoTW. More details are forthcoming.

3B7, ST. BRANDON ISLANDS (Not Agalega/DXpedition Update)
Dxpedition leader, Witek, SP9MRO, and his team encountered problems with their catamaran on their way to Agalega Island (3B6) and had to head to St. Brandon Island (3B7) instead. It seems their catamaran "Josephina", had lost one of two engines and a sail which was torn due to high winds and bad seas. However, all are safe and the catamaran was towed by a fishing vessel called "Covadis" to the Island of Raphael (St. Brandon Island). OPDX was told that St. Raphael Island "is like a football play ground with two buildings, one for the Coast guards and the second, a 6 room bungalow for the Meteorological services, but with no water and light, only one generator and two wideband G5RV and lots and lots of birds, this place is more beautiful than Agalega." The team has received permission to operate as 3B7SP while their catamaran is being repaired. Activity will possibly last until June 19th. QSL via SP9SX. For more possible details and updates, visit the 3B6SP Web page at:


It seems Tony, 3D2AG, has delayed his trip to Rotuma until possibly November or December 2007.

Operators Johnny/LA5IIA, Martti/OH2BH and Bernie/ W3UR were active this past Saturday, June 9th, from the UN HQ as 4U1UN. Remember to QSL via HB9BOU.

9A07, CROATIA (Special Event)
Look for special event station 9A07P (Nine Alpha ZERO SEVEN Papa) to be active now through December 31st. Activity is to celebrate the city of Djurdjevac, and operations will be on all bands and modes. A special QSL card will be issued with a story on it. All QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the bureau.

Vlad, UA4WHX, is now active as 9X0VB (as June 6th) from this rare DXCC entity. As always, the length of his stay is unknown. Activity over the past weekend was on 80/30/20/17/12/10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau. It is recommend to send direct cards after his travels.

A2, BOTSWANA (Update)
Frosty, K5LBU/A25CF, informs that they have in hand their callsigns for the Botswana operation this July. Their activity will start around July 5th or 6th and last until the 20th. They plan to be active on all bands from 160-6 meters on CW and SSB, with operations also on 6/2 meters and 70cm EME. Hal, ZS6WB (A25HL), will do the Digi modes. They plan to have a M2 6 meter beam up on top of one of the towers which will be about 60 feet high using at least 300-400 watts or more. Hal, who does most of the EME, is a retired American that lives in South Africa. The whole team consists of: Dan/ZS6JR (A25DW), Frosty/K5LBU (A25CF), Wayne/W5KDJ (A25KDJ), Jay/W5SL (A25SL), John/GM3OOK (A25OOK), Lee/WA8QFE (A25LT), Jan/ZS6OB (A25OB), Hal/ZS6WB (A25HL) and Dick/ZS6BUN (A25BUN).

Lanny, W5BOS, informs OPDX that he will operate from 2 islands in Alaska between August 2-7th. The first will be a new IOTA, Semidi Islands (NA-235/P) using the callsign W5BOS/KL7. All of the Semidi Islands and associated rocks are part of the National Wilderness Preservation System, and as a designated Wilderness, it is closed to mechanical equipment such as generators. This operation will be battery power only. The second operation will be from Unavikshak Island (NA-238) using the callsign W5BOS/AL0. This island was activated last year, but conditions were very poor and Lanny wants to give the guys that missed it another chance. QSL both operations via N6AWD.

BS7H PRESS RELEASE #14 (June 9, 2007): LOTW upload for donors

"Today the BS7H team uploaded to the ARRL LOTW website a partial log containing QSOs for those DXers who supported BS7H with donations sent either via the website credit card procedure or thorough the mail in form off the website.

This was a special 'Thank You' to those who made the effort to support our operation. The cutoff date of this log is as of today's website donation listing.

The there will be additional periodic uploads of the log to LOTW as QSLing proceeds, and a full upload will be done as soon as the bulk of the direct QSLs are answered.

Direct cards are expected to start going out in early July.

The 2007 DXpedition to Scarborough Reef again wishes to thank those who helped make this happen. We could not have done it without your support."

73 -- The 2007 BS7H Team

CS6, PORTUGAL (Special Event)
Operators Jose/CT1EHX, Toze/CT1GFK, Goncalo/CT1GPQ, Miguel/CT1IUA, Rui/CT2IHP, Jose/CT1DVG, Jose/CT1EPS, Arnaldo/CT2IOV and Antonio/CT2IOU will be active as CS26X betwen July 16-22nd. Activity will be on 160-6 meters including the WARC bands, CW, SSB and RTTY. The activation is to celebrate the local meeting of the 26th International Motard Meeting of Faro (organization Moto Clube Faro). QSL via CT1EHX, by the bureau or direct.

Jorge, EA8TL, will be portable /EA6 from his mobile between July 31st to August 24th as he visits Ibiza and Formentera Islands this summer. Using an ICOM 706 MKIIG (100w HF and 50w VHF) Transceiver, look for Jorge to be active on 80, 40, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 and 2 meters SSB. Antennas are: Eco Veicolare (mono- bands).

Look for six operators from the Flying Dutch DX Group to be active from Triesenberg as HB0/PA0ABM, June 15-22nd. Their activity will be on 160-10 meters CW, SSB and some digital modes with two stations. QSL via PA0ABM, direct or by the bureau. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW and available online at:


Paolo, F8ENY, will be active as I1/F8ENY/p from the Piemont Province. He will be operating mainly CW as QRP with an Elecraft K1 and wires. QSL via F8ENY, by the Bureau or direct.

AF-004. Wilko, PA3BWK, will be active as EA8/PA3BWK from the Island of Lanzarote (DIE S-007, Punta Pechiguera lighthouse FEA D-2782, WLOTA LH-0099, WW Loc. IL38BU), June 10-16th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, mainly CW, at 10 kHz up from the lower band edge. QSL via PA0ZE (QRZ.com).

AF-018. Operator Giuseppe, IT9BLB, will be active as IH9/IT9BLB from Pantelleria Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via his home callsign.

AF-019. Operators Isido/I1XOI, Piera/IK1AIF, Mario/IW1PZC, Giovanni/ IZ1DFG, Giorgio/IZ1HGP, Mauro/IW2KVT, Giuseppe/I2AZ and possibily Emanuele/IW2NOD will be active as IG9/homecall from Lampedusa Island (AG-001, MIA MI-126, WLOTA LH-2312) between now and June 19th. Activity will be on the HF bands plus 6 and 2 meters, CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the bureau. AS-017. Operators JA1KJW, JJ1JGI, JK1EBA and 7N4AGB will be active from Okinawa Island (JIIA AS-017-033, WLOTA LH-0275) as homecall/JR6, June 15-18th. Activity will be on the HF bands and 6 meters CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the bureau.

AS-151. Zhang, BD3APX, will be active as BD3APX/2 from Juhua Island between June 29th-July 1st. Activity will be on 40-10 meters on CW, SSB and Digital modes. QSL via BD3APX.

EU-067. Members of the SV DX Group will be active as SY8AN from Antiparos Island (MIA MG-016) between now and June 17th. Activity will be active on all bands CW, SSB and RTTY. Operators mentioned are: SV1GE, SV1AAU, SV2DGH, SV1DPJ, SV2FWV, SV2HNC, SV0XAD and DH9VA. QSL SY8AN via SV2DGH. Information can be found at:


EU-071. Kent, SM5ELV, will be active from Heimaey Island [also known as Vestmannaeyjar] (also counts for WLOTA LH-0976) between now June 13th. Activity will be on most of the HF bands and modes, depending on conditions. He will use an IC-706 with 100 watts into a vertical and maybe a dipole. Kent will also possibly try 6 meters and some Digi modes as well. QSL via his home callsign.

NA-122. Herman, ON4QX and a group from the Dominican Republic will activate Cabras Island as HI0C between June 11-17th. Cabras has not been on the air for at least 18 years. They plan to have fours stations on the air: HF, 6m, 2m, SSB and RTTY. QSL via ON4IQ.

NA-231. Operators Cezar/VE3LYC and Ken/G3OCA are all set to go on schedule to activate East Pen Island between July 20-22nd. They will use the following callsigns: VE3LYC/VY0 (Cezar) and VY0/G3OCA (Ken). According to Canada/U.S. treaty, stations from either country that operate portable from any region within the territory must use the identifier as suffix (VE3LYC/VY0). All other stations have to use the identifier as prefix (VY0/G3OCA). QSL via VE3LYC, direct or by the bureau (G/GM/GW/GI stations can confirm via G3OCA).

OC-185. Operators Stuart/VK8NSB and Joe/VK8VTX are expected to activate Elcho Island, in the Northern Territory (Arafura Sea coast) East Group, between June 15-19th. The callsign has not been announced yet. Activity is planned for 80-10 meters CW, SSB, PSK and RTTY, with two stations on the air (1 digital and 1 CW/SSB). QSL via VK6NE (QRZ.com).

SA-089. Members of the 4M5DX Group will be active as YW1DX from Cayo Sombrero during the next IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Multi-Op/Mixed-Mode/High-Power entry in the DXpedition cate- gory. The team consists of: Alex/YV5SSB, Jose/YV5TX, Julio/ YV1RDX, Jesus/YV5MSG, Olli/YV5WW (OH0XX), Greg/YV5OHW and Pasquale/YV5KAJ. They hope to be on the island Friday the 26th in order to set up and activate the island on WARC bands before the contest starts. Activity during the contest will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters, CW, SSB and RTTY. After the contest, they hope to be on 160-10 meters and the WARC bands. Visit the group Web page at:

Online log will be at: http://logsearch.de
QSL Manager is IT9DAA: Corrado Ruscica, P.O. Box 1, 96018 Pachino 1 (SR), Italy.

As this was being typed, Skipper of the USSV Dharma, Susan Meckley, W7KFI, informed OPDX that she is enroute to Johnston Island and should be there by the end of of week. Activity will be on 80-10 meters on SSB and CW, usually at 036 above the bottom of the band. Susan is expected to be here for about a week before heading to Marshall Islands (3 weeks further south west). By the way, Susan is a 70 year old grandmother who has been sailing all over the Pacific. This amazing lady is an interesting story. It is highly recommend to visit the following Web pages to see where she has been, and there is a Real Audio recording of her radio interview with Art Bell. Visit the Web pages at: http://ussvdharma.net

ADDED NOTE: Track her ship, the USSV Dharma, by putting in her callsign W7KFI at the following Web page:

KP3, PUERTO RICO (Special Event)
If you heard and worked KP3RE this past Saturday, June 9th, between 1300 and 1800 UTC, it was a special event station that was active from the Jesus T. Pinero Museum in the City of Canovanas, Puerto Rico. Jose, KP4VP, informs OPDX that Mr. Jesus T. Pinero was the first Puerto Rican Governor appointed by the President of the United States in 1948. In addition, he was one of the first amateur radio operators in Puerto Rico (KP4 Land). The Museum is actually his former residence, and the main focus at this time is to highlight his life not only as a former Governor, but also his human side as a Amateur Radio Operator. Please refer to the following link which gives more details regarding this special event at:


Look for Phil, F5OGG, to be active as F5OGG/p from the Noirmoutier Lighthouse (WLOTA 1224 and also EU-064) during the next WLOTA Contest (June 30th-July 1st) but only on June 30th. Activity will be on 20 meters CW/SSB. There will be no precontest activity. QSL via his home callsign. For more info on the WLOTA Contest, visit the WLOTA Web page at:


Members of the F6KMB ARC will be active as F6KMB/P from Dunkerque West Pier Lighthouse (PB 201, for the French Onshore lighthouses Award - DPLF). Activity will be on all HF bands, SSB and CW.

Look for the special callsign PB6KNRM to be activate on June 30th from the Noordwijk Lighthouse (ARLHS NET-019), located in Zuid- Holland Province, on the North Sea coast. Also, on this day, the KNRM-lifesavingboat will be delivered at KNRM-post Noordwijk. QSL via PA7DA. Notes: Old records indicate that a light was in use at Noordwijk in 1444 to help fishermen. Other lights have succeeded it since then. The current lighthouse, built in 1921-22, was declared a national monument in 1980. It was reportedly under restoration in 2004. Nearest town or city: Noordwijk aan Zee, Netherlands.

Members of the Cofresi Radio Club will activate the "Los Morillos Lighthouse" (WLOTA 2802 and ARLHS PUR-002), also known as "Cabo Rojo Lighthouse", located in the city of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, as WP4NRT during the next WLOTA Contest (June 30th-July 1st). Activity will be on 80-10 meters, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via WP4NRX.

Operators Jurgen/DJ5HD, Wolfgang/DJ5ZWS and Jan-Ole/DB8JO will be active as OX/homecall, June 15-24th. Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL via their home callsigns.

QSL routes provided by Johannes, DK8JB:
R50MG via RV3LZ
SM8060KI via SM5KI
VK2FDU via VK2CTN or via FISTS QSL BUREAU, 1020 Long Island Drive, Moneta, Va 24121

VK6MV only email-requests for self-print-out vk6mv@operamail.com XE2GAG direct

Gabe, KP4BJD, informs OPDX that he was pleasantly surprised this past week when he received a QSL card from WA6DDR/KM6 (Midway Island) for a QSO he made on the 29th of May in 1963 on 20 meters SSB. Gabe states,

"The operator Mac soon after retired from the U.S, Navy... his callsign is now K4RBM. Mac went to the Dayton Hamvention for his first time this year, 'enjoyed it a lot' ..and it seems to sparked his interest all over again .. enough to catch up with old QSL cards he had not answered ... So, there’s hope for those who wait, if they have 'enough' patience."
N8S QSL STATUS. Dragan, YZ1EW/RA4U, reported on June 8th that the first batch of 1000 N8S QSL cards were mailed. Other cards will be mailed in the next 30 days.

YW0DX (Wrap-up). OPDX was informed that the log is uploaded to LoTW. Conrad, IT9DAA, states,

" This DXpedition (to Aves Island - NA-020) was a success although there was not much time to operate and we had fewer operators than expected. Hence we had to adjust our operating plan and concentrate on the low bands and RTTY. Unfortunately, the planned schedule of our Naval Army could not be altered, and there- fore our length of stay on the island had to be cut short. Our on-the-air time was subject to numerous interruptions due to main- tenance required to keep the local generators running. Aves Island was on the air from February 8-13th, 2007. Despite the difficulties involved, our final score reached 23,000 QSOs - quite good for just 70 hours of operating. Regrettably, propagation conditions on the high bands were not favorable. Anyway, heavy pileups on 160m and 80m proved an unforgettable experience. Logs, video, photos and QSL design from the DXpedition can be seen at: http://yw0dx.4m5dx.org/ "


SV/A, MOUNT ATHOS (Pirate Alert)
Veronica, IK3ZAW/W6, writes to OPDX:

"Hi - I am writing on behalf of Fr. Apollo, SV22ASP/A. Last month he has been quite active on SSB, CW, and RTTY (with over 1,500 QSOs in the log). HOWEVER some idiot who did not have anything better to do with his time, transmitted using his callsign on CW while Fr. Apollo was operating on phone! Fr. Apollo thus asked me to clarify that on 5/16/07 11:00pm-2:00am he was operating PHONE. CW CONTACTS AT THIS TIME ARE PIRATE. All other CW contacts should be ok. He has received a lot of cards for contacts that are not in his log (occurred at the time I indicated above), and he is feeling really bad for those who are writ- ing him, wasting their time and money. He is really busy right now, as the Fathers are building three big cisterns for the monastery, so he does not forsee any further activity for awhile. I would really appreciate if you could spread this message through your respective bullettins. Thank you very much in advance.... 73s Veronica IK3ZAW/W6"
Charlie, GI4FUE, will once again be active as TA4/GI4FUE from Marmaris, Turkey, June 12-24th. Activity will be holiday style and mostly on 30/20/17/15/12/10 meters CW. He hopes to be able to take a portable 6 meters antenna with him to activate KM46du. QSL via his home callsign.

Henry, TI2HMG, states, "After the big success of TI9M we start again! The next DXpedition to TI9 will depart in February 2008! Become part of an exciting adventure! Write to: ti2hmg@qsl.net" Visit the following Web site, and you can even fill out an application form to become a team member of this DXpedition at:


Alain, F5LMJ (ex-XT2C), will be active as TO5J from the city of the Francois between July-14-28th. Activity will be mainly on CW and the digital modes. QSL via his home callsign, but all QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the bureau and LoTW.

Colin, KU5B, will be active as V31UB from July 12-17th. He will be operating mostly nights on both HF SSB and CW with a minimal plan to operate on 6m. Colin is also planning to operate in the IARU Contest (July 14-15th) that weekend with a category still yet to be decided. QSL via KU5B.

Six members of the Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) Kyoto Club, will be planning a DXpedition to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) this summer. This is one of the events celebrating the club's 60th anniversary. Activity will be from the South Park Hotel on Pohnpei Island (OC-010) between July 30th and August 5th. Operations will be on 160-6 meters CW/SSB/FM/RTTY/PSK31, depending on the band conditions. The team has been allowed to use the special, brand new V60 prefix to celebrate their club's 60th anniversary (thanks to Mark DeOrio, Frequency Manager at the FSM Department of Transportation, Communications & Infrastructure). Look for the following callsigns (w/QSL routes) to be used:

  Callsign Operator  QSL route       Callsign Operator  QSL route
  -------- --------  ---------       -------- --------  ---------
  V60YAQ   Club Stn. JI6DUE          V60KL    Kenji     JN3JBC 
  V60DU    Hidenori  JI6DUE          V60TI    Tetsuya   JA3UWB 
  V60IL    Masato    JF3PLF          V60TX    Shozo     JH3TXR
  V63JJ    Kazuo     JA3ART
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