OPDX Bulletin 827 October 8, 2007

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 827
BID: $OPDX.827
October 8, 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, KL2A, W2GB, KA3UNQ, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4JKC, K8YSE, W9ILY, N0NJY, DX-IS News Site, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, CT1END, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, EA5ON, EA5RD, F5NQL & UFT, G1VDP, G0IAS, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IT9DAA, IZ7AUH, JI6KVR & IOTA-JA News, OZ5AAH, RSGB IOTA Web Site, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3ZZ, YV5GRB and YT1HA for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 30th/September, through Sunday, 7th/October there were 197 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B6, 3B8, 3C, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, 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, EU, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, JA, JD/o, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, PA, PJ2, PY, PY0F, R1FJ, S5, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP8, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD9, ZK2, ZL, ZL7, 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).

Operators Fred/KH7Y, Luis/EA5BRE, Vic/EA5YN and Elmo/EA5BYP are now active as 3C7Y from Bioko Island (AF-010) until October 14th. Activity will be on all bands and modes SSB, CW and RTTY. QSL via EA5BYP. Visit the team's Web page at:


3D2/R, ROTUMA (Update)
Tony, FO5RK, who is planning a DXpedition to Rotuma (OC-060), is expected to be active as 3D2AG/P starting on December 15th, and lasting until January 20th or so, depending on transportation schedules. Antoine will leave for Rotuma from Suva, Fiji, via an inter- island shipping vessel which takes 48 hours to reach the isolated island some 500 km to the northwest. There is no main electricity or adequate supplies of fuel or any other commodities on the island, so all necessary items will need to be taken by boat. Tony will be managing his own QSL requests upon his return home. QSL only direct and please include either 2 USDs or 1 IRC with a SAE for your QSL card. The QSL cards are being printed by UX5UO and the DXpedition is being sponsored by SPIDERBEAM. Upon Tony's return home, he will have his log available online at:

QSL requests should be mailed direct to Tony at his (QRZ.com) address.

4U50, UNITED NATIONS HQ (Special Event)
Look for 4U50SPACE to be active at various times from the United Nations HQ (4U1UN) through October 10th. Activity is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launch of Sputnik. QSL via HB9BOU.

Miki, YT1CS, is once again in Africa and is active as 5Z4/YT1CS as of October 6th. He is expected to be in the Coast Province South Group (AF-067) until the end of the month. Look for him to be active in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th). He will be active mainly on SSB using a TS-450S into a vertical antenna for 40-10m, and a dipole for 80m. QSL direct to his home address.

Jacques, F6BEE, will be active as 6W1RW starting November 19th. He plans to be active in the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via F6BEE, by the bureau or direct.

6Y, JAMAICA (Update/Correction)
John, W2GB, will be active as 6Y0B from October 23-30th. He states that he will be active before and after the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th). QSL via W2GB.

Rick/N0NJY and JoAnne/KB0IRW will be active as homecall/6Y5 from Runaway Bay, October 12-14th. Activity is to celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary and 18 years as hams together! QSL via N0NJY. Rick informs operating times will APPROXIMATELY between 1700-2100z on Friday and Saturday, and 1700-2000 on Sunday. It will be a split frequency operation during operations hours on 14190 +/-10 kHz (Listening 14200- 14230 +/- 10 kHz). Equipment will be an ICOM IC-735, Alinco Power Supply, and a homebrew antenna. Visit their Blog site for more information, comments, pictures, and QSL information at:


9K, KUWAIT (Correction/Update)
Jon, KL2A, will be active as 9K2HN (not 9K2A) during the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL direct or by the bureau to 9K2HN. More information will be available at:


Kunio, JA8VE (A52VE), had to leave Bhutan on September 3rd due to health problems. He intended to stay until March 2009.

Members of the Aquarius Beach Tower Contest Club will be active as AH0BT from Saipan during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Multi/2 entry. QSL via 7L1FPU.

Jimmy, BX5AA, will be active during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. Jimmy states that BX5 is a rare prefix for Taiwan (CQ 24). QSL via BX5AA.

CE2, Chile (Pacific Coast)
Roberto, YV5IAL, will be active as CE2/YV5IAL between October 15-21st. This will be a QRP, portable, holiday style operation using a Yaesu FT-817 ND (5 watts QRP Rig) into a Buddistick (portable/vertical antenna). Activity will be on PSK31 digital mode on 4070.15 kHz everyday from 2200-0000z and occasionally on 40/15/10 meters (No 30/17/12m). QSL via the bureau or direct to his home callsign (see (QRZ.com)).

M'hamed, CN8NK, will be active as CN4P during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th). Operating class was not provided. QSL via EA5XX.

DXCC NEWS (DXCC 'Applications Received' Web Link)
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, states, "Ever wonder when DXCC received your application? Well, there is a feature on the DXCC Web site that allows you to verify that it has been received, and when! To determine this, visit the DXCC Web site at:

Near mid-page there is a link titled "List of DXCC Applications Received"

After clicking this link the callsigns and date logged into the DXCC computer will appear here. Callsigns are listed alpha-numerically. (note, this is not the date received from the post office, it is the date your application was logged into the DXCC system. This date could be several days after receipt from the post office).

At the top of the page is a date. This date is always the Friday of the current estimated period DXCC is mailing applications. (Note: It may or may not be the exact date). Due to the sheer volume of applications that pass through DXCC, applications before and even after this period may be in progress.

Can the approximate turnaround time be determined by this? While not exact, yes, the turnaround time can be estimated:
Using the current date look at the mailing date. The difference between these two dates is the approximate turnaround time. (eg: If today's date is September 10, 2007 and the date shown on the web page is June 22, 2007, the estimated turnaround time can be determined to be approximately 2.5 months. Again, this is only an estimate.)"

Duncan, EA5ON, will be operating as EA5ON/6 for the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th), possibly as a Single- Op/Single-Band (80m - although yet to be determined). He "may" also operate as EA6/GM7CXM during his off time.

Members of the Wythall Radio Club and Contest Group, along with some friends, will be on the air from a group member's farm on the Pembrokeshire coast in West Wales during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th). The group will be using the club's callsign MW5W and enter the contest as a Multi-Multi entry with three stations.

The team will consist of: Chris/G1VDP, Tim/M3SDE, Charles/M0OXO, Oliver/M3SDO, Ant/MW0JZE, Villiam/OM0AAO, Ian/M0KCM, Neil/M3POV (Novice Op, First Contest), Daz/MW5HOC and Rob/MW0RLJ (the Host and Farm owner). Some of the operators will be on the air before the contest signing their own callsign. For example, G1VDP will become GW1VDP, from the Farm. G1VDP will also be operating some CW and DATA from the location in the days before the contest. The group will also have the option of adding 3 additional stations if they choose.

The reference numbers are: Loc: IO71LX, WAB: SM83 PEM (Pembrokeshire), Lat: 05:04:53 W and Long: 51:59:41 N. QSLs for this operation will be available via the QSL Manager M3SDE (see (QRZ.com)).

Reports indicate that operators Mike/KM9D and Jan/ KF4TUG have anchored their boat off the shore of Tikopia Island (OC-178). They are expected to be active as H40MY very soon (probably by the time you read this).

EU-031. Helmut, OE1MHL, will be active as IC8/OE1MHL from the Island of Ischia (IIA NA-001, MIA MI-042, WLOTA LH-0689), October 7-12th. Activity will be holiday style on all bands from 0500-0900z and from 1700-2000z. QSL via his home callsign.

NA-088. Tom, W4JKC, will be working at a biological field station on the Isla Colon in the Bocas del Toro Province Group from October 12th to November 2nd. Activity will be limited as time permits. Look for him on 40/20/18/15/10 meters CW and SSB. QSL via W4JKC.

OC-193. Operators Wally/VK6YS, Nigel/VK6KHD and Bruce/KD6WW will be active as VK6CHI from Cheyne Island from about 0900z, October 12th to about 2400z, October 15th. Activity will mainly be on 40/30/20 meters, CW and SSB. QSL direct to VK4AAR: Alan Roocroft, 376 Old Toowoomba Road, Placid Hills, QLD 4343 Australia. ADDED NOTE: Remember, Wally/VK6YS and Bruce/KD6WW will also be active as VK6YS/p from Rottnest Island (OC-164, WLOTA LH-2197), possibly between 1100z, October 15th to 0300z, October 17th.

SA-090. Look for a second YL DXpedition organized by the 4M5DX group to take place from Chimana Grande Island (DIV-008 for the Venezuela Islands Award), December 12-16th. YL operators will sign YW6YL, and the team of operators include Andreina/YY4AND, Carolina/YY4CVI, Laura/YY4LCG, Maika/YY5ALO and Ydorca/YY5EVA. QSL via IT9DAA, direct preferred but the bureau is OK. More information can be found at:


Look for the Strange Radio Team HQ Station, IQ8OM, to be active during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th). Operator mentioned will be Oreste, IZ8EDJ. He states that a special QSL card will be printed. QSL via IZ8EDJ, by the bureau.

Special Event Station W3B will make a second attempt to operate from the site of the Blackistone Lighthouse, ARLHS USA-060(H), on St. Clements Island, Maryland (US-I MD-028R) from approximately 1400z to 2000z on Saturday, October 13th. Two operators will be on the air utilizing 40/20/17 meters SSB only. QSL is via SASE to KA3UNQ. (See complete instructions on (QRZ.com).)

Koji, JL3RDC, will be active as NH0DX/NH2 during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via JL3RDC.

Operator Ari, OH5DX, informs OPDX that there will be three Single-Band entries from the Radio Sporting Team site (OH0Z) during the CQ WW CW Contest (November24-25th). Please look for OH0M (by OH1JT) on 160m, OH0Z (by OH5DX) on 15m and OG0Z (by OH1RX) on 10m. QSL OH0M via OH1MM, OG0Z and OH0Z via W0MM.

Operators Luis/CT1AGF, Derek/ G3KHZ, Steve/G4EDG and Hans/SM6CVX have finished up their operation on Takuu Island (OC-283) on Saturday, and as this was being written, the team should be on their way to Kilinalau Island (OC-256, aka Tulun Islands). It will be an 18 hours trip to OC-256, and they hope to be active for two days. They will try to be on the air the same day they arrive. The report from Carlos, CT1END, by the team states, "We have 4 rigs, one for each of us. Everyone operates for as long as he can, but eventually fatigue takes over and we are sorry for some mistakes we make when we start falling asleep while operating!" Look for them to possibly sign as P29VLR before returning to Buka. QSL P29NI via G3KHZ. QSL P29VCX and the Kilinalau Island operation via SM6CVX. The group is looking for support from the ham community. More details and updates are available on their Web page at:

PLEASE NOTE: QSL Manager SM6CVX wants to remind everyone that postage from Sweden is 11 SEK to any place outside Sweden, even to Europe and Scandinavia. This is the same as 2 USDs. So for a direct reply from P29VCX and P29VLR, please send 1 IRC or 2 USDs.

Operators Bob/5B4AGN, George/5B4AGC, Stephen/G3VMW, David/ G3NKC, Peter/G4MJS, Martin/G4XUM, Phil/GJ4CBQ and Andy/ZC4VJ/G3AB will be active as P3F during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Multi/2 entry. PLEASE NOTE: QSL via G3NKC "ONLY" for this operation.

The 4M5DX Group is organizing a DXpedition to here to take place in the first half of January 2008. A multi-national team of skilled and experienced operators is being put together, and their plans are to have three stations active for 10 days. They will operate as PZ5YV on all bands (160-6 meters) CW, SSB and RTTY. Team members mentioned are: Olli/OH0XX, Spiros/SV8CS, Pedro/HK1X, Alex/YV5SSB, Ramon/XE1KK, Jose/YV5TX, Diego/LU8ATX, Pasquale/YV5KAJ and Ramon/PZ5RA. They are currently looking for financial assistance to help offset the costs. For more information, please visit:

For a full colored QSL card, please QSL via IT9DAA (direct or by the bureau).

QSL ROUTES by Johannes/DK8JB and Tedd/KB8NW:

    ED5R   via  EA5RD           VK7BEN via VK7RT
    VK4HTM via VK4FW            VO1ARES via VE9GLF
    VK4WR prefers not to QSL,   YP9VIN  via YO9FNR
      direct only if required   ZK2AH   via DL2AH
5W0RE QSL STATUS. OPDX has had a request to find out the status of the 5W0RE QSL cards. Last report we saw was at the end of July. Has anyone received a card after this?

John, W9ILY, informs OPDX that QSLs for his recent FP/W9ILY operation are now available on LoTW.

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"

    P43ARC   PE1OOM   RA1AEA   RA6AU   RN6BR   RV3LZ
    PA0VDV   PT7WA    RA1QKI   RA9JR   RU1ZC   RW3QC
    PA0ZE    PY1OTO   RA1QQ    RA9XX   RU3SD   RW3TN
    PA3AN    PY2ZX    RA1QY    RK1PWA  RU4AK   RW3WWW
    PA5WT    PY7VI    RA3MR    RK3SWB  RU4HD   RW4HB
    PE1NGF   RA0AA    RA3SS    RK9QWW  RU4SS   RZ1OA
    PE1OFJ   RA0JX    RA4NF    RN0QQ   RV0CD   RZ6APF


Allan, G0IAS, informs OPDX that Jock Perrett, ZS1ZI, on Thursday, September 13th, became a Silent Key. He would have been 90 years old in Novemeber. Allan, states, "LOTS of people worked old man Jock... with all his callsigns from Africa... BRILLIANT CW op of the old school..." OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of Jock.

The Strange Radio Team has announced the results of their "World Wide DXpedition Trophy" (WWDXT). The SRT's WWDXT will be awarded to the N8S DXpedition. For complete results, visit the SRT's Web site at:

The award will be given to the winner in April 2008 during the next SRT DX Convention in Paestum.

SU, EGYPT (Update)
Gab, HA3JB, is now active as SU8BHI from Cairo until November 30th. Activity will be on CW, RTTY, SSTV, PSK and some SSB. He was heard this past week on 80/40/20 meters. He was also heard in the CQ WW RTTY DX Contest (September 29-30th). Look for him to be active in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th). QSL via HA3JB. More information will be available at:


Operators CO8DM, CO8KA, CO8MA, CO7RR, CO7GG and CO8ZZ will be active as T48K from their radio club station in Las Tunas during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Multi-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via DK1WI.

T6, AFGHANISTAN (Update to OPDX.826)
John, KE6GFF, will once again operate as T6EE from Kabul between October 18th and November 13th. It is suggested to look for him on SSB on or about 14210 kHz. Activity will have an emphasis on North and South America, and the CQ DX World Wide DX SSB Contest. QSL via his home callsign: John Kountz, 1065 van Dyke Dr., Laguna Beach, CA 92651.

Operators Wolfgang/DL1DVP and Mike/DL3VTA will be active as TK/DL1DVP and TK/DL3VTA from Corsica (EU-014, DIFM TK-001, WLOTA LH-1390), October 7-14th. They plan to operate CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31/63. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the bureau.

TX5, CLIPPERTON ATOLL (Special Commemorative Envelope)
In commemoration of the 30th anniversary of FO0XA-H, a special French postal envelope has been issued. See Web page at:

To receive both special commemorative envelopes, send 15 USDs and 2 USDs or 1 IRC with a SAE to: Danielle DUCHAUCHOY, 21 rue de la Republique, 76420 Bihorel, FRANCE. They are available in English as well. Be sure to designate which version on your request. Paypal is accepted to: f6bfh@f6bfh.net

Ben, OZ5AAH/OZ5IPA will be active as UT/OZ5IPA from Kiev Borispol, Ukraine, from October 30th to November 7th. Activity will be on CW and SSB using a wire antenna (if nothing better turns up). He will, as usual, particitate in "The International Police Association's Contest (November 3-4th). This will be a new country for all the IPA awards. QSL via his homecall direct: Ben Jakobsen, Gjethusparken 25, DK-3300 Frederiksvaerk, Denmark.

Operators Noel/VE2BR and Gregg/VE3ZZ will be active in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) from Mercier, Quebec (Zone 5, Grid Loc FN35dh), using the special call VC2Z. QSL via VE2BR.

Operators Christoph/DK2CRN and George/DL1ECG will be active as VK2AMB and VK2ALU, respectively, October 9-27th. They also plan to activate Fraser Island (OC-142, WLOTA LH-2976), Heron Island (OC-142), Hamilton Island (OC-160) and Dunk Island (OC-171) between October 16-26th. Their activity will be mainly holiday style. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the bureau.

Jack, HB9TL, is expected to be active this week from Lord Howe Island (OC-004) as VK9CLF from October 8-18th. He also expected to be active from Norfolk Island (OC-005) from October 19-25th. Activity from both islands will be on 80-10 meters mainly on SSB. QSL direct via HB9QR.

According to a press release by Carsten, DL6LAU, Team leader, the VP6DX team is still very busy preparing the equipment for a shipment in November. There have been some changes since the last report. He states, "Unfortunately Jan, DJ8NK, and Martti, OH2BH, had to withdraw but we were fortunate to complete the team with some very skilled operators. These are Ben - DL6FBL, Tonno ­ ES5TV, Harry ­ RA3AUU and Cliff ­ SV1JG.

So here is the list of people who will head out to Ducie in February 2008 and give you this rare one: DL3DXX, DL6FBL, DL6LAU, DL8LAS, ES5TV, K3NA, N5IA, RA3AUU, SP3DOI, SP5XVY, SV1JG, UA3AB and WA6CDR." Carsten also states that they are "eagerly waiting to give the Elecraft K3s the real test on Ducie. ACOM amps are already packed, microHAM micro Keyer II for all stations should arrive soon and will be used between the radios and the PCs. The new YT6A high-power band pass filters after each amplifier should help to reduce interference between stations even more."

On donations, Carsten states, "Donations prior to our departure are very important for us because basically all of the expenses (Braveheart charter and container shipment) have to be paid way before we actually depart, and the team members already paid what I would call a more than adequate share. Each of them put in 6,200 USDs,- and will pay the own transportation by air to Mangareva (FO). We are deeply grateful to the NCDXF, who contributed 20,000 USDs, - towards the costs. Without NCDXF it would be hardly possible to run a expedition like VP6DX. Please consider joining NCDXF and become a contributor to NCDXF in its 35th year as a premier sponsor of expeditions and the Beacon system. A big thank you also goes to the individuals who already sent in a donation. Even with the generous donations received so far and the contribution of the team members, we are still lacking about 50,000 USDs, - as of September 21st. We again would kindly ask you to check if you could help too. Details on how you can help can be found in the ‘How To Help’ section."

Visit the VP6DX Web page at: http://www.vp6dx.com
Carsten states, "We are putting more content to these pages in regular intervals. If you are interested to receive a newsletter from us automatically, just visit the News section and leave your e-mail there. During the next weeks we will be busy to build the remaining antennas and prepare the container shipment with radios, amplifiers, antennas, generators and the like..... 73sss in behalf of the VP6DX team Carsten, DL6LAU ­ Teamleader"

Polish operators Jacek/SP5EAQ, Wojtek/SP9PT, Marek/ SP9BQJ are now active as ZL7/homecall until October 18th. The team is also accompanied by Jozef, SP9-31029. Activity is on all HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL to their home callsigns.

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