The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 979.1
October 7, 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, Bill/NC1L, Lee/KH6BZF and Jarmo/OH2BN for the following DX information.
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following operations are approved for DXCC credit:
9Q50AR Democratic Republic of the Congo (Club Station all operations)
9Q50ON Democratic Republic of the Congo; 2010 Operation
If you've had credits rejected for these operations please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. Results will appear in LoTW accounts, or, please view your numbers online on the live, daily listings at
During the next three weeks (starting 10/10/10), DXers will be treated to something special that they have never seen before - multiple new DXCC entities. Expect huge pileups and probably plenty of confusion. It is suggested to "PLEASE be patient", "LISTEN" and "KNOW" who/what you are working. Even though the PJ islands are expected to be new DXCC entities, they will NOT be totally rare ones and will be easily accessible for future operations. With over 11 operations expected to be on the air during the next month, observe/listen first and then have fun working them.
STATIONS EXPECTED TO BE ON THE AIR 10/10/10: PJ2T - Curacao Island; October 10th-November 2nd PJ4B - Bonaire Island; October 10-22nd PJ4I - Bonaire Island; October 10-22nd PJ4N - Bonaire Island; October 10-22nd PJ5/AH6DX - St. Eustatius; now through October 15th PJ5/AA4NC - St. Eustatius; October 9-15th PJ6A - Saba Island; October 10-22nd PJ7E - Sint Maarten; October 10-20th PJ7/AA4NC - Sint Maarten; October 15-18th PJ7/AH6DX - Sint Maarten; October 15-22nd STATIONS EXPECTED TO BE ON THE AIR LATER IN NOVEMBER: PJ4A - Bonaire Island; November 23-30th PJ5/SP6IXF - St.Eustatius; November 18th-December 3rd PJ5/SP6EQZ - St.Eustatius; November 18th-December 3rd PJ7/K1GI - Sint Maarten; November 20-23rd Special thanks to OPDX's Propagation Guru Lee, KH6BZF, for providing the following longitudes and latitudes of the following dutch islands: PJ2 - Curacao Island 68-Deg. 59' W and 12-Deg. 10' N PJ4 - Bonaire Island 68-Deg. 28' W and 12-Deg. 15' N PJ5 - St. Eustatius Island 62-Deg. 58' W and 17-Deg. 30' N PJ6 - Saba Island 63-Deg. 14' W and 17-Deg. 38' N PJ7 - St. Maarten Island 63-Deg. 3' W and 18-Deg. 1' NSPECIAL NOTE: Bill Moore, NC1L, Awards Branch Manager, informed the DXCC QSL Checker on October 6th (edited): "As you know on 10/10/10 Bonaire, Curacao and Sint Maarten, et al, will become deleted entities on the DXCC list. Other changes will occur and a full news release will be made at the appropriate time.
For card checking purposes, DXCC will not be accepting any contacts for the new entities until January 1, 2011. If you receive applications with the deleted PJ's, these can be checked until December 31, 2010.
However, if your applicant asks, this entity will still count but as a deleted entity. (effective 10/10/10).
If someone brings to you a QSL dated 10/10/10 or after, but before January 1, 2011, this card must be returned to them, unprocessed. The new entities will not even be added to the DXCC computer until January 1, 2011, so submitting them will result in nothing credited."
Press Release from Helsinki - October 7, 2010
SCANDINAVIAN ACTIVITY CONTEST (SAC) THIS WEEKEND, OCTOBER 9-10
SAC is a fast-track race where the Nordic countries - LA, OH, OZ, SM and TF - are in serious annual country-level competition while also seeing individual muscle flexing on all bands except 160M from 1200 UTC Saturday through 1200 UTC Sunday on SSB.
Radio Arcala, OH8X is an alliance of young and seasoned contesters who do things together with their associates, bringing youthful energy and old wisdom into the game and working together to secure needed resources and always topped with innovations.
This is to introduce the Radio Arcala SAC team and their four operating locations:
OH8X - the mother station in Northern Finland will be piloted by Toni, OH2UA. He is a young and skillful operator and the current holder of CQWW European records on both CW and SSB.
OJ0B - on Market Reef, two brave men, OH2BO and OH2PM, have decided to weather the storms and hold on to the reef to put this rare counter into SAC. They have racked up an impressive score on low bands this week and they will keep on running the low bands and 17M until the SAC starting bell, with some equipment challenges. Pertti, OH2PM will pilot SAC single- handedly. http://www.majakkaseura.fi/
OH0B - Aland Islands, with Martti, OH2BH to offer an OH0 in SAC from the Brando cottage that has provided reliable service as a contest multiplier for more than 30 years sporting a variety of OH0 callsigns. This is Martti's annual October outing, taking Mom on a trip to a wonderland which they discovered in 1979. There's a new 80M beam which may put Martti on a par with OH8X and OJ0B as a rare country attraction.
OH2BH - from Southern Finland, Ilkka, OH1WZ will air the newly refurbished OH2BH contest site, using a pair of Yaesu FTdx5000's. As a serious contester, Ilkka is also the highly acclaimed Contest Club Finland (CCF) PileUp Magazine's Chief Editor. You are very welcome to download your PU copy with interesting reading plus a link to SAC rules. Ilkka is hammering alongside the others but is determined to cut the finish line ahead of them.
Radio Arcala has set as its target to offer you a lot of fun and to see the four stations placing among the Scandinavian Top Six, single op - all bands. You can follow their performance by tracking the serial numbers of old and young Arcalians racing in full harmony.
QSL OH8X via OH2UA. Others via OH2BH.
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