OPDX Bulletin 915 July 6, 2009

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 915
BID: $OPDX.915
July 6, 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, W3BTX, WA4PGM, K5XK, K5LBU, K8YSE, W0MM, CX3AL, DJ8NK, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World of Ham Radio Web Site, EI7CC, F5NQL & UFT, G4IRN, I1BUP, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, LZ1ZF, OH2BH, OH2BN,Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, S50U, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF), VK4FW and YO3APJ for the following DX information.

Sorry for the delay in sending out the bulletin. I had a great holiday weekend with my daughter in Murfreesboro, TN. Thanks for the understanding... 73 de Tedd KB8NW

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 28th-June, through Sunday, 5th-July there were 206 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A6, A7, AP, BV, BY, C3, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, G, GD, GI, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J8, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, 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, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V5, V6, V8, VE, VK, VP2V, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD9, ZK2, 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).

Ken Villone, KU2US, Award Manager, has announced that "All operators that needed 'K2D' on HF for their last station of a 'CLEAN SWEEP', will be given credit on their certificate, due to an unfortunate situation.... Thank you for under- standing and your participation." For more details, go to:


3D2/C, CONWAY REEF (Update)
Jan, DJ8NK, informs OPDX that based on the crew that activated Chesterfield Island as TX9 some years back, Hawa, DK9KX, as team leader, has formed a new crew which will operate from Conway Reef during the period of October 1-10th, 2009, plus/minus due to weather conditions. Hans, DL6JGN, the leader of 3D2CR crew, who operated from the island 20 years ago, will also join Hawa's team. As of press time, the team consists of the following: Norbert/DJ7JC, Jan/DJ8NK, Dieter/DJ9ON, Heye/DJ9RR, Hawa/DK9KX, Hans/DL6JGN and Ron/PA3EWP. The callsign will be announced at the starting date. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL Manager is DJ8NK QSL direct or by the Bureau. PLEASE NOTE: New IRCs are "OK", but old IRCs with expiration date December 31st, 2009, are not "OK", because QSL cards most likely will be sent out in January 2010. A Web page will be active soon at:


Chris, 4W6FR, works for the Australian Armed Forces and is stationed in Timor-Leste periodically. He has finally been given permission to operate and has his license in hand now. He has begun operating but only operates as time permits outside of his work hours. It seems he really likes working PSK, especially on 20 and 17 meters. There has been some QSNs reported on 20 meters SSB. Most of his activity takes place between 0900-1300z. QSL via VK4FW, direct or the OQRS at:


Franco, I1FQH, will be active as 5V7PRF from Kpalime between July 22-30th. This will be a very light DXpedition with activity on 80-10 meters using mostly CW and some SSB (no Digital modes or 6m). He will use 100 watts into a Spiderbeam for 20/17/15m as well as a vertical and wire dipoles for the other bands. QSL via I1FQH, LoTW, eQSL or Bureau. Look for updates on (QRZ.com) or


Bob, K4UEE, will be here between July 10-17th, doing a short term mission work.

(See: http://www.410bridge.org)
He informs OPDX that he will be in the Kwambekenya village located about 3-4 hours north of Nairobi. He is involved in several different projects including a video project and demonstrating amateur radio in the local high school. He hopes to be active for some DXing in the late evenings and early mornings local time. He has an IC-706 MKII, a "Beam in a Bag" and a dipole for 30/40m. This is definitely not a DXpedition and operating time is limited.

7P, LESOTHO (Update)
A group of international operators will be operating from Lesotho starting July 29th through August 13th. They will be operating with the equipment supplied by African DX Safari in Johannesburg. The following operators will be on the air: Dr. Gasper "Pista" Istvan/HA5AO (7P8AO), Ben Pyfer/DJ0YI (7P8YI), Laurent Thomin/W0MM (7P8MM), John Plenderleith/9M6XRO (7P8OK) and Charles "Frosty" Frost/K5LBU (7P8CF). They will have 2 stations on most of the time and might have a 3rd for PSK and RTTY.

Activity will be on all bands and they hope to work as many of you on 160/80 meters. They will have a 70 foot vertical which works great on those bands. For 40, they will have a 4 sq. dipole setup on one of the towers. Two trailers with towers will have Tennadayne T8 LogP antennas at about 55 feet. For 30 meters a sloper off one tower will be used. Also, a M2 6 meter beam will be up as well. QSL via each operator's own home callsign except for 9M6XRO/7P8OK who is via M0URX in the UK.
ADDED NOTE: Operators from the 4M5DX group were not able to join up with the African DX Safari group due to things beyond their control. The African DX Safari group wished that they could but things did not work out for them.

The JARL will activate 9 HQ stations from various regions in Japan during the 2009 IARU HF Championship this weekend. Each station listed below may be active on other bands other than specified as below outside the contest before the contest weekend. All QSOs will be QSLed automatically via the Bureau. Look for the following 9 HQ stations:

   Callsign   Band/Mode during the Contest   Location
   --------   ----------------------------   ----------------------
   8N1HQ      15m-CW                         Kimitsu City, Chiba
   8N1HQ      160m-CW, 10m-CW                Minato Ku, Tokyo
   8N1HQ      80m-Phone                      Minami-Ashigara City, Kanagawa
   8N2HQ      10m-Phone                      Nakatsugawa City, Gifu
   8N3HQ      15m-Phone                      Nara City, Nara
   8N3HQ      40m-CW                         Kobe City, Hyogo
   8N3HQ      20m-CW                         Miki City, Hyogo
   8N4HQ      80m-CW, 40m-Phone              Okayama City, Okayama
   8N8HQ      20m-Phone                      Iwamizawa City, Hokkaido
Zik, VE3ZIK (DO7ZZ) will once again be active as 9A/VE3ZIK from Bilice between July 2nd and August 3rd. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and digital modes. He will also participate in the RSGB IOTA Contest from IOTA group EU-170. QSL via DO7ZZ, direct or by the bureau (E-mail requests for Bureau QSL cards can be sent to Zik via zibert@t-online.de ). Logs will be uploaded to eQSL and LoTW.

The members of the "RADIO CLUB URUGUAYO" will be active as CX1AA during the upcoming IARU CONTEST activity, from 1200z Saturday, July 11th until 1200z Sunday, July 12th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW and SSB with two stations on each band, one station on CW and the another on SSB. QSL Manager for this activity is W3HNK.


\ The OH8X Team reports:
"The Radio Arcala DX Summit portal is celebrating the milestone of one million monthly hits over a course of several months and more than 110,000 people spending an average of 35 minutes on the site daily. The top five nations using the service are as follows:

USA (28.5%) followed by Germany, United Kingdom, Italy and Japan. In total, users from 170 DXCC countries have entered the service portal. With new visits approaching 19% during the month of May, an increase of users is quite evident.

In the process of making the DX Summit service more focused on younger user segments and non-amateur radio population, two features have been added recently.

Each spotting and spotted callsign is automatically linked to (QRZ.com), providing a more human link to the personal profiles of people and to their pictures. Just click the callsigns and you will automatically enter the relevant (QRZ.com) page. Additionally, each line carries the name of the DXCC country spotted.

In a few months time, custom selected filters will be provided to the public allowing users to receive personalized spots that they would like to receive. While initially the selected spots will be sent to your personal email address, the ultimate aim is to offer an SMS (short message service) option to DX Summit users.

This service is a non-profit exercise for Radio Arcala, OH8X but we are pleased to recognize Yasme Foundation and Nokia Corporation for their support of further development and defrayment of operating expenses of the portal. As the servers are in the hands of a professional service provider in the United States, some interruptions are recorded and changing the service provider is in process.

Also, a Help Desk for regular users and for S/W developers is being set up. Here it is suggested that DX Summit open a channel for accepting voluntary donations to keep the Help Desk operational. On a trial basis, through PayPal, DX Summit accepts donations and, additionally, following a donation of 10 USD or 10 EUR, Radio Arcala will send you a full-color Radio Arcala wall calendar postpaid. This option is valid only for the months of July and August.


We thank you for your support of and interest in Radio Arcala DX Summit."

The RSGB will be represented in the IARU HF Championship by GB7HQ from two separate DXCC entities this year (G,GM). The contest runs July 11-12th. G3LZQ is handling special certificates for those working GB7HQ:
* Bronze award - contact GB7HQ on three band/modes
* Silver award - contact GB7HQ on six band/modes
* Gold award - contact GB7HQ on nine band/modes
* Platinum award - contact GB7HQ on all twelve band/modes
Further details of the award can be found at:

When you contact one operator, he can give you the frequency of the next GB7HQ station to work to assist in making contacts for the awards. QSL are being handled by G3TXF: direct, bureau, or LoTW. Full details of the station hosts, locations, operators, WAB squares and grid locators can be found at:

EU-047. Andy, DL7AT, will be active as DL7AT/M from Norderney Island (N-05 for the German Islands award), July 17-24th. He will also activate the Norderney lighthouse (ARLHS FED-025, GLHA #39, WLH DL-021, WLOTA 1621). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

EU-090. A group of Slovenian operators will be active as 9A8ZRS from Vela Palagruza Island (ACIA IC-901, CIA-33, IOCA CI-084, MIA MC-284, ARLHS CRO-012, CLH-100, WHL 9A-046, WLOTA 0057) between July 20-31st. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10/6/2 meters using CW, SSB, PSK-31 and possibly other digital modes. Their operations will include an entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). Operators mentioned are: Jane/S57L, Goran/S52P, Vinko/S53F, Brane/S56UGB and Silvo/S50X. QSL via the operator's instructions.

EU-121. Members of the Dalkey Island Contest Group plan to activate Clare Island for the upcoming RSGB IOTA Contest which takes place on July 25-26th. The callsign EJ1DD will be used in a "100 watt DXpedition" entry. QSL information is via EI7CC. Operators will be EI2CA, EI5DI, EI6EW, EI7CC, EI7CD, EI8BP and EI8CE. Look for activity also from the individual operators using the EJ prefix between July 23-27th.

EU-135. Anders, SM5EFX, will be active as SM5EFX/2 from Ledskar Island, July 19-31st. Activity will be on all HF bands/modes. He will also participate in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) using the special callsign SF2X. QSL both callsigns to SM5EFX, direct or by the bureau.

EU-146. Operators Frans/PA5CA, Jan/PA0JED, Arend/PA2AWU, Dervin/PD9DX and Marcel/PA9M will be active as PA6Z from Schouwen Duiveland during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Multi-Op/ Single-Transmitter entry. QSL via PA9M, direct or by the bureau.

EU-165. Joe, IS0MKX, will lead a team of 15 operators to activate Asinara Island (SS-061, for Italian Island Award) between July 22-26th. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). The callsign will be IM0M. QSL via IS0MKX. For more info, please visit:


EU-175. Operators Luis/CT1EEQ, Arlindo/CT1EGW, Hermann/CT3FN/HB9CRV, Antonio/CU8AS, Jurgen/DJ2VO and Ruedi/HB9CQL will be active as CR2F from the Island of Faial (DIP AZ-007) between July 18-31st. Activity will be from the Ribeirinha Lighthouse (DFP FAZ-17, ARLHS AZO-020, WLH CU-007, WLOTA 1830, WW Loc. HM58QO), located at Cedros. They plan to be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. They plan to be active around 50.113 MHz with CR2W as callsign. The team will also participate in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th), using the callsign CR2W as a Multi-Single/Expedition entry. QSL via CT1GFK, bureau OK; via E-mail requests to: cu8at@sapo.pt. For more information, please visit:

Online logs will be available at: http://algarvedx.com/logonline

NA-140. Operators Steve/W3RFA and Bob/KB3NYX will be active as W3RFA from Smith Island (USI MD-003S, Somerset County, Maryland) for the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). This is a "Micro- DXpedition". They are getting to the island by sea kayak. All gear will weigh less than 100 lbs ea. They will use 100 watts into a wire antenna. QSL via their home callsigns.

SA-047. Operators Alexandre/PY5BH, Vagner/PY5DC, Fleck/PY5DJ, Fernando/ PY5FO and Goncalves/PY5IN will be active as PR5D from Ilha do Mel (DIB PR-01, also count for WLOTA LH-1435) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). QSL via PY5DC. Visit their Web site at:


Jurij, MM0DFV, has started his 7000 km mobile tour on July 7th. He reports, "I am taking my mobile HF gear, and will try to be active from various places as much as possible. The route is:

GM - Scotland (MM0DFV/m) - G England (M0DFV/m) - F France (F/MM0DFV/m) - ON - Belgium (ON/MM0DFV/m) - DL Germany (DL/MM0DFV/m) - SP Poland (SP/MM0DFV/m) - EU Belarus (call sign is unknown yet) - UA Russia (RZ3?? = call plus various slashes, will get the license on arrival) - UN Kazakh- stan (UN/RN3FX hopefully)... and inversely.

My radio will be a Yaesu FT-897D, Mobile Whips, Doublet and ATU MFJ-993 for portable stops, etc. Main attention is to PSK. I will print different QSL-cards for each new place I stop. On 10th August 2009 I plan to be back home. Please watch me in case I am lost :)) All the best to all, and have a nice summer!"

Martti, OH2BH, reports: "Sailing out on Thursday morning under command of captain Jaakko, OH1TX, the group of Toshi/JA8BMK, Aki/OH1ZE and Martti/OH2BH will be setting the sail from the coast of Finland toward waters of Aland Islands in spite of a poor weather prediction. You can expect their activity starting late Thursday around 1400 UTC. QSL via JA8BMK."

P4, ARUBA (Special Event & Contest)
Operators Bob/W3BTX (P49T) and Roy/W3TEF (P4/W3TEF) will once again activate P41USA this year over the anniversary date of the USA attacks on September 11th, 2001. Look for P41USA to be active on all bands between September 8-17th. Activity will include the September VHF Contest. All QSLs go to W3TEF.

PX8, BRAZIL (Rare State)
Alex, PY2WAS, will be activating Amapa State (one of the 27 Brazilian States, the rarest one) after 12 years without any DX ham activity. Amapa is located in the estuary of the Amazona River in the Amazonic Region. Callsign will be PX8W and activity will take place between August 1-2nd. Activity will be on 80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL cards must be sent via PY2WAS, directly or by the Bureau. Please, check (QRZ.com) for more details.

5Z4/RW1AU NOW QRT. Valery, 5Z4/RW1AU, is now QRT from Nairobi, and is back home in St.Petersburg. His work assignment spanned almost one year, from August 2008 through June 2009. During that period Val used the 5Z4RS Club Station in Nairobi as time allowed between work responsibilities to make almost 12,000 QSOs on 40-10m, using both CW and SSB modes. QSL info Update: Direct QSLs are now OK to Valery's home address below, but cards to RW1AU will also be responded-to via the bureau. Valery's address is: Valery Baisha, P.O.Box 16, St.Petersburg, 195426 RUSSIA. QSLs are also "OK" via K5XK. See QRZ.com for RW1AU for more details.




OPDX Webmaster John, K8YSE, will be active from Delaware, FM29, and possibly other Delaware grids between July 9-12th. Operations will be limited to the FM birds AO27, SO50 and AO51. He will look for a location that can see the western horizon and hopes to work those that did not work ND9M/P a few weeks ago. Equipment is a Kenwood TM-V7A mobile and an Arrow 146/437-10. QSL via K8YSE.

ADDED NOTE: John's son, Doug, KD8CAO, was active from EN86, Drummond Island, MI, during the past few days. He worked 17 stations on a AO51 pass at 2240z, July 7th. He was also active from EN86 on July 8th, which is a very rare grid. Doug should be active on Thursday, July 9th, from EN76. Doug is using his TH-D7AG and the Arrow antenna on the FM birds and a TS2000 with doppler control for the SSB birds.

The Radio Amateur Association of Slovenia, Zveza Radioamaterjev Slovenije (ZRS), will be active as S50HQ in the IARU HF World Championship Contest as a Multi-Op/IARU HQ station entry. Look for the Multi-Op stations on the following bands and modes:

   Call  Band  Mode  Operators
   ----- ----- ----  ---------
   S50HQ  10   SSB    S53XX
   S50HQ  10   CW     S58A
   S50HQ  15   SSB    S52ZW,S57UN,S52EZ
   S50HQ  15   CW     S50U
   S50HQ  20   SSB    S50K
   S50HQ  20   CW     S57DX
   S50HQ  40   SSB    S51ZO,S51FB,S55HH
   S50HQ  40   CW     S52AW,S53F
   S50HQ  80   SSB    S52ZW,S57UN
   S50HQ  80   CW     S50A
   S50HQ 160   SSB    S57M, S56P
   S50HQ 160   CW     S53O
Tommy, VK2IR, team leader of the upcoming VK9NI operation (See OPDX.914), will operate as VK9IR while setting up before the team arrives on the island for 3 days between July 19-22nd. QSL via VK2IR.

Kyle, WA4PGM, will once again be traveling to Bermuda between July 10-20th. He plans to be active in the IARU, NAQP RTTY, and CQ VHF Contest. Callsign was not mentioned, but possibly VP9/WA4PGM or a special callsign for the contests. QSL direct to WA4PGM, please use PO Box address.

According to an official/authorized representative of WFF program in England, Charlie, M0OXO, plans to organize a series of WFF expeditions in Britain during July as follows:
July 10-13th - Holy Island (GFF-013); callsign GB1HI
July 21-22nd - Pembrokeshire Coast (GFF-015); callsign MW0OXO/p
July 23-27th - Ramsey Island (GWFF-072), Wales; callsigns MC0SHL/p and MW9W
For more info on the "World Flora Fauna" (WFF) award, please visit:


Hotang, YC0IEM, will be active as YC0IEM/9 from Bali (OC-022) between now and July 27th. Bands and modes of activity were not provided. QSL via IZ8CCW.

YR0, ROMANIA (Award Available)
The YR0HQ team has announced that they will participate in the 2009 IARU World Wide Championship. They also announced that an award will be issued, free of charge, to all radio amateurs who will contact YR0HQ during the contest period. The YR0HQ award could be printed in different format sizes and colors in accordance with the applied class, depending of how many contacts have been made, as follows:

       			Extra Class - 12 QSOs
                           1st Class - 9 QSOs
                           2nd Class - 6 QSOs
                           3rd Class - 3 QSOs
They are still designing the awards for the different classes. However, only one award will be given no matter how many contacts have been made. Send the application, along with the log extract, to one of the following addresses:
By mail to: FRR, YR0HQ AWARD, BOX 22-50, RO-014780 BUCURESTI 22 ROMANIA
By E-mail to: yo3apj@yahoo.com

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