OPDX Bulletin 869 August 4, 2008

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 869
BID: $OPDX.869
August 4, 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 Web Page, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q, K3IXD, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, AC7DX, K5SL, K8MR, K8YSE, APDXC 2008 Committee, DX-IS News Site, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, A35RK, CX3AL, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, F5NQL & UFT, GM3WOJ, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2YSB, JE2EHP, JI6KVR & IOTA-JA News, LU1ARG, RSGB IOTA Web Site, TA1HZ, TA0U, VA3RJ & ICPO, VU2JOS and VU2RBI for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 27th/July, through Sunday, 3rd/August there were 199 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5X, 6W, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, 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, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, 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, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).

2008 APDXC
Mac, JA3USA, sends the following (edited):
"Dear Fellow DX-ers and Contesters,
You are cordially invited to the Asia Pacific DX Convention on November 7 through 9, 2008.

Please take a look at the website to see some photos and presentation videos from the first APDXC which was held in 2005. The many DX-ers from all over the world who attended enjoyed it very much.

In addition to the usual presentations of recent DX-peditions, technical sessions, etc., this convention offers something special. Since it's being held in the country from which most of the modern amateur radio equipment comes from, you'll have the opportunity to tour the Icom factory, participate in a Q&A session with Icom engineers, tour the electronics district, and more.

We would appreciate your introducing this convention to your DX/contest club members. Please see our website for more details at:


For convention updates, please visit the website and send an e-mail to subscribe to the APDXC newsletter. We look forward to welcoming you at the APDXC in Osaka, Japan....... APDXC Committee / JA3USA"

"The Daily DX" reports that John, VE2EQL, will be active as 3XY0D from KanKan, between now and August 9th. Activity will mostly be on 20/17/15 meters, with some activity on 40 meters. He plans to be on the air around 1000-1100z and after 2300z. QSL via his home callsign.

Some reports indicate that Jean-Marc, F1HDI, will be part of a DXpedition team planning to activate Sainte Marie Island (AF-090), from September 20-25th. Activity seems to be focused on 144 MHz EME, but HF is mentioned. More details are forthcoming.

Laurent, F8ATM, will be active as 6V7L between August 8-22nd. Activity will be on all HF bands using SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

6V, SENEGAL (Special Event)
The Senegalese SNRASEC ARC (6W7PCT) will activate the special callsign 6V7SPACE during the Space Week between October 4-10th. A rendezvous is scheduled on October 4th for an air meeting between a class at the Grandcour school (Switzerland, Fribourg Canton) and the Scientific Club of the College IV of Mbour (Senegal). Radio and SSTV exchanges are planned. More information is available on the SNRASEC Web page at:


8J, JAPAN (Special Event Stations)
8J1A - Will be activated between August 1-24th to celebrate the 2008 Amateur Radio Festival. QSL via the JARL Bureau.

8J5IKUJU - Will be activated between August 1st and October 26th to celebrate the 32nd National Ikuju (or Cultivating Trees) Festival. Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL via the JARL Bureau.

8J750MCS - Will be activated between August 1st and October 31st to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Japan Cancer Society and Miyagi(Pref.) Cancer Society. Look for activity on all bands and modes. QSL via the JARL Bureau.

Andrew, G7COD, will once again be active for the fifth time from the Island of Embudu in the Kaafu Atoll, Maldives (AS-013), using the callsign 8Q7AK between 0800z, October 12th and 0800z, October 25th. Activity will be on 40-12 meters using CW and SSB. He plans to be operational every day from approximately 0730-0830z, 0900-1030z, 1300- 1500z and 1730-1745z. Suggested frequencies are (+/- QRM):
SSB - 7063, 14147, 18133, 21253 and 24953 kHz
CW - 7003, 10103, 14003, 18073, 21003 and 24893 kHz
For comprehensive details of operating times, spot frequencies, QSL information, etc, please check 8Q7AK on (QRZ.com).

IMPORTANT NOTE FROM Andrew/G7COD (edited): "I am completely up-to-date with the return of QSLs for those received direct and/or eQSLs from previous activations. If you have not received yours, please send your QSL again. If you have not received a return QSL for cards sent via the bureau this is because of the slow process rate. I will return cards via the bureau as soon as possible, as and when I receive them from the bureau. All QSLs should be sent via the bureau or direct to G7COD. Please note: 8Q7AK is approved for DXCC credits."

9Q, DEM. REP. OF CONGO (But Moving To A6)
Philippe, 9Q1TB (F5LTB), has announced this past week that after 5 years he is leaving the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and is expected to move to the United Arab Emirates (A6) in September. He has already applied for an A6 licence. However, Philippe continues to be active from DRC, mainly speaking French, on 40-6 meters. He prefers 20 meters SSB (lower portion) between 0700-0800z and 15 meters (21188 kHz) between 1500-1600z using only 100 watts. He reports that he has removed his 160/80 meters antennas. QSL via SM5DJZ.

AT25, INDIA (Special Event)
Jose, VU2JOS, from the National Institute of Amateur Radio (NAIR), announced the celebration of the 25th anniversary of NIAR, the premier Amateur Radio organziation in India. The following two special callsigns will be activated:

AT25MY - From NIAR in Hyderabad. Operators will be VU2MY (S.Suri), VU2MYH (S.Ram Mohan), VU2BL (Ms.M.Bhanumathy), VU2JOS (Jose Jacob), VU2YAM (Ms.S.Yamini), VU2LFA (Sushil Kumar Dhingra), VU2JMA (Ms.B.Jayamma), VU2UWZ (S.Madhu Mohan) and VU3LMS (Ms.Lissy Jose).

AT25RG - From New Delhi. Operator VU2RBI (YL Bharathi).

Operators Freddy/F5IRO and David/F8CRS will be making visits to the Islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe between August 4-21st. Their schedule and stops are as follows:
August 4-17th - Active as TO8S from Les Saintes Island (NA-114); with 2 HF stations, mainly CW on 80-10 meters (some SSB and RTTY too). During the same period, they will try to be active as FG/homecall from Guadeloupe (NA-102) for 3-4 days with one station, and FM/homecall from the Island Martinique (NA-107) for 3-4 days. It is recommend to watch the clusters!

August 18-21st - They will end their stay and be active as FM/homecall from the Martinique (NA-107) with 1 station.

Operations will be holiday style during their spare time. QSL via F8CRS, by the Bureau or direct (w/SAE+postage).

C6, BAHAMAS (IOTA/Lighthouse Op)
Look for C6APR to be activated again from Crooked Island Lodge, Pittstown Point, Crooked Island (NA-113) between October 23-26th. Activity will include the 2008 CQWW SSB Contest. Before and after the contest, C6APR will be on the HF bands including 30/17/12 meters using CW and SSB. Also before and after the contest, the callsign C6AXD will be used on HF RTTY. Both calls are good for Bird Rock Lighthouse (ARLHS BAH-005, TWLHD WLHC6-002, WLOTA LH-0118, Admiralty J4792) as well as IOTA NA-113 and Grid FL22tt. All QSLs go to K3IXD.

Luca, IK2NCJ, will once again be active from the D4C Contest station on Sao Vicente (AF-086, WLOTA LH-1976, WW Loc. HK76MV), Cape Verde Islands, August 6-18th. This time he will have Girts, YL2KL, with him for the Worked All Europe CW Contest (August 9-10th) as a Multi- Single entry. Luca is also expected to be in the SARTG World Wide RTTY Contest (August 16-17th). He will be watching 6 meters while there. The 6 meter beacon runs 40 watts and the beacon will be on 50.034 MHz with a vertical antenna. QSL via IZ4DPV.

* Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, reports that the following operation is approved for DXCC credit:
5X4X - Uganda; Current operation effective 2007
If you had cards rejected for this operation, send an E-mail to dxcc@arrl.org to be placed on the list for an update.

* Buzz, NI5DX, reports, "I have heard from NC1L about the acceptance of YI9WV's operation for DXCC credit. I am pleased to state that Kitch's activities have been approved for DXCC credit."

* During the ARRL Board of Directors Second Meeting of 2008, held on July 18-19th in Windsor, Connecticut, the Board acted on the "Programs and Services Committee" report voting to eliminate Rule 5 from Section III of the DXCC Rules. The Committee realized that while publishing log data can have a detrimental effect on operating awards, it was not possible to control such actions and the rule cannot be enforced. As part of an effort to maintain the integrity of operating awards programs, the Board called on staff to create resources and guidelines for QSLing and for QSL managers. These guidelines will help people who QSL to understand the "best practices" and help to support the work of the QSL manager so that access to log data won't degrade Amateur Radio's long tradition of the "honor system."

* 2007 DXCC HONOR ROLL LIST (Update). Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports: "Upon further review it was determined that the 2007 Honor Roll list that was published in August 2008 QST was produced from a corrupted report feature in the DXCC software. Because there is so much data produced from the raw list (almost 8,000 lines) it was not possible to do a complete review.

Since the report is too large for a line-by-line review, random samplings were checked and many were found to be OK. It was not until the complete report was published that we found the report had more errors than originally thought.

Publishing a simple correction in an upcoming issue of QST is not possible. Since the 2007 DXCC yearbook was just getting ready to go to the printer we placed it on hold. We will be expanding this issue even more to accommodate a complete reprint of the 2007 Honor Roll list (something many of you have suggested in previous years.) The 2007 Honor Roll list will also be published on the DXCC web site and this list will be separate from the current "live" online Honor Roll list.

We regret any inconvenience caused by this and we appreciate your patience and understanding.

Note: DXCC numbers as shown on the website are not affected by this problem. The report generator is a separate module that takes information from the DXCC database. The errors that were shown in the list were taken from a previous submission only.

We extend our congratulations to all who have achieved the DXCC Honor Roll and thank you for your support! 73 es DX!"

"The Daily DX" reports that Mike/KM9D and his girlfriend Jan/KF4TUG will once again begin sailing soon and plan to make their first stop to Temotu Province (H40). They hope to activate Vanikolo Island, a rare IOTA in the OC-163 group.

Look for special event station II5EME will be active until August 15th. Activity is to celebrate the 13th International EME Conference that will take place in Florence on August 8-10th. QSL via IW5EIJ, direct or by the bureau. Detailed information on the conference can be found at:


Operators Nicola/I0SNY, Francesco/IZ7DTC, Peppe/IW7EBE and Maurizio/IZ7GWZ will be active as I0SNY/7 and IO7Y between now and August 9th from the following locations:
I0SNY/7 - Isola La Chianca (IIA FG-011, Not IOTA, WW Loc. JN81BW)
IO7Y - Scoglio di Porto Nuovo (IIA FG-009, Not IOTA, WW Loc. JN81CU)
IO7Y - Scoglio di S. Eufemia (IIA FG-012, Not IOTA, WW Loc. JN81CV) and Mar Grande (Taranto) lighthouse (WAIL PU-019, ARLHS ITA-275, Admiralty E2150.1, WW Loc. JN80OK).
Activity will be on the HF bands plus 6 and 2 meters. QSL via I0SNY.

EU-064. Dirk, ON4IMM, will be active as F/ON4IMM on a holiday DXpedtion to L'Epine, Ile de Noirmoutier (DIFM AT-020 for the French Islands Award, WLOTA LH-1224, WW Loc. IN86UX), August 5-16th. His main focus will be on 144 MHz meteor scatter, using IC-746 and RF Solutions 10 element yagi. Mode will be FSK441 - CQ with QSY frequency, main frequency will be 144.370 MHz. Outside the meteor shower, look for Dirk to be active on the HF bands, plus 6 meters using 5 watts and a 4 element yagi. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

EU-074. Members of the Granville ARC (F5KAQ) will be active from Brehat Island (MA-012 and WLOTA 2010), September 1-8th. Activity will beon 80-10 meters using CW, RTTY, PSK and SSB. They will also be on 144 MHz to 10 GHz SSB. Operators mentioned are F9ZG, F5NKX, F5RJM, F5HVI, F6ACH, F6CMC, F8PDR and possibly some guests. During this week's activities, some QSOs may be valid also for lighthouses, castles and mills.

EU-165. Gerry, IZ1DSH, will be active as IM0/IZ1DSH from the Island of Tavolara (IIA OT-071 [ex SS-068], MIA MIS-040, also count for WLOTA LH-1839, WW Loc. JN40UV), August 9-17th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters SSB, using a TS-140 and a 7 band portable vertical antenna. QSL via his home callsign, bureau is preferred. No eQSL!

SA-037. A team from Venezuela and from the 4M5DX Group will activate YW5IOTA from La Blanquilla Island (FK70 and WLOTA L-0894), August 4-7th. Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL via IT9DAA, direct or by the bureau (see details on QRZ.com). Visit the YW5IOTA Web page at: http://www.yw5iota.4m5dx.info All QSOs made with YW5IOTA are available to get the "DXXE Award". You can view the rules for this award at the Web site:

http://www.dxxe.org/ (under "Diplomas / Awards" section)

J49, CRETE (Update/Change)
An Italian team will be active as J49I (not J49W as previously announced) from here between November 26th and December 1st. Look for activity before and during the CQ WW CW Contest on 160-10 meters, mainly CW. Operators mentioned are: I0UZF, IK0EFR, IK0YUT and IZ0FWD. QSL Manager is IK0EFR.

* ARLHS 2008 National Lighthouse-Lightship Week, August 2-9th Web site:

* ILLW 2008 International Lighthouse-Lightship Weekend, August 16-17th Web site:

Members of the "RADIO CLUB URUGUAYO" will be active as CV1AA from "Faro Puerto del Buceo West Breakwater" lighthouse (ARLHS URU-014, ILLW UY0003) during the 2008 International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW), from 2000z Friday, August 15th, until 2359z Sunday, August 17th. Activity will be on 160-15 meters using CW and SSB with at least two stations on the air and VHF/UHF with one station. QSL for this activity go only DIRECT to Radio Club Uruguayo, P.O.Box 37, 11000, Montevideo, URUGUAY, SOUTH AMERICA, with SAE and IRC or 2 green stamps.

(UPDATE) Members of the Spanish Demons DXer's Team will be on the Island of Arousa (EU-080) from August 5-6th, and plan to activate the lighthouse on the island known as Punta Caballo (SPA-222). It is also valid for WLOTA 0368. Demons DXer's operators Gus/EA1YG and Art/EB1TR, along with their guest Francisco/EA1DD, will use the special callsign EE1DD. Activity will begin on August 6th and end once they have 1000 QSOs logged. Operations will be on 80-6 meters using CW and SSB. QSLs can be sent via direct or by the Bureau to EA1YG: Gustavo Rodriguez, C/Honduras No 29, 2 B, 33212, Gijon. For more information and updates, please visit:


Members from the Panama Canal Amateur Association (PCARA) and Radio Club de Panama (HP1RCP) will be active using the special callsign H81L on August 16-17th, from the Panama Canal Miraflores Locks Lighthouse (PAN-030) located by the City of Knowledge (Ciudad del Saber) - (the old U.S. Army Fort Clayton). Activity will be CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via HP1RCP.

Members from the Radio Club Argentino will operate from Martin Garcia Island (SA-055), August 14-18th, and plan to activate its Lighthouse during the 2008 International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW). The callsign to be used will be LR5D and activity will be on both SSB and CW, on 80-6 meters. The operators are: LU1ARG, LU1BCE, LU7ADC, LU4BR, LU5ANL and LU1AMH. QSL via LU4AA.

Members of the Turkish group called TCSWAT (Special Wireless Activity Team) will activate the special station TC1YLH from Yesilkoy Lighthouse (TUR-055) during the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend, August 16-17th. Operators will be TA1HZ and TA2RX. This is the first time that this historical lighthouse will be activated. The lighthouse was built in 1856. Activity will be mainly on 15/20/40 meters and 2 meters. For detailed info, please visit the following Web pages:

TCSWAT Web site -

OFFICERS FOR 2008-2009
During a recent Southeastern DX Club (SEDXC) meeting, the members elected the following officers to serve during the club's 50th anniversary year:

 SEDXC Officers for 2008-2009            Appointed functions
 ----------------------------           ---------------------------------
 President   : Bob Allphin, K4UEE       Membership Chair: Bill Barr, N4NX
 V. President: Bob Carroll, W2WG        Bulletin Editor : Jim Streible, K4DLI
 Secretary   : George Nicholson, N4GRN  Webmaster     : Chaz Cone, W4GKF
 Treasurer   : Mike Weathers, ND4V
PLEASE NOTE: To commemorate the 50th anniversary, SEDXC is sponsoring a 12 hour world-wide contest to take place during the September 20-21st weekend. Complete details can be found at:

Operator Ari, OH5DX, will be active as OH0Z during the CQ WW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m)/High-Power entry. QSL via W0MM.

Jim, K8MR, reports that the "Calendar of Events" listed in the August 2008 CQ Magazine (page 96) has erroneously listed the Ohio QSO Party (OQP) as being on August 30-31st. It is actually on Saturday, August 23rd, or 1600z August 23rd to 0400z, August 24th. Jim states, "There are no contests listed for the weekend of August 23-24th. I suspect there are wrong dates for several of the others listed for August 30-31. I hope to see you all in the OQP on SATURDAY, AUGUST 23RD!" Full details about the OQP are available at:


Operators Hide/JM1LJS and Junichi/JA3RAF are expected to be in the Pacific area between August 7-20th. Their schedule is as follows:

Wallis Island (OC-054) - Between August 9-15th. Hide will sign FW1W and Junichi will sign FW1Z. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and Digital(?). FW1W will NOT be active on Digital. QSL via their home callsign DIRECT ONLY.

Upolu Island (OC-097) - They will be active from this Samoa Island between August 16-19th. Hide will signs 5W0HH and Junichi will sign 5W0MJ. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using CW, SSB and Digital(?). 5W0HH will NOT be active on Digital. QSL via their home callsign DIRECT ONLY.

The operators of this operation are calling this activity a "Mini Pedi". If you want to know what a "Mini Pedi" is you will have to visit their Web site at:


QSL ROUTES by Johannes/DK8JB and Tedd/KB8NW:
9A8K via 9A7K
BX6AP via BV6HJ (AS-020)
C4W via LoTW (AS-004)
DL5XAT/p via DL5XAT (EU-128)
N2GC via N2GC (NA-026)
PA/ON5PU/P via ON5PU (EU-038)
SM6EQO/p via LoTW SM6EQO (EU-043)

The 8J9HGR Hegura Island (AS-117) logs are now available online at:


Paul, A35RK, informs OPDX that he has uploaded his July 2008 log to the LoTW. He states, ".... I discovered something interesting. I uploaded 397 Q's, all but 4 of which were either RTTY or PSK31 contacts. Immediately, LoTW reported that I already had 100 confirmations on record for the month of July, ALL 100 of which were for digital contacts...none for CW or SSB. That's better than a 25% 'return' rate! Compare that to an average 'request for QSL via W7TSQ' of about 10-12%. It would appear that LoTW is gaining in popularity, especially amongst the 'digital crowd'."

NEW QSL ROUTE. The new address for the QSL Manager for GM7V and GZ7V as of August 1st, 2008, is: Linda Taylor (M0CMK), 18 Wyness Avenue, Little Brickhill, Bucks. MK17 9NG, UK.

J200MM/J20RR BUREAU QSLS. Silvano, I2YSB, QSL Manager of J20MM and J20RR, informs OPDX readers of the following (edited): "First of all let me clarify that I (I2YSB) am a good standing member of A.R.I. Said that I was surprised when I have received several envelopes from foreign radio amateurs containing their QSLs sent to me via the bureau (since I am the QSL Manager) for J20MM and J20RR DXpedition and their QSLs were rejected by the Italian QSL Bureau (Managed by A.R.I.) with the wording: 'A.R.I ITALY - QSL BUREAU - NOT MEMBER' I wanted to confirm to all those that requested QSL cards of J20MM and J20RR via E-mail (in excess of 1000) that I have sent the cards to everybody through the Italian Bureau. I have also answered the 3565 QSLs received through the Italian Bureau (2806 via the office in Albino and 759 via the one in Broni). I have made a very limited sample survey (130 E-mails sent to OM of 28 nations to whom I have answered via the Italian bureau) asking if they had received their QSL, and I have received 7 positive answers and 80 negative answers. I have sent a letter to the person responsible for the Italian QSL Bureau explaining what happened, but so far I have not received any answer.

For the next DXpedition, the Manager for the Bureau service will be G6MBY, and for next year please be advised that I2YSB will no longer member of A.R.I.....
73 Silvano I2YSB manager of J20MM and J20RR"

KL7DX QSL REMINDER. The KL7DX (NA-234) operation is now completed and the team is safely off the erupting volcano. A reminder from QSL Manager Ron, AC7DX: "PLEASE DO NOT send your requests to the Alaskan address for KL7DX. SEND only to:
* PO Box 25426
* Eugene
* Oregon 97402
Cards will go out in order received with Bureau cards to be sent after all direct replies have been answered. There will be no LoTW. QSL cards will be designed and printed after team returns so please allow ample time for cards to be sent. Thanks to everyone. Very 73, Ron AC7DX"

TC17GS QSL UPDATE. Urcun, TA0U, reports that TC17GS was active between June 1-15th (2008) and recently announced that all QSL cards will be sent by the end of August 2008: http://www.ta0u.com/detay.asp?id=3D4268 But... For all the countries which are listed in the next link, all the QSL cards were sent "via the Bureau" to the announced mail address... on July 26th. The rest will be sent by the end of August 2008. See:


W1AW/KL7 QSLS. All QSLs will be routed through W1AW national HQ. Members of the ARRL 2008 Alaska State Convention Special Event Station will give the League their log and will confirm contacts and send out cards. Look for W1AW/KL7 to be active until August 10th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters. For complete details, see the info at:


QSLS VIA LOTW: 5U1A, 5U2K, 5U4R, 5U9C, HP1/WN6K, N1YC/VK9X and N3KS/KP5



Paul, A35RK, informs OPDX that Dave, ZL1AV (G5VBK), became a Silent Key (SK) on July 24th. He was 70 years old. His obituary can be viewed in the "New Zealand Herald" on the Web at:


During the month of August, look for special event stations to celebrate 5th anniversary of the Strange Radio Team (SRT). Here is a list of some the stations that will be active:

   7S0SRT  via SM0IMJ     YW5SRT via IT9DAA     II5SRT via IZ5BTC
   DZ1SRT  via DU1IVT     II0SRT via IS0LFZ     IO5SRT via IK5ZTT
   EG3SRT  via EA3GHZ     IU0SRE via I0YKN      IR6SRT via IZ6GSQ
   GB0SRT  via M0KCM      IR1SRT via IZ1GJK     IU7SRE via IZ7CRW
   PD05SRT via PD5CW      II2SRT via I2JJR      II8SRE via IZ8GNH
   W1SRT   via W3IZ       IR3SRT via I5JKI      IU8SRE via IK8WEJ
   V55SRT  via IZ8EDJ     IU3SRT via IZ3DBA     IQ8OM via IZ8EDJ
   YU05SRT via YT3W
For an update-to-date list of SRT stations and more details about the Strange Radio Team, visit their Web page at:

Hidenori, JI2TXU, will once again be active as T88TX from the West Plaza Hotel By The Sea, Koror, Palau (OC-009), from August 15-20th. Activity will be on 40/20/15/12/10/6 meters SSB. QSL via JI2TXU.

Paul, K1XM, is planning to be operating from French St. Martin for both CQ WW DX Contests this year. The callsign for both contests will probably be TO4X. For the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) he will be a Single-Op/All-Band (possibly an assisted) entry (depending on an Internet connection). For the CQ WW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) he will be a Multi-2 or maybe Multi-Single entry with WA1S and KQ1F. KQ1F will be the QSL Manager for both operations.

All DXers are invited to attended the "2008 DXers Banquet in Tokyo" that will be held on the evening of August 23rd, in conjunction with the 2008 Ham Fair in Tokyo. The location of the banquet is the Tokyo Fashion Town (TFT) building, East-Wing 9th floor. The place is about a 7 minute walk from the Big Site Ham Fair location. For complete details, visit the NDXA Web site at:


During the ARRL Board of Directors Second Meeting of 2008, held on July 18-19th in Windsor, Connecticut, the Board voted to create a "Triple Play Award". This new award, set to be implemented by January 2009, will be given to those amateurs who achieve "Worked All States" (WAS) on voice, CW and digital modes. All 150 QSLs must be exclusively via "Logbook of The World" (LoTW). Only those contacts made after the award's start date will be eligible.

It was announced last week that a group of YL operators will be active from here between January 17-31st. Each operator will be signing with the callsign "VP8YL*", where the third letter of the suffix will be assigned to each YL operator at beginning of the operation. YL operators mentioned at present include: Renee/2I0FLO, Mariana/CX1JJ, Ruth/IT9ESZ, Mio/JR3MVF, Jennifer/KB3QFD, Unni/LA6RHA, Liz/M0ACL, Nicky/M5YLO, Chantal/PA3GQG, Candy/SP5XAB, Victoria/SV2KBS, Janet/VP8AIB, Jeanie/WA6UVF and Kay/WA0WOF. Look for more information to become available at:


VR2008, HONG KONG (Special Event)
Members of the Hong Kong Amateur Radio DX Association (HARDXA) continued to be active as VR2008O until 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. Over the past weekend activity was on 20 meters SSB/RTTY/PSK31 and 17 meters SSB. 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:


VU, INDIA. Operators Arasu/VU2UR
Lakshman/VU2LX, Sampath/VU2YZ, Gururaj/ VU2GUR, Inarappan/VU2INA, Depak/VU2CDP, Gajandran/VU3VGN, Hari/VU3VHK, Shekhar/VU2RDX, Vittal/VU2VIT, Venkataram/VU2BVM, Sharadha/VU2VTK, Ramesh/ VU2LU, Ajoy/VU2JHM and SWL Yugadhi will be active from the Mahabalipuram lighthouse (ARLHS IND-016, Admiralty F0932, WW Loc. NK02CO) and the Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) temple (ARLHS IND-011, WW Loc. NK02CO), August 15-24th. This activity is to commemorate The Bangalore Amateur Radio Club (VU2ARC) celebrating its Golden Jubliee in 2009. Some of the HF equipment will be borrowed from the Lions Clubs International Amateur Radio Club Station (VU2LCI). QSL via VU2JHM: Ajoy Lion, Kshitija, # 9/1, 5-Cross, Mvm, BANGALORE-560003, INDIA.

Randy, K5SL, will be active as ZS2SI from Grand Cayman, August 9-16th. Activity will be mostly CW/SSB on 17 meters on 18150 and 18077 kHz. Also, look for him around 0400z on 40 meters CW around 7033 kHz. QSL via his home callsign K5SL.

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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