OPDX Bulletin 892 January 12, 2009

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 892
BID: $OPDX.892
January 12, 2009
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, NC1L, NJ1Q, N2OO, W2VU, WV2B, NG3K, N4AA & QRZ DX, WB6RSE, K8YSE, N8OFS, AA0MZ, DX-IS News Site, Pete's-DX- Newsdesk, A35RK, CE2WZ, CE6TBN/1, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, F5NQL & UFT, F5PFP, F5PHW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, LY4Q, OK1DOT, OM3JW, PG5M, RSGB IOTA Web Site, VA3RJ & ICPO, VK4FW, ZL1BBO, ZL1CT and ZS1RA for the following DX information.

There will be "NO BULLETIN" for January 19th. Linda (XYL/chief proof-reader) and I will be heading south to Port Richey, FL, because her dad has become ill and is in the hospital. However, PLEASE continue to send your DX info to me; I should have InterNet access......... TNXS and GUD DX de Tedd KB8NW

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 4th/January, through Sunday, 11th/January there were 216 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J7, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH2, 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, SV9, T30, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, 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).

Mike, OM2DX (aka E4/OM2DX, YI9X..etc), is now in Hanoi, and is working for the Embassy of the Slovak Republic. He has obtained a license with the callsigns XV9DX and 3W1M. He is expected to be here the next 3 years and be active on all bands using CW, SSB and the Digi modes. QRNs shown that Mike has been on 40/20/17/15 meters CW this past week. QSL via OM3JW.

Peter, DL8SBQ, is now active as 5X4X from Arua until June. Activity will be on 40/20/17/15/12/10 meters SSB. Over the past week Peter was on 20/17/15 meters. He uses only 100 watts into a Spiderbeam for 20-10 meters and a Zepp antenna for 40 meters. PLEASE NOTE: Peter cannot operate after 2000z because the power is off in Arua. So, if you hear a station on after that time, it is a pirate. QSL via DF5GQ.

Fred, ON6QR, will be active as 7X2ARA, the club callsign of "Amamteur Radio Algerians", for only a few hours this week. He will be on the air starting at 2000z on January 17th, until early morning on the 18th. His aim is to make QSOs during the Hungarian DX Contest and will be pleased to put you in the log. His activity will be on both CW and SSB; bands will be used according to propagation. QSL via 7X2ARA.

A3, TONGA (EME DXpedition Report)
Paul, A35RK, informs that he has been talking to Bob, ZL1RS (now signing as A35RS), on the phone because he was a little concerned about him due to some nasty weather and wind storms coming out of the NW. Bob is situated on the NW end of the island. Paul states, "Bob said that he has had some trouble keeping his antenna pointed, because of the wind, but he's fine and all his equipment is working OK. Bob said that he has made about 60 2m EME contacts so far."

Justin, K9MU, has an interesting
North American 50 MHz Beacon Map available at: http://www.k9mu.com/map/
Also, visit his VHF Web page at: http://www.k9mu.com

Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, reports that the following is approved for DXCC credit:
T61AA - Afghanistan
PLEASE NOTE: The license for this operation has been updated. Anyone having this operation rejected recently can send an E-mail to dxcc@arrl.org to be placed on the list for an update.

E4, PALESTINE (Update)
The E44M operation is now QRT. For this operation you can either QSL direct, by the Bureau or LoTW (in reasonable time). An online log search is available at:


Also, BUREAU QSL CARDS can be requested via E-mail at: QSLE44M@gmail.com
Your request must be clear and complete with all the details (your callsign, time, RST, date, mode...). Please don't send them multiple E-mails for each QSOs, only one (with all your QSOs listed) will be enough. Any incomplete E-mails without these will be ignored. BUREAU cards will be managed after the direct ones. For updates, watch the following Web pages.
The forum at: http://www.hamradioweb.org/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=39
The E44M Web page at: http://www.dxcoffee.com/e44m

* HAM-MAG - There are 26 pages of interesting stuff to read. All in color and PDF format. HAM-MAG states it is "The First 'E-magazine' for ham radio operators. A magazine without paper is a tree saved!" Check it out at:


* Richard Moseson, W2VU, CQ Amateur Radio Editorial Director, announced on January 8th, the following:
"WorldRadio Online - E-mail Notification List Established --
A new e-mail list has been established to notify readers of the availability of each new issue of 'WorldRadio' magazine, which is converting to a free online-only publication ('WorldRadio Online') as of its February 2009 issue. 'WorldRadio' subscribers and any other interested people may sign up for the list at:

Direct links to this signup page will be posted on both the CQ magazine website at
and the old 'WorldRadio' website at
Monthly e-mail alerts will include highlights of each new issue, along with instructions and hotlinks for connecting with the online issue. The e-mail addresses will be used only by CQ Communications, Inc., and will not be rented or sold. Each issue of 'WorldRadio Online' will be posted in PDF format, permitting readers the choice of browsing articles online or downloading the issue to their own computers to read at their convenience or even to print out in part or in whole. Access to 'WorldRadio Online' will be free of charge. Most of WorldRadio's columnists will continue to write for the new online edition. In November 2008, CQ Communications, Inc. purchased 'WorldRadio' upon the decision of founding publisher Armond Noble, N6WR, to retire and sell the magazine."

Phil, F5PHW, informs OPDX that his 2 year assignment in Tahiti will begin during the summer in August and end in July of 2011. He will be there with his family, and since he is there for work, his on air activities will be limited, but he will try to operate as much as possible. At the moment he doesn't know where he will be living (house or apartment). If he lives in a house, Phil intends to be active on all HF bands from 80-10 meters mainly on CW and RTTY (possibly some PSK31) with very little SSB using only 100 watts. His antennas from the house QTH will be:

80-40m - Inverted V + HF6VX (GP)
30m - HF6VX
20-10m - HF6VX + Spiderbeam (not sure)

However, if he lives in an apartment the antenna may only be the HF6VX. QSL via F8BPN, by the Bureau or direct. QSL will also by LoTW. Phil tells OPDX that if he has time, he will create a Web page with photos and an online log search. More information is forthcoming, especially about his callsign. ADDED NOTES: Phil has been active as J28BS (1993-1994-1999), 6W1/F5PHW (1994-1997), FM/F5PHW (1994-1995) and F5PHW/P EU032. All these operations are available via the LoTW.

John, ZS1JNT, left Cape Town, South Africa (in mid-December), in the new catamaran called "Oceans Dream 2" heading towards the Carribean. The 40 ft. catamaran is headed to Chaguaramas, Trinidad & Tobago. John will be operating Maritime Mobile under the callsign ZS1JNT/MM. He recently left James Bay, St. Helena, on January 7th. Look for him to be active on 20 meters after 1800z, possibly on 14297.5 kHz (or between 14235-14250 kHz). Read his interesting blog at:

You can also track him at:

H7/YN7, NICARAGUA (Date Correction)
Operators Stan/AC8W, Hank/K8DD, Jim/KB8TXZ and Lee/N8LJ will be active for one week starting February 17th. Their activity will include the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 21-22nd). Emphasis will be on 160/80 meters and 30/17/12 meters. Their callsigns (TBA later) will be either be H7/homecall or YN2 callsigns. QSL via info on (QRZ.com).

EU-038. During the annual Dutch PACC Contest, members of the PA3FKN PACC Team will activate the Island of Ameland, one of the West Frisian Islands off the north coast of the Netherlands. It consists mostly of sand dunes. "This is a good opportunity for island chasers to contact EU-038 on all bands, propagation permitting", according to Gerben, PG5M. The PA3FKN PACC Team members are: Bote/PA0BVD, Aloys/PA3DAT, Wietse/PA3DDJ, Berend/ PA3FAL, Eric/PA3FKN, Douwe/PD0RXP, Laurens/PD3LHS, Andries/ PE1PIX, Peter/PE1PIX, Joeri/PE5JW, Gialt/PE1OLM and Gerben/ PG5M. As this is not a permanent contest location, all equipment has to be transported to the island and installed and setup just before the contest.

The list of equipment is extensive, including 8 transceivers, 13 antenna configurations, masts, more than 2 km of coax cable, etc. which altogether is more than 2500 KG. For the low bands they will use: 160m - 2 phased verticals, 80m - 4 square dipoles and 40m - 4 square verticals. Time and dates: 1200z, Saturday, February 14th, to 1200z, Sunday, February 15th. For more information on the PACC Contest, visit the official PACC Web site at:

Also, watch the following Web page for updates (especially during the contest) at:

NA-122. Operators Josep/EA3BT and his XYL Nuria/EA3WL will operate as HI9/EA3BT and/or HI9/EA3WL from Cayo Levantado Island in the Dominican Republic's Coastal Islands Group, January 21-27th. Nuria will operates SSB while Josep handles the CW. Activity will be mainly SSB and the Digital modes, on 80-10 meters. They will use a Yaesu FT-900, w/Ameritron ALS-600 amp into a Cushcraft MA5B antenna for 20-10 meters, and a Butternut HF2V for 80/40 meters. QSL via EA3BT.

NA-223. Members of the Russian Robinson Club will be active as KL7RRC from Ogliuga Island, Alaska, between July 21st and August 3rd. Activity will be on 160-6 meters including an entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). Operators mentioned are: N3QQ, RA3NAN, RU4SU and UA9OBA. Watch for updates on:

http://www.na-234.com/index.html (Click on NA-233 Plans).

* The Documentary Archive Radio Communication provides, on its Web site http://www.dokufunk.org, another special (second) exclusive interview with Co-Team Leader Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, on the coverage of the upcoming KP5 Desecheo DXpedition. This interview has background information on the recent visit to the island and some details about the upcoming operation scheduled for February 12-26th. Listen to the interview at:


* As mentioned in special bulletin OPDX.891.1, Several members of the team visited Desecheo on December 17th, 2008, on a recon mission along with USFWS and security personnel. The KP5 Web page has several interesting photos available for viewing at:

* European Press Release (from dx-hamspirit.com): KP5 Team Prepares for Europe!: "The KP1-5 Project is very aware of the need for KP5 (Desecheo) in Europe. Previous DXpeditions contended with an obstructed path to Europe making working this #3 most needed country difficult at best. During the recent reconnaissance trip to KP5, agreement was reached that will allow antennas to be placed on a ridgeline above the helipad that will give a clear path to Europe! The team wants to provide as many EU hams with a QSO as possible." See the complete press release (with detailed pictures) at the following Web page:


LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVITY (Operation Extended)
Members of the "Old Barney Amateur Radio Club (OBARC) have extended their activity as N2OB/150 and N2OB/LH through March 31st, due to popular demand. Operations will be on all bands and modes available. This activity is to celebrate the relighting and the 150th anniversary of the "Barnegat Lighthouse" (nick- named "Old Barney"). See OPDX.889 for more details. N2OB/150 stations will be operating from various locations around "Ocean County". Some operations from the lighthouse property may be possible, and the callsign N2OB/LH will be used which will count for working the lighthouse and IOTA NA-111. A nice color photo QSL is being planned showing the relighting of the lighthouse. QSL via N2OB (SASE requested) or by the Bureau is "OK". Visit the OBARC Web page at:


LY1000, LITHUANIA (Special Event)
To mark the "Millennium of Lithuania"

(see http://www.lietuvai1000.lt/index.en.htm ),
members of the Amateur Radio Society of Lithuania (LRMD) is issuing a special wooden plaque to those who can fulfil the required following conditions:
Contact Special Event Stations with the prefix LY1000 (14 active stations) or other LY stations from 01-JAN-2009 to 31-DEC-2009 and collect 1000 points. Points are earned as follows:

A. European stations: 150 points for each contact with the Special Event Station LY1000 (At least 5 contacts necessary.) 50 points with other LY station.

B. DX stations: 300 points for each contact with the Special Event Station LY1000 (At least 3 contacts necessary.) 100 points with other LY station.

Applications deadline - December 31, 2010. Please send certified list of contacts (no QSL please) and payment to the LRMD Award Manager. Please give your E-mail address with your application, in case they have to contact you by E-mail. PRICE: 10 Euro or equivalent in USD.
Here are the Special Event LY1000 Stations and their operating dates:
LY1000FW (Op. Giedrius/LY1FW) from 01-JAN-2009 until 01-MAR-2009
LY1000GV (Op. Gintautas/LY2GV) from 01-JAN-2009 until 01-MAR-2009
LY1000QT (Op. Valerijus/LY2QT) from 01-JAN-2009 until 01-MAR-2009
LY1000WN (Op. Algimantas/LY2WN) from 01-JAN-2009 until 01-MAR-2009
LY1000M (Op. Vytautas/LY3M) from 01-JAN-2009 until 01-MAR-2009
LY1000NX (Op. Romas/LY3NX) from 01-JAN-2009 until 01-MAR-2009
LY1000W (Op. Rimantas/LY3W) from 01-JAN-2009 until 01-MAR-2009
LY1000CV (Op. Boleslovas/LY2CV) from 07-JAN-2009 until 01-MAR-2009
LY1000CM (Op. Bronius/LY1CM) from 02-MAR-2009 until 30-APR-2009
LY1000X (Op. Tomas/LY3X) from 02-APR-2009 until 31-MAY-2009
LY1000A (Op. Jonas/LY5A) from 02-MAY-2009 until 30-JUN-2009
LY1000Q (Op. Rolandas/LY4Q) from 13-JUN-2009 until 11-AUG-2009
LY1000G (Op. Stanislovas/LY1G) from 03-JUL-2009 until 31-AUG-2009
LY1000LA (Op. Eduardas/LY4LA) from 03-JUL-2009 until 31-AUG-2009

Any questions regarding this and other LRMD awards, can be sent via E-mail to:

diplomai@lrmd.lt --or-- ly4q@qrz.lt
Also, visit the LRMD Web page at:

John, KK9A, will be active as P40A during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via WD9DZV.

The 2009 QRP Challenge is now going on as of Janaury 1st. The event is to "Promote QRP portable operations with 'light' equipment, as well as the longest distance in kilometers with as few watts as possible." For details, visit the Web page at:


QSL ROUTES by Johannes, DK8JB:
9W2NTO direct
9W2IBR direct
J79WE via DL8WEM

NEW QSL MANAGER. Petr, OK1DOT, informs that he is now the QSL Manager for Raoul, ZS1REC.

NEW QSL TRACKING SERVICE IN CHILE. Have you sent a QSL to Chile but had no reply? Perhaps you had a contact with XQ, CE, CA, CD, XR, 3G, CC which has not been confirmed. A group of Chilean amateurs are offering to try to help to obtain missing card or cards by carrying out searches and making enquiries in Chile. This service is offered as a goodwill gesture by some Chilean amateurs and is completely free. To use the service you need to contact Jose Luis Jimenez. His E-mail address is:

You can write to him in Spanish or English. Full details are available on the Web site at:

HAVE PATIENCE! More QSL cards are still being received for the many UA4WHX operations. Vlad is still sending them out.

XE1KK/XF1 QSL STATUS. Ramon, XE1KK, recently active from the Baja California Sur State South East Group (NA-124), reports that QSLs will be designed and printed soon. He plans to send out a QSL card for each QSO via the bureau. No need to QSL back. Direct QSL will also be available for those who need the card faster. Logs will also be uploaded very soon on the LoTW. Ramon adds that he has made a presentation of his "lunch time" expeditions (as he calls it) and it can be download at:

Also, Joaquin, XE1R, made a short video on Youtube with several QSOs were recorded from his home. You can watch the video at:

ARE YOU IN THE LOG? The ZD8UW log search is available online at:




QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: None reported this week!

S2, BANGLADESH (Reminder)
The St. Martin's Island, Teknaf, Bangladesh, operation will take place this week 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:


Monk Apollo, Sv2ASP/A, has been showing up on 160 meters. He was on 1843 kHz at between/around 0545-0615z on December 29th, and between/around 0538-1612z on January 9th. He "may" show up again between/around the same time this week. Agelos, SV3RF, states, "Although he uses a low dipole barefoot he hears quiet well being in an area free of noise."

Udo, DL9HCU, who was active as T30HC from Tarwa Island this past week (up to Janaury 10th), may be headed to Banaba Island (according to several sources) and sign T33HC. QSL via his home callsign.

T8, PALAU (Reminder)
Operators Mike/JA6EGL, Yas/JA6UBY, Yu/JE6DND and Hiro/JA6KYU will be active as T88SM, T88CP, T88HK and T88HS, respectively, from Koror Island (OC-009), this week between January 16-18th. Activity will be 80-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via their home callsigns (direct only).

Daniel, F5LGQ, will be active as TO4IPA between January 13-31st.

Members of the France Provins ARC (F6KOP) and some international operators are now active from Kerkennah Island (AF-073) using the callsign TS7C until January 19th. The team had some problems with customs with some of the transmitters, but by the time you read this, they should have all the stations (six) on the air. QSL via Sylvain, F4EGD, either direct or by the REF-Union Bureau (Please only via this bureau). More details are available on the DXpedition's Web site at:


VP8, FALKLAND ISLANDS (Reminder/Update/YL Op!)
Just a reminder that an international 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. There will be 8 YLs from the following countries active from Falkland Islands:

     2 from the UK                    1 from Japan
     1 from the Netherlands           1 from USA
     1 from Italy                     1 from Norway
     1 from Greece
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 YL team will fly into the Falklands on January 17th. Together with Janet, VP8AIB, and other YLs from Falkland will all activate VP8YL* for 14 days.

All the YLs coming from around the world will be getting their VP8 callsign on Monday, January 19th. During the first weekend they will operate as VP8YLC which is the YL club's callsign on Falkland. The YLs will be operating from QTHs in Stanley (one from the home of Bob/VP8LP and Janet/VP8AIB and the other from a hut not far from Bob/Janet's home). Some of the YLs will bring along their own HF rigs. Some will stay for a week and the others for two weeks. The activity will be mainly on SSB, on all bands (80-10m), but only 20 hours every day. There will be 4 stations with the following antennas: two SteppIR 3 element beam and two vertical SteppIR. QSL via operator's home callsign. Look for more information to become available at:


XR27, CHILE (Special Event)
Chilean operators from the Atacama region will activate special event station XR27RAID between Janaury 11-24th. Operations will be on all bands using CW, SSB and PSK. QSL via HA1AG, by the Bureau or direct to: Zoli Pitman, Somogyi Bela UT 18, Gyor 9024, HUNGARY. QSL are also "OK" via CE6TBN. Activity is to celebrate the running of the Association of Raidistas de Atacama's (ALTAR) jeepera adventure, the 27th Raid Atacama Desert Trophy which takes place between January 20-25th. For more details, see:


John, K6AM, will be active as ZF2AM during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 21-22th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High- Power entry. QSL via K6AM, direct or by the Bureau or LoTW.

ZK2, NIUE (OC-040)
Chris, ZL1CT (GM3WOJ), will be active as ZK2V between May 16th and June 20th. He states that this 5 week DXpedition is not a "Holiday DXpedition" but it aims to give as many stations their first QSO with ZK2 as possible. This is the cyclone season, so operation may be interrupted by electrical storms. Resources are limited, so activity will be mainly on 80/40/20/15 meters using CW and SSB, with some 30/17/12 meter activity and RTTY. Planned operations include entries in the 2009 ARRL CW and Phone Contests. QSL via N3SL. More details will be forthcoming.

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