OPDX Bulletin 863 June 23, 2008

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 863
BID: $OPDX.863
June 23, 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, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5LBU, W5KDJ, WW5L, K7BV, K8YSE, W0SD, DX-IS News Site, Pete's- DX-Newsdesk, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, F5NQL & UFT, G3SWH, G0IAS, GM0DEQ, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Island News, LA9VDA, OH2BN, OM3JW, RSGB IOTA Web Site, VE1QD, VA3RJ & ICPO and VE2TKH for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 15th-June, through Sunday, 22nd-June there were 209 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 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, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FW, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, 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).

The 4W6R from Dili should be going QRT on June 24th. QSLs via EA4URE, by the Bureau or direct to: P.O. Box 220, 28080 Madrid, SPAIN. The online log states that 12641 QSOs are in the database as of June 20th. For more info and updates, visit:


5X, UGANDA (Reminder)
Nick, G3RWF, will once again be active as 5X1NH this week from June 25th to August 15th. Activity will be from Fort Portal in Western Uganda. QSL via G3RWF. He was active during February and March this year and made 11000 QSOs.

Dennis, K7BV, will be active this summer from the Caribbean but on 6 meters ONLY. Look for him to sign as V36M from Caye Caulker Island (NA-073, WW Loc. EK57XR), Belize, from June 20-26th, and as 5J0M from San Andres Island (NA-033, WLOTA LH-2990, WW Loc EK92DM) between June 29th and July 7th. His equipment will be a FT-450 with ACOM-1000 amplifier, running 1KW into a 7 element and 3 element beam. The main frequency will be 50.106.2 MHz USB and /B. The pilot station will be Pat, W5OZI. QSL direct only to W1JJ (QRZ.com). For more information, visit his interesting Web page at:


QSL Manager Allan, G0IAS, informs OPDX that Harry, 7Q7HB (G0JMU), is once again in Malawi. He adds that Harry has put in his shipping container this time a telescopic tiltover mast and a new A4S, which all needs to be assembled. Apparently, the "Gem Quad" that has been at "Club Mak" for years and was erected by Harry and Les/7Q7LA has seen better days, so he is replacing it on this trip. Harry has also taken more stuff to work data modes this time too. Allan states, "A new 'Radio Shack' is in the process of being built also." Remember, the QSL route for 7Q7HB is as always "DIRECT ONLY" to G0IAS (NO BUREAU... Allan is not a member of the RSGB, so he is NOT allowed to use the BUREAU in the UK and there is NO Bureau in Malawi). If anyone has any questions for Allan, his E-mail is good on QRZ.com and is: allan.g0ias@btinternet.com Allan will answer any E-mails within a couple of hours.

Andrew, G7COD, will be active as 8P9KA from Harts Gap between June 28th and July 4th. Activity is planned for 40/30/20/17/15 meters with operating times taking place between 2100-2300z everyday, concentrating on SSB with some CW. QSL via G7COD, by the bureau or direct. For more information on QSL info, please see 8P9KA on (QRZ.com).

Operator Sigi/DL7DF and a team of operators will be active as A25/DL7DF from Botswana between September 23rd and October 6th. They plan to have several stations on the air on 160-10 meters using CW and SSB. One station will be exclusively dedicated to RTTY, PSK31 and SSTV. Operators mentioned are: Manfred/DK1BT, Wolfgang/DL4WK, Andy/DL5CW, Sigi/DL7DF, Frank/DL7UFR and Leszek/SP3DOI. QSL via DL7DF, direct or by the DARC Bureau. Pilots for this DXpedition are Bernd/DF3CB and Floyd/N5FG. For more details, please visit:


Andre, ON7YK, will once again be active as C56YK between October 13th and November 9th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, perhaps also 160m, using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. He will only have 100 watts and will use a Spiderbeam for 20/17/15/12/10m and a dipole for 80/40/30 meters. This will be a holiday style operation. For more details and updates, visit the Web site at:


Frosty, K5LBU, informs OPDX readers that "things are looking up for our Dxpedition to Mozambique this July." He states that they will be on the air starting the night of July 16th through the 30th. They will have 2 complete stations; one for CW and one for SSB. Both will have T-8 Log-Periodics thanks to Tennedyne at about 50 feet plus. There will also be a 40 meter 4 square and possibly 80 meter 4 square and 72 foot vertical for 160/80/30 meters. There will also be 6 meters with a M2 6 meter beam. Frosty is hoping to have a new Expert 1K-FA amplifier to try out, but time is about up and without sponsors, they will be using the old IC2KL amps. Look for activity on EME from 6 meters through 70cm (Thanks to Hal/ZS6WB and several other South African hams). Frosty is going to try and make sure that some of their CW operators give CW a shot on EME. The C9 team has several new members and now consists of the following operators:

       Charles F. Frost (Frosty)  K5LBU  - C91CF,  QSL via home callsign.
       Tom Kramer                 NQ7R   - C91TK,  QSL via home callsign.
       Jay Sewell                 W5SL   - C91SL,  QSL via home callsign.
       John Plenderleith          9M6XRO - C91XO*, QSL via M3SDE.
       Bill Dzurilla              NZ5N   - C91BD,  QSL via WA4WTG.
       Bob Novak                  K0OK   - C91OK*, QSL via home callsign.
       Ben Pyfer                  DJ0YI  - C91YI*, QSL via home callsign.
                                     * Callsign pending
Activity will be on all bands from 160-6 this trip. Frosty just hopes that they get some sunspots so that folks can work them on 15/12/10m. They will have a log search on the Web sometime after their operations start at:
Their InterNet is via a pay as you go cell phone, so don't look for too much from them everyday.
ADDED NOTE: John will be leaving the team to go over to Swaziland on the 18th to operate there until the 23rd. His cards should go to his QSL Manager M3SDE.

CY0, SABLE ISLAND (Reminder)
The 6 meter DXpedition to Sable Island is scheduled to take place this week between June 25th through July 7th. 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 to 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). For updates, visit their Web page at:

GT7, ISLE OF MAN (SOTA Activity)
Phil, G4OBK, will be visiting the Isle of Man this week and will be using the Scarborough special events callsign GT7OOO/P to activate several of the summits on the Island for SOTA award. His activity will be mainly on 40 meters CW. He expects to be active for up to 8 hours during the daylight in several sessions between Monday, June 23rd and Friday, June 27th, from the top of the hills. QSL is via the Bureau to G0OOO. Phil mentions that this will be the first time that the GT7 prefix has ever been aired on HF.

Edwin, HI3K, will be active during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via KB2MS.

AS-147. Look for 7L3ATQ/8 to be active from Teuri Island (JIIA AS-147-008) in the JA8 Hokkaido Coastal Island Group between now and June 24th. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via the home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-055. Trond, LA9VDA, will be active from Vaagsoy and various lighthouses between June 27th and July 4th. Lighthouses to be activated are: WLOTA LA-2181, ARLHS NOR-116, ARLHS NOR-141 and ARLHS-209. QSL via the address on (QRZ.com).

EU-072. Members of the White Tower DX Team will be active as SX8WT from Alonnisos Island (GIOTA NAS-065, MIA MG-008, also count for WLOTA LH-4091), between August 30th and September 5th. Operators mentioned are: SV0XAW, SV1ENG, SV2FPU, SV2GNQ, SV2HNZ, SV2HOB, SV2HPP, SV2HPY SV2HRT and SV2HSV. QSL via SV2HPP. The team's Web site at:


EU-123. Members of the "Crocodile Rock Amateur Group" (CRAG) will be active as GM5C from Isle of Great Cumbrae during the IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). Operators mentioned are: Bob/GM0DEQ, Robbie/GM0SEI and Jennifer/MM0JJV, with the support from Livia (SWL) and Corrie. QSL via GM0SEI. ADDED NOTE: Bob, GM0DEQ, states, "The Scots Crocodile Rock Amateur Group (CRAG) has carried out several island DXpeditions over the past ten years including:

   1997    Monach Islands          GB6MI
                              1997    Isle of Little Cumbrae  GM0DEQ/P
                              1998    Treshnish Islands       GB5TI
                              1998    Staffa Island           GB8FF
                              1999    Horse Island            GB2NAG
                              1999    Treshnish Islands       GB5TI
All of the above were QSL managed by group member and dear friend Eddie, GM0KVI [SK]. During the DXpedition to the island of Lunga, Treshnish in 1998, our trip ended when KVI suffered a massive heart attack and had to be airlifted by helicopter off the island. He survived but never made it back to full health and despite surgery he died in 2004. Recently, the circumstances of KVI's death and his QSL management appears to be the subject of ill informed gossip and innuendo.

GM0DEQ and GM0SEI would like to point out that Eddie, who was a valued member of the group, insisted on remaining as QSL manager and as far as we are aware did a sterling job despite his severe health and personal difficulties, and that everyone who requested a QSL received one. However, we recognize that there may be some whom requested a QSL and did not receive one or who would now like one to complete an award. Anyone in this position should submit another request via the relevant GB call manager or direct to GM0DEQ, (9 Weston Place, Prestwick, KA9 2ED, SCOTLAND, UK) who has now recently recovered the logs and some original cards for these DXpeditions from personal effects held by KVI's family."

EU-135. Operators Anders/SM5EFX, Johan/SM5XZB and Per/SM5XZC will be active as SM5EFX/2 from Ledskar Island for the entire month of July (July 1-31st). Look for sporadic activations during July and participation in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). QSL via SM5EFX.

EU-170. Bill, ON5JE, will be active as 9A/ON5JE from Pag Island (ACIA 188, CIA-32, IOCA CI-082, MIA MC-282, WLOTA LH-1796) between June 21st and July 5th. Activity will be on/near the ususual island and IOTA frequencies. QSL via his home callsign. NA-044. Juergen, NF6J, will be active as VO2/NF6J from Battle Island (CISA NF-049), Newfoundland & Labrador, June 25-30th. Activity will be on/near the usual island and IOTA frequencies. QSL via DL7RV (QRZ.com)

NA-140. The father and son team of Randy/WS4C and Ben/AI4SK will be active from Middle Hooper Island (USI MD-016S, Dorchester County, Maryland), June 26-27th. They hope to have two stations on the air using CW and SSB near the following frequencies: 14260, 14040, 7180 (also listening near 7075 if band open), 7030, 3820 and 3530 kHz. QSL via AI4SK, direct or by the bureau.

Bill, WB5ZAM, will once again be active here as J68WI between October 16-30th. No contesting is planned, but activity will be on 30-10 meters as the bands allow, and 6 meters if open. No low bands. QSL via WB5ZAM.

The Halifax Amateur Radio Club (HARC) invites DXers, contesters and HF enthusiasts to the Fifth Annual Maritime DX Forum (MDF). It will be held on Friday, August 22nd, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as part of HARC’s 75th anniversary celebration Ham Fest, August 21-24th. See

for MDF and Ham Fest details. The MDF program on Friday will run from 8:30 am until 4:45 pm, followed by the DX/Hamfest banquet. The speakers - active and outstanding members of our ham radio community - include:
* Jeff Briggs, K1ZM/VY2ZM on "Understanding Marconi's 1901 Transatlantic Wireless Feat".
* Dave Goodwin, VO1AU/VE3AAQ, and Garry Hammond, VE3XN, profile Canadians on the DXCC Honor Role.
* Ann Santos, WA1S, presents the story of The March 2008 TX5C Clipperton Island Expedition.
* John Sluymer, VE3EJ, talks about World Class Radio Competition and Contesting.
* David Sumner, K1ZZ, CEO of the ARRL will give the Banquet address on "Not Your Grandfather's Amateur Radio".

The cost of the Maritime DX Forum is $45 and the banquet is $35, but we urge you to register for the whole Ham Fest and take advantage of the other events during the weekend. Registration can be done online at www.harc75.org . Please let the MDF Chair, Scott Wood, VE1QD, know of your intention to attend. You can also address any questions to him. He can be contacted at: ve1qd@rac.ca or at (902) 823-2761.

Members of the Lone Star DX Association (LSDXA) elected its new officers for 2008-2009 on Saturday, June 14th. Officers are:
President Dave Jaksa, W0VX: A former LSDXA Chief Director and President in the 1990s.
Activities Director Rick Barnett, N0RB
Information Director Tom Anderson WW5L: Re-elected
Secretary/Treasurer Jim Bass, K5KQI: Re-elected

Appointed to various positions were:
Webmaster Pete Hicks, N5KD
Ham-Com/W5DXCC Coordinators - Ken Knudson/N5TY, Bill Priakos/W5SJ and Herb Blair/K5AT.
The LSDXA's ARRL DXCC card checker nomination is in progress said Jaksa.

Phil, G3SWH (AD5YS), informs that his good friend Albert, 5R8GZ, tells him the station currently operating as 5R8/IW1GTO is a pirate station without licence and is unknown by the Office Malagasy d'Etudes et Telecommunications Regulatory Board (OMERT), the local licensing authority in Madagascar.

QSL OH0B via OH2BH. From a press release by Jarmo, OH2BN:

"OH0B - Midsummer in Aland Islands, June 19-22nd -- Not many people have probably thought about the meaning of Midsummer for the folks up in Northern Europe and specifically those rituals that are related to Aland Islands. Maybe not even about the reason why OH0 ranks as another DXCC counter. Simply, Aland is a highly modern society of some 27,000 people and a dozen or so active hams. Also, it is home to three super stations stuck away at different points of the archipelago.

To reach Aland Islands one needs to take a ferry from mainland Finland. See more details at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%85land_Islands

It was 28 years ago when Martti, OH2BH and Leena, OH2BE visited the easternmost island of the Aland group - Brando - and fell in love with its beauty and remoteness plus the instant pileups always created from there. And that marked the beginning of what is now one of the well-known super stations frequently active with several callsigns. In terms of hardware, the latest addition there was an 80M beam that was put up last autumn.

That particular occasion almost thirty years ago was the Midsummer celebration which is very special to these islands. This weekend Martti and Leena will be on that same mission, and you will hear OH0B activated mostly on 20M SSB. QSL via OH2BH. http://www.visitaland.com/en "

QSL STATUS OF ST2DZ AND YI9AJ. QSL Manager Steve, OM3JW, informs OPDX that the ST2DZ and YI9AJ QSLs will be back from the printer in August, and the start of confirmations will go out at the end of August. Be patient please.

TL8PB QSLS? (OPDX Readers want to know!) Has anyone received a QSL from this DXpedition which was held in Central African Republic in April 2007, by TL8PB. QSL route was LA0HF. We would appreciate any information you can share about this DXpedition.

VP6DX QSL UPDATE. OPDX readers are suggested to read the very long comprehensive press release (dated June 18th) on the VP6DX DXpedition's Web site at:

An excerpt from the release states: "An earlier press release stated that we expected QSL cards to enter the postal system in mid-April. We must apologize for failing to meet that deadline. Our printer offered us an opportunity to send an extraordinary QSL card. The direct-mail 'card' will be a 36-page booklet, sponsored by the QSL-Shop and Knut Theurich, DG0ZB,
. This booklet has the same dimensions as a QSL card, and contains over 80 color photos and maps. The text includes information about the major sponsors, Ducie Island history, and the VP6DX project. With a thickness of 1mm, the VP6DX QSL will fit in standard QSL card display holders. Not surprisingly, it takes much more time to design and prepare for printing a 36-page booklet than a standard QSL card. We submitted the complete draft of the card design to the printer on May 14th.

During the next several weeks we worked together with the printer to resolve technical layout issues and to proofread the final design. The final proof was approved on June 6 and printing of 20,000 cards began on June 9th. Last Friday June 13th more than 500 kg (1100 lb) of cards were shipped to the QSL team which should arrive around the end of this week. We hope you will find this special card worth the additional waiting time......

Note: Because QSL bureaus are not equipped to handle a booklet, VP6DX QSLs delivered via the bureau will use a normal card with color photographs." Other details in the press release deal with:
* QSL processing status.
* Donors without callsigns in the database.
* Instructions for donors who have made an on-line QSL request, but have not received LOTW credit.
* List of donors without callsigns as of Monday, June 16th, 2008




It is with great sadness to report that well-known YL DXer and recently inducted into the CQ DX Hall of Fame, Nellie Saltiel de Lazard, XE1CI, became a "Silent Key" (SK) on Monday, June 16th. She had been fighting Pancreatic cancer. DXers around the world will miss this YL's signal on the air. OPDX and its readers would like to pass on our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of Nellie.

Gerhard, OE3GEA, will be active as SV5/OE3GEA from Rhodes (EU-001, MIA MGD-028, WLOTA LH-0045) between August 11-17th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters CW, using only 30 watts. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

Ed, W0SD, updates OPDX readers on their 6 meters DXpedition to St. Barthelemy which will take place between June 28th through July 6th. Operators Arliss/W7XU, Holly/N0QJM and Ed/W0SD will be active as TO5E. Ed 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 will be some night time HF RTTY and CW operation on 30 and 20 meters when 6 meters sporadic E is over for the day."
Their approximate/sporadic HF activities will take place between 0200-1000z on the following bands and modes: CW - 10103 and 14023 kHz, RTTY - 10123 and 14080 kHz, and SSB - 14195 and 14260 kHz. Activity on 6 meters will be on 50103 kHz CW/SSB listening up as directed. They will have an on-line logs search on their Web site (thanks to logsearch.DE) which will be uploaded nightly at:
If you are in the log, please don't call to decrease the chance of others. The QSL route is via W7XU, direct or by the Bureau. Bureau cards will take quite sometime and eventually they hope to upload all QSOs to LoTW after all the QSLing has taken place which is likely to be mid 2009.

Operators Eddy/K5WQG and Colin/KU5B will be active as V31MR and V31UB, repsectively, from Placencia, Belize, July 7-21st. Activity will be mostly CW, with some SSB and RTTY. They are planning a Multi/Single entry in the IARU HF Championship (July 12-13th). QSL V31UB via KU5B and V31MR via N5ET.

VE2008, CANADA (Special Event)
Look for special event station VE2008VQ to be active from June 28th to July 27th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the foundation of Quebec City. Operators will be VE2HO, VE2AWR, VA2RIO, VE2TKH and others from Quebec City. QSL card for this event is via Serge, VE2AWR, direct or by the bureau.

Wayne, W5KDJ, will be active as YN2KDJ from YN2N's station in Granada, Nicaragua, July 3-14th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters with priority on 160\80 meters. Operations will be on CW/RTTY and the IARU Contest (July 12-13th). QSL via W5KDJ, eQSL and the LoTW. Online log will be available at:


There is still no activity reported. 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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