OPDX Bulletin 844 February 4, 2008

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 844
BID: $OPDX.844
February 4, 2008
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, NC1L, W1GDQ, KZ2I, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N5IA, NN7A, WE7K, AA8EY, K8YSE, Amateur Radio Newsline Report, DX-IS News Site, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, BA4TB, DJ7JC, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, F5NQL & UFT, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IQ8OM, PY2WAS, RSGB IOTA Web Site, SM5FWW, SM6VVT, SP6IXF, UK8OM, VA3RJ & ICPO, VK2SOB, VK2SG RTTY DX NOTES, ZL3AB and ZS6DXB for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 27th-January, through Sunday, 3rd-February there were 225 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3Y/b, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, 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, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S0, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T30, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/g, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZK3, 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).

Petrus, 3Y0E, continues to be active daily on 14260 kHz usually between 1600-2030z. The 3Y0E operation is quickly coming to an end. The team is scheduled to be picked up from Bouvet Island on February 12th. This date may change however due to weather conditions and the speed of the ship or any other urgent matter beyond their control. Feel free to follow the movements of the ship at the following website:

Petrus, 3Y0E, also did an exclusive radio interview with a commercial radio station in the Falken Islands. The interview can be found on the following Web site. Look for updates and announcements on the official 3Y0E operation Web page at:
Emil, LZ3HI, states that he will start confirming all incoming direct cards. Please look carefully on the online log and find your callsign logged correctly before sending him your QSL card. The 3Y0E log is now available online at:

* Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, states that the following operation is approved for DXCC credit:

E4/OM2DX - Palestine; 2007 Operation

* There have been a few reports indicating that YA/LY1Y being submitted for DXCC credit is being rejected "do to lack of documentation". Other QSLs rejected are:
C98GLO (2/19/2007 - Doc's pending)
CT1EEX/D2 (8/8/2006 - No doc's)
TT8PK (10/14/2006 - No doc's)
YA/IZ0EGM (8/22/2006 - No doc's)
ZB2/4O3AL (2/24/2007 - No doc's)

* STILL WAITING for the return of your DXCC applications:
Steve, KZ2I, reports: "Just received the paperwork back for my late 2007 DXCC submission. The field-checked, 50 credit application was checked in at Newington on September 1, 2007. The date processed (that's what it says on credit slip) was November 12, 2007. I guess the final processing and billing took place on January 16-17, 2008, postmarked January 22, 2008, and received back here in NC today (January 28). Long wait but the #1 Honor Roll stickers are finally on the certificates. Oh, wait a minute. Since the submission took place, there's a new one on the list. Does that mean I have to take the stickers off? hihi..."

Operators Norman/K1DG, Antonio/EA5BY, Juan/EA5FID, Yuri/EA5GTQ and Juan/EA5RS will be active as EE5E during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 16-17th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via the LoTW. QSL is also "OK" via K1DG.[

FJ, ST. BARTHELEMY (DXCC Newest Entity!)
Nigel, G3TXF, is now active from Saint Barthelemy Island (NA-146, DIFO FJ-001, also count for WLOTA LH-0377). This will be a short operation. He has been there since late Thursday, January 31st, but will be going QRT early Tuesday morning February 5th. He is signing FJ/G3TXF. Activity will be CW only on 40-10 meters. More info is available at:

http://at www.g3txf.com/dxtrip/FJ-08/FJ-08.html

OPDX was informed by Janusz/SP6IXF, that Polish operators Tadeusz/SP3IPB and his XYL Agnieszka/SQ3WN, Przemek/SP7VC and himself will be active from St. Martin (NA-105) as FS/homecalls between February 14-16th, and then later from St. Barthelemy (NA-146) as FJ/homecalls between February 17-26th. They plan to be active on CW/SSB/RTTY on 40-10 meters including the 30/17/12 meter bands. There will be no online logs during DXpedition. Logs will be available on a Web site after the DXpedition. QSL via their home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

Eric, K9GY, will be here between February 14-18th. He is expected to be active as H7/K9GY during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 16-17th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. He will be operating from YN2N's QTH (http://www.yn2n.com). This is the same QTH where Mike, K9NW, operated the 2007 CQ WW CW Contest. Eric states that the logs will be uploaded to the LoTW. Direct QSLs are "OK" via CBA too.

Ted, HI3TEJ, will be active as HI3T during the CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest (February 9-10th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. Also look for Ted (using HI3T) during the CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry and the CQ WPX SSB Contest Single-Op/All- Band/Low-Power entry. QSL all operations via ON4IQ.

Look for Dan, HR2DMR, during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry using monobander antennas. QSL via HR2DMR.

Those who are interested in following the propagation, sunspots and the new sunspot cycle may want to look at the following Web page provide by Kevin, VE3NE:

There is plenty of reading, charts and pictures to keep you busy.

EU-016. Members of IOCA Group will once again activate the Island (and lighthouse) of Susac (CIA-46, IOCA CI-109, MIA MC-400/ ARLHS CRO-011, TWLHD WLH 9A-025, WLOTA LH-1430, CRO-064) between May 2-10th. Operators mentioned are: Daki/9A2WJ, Boki/9A3KB, Emir/9A6AA, Fredy/DE0MST, Sven/DF9MV, Robert/ DK1ROB and Mathias/DL5MFL. The group will use the same callsign used 6 years ago, 9A0CI. Activity will be on the HF bands, 6 meters and all modes. During this activity, some operators will use their home callsign/p. QSL via operator's instructions.

EU-123. Operators Colin/G3VCQ, Peter/G3PHO, Andy/M0GAV, Tim/2E0TJX, Sharon/M3VCQ, Steve/M1ERS, Trevor/M0TWS and Jack/2E0JTL will be active as MM3M from the Isle of Arran (IOSA CL-01, SCOTIA CS-14) between July 24-28th. Activity will include the IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). This will be their fourth entry from the Island of Arran in the IOTA Contest. They are also planning to activate the Isle of Pladda (EU-123, IOSA CL-07, SCOTIA CS-12) July 25-26th. QSL via G3VCQ, direct (QRZ.com address) or by the bureau. More infomation will be available at:


EU-146. Ulf, DK5TX, will be active as PA/DK5TX from Goeree Overflakkee, February 11-17th. Activity will be on 80-2 meters, CW (slow), SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign, the bureau is preferred or direct (QRZ.com address). E-mail requests for a bureau card can be made by sending QSO info to: dk5tx@gmx.net

NA-149. Yannick, HH2FYD (F6FYD), is currently active as HH2FYD/6 from Cow Island (Ile a Vache) until 2300z, Tuesday, February 5th. Activity will be mainly SSB on 14260 +/- QRM. QSL via F6FYD. Log will be uploaded after the DXpedition at:


NA-213. Dennis, WA2USA, will be active as WA2USA/4 from Dauphin Island, February 9-18th. The callsign K4D will also be used. Activity will be on all HF bands, near the usual IOTA frequencies, CW and SSB. QSL both calls via WA2USA, direct or by the bureau. For more details and updates, visit Dennis's Web site at:


SA-071. A team of Brazilian operators are now active as PW2M from the rare IOTA Moela Island until February 5th (originally planned for February 8th). Team members mentioned are: PY1RO, PY2WAS, PY2XB, PY2ZA, PY2EJ, PY2XAT, PY2HL, PY2VM, PY2MTV, PY2BRZ and PY2OE. Activity will be on 160-2 meters, CW, SSB and the Digital modes. By the way, this will be the first PY trans- mission on 60m band fully authorized by ANATEL (National Telecommunications Agency) in the Brazilian radio amateur service. QSL Manager will be AI4U for foreign operators and PY2AA for Brazilian operators. There is a lighthouse on Moela Island (WLOTA 1335), and permission for the operation was granted by the Brazilian Navy.

. Operators Marco/CE6TBN, Zoli/HA1AG, Yuri/RA0FU and Vladimir/ RV1CC are now active from Ascension Island (SA-043) as XR7A until February 6th. The group will then switch to Wager Island (SA-053) and be active as XR7W between February 9-12th. The operators will focus on 40/30/20 meters. Due to the high number of DXpeditions being activated during this timeframe, the team can not give exact operating freqeuncies. They will try to avoid VP6 QRM from SA-053 as much as possible. Also, due to the weather situation around SA-053, delays are possible. QSL via HA1AG. During their travels Zoli will try to update his travelblog a:

This depends on InterNet availability.

The recent J5C DXpedition to Guinea-Bissau has smashed the RTTY QSO number for a DXpedition as compiled by Don, G3OZF. The record is established now at 8,948 QSOs.

J7, DOMINICA (NA-101 - Also Correction on Postge)
Seth, SM0XBI, is now active as J79XBI until March 2nd. Activity will be on all bands but only SSB. He was on 80/60/40/20/17 meters this past week. During his stay, Leif, SM5FWW, will take care of any direct cards for him. Leif informs OPDX that postage from Sweden to the world is 1.50 USDs (not .50 as first reported) or 1 new IRC. QSL to: LB Lindgren, Box 22, SE-59021 Vaderstad, Sweden.

OPDX received a report that operator Odd-Egil, LA8AW, will once again be active as JW8AW from Spitsbergen between February 10-18th.

MJ0, JERSEY (EU-013 and possibly EU-099)
Operator Mark, M0MJH, will be active as MJ0MJH from Jersey (WLOTA LH-0818) from April 21-25th. Activity will be on all bands and modes. There is also a possibility of some activity from Les Minquiers (EU-099) during this trip, but exact dates are not yet known. QSL via M0MJH, direct or by the bureau.

Mark, ZL3AB, is collating an "Oceania Most Wanted Countries List" for 2008 and is seeking submissions from operators in KH6, VK/ZL and Oceania regions only. Lists can be submitted in text, Word, or Excel formats or simply in the body of an E-mail. Email your list to: mark.zl3ab@gmail.com Submissions will close on February 25th with results published in March and E-mailed direct to all who submit.

Operator Willy/ON5AX and his XYL Magda/ON3AX will be active from various locations during the next three months. Here is their tenative schedule:

February 19-27th - From New Zealand as ZL/ON5AX.
March 23-30th - From Lord Howe Island as VK9ALH
April 2-7th - From Australia as VK4/ON5AX
Activity will be on CW, SSB and PSK31 using an Alinco DX70 transceiver with only 100 watts into a groundplane antenna designed and made by Tony, ON4CEQ. QSL via ON5AX or ON3AX.

Operators Hal/N4GG, Mayse/W4OC, Mark/N5OT and Mike/W9RE will be active as PJ4/homecall from Bonaire between February 12-19th. Their activity will include the ARRL CW DX Contest (February 16-17th) as a Multi-2 entry signing PJ4M. Look for operations before and after the contest. QSL PJ4M via N4GG and all other callsigns via their home callsigns.

Phil, G3SWH, tells John, K1XN (Editor of the GoList), "the 8R1PW logs will not be uploaded to LoTW until February 2009 at the earliest".

QSL BA4T via BA4TA: Binfeng Jin, 1-3202, Yichun Apt., Changjiang Road, Wuxi 214002, China. Activity was during the 2007 CQWW DX SSB Contest.

NO LONGER MY QSL MANAGER. Mike, UK8OM, informs OPDX that as of January 2008, IK2QPR isn't his QSL Manager anymore. All QSL cards should be sent to the address on (QRZ.com). For those who send direct QSLs to Uzbekistan, please "DO NOT" send "GREENS", one IRC is "OK".

V51AS QSL STATUS. Frank, V51AS, reports that QSL cards received at his German address in the third week of 2008 were responded to in the fifth week of 2008 from Namibia. He is experiencing problems with the local post office accepting IRCs.



QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: None reported this week.

Toby, SM4XDJ, is now active as S21ZDT (not as S21XJ as first announced) during the first few weeks of February. Activity will be SSB and the digital modes during his evening hours and weekends. QSL via SM4XIH. Look for online logs to be available at:


John, KX7YT, had to cut his S21YV trip short due to an illness in his family. He will not be active in the CQ WPX RTTY Contest.

SF700, SWEDEN (Special Event)
Members of the Kungalv Radio Club (SK6NL) will be active using the special event callsign SF700BF during the year of 2008 from the City of Kungalv in southern Sweden. Activity is to celebrate the 700th anniversary of the Bohus Fortress. Operations will be on 160-6 meters and 70 cm. QSL via SK6NL. Information about a very nice Bohus Fortress Diploma can be found at Kungalvs Sandareamatorer Web site:


OPDX was informed that CODXA member John Cornwell, NC8V, became a "Silent Key" (SK) on Jaunary 31st. John was an avid DXer and enjoyed traveling to Athens, OH, to attend the CODXA dinners. John will be missed by the CODXA members. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of NC8V.

John, T77CD, will be active during the CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest (February 9-10th). QSL only direct to I0MWI.

Norbert, DJ7JC, informs OPDX that all prepara- tions for the TI9K DXpedition are on time. The twelve operators from TI, W, EA, OE, VU, HS and DL will be active this week from February 6-14th. Activity will be on all modes and bands including 60 meters and EME, with 6 stations on the air. Suggested frequencies are:

     Bands         CW      SSB    RTTY     PSK
     -----       -----    -----   -----   -----
    160m          1815*    1845    1838    1838
     80m          3515     3794    3590    3580
     40m          7015     7089    7038    7035
     30m         10110    10135   10140   10138
     20m         14015    14205   14080   14070
     17m         18076    18155   18100   18100
     15m         21015    21260   21080   21080
     12m         24910    24950   24925   24920
     10m         28015    28495   28085   28070
      6m         50100    50120   50080   50080 kHz
*Freq. 1830 kHz for EU or other countries if 1815 kHz isn't allowed

QSL Manager is Andreas, EA2CRX: Andreas Wolf, POB 10084, 20300 Irun, Spain. Send direct QSLs with SAE 1 IRC or 2 USDs. There will be E-mail requests for Bureau QSLs. However, Bureau QSLs will be sent via the Bureau later. For more details and updates, visit the TI9K Web page at:


Phil, F4EGS, has once again returned to the Chad on January 19th and is now active as TT8PK for the next several months. Activity will be on all modes on 80-10 meters. Over the past week he was heard on 80/40/20/17/15/10 meters SSB. QSL via F4EGS, direct or by the bureau.

Gerard, F2JD, has joined the TX5C Dxpedition replacing Vic, VA7VR, who due to business obligations, could not be a part of the team. F2JD is an accomplished DXer and is currently the president of the Clipperton DX Club. Gerard has been on many DXpeditions (more than 100 DXCC entities), such as J5C, XT2C and 3Y0X.

Art, NN7A, will be active as V31JZ/p from South Water Caye (NA-180), February 22-26th. This will be a one-person operation with 100 watts and a vertical and wire antennas. Operations will be CW on 40-10 meters including 30/17/12 bands; some 80m and 160m. There will be some possible SSB activity on the 20/15 meters IOTA frequencies if conditions permit. No skeds, please. Operation will be from a cottage on the beach using battery and solar power. The 15-acre coral sand island is about 15 miles (24 km) southeast of Dangriga along the Belizean barrier reef, longest in the Western Hemisphere. It is shaded by coconut palms and mellowed by soft Caribbean breezes.

IOTA NA-180 was opened as a new IOTA by Art and Mike Sharp/NG7S/V31RL, in February 1993. This will be Art's 7th operation from South Water Caye, and his 13th trip to Belize since 1988. He has also operated as V31JZ from the Turneffe Islands (NA-123), Ambergris Caye (NA-073), and numerous places on the Belizean mainland. QSL via NN7A, by the bureau or direct to: Art Phillips, P.O. Box 201, Flagstaff, AZ 86002 USA. Bureau cards sent to Belize cannot be answered (there is no active V3 bureau). There will be no on-line logs, and E-mail contact will not be possible while on the island.

Word has it that Jim Smith, VK9NS, now has a couple of aerials set up for 6 meters. So if you need Norfolk Island, keep an ear out. Also, send us some QRNs.

Milt, N5IA, a team member of the VP6DX DXpedition, reported on Saturday, February 2nd, that he is expected to be in Papeete, Tahiti, on Sunday, February 3rd. All the VP6DX team will be in Papeete by the early morning hours of Monday, February 4th. The team will have it's first official meeting in the afternoon after a lunch with local FO hams. The flight to Mangareva in the Gambier Islands is early Tuesday, February 5th. As quickly as possible, the team will clear immigration and customs and board the Braveheart.

The Braveheart is now at dock in Mangareva. Milt has been in daily contact with Robin, WA6CDR, for the last 4 days, via 40 meters SSB. The Braveheart crew is waiting for the VP6DX. Milt states that the cruise time to Ducie is 72 hours with off loading to the island to begin at first light the morning of Saturday, February 9th (~1400z). Construction of the camps and seven operating stations/antenna systems is planned to take 3 full days.

Operation, with all seven stations coming on the air near simultaneously, is anticipated to occur near sunset on Monday, February 11th (~0400z, February 12th). The most unknown element in all the planning is the weather. Operations will be non-stop (24/7) with 7 stations for approximately 18 days. They will have 13 operators. Milt states, "Figure it out folks. That is essentially a '12 on/12 off' schedule for each operator for the entire DXpedition operating period. Shifts will most likely be in the 3-4 hour range. Eating, sleeping, personal hygiene, laundry, etc., all have to take place in the limited time off periods. This is not your normal 'working vacation'. Wish us wellness and the stamina to make it all happen."

For TOPBANDERS and the low band operators, Milt recommends the reading of News Release # 9 on the VP6DX.com website. Go to:

Also, look for VP6DX to operate in the CQ 160 SSB Contest at the end of February. Milt states, "This period of time will be the prime opportunity for Topband SSB contacts with the expedition. I am looking forward to being the operator when many of the Topband contacts are made..... Please be patient and follow instructions. You will make it into the log if there is propagation. We will be operating approximately 18 days if all goes as planned." For more details on donating and updates, visit the VP6DX Web page at:

Look for members of the Eastern Washington DX Club to celebrate the upcoming birthday of the United States first President, George Washington, by activating special event station W7G between February 21-23rd. A special commemorative QSL card will be available to those making a QSOs with W7G. Suggested frequencies are: 14250, 18135, 7225 and 3880 kHz. QSL via W7BJN: Brian J. Nielson, 11650 Road 1 SE, Moses Lake, WA 98837.

The Stafford (VA) DX Association (SDXA) announces that one of its members, Radar, K2PT, (not MASH fame) a Marine in Baghdad, has obtained a license and is expected to be on the air as YI9PT sometime this week. SDXA members N4NW, K4HR, N4XP, N1DG and OK1KT are providing logistical support thereby allowing Radar time to concentrate on operating. They are in the process of acquiring an amp and low band antennas for him. Radar just received an IC-7000 on loan from ICOM. NCDXF and INDEXA are providing funds for a purchase of a SteppIR 2 element beam and other basic station gear. Initial operations will be on 17 and 20 meters utilizing a wire antenna until a SteppIR yagi shipped by the support team arrives.

Once fully operational, activity will be on 160-10 meters. There are several other hams in the green zone, and the SDXA group hopes this station will be a club effort involving several nationals and Iraqi hams. All QSL requests go to N4XP. Complete information may be found on the SDXA Web site at:

Additional information, updates, log check and sponsor information will be provided on the Web site and updated as the operating conditions change.

Just a reminder that Ed, K3IXD, will be active as ZF2XD in CQ WW WPX RTTY Contest, February 9-10th, as a Single-Op/All- Bands/Low-Power entry. The IOTA is NA-016, the grid locater is EK99. Outside the contest look for ZF2XD from February 6-11th, on 80-10 meters on SSB and the digital modes. QSL to K3IXD.

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