The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 925
September 14, 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, AA3B, NG3K, N4AA & QRZ DX, KH6BZF, W7LFA, K8YSE, KI8L, A35RK, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World of Ham Radio Web Site, F5NQL & UFT, G3SWH, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK7JWX, IZ8CCW, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, TA1HZ, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3EXY, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) YT3W, and the Algarve STAR DX Team for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 6th-September, through Sunday, 13th-September there were 217 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6Y, 7O, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP,, BV, BY, C3, 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, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H3, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, 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, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T30, T5, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, 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).
Alex, GM0DHZ/AA8YH, informs OPDX that he is returning here November 16th for 5 weeks. He plans to be active on CW on the weekends from 3V8SS. He also adds that he is willing to accept skeds from "QRP" operators/stations, either CW or SSB. They can contact him via his E-mail address listed on (QRZ.com). However, Alex has reminded us that it's a holiday trip by his XYL.
The Algarve STAR DX Team reports that a new video of 4W6AL recorded on September 11th, in the south of Portugal, is available, as well as the 4W6AL log is updated online at: http://algarvedx.com PLEASE NOTE: QSL Manager/Pilot Station Toze, CT1GFK, reports that some 100 stations worked a PIRATED 4W6AL station on September 12th! Only four stations worked the actual 4W6AL station. Check the log before QSLing.
Zoli, HA5PP, will once again be active as 5B/HA5PP during both the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) and CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (TBD) entry. QSL via HA5PP.
5R, MADAGASCAR (AF-013)
Daniel, DF8UO, will once again be active as 5R8UO from here between now and September 20th. Activity will be mainly CW and the Digital modes on 40-10 meters. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. He is expected to upload his log to LoTW.
8Q, MALDIVES (Update)
Andrew, G7COD, will once again be active as 8Q7AK from Embudu Village, Embudu Island (AS-013, WLOTA L-3911), between October 12-25th. Activity will be on 80-12 meters including 30/17/12m using CW and SSB. Operating schedule (everyday) is as follows: 0730-0830z, 0900- 1030z, 1300-1500z and 1730-1800z. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 3503, 7003, 10103, 14003, 18073, 21003 and 24893 kHz
SSB - 3795, 7063, 14147, 18133, 21253 and 24953 kHz
Andrew's operating conditions will be very simple consisting of 100 watts PEP from an Icom IC 7000 transceiver, MFJ 929 Auto ATU, switch mode power supply and Vibroplex mini straight morse key. The antenna is a Radio Works CWS 160 Carolina Windom sloping from 20-12 meters suspended from the tops of the coconut palms approximately 10 meters from the sea. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau. Andrew now has a dedicated Web page at:
Members of the "Amateur Brazilian Team" will be active as 8R1PY from Lethem, Guyana, between October 31st and November 4th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, including 30/17/12 meters, using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. Operators mentioned are Edi/PU8TEP, Abilio/PV8AZ, Paulo/PV8DX, Ivan/PV8IG, Ivan/PY1YB, Anderson/PY2TNT and Alex/PY2WAS. QSL via PY2WAS.
A3, TONGA (News)
Paul Kidd, A35RK, provides the following special announcements by the Tonga Ministry of Communications and Information dated September 8th):
#1] "Today, the Radio Licensing Officer for the Kingdom of Tonga, Fe'ao Vakata, has authorized amateur radio operation on the 60 Meter Band (5.330 - 5.405 Mhz), on a secondary, restricted basis. The 60M bandplan will be the same as is authorized by the FCC, i.e. 'channelized' on the following frequencies only, USB only, 2.8 kHz maximum bandwidth, with a 50 watt pep ERP limit:
Channel Center Amateur Tuning Frequency -------------- ------------------------ 5332 kHz 5330.5 kHz 5348 kHz 5346.5 kHz 5368 kHz 5366.5 kHz 5373 kHz 5371.5 kHz 5405 kHz (common US/UK) 5403.5 kHz This 60M authorization is effective immediately."#2] "Effective immediately, the 40 meter band allocation has been expanded. A3 licensees are now permitted to operate from 7.0 to 7.2 MHz."
Paul states, "The previous upper band edge was 7.1 MHz, so our 40M band just doubled in size! This additional allocation will allow us to work U.S. stations without having to work 'split'.
The 7.2 -7.3 MHz segment may be opened later, on a secondary use basis. The IARU Region 3 Bandplan permits this, but for the time-being, we will gladly content ourselves with the additional 100 kHz.
Many thanks to Fe'ao Vakata, the Radio Licensing Officer, for his efforts in revising and updating the amateur radio regulations here in Tonga."
ACTIVATING A RARE IOTA (Interesting Story)
Cezar, VE3LYC, last week(end) activated the Ottawa Islands (NA-230) as VY0O which turned out to be a big adventure for him (bad weather, polar bear, boat problems (engine, back engine and sinking). However, he made a total of 3000 QSOs with stations on all continents. About 53% of the contacts were on CW, 47% on SSB. Read his interesting story at:
AFRICAN TOUR (6W, J5 and IOTAs)
Laci, HA0NAR, will be heading to western Africa in early 2010, and plans to be there at the end of January through the end of February. He plans to visit and activate Senegal (6W) and Guinea-Bissau (J5). Tentative dates and callsigns are as follows:
Senegal (6W) - Callsign 6W/HA0NAR; January 27th through February 10th
Guinea-Bissau (J5) - Callsign J5NAR; February 11-21st
Laci is also planning to activate the following IOTA groups:
AF-078 - Senegal South Group
AF-093 - Guinea-Bissau Coastal Region Group
Look for more details to be forthcoming.
ANTARCTICA (IOTA) ACTIVITY
Mehdi, F5PFP, who did an Antarctica cruise/ expedition in the beginning of the year, reported that his good friend Pupi, LU8XP, advised him that a group of hams with Pedro, HK3JJH, are preparing an expedition to the Chilean sub-antarctic territories of the Wollaston Islands (SA-031) and Diego Ramirez Islands (SA-094) in 2010 or perhaps 2011. Pupi might be in charge of the logistic support at Ushuaia like he already made for several other expeditions. Stay tuned for updates.
Jimmy, BX5AA, will be active during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. Jimmy states that BX5 is a rare prefix for Taiwan (CQ 24). QSL via BX5AA. Visit his Web page at:
FT/G, GLORIOSO ISLAND (Update)
By the time you read this, the FR5GA team is expected to depart from Reunion Island on September 14th, and after some final checks with the TAAF authorities, the team will head to Glorioso Island via Mayotte Island. First signals from FR5GA are expected to be Tuesday or Wednesday (September 14th or 15th). Pictures of the teams departure are available already on the Web at:
EU-049. Fred, PA1FJ, will be active as SV8/PA1FJ/p from Samos Island (GIOTA SAS-006, MIA MG-099, WLOTA L4163) between September 14th and October 2nd. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using SSB and running QRP (5 watts - Yaesu FT817 and Buddistick antenna). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-164. Before going to Romo Island (See OPDX.924), Rene, DL2JRM, will activate the Island of San Cipriano (DIFM TK-037, MIA MCO-013) as TK/DL2JRM/p between September 14-15th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters QRP CW, using solar power. QSL via DL2JRM, direct or by the Bureau.
NA-110. Operators Jeep/KA1DF, Dave/KI4ROL, Paul/K3LLH, David/N2EIO, Gary/AI4JA and Bill/W3HEA will be activating the special event callsign K4L from a lighthouse (ARLHS USA-392, TWLHD WLH K-082, WLOTA L 2265, WW Loc. EM92SJ) on Hunting Island (USI SC003S, Beaufort County, South Carolina) between October 17-18th. The activity is to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the lighthouse. The light was the first light on Hunting Island, built in 1859 but destroyed during the Civil War. It was rebuilt in 1875 of curved iron panels (each weighing 1200 pounds) with an interior brick wall. In 1889 it was dis- assembled and moved 1/4 mile inland due to rapid erosion of the northern end of the island. It served as a navigation light until decommissioned in 1933. The park itself was created just prior to WWII; during the war, the Air Force had a trans- mitter site there. QSL via K3LLH. An online log will be available after the event. Further information can be found at:
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (For September 14-20th)
Sep 14 AN SOLAR REFERENCE Sep 15 AN --------------- Sep 16 AN AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET Sep 17 AN HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED Sep 18 AN LN - Low Normal Sep 19 AN Sep 20 AN GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE --------------------- 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 lessNEW D.L.I. AWARDS. Please check out the new "Italian Lakes Award" at:
OH0, ALAND ISLAND
Tomi, OH6EI, will be active as OH0Z during two different weekends this month for the SAC Contests. Look for him during the Scan- dinavian Activity CW Contest (September 19-20th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/ High-Power entry, and the Scandinavian Activity SSB Contest (September 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via W0MM.
Once again, Hrane/YT1AD and Miki/YU1DW will travel to the Pacific, and will be active from the following locations per this timetable:
KH8 - American Samoa; September 30th-October 1st; callsign KH8/N9YU
5W - Samoa; October 2-3rd; callsigns 5W7A (YT1AD) and 5W0DW (YU1DW)
3D2 - Fiji; October 4-6th; callsigns 3D2AD (YT1AD) and 3D2DW (YU1DW)
T30 - Western Kiribati; October 6-8th; callsigns T30M (YT1AD) and T30W (YU1DW)
The main purpose of this trip is to prepare all necessary documents for their next DXpeditions to Central Kiribati (T31), Tokelau Island (ZK3) and Wallis Island (FW8) in September and October of 2010. More details will be forthcoming at:
QSL INFO AND NEWS
9M2MRS QSL ROUTE CHANGE. Rich, 9M2MRS, reports that envelopes are being opened from his Penang Island, Malaysia address, and green stamps are being taken. He advises to send QSL requests to his PA0RRS address in the Netherlands. He said he would like this info passed around to the U.S hams.
SWAZILAND DXPEDITION QSL STATUS. QSL Manager for Swaziland DXpedition in August 2009, David, GI4FUM/3DA0DJ, reports that 5,000 QSL cards have arrived from the printer (in the Ukraine), September 11th, so the cards are on their way back to anyone who QSLed direct. Cards from the UK and Ireland have been dealt with first. Unfortunately, the present postal strikes will not help, but the cards are on their way. There are two designs, so anyone who worked more than one member of the team should get cards in both designs.
PIRATE ALERT. Phil, G3SWH, reports that the activity on 20 meters CW earlier this month by a station signing ZF2NT was a pirate operation. Bruce is still in California.
QSLS VIA LOTW: T6AD
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 5H3VMB, 5K0T, 9J2VB, BD1HFP/2, CO8LY, FR7ZL/g, FW5ZL, GM01VI/p, J39BS, JT1CO, OH/JA5AQC, OH0E, OJ0J, R1ANR, SV2ASP/A, TK/I4GAD, TM5EL, V51AS, VK9GMW, VR10XMT, VR2XMT, VR2008O, VR2009EAG, XE2PEA, ZS1REC and ZX8A
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 4A3IH, DX1J, KH0N, T32XG and V63MP
QSL Manager Norman, W7LFA, informs OPDX that Vern Robinson, P29VR/W7GSP, became a "Silent Key" on August 17th. He returned to his home in Renton, Washington, a couple of month prior for treatment. He was active on all bands for over 16 years from PNG along with his surviving wife P29RI/K7IAF. Norman states that he has all the logs for his entire operation. OPDX and its readers would like to give our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of P29VR/W7GSP.
Operators Luis/CO6LP, Orelvis/CO6LC, Yordany/CM6YAC, Jose/CO6EC and possibly one or two other operators will be active as T46A during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via CO6LC. The plans to use a FT-747, FT-80 and 2-SEG 15D, with 2 or 3 amplifiers 400w; antennas include: 2 - 2 element yagis (20/15/10), a vertical for 40m, and verticals and dipoles for 160/80m. Receiving antennas: 2 Beverages 580 feet long to EU and USA-JA.
If you missed Tevfik, TA1HZ, during the WAE SSB Contest this past weekend using the special callsign TC2X, you will have a second chance to work him during the 51st Scandanavian Activity Contest on September 26-27th. Tevfik's QTH is Bayramoglu, Kocaeli, and he uses a Diamond BB7V vertical antenna and a long wire. He states, "Main purpose of activity is to give out multipliers to runners and have the flag up!!"
TC3, TURKEY (Lighthouse Activity)
After the successful ILOTA Istanbul Lighthouses On The Air activity, the members of the Turkish group called TCSWAT (Special Wireless Activity Team) will now activated for the first time Balyos Lighthouse on the south coast of the Marmara Sea between September 19-23rd. The callsign will be TC3BLH. Activity will be as usual on the HF bands, mainly on 20 and 40m SSB. SSTV activity is planned, but not guaranteed. There will be other new lighthouse activations from the Marmara Sea coastline with a special award available after the operations. If you are interested in lighthouse activities, please check the following Web site for further announcements at:
Reports indicate that Lionel, F5PSA, is active as TJ3SL. His length of stay is unknown at this time. Activity has been on 20-10 meters using SSB, but only during his spare time. QSL via his home callsign.
Members of the Volta DX Team and Project DX Team will be active as TK/homecall from Corsica (EU-014) between September 19-24th. Operators mentioned are: Ern/I2FUG, Oscar/IK2AQZ and John/IK2JYT. This is their annual holiday/DXpedition. Activity will be on all bands (160-2 meters) using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. They plan to have two stations using small amplifiers, verticals and loop antennas. They will also try to go and operate from a more islands, such as Ile St.Cipriano (EU-164), Ile Cerbicales (EU-100) and Ile Sanguinaire (EU-104). QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau.
Bud, AA3B, will once again be active as V26K between November 26th and December 1st. His activity includes the CQWW CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. This will be an all CW operation on the contest HF bands only. Please QSL via AA3B.
VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
Jack, N2VW, will be active from the VP5JM Hamlet on Providenciales Island (NA-002, FL31) between October 21-28th. His activity will include an entry in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) possibly using a special callsign. Outside of the contest Jack will be signing VP5/N2VW on all bands (160-6 meters) and modes. QSL via his home callsign.
VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
Operators Rodger/W7VV, Ralph/VE7XF and possibly some other operators will be active from Jodi's, VP5JM, "Hamlet" QTH
XV, VIETNAM (Rare IOTAs)
Members of the Russian Robinson Club and R-Quad Antenna Company have put together a DXpedition project to activate the rarest IOTA references in Vietnam during the last part of September and early October. They will be in Vietnam between September 24th and October 2nd. Operators mentioned are: Sergey/RA3NAN, Oleg/RK3FA, Andy/RZ3EM and Andrey/UA6BGB. The tentative schedule is as follows:
AS-185. Activity from Hon Ngu Island as XV6RRC; September 24-26th.
AS-162. Activity from Cu Lao Cham Island as XV7RRC; September 27-28th.
AS-157. Activity from Hon Tam Island as XV3RRC; Sept. 29th-October 1st
The team plans to run 2 stations with the following setup:
TXs: Elecraft K3 2 pcs
Amplifiers: Acom 1000, Ameritron ALS600o Antennas: 160/80/40m Vertical on 18m mast, 20m VDA on 12m mast, VDAs on 15-17m on 12m mast, BiggIR Vertical (40-10m), LowBands RX antennas (if the conditions permit)
Software: WinTest, AATest
The team will try to do their best to log as many IOTA enthusiasts all over the world as the propagation and other local conditions permit. If they can manage to arrange an Internet connection, they will try to update their log daily. For more details and updates, please visit their Web page at:
Tomas, VK2CCC (LY1F), will be active from here between October 30th and November 5th. Callsign is to be announced later. Activity will be "part time", but mainly on 160 and 80 meters CW. QSL via VK2CC, by the Bureau or direct. View some photos from his past operations at:
ZS, SOUTH AFRICA
Bernie, ZS4TX, from Danhof, will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW.
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