The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 990
December 20, 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, KF2TI, WB2KSK, NG3K & ADXO, W3AWU, K4UEE, KP4BJD, N4AA & QRZ DX, W5KNE, KH6BZF, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX (60m News), KC0VKN, AT International, DK8JB, DK1MAX, DL1SBF, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX-World.Net, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3VOF/GB6GEO, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2YSB, JA1TRC/VR2, LA5HE, ON4ATW, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF), XW1B/3W3B and YB2TJV for the following DX information.
SPECIAL NOTE FROM EDITOR (Tedd, KB8NW)
My family (wife/OPDX's chief proof-reader Linda, son Teddy [TJ] and his wife Jessi, daughter Katie and her husband Kevin) and I (KB8NW) would like to wish all DXers, Contesters and OPDX readers a very "Happy Holiday, Merry Christmas and Season's Greetings". Thanks to the many individuals who sent holiday wishes to my family and me........73 and Have a Great Holiday de Tedd KB8NW
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 12th-December, through Sunday, 19th-December there were 219 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5X, 5Z, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, 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, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, 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, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VK9N, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, 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).
3 STEVE'S TO BE ACTIVE AGAIN!
Yes, it is that time again. The 3 Steve's (Steve/KF2TI, Steve/N2IFA, Steve/KB2ENF and Kurt/W2MW [aka Steve]), along with those two laughing young men, Andrew/N2IFB and Eric/K2EMZ will be guest op'ing at the ARRL station, W1AW, Wednesday, December 29th, between 1700-2045z. This is their 20th annual WAS (Worked All Steve's) DXpedition to Newington, and they will be operating on the following bands:
30M CW (Kurt aka Steve)
15, 20 and 40m SSB (Steve, Steve and Steve)
10 and 17m (possibly 80m) (Andrew/N2IFB and Eric/K2EMZ will also be operating as “Steves”)
Steve (KF2TI) states, "Hopefully condx will improve and we will try to listen for outside the US. Packet spots will be posted. If you work any 3 operators, we will send you a beautiful, full color WAS (Worked All Steve's) certificate (suitable for framing). No QSL is needed, as we will have copies of the log and send out a certificate to all those who qualify. QSL cards to us are not necessary for the WAS. If you want a W1AW QSL Card, please send to them direct or via the Bureau. The logs will be posted (hopefully) after January 1st on our website:
Bruce, XW1B, from Vientiane, Laos, is planning another operation from Danang, Vietnam, for the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 19-20th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry using the callsign 3W3B. He states that he will be living in Danang most of the year and anticipates being very active on the bands. At the start of his activity, he will use a simple station/antenna but plans to improve things later. QSL only via E21EIC. NO eQSLs.
4S7, SRI LANKA (IOTA Op Planned)
Peter, DC0KK, is once again active as 4S7KKG until March 13th (2011). Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes (RTTY, PSK and WSJT). He also hopes to activate Barberyn Island (AS-171) sometime during his stay (dates are to be announced). QSL via DC0KK, direct or by the Bureau.
5I/5H, TANZANIA (Update)
Igor, UA3DJY, is now active again as 5H3ACR until the end of December. He will try to be active on all bands using CW and SSB. QSL via RK3AOL. Look for him to also be active as 5I3A from the DIT Communications club station in Dar Es Salaam.
5R8, MADAGASCAR (IOTA Op)
Paolo, IK2QPR, will be active as 5R8PR from Nosy Be (AF-057) between January 17-25th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign.
5R8, MADAGASCAR (IOTA Op)
Operators Andy/SM1IRS, Al/SM4HAK and Eric/SM1ALH will be active as 5R8HL from Madagascar (AF-013) and Nosy Be (AF-057) between January 17th and February 4th. Activity will be on the 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via SM1ALH.
Joe, W8GEX, reports that the following stations were heard last week on 60 meters: G3SED, G4PCB, G0HGZ, G0HNW, J6/K4MK, LA2FKA, LA9BM and TF1EIN.
Francis, F6BLP, will once again be active as 6W7SK between January 8-21st. Activity will be holiday style using the same station as last time (IC-7000 into G5RV antenna) operating mainly CW. QSL via F6BLP, direct or by the Bureau. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL. For more detail, logs and pictures of his last operation, visit:
Nao, JK1FNL, will be active as 8Q7FF between January 4-9th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign.
GEOPARK WEEKEND FOR 2011 ANNOUNCED
The Geoparks Communication Weekend 2011 will take place on the weekend May 28-29th. The English Riviera Geopark callsign will remain as GB6GEO (after confirmation from Ofcom). All those wishing to take part in the event next year with the special Geoparks callsign please contact Martin, G3VOF, via E-mail at: email@example.com
IO7, ITALY (Special Event)
Operators Fred/IK7JWX (SSB), Vincenzo/I7PXV (SSB and CW) and Mike/IK7FPX (SSB) will activate the special callsign IO7DAI from the Abbeys of Lecce and Province between January 1st and March 31st (2011). Activity is to provide contacts for the special "Italian Abbeys Award Diploma Abbazie Italiane". For rules, see the Web site at:
AS-133. Operators Peter/XU7ACY and Wim/XU7TZG will be active as XU7KOH from Koh Russei (aka Bamboo Island, AS-133) between December 20-23rd. Watch the usual IOTA frequencies. QSL via ON7PP.
AS-079. Take, JI3DST, will once again be active as either JS6RRR or JI3DST/JS6 from the Miyako Islands between December 26th and January 4th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK and FM. He will operate mainly from Miyako- Jima (JIIA AS-079-005), but he may also operate from Ikema- Jima (AS-079-001) and Kurima-Jima (AS-079-003). QSL by the Bureau only.
NA-122. Adriano, IK2GNW, will be active as HI9/IK2GNW from Levantado Island, Dominican Republic, for 2months starting January 27th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using SSB and RTTY. QSL Manager is I2YSB. QSL only DIRECT (NO ITALIAN BUREAU) to: Borsa Silvano, Viale Capettini 1, 27036 Mortara, Italy (please include 2 USDs or 1 IRC). For more info and log search, please visit:
OC-093. (Cancelled) Due to the airplane problem, Gerard, F2JD, could not be transported to Batanes Island and be active as DU2/F2JD. He was very disappointed.
Operators Bill/K4LTA and XYL Ruby/K4UPS will be active as J37BO and J37RO, respectively, from Grenada Island between February 9th and March 10th. Activity will be active on all HF bands. Look for Bill to be active as J38A during the ARRL DX CW Contests (February 19-20th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL J37BO and J38A via K4LTA and J37RO via K4UPS.
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (For December 20-26th)
Dec 20 AN SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS Dec 21 AN -------------------- Dec 22 AN BN - Below Normal Dec 23 HN-AN AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET Dec 24 AN-HN LN - Low Normal Dec 25 AN-HN HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED Dec 26 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 lessKH9, WAKE ISLAND (60m)
LZ02, BULGARIA (WFF Op)
Plamen, LZ3FM, will be active as LZ02WFF from National Park Pirin (LZFF-002 - near Bansko, KN11RT) between December 21-25th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using CW on an IC-746 into an Inverted Vee antenna. QSL via LZ1BJ.
NEW OFFICERS FOR 2011
Members of the Honolulu (HNL) DX/A.R.C. have elected the following 2011 Officers and Board of Directors:
President - John Peters, K1ER/KH6 Vice President - Dan Gleeson, KH6P Treasurer - John Peters, K1ER/KH6 Secretary - Joan Peters, k4DPW/KH6 Directors - Lee Wical, KH6BZF - Tom Seale, KH6AAA - Eran Agmon, WH6R - Bill Kendall, KH6OOP29, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
German operators Hermann/DL2NUD and Stefan/DL9GRE will be active as FK/DL2NUD and FK/DL9GRE from New Caledonia between January 16-26th and February 3-15th. Activity on the HF bands will be done by DL9GRE, while DL2NUD will be active on 2m, 70cm and 23cm EME. The duo will also be active from Vanuatu (expected) between January 27th and February 2nd. Tentative callsigns are YJ8HP and YJ8GR or any other assigned callsigns. QSL via their home callsigns.
PJ7, SINT MAARTEN (Update)
Joe, KC0VKN, will be active as PJ7/KC0VKN from Sint Maarten (NA-105) between December 1823rd. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using CW, depending on operating times and openings (but motivated to put a lot of people in the log). QSL via LoTW or direct to his home callsign.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated December 19th) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4B2S via WD9EWK NP4DX via W3HNK 7Z1SJ via EA7TFR OA6/OE3NHW via OE3NHW AH0J via JA1NVF ON25NOK via ON7YX AP2ARS via EY8MM (11/2010 op, also LoTW) PA100BEVER via PC2S BW2/KU1CW via KU1CW (LOTW only) PA30TEN via PA2NJC D44TBV via JA1PBV PA30RCK via PI4RCK DP850ZZ via DL3VFN PC10SANTA via PA2LP EE1GEM via EB1GEM PJ2/K2PLF via K2PLF EI0Z via EI8JB SN777TO via SQ2BNM EZ7V via RW6HS (direct only) TM22P via F4EUG GX4HRC/A via G3SVK W5T via AA5AR (direct) IQ9GD via IT9GUH YB9/OK2DW via OK2DW IS0/I5OYY via I5OYY ZL2FN via VK6RZ J8/NA3J via NA3J KH7X via K2PF (direct) or LoTW9Q50ON QSL STATUS. Theo, ON4ATW, reports, "Next week or so we have a team meeting to discuss our QSL policy. We start handling the direct QSLs as soon as possible then the Bureau cards and third we will upload the log to LoTW. The upload to LoTW will be much sooner as previous stated on our website. Our goal is to please all contacted stations with a confirmation in a timely manner. Cards still have to be designed and printed but we hope to start sending QSLs shortly after the new year. Most probable LoTW will be available sometime in February."
9V1SJ QSLS (Update from OPDX.989). Joe, VK5WU, is now stating that the special event 9V1SJ station (from the JOTA) will be eventually QSLed via the Bureau. He also plans to put the logs in the LoTW once he has all of the logs.
JT0YAB QSL ROUTE CHANGE. Max, DK1MAX, reports: "The QSL route for JT0YAB has been changed due to mailing problems (lost/stolen envelopes) in/out UA9Y. QSL JT0YAB now via DK1MAX, direct. For more details see:
PJ6A QSL STATUS
Bob, K4UEE, reports: "The PJ6A QSL cards have been designed, printed and received from the printer. The process of verifying claimed QSOs vs. actual log data is well under way and the first of the QSLs have been mailed. Because this is an all time new DXCC entity the worldwide demand for the PJ6A QSL is tremendous. The QSL manager, Bill, N4NX, has prepared a routine that will utilize PJ6A team members to aid in expediting the QSLing process. The work will continue on a daily basis until all requested QSLs are in the mail. Please do not send email with questions about the current status of individual QSLs as this will only slow the already large workload. The logs will be uploaded to the ARRL Log Book of the World (LoTW) on 1 January 2011."
PJ7E QSL STATUS. Joe, W8GEX, reports: ".. PJ7E QSL manager now has the cards and they should be out in a few weeks. He is going to mail all of them at once."
QSL STATUS OF UA4WHX EXPEDITIONS. The DX-World.net Web site has a press release from Vlad, UA4WHX, that states (edited): "It has been three years since we started sending cards for Africa. We are working very hard to answer all the requests we have received. We are currently probably well over 90% of the direct requests due. The good news is that we are getting less requests than we are sending out. We are expecting to answer all the direct requests by the end of this year, 2010." For the complete press release and a list of countries and the status of their cards, go to:
QSLS VIA LoTW: 9A3IH, AH2R, C6AKQ, C6AQQ, CT1JOP, DL9UBF, EA1DR, EA1QK, EA2ABJ, F6HKA, F6NMK, HA3AUI, IK8BQE, J5/K8RAB, JH2IEE, JH8JYV, LY6A, OE1ZL, OH0Z, OJ0B, OJ0J, OK1AD, ON4BB, PU8TEP, RN6HDL, RV2FW/1, SM2GCQ, SP6CIK, UN1L, UU5WW, UX7MX, V47NT, VK2BN, VP2E/K1XM, VQ9LA, YB0NFL and Z21BB
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 4O50A, 6Y5WJ, CE8A, FP/KV1J, MJ0AWR, P40L, PJ2/K2NV, PJ2/K2TQC, PJ2/K8LEE, PJ4A, PJ4B, TO7ZG, V26B, VE7DP/7, VE8EV/p, VQ9LA, VY0X and ZD8ZZ
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: CN2BC, CT/LZ3ND, EW5A, GB0SH, IQ0AL, LZ1BJ, LZ3FN, LZ9W, ON5SV, PZ5YV, RW9WH, SV/I2YYO, TB37F, UE6UFI, UR5MM and YO3CZW
S2, BANGLADESH (Update)
Operators Zorro/JH1AJT, Hiro/JP1TRJ, Jon/KL2A, Lee/DS4EOI and Jim/A51HI are now active as S21YX (not S21FGC as first announced) from Dhaka until December 21st. Activity started on the 16th and continues to be on 160-10 meters using CW and SSB. However, they will concentrate on 160/80/40 meters CW. They have two stations with amps on the air using the following: 160m (full size L-GP at 30m), 80m (full size L-GP at 30m), 40m (full size DP at 35m), and two R-7000 at 30m. QSL via JH1AJT. A log search is available at:
Members of the F6KOP Team and Clipperton DX Club are planning a DXpedition in February 2011. Look for more details to be forthcoming.
V2, ANTIGUA & BARBUDA
Alan, N3AD, will once again be active as V26M for the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 5-6th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. He will be on the island between March 4-7th. His activity will be on the HF bands only - 160/80/40m in evening and 20/15/10m during daytime. QSL via his home callsign.
V4, ST. KITTS
Jon, W5JON, will be active again as V47JA from his new Calypso Bay vacation home between February 16th and March 30th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters SSB, including both the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 5-6th) and the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th), both as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. The station's equipment is a Kenwood TS-590S with a KL-400 amplifier (400w) and multi-band dipoles. Look for his XYL Cathy, W5HAM, to also be active occasionally as V4/W5HAM. All QSLs go to his home callsign, W5JON.
Ulmar, DK1CE, will once again be active as V5/DK1CE between December 26th and January 6th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters CW only. QSL via the home callsign by the Bureau or direct via DH3WO.
Jamie, WW3S, will be active as VP9/WW3S from Ed/VP9GE's QTH between January 6-10th. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via LoTW or via his CBA.
Before activating IOTAs in Belize (see OPDX.988), look for Markus, DJ4EL, to be active as XE1/DJ4EL from a few locations in Mexico (Mexico City, Tlaxcala and Querétaro) between December 25th and January 9th (2011). Activity will be on 80-10 meters SSB using 100 watts into a windom-antenna and some different Quad-Loops. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.
After finishing is 3W3B activity, Bruce, XW1B, is now back home and plans to be active once again until December 27th, depending on his antenna maintenance/repairs. He states that he will try to concentrate on the lower bands. QSL only via E21EIC. NO eQSLs. Bruce informs OPDX that he actually lives there (Laos & Vietnam) permanently, so he will be active from one, or the other, for the "duration". He does mention that he lives in 3W most of the year, and he just got his ticket there. Currently, he states that his antenna situation in 3W is dismal and while at his home in XW he hopes to take some better antennas back to 3W with him at the end of the month.
YE2, INDONESIA (Lighthouse Op)
Dani, YB2TJV, informs OPDX that the first ever amateur radio lighthouse activation from Indonesia will take place between December 28th and January 4th (2011). The special callsign YE2H will be used to activate Klirong Lighthouse (ARLHS IDO-374, WLOTA 1660), in the south beach of Kebumen City, Indonesia (WW Loc. OI42TF), Central Java Province South Coast (IOTA OC-021), and during the 75th anniversary celebration of Kebumen City. Team operators include Dani/YB2TJV, Eko/ YC2DSI, Seno/YB2LSR, Jon/YB2ECG, Heroe/YC2DBG, Yuli/YC2CYU, Anto/YC2LCT, Kus/YC2CSY, Nur/YC2FAJ, Bowo/YC2MOJ and Budi/YB2CNF. Activity will be on all HF bands and modes. QSL via YB2TJV, by the Bureau or direct to: Box 123, Kebumen 54300, Indonesia (w/SASE and GS). For more information see (QRZ.com) under the callsign YE2H.
ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS
Pete, K8PGJ, will be active as ZF2PG between January 2-9th. When he is not scuba diving, Pete plans to be active as a portable station from the beach using a battery pack and an elevated 20m vertical dipole wire antenna with two or maybe 4 counterpoise. He also states that he is going to borrow some other fixed antennas so he can also be able to work 40/20/15 meters. Look for him on 20 meters around 14200 and 14250 kHz. QSL via his home callsign.
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