OPDX Bulletin 956 April 19, 2010

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 956
BID: $OPDX.956
April 19, 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, N1DG, NJ1Q, NG3K & ADXO, N4AA & QRZ DX, W5KNE, KH6BZF, K7VL, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX (60m News), K9AU, N0RC, Algarve STAR DX Team, AT International, DK0ZAB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World.Net, EA3RKR, F5NQL & UFT, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3SWH, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IZ2LSC, OE1ZKC, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, PT7WA, RSGB IOTA Web Site, SP2QCW, UT5UY, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE2EBK, VE8EV, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and VK2HV for the following DX information.

The Chinese Radio Sports Association (CRSA) has asked that the frequencies 7050 and 7060 kHz be kept clear for emergency traffic following a devastating earthquake in the Yu Shu district, Quinghai Province.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 11-April, through Sunday, 18th-April there were 222 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J5, J6, J7, JA, 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, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T2, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK2, ZL, ZL8, ZL9, 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).

4U10, AUSTRIA (Special Event)
The Vienna International Amateur Radio Club (4U1VIC) will activate special event callsign 4U10NPT between May 1-31st. Activity is to promote the "2010 Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons" (NPT). QSL via OE1ZKC. For DXCC or other award purposes, it shall be counted as the same as 4U1VIC. For the detail of the conference, please refer to the following URL address: http://www.un.org/en/conf/npt/2010/

Russell, G5XW, is to be active as 9H3XW from Malta (IOTA EU-023, MIA MM-001, WLOTA LH-1113) between June 12-19th. Activity will be on the HF bands using SSB (no set times or frequencies). QSL via his home callsign, direct only (QRZ.com).

After his activity from Kuching, East Malaysia (QRT April 20th), look for Mirek, VK6DXI, to be active as 9M8DX/2 from Kuala Lumpur between April 20-23rd and 26-29th, and then from Tioman Island (AS-046) between April 24-26th. Activity will be focused on 30/17/12 meters CW. QSL via SP5UAF, by the Bureau or direct.

AO, SPAIN (Special Event - Europe Day)
Look for special event stations AO1EU, AO2EU, AO3EU, AO4EU, AO5EU, AO6EU, AO7EU, AO8EU, and AO0EU to be active from May 1-20th. Activity is to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Robert Schuman proposal (on May 9, 1950) for the creation of an organized Europe, under peace and harmony. In addition, this year coincides with the Spanish Presidency of the EU. The EA Digital Federation, a member of the European Organization for Amateur Radio (EURAO), wants to help to contribute in the spreading of this common area of coexistence called Europe. All contacts with the above stations are good for the EANET Diploma. Details available at:


Members of the DARC in Dessau (DK0ZAB) will be active as DK0ZAB/p from the Nature Reserve/Biosphere "Flusslandschaft Elbe" (DLFF-024) between 0900z April 24th, and 1800z April 25th. They will operate mainly CW and SSB on the HF bands using 100 watts and wire and vertical antennas. Look for them on the WFF frequencies. QSL via DK0ZAB, by the Bureau or direct.

DVD VIDEO REVIEWED BY EDITOR TEDD MIRGLIOTTA, KB8NW (K4M - Midway Atoll: "Stepping Stone of the Pacific")

***** Five Star Rating
- If you are big fan of James Brooks, 9V1YC, DXpedition videos, than you are going to want to add this one to your collection. This video is probably his best video yet. As in all of his videos, James provides you with great cinematography of the island and a story of the DXpedition. The video starts with the K4M DXpedition team waiting to leave the Hawaiian Islands, but was delayed due to mechanical problems with their chartered aircraft. However, after a few days, the team was able to leave for Midway and only lost a few days of their operating time. During the DXpedition antenna setup, you will see the K4M team taking great care and extreme measures in protecting the birds on the island. No Yagis were used. Only verticals were used under the request/advisement of the U.S. Forest and Wildlife Service.

Naturally, the video shows the K4M operating during the DXpedition, but the video also provides interesting details on the history of Midway Atoll and how the U.S. Forest and Wildlife Service was able to take control and make it into a reserve in 1988 to protect the wildlife on the island. Interviews with the members of the K4M team and individuals from U.S. Forest and Wildlife Service also provided interesting details about Midway. Operating/living conditions on the island - air conditioning, a bar, three meals a day from a cafeteria, scenic views from the window, InterNet access, cable TV -- WHAT! Are they staying at the Hilton? James also provides video from many different views/loctaions on the island (old air force base and hangers, old ham shack, interesting stuff/junk left behind by the military, beaches, abandoned buildings..etc). I do not want to spoil it with any more details. Buy the video! It is 44 minutes of great PBS quality video that you will enjoy, and it is now available for 25.00 USDs. To order yours today, go to:


Val, RD3AF, will be active as EF8M from Santa Maria de Guia, Las Palmas Gran Canaria (AF-004, DIE S-005, WLOTA L 0969), during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/ High-Power entry. QSL via UA3DX.

Alberto, IW1PRT, will be active as HB0/IW1PRT/QRP between April 30th and May 1st. He usually operates on 160-10 meters including 30/17/12 meters. QSL via his Manager IZ1MKR by EURAO Bureau.

HF2010, POLAND (Special Event)
Piotr, SP2QCW, is now active as HF2010WECK (prefix first time used) until June 30th. Activity is to celebrate the "World Enduro Championship in Kwidzyn (June 2010)". Operations will be on all bands and all modes. QSNs show activity this past weekend was on 30/20/17 meters using RTTY and PSK. QSL via SP2QCW (See info on (QRZ.com)).

AS-008. Members of the Tokyo Dental College will be active as JA1YUC/1 from Nii Island between May 1­4th. Activity will be on all bands and modes. Operators mentioned are: Kanichi/JE1SCF, JG4IQC and JF1QQR. QSL via JA1YUC, by the Bureau is preferred.

EU-042. Operators Jens/DK8MIL, Thomas/DK9BTX, Mathias/DJ9MD and Jan/ DK7JAN will be active as DF0TM from Amrum Island (GIA N-018, WLOTA LH-2464) between April 23-26th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via the DARC bureau. If you need a direct QSL, please send a SAE and the right postage (the equivalent of 1.70 EUR or two IRCs [preferred]) to: Jens Sasse, Muhlenfeldstr. 8, D-28832 Achim, Germany.

EU-110. A team of Italian operators will be active as 9A/homecall from St. Nikola Island, Croatia, between May 28th and June 2nd. Operators mentioned are: Giovanni/I2OGV, Ivano/I2RFJ, Giuseppe/I2ZBX, Diego/IZ2AMV and Andrea/IZ2LSC. The team has chosen to activate this island because, according to the RSGB IOTA statistics, only 51% of ham participants to the program have received the accreditation for EU-110. Their goal is to contact as many operators as possible. They will be active on the HF band (80-6m) using CW, SSB and RTTY, with 3 or 4 stations on the air. Their plans will try to keep 1 station active 24 hours. They will try to stay around IOTA frequencies. Suggested frequencies are:
     CW - 3530, 7030, 10114, 14040, 18098, 21040, 24920 and 28040
     SSB - 3765, 7055/7155, 14260, 18128, 21260, 24950 and 28560/28460
QSL via the operators home callsign, by the Bureau or direct (send to the (QRZ.com) address). For direct cards, please include a SAE and sufficient return postage [Europe 1 USD, Outside Europe 2 USDs]. Please DO NOT send IRCs. QSL cards not compliant with this policy will be returned via Bureau. For more info and online logs, go to:


EU-114. Kevan, 2E0WMG, will be active as 2U0WMG/P from Herm Island, Guernsey, between June 1-17th. Activity will be on 80/40/20/ 17/15 meters SSB. Herm is quite interesting as there are no less than four WAB squares on the Island (North East WV48, North West WV38, South East WV47 and South West WV37). Kevan like everyone who visits this island, may have restrictions as to where he can operate from but is hoping to try and activate all the WAB areas on the island. This trip is ahead of a possible larger scale trip next year with a few operators. QSL via his home callsign 2E0WMG.

EU-120. Kevan, 2E0WMG, will be active from Lundy Island between June 5-8th. Activity will be on 80/40/20/17/15 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign 2E0WMG.

EU-129. Helmut, DL7VOX, will be active as DL7VOX/p from Usedom Island (GIA O-13) and its lighthouse (Admiralty C2867.1, ARLHS FED-359, WLOTA LH-1640) between April 22nd and May 11th. Activity will be mainly CW on the HF bands, using 100 watts and wire antennas. QSL via DL7VOX, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-141. Operators Helmut/DL5DSM and Bernhard/DL9UBF will be active as LA/homecall from Vardo Island (WLOTA LH-0106) between May 5-10th. Activity will be on the HF bands using SSB, 100 watts and vertical antennas. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-172. A group of the Belgian UBA Section Diest operators will be active from Langeland Island, Denmark, between May 12-18th. Activity will be on all HF bands. QSL via ON4AMM. Operators mentioned are: Dominic/ON4AZP, Michel/ON4CAQ, Francois/ON6VP, Herman/ON7FH and Maurice/ON7KS.

NA-128. Members of the NA-128 Contest Group will activate the special callsign XL2I from Isle-aux-Coudres (CISA QC-009, Grid FN47, ARLHS CAN 234), Quebec, to commemorate the 475th anniversary of the arrival of the explorer Jacques Cartier between July 23-25th. Look for many stations to be active at the same time. Activity will be on all bands 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY/PSK31. During the IOTA Contest, a station will be dedicated to the contest exclusively on SSB and CW. QSL via VE2CQ, direct or by the Bureau.
SPECIAL ISLAND NOTE: NA-128 is made up of more than 45 islands, rocks and smaller reefs and more than half of them are accessible for future NA-128 expeditions.

NA-182. (Update) John, VE8EV, is expected to be active from Greens Island in the Northwest Territories (NWT) in the Inuvik Region East Group until April 20th. Remember, he is using a very rare prefix and is signing CK8G. Activity has been mainly on 20 meters SSB. Updated information can be found at:


OC-130. Maarten "Moj", PA3GZU, will be active as DU9/PA3GZU from Mindanao Island (WLOTA LH-2803), Philippines, between July 11th and August 7th. Activity will be holiday style with operations mainly on 20 meters and possibly 40/15/10 meters depending on the conditions using CW, SSB and BPSK31. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau is preferred. There will be a delay but received QSL cards will get answered. DO NOT use surface mail without return postage coverage.

OC-164. Members of the Hills Amateur Radio Group (VK6AHR) will be active from Rottnest Island (WLOTA LH-2197) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th). Operators mentioned are: Marty/ VK6FDX, Heath/VK6TWO and Martin/VK6ZMS. Activity will be on all HF bands. QSL VK6AHR by the Bureau, or direct (QRZ.com).

SA-023. If you worked PY6RT/p this past weekend, the operations were from Itaparica Island. QSL via the home callsign.


 Apr  19    AN          SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS
 Apr  20    AN          --------------------
 Apr  21    AN          BN - Below Normal
 Apr  22    AN          AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET
 Apr  23    AN          LN - Low Normal
 Apr  24    AN          HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED
 Apr  25    AN          DIS  - Disturbed
                        VDIS - Very Disturbed

   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
OX, GREENLAND (Update to OPDX.951)
Reid, N0RC, now active as OX/K0KU from Thule, Greenland (NA-018), announnced this past week on the AMSAT mail list that he will be changing his QTH. He states, "Although I am scheduled to be in Thule until April 23rd, there is a chance I could leave as early as April 21st. I will be going to Wallops Island, VA, to put our radar equipment on a P-3 aircraft and do flight tests. I will be returning to Greenland on May 1st (although there is talk that it will be pushed back to May 4th). I will be in Sondrestrom, grid GP47pa, for two weeks before returning to Thule for two more weeks around May 18th. Thanks to everyone that has tried to work me. You've made this trip a lot of fun!"

Reid operates the HF bands, including 10m if it is open. If 10m is open, Reid will be giving out his 10-10 number upon request. Also, Reid operates on the satellites, activating grid FQ56 during his time on Thule. He will be limited to FM birds with a VHF uplink. Satellite operation is also dependent on the BMEWS radar system not interfering with the UHF downlink. Reid will upload his log to ClubLog.org, LoTW and Eqsl. QSL direct or by the Bureau via N0RC.
ADDED NOTE BY REID: "Since I will be operating in my spare time, I cannot give a predictable schedule. I plan on sending out an announcement before I go on the air through a google group page with planned times, bands and modes of operation for that day. People can sign up by going to:


Members of the Ukrainian DXpeditioners Team (UDXT) have announced their new project "PACIFIC ODYSSEY 2010" to take place between mid-May and early June. Alex, UT5UY, informs OPDX that "preparations for the forthcoming Pacific Odyssey DXpedition are going fine." The UDXT members include the following: Sergey/UX0HX (Team Leader), Oleg/RK3FA, Alex/UT5UY, Yuriy/UT1HF, Oleg/US7UX, Leo/UR3HR and Yuriy Grushevskiy/SWL. Activity will take place from the following islands on all bands and modes as:
Samoa (5W) - Between May 18-19th; callsign 5W0OX; Reference numbers are: CQ­32, ITU­62 and IOTA OC­097.

Central Kiribati (T31) - Between May 22nd and June 1st; callsigns are T31X and T31UR; Reference numbers are: CQ­31, ITU­62 and IOTA OC­043.

Tokelau (ZK3) - Between June 2-6th; callsign ZK3X; Reference numbers are: CQ­31, ITU­62 and IOTA OC­048.

The UDXT members state (edited), "The running of the DXpedition to a remote Pacific Islands is always very expensive. We invite organizations and individuals to make the donation towards the cost of this unique operation." For more information please visit the DXpedition's Web site at:


A6WAD via IZ8CLM. Activity was by the Emirates Amateur Radio Society (A62ER) in U.A.E. to celebrate "World Amateur Radio Day" on April 18th.

Algarve STAR DX Team reports that the logs for the recent CR6A Odeleite DAM Island are now available online at: http://algarvedx.com CR6A valid for DIA AI-36.

Phil, G3SWH/AD5YS, reports that he has replied to all the direct QSL requests for VK9X/G6AY received to date and they have now been mailed.



QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: None reported this week!!

Vlad, RA9LR, will be active as S79LR from Desroches Island (AF-033) between May 1-7th, and from Mahe Island (AF-024) between May 8-10th. Activity will be mainly on the low bands using 100 watts into DX-88 vertical, operating CW, RTTY, PSK63 and some SSB. He plans to possibly be in the ARI International DX Contest (May 1-2nd), Alessandro Volta RTTY DX Contest (May 8-9th) and CQ-M International DX Contest (May 8-9th). Listen for operator to announce QSL route.

Robert, S53R, will be active as ST2AR from Khartoum during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via S53R.

T2, TONGA (Update/Pacific Tour Continues)
Hugh, K6HFA, is on his third leg of his South Pacific tour (see OPDX.948 / 950) and is now active as T2A until April 21st. Activity will be on CW, SSB and possibly RTTY using 100 watts into a multi-band vertical antenna (for 80-15m). Look for him on the IOTA frequencies or possibly other frequencies. Hugh plans to call by areas (EU, NA, SA, ASIA... etc..) per propagation. QSL via K6HFA. His next stop will be Fiji (3D2) between April 23-26th, activating IOTA OC-016 or OC-156.

The Southern Line Islands operators were active as T32SI from Starbuck Island (IOTA OC-280) for three days and are now headed to Christmas Island. For more details and updates, visit the T32 Southern Line Islands DXpedition's Web page at:


T8, PALAU (OC-009)
Mike, KM9D (ex-V63MY), has received the callsign T88CF for operating. No activity has been reported yet. Length of stay is unknown. QSL via OM2SA.

Leslie, W2LPL, will be active as V26LPL between April 26-30th. Activity will be on 20 meters using 100 watts. He states, "Rig is a FT-857 using a vertical antenna as I watch the waves crashing on the beach." QSL via W2LPL.

Members of the "Micro-lite Penguins DXpedition Team" are expected to be active from here next year between January 27th and February 8th, 2011. The full official announcement is expected during the 2010 International DX Convention at Visalia, CA. The current announced team members are: Ralph/K9ZO, Tom/ND2T, James/9V1YC, Ralph/K0IR, Don/N1DG, Wes/W3WL, Mike/N6MZ, Max/I8NHJ, George/N4GRN, Jerry/WB9Z, Lew/W7EW, Ward/N0AX and John/VE3EJ. QSL Manager is Garry, VE3XN. For details about the South Orkney Islands, bios on all the operators and possible updates, visit the DXpedition's Web page at:

LAST MINUTE UPDATE: Official Announcement Dated 17 April, 2010, from the Visalia International DX Convention --
"The Microlite Penguins DXpedition team will be activating the South Orkney Islands (DXCC VP8/O, IOTA AN-008) from January 27 to February 8, 2011. Safe and reliable Antarctic transportation has been secured by the experienced RV Braveheart, and activity will be on all HF bands 160m-10m using SSB, CW and RTTY.

Operators will be K9ZO, ND2T, 9V1YC, K0IR, N1DG, N0AX, W3WL, N6MZ, I8NHJ, N4GRN, WB9Z, W7EW and VE3EJ. This will be the team's fourth time activating an entity in the Antarctic region and fifth DXpedition overall.

You may recognize most of the callsigns from the group's past operations, but we've also added several new members to the team, all of whom have been on DXpeditions to some of the world's rarest entities.

Those who have enjoyed our operations over the last 8 years may recall that our methods and philosophy are somewhat different from other DX- peditions. Though our overall goal is still to provide a new DXCC entity on as many bands and modes as possible, we also strive to increase the fun factor by focusing on operational simplicity and radio skill.

In the past we kept the Microlite Penguins DXpeditions non-commercial and confined the financial burden to ourselves and a single sponsor, the NCDXF. But today, with the astronomical cost of Antarctic travel and a budget approaching US$300,000, this single-sponsor approach is no longer a reality. To make this DXpedition happen, we must break our tradition and ask for support of the entire amateur radio community. All financial support, no matter what the amount will be welcome. We have even set up a website where DXers, clubs and foundations can donate online:

It is the support and encouragement of the DX community that will make this exciting Antarctic adventure a success. We hope that you, personally, can be a part of this adventure, share the excitement with us, and help bring the Microlite Penguins to the airwaves once again.

73 and see you on the bands.
The Microlite Penguins DXpedition Team"
The YI9PSE is now QRT with a total of 50401 QSOs with 19396 unique callsigns in the log. They made 22763/SSB, 24181/CW and 3457/RTTY QSOs. QSL via N6NKT. For more details, see:

Bob, G4DBW, will be active as ZD8RH until April 20th. Activity is mostly CW on 80-10 meters. QSL via LoTW or to G4DBW.

Sam, W5CU, will be active as ZF2CU between May 1-8th. Activity will be on 40/30/20 meters using mostly CW. QSL via his home callsign.

It was announced this past week that due to business commitments, Joerg, DL8WPX, had to cancel his participation in the upcoming ZL8X DXpedition. The DXpedition has added a new team member - Andree, DL8LAS. For information about this DXpedition, visit the ZL8X Web page at:


Bernie, ZS4TX, will be active as ZS9X during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??) entry. QSL via LoTW.

By the time you read this Pierre, ZS1HF, will be on Marion Island (AF-021). The supply ship's ("SA Agulha") is located here:

Please remember that Pierre will not be active for a few weeks as ZS8M (not until the ship leaves for Cape Town -- He states, "I hope to be established & operational by the 5th of May). Pierre will be on the island for one year and activity will be mainly SSB and Digital (He states, "Sorry, no CW".). A Web page is now online, but is still under construction. Pierre told OPDX a few weeks ago that he will have access to the InterNet on the island. Watch the following Web page for updates:
UPDATE: Pierre, ZS1HF/ZS8M, reports (edited): "I arrived on Marion Island on April 15th, but will be operating as ZS1HF/P until the ship leaves for Cape Town. I have too much work to complete in the field before the ship leaves and operating ZS8M just places too much pressure on me. I will try and monitor 14.240 during the day, if and when I am in the base. Keep watching this site (QRZ.com)! 73 Pierre ZS1HF/ZS8M"

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