OPDX Bulletin 875 September 15, 2008

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 875
BID: $OPDX.875
September 15, 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, N1WON, NJ1Q, K2FF, AA3B, K3IXD, N3ZOM, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, WP3GW, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4WV, KH6BZF, K8YSE, DX-IS News Site, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, 9A6AA, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DL8ZAJ, DS2GOO, F5NQL & UFT, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IW1DQS, JI6KVR & IOTA-JA News, OH2BN, RSGB IOTA Web Site, RW3GW, RW6HS, TA1HZ, TA3YJ and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX information.

My BARF80 Linux system is still down, 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.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 7th/September, through Sunday, 14th/September there were 214 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, 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, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, 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, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK2, ZK3, 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).

Arno, DL1CW, is now active as 5H3AP. Length of stay is unknown. He has been very active on 30 and 17 meters, usually operating CW and RTTY. Reports indicate he will activate Mafia Island (AF-054) between September 22nd and October 1st. QSL via his home callsign, the DARC Bureau is preferred.

QSL Manager Allan, G0IAS, informs OPDX that Harry, 7Q7HB (G0JMU), at last has his brand new radio shack completed. He has a new telescopic tilt-over, free standing lattice mast installed, and a new A4S antenna at the top. However, Allan states, "It's been MONTHS of hard work....now only to find that the rotator is broken beyond repair. So he has fastened the A4 beaming north for the time being." Harry is expected to stay here until November 1st and then return to England. He will take another rotator down to the southwest shore of Lake Malawi, at "Club Makokola", on his next visit. 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.

Naoyuki, JK1FNL, will be active possibly as 9H3F or 9H3FF between September 19-24th. Activity will be on 40/30/20 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign.

A3, TONGA (OC-049)
A group of JA operators are expected to be active from here between now and September 17th. No QSNs have been reported as this was being typed. Operators mentioned are: Nob/JA2AAU (A35AU), Yoshi/JA2AIC (A35IC), Iwao/JA2LSS (A35SS), Iku/JA2ATE (A35TE) and Mori/JA2ZS (A35ZS). Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL via the information on QRZ.com for each callsign.

C6, BAHAMAS (Update)
Ed, K3IXD, informs OPDX that C6APR will be active from the Crooked Island Lodge, Pittstown Point, Crooked Island, Bahamas, in the CQ WWW SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-2 entry. He also states, "The lodge manager has confirmed that the lodge survived both Hanna and Ike hurricanes." The operators will be: W2GJ (Pete), K3IXD (Ed), W3PP (Dallas), and W8ZA (Bob). Look for activity before and after the contest (between October 23-27th) by C6APR to be on 160-10 meters including the 30/17/12 meter bands using CW and SSB. Also, look for C6AXD to be on before and after the contest (between October 23-27th) on 160-10 meters including the 30/17/12 meter bands, mostly RTTY and some SSB. Both callsigns are good for Bird Rock Lighthouse (ARLHS BAH-005) as well as IOTA NA-113 and Grid FL22tt. All QSLs go to K3IXD.

Just a reminder that Bill, N7OU, will again be operating from Rarotonga as E51NOU between September 15th and October 11th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using low power and CW only. Bill states, "For most of my stay I'll be operating around a work schedule, but I'll make a special effort to be on at grayline times to Europe." QSL via N7OU.

Serge, UR5FEO, will be active as ER0FEO during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via UU0JM.

Freddy, F5IRO, will once again be here. He has received a new work assignment in Martinique (IOTA NA-107, DIFO FM-001, WLOTA 1041) where he is expected to be here starting September 21st through the end of February 2009. His callsign is not yet known, but possibly FM/F5IRO. Activity will be limited because of his work, usually during his spare time in the evenings starting around 2200z, and during the weekends. Using a FT-857D into a V40 and G5RV (HM) antenna, look for him on 40/30/20 meters operating CW, the Digital modes and a little SSB. Sked are possible by request at : f5iro63@gmail.com Freddy and Philippe/FM5LD plan to enter the next CQWW DX CW Contest at the end of November. Callsign and operating class will be announced later. QSL via F5IRO, direct or by the bureaus after his return home at the beginning of March 2009.

A report from DL2GAC indicates that Mike/KM9D and Jan/KF4TUG, who were stuck on Ndende Island (OC-100), have arrived at Vanikolo Island (OC-163) and are presently anchored off Lavaka village. The first activation of OC-163 took place in 1992 from this village. Mike is expected to be active as H40MY from Vanikolo. QSL via OM2SA. As this was being prepared, no QSNs were reported.

Edwin, HI3K, will be active during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (?) entry. QSL via KB2MS.

AS-008. Giken, JF4CAD, will be active as JF4CAD/1 from To Island, JA1 North Isu Group, from September 14-15th. Activity will be on the HF bands and 6 meters SSB. "To Island" also qualifies for the JIIA Award

as JIIA AS-008-013. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.

AS-026. Han/DS2GOO and his XYL will be taing a trip to Cheju Island (LH0686), October 3-5th. Look for Han to sign DS2GOO/4 and be active on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digitals modes during his local evening hours. QSL via his home callsign.

AS-045. (UPDATE) A team of 8 Korean operators are now active from Tok Island (Aka Dok Island or Liancourt Rocks, LH-0016) using a specially issued callsign, D9D, until September 18th. Operator Han/DS2GOO was substituted by Kim/6K2GEN due to his work schedule. The team now is: Kim/HL2CFY, Kim/6K2GEN, 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. Some operators may sign as homecall/5 (ex. DS2GOO/5) sometimes for individual purposes. QSLs for D9D go via 6K2BWA. All others via their home callsigns. This operation has a log search which will be updated daily through mobile InterNet. The URL address is:


AS-117. Operator Kenji, JA4GXS, will be active as JA4GXS/4 from Otsu Island, JA4 Yamaguchi Pref, between September 14-15th. Activity will be on the HF bands on CW. This activity is also good for the JIIA Award, reference number JIIA AS-117-110. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct to: Kenji Sasaki, 2-15 Ishikannon-cyo, Yamaguchi-City, 753-0038 JAPAN.

EU-028. (UPDATE) Members of A.R.I. Torino and Wave Master Team will be active as IA5IG from Giglio Island (IIA GR-002), September 24-28th. Activity will be on 160-2 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. They will have 2 or 3 stations on the air. Operation will take place on the following frequencies depending on propagation and QRM:
CW - 1835, 3530, 7030, 10115, 14040, 18095, 21040, 24920, 28040 and 50098 kHz
SSB - 1842, 3755, 7065, 18128, 14260, 21260, 24950, 28460, 50160 and 144310 kHz
RTTY (fsk) - 7039, 10141, 14085, 18102 and 21085 kHz
PSK31 (Band Plan Region 1).

They will be active from 3 locations: Giglio Castello (elev. 405m), Campese (at sea level) and a mobile station for activation of 5 Giglio Island castles (DCI references GR054, GR055, GR056, GR057 and GR058). The IA5IG team will send all QSLs via the ARI bureau. Your QSL card is not necessary. If you want a direct QSL, send SASE+postage to IZ1DSH: Gherardo Pannoli, Strada Tetti Gramaglia N.22, 10133 - Torino, ITALY. For more info, please visit the follwoing Web pages at:


NA-007. Michael, VE2XB, has been active as VE2XB/VY0 from Nunavut on Southampton Island and will continue to be active through the end of 2008. His activity has been mainly on 40 meters CW usually between 1030-1200z. QSL via his home callsign.

NA-082. Approximately 12 members of the Magnolia DX Association, Inc., will activate East Ship Island, Mississippi, during the period October 16-19th. The callsign K5S will be used during the entire 4-day period, plus the callsign K5Z will be added during the last 2 days as an entry in the W/VE U.S. Islands QSO Party. East Ship Island also qualifies for U.S. Islands MS009, and Lighthouse USA-756. Please visit the official Web site to learn all about this exciting event at: http://www.k5s-na082.com They look forward to putting your callsign in the log on all available bands/modes...80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY!

SA-066. Members of the 4M5DX Group will be active as YW1TI from Toas Island in early November. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Team members are: Alex/YV5SSB (team leader, SSB), Manuel/YY4MP (SSB), Rafael/YY4RN (CW/SSB), Franco/YV1FM (CW/Digi), Rainer/YV5EU (CW), Olli/OH0XX (CW), Jesus/YV5MSG (SSB), Jose/YV5TX (Web/Logistci) and Andreina/ YY4AND (SSB). More details will be forthcoming. Visit their Web site at:


Operators Karl/LA8DW and Roald/OZ1BLO/LA0EK will be active as JW8DW and JW0EK, respectively, from Longyearbyen, Svalbard (EU-026) between September 30th and October 6th. QSL via their home callsigns.

Stu, K4MIL, will be operating from GITMO as KG4SS from September 23rd through October 7th. He will be active on all HF bands, primarily RTTY with some SSB. QSL via K4MIL direct, by the Bureau, or LoTW.

Operators Cory/N1WON and Ken/KF4U will be doing a casual operation from Radio Reef as KP2/Homecall from October 3-10th. Cory tells OPDX that they will pay particular attention to the 17 and 12 meter bands. QSL via their home callsigns or N1WON via LoTW.

Members of Radio Club "Karlovac" (9A1CVW) plan to activate the following Croatian island/lighthouses situated in the IOTA Dalmatia North Group (EU-170):

   CI-003 Arta Mala               CI-402 Obrovanj
   CI-004 Arta Vela               CI-403 Sipnata
   CI-294 Artica Vela (LH-0322)   CI-487 Gubavci
   CI-097 Radelj                  CI-488 Prisnjak Mali
   CI-153 Zminjak                 CI-651 Vrtlic
   CI-244 Obun                    CI-652 Loncaric
   CI-245 Kozina                  CI-655 Misine (LH-1119)
   CI-256 Malinjak                CI-374 Prisnjak (not IOTA, LH-1492)
   CI-401 Oblik                   CI-413 Tegina (not IOTA)
They will have two stations on the air at the same time on SSB but only on 40 and 20 meters. Look for them to sign 9A1C/p between September 26-28th. QSL via 9A1CVW. More details available at:

Members of the Bulgaria Contest Team will be active as LZ9W during the CQ WW DX CW Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via LZ1PM. Visit the LZ Contest Team's Web page at:


MARK YOUR CALENDAR (The Century's longest Visable Solar Eclipse)
OPDX was informed by Lee, KH6BZF/7J1AAP, propagation guru: "A solar eclipse alert: The longest visible total solar eclipse to occur this century will be on July 22, 2009, visible from a narrow corridor through northern India, eastern Nepal, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the northern tip of Myanmar (Burma), central China and the Pacific Ocean, including Okinawa, the Marshall Islands and Kiribati. Cities experiencing totality include Surat, Varanasi, Patna, Thimphu, Chengdu, Chongqing, Wuhan, Hangzhou, and Shanghai. Totality will last up to 6-minutes and 39-seconds with a maximum eclipse occurring at about 62-miles south of the Bonin Islands, southeast of Japan."

Members of the Puerto Rico Amateur Radio Society will activate a special event station NP3FM during Puerto Rico's "Free Mason Week". Operation will take place between 1300z, September 19th through 0100z, September 20th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and PSK31 on 20 meters. QSL via KP4ARS.

Simo, OH2LRE, was expected to do some sporadic activity on the HF bands and 6m as OH0/OH2LRE over the past weekend and this week. QSL via his home callsign OH2LRE.

QSL EW5WFF via EW4DX. Operators Igor/EW4DX, Alexander/EW4KA, Andrey/EU4AG, Cyril/EW4BY and Dmitry/EW4IDP were active as EW5WFF during a "World Flora Fauna" (WFF) expedition to the Nature Reserve "Belovezhskaya Pushya" (EWFF-001) over the past weekend (September 12-14th). This was the first Belarus WFF expedition. Visit the WFF Web page at:


NEED A QSL MANAGER? Frank, N3ZOM, is offering his services as a QSL Manager for any DX station. His E-mail address is: n3zom@comcast.net

PATHFINDER ONLINE. Dave, AA6YQ, has updated "Pathfinder Online" to access callbooks for 74 DXCC countries: 3A, 4S, 4X, 5Z, 9A, 9M2, 9M6, A9, BV, BY, C3, CE9, CX, DL, DU, E7, EI, EP, ER, ES, EW, EY, F, FR, GU, HC, HL, HS, I, J7, JT, K, LA, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OL, OM, ON, OZ, P2, P4, PY, R1F, R1M, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV9, T7, TA, TF, TR, UA, UA0, UA2, VE, VK, VP9, VU, YL, YN, YO, Z3, ZL, and ZS.

In addition, striking the Enter key in the "Target Callsign" box invokes the most recent search. Dave states, "The maintainers of these callbooks do occasionally re-host them or change their access mechanisms; if you notice a callbook being inaccessible for more than a week, please post a message here (DX-QSL or DX-IS mail reflectors), so I can see what's going on. Thanks..." To use "Pathfinder Online", navigate to the following Web page and type a callsign into the "Target Callsign" box, and click search buttons at:


Vasilij, RW6HS, informs OPDX readers, that anyone who has not received a QSL card from the following stations can now obtain direct via RW6HS:
4K2BY - 1993-1994- F.J.L
R1FJA - 21-23/03 1994 - F.J.L
RA0BY - 1994 - DICKSON ISL. (AS-005)
RA0BY/A - 03/04 -1996, 03/05 -1997 - SREDNY ISL. (AS-042)

Nilay, TA3YJ, reports that if you sent QSL cards to the TA3YJ QSL Service, you can check the status of your cards at:


TOP 5 QSL MANAGER SURVEY (Results are in!) John, K1XN, from the GoList, announced: "The votes are in and you have chosen the TOP 5 QSL MANAGERS for this period. The majority of the voters were from Europe with just a few DXers from the USA expressing their choices. Here are the TOP 5 ranked by voter choice.

          1. W3HNK             4. IZ8CCW
          2. G3SWH             5. NI5DX
          3. IT9DAA
There were over 200 managers entered by DXers around the world. All QSL Managers are winners and their services are very important to all of us that want to claim a card for a contact. Thank you to QSL Managers and card handlers around the world, we really do /*APPRECIATE*/ you.... John K1XN"

QSL TX5C via OH2BH. The Finnish-Turkish Friendship Consortium station was active again this past weekend during the "Worked All Europe DX SSB Contest." Also, the following press release from Jarmo, OH2BN, (dated Sept 12th) was sent out: "ASIAN TURKEY WITH A HAPPY WEDDING ANNIVERSARY AND ROUND NUMBERS: Leena, OH2BE, and Martti, OH2BH, left Finland for an unknown address in Asian Turkey on their wedding anniversary and Leena's round-number birthday. Today is the wedding anniversary and Mom was on the ropes at an antenna party in the soaring temperature of 36C. They got the job done, and TC4X should be on the air now plus in the European DX Contest this weekend.

Outside of the contest TC4X will be operated by Tefvik, TA1HZ. The upcoming magic day will be topped with a candlelight dinner and lacebed- sheet at a place overlooking the romantic Marmara Sea at sunset. Gosh, the actual birthday coincides with the contest but mixing and maxing will hopefully provide the best results on both fronts. Who said life is an easy journey when you marry a beady-eyed contest type?"



QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: None reported this week!

. OPDX was informed by Matz, DL8ZAJ, that Teo, DJ1RL, (Elmer and friend of Matz) became a "Silent Key" last Friday, September 5th, at the age of 80. Teo was a well-known CW DXer and DXpeditioner and had also many friends in the U. S. His main interest was on 160 and 80 meters on CW. Beginning with the early 70's, he signed DJ1RL/LX several times and: C21/DJ1RL (1986), C30LDZ (1987-88), DJ1RL/SV9 (1987), C30LFK (1988), C56/DJ1RL (1988), 9J/DJ1RL (1991), KH6/DJ1RL (1994), C2/DJ1RL (1994), 3D2/DJ1RL (1994), ZK1/DJ1RL (1994), FO/DJ1RL (1994), 5R8EY (1996-97, Nosi Be Island) and FH/DJ1RL (1997). OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of DJ1RL.

Just a reminder that the Strange Radio Team's HF SSB Contest is this coming weekend, starting 1300z, Saturday, September 20th through 1300z, Sunday, September 21st. Details can be found on the SRT Web site at:


Operators Kiyoshi/JA7RPC and Masahiro/JF7RKV will be active as T88RP and T88SB, respectively, from October 16-20th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsigns, by the Bureau or direct.

Naito, JF2IWW, will be active as T88IW from Koror Island (OC-009) between September 20-28th. Activity will be on the 80-6 meters using CW and SSB. Also look for him on the satellites. QSL T88IW via JF2IWW.

Nemeth, HA7TM, will be active as T88CJ during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via his home callsign.

Bud, AA3B, will be active as V26K between November 26th and December 1st. His activity includes the CQ WW CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. This will be an all CW operation on the contest HF bands only. Please QSL via AA3B.

Operator Shoji/JA7HMZ will once again be active from Pohnpei (OC-010), but this time he will sign as V6B between October 26th and November 1st. It is possible he may particiate in the CQWW DX SSB Contest. QSL via his home callsign, JA7HMZ.

Willi/DJ7RJ and Ulrich/DL2AH are now active as ZK3MW and ZK3AH, respectively, until September 29. ZK3MW has been quite active on most bands 160-10 meters using mainly CW. ZK3AH has been mostly active on 20 meters using SSB. QSL via their home callsigns.

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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