The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 967
July 12, 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, W1ASB, KH2AR/W4, NG3K & ADXO, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5YY, K7CWQ, K8YSE, W8GEX (60m News), ND9M/VQ9JC, W0SD, 9A2JK, AT Inter- national, CT1EHX, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World.Net, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HP1AC, HS0ZCW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IT9EJW, LA4FPA, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, TA0U, TA1HZ, VE3LYC, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and VK3PC for the following DX information.
SPECIAL NOTE FROM EDITOR
This week's bulletin was very difficult to put together since I had to do it remotely from an EZ-Chair in my living room. Operation on my knee on Thursday was worse than expected. I am currently wearing an immobilizer on my right leg and "trying" my best to move around on crutches without putting weight on the right leg. NOT EASY. Hopefully, the immobilizer will be removed late Wednesday.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 4th-July, through Sunday, 11th-July there were 207 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, 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, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, 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, S0, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V5, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS, ZS8
* 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).
Alan, 5B4AHJ, will celebrate his 50th anniversary as a licensed radio amateur on October 25th. To celebrate, Alan will be active as 5B50J between October 25th, for one year until October 25th, 2011. Activity will be on CW and SSB. QSL via 5B4AHJ and LoTW.
Franck, F4DBJ, will once again be active as 5R8HT from Ivato between September 5th and November 28th. Activity will be on 80/40 meters (using a W3DZZ antenna) and on 20/15/10 meters using a vertical antenna and only using 100 watts. QSL via his home callsign.
Look for special event station 9A10P (Nine Alpha ONE ZERO Papa) to be active through the end of the year to celebrate the city of Djurdjevac. A special QSL will be issued, and all of the QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the Bureau.
Operators Olaf/DL4HG and Holger/DL5XAT will be active from Gozo Island (EU-023) between November 23-30th. They plan to be active as 9H3TX during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) as a Multi-2 entry. They will be using only 100 watts and vertical antennas. QSL via DL5XAT.
9Q, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO (Special Event)
If you missed working Patrick, ON4HIL, as 9Q50ON this past week, don't worry. Patrick will help the locals in Kinshasa to get their club station on the air to activate and assist them in making their first QSOs as 9Q50AR. This is another special event callsign to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the independence of the Democratic Republic Congo. This callsign will be aired by different local operators until the end of 2010. It is suggested to PLEASE be patient with these operators as some may not be skilled enough to handle huge pile ups. A QSL Manager is expected to be announced soon.
C5, THE GAMBIA
Members of the Czech and Slovak OM0C Contest Crew have announced another DXpedition to The Gambia to take place between November 18th and December 1st. They plan to renew the callsigns from their previous DXpedition, C50C or C52C used in The Gambia 2007, the greatest Slovak expedition of its kind ever. The special callsign C5A will be reserved for the CQWW DX CW Contest. The team members of The Gambia 2010 DXpedition are: Rich OK8WW/OM2TW, Jiri/OK1RI, Joe/OM5AW, Norbert/OM6NM, Roman/OM2RA, Jiri/ OK1DO, Lada/OK1DIX, Petr/OK1FFU and Vlada/OK1NY. For more details and updates, visit their Web at:
CS29, PORTUGAL (Special Event)
Look for special event station, CS29MR, to be on the air between July 12-18th, to celebrate the 29th International Motorcycle Concentration Faro. Activity will be on 80/40/30/20/17/15/12/ 10/6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Operators mentioned are: Jose/CT1EHX, Joao/CT1FNT, Toze/CT1GFK, Goncalo/CT1GPQ, Miguel/CT1IUA, Rui/CT2IHP, Carlos/CT2HTN and Pedro/CT2JMW. QSL via CT1EHX. More information on (QRZ.com).
DU, PHILIPPINES (Update)
Gerard, F2JD, who is back to Manilla for the next 5 months or so, was signing DU1/G0SHN, but has renewed his licence and is now signing DU1/F2JD. He plans to be active on all bands and modes. He will also try to activate some of the IOTA islands while there. QSL via F6AJA. The log will be available online at:
DX0, SPRATLY ISLANDS (Update)
Jim Linton/VK3PC, DX0DX Public Affairs, reported to OPDX on July 9th: "DX0DX DXpedition 2011 Spratly Islands - Update report 10 July 2010 - (edited) The Team headed by Chris Dimitrijevic, VK3FY, continues to work towards completing a range of matters mainly related to the logistics that go with such a large and prolonged DXpedition on a remote island.
A multi-national group of up to 30 amateur radio operators from eleven countries will reach Thitu Island in the South China Sea by boat in three dedicated teams to put DX0DX on air January 6-24th, 2011.
In the past week with a change in local government leadership on the island, Chris, VK3FY, reports it has been re-assuring that the level of support and encouragement from officials remains strong.
The appointed DX0DX QSL Manager is Bob Schenck, N2OO, who has a very good track record in handling the QSLing for more than 100 DXpeditions.
In early online polling on the DX0DX website www.dx0dx.net of the DX community on the mode that DX0DX is wanted was fairly evenly divided between SSB (37%), CW (35%) and RTTY (28%), and there's an even spread of band preference 160m to 10m.
So far the VHF & UHF bands rate poorly, but undoubtedly when DX0DX has propagation it will be in great demand. The chosen HF, VHF & UHF frequencies appear on the DXpedition website. For those interested in 6m, a propagation beacon will run on 50.090MHz when the band is closed.
With six months to go before DX0DX gets on air, Chris, VK3FY, reports that steady progress is being made to seek further sponsorship and funding support. It is hoped more announcements will be made in coming months.
To date the corporate sponsors are ICOM America, SteppIR, Spiderbeam, WX0B Array Solutions, Ham Radio Outlet, and Heil Sound. It is hoped to be able make more announcements in coming months.
The DX0DX Team acknowledges the financial support already received from individual radio amateurs Brad/WA6JJB, Paul/N6PSE, Marc/DO4DXA, Maurice/ N4LZ, Vic/W4VIC, Ken/N5TY, Allan/VK2CA, Paul/VK2HV, Scotty/KG9Z and Clay/K7HC.
Support has also been given by the IARU Region 3 member society Philippine Amateur Radio Association (PARA), DXWORLD.NET, and ClubLog.ORG."
Look for HS0AC to be on 6 meters for the CQ World Wide VHF Contest (July 17-18th).
Alain, F5LMJ, will be I5/F5LMJ from Oscane between July 17-24th and I3/F5LMJ from Venetia until July 31st. He will be mostly on CW and the Digital modes during his evenings or early mornings operating on 80-10 meters. QSL via his home callsign or LoTW.
AS-139. You only have a few more days to work Xizhu, BH7NLD, as BH7NLD/7 from Weizhou Island, in the Guangxi Autonomous Region Group. He is expected to be there until July 13th. Activity takes place between 0200-1400z on the following suggested frequencies: 7055, 14260, 21200, 28460, 29600 (FM) and 50110 kHz. He will run not more than 10 watts using an IC-703 Transceiver and a 10 meter GP antenna. QSL direct to his home callsign with SASE or IRC. Visit his Web page at:
AS-159. Ozer, TA2RC, will be active as TC0T from Kefken Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Mixed/24HR entry. He will use a full size tribander and low band verticals. QSL via TA2RC. If any support, category may be Multi-Op/High- Power with a team callsign.
EU-048. Jean Marc, F5SGI, will be active as F5SGI/p from Belle Ile en Mer between July 17-27th. Activity will be mainly CW and also include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-056. Erling, LA4FPA, will be active from Vigra Island between July 18th and August 2nd. Activity will be on HF (20/10 meters) and 6 meters. He will also be active on the birds (FO-29, AO-51, HO-68, and possibly VO-52). Grid Locators are JP22 and JP32. He will try to be on as many passes as possible. QSL via his callsign.
EU-064. Members of the Provins ARC (F6KOP) will once again be active as TM7C from Noirmoutier Island during the next RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) as a Multi-Op/Mixed/24H/Island/Low-Power entry. Operators mentioned are: Bernard/F9IE, Frank/F4AJQ, Terry/F4TTR, Gaston/F8IJ, Sam/F6AML, John/F5VHQ, Bruno/F5AGB and Maurice/F5NQL. The TM7C team hopes to be World Champion for the 5th time. QSL Manager is Flo, F5CWU.
EU-068. Operators Nikola/YT2WW, Michel/F1SRC, Jean-Francois/F6DZD, Remi/F0GHK, Alain/SWL and Bastien/F4EYQ will be active as TM5KD from Sein Island between July 22-27th. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th). Look for them to have operations on CW, PSK31 and VHF activities outside of the contest. QSL via F5KKD. For more details and updates, go to:
EU-121. Members of the Galway Radio Experimenters Club (EI4GRC) and the Shannon Basin Radio Club (EI2SBC) will be on the air from Inishbofin Island for the RSGB IOTA Contest using the callsign of EJ3Z. Inishbofin is a small island 9KM off the west coast (53.37 North - 10.14 West) Ireland. On the days leading up to the contest, members will be active using their own callsigns on HF and VHF. Also watch out for EJ4GRC. Inishbofin's Grid Square is IO43vo. Operators mentioned are: EI9HX, EI4CF, EI6GGB, EI2EO, EI3HA, EI6IB, EI8IH, EI7JK, EI5GT, EI3ER, EI7DMB, EI4AL and EI2II. More information on the island is available on:
EU-146. Operators Peter/ON4TO, Ronny/ON6CQ, Noel/ON4APU and Gianni/ON3TO will be active as PA/OQ4T from Schouwen Duiveland during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th). QSL via LoTW or by the Bureau via ON4TO.
EU-166. Operators Afio/IT9EJW, Giovanni/IT9GAC, Francesco/IT9JQY, Andrea/IT9RKR, Sebastiano/IT9RYJ, Eugenio/IT9VKY, Eugenio/ IW9BCW, Davide/IW9GUR, Angelo/IW9HLM and Andrea/IW9HQP will will be active as IT9EJW/P from Lachea Island (IIA CT-002) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th). QSL via IT9EJW. For more detailed information, go to:
NA-014. Operators Kevin/VE9MY and Linda/VE9GLF will be active from Barnes Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) as a Multi-Op entry. This is a new CISA. QSL via their home callsign.
NA-083. Operators Eric/WG3J, Jeff/N3QO, Harry/K3HVC, Will/KD3FA, Nicholas/N3NAH and Tom/W4NGW will be active as K3I from Tangier Island (grid FM-27), VA., in the Chesapeake Bay during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via N3QO, LoTW and eQSL.
NA-136. Adam, W1ASB, will be active as W1ASB/P from Shea Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th). Activity will be on 80-10 meters. Look for more possible information on (QRZ.com).
NA-139. Stan, N2US, will be active as N2US/3 from Assateague Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) as a Single-Op/ 12 HR/Mixed/Low-Power entry. Operations will take place from the Maryland side/no Lighthouse. QSL via LoTW, direct or by the Bureau.
NA-143. Leslie, AD5WB, will active from Galveston Island in the Texas State East Group during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Phone/12HR/Fixed-Station/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW, EQSL or direct.
NA-208. After his eventful trip to East Pen Island (NA-231), Cezar, VE3LYC, will travel again to the Canadian Arctic, this time attempting to activate the Nunavut (Kitikmeot Region) East IOTA Group, NA-208 (CQ Zone 2). This group has only been on the air once, 15 years ago, and is on the Most Wanted List, in demand by 89% of the chasers. For this project Cezar retained the services of local guides and applied for VY0X callsign, aiming to operate for up to 3 days, between approximately August 11-14th. The island he will operate from will be decided on site, to ensure unobstructed propagation to various regions around the world. Cezar reminds everyone that weather conditions and safety concerns can affect the outcome of this project. At this time he is looking for donors who understand and appreciate the nature of his attempt and wish to join in the effort. Support is welcome via PayPal at: email@example.com
OC-066. Alain, FO5RH, is expected to once again be active from Tatakoto Island, Tuamotu Archipelago, French Polynesia, starting July 11th. He will operate as TX5TES and stay on the island until July 25th. This is to coincide with a total solar eclipse which will be best seen over the Pacific that day. QSL via F6CTL.
K7, UNITED STATES (Satellite Grids to be Activated!)
Loren, K7CWQ, will be camping at Cultus Lake, Oregon, between July 10-16th and will be activating grid square CN93. He states that he will try to work as many passes as he can on AO-51, AO-27, SO-50, SO-67 and HO-68. Please advise him via E-mail if you need a card at: firstname.lastname@example.org
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (For July 12-18th)
Jul 12 AN-HN SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS Jul 13 HN-AN -------------------- Jul 14 AN BN - Below Normal Jul 15 AN AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET Jul 16 AN LN - Low Normal Jul 17 AN HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED Jul 18 AN DIS - Disturbed VDIS - Very Disturbed 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 lessPACIFIC TOUR (Correction/Update)
PJ4, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES (Press Release)
"The W7XU team of Ed/W0SD, Doc/W7XU, and XYLs Edith/W0OE and Holly/N0QJM and Johan/ON4IQ are headed for Bonaire (SA-006 and WLOTA L1279) for the "2011" 6 meter sporadic E season DXpedition. It is expected that this will be a new DXCC entity by then. The operation is scheduled from mid-June to July 5th, 2011. Most of the plans have already been completed."
QSL INFO AND NEWS
ZX8W (SA-060) logs are now available online at:
QSLS VIA LoTW: 3D2KJ, F5CQ, FO8RZ, GJ4FDM, IR4M, IT9MUO, JT5DX, KG6DX, KH2L, KP2M, LP2F, NP2KW, P49Y, RA0FU, TF3PPN, W3LPL, YL5T and YN2GY
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3W6C, 4Z4UR, 5B/UT0U, 6W/HA0NAR, 6Y3Z, A92GR, CR1Z, E21YDP, EW2MA, JA6ZPR, JY4CI, K5S, LZ9W, OA4TT, S57DX, SG3U, TX3A, V84PMB, V85/JJ8DEN, VQ9RD and YI9PSE
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 5K4T, 5K8T, FO/DJ7RJ, TO8YY, V31YN/P and YW8AJ
TC90, TURKEY (Special Key)
A group of Turkish radio amateurs from TRAC Manisa Branch will be working as TC90AA to commemorate the 90th anniversary of "Anadolu Ajansi". Operations will take place during the month of July, 2010. The "Anadolu Agency" (AA)(Turkish: Anadolu Ajansi) is the Turkish state news agency commissioned with producing news releases pertaining to the country. The agency was set up on April 6, 1920, by Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, the founder of the Turkish Republic during the Turkish War of Independence, and is the biggest news agency of Turkey. During July 2010, TRAC Manisa Branch will be operating on all HF bands using CW, SSB and BPSK31 modes during the celebration.
The main operators will be: Urcun/TA0U (SSB), Tevfik/TA1HZ (PSK), Serkan/TA2JN (SSB), Mehmet/TA3EV (SSB/PSK), Nuri/TA3X (CW), Bahattin/TB3BO, Hamdi/TB3GA and Turgay/TB3IT. QSL via the Bureau or to TA3KO Manisa Branch. More details are available on (QRZ.com).
TI, COSTA RICA (Youth DX Adventure 2010)
Operators from Ohio, Kansas and Colorado will be heading here between July 15-19th, as a team of youth operators and guardians to be on the air. This DX Adventure was created to give young hams an opportunity to experience HF-DXing from the other side of a pileup, learning logging, good operating skills, propagation, and a great "what I did this summer" story when they return to middle and high school this fall. Please listen for, work, cluster spot, and support this effort to mentor our youth in amateur radio operating/DX'ing. The team will be on all bands, 160-6 meters and most modes (CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK). All operators will be signing TI5/homecall. They will be attempting to operate 2 stations at all times.
Please QSL via their home callsign w/SASE or SAE if overseas. eQSL and LoTW will be at the discretion of the individual operators as not all use these services. This and future youth team groups depend on your club, organization, and individual donations to make this great program an annual event. For more details and info on the operators, visit:
Patrice/F5RBB and Mireille F0FRL will be active as TK/homecall between September 12-25th. Patrice will be active on 80-10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes, while Mireille will be on SSB on 2 meters.
V3, BELIZE (Reminder/Update)
Operators San/K5YY (V31YY), Bill/W5SJ (V31SJ) and Bob/W5UQ (V31UQ) will be active from Placencia (Grid EK56) in south Belize between July 12-19th. Activity will be on the HF bands but also focused on the CQ VHF Contest. They plan to look for EU and AS during the week of operation, but also for USA stations that might need a new band country. San (V31YY) informs OPDX that he will concentrate on 60m at the top of the hour after sunset each night and hopes to mainly listen for EU and AS on 17m and 30m. Bill (V31SJ) will concentrate on 6m during the CQ VHF Contest and along with Bob, (V31UQ) will operate and follow propagation paths. QSL V31YY via K5YY at the (QRZ.com) address. QSL V31UQ and V31SJ via W5JAY. See QRZ.com Web site for further information under each callsign.
VA3, CANADA (Special Event)
Once again the members of the Georgian Bay Amateur Radio Club (GBARC) will activate special event station VA3FPI from Flower Pot Island between July 31st and August 2nd. Reference numbers are: Canadian Island ON005, Light House CAN181, Grid Square EN95 and WLH 0763. Activity is usually on 80/40/20 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via address on (QRZ.com).
VQ90, CHAGOS ISLANDS (Special Prefix)
Jim, ND9M/VQ9JC, from Diego Garcia (AF-006) informs OPDX that
"I've received a temporary license for what's turning into an annual special prefix operation. I'll be signing VQ90JC (nine zero) from July 10-25th, and will participate in both the IARU Radiosport and IOTA Contests, and will be on all bands (if open) including the satellites. This will be my fourth special prefix callsign. All operation will have to fall outside of my normal work hours and will typically be 1200-1730z, although I might be able to squeeze in some extra time outside those hours."QSL via his home callsign, ND9M.
ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND
Marko, N5ZO, will be active as ZD8O during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via OH0XX.
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