The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 890
December 29, 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 DX Bulletin, AA1M, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q, N2RHL, NG3K, N4AA & QRZ DX, K8YSE, N8PS, DX-IS News Site, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, EUDXF, YAHOO News, 6K2AVL, A35RK, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, F5NQL & UFT, F5PFP, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, OH4KZM/OH4JT, OK1WCF, PA4JJ, RSGB IOTA Web Site and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX information.
SPECIAL NOTE FROM EDITOR (Tedd, KB8NW)
My family (wife/OPDX's chief proof-reader Linda, son Teddy [TJ] and his wife Jessi, daughter Katie and her husband Kevin), and I (KB8NW) would like to wish all DXers, Contesters and OPDX readers a very "Happy New Year". Thanks to the many individuals who have provided DX information over the past year. Without them there would not be an OPDX Bulletin. Also, thanks to the individuals who sent holiday wishes to my family and me.....
73 and Have a Great/Safe/Healthy New Year de Tedd KB8NW
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 21st/December, through Sunday, 28th/December there were 214 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D6, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FT5W, G, GD, GI, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, J7, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH4, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T2, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP8, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, YB, YI, YJ, 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).
4A, MEXICO (Update/Special Event)
Members of the DXXE (Mexican Contest and DX group) are now active celebrating their 4th anniversary by using the special callsign 4A1DXXE until January 6th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. They were also heard on the AO51 satellite this past weekend. QSL via N7RO and the LoTW. QSOs with this station are good for the DXXE Award. For more information, visit the DXXE Web page at:
Operators from the 4M5DX Group (Franco/YV1FM, Jose/YV5TX, Alex/YV5SSB and Jesus/YV5MSG) will be active as 4M5DX during the CQWW WPX RTTY Contest (February 14-15th) as a Multi-Single/High-Power entry. QSL via IT9DAA.
A35, TONGA (6m History)
Paul, A35RK, has been active on 6 meters this past week and has made some 6 meter history. He made a PSK31 QSO (at 0127z) and RTTY QSO (at 0129z) on 6 meters with Colin, VK4CC, on December 26th. This is the first time it has ever been done between VK and A3!
ASIAN TRIP (Update)
You have only a few more dates to work Frank, I2DMI, as A52RY from Thimphu, because he will go QRT on December 31st. Frank has been active on 80/40/30/20/17 meters mainly RTTY. His next stop will be Kathmandu, Nepal. He still does not know his callsign for Nepal, but he will get a 9N7 (RY? or DMI?) after his arrival. QSOs will be put on LoTW and e-QSL the second week of January. Bureau cards will go out the fourth week of March. You can QSL direct to I2DMI: P.O. Box 55, 22063 CANTU, Italy. Include a self addressed envelope (SAE) and sufficient return postage. Please QSL only to his P.O. Box # 55 - 22063 Cantu (not his home address).
Eduardo, CO8LY, states that if somebody needs a confirmed QSL from Cuba, he is active on 160 meters or PKS31, RTTY, CW and SSB on any bands. You can make a sked with him via E-mail at:
CU8, AZORES (Lighthouse Op)
Operators Antonio/CU8AS, Ruedi/HB9CQL and Hermann HB9CRV (CT3FN) will be active as CU8W from the Albarnaz Lighthouse (DFP FAZ-02, ARLHS AZO-016, TWLHD WLH CU-008) on Flores Island (EU-089, DIP AZ-008, WLOTA LH-0947) between January 19-23rd. Activity will be mainly on the lower bands using CW and RTTY. QSL via CT1GFK. Bureau requests are OK via E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
CV5, URUGUAY (Update/IOTA Op)
Operators Lupo/CX2ABC, Julian/CX5BE, Pedro/CX5BW, Nelson/CX6ACY, Jorge/CX6DAP, Gustavo/CX7AT and Daniel/CX9AU will be active as CV5A from Isla de Flores (SA-030), January 22-26th. Activity will be on 160-2 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. They will also be in the CQ 160-Meter CW Contest (January 24-25th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via CX2ABC.
E4, PALESTINE (Update/Reminder)
Just a reminder that an Italian group is expected to be active as E44M this week between January 1-11th. Activity will be on 160-2 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and all the digital modes with a maximum power of 1KW. They will have 3 stations on the air active with beams, verticals and wire antennas. They state, "Even if early January is not a a good period for VHF, they will monitor 6 and 2 meters and try any contact." The updated team list includes the following 6 members: Salvador/C31CT, Simone/IZ0BTV, Bello/IZ0EGM, Giorgio/IZ4AKS, Pasquale/IZ8IYX, Vini/IK2CIO and Leszek/SP3DOI. Operations will be focused on RTTY and the other digital modes as well as the low bands and 30/17/12 meters. They plan to pay special attention to stations outside Europe when the propagation will allow it A Web page is now active at:
E51, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (6m/2m EME)
Operators Lance/W7GJ and Bob/ZL1RS will be in Rarotonga (from grid BG08dr) at the end of March (possibly between March 26th and April 4th) to activate E51 on EME on 6 meters (Lance) and 2 meters (Bob). Lance's callsign will be E51SIX and the 6m operation will take place on 50.190 MHz. Details of Bob's callsign and activity were not provided. Lance wanted to announce this DXpedition as far in advance as possible in order to provide adequate time for people to gear up for it. More station details will be announced as it gets closer to the operation. For more details, visit the following Web page at:
FT5W, CROZET ISLAND (Update)
Not much news to report here. Reports indicate that Florentin, F4DYW/FT5WO, has been very busy, but he has set up a temporary station because he is going to change his room soon. He would like to use the base HF station with an amp connected to a rombic antenna, but he is waiting for official permission. Some French stations have reported that Florentin was on Saturday, but very weak on 14127 kHz around 1720z. Remember, he will stay there until the end of November 2009, and will return back home in early 2010. QSL via F4DYW, direct or by the bureau after he returns back home. Look for updates on:
Cody, KC2LSD, will be active as HK3/KC2LSD between January 9-15th. Activity will be mostly at 2300z on 40/30/20 meters, with some daytime operations as well. Cody, states, "I'll usually get spotted on the cluster but this time I will post myself on the
Kurt, HS0ZBS, from Phanom Sarakham, East Thailand, is active daily until January 10th, using the OLIVIA Mode. He starts at 1100z, on 14106.5 or 14107.5 kHz, calling CQ for 10 minutes.
EU-096. You still have a few more days to work Jouni/OH4KZM and Jukka/ OH4MFA as OH4JT/1 from Kustavi Island. They are expected to go QRT on December 30th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, mainly CW. QSL via OH4MFA, direct or by the Bureau. For more information:
NA-069. Peter, VE3IKV, will be active as W4/VA3RA from Sanibel Island (USI FL-021S, WLOTA LH-2044, Lee County, Florida), December 29th through January 3rd (2009). Activity will primarily be CW on 40 and 20 meters. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
JD1, OGASAWARA ISLANDS
Just a reminder that operators Hiroyuki/JG7PSJ and Makoto/JI5RPT will be active as JD1BMH and JD1BLY, respectively, from Chichijima Island (AS-031) between December 28th and January 2nd. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, with an emphasis on the low bands, using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Also on the satellites too. QSL via their home callsigns. Visit the operator's Web pages at:
KP5, DESECHEO ISLAND DXPEDITION (Update)
Team 2009 Desecheo has been updated on their Web page. The On-Island Team now includes: Ralph Fedor/ K0IR, Glen Kesselring/K0JGH, Grant Kesselring/K1KD, Brad Farrell/K4RT, Bob Allphin/K4UEE, Tim Pearson/K5AC, Dick Hanson/K5AND, Gary Stouder/K9SG, George Nicholson/N4GRN, Bill Barr/N4NX, Mike Mraz/N6MZ, Mike Thomas/NA5U, Felipe Hernandez/NP4Z, Neil King/VA7DX, Steve Wright/VE7CT, Glenn Johnson/ W0GJ, Jim Livengood/W0NB, Gordon Hardman/W0RUN, John Crovelli/W2GD, Gregg Marco/W6IZT, Garry Ritchie/W8OI and Jerry Rosalius/WB9Z. The Off-Island Team now includes: Asia Pilot Station Toshi Kusano/JA1ELY, Antennas Jim Streible/K4DLI, Propagation Dude Carl Luetzelschwab/K9LA (check out Carl's Propagation section on the Web page), QSL Manager Bob Schenck/N2OO, Webmaster Chaz Cone/W4GKF, Antenna Paul Playford/W8AEF and KP4 Liaison Eladio Acevedo-Velez/WP3MW. Remember, for updates visit the KP5 Web page at:
MD4, ISLE OF MAN
Operators David/G3NKC, Martin/G4XUM and Bob/MD0CCE will be active as MD4K during the CQ 160-Meter CW Contest (January 23-25th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via G3NKC. QSL goes to G3NKC. If direct, please remember that 1 USD is not sufficient for return postage outside of EU.
NETHERLANDS ANTILLES CONTINUED
Hans Timmerman, PB2T, President of the European DX Foundation (EUDXF), announced on the EUDXF Web page Tuesday, December 16th (edited):
"According to Dutch Prime Minister Balkenende, important agreements to secure the future of the people on the Netherlands Antilles were made. During (another) Round Table Conference held on 15th December 2008 an agreement was signed on the future of the Netherlands Antilles. In 2009 more work has to be done on the execution of the agree- ments made. Depending on progress a date, will be set for the implementa- tion of the new structure. There is hope that all will be finalized in 2010. In 2005 it was agreed that Curacao (PJ2) and Sint Maarten (PJ7) will become autonomous countries within the Kingdom of the Netherlands and that the islands Bonaire (PJ4), Sint Eustatius (PJ5) and Saba (PJ6) will become Dutch municipalities. DXCC wise, these changes could result in deletion of two entities (PJ2 and PJ7) and four new entities: Curacao (with status aparte), Sint Maarten (with status aparte), Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba."NOW WAIT A SECOND! Those who like to be on time will have to wait a second for on New Year's Eve before ringing in the New Year on Wednesday. Read all about it at:
OK, CZECH REPUBLIC (WAS Help Needed)
Martin, OK1WCF, informs OPDX that he is trying to get his WAS award via LoTW, but still needs the following LoTW stations from these states: HAWAII, MONTANA, NORTH DAKOTA and UTAH. So, if you are in any of these states, please contact Martin via E-mail for a sked at
PJ2, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
Jan, PA4JJ, will be active as PJ2/PA4JJ from Curacao (SA-006, WLOTA LH-0942) between April 1-11th. This will be a holiday style operation. Jan informs OPDX that he will try to be active on as many bands as he can, except 160m. He will be on all modes but mostly digital. His equipment is a FT-897 and a a ZS6BKW antenna (which he states can be tuned on 6m, and he will be using WSJT (JT6M) on 6m). QSL direct to his home callsign.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
NOT THE QSL MANAGER. Joe, W3HNK, states that he is NOT the QSL Manager for CO6LC or any of his operations. He does not even know him.
QSLS VIA LOTW: 4A1DXXE, 5Z1A, 5Z4DZ, 9A1CAL, B3C, H7/IV3IYH, HI3A, KD7P/NH2, NP2KW, R1FJT, TG9/IV3IYH, UN1L, V26K and VP2EDL
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 5U5U, 5W0HH, 6V7L, 9L1X, 9M2AX, 9M8Z, A35SS, A73A, BG7JSQ, FW1W, HK0B/HK3JJH, HL5BDS, J3/DM2AYO, KP2M, KP4AO, LU4DXU, OJ0J, P29NI, PJ7/K2GSJ, TR8CA, V47NT, VK9ANU, VP9KF, VU7SJ, XW1B and XW1X
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: OJ1ABOA
RTTY WELCOME DAY (January 1st - All Day Long!)
Phil, N8PS, states:
"Now is your chance to meet and greet other RTTY operators from all over the world.73 - de Phil - N8PS, RTTY Welcome Day Cheerleader"
-- No hours, No rules, No score, No pressure, No quota, No log needed. --
- Any band*, Any contact, Any time, Any power, Any equipment, Any antenna.-
(*) = Authorized amateur radio sub-bands, of course. Get that antique set-up running or fire-up that brand new rig. Use any modem or computer or combination thereof. Meet and greet others without time limits. Have a short exchange or a rag-chew - whatever suits you. Participation is voluntary. No log necessary. No awards - just satisfaction. Help others find joy in RTTY by operating for the first time, or the thousandth time.
Get your set-up running smoothly and help others to reverse inversion. Just get on the air to say 'howdy' -or- 'hello' -or-'WELCOME TO RTTY'
PLEASE HELP SPREAD THE NEWS. TELL YOUR FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS. 'I'LL SEE YOU ON THE AIR FOR:'
RTTY WELCOME DAY - 01 JANUARY 2009 - ALL DAY LONG
S2, BANGLADESH (Update/IOTA Op Delayed Again!)
David, EB7DX, informs OPDX that the St. Martin's Island (AS-127), Bangladesh operation that was delayed in early December and was expected to be active at the end of December, will be delayed again "due to some unavoidable circumstance". The St. Martin's Island, Teknaf, Bangladesh, operation will now take place between January 16-22nd. The callsign will be S21DX. The six main operators will be: S21RC (Fazlay Rabby), S21AM (Manjurul Haque), S21DM (DM Hemayet), S21S (Sohel Awrangzeb), S21RO (Rasedul Islam) and S21SA (Sayra Shahlin, YL). QSL Manager will be EB7DX (www.eb7dx.com). For more details and updates, visit their Web page at:
Yoon, 6K2AVL, in HL-land, informs OPDX that some members of the Korea DX Club will be active from Dhaka in the People's Republic of Bangladesh between March 7-12th. Operators mentioned are: Kim/6K5YPW, Kang/DS2AGH, Lee/DS2BGV, Kim/ HL3QP, Choi/HL5FUA and Yoon/6K2AVL. Yoon states that they hope to get their callsign next month from the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission. They plan to operate on 160-10 meters, CW, SSB and the digital modes, using three amplifiers, verticals and beams. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1822/1824, 3515, 7015, 10115, 14015, 18075, 21015, 24895 and 28015
SSB - 3795, 7095, 14195, 18130, 21295, 24950 and 28460
Digi - 14082, 21082 and 28100 kHz
Their main purpose for the Bangladesh DXpediton is to provide enough chances to have a QSO with Bangladesh for all DXers who need it. They hope it will be a good chance for Asia and Europe stations to work them on all bands. Also, they will do their best to work both North and South American stations within workable band conditions. QSLs are via HL5FUA. For more details, updates and their logs, please visit the following Web page at:
SPECIAL CANADIAN PREFIXES
Look for Canadian amateurs to use the following special prefixes between January 1st and February 28th to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Galileo using of optical instruments to inspect the universe. Also, please note that this year is the International Year of Astronomy (IYA). Some Canadian amateurs will exchange their prefixes as follows:
VE changes to CG VO changes to CH |For example: VE7DAO = CG7DAO VA changes to CF VY changes to CI | VA3DAO = CF3DAOThe following are announced operations using the special prefix callsigns for the IYA:
Members of the Greek DXpedition DX PLUS Team are expected to activate the rocky Levitha Islet (EU-001, GIOTA DKS-050, MIA MGD-019, WLOTA LH-0846) in the South Aegean Sea for about 10 days between June 8-14th. They plan to use the special callsign SX5LA. QSL via SV1GRM. More details will be forthcoming as they get closer to the activation date. To see a picture of the islet, go to:
T8, PALAU (OC-009)
Several sources are reporting that Hide, JM1LJS, will be active as T80W between December 28th and January 5th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW and SSB during his spare time. QSL via his home callsign. Visit his Web page to see pages of the T80 Rental Shack at:
Sylvain, F6CIS, active as TT8SK, is expected to be on the air possibly for 6 months to 3 years. He is only active during his spare time. QSNs show activity has been between 1830-1930z on 40 or 20 meters SSB. QSL via F5OZF.
Operators Mike/W1USN, Scott/W1SSR and Bob/AA1M will be operating from Montserrat between February 25th and March 7th. They plan to operate CW, SSB and PSK31. Their callsigns have not been assigned as of this date. They are looking to get VP2MPR (W1USN) and VP2MPL (AA1M), if not, VP2M/homecall. QSL via their CBA.
VP8, FALKLAND ISLANDS (Update/YL Op!)
Just a reminder that an inter- national group of YLs will activate the Falkland Islands (SA-002) 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: Janet/VP8AIB, Chantal/PA3GQG, Unni/LA6RHA, Jeanie/WA6UVF, Mio/JR3MVF, Liz/M0ACL, Victoria/SV2KBS, Nicky/M5YLO and Ruth/IT9ESZ. The activity will be mainly on SSB, on all bands, but only 20 hours every day. QSL via operator's home callsign. Look for more information to become available at:
Kurt, W6PH, will be active as VP9/W6PH again for the 2009 ARRL DX CW Contest (February 21-22nd) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL direct to his home callsign W6PH.
Members of the Bekasi DX Contest Club (YE1ZAT) will be active during the CQ 160-Meter CW Contest (January 24-25th) as a Multi- Op entry, the CQWW WPX RTTY Contest (February 14-15th) as a Multi-Single entry and the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 28-29th) as a Multi-Single entry. Operators mentioned are Joz/YD1JZ, Danu/YD1GCL, Terry/YC1KAF, Yon/YB1CCF, Arif/YE1AA and Heri/YB1KAR. QSL via YE1ZAT, by the Bureau, e-QSL or direct via info on (QRZ.com).
ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND (AF-003)
Six members of the Cambridge University Wireless Society will active as ZD8UW between January 2-9th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. Operators mentioned are: Hugo/ M0HSW, Tom/M0TJH, Simon/G4EAG, Michael/G7VJR, Gordon/G3USR and Martin/ G3ZAY. QSL via G7VJR. The logs will be uploaded to LoTW.
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