OPDX Bulletin 872 August 25, 2008

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 872
BID: $OPDX.872
August 25, 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, The ARRL Letter, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, NJ1Q, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4VQ, K8YSE, N8OFS, DX-IS News Site, Pete's- DX-Newsdesk, 9M6XRO, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DS2GOO, EB7DX, F5NQL & UFT, HA0HW, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IN3VZE, JI6KVR & IOTA-JA News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, TA0U, VA3RJ & ICPO and YO2DFA for the following DX information.

My BARF80 Linux system is still in "LIMBO", so I continue to retrieve my E-mail and send the bulletin out via my ISP (hamnet.org) direct (until a new Linux system can be found or put together). Hopefully, things will get back to normal soon.

Lastly, OPDX's Chief Proof-Reader, Linda my wife, had her surgery on Monday to have her gall bladder removed and I am pleased to say she had no complications during her procedure. She is, however, sore and recovering at home. Thanks to the individuals who sent her get well messages.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 17th/August, through Sunday, 24th/August there were 208 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FW, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, JA, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9C, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, 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).

Patrice, F5RBB, will be active as 3A/F5RBB between August 31st and September 10th. Activity will be on 40/20/15/10 meters. QSL via his home callsign.

Operators Jorg/DL3NER, Walter/DG5NGJ, Thomas/DG5NGI, Ivo/DL9MB, Heiko/DG8NGI and Hubert/DK9NCX will be active as 4O/homecall between September 25th and October 4th. Activity is planned for 160-2 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via their home callsigns. For more details, see:

PLEASE NOTE: The team states, "We do this DXpedition for the children who are ill with cancer
So let's try to make them smile. We send out the QSL cards after our return from Montenegro. Further info on donating can be found at (QRZ.com)"

Ely, IN3VZE, will once again be active "Holiday Style" from the southwest shore of Lake Malawi between August 29th and September 11th. His callsign will be 7Q7CE, and he will be on all bands using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL card is "OK" via the bureau or direct to his home callsign IN3VZE: Ely Camin, Corso 3 Novembre 136/2, 38100 Trento, Italy.

Werner/DL1BKK and Gitte (Brigitte)/DL1BKI will be active as 8Q7KK from Kuramathi Island, Rasdu Atoll, Maldive Islands (AS-013, WW Loc. MJ64LG) between August 29th and September 17th. Activity will be holiday style (they are celebrating 40 years of marriage) using an IC-7000 with 100w into wire antennas and Quad Loop for 6m (if propagation permits). QSL via DL1BKK, direct or by the bureau. PLEASE NOTE: NO eQSL please! No upload to LoTW!

Frank, K3TRM, will be active as C6ARM from Treasure Cay (NA-080 - Little Bahama Bank IOTA Group) between now and August 27th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. The villa where he is renting has two verticals, one for 20-6m and another for the lower bands. He was heard this past weekend on RTTY on 30/20 meters as early as 1500z and between 2130-0200z. Also, watch 80 meters SSB after 0130z. QSL via K3TRM, direct (w/SASE) or by the Bureau.

M'hamed, CN8NK, will be active as CN4P during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-O/Single-Band (band not provided) entry. QSL via EA5XX.

The dates for the 2009 CQ WW 160 Meter Phone Contest has been postponed by a week to avoid conflict with the ARRL DX CW Contest. The 2009 CQWW 160 Meter Phone Contest will now take place between February 27th and March 1st, 2009.

(Pushed 6 more months into the future) Read about it at:

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DXCC NEWS (DXCC Rule Removal)
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports (on August 18th) the following from the July 2008 ARRL Board of Directors Meeting: "The Board also 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'."

The rule reads:

5. The presentation in any public forum of logs or other representations of station operation showing details of station activity or other information from which all essential QSO elements (time, date, band, mode and callsign) for individual contacts can be derived creates a question as to the integrity of the claimed QSOs with that station during the period encompassed by the log. Presentation of such information in any public forum by the station operator, operators or associated parties is not allowed and may be considered sufficient reason to deny ARRL award credit for contacts with any station for which such presentations have been made. Persistent violation of this provision may result in disqualification from the DXCC program.
"This rule cannot be enforced. In its place staff will create resources and guidelines for QSLing and for QSL managers in order to maintain the integrity of operating awards programs."

George, GM0IIO, will be active as EA8/GM0IIO from Playa Blanca, Island of Lanzarote (S-007 for the Spanish Islands Award, WLOTA LH-0099), August 23-31st. Activity will be holiday style, mainly on 20 meters CW and SSB. He will be using a FT-857 and fishing pole vertical antenna. QSL via his home callsign.

Nodir, EY8MM, from Dushanbe, plans to be active during this year's CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) and CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th), as a Single-Op/Single-Band (80m) entry. QSL via K1BV. PLEASE NOTE: Nodir will pay special attention for NA (he needs LA, ND, NE and WY). Also, visit Nodir's Web page at:


Ralph, K9ZO, will be active from the QTH of YN2N between November 24-30th. He plans to be active during the CQ World Wide CW DX Contest (November 29-30th), tentatively as H7/K9ZO or possibly as YN2ZO.

Operators Rainer/DL1ZBO, Tilman/DJ5BX, Thomas/DK9FEC Peter/DL1FX and Ekki/DF4OR will be active as HB0/DK9FEC during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 27-28th) as Multi-Op entry. QSL via DK9FEC.

AF-018. Martin, OL5Y, will be active as IH9N from the African Italy Island of Pantelleria during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m)/Low-Power entry. QSL via OK1MG.

AS-027. There is a good possibility that Vrangel Island (Wrangel) will show up on the bands by the end of August. A team of operators will try to activate this IOTA during their trip aboard the "Akademik Fedorov's" expedition heading towards the drifting polar base SP36. Their expected callsigns will be UE0MAC/0, UA6LP/0 and RZ6MZ/0. Exact dates of the operation depend on the Arctic weather.

AS-045. A team of 8 Korean operators will be active from Tok Island using a specially issued callsign D9D between September 13-18th. However, some operators may sign as homecall/5 (ex. DS2GOO/5) sometimes for individual purposes. Operators mentioned are: Kim/HL2CFY, Han/DS2GOO, Kweon/DS2GXU, Lim/DS2HRE, Jeong/6K2ABX, Song/6K2BWA, Cho/6K2FNN and Seok/6K2GDT. Activity will be on 80-10 meters (including 30/17/12m) using CW/SSB/FSK/PSK31. They plan to use 4 HF Transceivers with two 600 watts linears with various vertical and wire antenna systems. QSLs for D9D go via 6K2BWA. All others via their home callsigns.

EU-007. A four man team will activate Ireland's most difficult IOTA, The Great Blasket Islands, between September 10-14th. EU-007 is quite rare and ranks amongst some of the most needed IOTAs throughout Europe. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using both CW and SSB. The team states that the landing on EU-007 "can be (and often is) difficult, and quite often, there can be no sailings for days. Please excuse if there should be any delay but this would be beyond our control." Operators mentioned are: Jeremy/EI5GM, Mark/G4AXX, Dave/EI9FBB and Dave/EI4BZ. QSL via EI9FBB, by the bureau or direct to: David Deane, 7 Spriggs Road, Gurranabraher, Cork City, IRELAND. A special double folding card will be available to commerate this activation. QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL in due course. For more details, please visit:


EU-010. Rob, DK1ROB, will be active as MM/DK1ROB from the Isle of Barra (IOSA OH-11, SCOTIA HI-02, WW Loc. IO66GX) between September 28th and October 3rd. Activity will be on 40-2 meters and 70cm using SSB, RTTY and possiblye PSK63. His antennas are: Inverted Vee for 40m, 5-band Spiderbeam for 20-10m at 15m AG, 3-element beam for 6m at 5m AG, and a vertical for 2m/70cm. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

EU-032. Gerd, DK8NT, from Oleron Island (DIFM AT-025, also counts for WLOTA LH-1369) between now and September 5th. Callsigns and bands/modes of activity were not provided. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau. Note: no eQSL please.

EU-049. Gabi, HA1YA, will be active as J48YA from Limnos Island (MIA MG-065, WLOTA LH-1740, Grid KM29), Greece, August 25-31st. Activity will be on HF, 6 and 2 meters. HF equipment is an IC-746 using a SQ vertical for HF, a simple wire delta loop for 6m, and ME1500-V and DL6WU portable antenna for 2m. He plans to be active during the evenings and mornings. QSL via his home callsign.

EU-099. Operators Charles/M0OXO and Nigel/M0NJW have been invited back to operate from Maitresse Island, Les Minquiers Islands. Next year between July 22-30th (2009), they will use the callsign GB8LMI. QSL via M3ZYZ: Charles Wilmott, 60 Church Hill Royston, Barnsley, South Yorkshire S71 4NG England. For updates and more information, visit their web site at:


EU-111. Four members of the Cambridge University Wireless Society are planning to be active as GM6UW/p from the Monach Islands from mid-afternoon on August 27th until mid-morning on the 28th. The operation depends on wind and sea conditions. Operators mentioned are: G3ZAY, M0ERY, M0FFX and M0SCH.

EU-123. Members of the newly formed Middlesex DX Group will be active from Arran Island (IOSA CL01, SCOTIA CS14, Grid IO75KM), October 4-10th. The team of operators will use two callsigns:
MS0MDG/P - Will be used for SOTA and HF portable activity.
GB0MFG - For the base operations.
Activity will be on 160 meters through 23cms. Operators that were mentioned are John/G0KLX, Kevin/G1KAW, Simon/2E0VAG, Chris/2E0CMG, Carl/2E1IDC, Michael/G3WOE, Lee/2E0JDC and Jason/ M1PRO. QSL Manager is 2E0VAG (direct or by the Bureau).

EU-174. Laci, HA0HW, will be active as J48HW and SV8/homecall from Thassos Island, Greece (MIA: MG-124, GIOTA: NAS-037, WLOTA: 4186, Grid KN20hs) between August 30th and September 10th. Activity will be on the HF bands (mainly on 40/30/20/17 meters and mainly on CW, with some SSB, RTTY and PSK31 as well), and 6 meters. QSL via his home callsign, by the HA Bureau or direct.

EU-176. Operators Jorgen/SM3CXS and Sten/SM3NXS will once again be active from Grimskar Island as SG3U and SD3N, respectively between August 29-31st. Activity will be on 80-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via their home callsigns, by the bureau or direct.

NA-029. George, K3GV, will be active as K3GV/VY2 from Prince Edward Island (CISA PE-001), between September 1-22nd. Activity will be on 20 and 15 meters around the usual IOTA frequencies. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

NA-067. Mike, KC2SDG, will be operating beachside as homecall/p from Hatteras [aka Pea] Island (USI NC-005S, WLOTA LH-3913, Dare County, North Carolina), between now and August 30th. He will use a Kenwood TS-480SAT w/100w into a rotatable dipole capable of communication on 80/40/20/2/1.25 meters and 70cm. QSL via LoTW only.

SA-057. Members of the Sacramento Radio Club (CX2FAA) will be active as CX1F from San Gabriel Island (SA-057), Uruguay, November 15-16th. Operators mentioned are: Ricardo/CX5FT, Viterbo/CX9FD, Italo/CX3FG, Marber/CX9ACK and Walter/CX6FF. Activity will be on or around the usual island and IOTA frequencies. QSL via CX2FAA: Fernando Carballo S/N, C.A. El General, CP 70.000, CC 39073 Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia City, URUGUAY. More information is available on their Web site at:


NA8, UNITED STATES (Special Event)
Members of the NASA Glenn Amateur Radio Club (NA8SA) in Cleveland, OH, will be active daily (2200-0500z) between October 1-6th. Activity is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the beginning of NASA operations. Suggested frequencies are: 14280, 7280, 3880 and 1880 kHz. QSL via: NASA Glenn Amateur Radio Club Lewis Field, 21000 Brookpark Rd, MS 8-1, Cleveland, OH 44135-3191. Their Web page is at:


Members of the Czech and Slovak OM0C Contest Crew is pleased to announce a DXpedition to Suriname and is expected to be active from here between October 21-30th. Activity will be on all HF bands (160-10m) and VHF (6 and 2 meters), with a focus on the lower bands, especially 160m and EME on 2m. It will be a very first time in Suriname for EME 2m operations. Operators mentioned are Rich/OM2TW, Joe/OM5AW, Steve/OM5AA, David/OK1RK, Vlada/OK1NY and possibly others. Operators will also be active as PZ5Z in the CQ World Wide SSB DX Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Op or Multi-? entry. QSL via OM2FY, by the Bureau or direct to: Branislav Daras, P. O. Box 6, 82008 Bratislava 28, SLOVAKIA. Visit their Suriname 2008 PZ5Z Web site at:


John, 9M6XRO (ISWL 9M6-6982), reports: "My QSL Manager Tim, M3SDE, has successfully upgraded his license and his new call is M0URX. Some QSL Manager lists have already been amended and this appears to be causing some confusion among DX-ers who have started asking if my QSL route is via M3SDE or via M0URX. If they make a quick check on (QRZ.com) they will see that M3SDE and M0URX are one and the same person with the same mailing address. This morning I changed all my calls on (QRZ.com) to show "QSL via M0URX". Tim has also retained the call M3SDE and has made arrangements with the RSGB QSL Bureau to receive all cards which arrive for M3SDE. I want to re-assure everyone who has sent a card via M3SDE that these QSL cards will still reach Tim and he will reply to all incoming cards as usual. M0URX is now listed as QSL Manager for my calls, as follows: 3DA0OK, 9M6/G3OOK, 9M6XRO, 9M6XRO/P, A25OOK, C91XO, G3OOK, GM3OOK, V8FRO, XU7XRO and ZS6/GM3OOK"

VP6DX QSL. If you have not seen the VP6DX QSL card (booklet), visit Tom's, K8CX, HAM GALLERY Web site at:


QSLS VIA LOTW: None reported this week!



Joe, KK0SD, will be going on a trip that will pass through some rare grids. This is not a grid expedition and the main purpose is work related travel. The person Joe is traveling with has agreed to a few "rest stops" for him, and using a hand-held and arrow antenna, he will try to activate the following grids possibly August 29 or 30th: EN-15, EN-05, DN-95, DN-85, DN-86, DN-76, DN-66, DN-65, DN-55. Please listen for him on AO-51, SO-50, and AO-27. Joe states, "I cannot guarantee exactly when I will be in which grid.... I don't expect to make every pass, but I hope to get quite a few of them." He adds, "If you really need EN-15 or EN-05 they are not that far from my home and I would be willing to do a sked." His E-mail address is: gary_mayfield@hotmail.com

The ARRL is spreading the news that there will be new amateur radio exams and licences in Bangladesh soon. The last licences were issued in 2004. But thanks to the efforts of the Bangladesh Amateur Radio League (BARL), the country's IARU Member-Society, the Bangladeshi government will once again issue ham licenses; exams will also be given on a monthly basis beginning August 13th, 2008. For more details, please read the info on the ARRL's Web at:

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The ARRL Letter Vol. 27, No. 33 (dated August 22, 2008)

Tutul, S21RC and possibly 3 other S2 operators are preparing a DXpedition in December to St. Martin's Island (AS-127) located in Chittagong Region Group. Dates are not confirmed yet, but they plan to stay 6 days on the island. A special callsign is pending and will be announced later. St. Martin's Island is a small island in the northeast part of the Bay of Bengal, about 9 km south of the tip of the Cox's Bazar-Teknaf peninsula, and forming the southernmost part of Bangladesh. It is the only coral island in Bangladesh. It is about 8 km west of the northwest coast of Myanmar at the mouth of the Naf River. The local name of the island is "Narical Gingira", also spelled "Narikel Janjina/Jinjera", translated from Bangla, meaning "Coconut Island". They currently can only set up one station and are looking for help and funds for this DXpedition. For more details and information on how to help, please visit:


SV9, CRETE (EU-015)
Ben, DL6FBL, will be active as SV9CVY during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/ High-Power entry. QSL via SV9CVY.

Urcun, TA0U, informs OPDX that he will be active through the end of September in the following contests: YO DX HF Contest (August 30-31st), All Asia DX SSB Contest (September 6-7th) and Worked All Europe DX SSB Contest (September 13-14th). PLEASE NOTE: Urcun was active using the special callsign TC1EU on SSB during the European HF Championship (August 2nd). He informs that the log is now available at:


Yu, 7K3BKY, will be active as XU7YYY from Sihanoukville between September 3-8th. Activity will be mainly CW. He will also try to be in the All Asia DX SSB Contest (September 6-7th). QSL via 7K3BKY.

Bruce, XW1B, has been fairly active on 40/30/20 meters this past week. Activity has been mainly CW and RTTY. Operations have been as early as 1130z for a few hours and again later between 1500-1700z or after 2330z. NO set pattern on mode or frequency. Look for him to be very active until August 27th before he heads to the U.S. for a holiday. Bruce is not expected to return to XW until the end of September. QSL via E21EIC.

YO DX HF CONTEST (Correction)
Last week we mentioned that the annual YO DX HF Contest will take place August 30-31st (from 1200-1200z). Rules can be found on the following Web page at:

However, please correct the following: "All the participants who will fulfill the necessary requirements during the contest will receive a free "YO AD AWARD" (1st Class), not the "WORKED YO DX CLUB MEMBERS Award" as mentioned.

Steve, G3ZVW, will be active again as ZD8N from August 27th to September 11th. Activity will be on the HF bands using only 100 watts to dipoles. He will be mainly active during his evenings and the weekends using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via G3ZVW, direct or by the bureau.

Operators Lee/ZL2AL, Stan/ZL2ST, Peter/ZL2LF, John/ZL2QM, Mike/ZL2CC, Chris/ZL2DX, Mike/ZL2FAR, Gary/ZL2IFB and Wayne/ZL2WG will be active as ZM2M from Napier, New Zealand (OC-036, also counts for WLOTA LH-0069) for the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th), as a Multi-2R entry. QSL via ZL2AL, direct or by the bureau.

Franz, DL3PS/HB9EHQ, will be active as ZS6/DL3PS in Johannesburg between August 25th and September 12th. His activity will be limited to his spare time because he is there on a business trip. However, look for him to be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL direct or via the bureau to HB9EHQ.

There is still no activity reported. However, Rhynhardt, ZS6DXB, ZS8T Press Officer, reported the following this past week (dated August 21st - edited): "In April, Petrus, ZS6GCM, arrived on Marion Island to begin a year of work. Sometime in May he erected the SteppIR vertical he took along and ran into a few difficulties. He did make one contact during the month but efforts to resolve these difficulties were unsuccessful and Petrus' work commitments impeded our efforts to communicate via other methods with Petrus.

It has been over two months since we have heard from Petrus and are as much in the dark as the DX Community as to his plans.

At this point we are at a loss why Petrus has not been able to find time to put ZS8T on the air, he certainly made the efforts to obtain permissions and training before leaving for the Island. We must assume his job as administrator to the scientific community was much more than he contemplated. Petrus is on Marion Island for 7 more months.

If and when Petrus surfaces we will inform the DX Community. We are as disappointed as you...... 73, Rhynhardt Louw, ZS6DXB"

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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