The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1000
February 28, 2011
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, K3LR, NG3K & ADXO, N4AA & QRZ DX, KH6BZF, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX (60m News), W9DX, 9M6XRO, AT International, DK8JB, DL1SBF, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, EI7CC, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I4JEE, MJ0ASP, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, PA3A, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and VU2PAI for the following DX information.
SPECIAL NOTE FROM EDITOR (OPDX Hits 1000!)
It is hard to believe that I have written 1000 bulletins since 1991. It is even harder to believe that the bulletin went out almost 20 years ago and OPDX's 20th anniversary will be on March 11th. Many changes have happened since the first bulletin (distribution, the number of subscribers, format and size). The bulletin was originally written for a small group of PacketClusters between Ohio and Pennsylvania, and an online phone BBS (called BARF80) which then expanded to an InterNet mailing list. There is no real way to know now how many people read the OPDX because it is distributed via 9 mailing lists (which includes the OPDX Subscribers Mailing List - currently having over 3200 subscribers and provided by Dave/WB8APD, via HAMNET.org), 3 UseNet groups, the Official OPDX Web Page (HTML version provided by John/K8YSE) and several other Web pages that post the bulletin. The bulletin itself has grown from about 75-100 lines each week to over 500-600+ lines.
The main purpose of the bulletin was to help individuals achieve their DXCC, but now has expanded to achieve/work towards other awards and special interests. The bulletin's information is provided by many individuals, searches on the Web and other dedicated shared sources, usually listed at the top of bulletin each week. If not for them, there would not be a bulletin. I also must not forget my wife Linda, OPDX's chief proof-reader/non-ham/LD teacher. As my wife continually keeps asking me each week, "Why do you do it for FREE?", the answer is -- For the love of the hobby and to help others work DX..... 73 de Tedd KB8NW
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 20th-February, through Sunday, 27th-February there were 230 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, 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, EZ, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H2, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, 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, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VK9C, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD9, 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).
4A, REVILLAGIGEDO (Update)
By the time you read this, the 4A4A team should be in Mexico's Manzanillo's port, on the Pacific Ocean coast, and is expected to take a 2 day trip by boat to the Revillagigedo Island group on March 1st. The 4A4A team should be on the air March 3rd from Socorro Island (NA-030) until March 20th. They will have 3 stations running simultaneously on CW, SSB and RTTY, as conditions permits. QSL via EB7DX direct. All QSOs will be confirmed via LoTW automatically. The DXpedition's Web site is:
Franco, I1FQH, is once again active as 5V7DX from Kpalime Village in central Togo until March 4th. Activity will will be on 20-10 meters using a Spiderbeam and on 40-30 meters using a homebrew vertical. His rig will be an ICOM 7000 w/KL500 solid state amplifier. He was heard this past weekend very active on 30 meters CW. QSL via LoTW (preferred) or via his home callsign, direct (w/SASE) or by the Bureau. The log will be available here (porbably after his return) at:
Peter, EI7CC, will be active as 7P8PB from his brother-in- law's station (7P8CC/EI8CC) in Maseru between March 9-23rd. Activity will be limited because he will be on a family holiday and will operate when circumstances permit. QSL via EI7CC, by the Bureau or direct. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW immediately upon his return to Ireland. If possible, Peter may try to upload them while in Lesotho.
7P, LESOTHO (Update)
Two members of the Texas DX Society, Frosty/K5LBU (7P8CF) and Wayne/W5KDJ (7P8KDJ), will be active from the "Trading Post Lodge" in Roma between March 11-20th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. They plan to have 2 full time stations on the air for the entire period using a Tennadyne T6 at about 40 feet, a R7 vertical along with a Tennadyne TD-160 which is a folded Dipole that is 126 feet overall in length. QSL 7P8CF via K5LBU, direct or LoTW. QSL 7P8KDJ via W5KDJ, only direct with SASE, LoTW and eQSL (No Bureau cards please). Visit their Web page at:
QSL Manager Allan, G0IAS, informs OPDX that he dropped Harry, 7Q7HB (G0JMU), at the airport for another trip to 7Q-land this past week. Length of stay is not known at this time,... possibly TWO MONTHS minimum. Harry will be busy the first week there, but after that he will try to be active as often as possible. Activity will probably be on the Digital modes and CW. QSL as usual is ONLY DIRECT to G0IAS with sufficient funds for return cards (After April 1st, 1 USD is no longer sufficient postage for ANY destination -- UK postage has increased again). NO BUREAU cards. NO eQSLs. Just old fashioned paper cards DIRECT! Allan states, "SORRY NO RETURN POSTAGE = NO CARD."
9L, SIERRA LEON (Update)
Once again in close cooporation between the DAGOE Foundation, Mercy Ships and 4 Dutch radio amateurs, planning is being done for a DXpedition to Sierra Leone. The Team will stay in Sierra Leone between March 28th and April 18th . The location will be in the area of the capital Freetown. This DXpedition was originally planned two weeks earlier but their cargo container got delayed and because of that they lost that time-window. The team will use the callsign 9L5MS. Operators mentioned are: Arie/PA3A (CW/SSB), Bas/PD0CAV (SSB/RTTY), Ad/PA8AD (CW/SSB), Dickson/EL2DT and Arie/PA3AN (SSB/RTTY).
Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. The equipment consists of 3 transceivers and linears. The antennas are verticals for 160-30m and beams for 20-6m. For 160m, 80m, 40m and 30m extra receiving antennas will be used to improve station receive capability. They will have a 160/80m receive 4-square and 2 DHDL's for 30/40m. They will take special care to listen for remote locations and small stations.
Goal of the team is to work as many different stations as possible and to be open for the smaller stations ("little pistols"). As an experiment, the team will also try to work 6m EME contacts using JT65 and a 5-element beam between March 16-20th, when the moon is in a good position.
The Team is supported by
Mercy Ships crew members and staff. The team set the following goals and
will be able to reach these goals with help of the radio amateur community
1.Activate the DXCC-entity Sierra Leone on the HF bands
2.Provide support for a Mercy Ships Charity Project
3.Raise funds for the Mercy Ships Charity Project
All donations and surplus from the QSL will be transferred to the Mercy Ships Charity Project. QSL via PA3AWW, by the Bureau or direct (see info on the Web page). Also, QSLs can be requested with a donation via the OQSL request service on the Web page. For more details and updates, visit their Web page at:
Mathieu, MJ0ASP, is returning to Marrakech between March 14-21st, and will be active as CN2MR. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW. However, he will focus on the 30/17/12 meter bands. QSL via MJ0ASP and LoTW.
Operators Rosel/DL3KWR and Hardy/DL3KWF will be active as CT9/homecall from Canico de Baixo, Madeira (AF-014), between March 10th and April 6th. Activity will be on 30/17/12 meters using mostly CW. Also, Hardy is expected to try some RTTY and PSK31. QSL via their home callsign. Bureau QSL cards can be requested via E-mail at:
CY0, SABLE ISLAND (Update)
Randy, N0TG, reports (edited): "Providing flight conditions are suitable, all is set for commencing operations around 2100z on March 7th. The team will standby and be ready to go on a day to day basis should there be delay. Frequencies are listed as follows, but may have to be adjusted if pre-empted by others:
CW - 1826, 3523, 7023, 10106, 14023, 18072, 21023, 24892 and 28023
SSB - 3781, 7140, 14190, 18145, 21295, 24945 and 28450 kHz
RTTY - Refer to Web site.
QSL via the ONLINE QSL SERVICE (Preferred/fastest) or direct via N0TG for all callsigns. Three stations will be operational simultaneously as much as possible as follows: N0TG/CY0, K8LEE/CY0 and N1SNB/CY0. Additional details are available on the Web site at:
DAYTON HAMVENTION NEWS (Contest Dinner Speaker Announced)
Tim, K3LR, Dayton Contest Dinner Chairman, reports (edited): "North Coast Contesters are proud to announce that Scott Redd, K0DQ, will be the featured speaker during the 19th Annual Dayton Contest Dinner on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Dayton, Ohio. Information about the dinner is available at:
DXCC NEWS (Awards Processing Update)
The ARRL Awards-Blog page reports the following: "We are nearly done with processing all the 2010 DXCC applications. At this point we are reconciling hybrid applications and determining final disposition of applications with problems. It will take us about one more week to finish these tasks, at which time we will shut down the DXCC system so that the data for 2010 (Annual Listings and Honor Roll listings) can be tabulated.
After we have the 2010 data, we will work with IT staff to incorporate the newest DXCC entities into LoTW and call for LoTW certificate requests from the PJ operations.
VUCC paper applications from 2010 and the first few weeks of 2011 have been entered into the VUCC system, but not processed further. Those who submitted those applications, and have accounts in LoTW, can see that data inside their accounts. Link requests for VUCC have been processed where it was possible without manual intervention. There are approximately 60 link requests that will require further work at HQ.
DXCC and VUCC fees are being evaluated. If the fees are changed (they will not be raised), the new rates will be applied to any applications received in 2011."
IO4, ITALY (Special Event)
Look for special event station IO4UI to be active between March 1st and September 30th. Activity is to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy. All of QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the Bureau. More details are available on (QRZ.com). QSL via I4JEE.
EU-008. Operators Graham/MM0GHM, Gordon/MM0GOR and Mark/M0UTD will be active as MS0KLR from the Isle of Muck (IOSA NH06, SCOTIA DI18), Inner Hebrides, between April 16-19th. Activity will be on all HF bands. QSL by the Bureau to MM0KLR, or direct to MM0GHM. More details at:
EU-042. Operators Friedrich/DL4BBH, Helmut/DL1BGC, Karl/DJ4FO, Peter/ DJ4RU, Henning/DB5BZ and Ric DL2VFR will be active as DF0WFF from Langeness Island (GIA N-19, WLOTA 1245), and the National Park and Nature Reserve Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea (WFF DLFF-013, Grid Loc. JO44) between April 8-10th. Activity will be on the HF/VHF/UHF bands using CW and SSB. QSL DL2VFR, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-044. Operators Bert/DL2RNS and Ric/DL2VFR are planning to be active as LA/homecall from Mageroya Island between May 28-31st. Their activity will coincide with the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th). The operators plan to concentrate their operation during the first two days on 30/17/12 meters CW. After the contest they will work on all bands, CW, SSB and with special attention to the JA stations. Ric mentions that propagation should be interesting since at this time of year they will have a midnight sun for 24 hours (NO darkness at all). ADDED NOTE: They "may" also make a side trip to EU-141 or EU-139 (they are undecided). EU-059. Operators Peter/M0NED, Steve/M6ZIX and Paul/2E0GDD will be active from the Isle of Hirta (IOSA OL02, SCOTIA DI23), St. Kilda, between May 31st and June 3rd. They are planning to use a special callsign (GB0xxx), and it is currently pending. A delay on their station setup or even an extended operating stay may happen due to sea conditions (50 mile crossing to the island). QSL via the RSGB Bureau. For updates and details, visit the Web site at:
EU-124. Operators Pete/M1PTR, Bernard/G3SHF, Carsten/G0SYP, David/M0DCB, Evan/M0TJU, Chris/G8HCB, Christine/2E0LMG and Kieron/M5KJM will be active as GW5O from Holy Island (WLOTA 3338), Wales, between July 29th and August 1st. Activity will include an entry in the RSBG IOTA Contest (July 30-31st). QSL by the Bureau. Visit the group's Web page at:
OC-201. John, 9M6XRO, informs OPDX that he is planning a short operation from Waiheke Island as ZL/GD3OOK between March 7-11th. He will use a linear and wire antennas. QSL via M0URX, direct, OQRS or and LoTW.
Martin, ON4PO, will be active as J45PO between March 23rd and April 2nd. Operations will be from the SX5P contest station on Rhodes Islands, so look for activity before and after the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th), mostly SSB and some PSK. During the contest Martin will be on 40 meters. QSL via J45PO via ON4PO. QSL SX5P via SV5FRD.
KG4, GUANTANAMO BAY (60m Op)
Tip/N4SIA (KG4AS) and Bill/W4WV (KG4WV) are currently active from this entity on 60 meters until March 8th. They were on Channel 5, and the operators were reporting a high noise level.
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (For February 28-March 6th)
Feb 28 AN SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS Mar 01 AN-HN -------------------- Mar 02 AN BN - Below Normal Mar 03 AN AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET Mar 04 AN LN - Low Normal Mar 05 HN HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED Mar 06 HN 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 lessP4, ARUBA (SA-036)
Serge, RX3APM, will active as PZ5P during the ARRL DX SBB Contest (March 5-6th). QSL via UA4LU.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated February 27th) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3G1F via EA5KB II2MM via IK2AQZ PJ6/G4IUF via G4IUF 5H3MB via IK2GZU II3ANT via IZ3DBA PJ6/W6IZT via N7XG 5H6CC via IN3ATM II3MNA via IQ3TS PP3C via PY3OZ 8P3A via VE3DZ II5ANT via IZ5BTC PW7T via PT7WA 9H3SM via OE6MBG II7ITA via IQ7DV S50ANT via S51RU 9M6XRO/8 via M0URX II8AAW via I8QJU SO8N via SP8KAF AO1AAW via EA1GHT IO5ANT via IW5EFX SY2V via SV2GJV BY3CQ via BA3AO IP8AAW via IK2FIQ TM95BV via F6KUP CN2BG via F8ALU IR0AW via IZ0PSA V31RR via AI4U CO2GL via EB7DX IR2IR via IK2YVA V31RU via DG7RO DL60HSC via DK7VW IU1ANT via IZ1POO V48M via W2OX EA8/LA5YI via LA5YI J79AN via DL7JAN VA7AAW via VE7IG ED1L via EA1EJ J79XBI via SM0XBI VB3ANT via VA3ITA EE7HMC via EA7HMC K0ANT via KB0MZF VK9C/G6AY via G3SWH EG1WAP via EA1GIB K4K via K4MZU W2VQ/C6A via W2VQ EG5JRT via EA5URD KG4AS via N4SIA WH7Z via W0CN EG7DCA via EA7URS KG4WV via W4WV XR2Q via CA3OEV EH7MDA via EA7URM L82D via LU8DR YO775BV via YO6KAF FM1HN via NI5DX LO2W via LU7DSY ZP6CW via ZP6CU or LoTW FM/DL1CW via DL1CW LT5D via LU2DT ZV5C via PP5CIT (direct) G3V via G3VER LT5X via WD9EWK ZW7REF via PR7ZAJ HQ5A via KA2AEV or LoTW OP5T via ON5UM ZY7F via PS7AA HS0ZID via WX8C OT7X via ON7XT II0AAW via IK0TRV PJ4/CX3AN via CX3ANQSL EA5RKP via the Bureau. Special event station active this past weekend from the Polytechnic University of Valencia in Spain for a radio promotion.
UA2FL AND R750Y QSL STATUS. Jack, RN3RQ, states that he received the logs from Slava (UA2FL & R750Y) and will begin to start sending cards out to all. See QSL policy on:
QSLS VIA LoTW: 4O3A, C6AKQ, D44TBE, HA5KN/P, HK1N, J39BS, JA1CQK, LY3M, MU/F4EGD, OX3XR, PA1PE, PU8TEP, RW3XZ, RZ3FW, SD58Q, SM2EKM, US1IW, US6EX, UY5AA, V31RR, XE1SOV, YS3CW, YV5OIE and Z36W
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 1A0KM, 9L5VT, A25SL, AT25RG, BV100, ER4ER,
GD6IA, J6/K8EAB, JY5HX, PJ2T, PJ4D, PJ4W, PJ4X, PJ6A, PJ7E, PX8J,
PX8L, S21YX, ST2AR, SV1ASP/A, T6AF, TJ3AY, TL0A, TU2XZ, V73QQ, VK0KEV,
VU7NRO, ZD7FT and ZL8X
6M - A92GR, N2TU, K3WC, NN4X and W6UB
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: EM20UCC, RU3FN, S51ZZ, UA4FRL, UR4LWC, UT7L, UW5ZM, VO1KVT and YI9PT
T30, WEST KIRIBATI (Reminder)
Operators Jacek/SP5EAQ and Jacek/SP5DRH will once again be active from the Pacific, but this time to activate Tarawa Island (OC-017) as T30AQ and T30RH, respectively, between March 1-17th. Activity will be on all bands 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Jacek, SP5DRH, will focus mainly on 160 meters and 30 meters RTTY, with some 80 meters. Jacek, SP5EAQ, is a SSB operator and will operate on the remaining bands. They will have two separate stations using Elecraft K3/100 with 600w amps. Antennas are: 18m high Spiderbeam poles (few 9m long poles) and a GP5 antenna by SP7GXP. They will try to operate at the same time. Rys, SP5EWY, will be their pilot station for this operation. QSL via their home callsigns. For more details and update, visit their Web site at:
Siggi, LX1NO/TF3CW, will be active as TF3W, the IRA (Islenskir Radioamatorar) club callsign, during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 5-6th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry. QSL via TF3IRA.
Operators Bob/W4OWY and Mark/W9OP will once again be active as V25WY and V25OP, respectively, between March 8-18th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via their home callsign or by the Bureau. Logs will also be uploaded as before to LoTW and eQSL.
VR, HONG KONG
Charlie, VR2XMT, has been quite active recently on 15 10 meters SSB. Other activities also include 20 and 17 meters SSB with some RTTY on 20 meters. Since Charlie is no longer the member of the Hong Kong Amateur Radio Transmitting Society (HARTS), PLEASE DO NOT QSL VIA THAE BUREAU. Also, No eQSL, LoTW and QRZ Logbook. QSL only direct with geen stamp(s) or valid IRC(s), and a Self-Addressed-Envelope. Visit his Web page at:
VU4, ANDAMAN ISLANDS (Update)
Members of the Amateur Radio Society of India (ARSI) who plan to be active as VU4PB from Port Blair, between March 15-31st, now have a survey/poll on their Web page for "bands and modes" needs. Go to:
Operators Vittorio/I2GPT, Roberto/IK2PGM, Paolo/IW2HKW, Dimitri/IW2JOP, Giorgio/IZ2BKP and Marco/IZ2QCP will be active as ZA/I2GPT from Albania between March 9-13th. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via I2GPT, by the Bureau or direct.
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