OPDX Bulletin 852 March 31, 2008

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 852
BID: $OPDX.852
March 31, 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, NJ1Q, KA2BZS, W2VU, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, KE5KXU, N6OU, AC7DX, W7KFI, K8YSE, Cindy Bernard, DX-IS News Site, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, A35RK, CO2WF, DK8JB, DL2VFR, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DS4NMJ, F5NQL & UFT, I1HYW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, SP2FAP, SP8AJK, TG9AJR, VA3RJ & ICPO, YO2DFA and ZS6DXB for the following DX information.

** EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTICE: This week's bulletin was sent out earlier than normal to accommodate the late CQWW WPX SSB Contest announcements. OPDX readers are suggested to visit Bill's, NG3K, Contest Page for a complete listing of stations at:


According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Saturday, 22nd/March, through Saturday, 29th/March there were 240 countries active. Countries available: 1S, 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0A, CE0Y, CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H3, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, 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, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, 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).

Belgium operators and members of the Radio Club Secunda from South Africa are now active as 7P8FC from Katse Dam in Lesotho until April 3rd. See OPDX.845 for complete details. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, SSB, RTTY and PSK. The QSL Manager is ON4CJK. The direct address is: Jose Duyck, Molenakker 56, 8740 Egem, Belgium. Further information is available on their Web site at:

The TEAM will also be active during the CQ WPX SSB Contest.

9X, RWANDA (Update)
The 9X0R operation is now QRT. The multi-national DXpedition team made just under 63k QSOs: +31k/CW, +26k/SSB and 4.9k/RTTY. The complete breakdown is available on their Web page. QSL via EA5RM. For more info on the DXpedition, please visit their Web page at:


A3, Tonga
Paul, A35RK, informs OPDX that he has a nice opening to North America on 17 meters during his morning (2030-2130Z)...coast-to-coast. However, he also said,

".. the pile-up was totally unruly: calling out of turn, tuning on frequency, kibitzing, frequency cops, etc. It was no fun for me, and if that sort of bad behavior continues, I'll simply QRT. I don't need any more U.S. QSL cards."
Operators Siggi/TF3CW, Jorma/OH2KI, Ville/OH2MM, Marko/OH6DO, Vilho/OH2ZZ, Manuel/EA8ZS, Pekka/EA8AH and Juan/EA8CAC will be active as AO8A during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via EA8AH.

Operators Rex/BX6AP, Marie/DS1RDJ, Sang/DS4NMJ and JP6VTI will be active as BP0W from Tanian during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th). QSL Manager is BX6AP.

Members of the Amateur Radio Taipei (ART) will be active from BU2AQ's QTH as BP0P during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi-Multi entry. Operators mentioned are: Tung-Ying/BU2AQ, Eddie/ BV2DD, Bruce/BV2KI, Evan/BV2KS, Lee/BV2NT, BM2AAV, BX2AAM and BX9AAA. QSL via BV2KI.

Richard Moseson, W2VU, Editor for CQ Amateur Radio, sent out the following press release on March 24th: "
Online CQ Magazine Archive Complete;
Issues from 1945-2006 Posted on HamCall.net

CQ Communica- tions, Inc. of Hicksville, New York, publisher of CQ Amateur Radio magazine, and Buckmaster Publishing of Mineral, Virginia, jointly announce that Buckmaster's searchable online archive of CQ magazine back issues, dating back to the magazine's first issue in January 1945, is now complete. The searchable archive may be accessed via the internet at
or via a one-click link from the CQ website at

All issues through early 2006 are now online, according to Buckmaster President Jack Speer, N1BIC. By agreement with CQ, issues are not posted until two years after their publication dates, as paper copies are still available from the CQ bookstore. Newer issues will be posted as the two- year 'window' expires.

Buckmaster, which produces the 'HamCall' CD and website, and has for decades filmed back issues of CQ onto microfiche for use by researchers and hobbyists alike, has applied its advanced scanning and searching technology for online posting of documents to back issues of CQ. It has taken nearly four years to get all back issues scanned and posted. Pages are available to users as either low-resolution or high-resolution JPEG image files, or as PDF files, which are more 'printer-friendly' than the JPEGs.

'One of the great benefits to this approach is Buckmaster's very powerful search engine,' which indexes every word on every page, notes CQ Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA. 'It is far better than anything we could put onto a CD.' Ross also noted that most readers looking for back issues are seeking a specific article and don't necessarily want to spend the money for a set of CDs, 'an amount which can really add up if you want access to nearly 65 years worth of magazines.'

On the HamCall archive site, pricing is based on the length of time for which the user wants access. Searches are free, as is access to the first ten pages of each issue, assuring that the table of contents page will always be accessible. Archive subscription pricing is as follows:
* Searching and access to the first ten pages of each issue: Free
* 1-day "test drive": 5 USDs (same as the cost for ordering a reprint of a single article from CQ)
* 3 months: 20 USDs
* 6 months: 30 USDs
* 12 months: 50 USDs

Views are limited to 300 pages per day to conserve bandwidth on the busy 'HamCall' server.

CQ Communications, Inc. publishes CQ Amateur Radio, CQ RadioAmateur (Spanish CQ), CQ VHF and Popular Communications magazines, plus the CQ Library of books, videos and CDs. It is headquartered in Hicksville, New York.

Buckmaster Publishing is a leading archiving and retrieval service based in Mineral, Virginia. In the amateur radio world, it is best-known for archiving all major ham magazines onto microfiche, and as the publisher of the 'HamCall' amateur radio international callsign lookup CD and web site."

For more information, contact:

       Dick Ross, K2MGA, Publisher,   Jack Speer, N1BIC, President,
       CQ Magazine, 516-681-2922,     Buckmaster Publishing, 540-894-5777
       k2mga@cq-amateur-radio.com     speerj@buck.com
Richard Moseson, W2VU, Editor for CQ Amateur Radio, sent out the following press release on March 26th:
"Update: Kosova (Kosovo) added to CQ WW DX Contest / CQ DX Marathon Lists
The Worked All Europe (WAE) award committee of the Deutsche Amateur Radio Club (DARC) has voted to add Kosova (Kosovo) to the WAE country list. The CQ World Wide DX Contests and the CQ DX Marathon both use a combination of the DXCC and WAE lists as the basis for their country lists. Therefore, Kosova will now be considered a separate entity for both the CQ DX Marathon (effective February 17, 2008) and for the CQ WW DX Contests, beginning with the CQWW RTTY DX Contest on September 27-28, 2008.

CQ previously announced that it was accepting Kosova as a separate entity for award credit, as of February 17, 2008."

Members of the Contest Team CT6P will be active during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi-Single from Vila Nova de Cerveira. Operators will be: CT1DWT, CT1GGO, CT1HIX, CT2HKN, CT2IQK, EA1CBX and with special guests EA1AHO and CT2GSN. QSL by the BUREAU via CT2HKN or QSL via DIRECT to CT2HKN: Miguel Goncalves, Rua Dr. Joel Magalhaes nÂș-6, 4740-272 Esposende, Portugal.

The 6 meter DXpedition to Sable Island scheduled to take place during the summer (June 25th through July 7th) has updated their Web page at:

Operators Pete/VE3IKV, Dick/K5AND and Chris/W3CMP will be active on CW and SSB. The fixed 6m station (in FN93) will use the callsign CY0X. They will be transmitting on 50.117 MHz. The team requests,
"Please do NOT send your grid square as it consumes valuable time during an opening.
" They will also try and activate rare grid GN03 if there is a solid opening, using a portable station with a 5 element M2 6M5X yagi with the callsign CY0RA. The team will also plan on being on HF on 20 meters and 40 meters, CW and SSB - but the HF operation will always take lower priority over the 6 meter operation. HF antennas will be elevated monoband ground-plane verticals for each band, and the IOTA island designator is NA-063. The special callsign CY0X commemorates the 225th anniversary of the 1783 Loyalist landing in Nova Scotia:
QSL via VE3IKV (please include two green stamps).

Operator Dan, HR2DMR, will be active as HQ2W during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. He will use monobander antennas. QSL via HR2DMR.

EU-120. Chris, M0DOL, had to cancel his April 5th trip to Holy Island due to ill health.

OPDX readers have been asking about Susan, W7KFI, and her trip to KH3. Well, Susan in Kee'hi Lagoon, Honolulu, and told your editor the trip is still on, but she is currently saving money to replace an engine (as she put it....it has died a horrible death) for her boat. She states, "Just as soon as I get it replaced I am off to KH3 -- should be in about two months, I hope..... I will make the trip... it has been in the planning for over 25 years."

If you would like to help out Susan (please note she is a self-funded operator living on social security and army retirement), her address while in Hawaii (until she has a running engine) is: Attn: USSV Dharma - Susan Meckley, Kee'Hi Lagoon Harbor Master, 4 Sand Island Access Road, Honolulu, Hi 96819. Her permanent address (after leaving Hawaii): Susan Meckley, P.O. Box 1210, Pahrump, NV 89041.

PLEASE NOTE: The Nevada address is a remailing service that sends her mail when she arrives at a port and requests it.

ADDED NOTES: QSLs can be sent via the Bureau, K6FAF or the Nevada Address. QRZ.com has a photo of the boat and her. Susan says, "Proves a photographer can make even a 73 year old gal look good." Track her ship, the USSV Dharma, by putting in her callsign W7KFI at the following Web page:

Susan told your editor that she has ordered a PSK31 unit to use as she visits various atolls in the South Pacific. This will allow her to operate most modes. She can do Pactor upon request. Susan states that she listens to 6 meters, but has never heard anything except local Honolulu beacon. Also, she will be giving out as many grid squares as possible during her passages.

Members of the Alaska DX Club will be active as KL5O during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi-2/All-Band entry. Operators mentioned are Francis/KL7FH, Corliss/AL1G, Randy/KL7Z, Del/NL7RT and Allan/N5XZ (KL5DX). QSL KL5O via AC7DX. Please follow QSL Manager's instruction at AC7DX on (QRZ.com) only.

N5, UNITED STATES (Unusual DXpedition?)
Members of the "Unusual Suspects" 2 meter group will be active as N5D during an HF DXpedition in a remote area of the Texas Hill Country, May 16-17th. Working under field conditions, their goal is to operate under harsh conditions on solar and generator power with no more than 100 watts power and perform world wide contacts. The group will be providing QSOs on 160/80/40/20/17/15/12 meters with a goal of making over 5,000 contacts world-wide during the two day period. They will be operating primary SSB but will be doing PSK on 40 and 20 meters as well during scheduled times. Visit their link with details of this DXpedition at:


David, P29GQ, can usually be found on the Pacific ANZA Net on 14183 kHz between 0500-0600z on the weekends. QSL via P29GQ (QRZ.com).

Operators Sandy/RW4WR, Dmitry/RX3DCX and Harry/RA3AUU will be active as P33W during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via RA3AUU.

QSL ROUTES by Johannes/DK8JB and Tedd/KB8NW:
4D75D direct
4D75J via DV1JM
4D75T via DU1IVT

John, 9M6XRO, announced that Tim, M3SDE, has agreed to take over the duties of QSL Manager from Graham/M5AAV (SK - See Silent Key below). M3SDE will therefore be QSL Manager effective immediately for the following callsigns: 9M6XRO, 9M6XRO/P, 9M6/G3OOK, A25OOK and XU7XRO.

Please QSL direct or via the RSGB bureau to M3SDE. Cards received direct with sufficient return postage will go out the same way. M3SDE'S DIRECT ADDRESS: Tim Beaumont, P.O. Box 17, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 1SF, England.
Please NOTE: John does not have any QSL cards at his home in East Malaysia - the only route is via M3SDE. As QSL Manager it is Tim's intention to maintain the high standard set by M5AAV. At present there are a large number of QSL cards at M5AAV's QTH which he hopes to retrieve at the appropriate time. Obviously that cannot be done immediately, and your patience is appreciated to allow M5AAV's family time to grieve for their loss.

NOT THE QSL MANAGER. Edgar, N6OU, informs OPDX that he is receiving Bureau cards for ZK1NOU and E51NOU. These cards should go to N7OU.


R1FJT has been very active on 80/40/30/20/17 meters CW. Activity is from the Krenkel polar station which is situated on Heyss island. This operation is valid for Arctic challenge program.


Luciano, CT1HHP, is now active as S92FM until April 2nd. Activity will be mainly on digital modes. Also, look for him on 60 meters (check 5346.5 and 5403.5 kHz). He accepts skeds via E-mail at: ct1hhp@oniduo.pt

It was reported that QSL Manager Graham Ridgeway, M5AAV, became a "Silent Key" on March 25th. Graham was a very efficient QSL Manager and well respected around the world. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to Graham's family and friends.

SPDX CONTEST (Date Correction)
Tony, SP8AJK (SP75N), informs OPDX that he provided the wrong dates for the 2008 SP DX Contest. Dates should be April 5-6th, not April 7-8th. For details, see OPDX.851 or visit:


Paul, A35RK, talked to Udo, DL9HCU, who is currently active as 3D2HC in the Fiji Islands for about another two weeks and was told Udo will be heading to Tuvalu after his Fiji stay.

Operators Mary/CO2EE, Oscar/CO2OJ, George/CO2II, Winty/CO2WF, Bob/CM2KL and Osmany/CM2OY will be active as T49C during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL only via K8SIX.

Operators Hudaverdi/TA7OM, Ayhan/TA7N, Mustafa/TA2MW and possibly others will be active as TC7KA during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via TA7KA.

Juan, TG9AJR, will be active as TG0WPX during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th). QSL direct via TG9AJR or LoTW.

Operators Micheal/F6GWV and Gildas/F6HMQ will be active as TO6T between March 28th and April 8th. QSL via F6HMQ.

Eddie, K5WQG, a FISTS member, is now active as V31MR from Placencia until April 3rd. He plans to operate almost around the clock on CW and RTTY. There is a report that he may also be in the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest. QSL via N5ET. Look for logs to be put on LoTW.

Operators Rick/AI5P (V73PX), Randy/N5LE (V73RY) and Neil/WD8CRT (V73NS) are currently the most active hams on Kwajalein. However, Rick/V73PX is scheduled to leave April 5th, Randy/V73RY on May 5th and Neil/V73NS in 2009. Look for Rick on 80/40/20/15/10 meters CW/SSB. Randy can be found mostly on 40/20 meters SSB /RTTY. Neil is usually on CW mostly on 40/20 meters. According to Paul, A35RK, who talked to Randy recently and reported that "there are a number of licensed operators there, but not many are very interested in using the club station. In fact, Randy says that the club station (V73AS) may have to shut down due to the increase in the electric utility bill which is now over 200 USDs/month. Negotiations with military command to reduce the bill, are in progress."

Cindy Bernard, granddaughter of William "Bill" Adams, W6BA, is working on an exhibition/archive of QSL cards of her late grandfather. Bill was a dedicated DXer and held many early awards in the field, operating as 6ANN '24, U6ANN '25, NU6ANN '26, W6ANN '27-77? and W6BA 77?-99. Although some cards were lost when he became a "Silent Key" (SK) in 1999, Cindy has about 4000 international and 2000 U.S. cards dating from 1923-1997. Although she has many cards that he received, Cindy would like to also include QSLs that he sent. She is looking for QSL cards (the originals, copies or scans) sent by him to other hams. If you can help her out, please contact her at: cbernard@soundcommons.org Or via snail mail at: Cindy Bernard, P.O. Box 411453, Los Angeles, CA 90041 USA.

WARD Award 2008 (World Amateur Radio Day 2006 Award)
The WARD Award is designed to commemorate the World Amateur Radio Day celebrated by IARU on April 18th each year. It is issued by the MK QTC, Polish Radio Amateur's Journal, with the support of PZK, Polish Amateur Radio Union. The WARD will be granted for at least the following numbers of contacts: either 10 QSOs on the HF bands, or either 10 QSOs on the VHF bands. All contacts must be made between 0000-2400z on April 18th. Send a standard application form (GCR List - log extract), including the list of QSOs, on or before May 31st to: The Radio Amateur's Journal MK QTC, Suchacz-Zamek - Wielmozy 5b, 82-340 Tolkmicko, Poland. The price of the WARD Award is 7 USDs, 5IRCs or 5 Euros. The full colored Award size is: 210 x 297 mm. The WARD Award is also available to SWLs for the same numbers of reports. The WARD Web page is:

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Operators are Roger/G3SXW, Nigel/G3TXF, Fred/G4BWP, Lionel/ G5LP and Rob/GM3YTS will be active as YK9G in Damascus from April 9-15th. The team plans to have two stations + amplifiers on the air full-time, but CW only. They will have antennas for nine bands 160-10 meters, but most openings will be on 40-17 meters. They will transmit on frequencies ending in "3" and always listening split, up 1-2+ kHz. According to the DX Magazine Survey, YK is the 18th "Most Wanted Country" in W6-7 land, so they will maximize their brief openings. However, Damascus is partly blocked in that direction. QSL via G3TXF direct, bureau, E-mail for bureau reply and LotW. For more details, visit:

Queries can be sent to: g3sxw@btinternet.com or Nigel@G3TXF.com

Ovidiu, YO2DFA, YO DX Contest 2007 Manager, informs OPDX readers that the results of YO DX Contest 2007 can be found at the following address:

Each participant can check his LOG at the address:
Ovidiu states, "Thank you very much for your support, and I invite all contest amateurs at the YO DX Contest, 2008 edition, in the last weekend of August."

Rhynhardt, ZS6DXB, ZS8T Press Officer, announced on March 26th, that Petrus, ZS6GCM, is onboard the SA Agulhas (South Africa's polar research vessel). The vessel will be going straight to Marion Island. Depending on weather, Petrus could be on Marion in as short as five days. However, should the weather deteoriate, there is a fair chance landing on ZS8 could be delayed. If you like to follow the progress of the ship, go to:

Agulhas Moments before Petrus boarded the Agulhas, he managed to send some images from Table Bay. Prior to these pictures all radio equipment had been safely loaded with only a few items still to go onboard. These images can be viewed on the official ZS8T Web site address at:
Rhynhardt would like to remind everyone that once Petrus is on ZS8, it will take approx. three to four weeks before any radio equipment is used. This is due to a changeover time in working patterns and general settling in on the island.

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