OPDX Bulletin 921 August 17, 2009

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 921
BID: $OPDX.921
August 17, 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, AD1C, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, NJ1Q, WV2B, K3GV, K3IXD, N3SL, NG3K, K4VUD, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4QN, K5WW, K5XK, KH6BZF, N7RO, K8YSE, W8EH, AL5A/JH0MGJ, A35RK, CM2IR, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World of Ham Radio Web Site, F5NQL & UFT, F5PHW, GM4FDM, HB9EDM, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF), ZL1DK and ZL2CQ for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 9th-August, through Sunday, 16th-August there were 204 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1U, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J6, JA, 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, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YK, 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).

Ron, K5XK, updates OPDX that Rachid, 3B8FQ, has departed Mauritius for St. Brandon Island (AF-015) on Tuesday last week and was expected to be active as 3B7FQ on Wednesday, August 12th, after arriving around 0200z. However, as of press time no QSNs have been reported. According to Ron, barring unforeseen circumstances, Rachid now expects to extend his trip, operating until sometime on September 3rd, when the ship departs for 3B8. Remember, operating time will be shared with Rachid's maintenance responsibilities at the St. Brandon meteoro- logical station. Look for him on all bands, 30-10 meters, although Rachid expects 40 and 20 meters to be most productive. See OPDX.920 for suggested frequencies. He will use both CW and SSB, as conditions allow. Courtesy of Carl, K9LA, the following propagation predictions for August HF conditions to North America, Europe, and Japan, were made available (all times UTC):

 Area     80m        40m         30m        20m        17m        15m
 -----  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------  ---------
 NA       ....     1300-1700  2000-0400  0200-0500  1300-1700    ....
 EU     1600-0200  1300-0400  1300-0400  0300-0700  0700-1600  0400-1900
 JA     1300-0100  1100-0200  1000-0300  0100-2200  0200-1700  0200-1400

                NO PROPAGATION for NA on 12 and 10 meters
                EU - 12m (0700-1500) and 10m (1100-1200)
                JA - 12m (0400-1200) and 10m (0600-1000)
QSL all of Rachid's operations via K5XK, direct preferred, as indicated on (QRZ.com)

5B, CYPRUS (Update)
Terence, G4MKP, will be active as 5B/G4MKP from Tsada village near Pafos between August 14-25th. Activity will be mainly CW/RTTY on 80-10 meters. Look for him during the mornings and evenings on CW/RTTY, and if he can figure out how to do it, SSB also. Suggested CW frequencies are around 7010, 14010, 21010 and 28020 kHz. RTTY anywhere in the band segment. QSL via M0URX, direct or via E-mail request for a bureau QSL. LoTW will be uploaded after the operation.

Ernie, W8EH, informs OPDX that his brother Steve, W8SMH, has just received his Kenyan license. He will active from Nairobi, Kenya, for the next 3 years. His Kenyan callsign is 5Z4/W8SMH. Steve is on assignment with the Salvation Army as second in command at their headquarters in Nairobi. His travel schedule may limit his operating, and he is a rookie at DX operations (So please be patient!). His other limiting factor is that Nairobi is experiencing power shortages and as a result they are doing rolling blackouts 2 or 3 days a week in his area. His equipment is an Icom IC-718, dipoles and a multiband vertical. QSL direct to his home callsign (QRZ.com) with an IRC or SASE. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL. His blog is at:

Kenyan club site: http://www.qsl.net/arsk

9H, MALTA (EU-023). Wim, PA2AM, will be active as 9H3DZ between September 4-14th. Activity will be active mostly on 30/17/12 meters using CW and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign. A3, TONGA (News)
OPDX contacted Paul, A35RK, this past week to make sure Paul and his family were not on board the "Princess Ashika" which capsized last Wednesday, 86km northeast of the Tongan capital of Nuku'alofa. Some 93 people are presumed drowned after being trapped in the vessel. Paul informed OPDX that "We're all OK, but the whole country is dressing in mourning clothes. The search team found the wreck yesterday, using sonar, but its too deep (110M) to dive to it. I don't know if there will be a further attempt to recover the remains of the 94 souls trapped on board. I'm not sure where you folks in the States are getting the news, but we're looking at:

Again, we appreciate your concern."

ADDED NOTES FROM PAUL (August 16th): Paul states that he just got a telephone call from Dave, W6ZL, and here's what he said: "He arrived in Nuku'alofa late last night. He will only be able to stay in Tonga until Tuesday, August 18th, departing at 10am.

He said that it was pouring rain and the power was out, so he didn't know if he could get an antenna up and get on the air today. If he isn't QRV today, then A35KL won't be QRV at all this trip.

Dave said that he was only able to make 1 contact as YJ0ZL. The Tanna Island generator only ran for a couple of hours per day.

Dave said that he will be back in Tonga later this year, but he has no definite return date set."

By the time you read this the C21TI DXpedition by Dani, EA4ATI/9M2TI, and should be on the air until August 23rd. According to his Web page, Dani seems to be alone on this operation. The Web page states he will be staying at the "OD-N Aiwo Hotel", were previous DX- peditions have operated from, and he asks for patience especially on CW where he is not an expert. There is a chance he may meet C21RK. Activity will be on all HF bands including 60m and 6m. The suggested frequencies mentioned (as of now) are:
CW - 1825.5, 3505, 7005, 10110, 14025, 18075, 21025, 24895 and 28025
SSB - 1825.5, 3799, 7065, 14195, 18145, 21295, 24945 and 28495 kHz
60m - 5403.05 (SSB)
6m - 50.115 MHz (CW/SSB)
QSL via EA4ATI (see details on QRZ.com or the Web below). Look for possible updates on the Web page at:


Once again operators Pete/W2GJ, Ed/K3IXD, Dallas/W3PP and Randy/K4QO will operate as C6APR in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Multi-Operator/Two-Transmitters (M/2) entry from the Crooked Island Lodge (Grid FL22), Crooked Island, The Bahamas. The team will be active from October 22-26th. Before and after the contest, look for C6AQO on HF CW and SSB, and C6AXD on HF RTTY. Both C6AQO and C6AXD will be on 160-10 meters including the 30/17/12m bands. All the QSOs are good for IOTA NA-113 and ARLHS lighthouse BAH-005. All QSLs via K3IXD.

Fred, CM2IR, informs OPDX that he has been working tropospheric ducts on VHF (145.500 MHz) from Cuba (IOTA NA-015, GRID LOC: EL83TC) since August 11th and will continue until August 20th. He is using a collinear antenna and 50 watts. QSL is preferred DIRECT (1 USD or IRC) using the (QRZ.com) address.

Jose, CT1BOH, will be using the special callsign CR3E during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band entry. All QSOs will be uploaded into LoTW or QSL via CT1BOH direct. See his station at:


If you missed special OPDX bulletin (OPDX.920.1) Bill Moore, NC1L, Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following operations are approved for DXCC credit:

Yemen; Operation from April 16-26th, 2000; See special details in OPDX.920.1 or visit the DXCC's Awards Weblog at:
ZS8T - Prince Edward & Marion Island; Recent operation conducted by ZS6GCM

As reported last week Phil, F5PHW, who will be in Tahiti for the next two years starting this month, has received his new callsign on his 40th birthday - FO8RZ. Phil informed OPDX this past week that he has installed the HF6V (GP) antenna last week and plans to be active on 80-10 meters using CW. He states that propagation is very poor especially to Europe and Asia, and he has worked mostly North America stations on 30/20/15 meters. Phil will install a 3 elements beam 6 meters up at the end of August and a dipole for 80/40m. He adds, "I have many trees in the garden, so it's difficult to find a good place for antenna. The online log is 'OK' on my Web site

and it will be updated every week or more. QSL is now 'OK' on LoTW. I received the authorization from ARRL yesterday (August 14th). The log will be sent every week or more to LoTW. QSL is also 'OK' via F8BPN, either direct or via the French Ref-Union Bureau. QSLs are not printed yet."

GA/MA/2A, SCOTLAND (Special Prefix)
Look for some Scottish amateurs to use a special prefix until November 30th, to celebrate "The Year of Homecoming". Only Scottish amateurs can replace the letter "M" in their prefix for the letter "A" (for ALBA) after they apply for a callsign variation (ex. GM4FDM = GA4FDM, GM4AGL = GA4AGL, 2M0AAW = 2A0AAW... etc.). To celebrate Homecoming Scotland 2009, have a look at:


HB9, SWITZERLAND (Special Event)
Members of the Tera Radio Club (HB9OK) http://www.hb9ok.ch will be activating the special callsign HB9VELO during the month of September. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB, PSK and RTTY. QSL Manager is HB9OCR. Their activity is to promote the cycling "UCI Road World Championships" being held in Mendrisio between September 23-27th. For more details, see:

The Tera Radio Club is organizing an award; more details are expected.

Mike, KE7WRJ, will be here for over 2 months starting September 9th. He plans to be active as HL9QST no later than the 11th. His tentative schedule is to operate from 4 different locations in South Korea as follows:
September 10-12th: Seoul
September 14-24th: Camp Casey
September 25th-October 18th: Camp Humphreys
October 19-29th: Camp Carroll
October 30th-November 13th: Seoul

Activity will be on 40-10 meters, depending on the propagation, using CW and SSB. Look for him to be in both the Extra and General portions of the bands. His Equipment will consist of a 5000A by Flex Radio, a 3 element Yagi in a Bag from Super Antennas. QSL via KE7WRJ.

"Club Log" is a web-based application which uses a database to analyzes amateur radio log files which are uploaded in the common ADIF format. Using the logs, it is possible to build band-mode league tables of amateurs' QSOs, provide efficient log search tools and create most wanted lists for DXCC entities (both over all time and in recent history, or by mode for example). Also, "Club Log" can give back to its users the ability to find "wanted" DX spots, and other analysis of their logs which might be hard to do with normal logging software. More information at:


EU-011. Kevan, 2E0WMG, will be active from St. Agnes, Scilly Isles (WAB SV80), September 22-23rd. Activity will be on 80/40/20 meters SSB only. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-038. Operators Ben/DO1BEN and YL Barbara/DO1IQ will be active as PD/homecalls from Texel Island (WLOTA LH 0043) between October 16-22nd. Activity will be on the HF bands, propagation permit- ting. QSL via their home callsigns, the Bureau is preferred.

EU-088. Bernd, DL8AAV, will be active as OZ/DL8AAV/p from Laeso Island (DIA NK-003) between September 14-26th. Activity will be on all HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-174. Kostas, SV2MAC, will be active as SV2MAC/8 from Samothraki Island between now and August 30th. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign.

NA-010. Duane, WV2B (VA1ZZ), informs OPDX that he will be active from Cape Breton Island between August 17-23rd. He will activate as many lighthouses and Canadian Islands Award islands as possible during his visit. Suggested frequencies are: between 14260- 14270 and 7180-7190 kHz. On August 24th, Duane will visit Sable Island (CY0) for a day trip, however authorities will not give him permission to bring radio equipment.

NA-029. George, K3GV, will be active as K3GV/VY2 from Prince Edward Island (CIA PE-001) between September 1-28th. Activity will be on 15 and 20 meters around the usual IOTA frequencies. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

NA-067. Alan, WD4AC, will be active as WD4AC/p from Core Banks between August 19-22nd. Activity will be concentrated on 20 meters. QSL direct to his home callsign.

Aug 18 AN ---------------
Aug 19 HN-AN AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET
Aug 20 AN HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED
Aug 22 AN ---------------------
Aug 23 AN QUIET - The "A" index is expected to be between 0-7 and the "K" index will be 2 or less
UNSETTLED - The "A" index is expected to be between 7-16 and "K" index will be 3 or less

Members of the Associacao de Radioamadores da Vila de Moscavide (ARVM) signed CT1RVM/p during ILLW 2009, for the first time from within the premises of Forte de Santa Marta in Cascais (ILLW PT-0006, ARLHS POR052).
This activity is also valid for the Portuguese Lighthouse Award (DFP FES06) and the Portuguese Castles and Fortresses Award (DCFP-F097). QSL will be sent 100% via the Bureau to confirm all contacts. Visit their Web page at:


Members of the Radio Club of Panama (HP1RCP) and Panama Canal Amateur Radio Association (PCARA) activated the Miraflores Lock's Lighthouse (PAN-030) in the Panama Canal using the special callsign H81L during the ILLW this past weekend. QSL via HP1RCP. Visit the following Web page to see a picture of the lighthouse at:


Members of the "LIGHTHOUSE AMATEUR RADIO ALLIANCE" operated during the ILLW this past weekend from "Station J", the WWII designation of the JUPITER INLET LIGHT HOUSE (USA-025). The callsign was K4LRA. QSL via K4LRA, using the QRZ.com address, or W4TBB.

Members of the Papakura Radio Club Inc have participated in the Inter- national Lighthouse/lightship Weekend with the callsign ZL6LH. Since 1998 they have almost always been at a different location. This past weekend they were active from East Cape Lighthouse. Look for a video to be on the Web linked to:

QSL via ZL1VK, by the Bureau or direct to: Papakura Radio Club, PO Box 72-397, Papakura, New Zealand. Visit their ZL6LH Web page at:

PA09, NETHERLANDS (Special Event)
Fred, PA0FAW, will use the special event callsign PA09WSF until August 30th. Activity is to celebrate the "World Statues Festival" in Arnhem

which takes place between August 29-30th. A special QSL will be issued and will be available via the Bureau, direct, e-qsl and LoTW, and of course SWLs 100%.

5R8KD QSL STATUS. Wayne, W5KDJ, reports that he has received 2000 cards from UX5UO and will start working on the 325 SASEs he has received.

7O1YGF QSLS. It has been reported that those who still need a 7O1YGF QSL can send their request to August, DJ3XD. August was the original QSL Manager for all CW QSOs. However, he will now handle SSB and RTTY QSOs as well. It was also announced that the 7O1YGF logs are expected to be uploaded to LoTW within a couple of weeks.

IRC AVAILABLE. Dick, N7RO, has some IRCs for sale at 1.50 USDs while the supply lasts. You can E-mail him to assure that he still has some left. His E-mail address is: n7ro@arrl.net

NO LONGER THE QSL MANAGER. Erik, K5WW, advised OPDX readers that as of August 15, 2009, he is no longer QSL Manager for P40L (and P4/W6LD). ONLINE LOGS AVAILABLE. A log search for BA4ALC/4, BA7IO/4, BA8AG/4, BD4QH/4, BD7JSQ/4 and BG4ENK/4 from Hengsha Island (AS-136) is now available at:


PIRATE ALERT. Paul, ZL2CQ, reports that a PIRATE station on 80m was active this past weekend signing ZL2BHE/mm, calling CQ, giving his name as Peter on a commercial fishing boat and operating around 3630- 3700 kHz. The callsign actually belongs to David Walker in Wellington, NZ. Paul personally knows this family.

ZK2V QSL STATUS. The ZK2V team is in the process of finalizing the QSL design for the ZK2V QSL and expects to have cards in hand in about 6 weeks. Please be patient and do NOT re-QSL.

QSLS VIA LOTW: None reported this week!


QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: None reported this week!

TA3, TURKEY (Special Event)
Members of the Izmir Konak Branch of TRAC, which is the biggest HAM club in Turkey, will be active as TA3KM during the 78th Izmir International Fair between August 28th and September 6th. The club will be there to promote amateur radio activities. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY, between 1300-2000z. For more details, visit the following links:

Izmir International Fair: http://ief.izfas.com.tr
TRAC Izmir Konak Branch web page: http://www.ta3km.org

Charly, VU3CHE (K4VUD), will be in India in September. He informs OPDX that his on-the-air plans are not yet determined. Stay tuned!

Kuro, AL5A (JH0MGJ), will be active as AL5A/WH0 from Saipan Island (OC-086), Northern Mariana Islands (KH0), between August 28-31st. Activity will be on 80-6 meters. He plans to listen especially for "weak" European stations. QSL direct to JA7JEC. Send Bureau QSLs to the JARL Bureau to JH0MGJ.

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