OPDX Bulletin 850 March 17, 2008

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 850
BID: $OPDX.850
March 17, 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, ARRL Letter, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, NJ1Q, WB2NVR, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, KQ4YI, WK6I, NM7H, K8YSE, W9DX, DX-IS News Site, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, 9A2X, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, F5NQL & UFT, G7COD, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JF1OCQ, PY4WAS, RSGB IOTA Web Site, VA3RJ & ICPO, YO3JW and YT1HA for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 9th-March, through Sunday, 16th-March there were 232 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, 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, EZ, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FO/c, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).

Eddie/VK4AN and his son Raj/VK4FRAJ, and possibly others will be active as 3D2A or possibly 3D2EE from Malolo Lailai Island, in the Mamanuca Group (OC-121), between May 17-31st. Activity will be on 160-6 meters including 30/17/12m, CW, SSB, PSK31 and RTTY. They also plan to be in the CQ WW WPX CW Contest (May 24-25th). QSL direct/bureau/LoTW.

Remember to look for Jack, F6BUM, to be active again as 3W3M from March 20th and April 2nd. Activity will be CW and SSB on 40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters using only 100 watts into a vertical antenna. He plans to activate the following IOTAs:
AS-185 (new one) - Con Co Island; March 20th (1000z) to March 23rd (0600z)
AS-128 - Phu Quoc Island; March 25th (0800z) to March 28th (0600z)
AS-130 - Dao Con Island; March 29th (1000z) to April 2nd (0600z)
QSL via F6BUM, direct or by the bureau. Visit it his Web page at:


Operators Stefano/IK2QEI, Matteo/IK2SGC and Bacha/CN8WW will be active with the special callsign 5D5A during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via I2WIJ.

The German team of operators are now active as 5T5DC from Nouakchott until March 30th. They plan to be active in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi-? entry. Operators mentioned are: DH7WW, DK8YY, DL2ARD, DL2JRM, DL3JJ, DL4JS, DL5SE, and DL7ZZ. QSL via DH7WW, direct or by the DARC Bureau.

Members of the Radio Club "Varazdin" (9A1HDE/9A7A) will be active as 9A60A from March until the end of this year to celebrate the 60th anniversary of their Radio Club. First activity is scheduled to take place during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th). QSL via 9A7A.

9X, RWANDA (Update)
By the time you read this, the multi-national DXpedition team scheduled to be active as 9X0R should be on the air until March 27th. The 9X0R team plans to have at least 3 stations on the air on 160-10 meters, CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via EA5RM. For more info on the DXpedition, please visit their Web page at:


Bill, NM7H (A7/G0MKT, G0MKT, and YI9WF), will be going back to Qatar soon and will again be operating as A7/G0MKT. He tells OPDX that he should be on the air by April 1st or sooner depending on when his gear arrives and will leave Qatar around mid-June 2008. Activity will be mostly CW on 40-6 meters, but he will also be on PSK and SSB occasionally. Bill states,

"I do not know what my operating schedule will be yet but hopefully I will be on the air several times per week."
QSL via NM7H, either direct or by the bureau. Upon his return from Qatar to his home in Nebraska, Bill will be sending out QSL cards for 100% of non-contest QSOs via the ARRL Outgoing QSL Bureau. He will also QSL direct for those individuals who want a card direct. Bill's wife will forward his mail a few times while he is gone or individuals can also send him an E-mail for his direct address while in Qatar. You can find his E-mail address on (QRZ.com).

Operators Kuniyoshi/7L1FPU (W1FPU), Satoshi/N2QP and Masashi/KH0TL will be active as AHOBT from Saipan during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi-Single or possibly a Multi-2 entry. QSL via 7L1FPU, by the Bureau or direct.

Red, W6ALC, is expected to stay in China for three weeks begining March 17th. He has received permission to operate from the B7P contest station Foshan City in southern China near Guangzhou City. He also plans to visit the new club station BY7OK, also in Foshan.

Ulli, DL2AH, continues with his Pacific Island tour this week and is expected to be active as CE0Z/DL2AH from Robinson Crusoe Island in the Juan Fernandez group (SA-005) between March 18th and April 7th. Activity will be mostly RTTY and SSB on 40-10 meters using a FT-897 and a windom antenna. QSL via DL2AH, direct (using the (QRZ.com) address) or by the bureau.

Operators Fabio/I4UFH, Cortesi/IZ4DPV and Antonio/CT1DVV will be active as D4C from March 20th and April 2nd. Activity will include the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via IZ4DPV. Visit the D4C Web page at:


Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, reports that the following operation has been approved for DXCC credit:

ZL1GO/8 - Kermadec Island; 2007 Operation
If you had this operation rejected in a recent submission, please send a note to dxcc@arrl.org to be placed on the list for update.

Andrew, G7COD, reports that his 8Q7AK (that took place between January 21st and February 2nd) is accredited for DXCC. He also states, "All direct QSL cards received have been returned and all eQSLs have been responded to. If you have not received your direct QSL card by now, that is because I have not received yours. Therefore, please re-send. I will post out bureau cards immediately as and when I receive cards through the bureau."

Operators Bruno/HB9BEI and Chris/HB9AUZ are expected to be active as EL8BK (CW and Digital) and EL8CB (CW). Bruno will arrive first on March 16th, followed by Chris on March 30th. Both operators will stay for a month. They will only operate during their spare time on various HF bands. Hopefully, more details will be forthcoming.

FJ, ST. BARTHELEMY (DXCC Newest Entity!)
Remember Patrick, F6CMH, is expected to be active from St. Barthelemy (NA-146) as FJ/F6CMH between March 13-22nd. No QSNs have been reported as of yet (while this was being written). Activity will be mainly 40/20 meters SSB. QSL via F6CMH.

Didier, F5OGL, is reporting that the operation will take place between May 6th and June 6th. The team currently is: (operators and Staff in Metropolitan France)

F5OGL - DXpedition team leader and QSL Manager
F5CQ - Webmaster
F5CW - Sponsors, and technical staff
F5CWU - Computers, softwares and antennas
F5PTM - DXpedition's team chief, CW leader/operator
F5IRO - CW operator
5U5U - SSB leader/operator
TT8SS - CW/SSB operator
This "Most Wanted Country" will be on the air thanks to the permission given by the Major General Dominique ROYAL, Commandant of the Transmissions Superior School of Rennes, and under the authority of the Staff Army, The Armies HQ, and the Chief of Staff Army for the South Indian Ocean Zone, and with the sponsoring Clipperton DX Club. Finalized dates and other things like callsigns will be communicated as soon as possible. Look for more info to follow. Rafik, F5CQ, is expected to update the Web page soon.

AS-079. Operators Takeshi/JS6RRR and Takeshi/JI3DST will be active as homecall/JS6 from Miyako-Jima (WLOTA LH-0249) between March 18-24th. They may make side trips to Ikema-jima and Kurima-jima. QSL via bureau.

OC-022. Adhi (Bimbo) will be active as YB3MM/9 from Menjangan Island during CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via IZ8CCW, direct or by the bureau.

OC-133. Operators John/GM3OOK (9M6XRO) and Steve/9M6DXX will be active as 9M6XRO/P (on CW/RTTY) and 9M6DXX/P (on SSB) from Pulau Labuan, March 16-17th. This a prelude to possibly a longer operation in November, depending on the resort's cooperation to the operation and antennas etc. This activity will be on 80-10 meters using a FT-857 (SSB) and IC-7000 (CW) with Tokyo Hy-Power amplifier (400W). Antennas will be a Butternut HF6V, dipole for 17 meters and an inverted "L" with 42 ft. vertical section for 80 meters. No antennas for 12m or 160m. QSL 9M6XRO/P via M5AAV only (by the RSGB Bureau or direct). QSL 9M6DXX/P via M5AAV, or direct to: WDT 527, 88905 Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia.

Masa, JA6GXK, will once again be active as JD1BMM from March 17th to April 7th. His activity is usually limited to his spare time, but he will be on the HF bands, CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via JD1BMM.

Ed, PY4WAS, President of the CWJF, informs OPDX that on March 17th, at 2100z, the CWJF Web site will publish the results of the 2007 Manchester Mineira All America CW Contest at:

The CWJF group hopes amateur radio operators will participate in this year's event.

QSL ROUTES by Johannes/DK8JB and Tedd/KB8NW:
4B3RBA via EB7DX and LoTW
4N1MI direct
6J3RBA via EB7DX and LoTW
9J2M via PA7FM
ED5R via EA5RD

The Texas DX Society's operation, from San Andres Island (NA-033) as 5J0E between February 28th and March 6th (2008), now has a log search Web page online at:

Log includes all QSOs during the ARRL International DX Phone Contest. QSL via W5PF. Logs have already been uploaded to the ARRL's LoTW.

KH6 QSL Bureau Change. The ARRL Letter reports that as of April 1st (2008), Barbara Darling, NH7FY, will assume management of the Hawaiian KH6 Incoming QSL Bureau. All card shipments should now be sent to KH6 QSL Bureau, Big Island ARC, Attn: Barbara Darling, NH7FY, PO Box 1938, Hilo, HI 96721-1938. Any concerns regarding this bureau's operation should be directed via E-mail to Barbara Darling, NH7FY at:

The ARRL would like to thank former KH6 Incoming QSL Manager Wayne Jones, NH6K, for his years of service.

Zik, YT1HA, informs OPDX that he has received the 4O/YT1HA QSL cards from the printer and will now begin to send out all direct QSLs.


QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3W3M, 4L/UA4WHX, 4O3A, 5H3VMB, 5H3VMB/5 (AF-075), 5H3VMB/5 (AF-074), 5R8VB, 5Z4/DL7UCX, 9J2VB, 9M2TO, 9U0VB, 9X0VB, A25VB, C91VB/4 (AF-103), C91VB/6 (AF-088), D20VB, EU3AR, FJ/G3TXF, FJ/OH2AM, FJ5KH, HC1MD, J20VB, J3/DL5AXX, J5C, KH7XS, MJ/F5CWU S21ZDX, S79UU, TG9AFX, TO5FJ, UA2FT, V31GW, V51VV, VP6TD, YO5BRZ, Z2/UA4WHX and Z33A

QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: None reported this week!

To commemorate the 96th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, special event station W0S will be aired April 12th and 13th. Operators Dave "SAP" Beckler/WA0SAP, Rich Vogt/KB9YZE, Al Gallo/W0ERE, and Rod Kittleman/K0ADI organized this special event station along with Mary Kellogg, part owner of the World's Largest Titanic Museum in Branson, Missouri. They will be active on the HF bands, SSB/CW, packet, Dstar and 2m. QSL via operator's instructions. You can visit the museum's Web page at:


Operators Bill/SV5AZP, Panos/SV5AZK, Michalis/ SV5DDP, Efstathios/SV5DKL, Stelios/SV5DZR, Giota/SV5FRB, Denis/SV5FRD, Mike/SV5KJC, Yannis/SV5KKJ and SV5KKR will be active as SX5P during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via SV5FRD.

Members of the Radio Amateur Association of Greece will be active as SX5C from the rocky islet Strogili (GIOTA DKS 001) at the end of July. Operators mentioned are: Cliff/SV1JG, Spiros/ SV1RC, George/SV1RP, Nikiforos/SV1EEX, Theodoros/SV1GRM, Sotirios/SV1HER and Daniel/SV1JCZ. The group will also activate the lighthouse on the islet named Ipsili (WLOTA L-0237 and ARLHS GRE-053) between July 25th and August 4th. More details are forthcoming, but there is talk about EME, and the team is looking for donations for their operation (like 2m power amplifiers/longer beams etc.). If you can help, please contact SV1HER.

Members of the Yamato Club (JA1ZEK) will be active from Yap Island (OC-012) between April 9-16th. Look for the following operators to sign: Sasi/JA1KJW (V63JQ), Mat/JA1JQY (V63JY) and Kuni/JA8VE (V63VE). The group will then move to Palau (OC-009) and be active from April 16-19th as T88KJ (JA1KJW), T88VE (JA8VE) and T88JY (JA1JQY). Activity will be on the HF bands, CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL T88VE via JA8VE (not JF1OCQ as first reported), and V63VE via JF1OCQ. QSL all others to their home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

TL, CENTRAL AFRICA (Op cancelled)
A very disappointed Dave, W1DV, has announced that his activity as TL8DV (which was to take place in late March/early April for 8-9 weeks) has been scrubbed. Details why were not provided. He did state, "It appears as though this is a long-term postponement, not a cancellation. As (if) plans develop for our future trip(s) to TL8, I will of course let you know. Jean and I are disappointed in this turn of events, but there is nothing we can do about it. More to follow."

Christian/FM1II and a group of operators will be active using the special callsign TO1C during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) and 15 days afterwards. Plans for activity outside of the contest (for bands and modes) was not provided. QSL via ON4IQ.

Membrs of the RZS Amateur Radio Club (W2RZS) will be active as TO5RZ from March 25th to April 1st. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, CW, SSB and RTTY, including 30/17/12 meters. Operators mentioned are Bob/WB2NVR, Mike/WA2VQW, Bob/N2DVQ and Adam/N2DHH. QSL via W2RZS.

The operation is now QRT as of early March 15th. Last report on their Web page is a total of 59875 QSOs: CW/28402, SSB/28736 and RTTY/2737. The team had to endure major tropical storms and extreme heat which took its toll on operators and equipment. QSL via N7CQQ, by the bureau or direct to: John Kennon, P.O. Box 31553, Laughlin, Nevada 89028, USA. The log will also be uploaded to LoTW once the official log has been certified. For more information, online log and updates, visit the TX5C Web page at:


Ron, VA3RVK, will be active using the special callsign VB3E during the period of March 28th and May 27th. He will mainly use this callsign during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) and the CQ WW WPX CW Contest (May 24-25th). QSL via VA3RVK, by the Bureau or direct to: Ron Vander Kraats, 9 Jopling Avenue South, Islington, ON M9B 3P4, Canada.

The 9th Annual Contest Dinner will be held on Friday, April 25th, at the International DX Convention in Visalia, CA (hosted by the Mother Lode DX and Contest Club). Spreaker will be Wayne Burdick, N6KR, co-founder of Elecraft and principal designer of the Elecraft K3. He will be speaking on "Contest Ergonomics and the Elecraft K3."
PLEASE NOTE: They will be handling payment differently this year - you will need to sign up *and pay in advance*! For all of the details and to sign up, please visit:


Gordon, N5AU, will be active as VP2E during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. He is expected to test out some new antennas. QSL via N5AU.

WEB PAGE OF THE WEEK (A Fun Game For A Change!)
OK DXers, how well do you know your DXCC entities? This Web page is not only fun and educational, but great for the kids. Go to the following link and click on "WORLD". The "Traveler IQ Challenge" URL address is:


Operators Trent/VK4TI, Tony/VK3TZ and Laurie/VK4VCC will be active as YJ0AX from New Hebrides (OC-035) during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL route will be announced later.

Members of 4M5DX Group (Alex/YV5SSB, Jose/YV5TX and possibly others) are expected to be active as YN2YV from Granada this week between March 17-21st. Their goal is to have at least 2 stations on the air on different bands during all of the operation. They want to be active on 160-6 meters, as well as 60/30/17/12 meters and the lower bands. Modes mentioned are: SSB/RTTY/BPSK31/BPSK63 and possibly CW. QSL via IT9DAA. They plan to upload their log to the LoTW. The YN2YV Web page is available at:


YO22, ROMANIA (Special Event)
The past fifteen years have witnessed the emergence of new challenges in the security environment. As a result, the frequency of NATO summit meetings has increased. From the founding of NATO until 1990 - over forty years - there were ten summit meetings. The following sixteen years saw eleven more. In total, twenty-one summit meetings have taken place. Between April 2-4th, the next summit meeting will in Bucharest, Romania. To mark this event, look for special event station YO22NATO to be on the air between March 28th and April 9th. Activity will be on all bands and different modes. QSL via YO3KAA.

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