OPDX Bulletin 906 April 27, 2009

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 906
BID: $OPDX.906
April 27, 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, K2PF, K3ZO, NG3K, WA3FRP, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4ZR, K6RIM, AA7JV, AF8C, K8YSE, N0TG, W0VX, 7Z1SJ, A35RK, BBC News, DL2VFR, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World of Ham Radio Web Site, F5NQL & UFT, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IT9EJW, IZ2DPX, LU7DSY, ON4ZD, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, TA3YJ, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF), ZL2AL and ZL4HU for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 19th-April, through Sunday, 26th-April there were 220 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, 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, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FT5W, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J8, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, 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, PY0F, PZ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, 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).

The Lone Star DX Association (LSDXA) is pleased to sponsor the 2009 W5DXCC programs and DX Dinner in conjunction with Ham-Com on June 12-13th, in Plano, Texas. The DX Dinner will be Friday evening, June 12th, at the Plano Centre in the Windhaven Room. The evening will begin with a cash hospitality bar in the Plano Centre from 5:00 to 6:30 PM. Dinner activities will begin promptly at 6:30 PM. Dinner will be Char-Broil Prime Rib with salad, rolls, baked potato, seasoned vegetables, and cheesecake for desert. A vegetarian option will be available upon request.

The DX dinner program will be the 2009 KP5 Desecheo DXpedition (www.kp5.us). On October 1, 2008, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) selected the KP1-5 Project team led by K4UEE and W0GJ to be the first USFWS-approved DXpedition to Desecheo Island in fifteen years. DXpedition co-leader Bob Allphin, K4UEE, will present what promises to be a very interesting program. Friday DX Dinner door prizes are: Yaesu FT-2000 Transceiver, Force 12 C-3S Yagi Antenna, Array Solutions AIM 4170 Antenna Analyzer and Begali Sculpture Paddle. Dinner ticket price is 40 USDs and can be ordered on the Ham-Com Web site,

by clicking the "Admission" button. Because of the banquet room capacity, only 200 tickets are available. Tickets will be sold until all 200 are gone or June 1st, whichever comes first. Tickets can be picked up at the Lone Star DX Association booth. The Saturday, June 13th, W5DXCC programs presented in conjunction with Ham-Com include:
K5D Desecheo Round Table/Q&A by K5D operators K4UEE, K5AC, K5AND, & NA5U
VK9LA Lord Howe by W5SL
Cycle 24 and More by K9LA
How to DX on 6 Meters by K5AND
DXCC QSL card checking, including deleted and 160 meter cards will be offered on Friday and Saturday at the LSDXA booth. Please have all paperwork filled out before submitting cards for checking. Additional information is available on the LSDXA and Ham-Com Web sites at:

2D/GT3/GT7/MD0, ISLE OF MAN (EU-116)
By the time you read this, operators Mark/M0MJH (MD0MJH), Kevan/2E0WMG (2D0WMG), Matt/2E0XIS (2D0XIS) and James/M0ZZO (MD0ZZO) will be active until May 1st. Activity will be on SSB on the HF bands mainly on 80/40/20m, but there may be possible activity on the higher bands if conditions allow and 160m if space allows, as well as VHF/UHF. Also, look for GT3CO, the callsign of the Colchester Radio Amateurs Club (of which Kevan, Matt and James are members) and GT7SRA, the callsign of the Sudbury and District Radio Amateurs Clun (of which Mark is a member). Matt and James are SOTA enthusiasts and are planning to activate all five IOM SOTA Summits over two days on the 27th and 28th. They may be accompanied by Mark or Kevan on some or all of these summits. Look for updates and possibly further information on their activities on Mark's Blog page at:


The 4th Mediterraneo DX Club Convention will be held in Battipaglia (Salerno), Italy, May 23-24th. Complete details are available at:


5F, MOROCCO (Special Event)
It's the event of the year in Morocco, the "Race of Morocco", and Abder, CN8VO, is now operating with the special callsign 5F1ROM for the FIA Touring Car Grand Prix which will be held in Marrakech. Activity will last until May 10th. QSNs show he was on 40 and 20 meters SSB this past weekend. QSL via EA7FTR. Visit his Web page at:


Wayne, W5KDJ, will be active as 5R8KD between July 1-15th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign. Also on LoTW and eQSL.

Seb, F8IJV, informs OPDX that he will be on his honeymoon here between October 17th and November 1st. He plans to be active in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th). He will try to operate before and after the contest as 6V7Q on 160-6 meters, mainly on SSB and the Digital modes. He will be operating from Jean-Francois, 6W7RV, QTH in La Somone. QSL via F8IJV. More details will be forthcoming.

It has been reported that Richard, PA0RRS, will be permanently moving to Penang Island (AS-015, WLOTA 2743), West Malaysia, on May 1st. He will be active as 9M2MRS from Penang Island, but initially only on 20 meters using a dipole. He prefers CW but will go on SSB if requested. QSL via 9M2MRS, by the 9M2 QSL Bureau or direct to: Richard Smeets, Reef Apartment Building, 54-7-12 Jalan Low Yat, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Penang Island, Malaysia. QSLs sent "via PA0RRS" will still be possible, but you will have to be patient as Richard will only be back to the The Netherlands for a limited time each year.

8R, GUYANA (Update)
The 6 Meter Beacon Project, Inc., (HF-50 MHz DX- pedition between June 16th and July 6th) now has a Web page online at:

Watch for updates and operating frequencies to be posted.

David "Kawe" Lee, A35KL, will be active from Vava'u (OC-064), beginning April 25th through May 6th. His operation will be mainly CW, on 40-17 meters. QSL via W6ZL (w/SASE or IRC, or via LoTW). Paul, A35RK, will join Dave on the 25th, but will probably not begin his solo operation until after Dave leaves. Paul will be working the HF bands on CW and SSB, using a FT-450 and a G5RV until June 1st, and possibly a bit longer signing A35RK/p. QSL A35RK/p via W7TSQ or via LoTW.

Hisato, JA1DOT, is now active as A52DT until May 6th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSNs show most of his operations have been on 30 and 80 meters CW. QSL via his home callsign. Updates will be posted on the Nippon DX Association (NDXA) Web site at:


Philippe, F5LTB/9Q1TB, is expected to pick up his new license sometime this week and will now be active as A65BK. Activity will be mainly on SSB. His QSL Manager will continue to be SM5DJZ, direct ONLY (eQSL are welcome for eDX100, eWAS and eZ40). More details are forthcoming.

Eric, SM1TDE, is planning an operation to take place between December 10-31st. More details should be forthcoming.

The CY0 Team has re-adjusted their arrival date on Sable Island so the CY0 Team can provide a CY0 country multiplier to contesters during the CQWW DX SSB Contest weekend (October 24-25th). The team plans to operate only one station in the contest and also continue to maintain CW and 30/17/12m operations for those DXers who are not in the contest. The complete operation will take place between October 19-26th, and operators will sign homecall/CY0. Operators mentioned are: Murray/WA4DAN, Randy/N0TG and Ron/AA4VK. Activity will be on all bands 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via their home callsigns. Visit their Web site periodically for continuing updated details and information (see below).

ADDED NOTE BY RANDY, N0TG, (CY0-Preparation): A Simulation Test by N0TG, WA4DAN and AA4VK will be performed from IOTA NA-67, on the Outer Banks of North Carolina on an island that is similar in environment (terrain, sand, sea, remoteness, etc.) to Sable Island during the period 2300Z on April 30th through 1830Z on May 2nd. The purpose of the operation will be a "test" of potential antennas for use at CY0 this coming October. Testing of antenna layout will be conducted to assess inter-station inter- ference. DXers from the U.S. and other countries are welcome to call in and participate in the CY0 simulation "test". The DXPedition for Sable Island is scheduled for mid-October. All Dxpedition details and updates are available on the Web site:


DF0, GERMANY (Green Days/WFF Op)
Operators Gabi/DF9TM, Frank/DL2SWW and Ric/DL2VFR will be active as DF0WFF during the "Green Days" weekend, June 13-14th. Activity is good for the WFF Award (new DLFF-024). QSL via DL2VFR (also via DL Bureau). For information about German WFF activities, please visit:

http://www.wff-dl.de --or-- http://www.wff44.de

EO64, UKRAINE (Special Event)
Operators Rustam/UU2JQ, Eugene/UU5DX and Sergey/UU5WW will activate special event station EO64JM from May 1-15th. The operation will commemorate the 64th anniversary of victory in the Great Patriotic War. QSL via K2PF.

F, FRANCE (LH Activity)
Jean-Loup, F8DYR, will spend his holiday week activating Eckmuhl lighthouse (ARLHS FRA-256, Grid IN77tt) in south Brittany between April 27th and May 2nd. Activity will be on 6 and 2 meters, with a low power portable station, between 0600-0800z every morning and possibly other times. QSL via his home callsign.

The "DX World of Ham Radio" Web page is reporting that Mike/KM9D (H44MY) and Jan/KF4TUG (H44TO) are once again in the Solomon Islands staying in Honiara. Mike has indicated that there are no plans to be immediately active. Any activity may be announced at short notice.

II2, ITALY (Special Event)
Members of the "Sezione di ERBA" ARI Radio Club will activate the special callsign II2ERBA between May 1-24th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL Manager is IQ2ER. NO E-QSL.

AF-019. (POSTPONED) Operators Vincenzo/IW9EJP, Filippo/IW9FRB, Giovanna/ IW9GVP (YL), Ferdinando/IW9HSK, Ezio/IT9OJW, Sebastiano/IT9ZIR and Dario/IT9ZZO have postponed their activity as IG9/homecalls from Linosa Island (IIA AG-003, MIA MI-128) until May 1-3rd (not April 24-26th as first announced). They plan to operate on SSB, PSK and RTTY on the HF bands, 80-10 meters. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau. Visit their Web page at:


AS-077. Look for 8J6DON to be active from Kyushu Island during the upcoming Hakata "Dontaku" Port Festival between April 29th and May 5th. QSL via the JARL Bureau.

AS-192. (Pictures of recent activity) Suli, 7Z1SJ, one of the operators from the recent (March) HZ1FS/P operation to Hibar Island in the Red Sea Coast South (Jizan Province) Group, provides OPDX readers with a URL link to see many pictures of this activity at:

Remember to QSL via EA7FTR.

EU-008. Operators Charlie/MM0GNS, Willie/GM4ZNC and Rodger/GM3JOB will be active as MS0TJT/p from the Island of Coll, Inner Hebrides, May 3-8th. Activity is planned for 80-6 meters, mainly SSB, but with a little CW and PSK. QSL via GM4ZNC.

EU-031. Claudio, IZ0KRC, will be active as IC8/IZ0KRC from Ischia Island (IIA NA-001, MIA MI-042, WLOTA 0689) between April 29th and May 4th. Activity will be SSB only on 40/20/15/10 meters. QSL via his home callsign, Bureau is preferred.

EU-047. Juergen, DL1IAI, will be active as DL1IAI/p from Borkum Island (N-001 for the German Islands Award) in the Niedersachsen State Group between April 27th and May 18th. He will also try to activate the club station DL0BRF on the lightship "Borkumriff" on SSB and maybe also PSK31/RTTY on 80-2 meters during this time. QSL ONLY via the bureau (PLEASE). Also, visit:


EU-065. Member of the Charente DX Group will activate TM0M from Molene Island (DIFM AT002 - French Island Award), May 23-30th. Four stations will be on air 24/7, with operations on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. Operators mentioned are: Joel/F1BLQ, Jean/F4EEK, Michel/F5EOT, Eric/F5LOW, Sibard/F5NBQ, Laurent/F5MNK, Bertrand/F6HKA and Leon/ON4ZD. QSL via F6ANA, direct or by the bureau.

EU-094. Johann, F4FEP, will be active as F4FEP/p from the beach of Saint-Nicolas Island (DIFM AT-010) possibly 1 to 3 days during the month of May, depending on the weather and a boat. He will be active on May 1st (1400-1700z) and May 19th (1000-1700z). Watch 14260 kHz (+/- QRM); he will be use an ICOM-706 w/100 watts, battery power and a G5RV antenna. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-125. Operators Gabi/DF9TM, Frank/DL2SWW and Ric/DL2VFR will be active as OZ0FR from Romo Island (NS-001 for the Danish Islands Award) between July 23-26th, including the IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). Activity will be high power on CW and SSB into a yagi antenna for 20-10 meters, a SteppIR vertical (BigIR) for 40-10 meters and dipoles for 80 and 40 meters. This activity will also count for the World Flora and Fauna Award (WFF - for OZFF-004). QSL OZ0FR via DL2VFR (also via the DL Bureau, do not send QSLs via OZ Bureau). More details will be forth- coming on:


EU-129. Helmut, DL7VOX, will once again be active as DL7VOX/p from Usedom Island (O-013 for the German Islands Award) between April 27 and May 16th. Activity will probably be CW on 160-10 meters.QSL via his homecall, direct or by the Bureau. EU-178. Uwe, DL3BQA, will be active as ES8/DL3BQA from Kihnu Island, Estonia, between June 15-22nd. Activity will be holiday style on 80-6 meters, mostly on SSB and possibly some RTTY. QSL via his home callsign, by the bureau or direct.

EU-189. Just a reminder that a Belgian team of five operators will try to land and activate Rockall Island between April 30th and May 1st. Operation will depend on the weather and sea conditions. The team will have two stations on the air using the callsign MM0RAI/p. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via ON4BR, direct or by the Bureau. Please visit their Web site for latest news and updates at:


SA-021. (Update) Members of the Radio Club Grupo DX Bahia Blanca will be active as L21D from Ariadna Island, located 70km south of Ingeniero White Harbour, in the natural reserve of Bahia Blanca, between 0000z, May 1st, and 1800z, May 3rd. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters using CW, SSB and PSK. Operators mentioned are: Carlos/LU7DSY, Osmar/LU8DWR, Carlos/LU4ETN, Gerardo/LU1EUU, Enrique/LU5DEM, Nestor/LU4DBP and Willy/LU4DBT. QSL via LU7DSY, by the bureau or direct to: P.O. Box 709 (8000) Bahia Blanca, ARGENTINA. Visit the group's Web page at:


SA-072. (Update) Members of the Teresina DX Group are preparing a DX- pedition to the Canary Island (DIB MA-05, DFB MA-11) on the coast of Piaui, Brazil, between April 29th and May 3rd. Callsign will be ZW8BBC. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, PSK31 and RTTY, including 6 meters, 2 meters (SSB/FM ) and the satellites (SSB/FM). Satellites mentioned are: AO-7 (A and B), FO-29, AO-51, VO-52, SO-50 and ISS in repeater mode, if activated. QSL via PS8DX (QRZ.com address): Operators mentioned are: Ray/PS8BBC, Junior/PS8DX, Jesus/PS8ET, Chicao/ PS8FSM, Milton/PS8HF, Joca/PS8JN, Nelson/PS8NF, Joao/PS8PY, Piraja/PS8RF, Dalton/PS8TV and YL Milena/PS8ML. Sugguested frequencies are:
CW - 1830, 3530, 7030, 10114, 14040, 18098, 21040, 24920 and 28040
SSB - 1970, 3765, 7055, 14260, 18128, 21260, 24950 and 28460
RTTY - 3577, 7037, 10127, 14080, 18101, 21080, 24920 and 28080 kHz
6m - CW/50.107 and SSB/50.127 MHz

A web page is now active for this operation at:

* IOTA Contest 2008 Credits: The RSGB are pleased to announce that they can now accept QSOs made in the 2008 IOTA contest for credit without QSL Cards.

* Interruption of service from RSGB HQ: The RSGB regrets that as the result of the sudden resignation of the IOTA Coordinator at HQ, there will be an interruption in its service to the IOTA community pending the filling of the post. This means that there will be a delay, possibly as long as a month, in the issue of certificates, plaques and trophies and in the handling of emails addressed to: iota.hq@rsgb.org.uk A notice will be posted when normal service resumes.

* NEW IOTA Directory available: Now celebrating 45 years of Island collecting -- The "IOTA Directory" is the essential guide to partici- pating in the Islands on the Air (IOTA) award program. For details on how to get one:


Just a reminder for those who like to stockpile International Reply Coupons (IRCs)-- the current IRC will expire at the end of year. Unlike the old style coupons, the current types all have an expiry date, giving them a maximum life of 3 years. If you purchased a current IRC today, they will still expire on December 31, 2009. Ken, ZL2HU, advises us on the following information from International Postal Union in Geneva:

"The current issue (Beijing 2) IRC may be exchanged up to 31 December 2009 (date printed on coupon). In principle, Beijing 2 coupons will no longer be sold from 31 August 2009. The new international reply coupon (Nairobi model) is due to go on sale from 1 July 2009, and will be valid for exchange until 31 December 2013." Ken states, "So make sure you aren't holding any of the Beijing 2 coupons at the end of this year."
To see what the new IRC looks like, go to:

Koji, JI1LET, will once again be active as JI1LET/JD1 from Chichijima Island (AS-031) between April 29th and May 5th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters, CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via JI1LET, by the JARL Bureau or direct.

Operators Jan/OK1JK, Jiri/OK1JST, Pavel/OK1IPS and Jiri/ K1IEC will be on a Czech Polar DXpedition to Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen Island (EU-026, WLOTA 0125), June 5-15th. Look for them to sign JW/homecall and be active on all HF bands using CW, RTTY, PSK and SSB. QSL via their home callsigns. More information can be found on their Web site at:


Members of the Vestfold Contest Club (LA3Z) of Stavern will be active as LN3Z during the CQ World Wide WPX CW Contest (May 30-3st), as a Milti-Single entry. Operators mentioned are Svein/LA3BO, Harald/LA5UF, Paul/LA6YEA, Jon/LA8HGA and Gaute/LA9TJA. QSL via LA9VDA, direct (see details on (QRZ.com)) or by the bureau. Bureau QSL cards can also be requested by E-mail to: la9vda2003-at-yahoo.no Visit the club's Web page at:


NCDXF PRESS RELEASE (by Al Burnham, K6RIM, NCDXF Director)
At its Board of Directors meeting on April 17, 2009, in Visalia, CA, the Northern California DX Foundation elected Bruce Butler, W6OSP, as President and Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, as Vice President. Outgoing President Len Geraldi, K6ANP, and Vice President Al Burnham, K6RIM, remain on the board as Directors. Information pertaining to the Northern California DX Foundation is available at:


Pete, N4ZR, announced that "The Contesting Compendium is up and running at:

With the help of KM3T, K5TR, K5ZD and N5KO, the objective of this Web page is "to make this into a one-stop source for information on contesting, and to ensure that all the good stuff that is now scattered across the Internet doesn't succumb to the ravages of time, hard drive failures, or other accidents of history." Pete states he is looking for contributors/authors to contribute material and to keep the Web page up to date. Check it out!

4M5M via W4SO. Members of the Association of Radioamateurs of Venezuela activated a special event station for the International Marconi Day on April 25th. W4SO address is: Scott Cronin, 5020 Pierce ST., Hollywood, FL 33021.

QSL AX6JB via M0URX. Special prefix for ANZAC Day. Operator was John, VK6JB.

NEW QSL ROUTE. Buzz, NI5DX, reports that, effective immediately, he is the QSL Manager for Kahlid, A61BK. Kahlid has already sent his log file to Buzz. QSL cards will be ordered, so there will be a delay in replying to cards until the new cards arrive from the printer. PLEASE NOTE: Phil, ex-9Q1TB, has just been issued the callsign A65BK. To avoid confusion, those requesting cards for either station should make certain they send their request to the proper QSL Manager.

GB8GM via M0DOL. Special event station for the International Marconi Day on April 25th. M0DOL's address is: Chris Darlington, 24 Westridge, Northampton, England, U.K.

CHECK YOUR HG1S QSO. It has been reported that the MTTOSZ Radio Club of Gyor is receiving a large number of cards for QSOs made with HG1S that cannot be confirmed as they are "not-in-logs". Since HG1S is a "direct only" station, you'd better check the online log and/or E-mail the Radio Club before running the risk of wasting your money. Also, please note that local postage stamps cannot be used in Hungary! To check your QSO, go to:


KL7J - NO BUREAU QSLS. Fred, K3ZO, from the Third Call Area Incoming QSL Bureau, reports: "This Bureau continues to receive cards directed to KL7J via his QSL Manager, N3SL. Please note that KL7J has asked his manager not to accept cards coming in via Bureau. Any such cards received by this bureau are passed on to an elementary school teacher we know who uses the cards as an instructional tool with her kids."

ZL7T QSL STATUS. Lee, ZL2AL, reports that the ZL7T cards have been ordered, and he expects delivery in a few weeks from Europe. The QSOs and envelopes have been processed, and he thanks those who put a little extra in them to help cover their freight costs. Lee states, "I am hoping to have the first cards in the mail in about 45 days if all goes well. We are considering the idea of doing ZL7 Chatham Island again next year late February or early March with better antennas and enhanced operation on 160m and 80m and the WARC bands."

QSLS VIA LOTW: None reported this week!



Davide, IZ3EFL, is now active as S79DF from Aldabra Atoll (AF-025) for the next year. Activity has been only on 20 meters SSB, but he has promised to appear on other bands soon. Watch between 1600-1730z on 20 meters. QSL via IV3TDM, direct or by the bureau.

By the time you read this Hrane/YT1AD and Miki/YU1DW should be active as T30M and T30DW, respective- ly, from Tarawa Island for a few days until April 29th. Their Pacific trip is to make plans for their upcoming operations to Tokelau Island (ZK3) in 2010 and Conway Reef (3D2C) in 2011. The duo will leave T30 and end their Pacific trip in Fiji. They will be active as 3D2AD (YT1AD) and 3D2DW (YU1DW) until May 4th. QSL all callsigns via their home call, direct or by the Bureau.

Operator Berkin, TA3J, will be active as TA3J/7 from Erzincan City (KM99RS) between now and May 3rd. Activity will be on all bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. He was heard this past weekend on 20 meters SSB. QSL via TA3YJ QSL Service at:


Laurent, F8BBL, will be on holiday on the main island of Corsica (EU-014, DIFM TK-001, MIA MCO-001, WLOTA 1390) between August 1-15th. His QTH will be located in the Valinco Gulf, near the city of Olmeto (Department South Corsica/2A, WW Loc. Loc JN41KQ). His activity will be QRP using a FT-817 and a new MP1 antenna. He will be signing TK/F8BBL/QRP and will be on the HF bands, mainly CW, but some SSB during his spare time. On August 8th, Laurent will climb the summit Punta di Buturetu (SOTA TK/TK112, 870m ASL, WW Loc. JN41KR) and expects to be on the air around 1000z. Suggested frequencies are: 7032 kHz/CW, 7096 kHz/SSB and 10118 kHz/CW. He will also make another one day trip to the Island of Sanguinaires (EU-104, DIFM TK-002, MIA MCO-022, WLOTA 0098, Loc JN41HV) during his second week (weather and sea conditions permitting and boat rental). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

TK, CORSICA (IOTA/LH/Mills/Towers Op)
Claude (Jim), F5MCC, will be on holiday from the main island (EU-014, DIFM TK-001, MIA MCO-001, WLOTA 1390) between May 22nd and June 11th. He will be signing TK/F5MCC or possibly TK/F5MCC/p. Tony, TK5XN, may be with him. Look for Jim to activate some lighthouses which count for the "French Onshore Lighthouses Award" (DPLF) with the following references: PB 074, PB 068, PB 087, PB 091, PB 287 and PB 292 (with weather permitting, possibly PB 170 and PB 171). Also, a very difficult lighthouse (PB 289) may be activate which is hard to reach and for this activation, Tony, TK5XN, will go with Jim.

There is another planned activation from the Island of Lavezzi (EU-164, TK-011, MCO-007, PB 175 and WLOTA 755), but this depends on the renting of a boat. On May 23rd and 30th, Jim will also activate (along with Denys/TK5JU) some Mills or Genovese Towers (not yet chosen). Activity from all locations will be on the HF bands 80-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL TK/F5MCC via F5MCC, TK5XN via F2YT and TK5JU direct to his home callsign.

In close cooperation between the DAGOE Foundation, Mercy Ships and 5 Dutch radio amateurs, a new DXpedition is on its way. If everything goes according the plan, the team foresees a visit to Benin between October 7-30th. The team expects to be on air from October 10th-27th and will also participate in the 2009 CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th). QSL Manager is PA3AWW (direct or by the Bureau). An online QSL REQUEST service will be available. More details are forthcoming, but a Web page is up and running at:


VK9GMW, MELLISH REEF (News - QSO Data Lost!)
George, AA7JV, reports on April 22nd:

"We both made it home, safe and sound (but dog tired). Unfortunately our support team's efforts to recover the WriteLog QSO data have not produced results yet. We are now seeking help from WriteLog. In the meantime, please do not send any QSLs or OQRS requests for any QSO that took place between 4/9 2020 UTC and 4/10 0923 UTC. We apologize, understanding how this may disappoint those who have made the QSOs, but as long as we can not recover the data, we will not able to QSL these QSOs."
ADDED NOTE: George, AA7JV, also, reports: "I have been getting a lot of requests for info on the antenna we used on Mellish." Read about their multi-band antenna at:

Hotang, YC0IEM, will be active as YB0IEM/P from Borneo Island (OC-088) between April 27th and May 15th. Bands and modes of activity were not provided. QSL via IZ8CCW.

Kaku, JA6REX, will be active as YJ0KS for 10 days from two different islands. Activity will be from Espiritu Santo (OC-035) between April 28th and May 3rd, and from Tanna Island (OC-035) between May 5-7th. Look for activity to be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via his home callsign.

Operators Michael/G7VJR, Bob/MD0CCE and Nigel/G3TXF will be active as YS1G between May 17-23rd. Activity will be focused on CW on 160/80/40/30 meters, and possibly the other higher bands depending on the conditions. Mario, YS1MAE, is expected to join the team and operate SSB. QSL via G3TXF.

The 4M5DX Group, which is expecting to be active as YW0A from Aves Island, received on Monday, April 20th, a schedule from the Venezuela Navy to travel to Aves Island. From their Web they state, "The stay time that they can give us on Aves Island is no less than 30 days (can be more, depending of vessels availability). No one operator or team member can stay for so long time on the island. For that, we are still looking for no more than 7 or 12 days to operate from YV0." The YW0A Web is at:


Dave, W9CGI, will be active as ZF2GC from the Grand Cayman Island (NA-016, WLOTA 1042) between July 29th and August 10th. Activity will be mainly on 17 and 12 meters using PSK31 and SSB. He will use a vertical antenna with under 50 watts. QSL via his home callsign, eQSL preferred; direct w/SASE or by the Bureau. Sorry no LoTW.

ZL, NEW ZEALAND (Island Names To Be Decided!)
New Zealanders are being asked what they would like to call their two main islands, currently North Island and South Island. The BBC News reports: "The country's Geographic Board, which assigns and approves place name changes, has announced consultations on alternative English and Maori names. The move follows the discovery that the geographically correct names, used for 200 years, were not legally registered." The Maori names are Te Ika a Maui (the fish of Maui) for the North Island and Te Wai Pounamu (the waters of greenstone) for the South Island. Read the complete story at:


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