The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1008
April 25, 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, NG3K & ADXO, N4AA & QRZ DX, KH6BZF, K8ME, K8YSE, W8GEX (60m News), K9MM, AT International, DL1SBF, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3KMA, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, LA9VDA, M0VFC, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's- DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, UT3UZ, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and YT3W for the following DX information.
SPECIAL NOTE FROM EDITOR (by KB8NW)
I was able to put together a short bulletin before leaving for Murfreesboro. Have a great holiday weekend.... 73 de Tedd KB8NW
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Saturday, 16-April, through Friday, 22nd-April there were 230 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, 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, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T31, T32, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS
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).
Andrea, IZ2LSC, will be active as 3A/IZ2LSC from Monaco during the weekend of April 30th and May 1st. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. He plans to use a light multi-band vertical antenna with 100 watts. Andrea requests to PLEASE be patient with him because he is a newbie on CW . QSL via LoTW or by the Bureau via his home callsign. He suggests to follow him on Twitter at: @iz2lsc
Giorgio, IZ4AKS, will be active as 5R8KS in another Micro-DXpedition, this time from Nosy Be Island (AF-057) between May 31st and June 6th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via IZ8IYX. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 7025, 10105, 14025, 18075, 21025, 24895 and 28025 kHz
SSB - 7085, 14270, 18155, 21295, 24945 and 28495 kHz
RTTY - 7040, 10145, 14080, 18105, 21085, 24920 and 28080 kHz
Visit the 5R8KS Web page at:
Chris, ZS6RI (ex-ZD9IR, 5H9IR, EL8RI), will be active as 9J2RI from Zambia for a year or two. However, operations will be on a "6 week on/6 week off" due to his work schedule (6 weeks off he will return home to South Africa). Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via LoTW or direct to: Chris J de Beer, Box 333, Bethlehem, GA 30620 (w/SASE [USA] or SAE w/return postage for other countries). Bureau QSLs are OK, but very slow. LoTW will be uploaded at least once every 6 week rotation, and probably even weekly. Bureau cards will be sent annually.
9M8, WEST MALAYSIA
Mirek, VK6DXI, will once again be active as 9M8DX/2 from Kuala Lumpur between April 25-30th. Activity will be limited since this is a business trip, but he will operate on some CW during his local evening hours. QSL via SP5UAF.
ASIAN AND IOTA TRIP
Vincent, F4BKV, plans to be active as VR2/F4BKV from a small apartment on the 35th floor in the Lai Chi Kok area (Kowloon side), in Hong Kong, between April 27th and May 6th. He will use a balcony vertical mobile antenna with a Yaesu FT857D. He also plans to be active as YB9/F4BKV from Bali (OC-022), Indonesia, between May 7-9th. Activity from both locations will be casual using low power (100w) and operating SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via LoTW, by the Bureau or direct. Logs of his activities are available online at:
Bill Moore, NC1L, Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following has been approved for DXCC credit:
ZD9AH Tristan Da Cunha & Gough; 2010 Operation
ZD9T Tristan Da Cunha & Gough; 2010-2011 Operation
If you had these operations rejected in a recent application send a note to email@example.com to have your record updated. Note, due to extremely heavy e-mail DXCC may not respond to your message. Once updated, this will be reflected in your LoTW account or in the live, daily DXCC standings on the Web site.
EM25, UKRAINE (Special Event)
In connection with 25th anniversary of the accident at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant, radio amateurs from the "Ukrainian State Centre of Radio Frequencies" together with a number of Ukrainian radio amateurs will operate from Chernobyl city between the period April 22-30th, using the callsign EM25U. QSL via UT3UZ: Alex Arbuzov, P.O. Box 7, Kiev-232, 02232, Ukraine.
Operators Tony/IZ3ESV, Gabriele/I2VGW and Andrea/ IZ2LSC will be active as HB0/homecall between June 2-5th. The trio is planning a micro-light and holiday-style operation using CW, SSB and RTTY. The main focus will be on the 30/17/12 meters and the upper HF bands depending on the propagation. They will also try 6 meters. QSL via their home callsigns.
IOTA 50TH ANNIVERSARY MARATHON (Janaury 1st, 2012, through DECEMBER 31st,
A press release by Roger Balister, G3KMA, RSGB IOTA Manager, states:
"The year 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Islands On The Air (IOTA) Programme by British SWL Geoff Watts, BRS-3129. As a build-up to our celebrations on this occasion, the RSGB IOTA Manager and Committee announce an exciting activity period in which all licensed amateurs world-wide are invited to participate.The complete rules of the IOTA 50th Anniversary Marathon will appear in the forthcoming 'RSGB IOTA Directory' to be released at Dayton. They can also be seen on G3KMA's website at:
For a two-year period during 2012 and 2013, IOTA chasers are encouraged to contact as many different IOTA groups as possible, and IOTA activators to play their part by operating from as many groups as possible, with special emphasis on the less-frequently activated ones. The points system adopted rewards 'Activators' with higher scores for activating the rarer IOTA groups. Certificates and awards will be available to both 'Chasers' and 'Activators' to reflect attainment of graduated bands of performance together with attractive prizes for top scorers.
The challenge provides a level playing field for everyone, whether they are complete newcomers to IOTA or are holders of the prestigious IOTA 1000 Islands Trophy, because everyone starts with a clean slate on 1st January 2012.
We hope that all our readers will consider ways in which they can support this event. We would like to see work starting now to schedule activity from as many IOTA groups as possible throughout the 24 months. Let us target 500 groups initially in the hope and expectation of being able to raise this higher as the Marathon progresses."
AF-019. Members of the Valle Brembana DX and Contest Team (VBDXC) will be active as IG9E from Lampedusa Island (IIA AG001) between May 18-23rd. Operators mentioned are Enzo/IZ2GLU, Fabio/IZ2GMT, Andrea/IZ2AJE, Diego/IW2MZX and Ezio/IK2AHB. They plan to have three stations active simultaneously "on air" on various bands and modes. Special attention will be given to the 30/17/12 meter bands and the Digital modes. QSL via IK2AHB, by the Bureau or direct. Visit the VBDXC Team's Web page at:
EU-016. Leo, S50R, will be active as 9A/S50R from the Island of Lastovo (ACIA IC-869, CIA-23, IOCA CI-051, MIA MC-196, WLOTA 0815) between April 25-30th. Activity will be on the HF bands, on or near the usual island and IOTA frequencies. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau and the LoTW.
EU-079. Members of the QLF DX-Team will once again be active as LA6Q from More Og Romsdal County South IOTA Group between April 29th and May 1st. Operators mentioned are Bjorn/LA5UKA and Trond/LA9VDA. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via LA9VDA. Cards can be requested via E-mail at: la9vda(at)gmail.com For a direct QSL, please add 3 USDs or 1 new and stamped IRC and SAE. Cards without this will be sent through the Bureau.
EU-123. Members of the Camb-Hams will be activating the Isle of Arran between May 1-8th. They will be operating as GS3PYE/P and GS6PYE/P. Activity will be on all bands 160-2 meters, and 70cm via satellites. For VHF, the island lies in IO75. More information is available at:
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (April 25th-May 1st)
Apr 25 AN SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS Apr 26 HN -------------------- Apr 27 HN BN - Below Normal Apr 28 HN-LN AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET Apr 29 HN-AN LN - Low Normal Apr 30 HN-AN HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED May 01 HN-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 lessOJ0, MAKET REEF
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated April 21st) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4A0IARU via N7RO AO5WRD via EA4URE LW2DFH via EA5KB 5W8A via YT1AD AO7WRD via EA4URE OM75IHWC via OM5NA 9A3B via 9A1AA AO8WRD via EA4URE PJ2/DL6LAU via DL6LAU A60WARD via EA7FTR BD6JJX via BA4EG XV2W via W6NWS AO1WRD via EA4URE E7/DL2MHA via DL2MHA XV4YY via DH7WW AO2WRD via EA4URE ED1URV via EA1URV YF1AR via N2OO AO4WRD via EA4URE FP5BZ via F5TJP9M6TMT QSL INFORMATION. As of April 18, 2011, Buzz, NI5DX, will no longer be assisting 9M6TMT as QSL Manager. Tom has decided to handle the QSL duty himself with assistance from his XYL. Please do NOT send any 9M6TMT cards to NI5DX either direct or via the Bureau.
DENMARK POSTAL RATE INCREASE. John, K9MM, was informed by OZ3PZ that international postal rates from Denmark increased on April 1, 2011. Two USDs are no longer enough for a letter to the USA. He requests either 3 USDs or 1 IRC. See his Web page for additional details at:
YF1AR QSL INFO UPDATE. QSL Direct/OQRS/W2 Bureau via QSM N2OO/Bob Schenck. Budi, states, "Do not send to my home QTH or my Bureau."
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 4O3A, 4Z1TL, 8P5A, 8P6DR, 9H1SP, 9K2MU, 9Q50ON, CN8KD, CT3MD, ES5GP, G3WPH, GW4OGO, HB9CVQ, HP1/IZ6BRN, HK1MW, IG9/IW9ELR, J39BS, JA0FVU, LX7I, MU0FAL, OK2CQR, PV8ADI, R7BN, RG4F, RU3ZX, SM0EJR, SV9CVY, XE1GZU, V44KAI and ZS1EL
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 4Z5RT, 5B8AD, 6W/AA1AC, CS2C, E21EJC, FM4LV, FM5WD, J37BO, J39BS, J5NAR, J68UN, J88DR, JE1LFX, JY5HX, KH0/G3ZEM, MJ/K3PLV, OH0BP, R1ANP, R1ANP/A, T88ZM, TO3A, TI5KS, TJ3AY, UA2FR, V51AS, VK4LDX/P, YO3FRI and ZL8X
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: NONE REPORTED THIS WEEK!
SHORT PACIFIC TOUR
By the time you read this operators Carlos/EA1IR and Hrane/YT1AD should be QRT as 3D2IR and 3D2AD from the Fiji Islands and should be now active as A35IR and A35AD from Tonga until April 26th, before heading back to Fiji for a few days (between April 26-29th). Both operators will finish their short Pacific tour from American Samoa as KH8/EA1IR and KH8/N9YU between April 29th and May 1st. QSL all the above callsigns for YT1AD and EA1IR via Carlos, EA1IR.
T31, CENTRAL KIRIBATI (Update)
By the time you read this, T31A should be on the air. Some members of the team have opted out from the DXpedition before the team left Apia. Operators Charlie/W6KK, Carlos/EA1IR and Hrane/ YT1AD decided not to go to Kanton island due to obligations and there was no clear date on a return from the DXpedition. Also, there were some other personal reasons which made them decided not to board the boat. However, Carlos/EA1IR and Hrane/YT1AD made a decision to make a short DXpedition to some of the Pacific islands (See Short Pacific Tour). For updates on the T31A team, see the Web page at:
Shigehiro, JA8CCL, is active as T88KR from the Palau Rental shack
Operators René/DL2JRM and Daniel/DL5SE are now active as VU3RYO from New Delhi until April 25th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW only. QSL via DL2JRM.
Operators Mitko/LZ1UQ and Andy/LZ2HM will be active as ZA/homecall between April 26th and May 5th. Activity will be on all HF bands and 6 meters. Operations will be on CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via their home callsign using the info on (QRZ.com).
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