The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 897
February 23, 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, NJ1Q, NG3K, N4AA & QRZ DX, AA7JV, N7OU, K8YSE, W0CN, DX-IS News Site, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, 4L2M, 9A6AA, CO8TW, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, EC7DND, F5NQL & UFT, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3SWH, G0IAS, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, PY2WAS, RSGB IOTA Web Site, RW3RN, SM5LWC, UT5UGR, VA3RJ & ICPO, and VE3EXY for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 15th/February, through Sunday, 22nd/February there were 227 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, 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, JT, JW, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, KP5, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T2, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, 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).
Members of the Mamuka Contest Club will activate 4L0G in the CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest (February 27th-March 1st) as a Multi-Single entry. Operators mentioned are: 4L5DJ/Shota, 4L2M/Mamuka and 4L4CC/Levan. They will use a TS-950SDX w/1KW PA into a full size Delta loop and Vertical; RX Antenna 2 beverages. QSL via EA7FTR (UA9LP for Russia; UT7QF for Ukraine).
Operators Jose/YV5TX, Werther/YV5MSG and Alexis/YV5SSB will be active as 4M5DX during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as a Multi-Single/High-Power entry. QSL via IT9DAA.
QSL Manager Allan, G0IAS, will be active as 7Q7AH with Harry, 7Q7HB (G0JMU), on the southern shore of Lake Malawi for one month starting February 23rd. Allan informs OPDX that he will be taking an amplifier and a wire antenna for Top-Band with him which should be a little better and stronger for this band. However, he mentions that this is the rainy season, with lots of lightning storms around the Lakeshore so please don't expect miracles. Harry is already fairly active on RTTY and PSK31, but 7Q7AH hopes to fill some gaps when Harry is busy. There is also a chance that John, 7Q7JL, will also visit the shack to transmit if the roads are okay to drive on between the Lakeshore and Blantyre. QSL route is to G0IAS, DIRECT ONLY, with sufficient funds for card return. NO return postage... NO return card. Allan states, "Sorry people but postage is expensive in the UK...and the managers pockets are only so deep.!"
8Q, MALDIVES (AS-013)
Tom, PF4T, will be active as 8Q7TB from Embudu between June 8-25th. Activity will be on 40 and 20 meters using SSB. QSL via PF4T, direct to: Tom Braam, Hondsrug 210, 8251 VB Dronten, The Netherland. PLEASE NOTE: Include a self addressed envelope with or 1 Green Stamp if you are in Europe. If outside Europe, please include 2 Green Stamps, as one is not enough to cover postage.
Ed, N1UR, will be operating as B1Z from the Beijing DX Club Contesting station during the CQ-M Contest (May 9-10th) as a CW/SSB entry. QSL info TBD. More details later.
Harry, W6DXO, will once again be active as W6DXO/C6A from South Andros Island (NA-001) between March 1-7th. Activity will be holiday style operation with focus on 30/17/12 meter bands as propagation allows. QSL Manager is KF6JOQ (direct).
CT7, PORTUGAL (Special Event)
Members of the Algarve STAR DX Team will activate the special callsign CT7FFC from Sapal Castro Marim Natural Reserve
D4, CAPE VERDE
Operators Fabio/I4UFH, Cortes/IZ4DPV, Vittorio/I4YSS and Antonio/CT1DVV will be active as D4C during the CQ World Wide WPX SSB Contest (March 28-29th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via IZ4DPV. For the latest information, check the D4C Web page at:
Members of the Torrent Contest Club will activate ED5T during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via EA5ELT. Operators mentioned are: Juan/EA5GIE, Jose/EA5GS, Duncan/EA5ON, Antonio/EA5DF, David/EC5KXA and Vic/EA5KV.
Nicolas, F5TGR, will be active as FG/F5TGR from March 14-28th. Activity will be active on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
Remember to look for Phil/G3SWH and Richard (Dick on CW)/G3RWL to be active from Mayotte this week between February 26th and March 5th. Mayotte counts as AF-027 for IOTA purposes. Both operators will use the single callsign of FH/G3SWH. Their activity will be mainly on CW on all bands 80-10 meters. There may be some 160 meters CW activity, but this will be entirely subject to QRN, antenna space and local site conditions, so there are no promises. Richard may also operate some RTTY towards the end of the trip. Propagation permitting, they plan to have two stations on the air for as many hours every day as is possible. Their main objective is to work as many European, North American and ROTW stations on as many bands as possible. QSL via G3SWH, either direct with SAE and adequate return postage (recommended), via Phil's Web site for a bureau reply or via the bureau. There is more information at:
Dim, UT5UGR, will continue to be active as FM/KL7WA until February 24th. He was active in last weekend's ARRL DX CW Contest as FM5KC. QSL via UT5UGR.
FR, REUNION ISLAND.
Stephane, F5UOW, will be active as FR/F5UOW from Boucan Canot (near St. Gilles les Bains) between March 8-22nd. Activity will be holiday style, mostly CW on 20 meters. QSL via his home callsign.
EU-006. Members of the Galway Radio Experimenters Club will activate EJ4GRC from the Island of Inishmore (WAB Square L71) between 1200z, March 17th and 1200z, March 18th. Activity will be on all bands and modes. Visit their Web site at:
EU-010. Paul, M3KBU, plans to be active as MM3KBU/p from the Inner (EU-008) and Outer (EU-010) Hebrides between August 1-16th. Activity will mainly be SSB on 14260 kHz (+/-). Check QRZ.com under MM3KBU for updates and times. QSL via M3KBU, direct or by the bureau. Islands currently mentioned are as follows:
Inner Hebrides (EU-008)
Skye (IOSA NH07, SCOTIA CN14)
Raasay (IOSA NH10, SCOTIA CN24)
Outer Hebrides (EU-010)
Baleshare (IOSA OH26, SCOTIA HI11)
Benbecula (IOSA OH04, SCOTIA HI08)
Berneray (IOSA OH05, SCOTIA HI15, WLOTA LH-0756)
Eriskay (IOSA OH09, SCOTIA HI05)
Grimsay (IOSA OH27, SCOTIA HI10)
North Uist (IOSA OH02, SCOTIA HI13)
South Uist (IOSA OH03, SCOTIA HI06)
EU-090. A team of 7 members of IOCA Group (Sven/DF9MV, Daki/9A2WJ, Franjo/9A2MF, Boki/9A3KB, Matt/DL5MFL and Dado/9A3TA), with Emir/9A6AA as team-leader, will be active as 9A0CI from "Vela Palagruza Island/Lighthouse" (CI-084, LH-0057, CRO-012) between May 8-16th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digi-modes. QSL via DE0MST, by the DARC Bureau or direct to: Manfred Stippschild, Sylvensteinstr. 9, D-83661, Lenggries, Germany. They also expect to operate SSB as 9A/homecall and homecall/p from "Mala Palagruza Island" (EU-090, CI-461) and, for the first time, from "Rock of Kamik Od Tramuntane" (CI-960). QSL via their home callsigns. More details are available at:
NA-186. Cezar, VE3LYC, is planning a DXpedition to one of the most wanted IOTAs in the world called Fox Island. Cezar states, "This group sits on the #1 position on the NA-IOTA Most Wanted list with only 3% of the IOTA members having it confirmed. The only activation was back in 1993, for only a few hours.
Several years ago Fox Islands had been designated polar bear resting site in the Churchill Wildlife Management Area and became off limits for the public. This past Thursday (Feb. 19th), I had finally been informed that a permit had been issued for my DXpedition, and I will be able to travel to the islands between March 31st and April 3rd. Note that I have also requested a special callsign from Industry Canada, but their evaluation is likely to take a little longer.
I will travel with two professional guides who will provide transportation to the island by snowmobiles, bear watch and safety, as well as all logistical support required for such an operation. Outside temperature at that time of the year is expected to be around -10 C. If I'll be able to obtain the special callsign, I will set up a page at QRZ.com where I will update everyone on what follows."
Costs of this operation are very high and Cezar is seeking any possible support from both group and individual donors. Cezar states, "Any donation will be truly, very much be appreciated. There are two things that I will include later on the QRZ.com page. First, about the QSLing. Those who choose to mail direct requests should check the cost of mail from Canada to their QTH. QSL requests received with insufficient return postage will be automatically sent via the bureau. Secondly, I will be camping in total wilderness without internet access on the island. As such, DX Cluster posts addressed to me as criticism or requests are useless. I am determined to give all parts of the world a chance, and I ask DXers to respect my direct calls."
J8, ST. VINCENT
Dave, G3TBK, is once again active from here as J88DR. He was in last weekend's ARRL DX CW Contest but is also expected to be in ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. Activity outside of the contest will be on all HF bands, especially 30/17/12 meters, but mostly on CW. QSL via G3TBK, direct or by the RSGB Bureau.
Operators Hide/JM1LJS and Hiroyuki/JG7PSJ will be active as JD1BLK and JD1BMH, respectively, from Chichijima Island (AS-031) between April 29th and May 12th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via their home callsigns.
KG4, GUANTANAMO BAY
Dan, W0CN, will be on a short work assignment and active as KG4CN from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (GITMO, IOTA NA-015, Grid FK29), from February 26th until March 9th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, mostly SSB and some CW. Also, look for Dan to be operating in the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th). QSL to W0CN (LoTW/direct/Zero-Bureau).
KP5, DESECHEO ISLAND DXPEDITION (News/Update)
The K5D DXpedition to Desecho Island continues to be on the air until February 26th. On February 20th, "Group #2" left the island and was replaced by "Group #3". "Group #1" will be staying during the whole K5D operation. Pictures of the groups as follows:
The team has fought hot weather, high winds and seas which cause them to lose several antennas on the beach due to guy-points being washed away, but the DXpedition continues to operate effectively. Plenty of new pictures are being added daily to the DXpeditions Web site and the K5D QSO count keeps climbing high. As this was being written (Sunday at 1823z), the K5D QSO count was just under 86k contacts (+41k/CW, +38k/SSB and +5k/RTTY). This count does not include QSOs being made on the satellites. Remember, online logs at available at:
Operators David/G3NKC, Dave/G4BUO, Martin/G4XUM and Phil/GJ4CBQ will be active as MH4K during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 28-29th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via G3NKC.
P4, ARUBA (Change of Plans)
Andy, AE6Y, will be active as P49Y during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (instead of the CW Contest -- March 7-8th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via AE6Y.
PJ7, ST. MAARTEN
Bil/W8EB and his wife Dorothy/W8DVC will be here between February 22nd and March 19th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31 as PJ7/W8EB and possibly PJ7/W8DVC. Operations will be limited because he is on holiday. Bil will operate in the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as PJ7B, and as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. This will be Bil's 14th consecutive ARRL DX SSB Contest participation from St. Maarten. Also look for him to be in any RTTY contests. All QSL requests go to W8EB. Visit their PJ7B Web site at:
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL ROUTES by Johannes/DK8JB and Tedd/KB8NW:
CM8CAD via (QRZ.com) address
CO8LY via EA7ADH
CO8TW via HB9SVT
J88DR via G3TBK
P40LE via LoTW or direct to K2LE
P40R via N4RR
RW2F via DK4VW
VP2VES via AK0M
HK1AT QSL STATUS. The HK1AT Team reports that there was a mistake in the printing of the QSL card and the name of the island (Mucura Island, IOTA SA-078) was omitted on all the QSLs confirmed so far. The team has proceeded to solve this problem and all those QSLs already confirmed, will be resent and with a new QSL with all the necessary data.
NEW QSL MANAGER. Nenad, VE3EXY, announced that he is now managing VE1OTA QSLs for "NEW" activations (all QSOs after January 2009). VE1VOX will still handle his own cards as well as OLD VE1OTA activations (all QSOs before January 2009). For more details, see (QRZ.com).
NEW QSL MANAGER. Joe, W3HNK, is now the QSL Manager for SV0XBM/9.
TO3R QSL STATUS. Alex, RW3RN, states that he has received the TO3R QSLs from the print. Look for them to go out soon.
QSLS VIA LOTW: None reported this week!
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3B8CF, 5N/LZ1QK, 9M6/N2BB, BG1DRJ/2, C94KF, E51KAJ, E51QQQ, EY8/K4ZW, FO/KH0PR, H40MY, HI3T, JX9JKA, T77C, TR50R, TT8JT, VP6PR, VP9GE, VU4RG and ZB2FK
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3DA0ZO, 5B/LZ2HM, 8R1K, 8S5LH, 9A7W, 9A9Z/P, A25HQ, BL7IN, C50C, C91KDJ, DF0CHE/LH, DF1KSP, DF1RA, DF1VB, DF2CH, DF0CG, DJ1HA, DJ4GJ, DJ5KK, DJ6OL, DK0MA, DK1ZH, DK2YCT, DK4QT, DK5KN, DL0RS, DL0SHW, DL1DBR, DL1EST, DL1PR, DL3HH, DL4DBM, DL6ABN, DM4NF, DO6RO, DO7DP, DP4P, DR1A, E51WWA, EU5ROPE, EV9P, F8KTH/P, HB2008FS, HB2008ND, JW8BCA, OZ/DL1TM, PA5DD/P, RA3RGQ/1, RA6CY, S58AL, SD3A, SG5X, SK7L, SL1HF, SU8DLH, T6EE, TK/HA4XG, UA6AF/P and VP2EFB
Members of the UA2 Contest Club will be active as RW2F in the CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest (February 27th-March 1st) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via DK4VW.
S9, SAO TOME (AF-023)
Georg, DK7LX, will once again be active as S92LX from June 13-27th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters CW only. He plans to have a Web site available which will include an online log search. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
Look for special event stations to be active with the "1658" within their callsigns on February 26th. Activity is to celebrate the "Treaty of Roskilde" when the three most southern provinces of Sweden [Skane (Scania), Blekinge and Halland] became under Swedish rule after more than 800 years of Danish rule. Working these stations is good for the "Roskilde 1658 Award".
To qualify for the award you must work two Swedish award callsigns with 1658 in the call, or OZ1658ROS and one Swedish award callsign. During the rest of the year four Swedish award callsigns or three Swedish award callsigns and OZ1658ROS are needed. The award is also available for SWLs. All callsigns, maybe with the exception of SH1658DK, will be active sometime during the day on February 26th. Most activity will take place after work hours, that is around 1600z or later, on 80m and 40m. Some stations will be active on 20m and other DX bands around 0800-1500z, if conditions permit.
Also, SB1658OZ will be active on PSK31 near 14070 kHz on February 26th, if conditions permit. This station is situated in the province of Blekinge, and is also valid for the very rare "Lan K" for the national WASA/HASA awards issued by their IARU organiza- tion, SSA. Only a handful of hams are active on the HF bands from the county of Blekinge. "Roskilde 1658 Award" was presented in the February 2009 issue of CQ Amateur Radio. Check out their activities calendar on the Roskilde award's Web site for complete information at:
SV9, CRETE (EU-015)
Willi, DJ7RJ, will be active as SV9/DJ7RJ between February 25th and March 15th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
Operators Bob/W7YAQ and Bill/N7OU are now active on Tuvalu as T27A and T27OU, respectively, until March 2nd. Both operators were active this past weekend as T27A in the ARRL DX CW Contest as a Multi- Single entry. Look for activity this week on 160-10 meters, mostly CW, some RTTY. QSL via their home callsign.
Members of the Telsiz ve Radyo Amatorleri Cemiyeti Musta- fakemalpasa Subesi (TA3KZ) and the Balkan Contest Club (LZ1KZA) will activate TA3KZ from small village Tirnova near Mustafakemalpasa (QTH Loc:KM49FV) during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as a Multi- Single entry. QSL via TA3KZ, by the Bureau or direct.
Gerd/DJ4KW and Gisela/DK9GG will once again be active as V31YN/p and V31GW/p, respectively, from Blue Marlin Lodge on Southwater Caye (NA-180), between February 26th and March 3rd. Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the bureau or LoTW.
VP2M, MONTSERRAT (NA-103)
Operators Mike/W1USN, Scott/W1SSR and Bob/AA1M will be active between February 25th and March 7th. Their callsigns have not yet been assigned, but they have requested VP2MPR (W1USN) and VP2MPL (AA1M), if not, VP2M/homecall. Activity is planned for CW, SSB and PSK-31. QSL via their CBA.
VK9M, MELLISH REEF
Operators George/AA7JV and Tomi/HA7RY will be active as VK9GMW in what they call "another low-key, simple DXpedition", from Mellish Reef between March 22nd and April 6th. Please note that the dates are approximate and may change due to weather. The operation will have a strong low-band focus, although VK9WMW will operate on all HF bands. QSL will be via HA7RY, by the Bureau or LoTW or direct to: Tamas Pekarik, Alagi ut 15, H-2151 Fot, HUNGARY. After VK9GMW has gone QRT, they will launch an "Online QSL Request Service" (OQRS) on their Web site. If you want to receive your QSL via the Bureau, please use that form to request the card. They will check your QSOs against the log and send your card to you via the Bureau. This method will allow them faster processing, helps them protect the environment, and you will receive your VK9GMW card faster. For more information, please visit the VK9GMW Web page at:
ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS (NA-016)
Bob, K3UL, will once again be active as ZF2UL between February 27th and March 7th. Activity will be mainly CW, "holiday style" on 160/80/30 meters. QSL via his home callsign.
Tom, ZP5AZL, plans to be active as ZP0R during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via ZP5AZL. Visit Tom's Web page at:
ZY0, FERNANDO DE NORONHA
Operators Anderson/PY2TNT, Fabio/PY2AAZ/AC2AC, Alex/PY2WAS and Bob/N6OX will be active as ZY0F from Fernando de Noronha Island (SA-003), from June 10-15th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters including 60/30/17/12 meters (60m under temporary licensed granted by the Brazilian Government) using CW and SSB. QSL via PY2WAS, by the bureau or direct. This DXpedition is sponsored by Spiderbeam Antennas. Also, see ZY0F on (QRZ.com).
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