OPDX Bulletin 825 September 17, 2007

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 825
BID: $OPDX.825
September 17, 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, AA1M, K1XN & GoList, W1AL, NG3K, NP3D, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4JO, KM6HB, NN7A, K8YSE, KU9C, W0YR, DX-IS News Site, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, DJ7IK, DK6XR, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, F5NQL & UFT, G0IAS, G8ATE, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JA8CDG, JI6KVR & IOTA-JA News, OH2BH, OH2BN, PA4JJ, RSGB IOTA Web Site, SV1IW, VA3RJ & ICPO and ZL2AL for the following DX information.

There will "NOT" be an OPDX bulletin for September 24th. I will be involved in and moderating the DX seminars during the 2007 Great Lakes Division Convention (http://www.2007gldc.org/) next weekend. Also, I will also be attending the Cleveland Hamfest. I hope to see you there at both events. However, PLEASE continue to send your DX info to me. If something major happens, I will send out an announcement.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 9th/September, through Sunday, 16th/September there were 211 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B6, 3B8, 3B9, 3C, 3D2, 3DA, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7O, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, F, FG, FK, FO, FP, 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, J3, J6, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PY, PZ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD9, 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).

1A, S.M.O.M.
It was announced this past week that an international team of operators will be active from the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM) for the first time ever during the CQ World Wide SSB DX Contest (October 27-28th). The callsign 1A3A will be used during the CQWW SSB Contest. This callsign, 1A3A, is a new prefix, and it will be used for the first time from the Sovereign Military Order of Malta. QSL via IZ4DPV. For all activity prior to and after the contest, operators will use the callsign 1A4A. There will be both SSB and CW activity on the WARC bands using the 1A4A callsign during the noncontest period. For updated information, please visit:


The 3B7C team continues to be active from Isle du Sud, St. Brandon (AF-015)until September 24th. As this was being typed Sunday morning, the 3B7C log states as of 2359z, September 15th, there are a total of 72077 QSOs in the database. First QSO was at 2000z, September 7th. Break- down by bands and modes:

   10m - 3232     30m - 7039       Phone: 28002
   12m - 4488     40m - 10054         CW: 43599
   15m - 9880     80m - 7266        RTTY: 476
   17m - 10131   160m - 1739 
   20m - 18248
Currently, the team is reporting that their Web site has been running very slowly, probably due to the high volume of traffic. The on-line log section is particularly badly affected. They also mention that they are still having trouble with the on-line log server. It seems to be related to the "large number of entity/zone leaderboard requests", so for the time being they have disabled that facility. They will continue to work on a solution, and suggest to please bear with them. Remember, the 3B7C Web page is available at:
Update-to-date news is at: http://www.3b7c.com/news.htm
Daily log updates are at: http://www.3b7c.com/logsearch/search.php
Pilot station for the operation is John, G3WGV, and his E-mail address is: 3b7c@g3wgv.com

QSL via G3NUG, direct (Neville Cheadle, Lower Withers Barns, Middleton on the Hill, Leominster, HR6 0HY, England) or by the Bureau (Bureau cards can be requested via the 3B7C Web page). The QSL Manager for SWLs is Bob Treacher, 93 Elibank Road, Eltham, London SE9 1QJ, ENGLAND.

5J0/HK0, SAN ANDRES (NA-033)
Operators Tom/K3WT, Vlad/N0STL, Bill/W0OR and Ron/N0AT will be active as HK0/homecall from November 19-27th. The team will also participate in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as 5J0A and as a Multi-Single entry. QSL 5J0A via W0JAR. QSL all others via their home callsigns, direct or by the W0 QSL Bureau.

Willi, DJ7RJ, will be leaving for Nosy (AF-057), on September 25th. He will be active as 5R8RJ from September 26 through October 26th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, CW and SSB. QSL via the CBA.

QSL Manager Allan, G0IAS, informs OPDX that Harry, 7Q7HB (G0JMU), is once again in Malawi. He is expected to be there for about 2 months. Allan states, "SORRY Guys and Gals, NO Top Band Scheds this time, maybe when he goes back in January. QSL is via DIRECT ONLY to G0IAS. Cards are normally sent via return post, I sched Harry every day. He may just have some interesting new modes...Regards Allan."

Operators Holger/DK6XR and Martin/DK8XT will be active as 8R1XR and 8R1XT, respectively, from Georgetown starting September 30th through October 13th. Activity will be on the usual frequencies on SSB, CW and RTTY. QSL via their home callsigns.

Operators Anderson/PY2TNT and Alex/PY2WAS will be active as 8R1PY from Georgetown, November 1-4th. Peter Denny, 8R1WD, may also be joining them. They plan to be active full time (24h) if propagation permits, on 80/60/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/2 meters SSB and CW. Their QSL Manager will be PY4KL, the official station of CWJF (both operators are members of CWJF). QSLs may be sent via the bureau or direct.

Ramon/EA3EJI and a group of operators will activate the Montserrat Monastery as AM3MM during next weekend, September 22-24th. Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL via EA3MM, by the bureau or direct.

Jan, PA4JJ, will once agin be active as C56JJ between November 30th and December 7th. This will be a holiday style operation. Jan informs OPDX that he will only use 100 Watts (FT-897) and the antenna will be a vertical and a ZS6BKW. There may be some topband and 6 meter activity. QSL via PA4JJ. He states that there is a possibility of an online log this time on the Web site:


Even though the 49th Scandinavian Activity Contest (CW) was this past weekend, Jussi-Pekka, OH6RX, President of Contest Club Finland, wants to remind everyone that the SSB side will be this coming weekend between 1200z September 22nd and 1200z, September 23rd. The Contest Club Finland and SRAL invite all amateur radio operators to participate in their 49th Scandinavian Activity Contest 2007. Official rules are available at:


It is that time again to participate in the "DX Magazine's" annual "Most Wanted Survey". This survey will be conducted between now and October 15th. To participate in the survey, the form is available at:


Operators Michael/DL3FCG, Alfred/DL8MG, Carola/DL5FEX, Reiner/DL4ZF, Klaus/DK1EG, Tanja/DO6TPG, Lars/DL6FCB, Martin/DG6FDV and Irmgard/DL6FAE will be active as EA8/DL3FCG from La Orotava, Tenerife Island (AF-004, S-012 for the Spanish Islands Award, WLOTA LH-1276), October 9-17th. Activity will be on all HF and the WARC bands (no 160m) using CW, SSB and digitals. QSL via DL3FCG, bureau preferred. All QSOs will also be confirmed via LoTW and eQSL.

Freddy, F5IRO (aka TO4E, FK/F5IRO, FR/F5IRO, FY/F5IRO and TO7R) has received his 4 months assignment to Papeete, Tahiti (IOTA OC-046, DIFO FO-002). He is expected to be there until mid-January 2008. By the time you read this, Freddy may be active as FO5RU, or possibly FO/F5IRO until he picks up his new licence. Freddy will be active during his spare time on all HF bands, CW, SSB and RTTY. He may activate some other IOTAs during his stay. QSL via Rafik, F5CQ, either direct (SASE + Postage) or via the French REF-Union bureau (please only this bureau). Other information and online log can be found on Rafi's Web page at:


Operators Ekkehard/DF4OR, Tilman/DJ5BX, Peter/DL1FX and Rainer/DL1ZBO will be active as HB0/DF4OR during the CQ World Wide DX RTTY Contest (September 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via the home callsign.

Marcos, EA1APV, will be active as HC1/EA1APV from Cotacachi between September 21st and October 20th. He will operate during his spare time because he is working on a project for an international cooperation. QSL via his home callsign.

AS-186. A team of 9 Greek operators, all members of the Radio Amateur Association of Greece (RAAG), are planning to activate the Syrian Island of Arwad for the first time for the IOTA program for 10 days between November 1-15th. The callsign will be YK9SV. Operators mentioned are: SV1GE, SV1IW, SV1JG, SV1RC, SV1RP, SV1QN, SV1ACK, SV1GYG and SV8CS. A special emphasis will be given to the lower bands and modes of SSB, CW, RTTY and PSK31. Also, 6 meters activity is expected if propagation permits. QSL YK9SV via SV1JG. This DXpedition is considered to be very expensive due to the special agreements needed for licensing, transportation, operation costs and support of the local Ham Radio Association. The group is looking for your help and assistance in order to carry out their goal which is a success- ful operation. They primarily need amateur gear like radios, amplifiers, antennas, coaxial and/or financial support. More information will be available on their Web page at:


EU-172. Operators Lutz/DL3ARK, Peter/DL4AMK and possibly one other will be active as OZ/homecall from Langeland Island (FY-019 for the Danish Islands Award) and Hov lighthouse (ARLHS DEN-035, WLOTA LH-0590 (New!), WW Loc. JO55LD), September 22-29th. Look for activity around the usual IOTA and Lighthouse frequencies. QSL via his home callsign.

OC-139. Masanori, VK1ANU, will be active from Kangaroo Island between the evening on September 28th and early morning October 1st. Activity will be on CW on 80/40/20/17/15 meters using 100w and wire antennas. QSL via JO2SLZ.

Operators Andrei/NP3D, Palmer/K4FO and Dmytro/AK2P will be active from St. Croix Island between September 23-30th. They plan to be active in the CQ WW RTTY DX Contest (September 29-30th) as KP2/NP3D and as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via W3HNK or via LoTW (LoTW logs will be uploaded ASAP). Operator will be active before the Contest on all bands, RTTY, CW and SSB as: NP2/K4FO - QSL via home callsign.

WP2/AK2P - QSL via home callsign.
KP2/NP3D - QSL via LoTW and via W3HNK,
no bureau QSL, please.

Members of the Island Hunters Amateur Radio Club will activate K1AN/p from Pomham Rocks Lighthouse (ARLHS USA-643) and Sabin Point Lighthouse (ARLHS-715) in Rhode Island on October 6th, between 1500-1900z on 14040-14060 kHz, QRP and CW only. A full-colored QSL is available via W1AL.

OJ0, MARKET REEF (OJ0B - Challenging the Rough Seas Once Again!)
The following is a press release by Jarmo, OH2BN: "The August 2007 outing to Market Reef, OJ0B, was designed to decorate the lighthouse with powerful antennas that can only be hoisted in good weather conditions. The group was successful, and in addition to making more than 13,000 QSOs, a SteppIR beam plus an assortment of wire antennas were mounted at the light.

The newly composed group of OH0RJ, OH2BH, OH2MM, OH2PM, OH7EA and OH8NC are at it again and they plan to be operational from September 15 until September 24, including both Scandinavian Activity Contests, with three stations. Now they have more flexibility since they have a resident helicopter at their disposal.

Outside of the contest their frequencies are as follows:
CW: 3523, 7023, 10113, 14033, 18083, 21033, 24903 and 28033 kHz
SSB: 3775, 7075, 14175, 18135, 21275, 24960 and 28475 KHz

Once again, if you are a stamp collector or wish to receive your QSL card with unique Market Reef stamps, you may send an SASE with 7 Euros (10 USDs) as your postage/donation to the Finnish Lighthouse Society via QSL manager OH2BH.

If you wish to tour the Reef in the spirit of adventure, you may follow in the footsteps of the August 2007 and November 2005 OJ0B activities:

http://sm0w.com and www.kolumbus.fi/oh2bn/pagemarket.htm
The Finnish Lighthouse Society has been active repairing the lighthouse this summer, and you may wish to follow their activities which include daily reporting and interesting general details."
See the report from Market Reef as of September 4, 2007:

Toshi, JA8BMK, will depart from Sapporo, Japan, on September 23rd for Fiji before departing to Tarawa, West Kiribati (T30), on September 25th. He plans to operate for 10 days as T30XX before taking a 5-6 day voyage to Canton Island, Central Kiribati (T31). Toshi will be active as T31XX for about 1-2 weeks starting between October 10th and 15th. He will also operate from Christmas Island, Eastern Kiribati (T32), for about two weeks and sign T32YY. Toshi may also be active from Banaba as T33ZZ. Due to transportation by boat, his schedule may change. Activity from all locations will be on 160-6 meters using CW/SSB and possibly RTTY and PSK31. Reports indicate that his two Honda 900W gener- ators, foods, equipment and antennas have already reached Tawara. His equipment list includes: IC-7000, TS-480HX, 650W output Liner, 4 element HB9CV dipoles for the lower bands, 160m vertical, 6m 4 element HB9CV (100W), 80/75/40m Dipole and vertical, 20/15/10m 4 element HB9CV and a 30/17/12m rotary dipole. No online logs will be available. QSL to JA8UWT, direct only. Donations are welcome.

Jim, K1NA, will once again be active as PJ5NA during the CQ World Wide CW DX Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band entry. Look for activity before and after the contest. QSL via K1NA.

BS7H QSL STATUS. QSL Manager Steve, KU9C, reports: "I've been sending QSL cards out for BS7H for a bit over 40 days now, and am starting to get the question 'my buddy has his, where is mine' or 'are they all out yet'. So, here's the status.... I'm about 75% of the way thru the pile, and well on the way to being more-or-less current with the incoming mail, which is still coming in at a healthy pace. Just to help folks understand the sheer volume, in the first week after the operation, I received nearly 7000 envelopes; to date I've received nearly 14,000 envelopes relative to BS7H. Each card has to be checked against the log, as I'm not pre-printing labels by call with each QSO listed, I'm only issuing QSO's claimed. I expect to be current, and have all QSOs in hand answered, more or less, by the end of September. One way to see if your QSL has been processed is to check the LOTW file. Within a few days of printing your label, your confirmed QSOs will show up there."

GOLIST QSL MANAGER DATABASE HELP NEEDED. John, K1XN, from the GoList informs: "During my QSL Manager confirmation process, I have accum- alated a list of QSL Managers for which I could not find a published E-mail address, or the E-mail address that I found is not valid and bounces mail. Listed below are some of those QSL Managers that I am having problems with. I hope that maybe they will read this message and take the time to update their E-mail address on QRZ.com or send them to me direct at: golist@gmail.com "

    LA0CX     LA4GHA    LA6URE    LA9PJA    LU5CW     LW9DAH   LY2BVB
    LA0HF     LA4LN     LA6WEA    LA9SDA    LU5DNH    LX1CC    LY2TA
    LA1KHA    LA4MQ     LA7AH     LA9TKA    LU5EIC    LX1JH    LZ1ASP
    LA1OEA    LA4SNA    LA7MFA    LB4OE     LU5EWO    LX1NO    LZ1KBB
    LA1SJA    LA4YW     LA7XK     LC3SAT    LU5OM     LX1SU    LZ1KZA
    LA1TV     LA5FHA    LA7YX     LU1DY     LU6FAZ    LX2AA    LZ1PM
    LA2AB     LA5KW     LA8DW     LU1DZ     LU6UO     LX2DW    LZ1YE
    LA2IJ     LA5UKA    LA8HF     LU2BRG    LU7DS     LY2CY    LZ2VP
    LA2PA     LA5YJ     LA8MFA    LU2CN     LU7MAY    LY1D     LZ2ZF
    LA2TOA    LA5ZV     LA8OKA    LU2ODR    LU8VCC    LY1FF    LZ3XV
    LA2VOA    LA6BKA    LA8PF     LU3CQ     LU8XW     LY1FW    LZ3YY
    LA3EX     LA6FJA    LA8XM     LU3HAK    LU9AY     LY1KAT   LZ5AV
    LA3KIA    LA6IKA    LA9DAA    LU4AA     LW2DVM    LZ1KDP   LZ5TS
    LA4C      LA6PF     LA9HW     LU4DXU    LW2DX     LZ1NK
    LA4EKA    LA6RHA    LA9LMA    LU4FPZ    LW8EXF    LY2BIP
Art, NN7A, informs OPDX that all direct QSLs received for NN7A/NL7 (NA-206, July 2007) are in the mail as of September 14th. Additional cards will be answered as they arrive. QSLs from NF7E/KL7 and KL1YY should be sent out shortly. They made about 1000 QSOs during the five day operation, including 700 on CW and 300 SSB. Please QSL each operator via their home callsign, direct or by the bureau. Direct addresses are okay on (QRZ.com).



OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the following Silent Keys:

Well-known QSL Manager and DXer Osten Magnusson, SM5DQC, became a Silent Key unexpectedly on September 6th. He was 67. Osten was the QSL Manager for 9Q1TB and 9Q1EK.

Laimonis Stepans, YL2PQ, became a Silent Key on September 8th, at the age of 63. Many know Laimon from being very active on Topband and in many major contests.

Listen for special event station "K6O" (Kilo Six Oscar) to be active as K6O/CIA until the end of the month. This special event station, operating in commemoration of the CIA's 60th anniversary, will be located on the Agency's Headquarters compound and will be operated by the Agency's employees who are hams. K6O/CIA will be operating CW only, most likely on 80/40/30/20/17 meters and in the lower 35 khz of each band.

The Anaheim Police ARC will operate special event station K6P in remembrance of POW-MIA recognition day, September 19-22nd. Suggested operating frequencies are: 21350, 18150, 14253, 7250 SSB and 14071.5 PSK. Receive a pictured QSL card via KM6HB: Mark McMullen, P.O.Box 27271, Santa Ana, California 92799. (S.A.S.E please, No Certificate)

Operators John/G7HIA and Robert/G8ATE will be using the special callsign GB5OSO starting on October 4th for one month. Activity is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launch of the first earth orbiting satellite "SPUTNIK ONE" on October 4, 1957, by the former USSR. It is anticipated that all of the available analogue satellites will be used. A special QSL card will be available after the event, so shake the dust off your satellite gear and join in the fun!

Operators Roger/G3SXW and John/G4IRN will spend a weekend in Reykjavik, and be active as TF/homecall, September 21-23rd. Activity will be on 40-12 meters, CW only. QSL via their home callsign and LoTW.

According to the TX5C DXpedition Web page, scientific studies will be conducted during the March 2008 DXpedition. The Web page states, "An important goal of the DXpedition is furthering our knowledge about Clipperton Atoll and its ecosystem. As part of our application for our landing permit, certain scientific studies would be performed during our stay on the atoll. This program was elaborated in collaboration with Professor Christian JOST, Director of the Geopraphical Research Center of Paul Verlaine University in Metz and specialist of the atoll." The program of the observation and scientific activities include:

1) Setting up of a weather station (WS3600).
2) Study of the propagation of radio waves.
3) State of the herbaceous plant coverage on the ring.
4) Observation of the birds living on the atoll.
5) Observation to detect any human presence or occupation.
6) Checking of the preservation state of the geodesic marker.
7) Tides timetable.
For complete details, please visit the TX5C Web page at:

Operators Tomi/HA7RY and George/AA7JV are still a go for Willis Island. George mentions that he was leaving for Australia on September 11th, and states, "We are in a decent shape: our gear has made it and the boat is on its way north (from the Gold Coast). Due to logistics issues and problems with one of the boat's engines, we will be staging out of Airlie Beach, instead of Cairns. We still expect to arrive at Willis on September 24th and be on the air by September 25th." George has indicated that the dates are weather dependent and may slip. Stay tuned for further updates.

Operators Don/W4YCH (ZF2DF), Bob/W6BO (ZF2BO), Janet/ W6JND (ZF2JD), Larry/W6OMF (ZF2LH), Sue/K6SUE (ZF2MH) and Jim/W4JO (ZF2JO) will be active as ZF2DF during the CQWW RTTY Contest (September 29-30th) as a Multi-2 entry. Activity is to celebrate Don's/W4YCH making top of the Honor Roll this year. Prior to the contest, the group will get in some operating time on 160-6 meters, including the YL ops. QSL each station via their home callsign. The group will be there from September 24th to October 1st.

Members of the East Coast Contesters Club will be operating again this year in the SO2R all band section of the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th). The team will be ZL2AL, ZL2ST, ZL2LF, ZL2CC, ZL2QM and ZL2FAR. QSL direct or by the Bureau via ZL2AL. Address is available at (QRZ.com).

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