The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 895
February 9, 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, K3CT, K3TEJ, NG3K, N4AA & QRZ DX, K6AM, K8YSE, N8OFS, KK9A, W9KNI, DX-IS News Site, Pete's-DX- Newsdesk, DJ7IK, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, F5NQL & UFT, F8DVD, HA5BWW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, LU4DXU, OE1WHC, PA4JJ, PY2SEX, RSGB IOTA Web Site, SP5UAF and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 1st/February, through Sunday, 8th/February there were 220 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B6, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FT5W, FW, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/m, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, 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, PJ7, PY, PZ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/g, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, 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).
3B8 & 3B9, MAURITIUS AND RODRIGUES ISLANDS
Polish operators Piotr/SP2JMR and Slavo/SP2JMB will be active as 3B9/homecalls from the Rodrigues Island (AF-017) between April 1-8th. After this operation they will then be active as 3B8/homecalls from Mauritius (AF-049) between April 9-17th. Activity is expected to be on all bands using CW and SSB.
3D2, FIJI (Also T2)
Operators Bill/N7OU and Bob/W7YAQ are expected to be active this week as 3D2OU and 3D2NB, respectively, from Nadi, Viti Levu Island (OC-016, WLOTA LH-0055), between February 11-16th. Activity will be 160-10 meters, mainly CW but with some SSB and RTTY. QSL via their home callsign. They will leave Fiji and head to Tuvalu. Callsigns will be announced later, but they will be there between February 17th and March 2nd. Their activity on the island will include the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 21-22nd) as a Multi-Single entry.
4S, SRI LANKA (AS-003)
Stavros, 5B4AFM, will be active as 4S7FMG between February 9-12th. Activity will be holiday style on 40 and 30 meters using only 100 watts into a vertical on CW and SSB. QSL via M0BBB.
Belgian operators Patrick/ON4HIL and Guido/ON4BAG will be active as 6V7P and 6V7O, respectively, between February 22-28th. Their QTH will be Le Calao about 70 km from Dakar. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using SSB and digital modes (RTTY, PSK31). Suggested frequencies are:
SSB - 1844, 7090, 14245, 18160, 21295, 24985, 28475 and 50150 kHz
RTTY - 7040, 14085, 21085 and 28085 kHz
QSL via their home callsigns, by the bureau or direct (QRZ.com). They have a blog page at:
Stavros, 5B4AFM, will be active as 8Q7FM from Lhaviyani Atoll (AS-013) between February 13-19th. Activity will be holiday style on 40 and 30 meters using only 100 watts into a vertical on CW and SSB. QSL via M0BBB.
ANTARCTIC ACTIVITY WEEK EVENT NEWS (February 16-22nd)
In commemoration of the 6th Antarctic Activity week, Francois, F8DVD, will be using the special callsign TM8ICE between February 8-21st. The WAP reference number is 154. The activity will take place from his home QTH in Macon, the eastern part of France. A special color QSL card showing the TARA polar vessel will be issued. QSL via F8DVD, by the Bureau or direct to: Francois Bergez, 6, Rue Liberte, F-71000 MACON, FRANCE.
PLEASE REMEMBER - Stations that are active and signing "/ANT" may NOT be in the Antarctic!
Operators Finn/OV8FM and Martin/5P1M will be active as C3/OV8FM and C3/5P1M, respectively, between February 10-13th. Activity will be on 40 and 20 meters using SSB, SSTV, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via OV1A.
Operators Frederick/K9VV, Henry/N6NC, Victor/WA0USA and Brian/KP2HC will be active as C6AKU from Freeport during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via K5WW or the LoTW.
CANADIAN SPECIAL EVENT CALLSIGNS
To celebrate 50th anniversary of the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, look for Canadian amateurs to use the following prefix between April 1st and May 31st:
XL -) VA XN -) VO XM -) VE XO -) VYCN, MOROCCO
CT3/CT9, MADEIRA ISLANDS
A group of German operators will be active as CT9L during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 21-22nd) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via DJ6QT. Operators mentioned are: Walter/DJ6QT, Falk/DK7YY, Wolfgang/ DK9VZ, Ulf/DL5AXX, Tom/DL5LYM and Frank/DL8WAA. Outside the contest, operators will probably sign CT3/homecall. QSL via their home callsigns.
PLEASE NOTE: DJ6QT and DK7YY will be active between February 17th and March 10th. The rest of the team leaves February 24th.
CT3/CT9, MADEIRA ISLANDS
A group of German operators will be active as CT9L during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via DJ6QT. Operators mentioned are: Adam/DJ0IF, Walter/DJ6QT and Falk/DK7YY. Outside the contest operators will probably sign CT3/homecall. QSL via their home callsigns.
D4, CAPE VERDE
A group of German operators from Bonn and Potsdam will be active from Sal Island (AF-086) between March 11-25th. Each operator will have their own callsign. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31, Hell, Amtor and SSTV. They plan to have 7 stations with 100 watts and vertical antennas. Operators mentioned (with their callsign) are: Helmut/DL3KBQ (D44TXQ), Holger/DL1COP (D44TXP), Jurgen/ DJ2VO (D44TXO), Gerd/DG3KAF (D44TXF), Henry/DL2RSI (D44TXR), Peter/DH2KI (D44TXI) and Franz/DL3PS/HB9EHQ (D44TXS). QSL via their home callsign, except D44TXS via HB9EHQ.
Bill Moore, NC1L, Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following operations are approved for DXCC credit:
A5100A - Bhutan; 2008 Operation
T6EE - Afghanistan; Additional documentation has been received to include 2006 and 2007 operations. If you had a QSO rejected for these dates, send a note to email@example.com to be placed on the list for an update.
TT8HA - Chad; Operations for 2007 and 2008
TT8SK - Chad; Operations for 2008 and 2009
TN5SN - Republic Of The Congo; Current operation effective October 2008
ZA/F4DTO - Albania; 2008 Operation
ZA0/I0SNY - Albania; 2008 Operation
ZA0/I8LWK - Albania; 2008 Operation
ZA0/I8YGZ - Albania; 2008 Operation
ZA0/IK2AQZ - Albania; 2008 Operation
ZA0/IK7JWX - Albania; 2008 Operation
ADDED NOTE: The URL for the DXCC blog has changed. Please point your browser to this address, also, the site has been renamed Century Club Awards Web log to reflect all ARRL awards and certificate programs:
The E44M team made 29170 QSOs (CW/10489, SSB/16856, RTTY/ 1790, PSK31/34 and SSTV/1). A short 4 minute video is now available on their Web at:
FR, REUNION ISLAND
Cedric, F4EGZ, will be active as FR/F4EGZ during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 28-29th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m)/ Low-Power entry. He will use a vertical antenna with only 100 watts.
FW, WALLIS & FUTUNA ISLANDS (Update)
The Hungarian team of Eli/HA9RE, Laszlo/HA0NAR and Sara/HA9SDA, active as FW5RE, continue to please many low band operators on 160/80/40/30 meters. There has been some activity over the past weekend on 17 meters CW and 20 meters CW/RTTY. The team will be there until about the end of February. QSL Manager is HA8IB. A Web page is up and running now with updates, pictures and a log search at:
GB50, ENGLAND (Special Event)
Operators Tim/G4STH and his XYL Hazel/G4YLO will be active as GB50BH between now and March 3rd. Their activity is to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the death of the singer Buddy Holly. Activity this past week has been on 80 meters SSB between 1700-1730z around 3777 kHz. QSL via G4STH, direct or by the bureau.
HA130, HUNGARY (Special Event)
Members of a high school radio club called "Puskas Tivadar" (HA5KHC) in Budapest will activate HA130HALLO until March 31st. Activity is to celebrate the 130th anniversary of first appearance of the telephone in Hungary. Operations will be on all bands, mostly on CW, but some activity on SSB, PSK and RTTY. QSL via HA5KHC, by the bureau. No e-QSL please. Listen for details on how to receive a special HA130HALLO memorial diploma.
NA-092. Fred, N5IVZ, plans to activate South Padre Island (USI TX-007S, Cameron County, Texas), on February 28th (1400-2300z). There was no mention of a special callsign. This is a special IOTA operation to celebrate 90 years of the U.S. Coast Guard in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas and to honor the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary service of the present, past and future Guardians of the Sea. QSL via his home callsign, direct only.
NA-191. (Update) Operators Klaus/DK6AO, Gunter/TI7WGI, Andy/DH8WR (EA2CRX), Norbert/DL2RNS, Rene/DL2JRM and Daniel/DL5YWM will be active as TI7*** (TBA) from San Jose Island (Guanacaste Province), Costa Rica, between April 17-20th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via DK6AO, direct or by the bureau. For updates and more info, please visit their Web page at:
OC-135. By the time you read this, Jerry, P29ZAD, should be active from Buka Island, Soloman Islands, until February 27th. He is there working just North of Buka Town. If possible, Jerry will operate if he has time. QSL via NI5DX, direct or by the Bureau. For more information, please visit Jerry's Blog at:
SA-080. Operators Orlando/PT2OP and Marcelo/PY6KW will activate Tinhare Island (DIB BA-05), Brazil, between February 20-24th. Look for PT2OP to use the special callsign PX6T, while PY6KW will use homecall/p or possibly a special callsign. PLEASE NOTE: This operation will also count for the Lighthouse of Morro de Sao Paulo (DFB BA-06, ARLHS BRA-157). The team will also activate Boipeba Island (DIB BA-04) in the same island group between February 25th and March 1st. PT2OP will use the special callsign PX6B, while PY6KW will use homecall/p or possibly a special callsign. Activity on both islands will be mainly 40 and 20 meters SSB using only 100 watts into a G5RV antenna. QSL PX6T and PX6B via PT2OP. QSL PY6KW/p via his home callsign.
J7, DOMINICA (Update)
John, K3TEJ, will be active as J7N from Dominica (NA-101) between February 11-27th. Activity will be on CW and RTTY with participation in both the CQWW WPX RTTY Contest (February 14-15th) and the ARRL CW DX Contest (February 21-22nd) as Single-Op/All-Band entries. Outside of the contests he will focus on 160/30/17/12 meters. QSL via K3TEJ.
KH4, MIDWAY ISLAND
There seems to be an announcement of a possible operation as K4M between October 5-19th. More details are forthcoming.
KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (NA-106)
John, K3CT, will be active as KP2/K3CT between February 18-25th. QSL via his home callsign. Activity will include the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 21-22nd) using the callsign KP2M (QSL via AI4U). Outside of the contest activity will have an emphasis on 30/17/12 meter bands.
KP5, DESECHEO ISLAND DXPEDITION (Update)
The Documentary Archive Radio Communication provides, on its Web site
P4, ARUBA (Update)
John, KK9A, informs OPDX that he will be in Aruba between February 28th-March 9th and March 25-30th. He plans to be active as P40A again and do a casual effort in the CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest (February 27th-March 1st) as a Single-Op entry. He will also be in the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) and the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. John states that he will not be very active outside the contests but will likely spend sometime on 40 meters CW. QSL via WD9DZV.
PJ2, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES (URL Change)
Jan, PA4JJ, informs OPDX that he will be on a short holiday trip to the Island of Curacao (SA-006, WLOTA LH-0942) and will be active as PJ2/PA4JJ. He will leave Amsterdam on March 30th and expects to be on the island until April 11th. Jan states that he will be the only ham in a party of 4, so he will try to be active as much as he can. Activity will be on all ham bands with a focus on 30/17/12 meters and the DIGI modes (RTTY and/or PSK31). QSL cards are direct to PA4JJ. If Jan has access to the Internet, he will provide an online log on his Web site (or as soon as possible after his return home) at:
PY2, BRAZIL (New Callsign and City)
Alex, PY2SEX (aka PY1KS), informs OPDX that he has moved from Campinas to Sao Paulo because of a new job and is back on the air trying to work the new "Triple Play Award" (TPA). He states that he will be on every night on 20 meters calling CQ on RTTY or PSK31. Alex states, "Whatever digital mode and of course if someone wants to go to another mode, I will glad to do that." Also, look for him to be in the ARRL DX CW (February 21-22nd) and PHONE Contest (March 7-8th) to improve his achievement for the TPA. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau, direct (see (QRZ.com)) or LoTW.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
NEW QSL MANAGER. With the passing of Ted/DL4DBR (see below under "Silent Key"), Tom, SP5UAF, reports, "For many years Ted was the QSL Manager of Mirek, VK6DXI/SP5IXI, for numerous Mirek's calls. Mirek is a good friend of mine and we are in touch via E-mail all the time. I will be the QSL Manager for his calls 7X0DX and 9M8DX - for past and possible future activities. If you sent your QSL via DL4DBR for the latest 7X0DX activity (September 2008) and still have no answer, please QRX. Teddy, DL4DBR, was very ill during his last weeks and was not able to take care of the QSLing. As soon as possible his wife, Renia, DL3DBR, will send us QSL documents from the last period of time. So from now on, QSL info for 7X0DX and 9M8DX is via SP5UAF. OK to QSL via Polish QSL Bureau, or direct (if you prefer) to: Tomasz Barbachowski, Zeromskiego 10, 05-070 Sulejowek, Poland."
WEB PAGES OF INTEREST FOR QSL ROUTES (Provided By Johannes, DK8JB):
German callsign look-up (official):
HAVE PATIENCE! More QSL cards are still being received for the many UA4WHX operations. Vlad is still sending them out.
QSLS VIA LOTW: 4A1DXXE, 9M6XRO, 9M6XRO/p, 9M8Z, A25OOK, D4C, F5IN, F5UTN, F6BEE, GM0VRP, GM3MZX, HB9FAP, HI3TEJ, HK0CW, KP4ED, LY9Y, NP2KW, OK1FAK, OX3DB, PA5O, RV6FG, SK3W, SV9CVY, TK5EP, UZ7U, V8FRO, VK9DWX, YB4IR, YS4/K9GY, YS4RR, YV4A, ZD8UW and ZF2XD
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3B8GT, 4A3A, 4W6R, 5R8IC, 8P5A, A25/DL7DF, 9L1X, AM5KB, C57R, CE0Y/N6NO, DU1ZV, E76AQ, EA6VQ, EL2DX, ER/RW3AH, FO/DJ7RJ, FY1FL, GW3YDX, H44MY, H44TO, HK3CQ, HP1/LA5IIA, J3/DM2AYO, KP2/NY6X, KP2/W3AVO, OM7CW, PJ2T, PJ7/W6JKV, S53MM, SV9/DL5AXX, T04X, V31XX, VU4RG, VU4MY, VU7SJ, XU7ABN, YU1AB, YW1TI, Z360M, ZK3AH and ZY0K
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 4O60BH, 6K5VRQ, 6L0NJ/4, BX1AD, DK1YF, DR1A, EM10KDR, ER10KDR, ET3JA, J3/S50B, OG5M, OL30SPACE, S51FB, UP21B, UR5LCV, VU7MY, VU7RG, YQ90U and Z360M
Tom, SP5UAF, informs OPDX that Tadeusz "Teddy" Barczyk (DL4DBR, ex-SP9ERC) became "SK" on January 2, 2009. Tom states, "We lost a very good friend and solid QSL Manager." For more info, please visit:
SPECIAL EVENT (6m Op)
Andy, N8OFS, will be active as N8O "portable caboose" from Jefferson, Ohio, between June 13-15th, during 1800-0300z. Activity is to celebrate the 25th anniversary for the Ashtabula Carson & Jefferson Railway (AC&J). Look for him to be on FM (52.525, 51.500 and 50.300 MHz) and USB on 50.200 MHz. QSL via N8OFS: Andy Sargent, PO Box 517, Jefferson, OH 44047. For more details about the railroad, visit the Web page at:
V2, ANTIGUA (NA-100)
Peter, G3TKK, will be active as V25TK between February 27th and March 12th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-17 meters using CW. QSL via G3TKK, direct or by the Bureau.
Klaus, DJ4SO, will once again be active as V5/DJ4SO between February 14th and March 12th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using mostly CW and RTTY/PSK31. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau. His logs will be uploaded to LoTW.
V8, BRUNEI DARUSSALAM (OC-088)
Just a reminder that Sam, G4OHX, will be active as V8FHX between February 11-23rd. QSL via his home callsign.
VK9X, CHRISTMAS ISLAND
Haru, JA1XGI/W8XGI, has changed his trip to the Pacific and will go to Christmas Island (VK9) instead of Central and Western Kiribati (T31 and T30) in November. Look for him to sign as VK9XGI between April 4-11th. Activity will be on all bands, including the lower bands, using CW and the digital modes. QSL via JA1XGI, by the bureau or direct.
Operators Jeff/N1SNB and Flex/DL7FER will be active from VY2TT QTH as VY2/N1SNB during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 28-29th) as a Multi-Multi entry.
WAAB AWARD AVAILABLE
The radio club "Rio de la Plata" began issuing the W.A.A.B. (Worked Argentine Antarctic Bases) to radio amateurs and SWLs as of April 1st, 2008. To get the award the applicants must show they have worked and confirmed by QSL cards, at least 3 different Argentine Antarctic Bases. Contacts can go back as far as November 9, 2001. The current list of active Argentine Antarctic Bases are:
LU1ZA S.Orkney LU1ZD San Martin LU1ZS Camara LU1ZAB Matienzo LU1ZG Belgrano II LU1ZV Esperanza LU1ZB Melchior LU1ZI Jubany LU2ZD Primavera LU1ZC Deception LU1ZR Petrel LU4ZS MarambioThe W.A.A.B. award is available by E-mail requests to the Award Manager Horacio Ledo, LU4DXU - firstname.lastname@example.org or P.O.Box # 22, Martinez (1640) Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA. He can also supply the rules and fees for the award or visit the following Web page at:
YN2, NICARAGUA (Update/Callsigns)
Operators Stan/AC8W (YN2WW), Hank/K8DD (YN2DD), Jim/KB8TXZ (YN2TX) and Lee/N8LJ (YN2LJ) will be active for one week between February 17-24th. Their activity will include the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 21-22nd) using the callsign YN2DD. Emphasis will be on 160/80 meters and 30/17/12 meters. QSL via info on (QRZ.com).
Jeff, N1SNB, will be active from here between March 5-9th for ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) from the QTH of Octavio, YN2N. He hopes to sign YN2NB during the contest and H7/N1SNB outside of the contest. He will enter ARRL DX SSB as a Single-Op/All Bands/possibly High-Power or Low-Power (TBD). QSL via his home callsign.
ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS (Update/NA-016)
John, K6AM, will be active as ZF2AM between February 18th and March 4th. He will also be active during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 21-22th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry, and also the CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest (February 27th-March 1st) as a Single-Op/High-Power entry. John informs OPDX that he will be doing mostly antenna work outside of the contests, but may get on the WARC bands or even 6 meters a bit as time permits. QSL via K6AM, direct or by the Bureau or LoTW.
ZS8, MARION ISLANDS (News)
As warned last week, BEWARE OF PIRATE ACTIVITY!
The ZS8T Web states,
"The ZS8T team would like to report that all DX posts posted on Feb. 2 are 100% bogus. Petrus wasn't operating that day at all. We would also like to inform the Ham Radio Community that 14.300.00 is NOT ZS8T's operating frequency, and that he will tune any other legal clean freq. to operate on 20m." Also, mentioned this week (on February 7th), (edited) "QSL cards for ZS8T are ready to be printed next week. We are proud to present the card which will be received by all stations who managed to contact Petrus on Marion Island. The card has been designed by Stan, SQ8X, and will be printed/sponsored by Emil, LZ3HI. We expect first cards to be sent as soon as mid February."The QSL can be viewed at:
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