The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 943
January 18, 2010
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, AC2V, WO2N, K3LR, NG3K & ADXO, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4GN, KD5GEN, KH6BZF, K8GI, K8YSE, W8CCA, W8GEX, WB8LFO, K9EL, AT Inter- national, DJ7IK, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World of Ham Radio Web Site, EA5YN, F5NQL & UFT, F5PFP, G0IAS, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IT9DAA, MM0DFV, OH2BN, OY9JD, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, PS7AB, RSGB IOTA Web Site, SV1DPI, TA0U, VA3RJ & ICPO and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.
** PLEASE NOTE: Due to the major earthquake in Haiti, all radio amateurs are requested to stay clear of frequencies 14300, 14265, 7265, 7045, 3977 and 3720 kHz so that emergency traffic for Haiti can be passed and handled. Additional frequencies may also be activated throughout the day on different bands.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 10th-January, through Sunday, 17th-January there were 226 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1U, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, D6, 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, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9W, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).
2009 CQ DX MARATHON (Important Information!)
John, K9EL, Program Manager for the CQ DX Marathon, reports: "Submissions for the 2009 edition of CQ Magazine's DX Marathon will be accepted until January 31, 2010. All participants are urged to review their scoresheets carefully as many submissions already received have zone errors, especially with regards to Zone 2. Please also watch submissions for Zones 3,4,5 as the prefix for U.S. stations is not necessarily an indication of the actual station's location. Please check the zone carefully for any Antarctica QSOs as well. The DX Marathon website (www.dxmarathon.com) provides details on countries and zones, including a special page just for Zone 2 stations. If errors are discovered, revised scoresheets may be submitted until January 31st. The callsigns of submitted logs will be posted on the DX Marathon web site and updated on a regular basis until January 31st. High claimed scores will be posted after January 31st."
3C0, ANNOBON ISLAND
Operators Elmo/EA5BYP and Javier/EA5KM will be active from Annobon Island (AF-039) sometime in April. Dates and callsigns will be announced soon. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, with an emphasis on the lower bands and CW. Look for updates on their Web page (still under construction) at:
6W, SENEGAL (Early Announcement)
Stan, EI6DX, will once again be active as 6W/EI6DX from Somone which is located 70 km southeast of Dakar, in November (specific dates TBD). He will concentrate on the lower bands and CW. Stan will take part in the CQ WW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via RX3RC, by the Bureau or direct. Look for updates at:
QSL Manager Allan, G0IAS, informs OPDX that Harry, 7Q7HB (G0JMU), is again heading to the warmer climate of Malawi for a period of 3 months or so. He was stuck in Nairobi but was hoping to be in 7Q-land via Lusaka on Thursday. Activity will probably be on the Digital modes and CW. QSL as usual is ONLY DIRECT to G0IAS with sufficient funds for return cards. NO BUREAU cards. NO eQSLs. Just old fashioned paper cards DIRECT!
Operators Bob/N4BP (C6AKQ), Mike/W4RUM (C6AUM) and Tim/N4UM (C6ARU) will be in Freeport, Lucaya, Bahamas, beginning Monday, February 15th, with Kevin/K4PG (C6APG) joining them on Thursday, February 18th. The operators will enter the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as individual entries (Bob/C6AKQ on 80 meters, Kevin/C6APG on 40 meters and Mike/C6AUM possibly on 160 meters. Tim will announce his entry when he knows). Prior to the contest, they will be operating on the 30/17/12 meter bands, HF bands using CW and the Digital modes. QSL direct to their home callsigns with SASE and/or LoTW.
CE0Z, JUAN FERNANDEZ ISLAND (Update/Change/Reminder)
Toshi, JA8BMK, will be active as CE0ZA between January 19th and February 2nd. Activity will be on 160-10 meters with a focus on the lower band, and he is expected to be using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. He will use an amp, and antennas will be a yagi and vertical. QSL direct to JA8BMK at: Toshi Fukuta, 2115-3 Nobori, Yoichi, Hokkaido 046-0002 Japan. PLEASE NOTE: We reported earlier that Marco, CE6TBN, was expected to join hom, but now it seems he is elsewhere and will NOT be joining Toshi.
Jim, W7EJ, will be active as CN2R during the CQ 160-Meter CW Contest (January 29-31st) as a Single-Op/High-Power entry. QSL via W7EJ. See the station from CN2R at:
Mat, MJ0ASP, will be active as CN2MR between February 1826th. Activity will be on the HF bands using mostly CW. He likes to contest, so he will probably be in the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 20-21st). QSL via his home callsign (see (QRZ.com).
DAYTON HAMVENTION ACTIVITIES
* The SouthWest Ohio DX Association (SWODXA) is pleased to again sponsor the DX Dinner(TM) in conjunction with the 2010 Dayton Hamvention(r). The dinner will be Friday, May 14th, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dayton, Ohio. This will be a very special celebration as it is their 25th annual dinner. As in the past, there will be some major door prizes given away. Program details and a list of the prizes will be available on the SWODXA website and blog as soon as both are confirmed. Note they have moved their web site and the new address is:
* Tim, K3LR, Dayton Contest Dinner Chairman, reports: "The North Coast Contesters are proud to announce: 'The 18th Annual Dayton Contest Dinner' 2010 Contest Dinner tickets are on sale now exclusively via our web site. Thanks to Scott, KA9FOX and QTH.com for designing, building and running our web site:
DX MAGAZINE PUBLISHES 2009 MOST WANTED RESULTS
The DX Magazine's "2009 Most Wanted Survey" has been posted on their Web site and published in the latest Jan/Feb 2010 issue. The survey that most DXers go by is now available at:
2009 PREFIX / COUNTRY 2008 2009 PREFIX / COUNTRY 2008 ---- ---------------- ---- ---- ---------------- ---- 1 P5 NORTH KOREA 1 6 VK0H HEARD ISLAND 8 2 KP1 NAVASSA 3 7 FT5W CROZET 9 3 ZS8 MARION ISLAND 5 8 FR/G GLORIOSO 4 4 3Y/B BOUVET 7 9 FT5Z AMSTERDAM 10 5 7O YEMEN 2 10 S. SANDWICH Is. 12Look for a complete breakdown by mode to be published in the March/April 2010 issue.
E5, NORTH COOK ISLANDS (Update)
Richard, AD7AF, currently active as E51WWA from Muri Beach on Rarotonga (OC-013) in the South Cook Islands, has announced that he will be active as E51WWB from Tauhunu Village, Manihiki (OC-014), in the North Cook Islands, February 315th. Activity will be 40-15 meters using mainly CW. SSB and the Digital modes will be used as propagation conditions allow. Also, 80 and 10 meters will be used if conditions are favorable. He will use a K3 operating barefoot into a vertical and wire antennas. QSL via AD7AF.
EF8, CANARY ISLANDS
Operators Luis/EA8AY, Anders/EA8CN, Jeronimo/EA8NC and Anders/SM6CNN will be active as EF8N during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via EA8AY. Visit the contest team's Web page at:
* Visit the European PSK Club (EPC) Web page at: http://eu.srars.org
* Jurij, MM0DFV, reports to look for the European PSK Club (EPC) special station PA30EPC to be active on all bands PSK from South Haolland between now and January 30th. QSL via PA4JB.
* YR5EPC (EPC # 9000) is another new EPC special event station (SES) from Transylvania, Romania. It will be active on PSK on all bands between now and December 31st. QSL manager and station's trustee is Ioan, YO6AJI. Station's location is Floresti, a commune in Cluj County (EU Area RO15). YR5EPC is the 37th EPC official club station. This is another chance to get more points for the ECSA award series. Copy of the licence can be seen at the EPC Club Station's section on their Web site.
FRENCH ANTARCTIC TOUR (Update/Change)
Mehdi, F5PFP (FT5YJ/CE9XX/VP8DLM), reports that the French Antarctic expedition by yacht initially scheduled for 2012 will take place in February-March 2011. The entire trip will last six weeks. There is an opportunity for one last person to join the expedition as amateur radio operator or tourist. For more informations please E-mail him at: email@example.com
Phil, F4EGS, will be joining the International Forces and Non- governmental organizations (NGO) which are working to help the survivors in Haïti after the earthquake. He will be staying around the Port au Prince Airport area. Phil will be taking his FT-100 and a dipole and may be on the air passing ham traffic as HH/F4EGS.
NA-079. Members of the Amateur Radio Outdoor Adventures, Inc., will be activating Grid Square EL84, March 11-15. Activity will be from Fort Jefferson, Garden Key in the Dry Tortugas (USI FL-013S, USA-316, Monroe County, Florida) 72 miles west of Key West. They will have a dedicated satellite station with an Icom 910H and a pair of V/U M2 yagis with ARR preamps, Yaesu 5500 with an LBV Tracker. They will try and hit all the passes that they can. They will have a 12 member team and will be operating 24 hours a day. It was mentioned that they will be on HF also. Callsign was not provided.
NA-116. You may have one more day to work Carlos, TI8II, from San Lucas Island (expected to go QRT on January 18th). Operations began on Friday, January 15th. Activity is on SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via his home callsign.
NA-182. (Operators Needed!) John, VE8EV, is planning for a trip to an island in the Northwest Territories (NWT) in the Inuvik Region East Group in late April. As a SSB only operator, John would like to bring along a good CW operator too. He would also like to have the 2nd operator be able to coordinate a fundraising campaign and not be afraid of a little winter Arctic camping. If interested in participating in this IOTA operation, please contact John at: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit John's Blog page at:
SA-041. (Update) Members of the Araucaria DX Group will activate the 2nd most wanted IOTA group (Maranhao State West Group) in South America as PW8J between June 9-15th. This IOTA group consists of 23 islands, one of these islands is called "Ilha dos Lencois" and it is the location for this DXpedition. According to the group's Web page, 4 experienced DX operators will be on the air around the clock. Operators mentioned are: Ciro/PY7ZY (Team Leader), Fred/PY2XB, Jim/PY7XC and Andre/PY0FF. Lencois Island will be activated for the first time. Likewise, a new DIB and a new Grid Square will be activated (GI78nq). Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via PY7ZY, by the Bureau or direct. For more details, visit their Web page at:
Gaynell, KK4WWW, will be heading back in Dominica for a mission trip and will be active again as J79WWW between January 20th and February 4th. He will be operating from there as much as possible during his free time. QSL via N4USA.
Masa, JA6GXK, will once again be active as JD1BMM from Marcus Island (IOTA OC-073, JIIA OC-073-001) between January 20th and mid-February. Activity is usually on all bands and modes. QSL by the Bureau or direct ((QRZ.com) address).
PLEASE NOTE: A report states that this may be "the last chance to make a QSO with JD1/M" for some time. The Japanese Coast Guard radio station on the island is closing down on December 1st, and the amateur radio club station will close in February.
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (For January 18-24th)
Jan 18 AN SOLAR REFERENCE Jan 19 AN --------------- Jan 20 AN AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET Jan 21 AN HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED Jan 22 AN LN - Low Normal Jan 23 AN Jan 24 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 lessLX, LUXEMBOURG
OH, FINLAND (OPENING FOR WORLD'S NORTHERNMOST CONTEST TEAM, OH8X)
"Far above 60 degrees North in the icy arctic reaches of Northern Finland lies a log house with an original Finnish sauna and cozy sleeping quarters along with the radio station OH8X with its massive antennas springing up from the barren tundra. See www.radioarcala.com Should you like to experience the deep North with its blazing Aurora Borealis coupled with unique polar openings to the United States, this is your chance. Radio Arcala will host four or five younger contest types participating as a multi team in the ARRL DX (CW) Contest on the weekend of February 20-21, 2010. The event will start Thursday evening on the 18th and finish on Monday the 22nd. SSB/WARC operating will also be available on those days, including on a limited scale during the contest weekend.
Your destination will be the city of Oulu from where we will take care of you. Just drop us a note and explain your desire as well as your potential as an operator on a multinational CW team. Send your email to team leader Marius Hauki, LB3HC [email@example.com] and he will give you more details. Please contact Marius soon, but no later than January 30th.
You may also approach your favorite Contest Club and/or contest operators in your area for their expected support in making your trip a reality. You would owe them an adventure report upon your return."
OY6, FAROE ISLANDS
Operators Alex/OZ7AM and Tom/OY3AA will be active as OY6A from Torshavn (EU-018) during the CQ 160-Meter CW Contest (January 29-31st) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via LoTW. Visit the Faroese Radio Amateurs Web page at:
A team will be active from the PA6Z superstation during the CQ 160-Meter CW Contest (January 29-31st) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via PA9M. Visit the PA6Z superstation Web page at:
Tim, NL8F, will be heading to the Pacific again. He will start at Cocos (Keeling) Island (OC-003) between March 310th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, plus 6 meters, and an entry in the ARRL Inter- national DX Phone Contest (March 6-7th). He will be using a vertical antenna. Currently, Tim does not know what his callsign will be (apparently it takes time for the WIA to process callsigns), but he is hoping for VK9COF (or possibly VK9C/NL8A). From Cocos, Tim will then head to the South Cook Islands and once again operate as E51COF from Rarotonga Island (OC-013) between March 2030th. Activity will also be on 80-10 meters. QSL both operations via K8NA.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
NO LONGER P.O. BOX. Corrado, IT9DAA, informs that effective January 1st, rental fees for Post Office Boxes in Italy have raised dramatically. Therefore, all QSL requests should be sent to his home address (QRZ.com): Corrado Ruscica, Via Capitano Salemi 41, 96019 Rosolini SR, Italy.
QSLS VIA LoTW: 3D20CR, 4A1DXXE, 4U64UN, CE2WZ, EI4GXB, F5NMK, G6PZ, IY1Y, JR1NHD, K5D, KH2L, MI0SAI, OK3R, ON4AOI, ON5UQ, P49X, SQ2NNN, UR5FBM, UX5IO, VA3MJR, VA7CRZ, VA7RN, ZP4KFX and ZS2Y
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 4S7EA, 4U1ITU, 5K0T, 5N0OCH, 5W0KH, 5R8IC, 9G5TT, 9G5XX, BA4TB, C4I, C91LW, EP3BN, FS/W6IZT, FT5GA, H44MY, HI3A, IO5O, IV3DXW, J79WW, KL7RA, MS0WRC, ON5CD, OY9JD, P29VCX, P29VLR, SV2ASP/A, T77C, TF4M, TX5SPA, TX5SPM, V88/SM3TLG, VE9DX, VK9GMW, YJ0PX, ZK2DL and ZY0T
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 5R8IC, D68BT, ER4DX, J8/DL7AFS, J8/DJ7ZG, RA9LL, S50O and SX7A
The Nacogdoches Amateur Radio Club (W5NAC) will again hold a special event station in remembrance of the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster on February 1, 2003. The event will occur on Saturday, February 6th. Ham operators from other areas are welcome to attend the event at the McMichael Middle School located in Nacogdoches. If you cannot come to Nacogdoches, listen for the special event station on 20 or 40 meters. Operation will begin at 0800 CST (1400z) and end at 1500 CST (2100z). They plan to operate on 7200 and 14270 kHz, plus or minus QRM. The local VHF repeater 146.84, negative offset, 141.3 PL, will be monitored as a talk-in channel.
SV/A, MOUNT ATHOS
Kostas, SV1DPI, provided some interesting news from Monk Apollo, SV2ASP, this past week. First he reports about some PIRATE operations and that Monk Apollo was NOT active on January 12th at all. So do not send QSL cards. He also mentions that some activity by PIRATES takes place after he goes off the air for 20-30 min. So beware of this. Kostas states that Monk Apollo's favorite mode is RTTY because it is more quiet and doesn't disturb the other monks. He is expected to be active on 160m RTTY (1838-1840 kHz), on 80m (around 3580 kHz), on 40m (7038 kHz) and 30m (10140 kHz). Activity usually takes place during his free time around 1700-2100z. He can be active during other times, so watch the bands and don't forget that his time is always very limited. Monk Apollo does update his QRZ.com site from time to time. For more info on him, see:
T32, EAST KIRIBATI ISLANDS
Don, G3BJ, will be returning to the Pacific and will be active as T32BJ from Christmas Island (OC-024) between January 2026th. Activity will be holiday style with a focus on the low bands, Europe and CW only. QSL via his home callsign.
Jim, WA2EWE, will be active T6AF from Kabul during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. When Jim can find time, you can usually look for him on RTTY or PSK on 20 or 17 meters. He was heard this past Friday on 20m RTTY. QSL via LoTW, eQSL or WA2EWE by the Bureau or direct.
TC2010, TURKEY (Special Event/Update)
Members of the Turkish group called TCSWAT (TC Special Wireless Activity Team) activated the special callsigns TC2010CCE (European side), TC2010CCA (Asian Side) and TC2010CCI (Island side) this past weekend. The following schedule was released for upcoming operations:
March 20-22nd TC2010PSG August 28-31st TC2010WBC May 28-30th TC2010CC (..) September 1-5th TC2010WBC June 4-6th TC2010RKM September 10-12th TC2010RH July 1-4th TC2010DHO TC2010AH July 8-10th TC2010VS September 24-26th TC2010IDO July 30-31st TC2010IIM October 2-8th TC2010CC (..) August 14-15th TC2010LT December 10-12th TC2010GTFor more detailed information on these special events and their relevant awards, please the following Web pages:
Members of the Club Central D'Amateur Radio Scouts Tunisien (CAST) and the Radio Club of Tunisian Scouts (3V8ST) will be active with a special callsign TS8RW between January 18th and February 14th. Activity is to celebrate the "Ariana Rover Scout Leader" (ARSL) organized event called ROVER WEEK. This is an activity for adults (Rover Scout Leader) which include amateur radio workshops, cultural activities and conferences on "Radio Scouting - Service for Others".
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