OPDX Bulletin 973 August 23, 2010

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 973
BID: $OPDX.973
Augst 23, 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, KH2AR/W4, NG3K & ADXO, N4AA & QRZ DX, N7OU, K8YSE, W8GEX (60m News), AT International, DL1SBF, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World.Net, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G0DHZ, G3LDI, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF), VU2PTT, YO2DFA and ZS1HF/ZS8M for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 15th-August, through Sunday, 22nd-August there were 212 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C9, 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, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, 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, P4, PA, PJ2, PY, PZ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V8, VE, VK, VP2V, VP6, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).

Franz, DK1II, will once again be active as 3D2II between August 22nd through September 10th. Activity will be limited to his spare time from Lautoka on the main island of Viti Levu (OC-016), because he is involved with the Rotary Club of Lautoka in a project to build Rotahomes see http://rotarycc.com/html/rotahomes_project.html. Franz will be on CW, using his K3 radio and 12m DX-Wire pole for 10-40 meters. QSL via his home callsign or the LoTW.

John, G0OPA, will be active as 8P9LJ between September 12th and November 8th. No other details were provided.

Hans, DF5UG, will once again be active from West & East Malaysia (9M2QQ, 9M8QQ) and Brunei (V85QQ) for the next three weeks. No other details were provided.

BARTG NEWS (Major Changes/Second 75 Baud Sprint)
Roger, G3LDI, Chairman of BARTG, informs OPDX that BARTG has recently made some fundamental changes to the way it operates which they hope will bring some exciting changes to the RTTY contesting world:

1) The post of BARTG Contest Manager has been replaced with a Contests/ DX/Software Sub-group, consisting of Phil/GU0SUP and Ian/GM4KLN, assisted by John/GW4SKA and Arf/G1XKZ. Thanks are due to John, their BARTG President, for 20 years plus of excellent service to the contesting world, and for initiating many of the rules, concepts and so on that other contests have now also adopted. John's vast knowledge and experience is still available to them as he is remaining within the Sub-group, but his work-load will be reduced.

2) The same applies to the post of Awards Manager. This has been replaced with an Awards/QSLs Sub-group, consisting of Phil/GU0SUP and Andrew/ M5AEX, assisted by Arf/G1XKZ. Phil has also given years of service to the Awards scheme, but is now being assisted by Andrew and Arf. They hope to have some new designs and a more exciting range in the near future.

3) The rules of the existing BARTG HF and BARTG Sprint will be re-written to remove current ambiguities, clarify and update.

4) An additional contest - the Sprint75 has been introduced after its successful pilot this year.

5) New software is being developed that will allow quicker, easier log submission, accommodating a wider range of log formats consistent with the revised rules. Final adjudication will still be done by a human being!

Please bear with them while they implement these major changes, and feel free to join them at http://www.bartg.org.uk; donations always welcome! Please note: They are also in the process of updating their highly successful awards; why not check those out too. They hope soon to be able to automatically notify contesters whether they qualify for any of their awards shortly after each of their contests.

Email changes
ian@ secretary@ G4EAN@ all for Ian G4EAN
ska@ for John GW4SKA
bartg@ which is the catchall and goes to Ian, GM4KLN, their Web master (and should continue to do so please)
awards@ is redirected to all members of the awards sub-group
contests@ is redirected to all members of the contests sub-group
logs@ is obviously the proposed new recipient of incoming log submissions, but where and how and so on, yet to be determined.

BARTG Sprint 75
Following the success of the first 75 Baud Sprint and many requests for a second, BARTG is running another this year. The second Sprint 75 is being held as follows: Sept. 18th 1700-2100z, on 80/40/20/15/10 meters and on RTTY 75 Baud only. The Rules/Scoring for the Sprint 75 can be found on the BARTG Web site at: http://bartg.co.uk

ADDED NOTE (GB50ATG). Special event station, GB50ATG, made nearly 8000 QSOs during the BARTG Golden Jubilee Year which ended on June 30th. Special QSLs and awards are available. Check the Web site for full details.

Bill, N7OU, informs OPDX that he is once again returning to Rarotonga (OC-013), and will be active as E51NOU between October 18th and November 13th. Activity will be limited to his spare time because of his Global Volunteer work on the island.
http://www.globalvolunteers.org/1main/cook/volunteer_in_cook_islands.htm Operations will be on 40-10 meters running 100 watts into a vertical. QSL via N7OU.

GM, SCOTLAND (Update to OPDX.972/IOTA and SCOTIA Ops)
In last week's bulletin we mentioned that operators Alex/GM0DHZ and Andre/GM3VLB were planning to activate many SCOTIA (SCOTtish Island Award) islands during a 3 week DXpedition in September (between 2-20th) in two IOTA groups -- Orkney (IOTA EU-009, SCOTIA OI14) and Shetland (IOAT EU-012, SCOTIA SI11) Islands, using the callsigns GM0DHZ/p and GM3VLB/p. All islands are WX dependant. This week, Alex, G0DHZ, provided the following suggested frequencies that they will focus on:
        CW - 1820, 3520, 7020 and 14020 kHz
        SSB - 1830, 3700, 7060 and 14257 kHz
Alex states that they may possibly use higher bands (17m - plus). For more details, please refer to OPDX.972.

David, K3LP, will be active as HI7/K3LP from Punta Cana between September 24th to October 4th. Activity will be limited as this is a family holiday, so look for him during the late evening and early morning hours. QSL via his home callsign. For more updates, visit the following Web page at:


AS-025. (RARE IOTA!) Sergey, UA0FUA, from the town of Kurilsk on Iturup Island (RDA SL-14 and RR-15-04) in the South Kuril Islands Group. Activity has been on 20/10 meters SSB and 20 meters CW. Watch mostly between 1200-1730z.

AS-077. Look for special event station 8J6AIRA to be active until August 31st. Activity is to celebrate the anniversary of the city Aira on Kyushu Island (JIIA AS-077-001, WLOTA LH-0963, Kagoshima Prefecture). QSL via the JARL Bureau.

EU-008. Six members of the Middlesex DX Group will be active as GB2MUL from a cottage in West Carsaig Bay on the Isle of Mull (WAB NM52, SCOTIA CN10 and OS REF NM54521) between September 18-24th. Operators mentioned are Simon/2W0VAG, John/G0KLX, Kevin/G1KAW, Jason/M1PRO, Carl/2E1IDC and Mark/G7AFC. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes, as well as 6 and 2 meters, depending on the propagation. There will also be a chance for the team to visit the Tresnish Isles (EU-108) dependant on the weather. QSL via 2W0VAG, by the Bureau or direct. For more details and updates, visit their Web page at: http://www.dxcc.myfreeola.com/gb2mul_dx-pedition.html

EU-029. Operators Ulli/DD2ML and Martina/DD7MR will be active as 5P5L from Lolland Island (DIA SJ-015, WLOTA LH 2773, Grid Loc. JO55) bewteen September 4-18th. Activity will be 80-2 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL direct or by the Buerau to DD2ML.

EU-042. Harald, DF6BL, will once again be active as homecall/p from Langeness Island (N-19 for the German Islands Award, WLOTA 1245) between now and August 29th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau (preferred). Visit his Web site at:


EU-052. Rolf, DL6ZFG, will be active as SV8/DL6ZFG/p from Kerkira (GIOTA INS 042, WLOTA 4132) until August 28th. Activity will be holiday style on all modes using his IC-706 w/100 watts and a Triple-Leg for 20 meters. QSL via DL6ZFG.

EU-057. Andreas, DL2AGB, will be active as DL2AGB/p from Ruegen Island (O-007 for the German Islands Award, WLOTA LH 1712) between September 12-16th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, propagation permitting. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.

EU-123. (Update) Look for 13 members of Sands Contest Group and four members Workington Radio Club, along with Brendan Minish/EI6IZ to be activating the Isle of Aran off the coast of southwestern Scotland between September 18-25th, operating under the callsign MM0SCG. They will be operating on VHF, HF, SSB, CW and the Digtal modes. The island has lighthouses and the following reference numbers are good: SCOTIA Island number CS14 and IOSA number CL01. They will also activate SOTA summits, time permitting. The team will be using 4 Elecraft K3 radios with amplifiers and a Yaesu FT2000D. Most of the antennas will be verticals, but they intend to experiment with phasing these where possible. The daily logs will be uploaded to their Web site at:

For updates, visit their BLOG page at:

NA-118. Operators Frank/VE7DP and Klaus/VE7KDU, who were active from Digby Island (NA-061) this past week, will also attempt to activation one of the qualifying Dundas Islands sometime between August 24-28th.

NA-141. Robert, KB2VMG, will be active as KB2VMG/4 from Key Biscayne Island between August 24th and September 3rd. Activity will be active on SSB and PSK. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.

OC-172. Craig, VK4LDX, will be active as VK4LDX/P from Fitzroy Island between October 16-22nd. He will be on the island with his wife, so his activity will be holiday style. Operations will be on 40/20/15 meters using SSB, PSK31 and RTTY. His equipment will be an Icom IC706MKIIG with verticals. Craig states, "I've managed to book a beach side cabin, so I hope to get the verticals close to the water. There is a clear take off short path to JA/Asia, short path to Europe/Middle East/Africa and long path to North America. There may be some blocking from the hills of the island to short path North America and/or long path Europe." QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct (w/SAE and one USD or an IRC [VK operators - just send a SASE], if you send your card direct with no return postage, QSL will be sent to you via the Bureau). He does not eQSL or use LoTW. For updates, visit his blog at:


Operators Joe/JA1LZR and Yutaka/JQ2GYU will be active as JW/HB9LEY and JW/JQ2GYU, respectively, from the JW5E club station in Longyearbyen between October 10-14th. Activity will be focused on the lower bands and the 30/17/12 meter bands using CW and SSB. QSL both callsigns via JQ2GYU.

Members of the Virginia DX Century Club will be active from here between October 5-19th. Operators mentioned are Tip/N4SIA (KG4AS), Clyde/K4CQW (KG4QW), Stu/K4MIL (KG4SS) and Will/W4VW (KG4VW). Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via their home callsigns.


 Aug  24    AN          --------------------
 Aug  25    AN          BN - Below Normal
 Aug  26    AN          AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET
 Aug  27    AN          LN - Low Normal
 Aug  28    AN          HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED
 Aug  29    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
Operators Gerard/PE1BBI, Kees/PA5WT, Frans/PC5T, Rob/PE1ITR and Theo/PA1TK will be active as LX/homecalls between September 2-5th. Their main focus will be the VHF Contest (September 4-5th) as LX/PA1TK, but they will be on the HF bands (80-10 meters) the days before the weekend contest using CW and SSB. Also look for them on 70 MHz! They will have large Yagi antenna systems for 144 MHz, a SpiderBeam and dipoles for HF, and a 5 element beam for 70 MHz. QSL LX/PA1TK via PA1TK and all other calls via their home callsigns. For pictures and their story, visit:


  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated August 15th and 22nd)
  4B2HUQ via XE2HUQ            GB2SL via G3AMW                 RT5Z via UA3ZK
  4S7RO via DJ9ZB              GG100GN via GB4GIN              RW9C via UA9CGA
  5B/G4MKP via M0URX           GG100GOX via G0REL         S5/PE1DUG via PE1DUG
  5H3ME via DL4ME              GJ4PRB via EI7CC               SF7YT via SM6DQO
  9A/S51DI via S51DI           HG150ITALY via IZ0BTV         SN0AKK via SP7PKI
  9M8DX/2 via SP5UAF           HI8E via NK4L               SN100TOR via SP3PKA
  A65BP via UA6MF              IG9/IV3TMM via IV3TMM          SN1LH via SP1EG
  A71EM via EA7FTR             IT9/IZ1DNQ via IZ1DNQ          SN30S via SP3PSM
  AO1LWF via EA1HNP            JW7XM via LA7XM                SO1CC via DL1CC
  AT10BP via I1HYW (direct)    K9YNF/KL7 via K9YNF            SO8SM via DF3SM
  C4I via LZ2HM (direct only)  KH0Y/VY2 via JA1WSX (direct only)
  CE200BC via CE3WDH           L99F via LU5FB            SV4/IZ7ATN via IZ7ATN
  CN2EL/M via F4ENJ            LA/OH6ZZ via OH6ZZ         SV5/LZ1WL via LZ1WL
  CP6/DF9GR via DF9GR          LA/PE1HB via PE1HB        SV8/IZ8LKL via IZ8LKL
  CQ7GIL via CS1AAM            LS1D via LW9EOC         SV9/DL3SBA/P via DL3SBA
  CS2010M via CT1DSV           LZ02WFF via LZ1BJ            SX25GYG via SV1GYG
  CT7/DL1YD via DL1YD          LZ160AK via LZ2VP            SX25JMO via SV1JMO
  CU4/CU3EJ via CU3EJ          MJ0CTR via M0CTR          TA2/DL2JRM via DL2JRM
  CW0T via EA5KB               NN1X via JG3JLC               TC1WUC via TA1HZ
  DA2010LH via DH3WO           OH0/DK2ZF via DK2ZF (direct only)
  DP5A via DL3JJ               OH0/SM5FUG via SM5FUG         TC3WUC via TA1HZ
  E2E via HS0AC                OH9AA/P via DL5ME             TC7WUC via TA1HZ
  E7/DL2MHA via DL2MHA         ON27IOF via ON4AMM         TF/DL5NUA via DL5NUA
  EA3/IK1GPG/P via IK1GPG      ON4OSLN via ON4CJK             TF8GX via KT6YL
  EA6/EA3PT via EA3PT          OO2O via ON4LDI            TK/IZ5EBL via IZ5EBL
  EA7/DL8FCL via DL8FCL        OS0M via ON4MW                 TL8PB via LA0HF
  EA7HGH via G3KDY (Bureau)    OX3QM via KB4DMQ              TM400H via F6KDU
  EA8/EI6DX/P via EI6DX        OZ/DK1AW via DK1AW            UA0LQJ via IK2DUW
  EA9/EC7DZZ via EC7DZZ        OZ5AQC via JA5AQC(direct only) V85RY via EA7FTR
  EG3WFF via EA3EGB            PH6WAL via PA0ULT               VB1H via VE3EXY
  EI/SP7VC via SP7VC           PS2T via K3IRV            VE1/DH8IAT via DH8IAT
  EM0VFF via US0VA             PT2CM via PR7JP          VO1AU/BY1RX via VO1MX
  EM44U/P via UT7UT            PW7T via PT7WA                  VY0X via VE3LYC
  EP3MJ via IK2DUW (direct)    R3GM/1 via RA1QQ           VY2/AB7GR via AB7GR
  ES0TI/P via ES2TI            R3RRC/0 via RK3RB               XR1A via XQ1IDM
  EX2X via EA5KB               RC9O via UA9PC                XU7ATM via F8ATM
  FM5CD via F5VU               RM5D via RN3DK                  YQ6A via YO6BHN
  FS/W6IZT via W6IZT           RT3T via UA3TT               ZL30MDG via ZL3RG
                                                             ZP8VAO via K2DER



* Hawaii QSO Party is coming up next weekend between August 27-29th. For more Hawaii QSO Party info and contest rules, click on "Operating Events" at: http://karc.net

* Ohio QSO Party is also next weekend on August 28th, between 1600z Saturday and 0400z Sunday. For more Ohio QSO Party info and contest rules, go to: http://www.ohqp.org

Peri, HB9IQB, will once again be active as SV5/HB9IQB from Rhodes Island (EU-001) between August 23-28th. Activity will be on CW on the 30/17/12 meter bands using a K2 radio w/100 watts and wire loop antennas. QSL via LoTW (preferred).

George, SV1ELF, will be active as SV9/SV1ELF from Heraklion, capital of Crete (EU-015, GIOTA KRS-005, MIA MGC-005, WLOTA LH 1400), until August 28th. QSL via LoTW or by the Bureau.

Operators Rene/DL2JRM and Netti/DO6XX are to be active as TF/homecall/p from Iceland (EU-021, WLOTA LH 2975) between September 18-23rd. Activity will be on 80-10 meters CW, using 100 watts into GP. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau. NO eQSL!! See Rene's Web site at:


Operators Fabio/PY2AAZ/AC2AC, Anderson/PY2TNT, Fred/PY2XB and Alex/PY2WAS will be active as TO2FH between September 3-10th (not in 2011 as first announced). No other details were provided.

Reports indocate that Kevin, VK4KEV, is expected to be operating as VK0KEV from Macquarie Island (AN-005) sometime between the end of October and beginning of December 2010 for possibly up to 18 months. Activity will be mostly on 40 and 20 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. Presently, Kevin is operating as VK4KEV/VK7, in Hobart, Tasmania, while undergoing training for his upcoming long stay on Macquarie. More details are forthcoming.

VU, INDIA (6m News)
Prasad, VU2PTT (also W2PTT), Contest Manager for the- Amateur Radio Society of India (ARSI), reports: "We have news from our Ministry of Communications that the 6 meter band has finally been allocated for Amateur Radio use. The new allocation says:

50-54 MHz on F1B, F2B, F3E, F3C modes using 25 watts.
We are hoping there is a typo here and will try to get clarifications as the old allocations allowed CW & SSB among other modes on VHF/UHF which is no longer the case.

The licensing structure has now been rationalized with only two classes of license - Restricted & General - and licenses can now be acquired either for 20 years or for the lifetime of the holder.

The other interesting development is that 400 watts DC input power has been allowed on all HF bands for the General class licence. Earlier the limit was 150 watts input with 400 watts being allowed in very small sub-bands for the old Advanced class licence holders.

The full details of the new allocations and license structure is available at: http://wpc.dot.gov.in/DocFiles/amateur_new_guidelines.pdf "

YJ0, VANUATU (Reminder/Update)
Four Australian amateurs will be activating Vanuatu (YJ0) as YJ0VK between August 27th and September 2nd. Operators Chris/VK3QB (Leader), Allan/VK2CA, Luke/VK3HJ and Brenton/VK3CBV will spend six days and nights from the Island of Efate. The team will be focusing on the HF bands (with special attention to the 30/17/12 meter bands) and hopes to hand out a QSO to everyone they hear. Their stations will be fairly simple with power limited to 100 watts and antennas being verticals and dipoles. QSL via VK2CA, direct or bureau. For more inform- ation, please refer to their Web site which will be updated regularly between now and the trip at:

Depending on the InterNet availability on the island, they hope to update their online log at least once per day.

YJ0VK PRESS RELEASE (dated August 21st -- edited): "The YJ0VK team is fully prepared now. We fly out of the eastern seaboard of VK on Thursday, August 26th. We expect to be operational on 20 meters by 0000z on August 27th. Other bands will come on-line throughout the day. Our vertical antennas are constructed and tested and by all accounts are working very well. We will be placing a special focus on the WARC bands, so please QRV for us on the following frequencies. The YJ0VK suggested operating frequencies are (+/- QRM):
          CW - 1820, 3511, 7011, 10107, 14011, 18077, 21011, 24897 and 28011
          SSB - 1860, 3611/3791, 7170, 10130, 14170, 18118, 21270, 24935 and 28470 kHz

* All frequencies are subject to band usage at the time
* We will work split up 1-3 kHz on CW/Digital and up 5 kHz on SSB where possible
* RTTY/PSK31 will be on traditional frequencies split up 1-3 kHz where possible

We have a limited station for 160 meters, but we'll certainly have it operational each day at our sunrise and sunset. We welcome all QSLs; please send them to the address on our Web site or via the Bureau the team hopes to achieve DXCC during these six days.

73, and we hope to hear you on the bands -- The YJ0VK Team"

Ovidiu, YO2DFA, informs that the Romanian Amateur Radio Federation (FRR) is inviting all radio amateurs all over the world to participate in the annual YO DX HF Contest, August 28-29th (from 1200- 1200z). Ovidiu is this year's Contest Manager. Rules can be found on the following Web page at:

Results of 2009 edition could be found at:
All the participants who fulfill the necessary requirements during the contest will receive a free an "YO 45 P (1st class) Award" without requesting an award from the manager. In 2009, there were 71 radio amateurs who received the "YO BZ P (1st class) Award".

Pierre, ZS1HF/ZS8M, informs OPDX: "The ship departed from Cape Town, and we have a team of 50 construction workers trying to complete the new base. The ship returns in November to collect them. ZS8M is back and operational again, but I need to watch my operating times very carefully as I don't want to create any problem with management. The SteppIR vertical is still in the box and will stay there until Wx conditions allow it to be installed, or until I can install it at the new base."

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