OPDX Bulletin 864 June 30, 2008

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 864
BID: $OPDX.864
June 30, 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, NI5DX, AC7DX, K8YSE, DX-IS News Site, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, 2E1EUB, 4L2M, 9M6DXX, A35RK, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, EA3BHK, F5NQL & UFT, G3NYY, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Island News, M3SDE, MM0NDX, PF5X, RSGB IOTA Web Site, SM3CVM, S50XX, SV1HER, UT3UZ, VA3RJ & ICPO and VU2PTT for the following DX information.

Sorry for the slight delay on this week's bulletin. I am a little burned out because I spent much of my time this past week at NODXA's Field Day site. Everything should be back to normal next weekend.... 73 de Tedd KB8NW

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 22nd-June, through Sunday, 29th-June there were 208 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z7, 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).

2M1, SCOTLAND (Satellites and Low-band)
Paul, 2E1EUB, is active again as 2M1EUB/p from Cairngorms National Park near Aberdeen (IO87RJ) until July 4th. Activity will be on all satellites (but mainly AO7 SSB), 160/80 meters and some other HF SSB. QSL via his home callsign. Also, visit the (QRZ.com) Web page under 2M1EUB to see a picture of the location and QSL info.

4W, TIMOR-LESTE (Update)
Xavier, EA3BHK, reported last week on Tuesday that the 4W6R team flew back home to Spain on a 30 hour flight from Dili (4W) - Darwin (VK) - Singapore (9V) - Paris (F) and finally Madrid. They wish to thank the ham radio community for the help and sponsorship. They made almost 16,000 QSOs, but found that the propagation was not good enough on many bands. The 4W6R Radiosolidarity Project has become a big success, now there is a fully equipped ham radio station at the University of Dili. They hope that this is a seed for having 4W stations on the air soon and regulary beacause the electronic students were very interested in this project. Remember to QSL via EA4URE, by the Bureau or direct to: P.O. Box 220, 28080 Madrid, SPAIN. Meanwhile, reports also indicate that Jose, CT1ERC, is expected to be there until early August and possibly operate from that station as either 4W6UTL or 4W6ERC. QSL via CT1ERC.

Operators John/9M6XRO and Steve/9M6DXX will lead a team of six operators (James/9V1YC, Pete/SM5GMZ, Jay/W5SL and Tim/M3SDE) to Pulau Layang Layang, Spratly Islands (IOTA AS-051), some time in March 2009 (1-14th was mentioned earlier). 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). A new Web site has been set-up for updates, and now it has a poll on it for what bands are needed. Please visit the site at:


A3, TONGA (Looking for Dry Weather/Back on The Air!)
Paul, A35RK, is finally getting back on the air after record-rainfall season. He informs OPDX that the waters are receding, but the bad weather has not only badly damaged their bush road (4WD required), but the lack of sunshine has severely restricted his availability of electrical power for several months. Paul states, "my 'play radio' time has also been limited....to brief periods of listening and QRP transmissions. However, our batteries are all charged up now, and I hope that I can be more active." Another problem has been his InterNet/E-mail access (no service whatsoever from mid-February until late April; then intermittent service for 2 weeks in May; and again a complete system failure from mid-May until today). Paul states that he will be installing a SteppIR "BIG IR" vertical with the 80m kit as soon as the ground dries out and he gets the house painted. His 3-element SteppIR yagi is working fine, and the 4-element 6M yagi is also up. Paul was heard this past week on 20 meters SSB just after 0215z.

AT6, India
On behalf of the Amateur Radio Society of India (ARSI), Prasad, VU2PTT, will be active in the IARU Contest using his special callsign AT6T as the HQ station. Look for AT6T giving out the ARSI multiplier on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB during the IARU Contest. Prasad has permission to use this callsign from July 1st through the end of September 2008. Look for this special callsign possibly in other contests as well. As usual, all QSOs will be uploaded to the ARRL's Logbook of the World (LoTW) and QSL requests may be made to VU2PTT direct (QRZ.com) or via the ARSI Bureau. Please use the current IRC for direct requests, green stamps have a habit of disappearing in the postal system along with your QSL card. It is also not legal in India to send or receive currency by postal mail, and the recipient can get into trouble.

Kenny/K2KW and his XYL Stephanie/KD8GKM will be heading to the Caribbean next month and will be active from Saba Island (NA-145) first as PJ6/K2KW and PJ6/KD8GKM between July 1-7th. Next stop will be St. Maarten where they will be active as PJ7/K2KW and PJ7/KD8GKM between July 8-10th. Activity will be on the HF bands as well as 6 meters. QSL via WA4WTG. Visit the following Web page for more information at:


Operators CT1BOL, CT1DSV, CT1EFS, CT1ENV, CT1FEK and CT1HFS will be active as CQ9U from Selvagens Island (AF-047), July 24-27th. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest. QSL via CT1BOL. Visit the CQ9U Web site at:


Andrea, IZ2LSC, will be active as CU2/IZ2LSC from Sao Miguel Island (EU-003), July 9-19th. Activity will be holiday style and mainly on 20 meters SSB using a FT-857 and End-Fed Zepp antenna. QSL via IZ2LSC, only by the Bureau or LoTW.

CY0, SABLE ISLAND (Update/Freq Change)
The 6 meter DXpedition to Sable Island is now up and active 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 50.108 MHz. The team requests,

"Please do NOT send your grid square as it consumes valuable time during an opening."
The operators were very active this past weekend during Field Day. 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. 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:

Look for the club station of Ukrainian State Centre of Radio Frequencies (Ukrchastotnaglyad) to be active during the period of July 7-11th using the callsign EM0ITU. Activity is in connection with an ITU workshop [Spectrum monitoring/Task Problems and Solutions] by the 6th ITU Centre of Excellence in Kiev, Ukraine. QSL via UT3UZ: Alex Arbuzov, P.O. Box 7, Kiev-232, 02232, Ukraine.

GB50, ENGLAND (Special Event)
Walt, G3NYY, will activate the very special callsign GB50OT (that's GB fifty OT) on Sundays, July 6th and 13th, to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of RAOTA, the Radio Amateur Old Timers' Association. Activity will be on all bands 80-6 meters on CW, SSB and Digital modes. An attractive colorful QSL is available. QSL to GB50OT via the bureau, or direct with return postage via QSL Manager G3VBE.

HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN (25 Years of DXpeditions to HB0)
Members of the Rhein Ruhr DX Association (RRDXA) will be active as HB0/HB9AON and will be celebrating their 25th DXpedition to Triesenberg, Liechtenstein, between October 18-31st. Operators mentioned are: DJ2YE, DL8EAQ, DK8EY, DL8DAW, DK5EZ, DG3EX and DL6EAQ, as well as members of the DARC clubs Wulfrath (R29) and Neandertal (R09, Mettmann/Erkrath) and some guests. The German team will also be active in the CQ World-Wide SSB DX Contest as a Multi- Multi entry. QSL via DJ2YE.

EU-001. Kurt, HB9XCL, will be active from Kos Island (MIA MGD-016, WLOTA LH-1730), July 3-9th. Expected activity will be on 80-10 meters, propagation permitting. QSL via his home callsign, bureau is preferred.

EU-038. Hans, PA2MRT, will be active from Texel Island (WLOTA LH-0043), July 13-18th. He will be operating mobile from 80-10 meters with a Henry SS-750 amplifier and HQ5-80 antenna. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

EU-077. Members of the OCV DX Team will once again be on another DX- pedition for the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). Look for them to be active as AM1S from the Island of Sisarga Grande (DIE O-137 for the Spanish Islands Award, WLOTA LH-0693). They will operate as a Multi-Op/Low-Power entry in the contest. Operators mentioned are: Pepe/EA1DKV, Domingo/EA1DAX, Carlos/ EA1US, Javier/EA1FDI, Luis/EA1NT, Amadeo/EA1CA, Jes/EA1JO, Pedro/EA1FCH, Manuel/EA1HP, Jose/EA1ADP, Augusto/EA4TG, Gerard/EA4ST and Jose/EA1OS. Look for possible activity before the contest. Operators will be using their personal homecall/p. QSL AM1S via EA1OS, direct or by the bureau. For more info, please visit:


EU-130. Matteo, IV3YNB, will be active as IV3YNB/QRP from Grado Island (IIA GO-001, MIA MI-039) now through July 12th. His activity will be on CW during the evening and nightime hours. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau. More info is available at:


EU-136. Bjoern, HB9DTV, will be active as 9A/HB9DTV from Rab Island (ACIA 168, CIA-38, IOCA CI-096, MIA MC-330, WLOTA LH-2198), July 20-26th. Activity will be on or around the usual island and IOTA frequencies. QSL via his home callsign, bureau is preferred.

NA-067. Operators Johnathan/AB3FX, Jeanne/KB3PVA and Bob/KB3NVH will be active as AB3FX/4 from Ocracoke Island (USi NC-001S, WLOTA LH-0466, Hyde County, North Carolina) between August 10-16th. This will be a holiday style activity with activity mainly on 20 meters. They also hope to take part in the later part of the Maryland-DC QSO party. QSL via the bureau to AB3FX. Direct is "OK" for U.S. stations; there is no need to include an SASE unless you would like a card back in an envelope (otherwise it will come as a postcard).

NA-140. Steve, NY3A, will be active as NY3A/p from Middle Hooper Island (USI MD-016S, Dorchester County, Maryland) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). QSL direct to his home callsign.

SA-037. The "4M5DX Group" is planning another IOTA activation this time to Blanquilla Island. Operations will take place between August 4-9th and the callsign will be YW5IOTA. Operators mentioned are: Alex/YV5SSB (Team Leader), YV5TX, YY4MP, YY4RN, YV1FM, YV5EU, OH0XX/YV5WW, YV5ANT, and YV5MSG. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. The dates may undergo a small change due to the Navy of Venezuela, which will transport them to the island. Sponsors and individual donations are welcome. Interested parties may contact the QSL Manager Corrado, IT9DAA. Visit their Web page at:


The KL7DX IOTA DXpedition to Chuginadak Island (Grid AO52) is planned to take place from July 21-27th. At the moment, team members include Yuri/N3QQ, Victor/RU4SU, Sergey/RA3NAN and Yuri/UA9OBA. The team will try to make as many 2-way radio contacts as possible with IOTA Island Chasers on all HF bands including 6 meters. As of right now they are in the final planning stages for Chuginadak Island (Islands of Four Mountains Group) NA-234 Amateur Radio DXpedition. Estimated dates are: Landing on or around July 21st, 2008, departure on or around July 27th, 2008. QSL ONLY to AC7DX and follow special postage and mailing instructions at (QRZ.com) only. DO NOT send your cards to the Alaskan address. Further information can be found at:


Greek operators John/SV1GE, Cliff/SV1JG, Spiros/ SV1RC, George/SV1RP, Nikiforos/SV1EEX, Theodoros/SV1GRM, John/SV1GYG, Sotirios/SV1HER and Daniel/SV1JCZ will activate for the first time the lighthouse called Ipsili (WLOTA: L-0237, ARLHS: GRE-123) on the rocky islet Strogili (IOTA: EU-001, GIOTA: DKS 001, MIA: MGD-022), from July 25th to August 4th. The lighthouse was built in 1917. The altitude of the tower is 9 meters and the height of focal plane is 85 meters. The callsign will be SX5C. Activity will be on all bands from 160-2m on all modes. All the above hams are also members of the Radio Amateur Association of Greece

. QSL manager is SV1HER. Also, for more details please look at the Web page at:

Operators Bob/W3BTX (P49T), Roy/W3TEF and Joop/P43JB will once again be using the special issued prefix and callsign P41USA (in remembering the USA attacks on September 11, 2001), between September 3-12th. Activity will be on all bands 160-2 meters. QSL Manager is W3TEF. ADDED NOTE: Bob states, "Last year was the 1st time for P41USA, and we worked over 4,000 QSOs and over 100 countries."

Mamuka, 4L2M, informs OPDX that a station active as 4L6X has been on the air and is operating without Georgian permission.

QSL ROUTES by Johannes/DK8JB and Tedd/KB8NW:

9H9PYSM via 9H1AJ (direct)

NEW MANAGER. As of June 21st, Buzz, NI5DX, is the QSL Manager for Eric, Z21BC. Buzz has Eric's logs and can answer any QSO since the beginning of his activity, which was January of 2007. When QSLing to NI5DX from outside the U.S., please include a SAE (Self-Addressed Envelope) and a minimum of 1 USD or IRC. U.S. requests should include a SASE at a minimum. NI5DX reports that there has been an increase in foreign requests with only a SAE and nothing included for return postage. Buzz is trying to contact the requesting station via E-mail to see if they want to send postage or if they want the requested card put in the bureau. Buzz only sends cards to the outgoing bureau one time a year, usually in January, so a bureau requests could take a very long time to reach the station requesting a card from any of the DX stations managed by NI5DX.




SI, SWEDEN (Special Event)
Rob, PE9PE, informs OPDX that he will be active as SI9AM from Sweden's King Chulalongkorn Memorial Amateur Radio Society in Utanede, July 4-11th. Suggested frequencies are (SSB only): 1840, 3760, 7060, 14210, 18160, 21310, 24960 and 28510 kHz. QSL via SM3CVM, by the bureau or CBA (E-mail requests for bureau cards can be sent to: info@si9am.se ). More information can be found at:


OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the below mentioned "Silent Keys" (SK):

Enno, PF5X, informs OPDX that his QSL Manager Henk van Hensbergen, PA0KHS, became a "Silent Key" (SK) on June 22nd. Henk managed the QSL cards for Enno's 9V1CW, 9M2/PF5X and VK6ERA activities. He also managed S61FD (2005/6) and S65X (PACC 2006) on behalf of SARTS. ADDED NOTE: If you need cards for the above mentioned activities, please send them to Enno's home address: Enno Korma, De Strengen 34, 6581 JZ MALDEN, The Netherlands. All logs will be uploaded to LoTW during autumn 2008.

It was announced last week that Raymond McClure, W8CNL, became a "Silent Key" (SK) on June 25th. His age was 69. Ray was a QSL Manager for a number of DX stations.

SM, SWEDEN (Special Event)
Rob, PE9PE, will be active as SI9AM from the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Amateur Radio Society from late evening July 4th to July 11th. Suggested frequencies are as follows:
CW - 1817, 3517, 7017, 10117, 14017, 18077, 21017, 24897 and 28017 kHz
SSB - 1840, 3760, 7060, 14210, 18160, 21310, 24960 and 28510 kHz
FM - 145.550 MHz and repeater RV49 - 145.612.5 MHz

QSL via SM3CVM, by the bureau or CBA (E-mail requests for bureau cards can be sent to: info@si9am.se SI9AM Award and more information can be found at:


The VK9XWW/VK9XHZ/VK9XOR/VK9XME DXpedition has announced that they have changed their operating dates to July 14-21st (instead of July 8-20th). According to their Web page:

"The team will rent a big van for 6 members and all the material and bags, and 2 friends of the team will help with transportation to the Barcelona airport. In the afternoon of July 8th the team will depart to Singapore via Amsterdam and will arrive there the following day and stay in Singapore until July 11th, then they will fly to Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur until July 13th. On July 14th, they will arrive at Christmas Island and install as many antennas as possible and start the activity."
The offical Web site is: http://www.dxciting.com/vk9x/

VO2, CANADA (Rare Canadian IOTAs)
Operators Cezar/VE3LYC and Ken/G3OCA will activate two rare Canadian IOTAs that have been on only once about 13-14 years ago. Look for them to operate from Finger Hill Island (NA-194) and Paul Island (NA-205), between July 30th and August 5th using the callsign VO2A. They intend to operate for three days from each island with two stations on the air from 40-6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via VE3LYC, direct or by the Bureau (G/GM/GW/GI stations can confirm via G3OCA).

Remember to look for Jim/WB2REM to be active as VP5/WB2REM between July 2-12th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, using CW and SSB. QSL direct ONLY via WB2REM.

Look for YU8/S56M to be activated by the Slovenia Contest Club team which will visit Kosovo during the first part of August 2008. Main target is participation in the WAE CW Contest. Activity outside of the contest will be on all HF bands and modes including 6 meters. QSL via S57U. More information will be available on the SCC home page 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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