The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 857
May 5, 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, NC1L, NJ1Q, NG3K, W3AWU, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, WD4LYV, K8YSE, WX8C, K9AJ, W0SD, DX-IS News Site, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, DK8JB, DL5YWM, DL6KAC, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, F5NQL & UFT, F5PFP, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Island News, LZ1PJ, OK1KT, PY4WAS, RSGB IOTA Web Site, VA3RJ & ICPO and ZS6DXB for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 27th/April, through Sunday, 4th/May there were 217 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, 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, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, JA, JD/o, JT, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, 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, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TT, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, 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).
3D, FIJI (Update)
Last week we reported that Eddie/VK4AN and his son Raj/VK4FRAJ (age 13) would be active as 3D2A from Malolo Lailai Island (in the Mamanuca Group, IOTA OC-121) between May 17-31st. Well, this week we learned that the father and son team will also be active in the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 24-25th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via VK4AN, direct or by the bureau.
5Z, KENYA (Also IOTA Op)
Steffen, 5Z4DX, will be active from Shanzu Beach between May 14th and June 11th. Activity will be on all bands and modes. He also plans to possibly activate Wasini Island (AF-067 - May 25-26th) and Lamu Island (AF-040). QSL direct to his Iceland address at: Frank Steffen Gast, Eskifirdi, 735 Eskifjoedur, ICELAND.
8J50, JAPAN (Special Event)
The Japan Amateur Radio League, Inc. (JARL) will be holding their 50th "Yosakoi Kochi" meeting on May 25th. Look for special event station 8J50JARL to be active now through May 25th to celebrate this annual meeting in Kochi, Japan. Activity will be on all bands 160m through 1200 MHz, CW, SSB, FM and AM. QSL via the JARL QSL Bureau.
9M0, SPRATLY ISLANDS (Advance Notice)
It was annouced this past week that operators John/9M6XRO and Steve/9M6DXX will lead a team of six operators to Pulau Layang Layang, Spratly Islands (IOTA AS-051), between March 1-14th, 2009. Activity will be on all bands 80-10 meters, CW, SSB and RTTY, using three stations (two with full legal limit linear amps). The callsign is to be confirmed and the QSL information is via M3SDE (direct or by the Bureau).
AH0, MARIANA ISLANDS
Tack, JE1CKA (KH0AM), will be active as AH0BT during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All- Band/High-Power entry. QSL via 7L1FPU.
Look for Nicola, I0SNY, to possibly be active as JT1SNY from Bayankhongor, Mongolia, starting May 7th. He may also be active as BY1PK/I0SNY from Beijing, China, May 19-28th. QSL via his home callsign.
CT, PORTUGAL (Lighthouse Activity)
Members of the Algarve DX Group (ADXG) will activate 7 lighthouses simultaneously between May 31st and June 1st. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17 meters, and possibly 80/15m and 6m (from Santa Maria LH). Modes will be: CW, SSB and RTTY. A FREE award will be issued to any who contacts all 7 special LH callsigns during activity. QSL via CT1GFK, by the Bureau or direct. E-mail Bureau requests can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. All information can be found at:
D4, CAPE VERDE
Jurgis, LY2CY, will be active as D4C during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via IZ4DPV. Visit the D4C Web page at:
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, reports that the following operation is approved for DXCC credit:
YA/LY1Y - Afghanistan; Operations in 2006 and 2007 If you had cards rejected for this operation, send an E-mail to email@example.com to be placed on the list for an update.
SPECIAL DAYTON HAMVENTION CARD CHECKING INFORMATION
DXCC card checking will be done at the Dayton Hamvention. Card checking will occur during all hours of operation at the Hamvention on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Many hams travel from around the world, and this is a busy event for card checking. Please remember these tips which will help you and the card checkers through the process, avoid delays and allow them to serve everyone:
Preparation: THERE IS A 120 CARD LIMIT PER APPLICANTCard checkers will be checking cards for the following awards: DXCC, Worked All States (WAS), VHF/UHF Century Club (VUCC) and Worked All Continents (WAC).
* Make sure that your cards are in proper order. Band first, then mode. Cards with multiple QSOs at the end; The order on the record sheet MUST match the order of the cards.
* The latest forms are on the DXCC web site at:
http://www.arrl.org/awards/dxccHave all paperwork completed before you come to the table; make sure everything is legible; List only QSOs you want credit for.
* If you plan to do a Hybrid application (paper application with Logbook of The World), you should do the LoTW portion just prior to leaving for Dayton.
Upon your arrival:Again remember, if you are doing a hybrid application, LoTW plus cards, be sure you do the LoTW element prior to leaving for Hamvention.
* Take a number; stay in line.
* Make note of anything important to the card checker before they start; when finished, the card checker will review any problems with you.
* Stay with the card checker until completion; if you are a vendor you can drop your application to a checker and return later for pickup.
* The card checker will return your cards to you; DXCC will not take cards back with them.
* The card checker will advise you of the final fees upon completion of your application.
* Payment is due upon completion of your application.
* Credit Card or Cash (US or Euro only); Check (from USA bank only); Money Order (US and International OK); DXCC cannot bill you. Please see rule 15 for the latest fee information. If possible, please bring with you a copy of your last credit slip.
FJ, ST. BARTHELEMY
Operators Arliss/W7XU and Ed/W0SD are planning a 6 meter DXpedition to St. Barthelemy that will take place between June 28th and July 6th. Ed informs OPDX that a TO5 callsign has been applied for. He also requests, "Please do not give us your grid square. We are not interested in your grid square and it just wastes time. Our grid square will be FK87nv for those wanting to confirm this as a new grid square. There may be some night time HF RTTY and CW operations on 30 and 40 meters when six meters sporadic E is over for the day." QSL via W7XU. An on-line log will be on their Web site (they plan to upload their log nightly, and it will be available starting May 15th) at:
FK, NEW CALEDONIA
Nao, JK1FNL, will be active as FK/JK1FNL from Noumea (OC-032), May 5-10th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using only 100 watts and wire antennas. QSL via his home callsign.
AS-043. Operators Mitsuo/JA1UNS, Suehiro/JI1PLF, Minowa/7N1GMK, 7L4PVR and 7N4VPS will be active as homecall/1 from Hachijo Island (JIIA AS-043-003), in the JA1 South Izu Group, from May 16-19th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via their home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
AS-079. Take, JI3DST, is now active as JS6RRR from Miyako-Jima Islands (AS-079, JIIA AS-079-005) until May 7th. Activity will be on 160/80/40/17/15/12/10/6 meters, CW, SSB, RTTY, FM and SSTV. Take may possibly make side trips to Ikema-jima (JIIA AS-079- 001) and Kurima-jima (JIIA AS-079-003). He may possibly use the callsign JI3DST/JS6. QSL via his home callsign through the JARL Bureau only.
EU-008. Paul, M3KBU, will be active as MM3KBU/p from the Isle of Skye (IOSA NH-07, SCOTIA CN-14), July 26-27th, during the RSGB IOTA Contest. QSL via M3KBU, direct is preferred, but Bureau is "OK".
EU-074. Operators Benoit/F8PDR, Jean-Jacques/F5NKX, Denis/F5RJM, Rolf/F9ZG, Alain/F5HVI, Rene/F6CMC and Alain/F6ACH will be active as F5KAQ/p from Brehat Island (DIFM MA-012, WLOTA LH-2010), September 1-8th. Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL via F5RJM, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-189. (UPDATE) Mike, K9AJ, is a member of the team travelling to Rockall in two weeks. If weather and seas allow, he will be active using battery power on 20/40 meters CW on the IOTA frequencies for +/- 24 hours. The time window is approximately May 14-15th but landing date/time is at the sole discretion of the captain and could be +/- one or two days.
NA-044. Juergen, NF6J, will be active as VO2/NF6J from Battle Island (CISA NF-049, Newfoundland and Labrador), June 25-30th. Activity will be on or near the usual IOTA frequencies. QSL via DL7RV (QRZ.com).
NA-088. Tom, W4JKC, will be active as HP4/W4JKC from Colon Island, May 5-10th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
NA-102. Members of the Radio Club ACRA Guadeloupe (FG5KC) will activate the Island of Petit-Terre (Small Island Earth) for a day as FG5KC/p on June 8th. Activity will be on the HF bands, CW, SSB and VHF bands. Operators mentioned (at the moment) are: FG5BC, FG5DN, FG1JD, F8BIH, FG1AR, SWL-05 (Issac) and SWL-16 (Jacques). Suggested frequencies are: Listen to the IOTA frequencies. This expedition is granted by the NFB because it is a natural reserve. Visit their Web page at:
JAPAN HAS NEW BAND PRIVILEGES
The JARL announced on their Web page that as of April 28th, Japanese radio amateur operators will receive more band privileges on the 80/75 meters band. JA operators are now allowed to operate on the following frequencies (*new): 3500-3575 kHz (CW only), 3520-3525 kHz (Digital Mode and CW), 3525-3575 kHz (Phone and CW), 3599-3612 kHz (* CW and Phone), 3680-3687 kHz (* CW and Phone), 3702-3716 kHz (* CW and Phone), 3745-3770 kHz (CW and Phone) (* 3745-3747 kHz and 3754-3770 kHz) and 3791-3805 kHz (CW and Phone). Japanese band plans are available at:
Mika, OH2FFP (OJ1ABOA), is expected to be operating from the Kinnvika base on Nordaustlandet Island (EU-063) in July for 20 days. Read about the scientific station at Kinnvika on:
Operators Lee/HL1IWD and Harry/WX8C will be active as KH2/K1IWD and KH2/WX8C, respectively, between May 23-26th. The operation will also include participation in the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 24-25th) as a Multi- Single/All-Band entry as KH2/WX8C. QSL KH2/K1IWD via HL1IWD and KH2/WX8C via WX8C.
Look for special event station LZ08KM (LZ Zero Eight KM) to be active until May 31st. Activity is to commemorate St. Cyril (Kiril) and Methodius, the creators of the cyrillic alphabet, as well as the "Day of Cyrillic Alphabet and Bulgarian Culture" - May 24th, which is one of the most important holidays in Bulgaria. As team operators they will try to activate as many bands and modes as possible. More information and a QSL card preview can be found on:
MMAA 2007 CW CONTEST WINNER
Last year's 2007 1st Place winner for the All America Single-Op/Single-Transmitter/All-Band entry was PT7AG/Luciano Moreira Silva.
ADDED NOTE: Ed, PY4WAS, President of the CWJF, wants to remind everyone the 2008 Manchester Mineira All America CW Contest will be taking place between 1500z, May 17th and 2356z, May 18th. For details on rules, visit the CWJF Web site at:
Daniel/DL5YWM is now in Lima until May 12th and will be joined by Rene/DL2JRM and Jens/DL3ALF. During their spare time look for them to be active on 160-10 meters on CW/SSB as OA4/homecall. QSL via their home callsigns (QRZ.com).
ADDED NOTE: This past weekend (possibly Monday this week), the trio of operators was joined by Jorge/OA4BHY and was active as OA4BHY/3 from Isla Blanca (SA-074). QSL OA4BHY/3 only via DL2JRM.
OFFICERS FOR 2008-2009
On Monday, April 7th, the members of Northern Ohio DX Association (NODXA) elected the following to serve as officers between May 2008 and April 2009:
President: Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW Vice President: Dwaine Modock, K8ME Secretary: Al Moriarty, N8CX Treasurer: Mary Michaelis, N8DMM Newsletter Editor: David Autry, WD8IOUFor more information about NODXA, check out the club's Web site at:
OL1908, CZECH REPUBLIC (Special Event)
Members of the Radio Club Dobruska (OK1KQI) will activate special event station OL1908D (Oscar Lima One Nine Zero Eight Delta) between now and May 31st. Activity is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the railway system to the City of Dobruska. Activity will be on all bands and modes (incl. VHF and UHF). QSL Manager is OK1KT (Bureau or direct). All contacts will be confirmed with a special QSL card.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL ROUTES by Johannes/DK8JB:
6L0VH via DS5QLJ AX4TJF via VK4TJF AX3AMA via VK3AMA BY7KP via direct (prefered), bureau, eQSL AX4RD via VK4RDNEW AI4U QSL MANAGER WEB PAGE. Wayne, WD4LYV, has informed OPDX that he recently built a new Web page for QSL Manager Jeff, AI4U, who is the manager for many stations. This Web site contains an online log search for the stations with electronic logfiles. Visit the site at:
RSGB QSL BUREAU (New address). It was announced that the Radio Society of Great Britain's (RSGB) has contracted out their QSL Bureau. Richard, G3UGF, is the new QSL Bureau Manager for the RSGB, and he has announced the address and telephone number of the new central QSL operation. The address is: RSGB QSL Bureau, P.O. Box 5, Halifax, HX1 9JR, England. The telephone number is: 01422 359362. All outgoing cards should now be sent to this address. World-wide Managers may also wish to note this new address, as cards sent to the RSGB HQ address may be delayed.
QSLS VIA LOTW: 3B7C, 4U1ITU, 8P1A, A25HQ, A35RK, BA4ALC, C6AKU, CE3BFZ, CN3A, CU2JT, DP0GVN, EA8OM, FJ/OH2AM, GB6MD, H7/K9GY, HI3T, HK6P, J39BS, J7DX, KG4SS, OY9R, P40A, P40R, PJ2T, PJ4O, PZ5YV, R245GS, SF0F, T33C, TO5A, TO5RZ, UA4LCH, V26X, V31TB, VP2MTE, VP6DX, XY1HT, YI1OM, YN2EJ, YV5AAX, YV4BCD and ZP6CW
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3Y0C, 5T5DC, EP2AC, HQ9R, LT1F, P40LE, PW0T, RK3DZJ/1, S79UU, SV9/DJ7RJ, T32OU, V31TB, V63OC, V73QB, VK6DXI, Z29KM and ZD7X
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3A7JO, 4O5JE, 6K5AQY, 9A/T94DX, 9A/DL9MEN, 9H3RZ, AM7HBP, AO5FL, AO5KB, AO7HMI, CT3/DL3KWF, DR06XVI, EA3URR, ED1SDC, EH7SFF, EO59G, EO60G, ER1BG, ER1DAC, ER1VS, ER15MD, ER2NB, ER2RM, ER2000F, ER3DW, ER3DX, ER3GS, ER3KAZ, ER3R, ER3ZW, ER3ZZ, ER4DX, ER4LX, ER4OK, ER570C, ER5DX, ER7HQ, ER9V, F6KHM, GB2AIR, GB6OTR, GB6GW, GW6GW, HA/DD8DA/M, HA200CVM, HG46FC, II1ARD, IO5SRT, IQ6SB, IS0/F2YT/P, K8YU/KH2, LZ50KSB, OE3FPA/SH75, OF2IPA, OK1NU, OP0HQ, PA07XMAS, PD07XMAS, PD1DX, RA70PD, RN1NU/M, S79AB, S79UU, TA5/DD8DA/M, TC800YOM, TM0GP, TM0TMM, TM5TAF, TM7BV, TM8CDX, UE1NLO, UE3LRG and ZS2ND
OPDX reported that Peter, 8R1WD, was "SK" in OPDX.855. Apparentlly, Peter is alive and well and was heard on the air last week. OPDX would like to apologize to Peter, and Peter's family and friends for the error.
However, we were informed that Peter, 8R1J, is the individual that has become the "Silent Key" at the age of 83. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our sympathy to Peter's family and friends.
Eric, K9GY, will be active as TG/K9GY (callsign tentative) during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 21-22nd) as a Single-Op/All-Band/ Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW.
TK7, CORSICA (EU-014/Update)
Members of the F6KOP Provins ARS will be active as TK7C between now and May 10th. Opertaors mentioned are: Thierry/ F4TTR, Bruno/F5AGB, Bernard/F9IE, Jean-Paul/F8BJI, Jean-Luc/F6BIV and Laurent/F1JKJ. The group plans on having 3 stations on the air, on 80-10 meters, with Acom 1010, Spider-beams, dipoles and verticals. Modes will be CW, SSB and the Digitals modes. QSL via Bernard, F9IE, direct or by the Bureau. The log will be posted on the LoTW -- after a few months, once the largest flow of paper QSLs have been processed. Visit their Web page at:
Ralph/K9ZO and his XYL will be on holiday from here during July, and he expects to be active as K9ZO/VP9. During his stay he plans to be in the IARU Contest (a bit) and also monitor 30/17/12/6 meters.
VR2008, HONG KONG (Special Event)
Members of the Hong Kong Amateur Radio DX Association (HARDXA) are pleased to announce that they have received official permission from the "Office Of The Telecommunications Authority" authorizing them to use the special event callsign VR2008O for the period between July 15th andt August 31st, to celebrate the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Operations will be primarily HF from 40-10 meters and VHF on 6 meters. The modes used shall be primarily SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL direct only to VR2XMT: Charlie Ho, PO Box 900, Fanling Post Office, Hong Kong. There will be no e-QSL or LoTW. Preliminary information and QSL card design has been put onto QRZ.com at:
Bruce, XW1B, will be active in the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry. QSL via E21EIC.
ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS (NA-016)
John, K6AM, will be active as ZF2AM during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via K6AM, direct or by the Bureau or LoTW.
ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS (NA-016)
Jim, W6NRJ, will be operating from Grand Cayman as ZF2LJ from May 17-22nd. This will be a holiday operation only (from the beach). Activity will emphasize the WARC bands as propagation permits. QSLs via W6NRJ, by the Bureau or direct to W6NRJ per (QRZ.com). ADDED NOTE: Dennis, N6KD, will also be joining Jim. Callsign and length of stay was not provided.
ZS8, MARION ISLANDS
Rhynhardt, ZS6DXB, ZS8T Press Officer, announced this past week that Petrus, ZS6GCM, has been on the island for just a little over a month. The staff takeover period is completed and the ship "SA Agulhas" is making its journey back to Cape Town. Rhynhardt also reports the following:
* Petrus has already undergone a full circle walk around the Island with one of the research scientists and has been out of base camp for the past week.
* The team is currently on cleaning duty since the takeover and is now cleaning the entire camp - furthermore it is business as usual and all is well.
* Petrus is planning on starting construction of the antennas this week and will be *QRV as ZS8T by May 9th, 2008.*
* Petrus has also confirmed that the newly installed satellite internet system on Marion Island is working beyond expectations to date, so correspondence between Petrus and the ZS8T team is a lot easier than during the Bouvet Island 3Y0E operation.
Rhynhardt states, "We hereby say good luck to all in working ZS8T, and we look forward to seeing your callsign in the ZS8T logbook." For updates and the first offical announcement of ZS8T being on the air, please visit the official ZS8T Web site at:
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