The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1017.1
July 6, 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 9M6DXX and OH2BN for the following DX information.
4W6A TIMOR-LESTE (EAST TIMOR) DXPEDITION (SEPTEMBER 16-26th, 2011)
Also joining the team, although not in Timor-Leste itself, are Col McGowan, MM0NDX, and Kev Haworth, M0TNX. Col, who is the founder and editor of the DX World website [http://dx-world.net], has been appointed as pilot while Kev will be the assistant QSL manager to Tim, M0URX. Col will be responsible for providing feedback to the team on Atauro Island. He may be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
CDXC (Chiltern DX Club ≠ the UK DX Foundation), the RSGB DXpedition Fund, the German DX Foundation, the Northern California DX Foundation, the European DX Foundation, the Nippon DX Association and the Northern Illinois DX Association are the latest DX clubs and foundations that are kindly providing financial support for the DXpedition. The team is very grateful to all DX groups, companies and individuals who have offered sponsorship. All are listed with thanks on the 4W6A website at
4W6A will be QRV from Atauro Island (IOTA OC-232), Timor-Leste (East Timor), from 16 to 26 September 2011. Activity will be on all bands 10 to 160 metres, using CW, SSB and RTTY. The QSL manager is M0URX, direct (SAE plus 1 IRC / $2), via the bureau, or LoTW. The entire log will be uploaded to LoTW as quickly as possible after the end of the operation or, if possible, even during the DXpedition. QSLs may also be requested using the QSL request form on the website.
YOUNGSTERS TAKE CONTROL OF FINLAND'S 20M SSB IARU HQ STATION AT RADIO
ARCALA, OH8X, (Helsinki - July 6th, 2011)
"Working OH2HQ may land you not only another HQ multiplier but may give you a good feeling and rein- force your faith in the future of Amateur Radio - so look for these four guys with their well prepared and balanced effort in their first serious contest.
Mari, (YL) 18, OH2FPK, is a true mother figure of the group, radiating sympathy and empathy, but also ready to guide the gang to the best possible results. Mari can fight for her frequency if needed as she is one of the nation's best for her age in a Japanese martial art called taido. Mari is targeting for a meteorological profession and she can communicate with you in both English and Russian.
Leevi, 17, OH2FHN, is the group's superb CW operator but also the team's technical expert. Leevi is a seasoned antenna builder and feels at ease working with electronics. He was just rewarded with a Bencher paddle to bring his CW to new heights. Leevi is comfortable with teaching the group as he conducts amateur radio courses, specializing in the technical part.
Joona, 13, OH2FPG, is the youngest member of the team but well ex- perienced to communicate with people both on radio and in person thanks to his participation in several ham radio promotional exhibits. Joona is quite outspoken and deals with the group's IT needs with his extensive knowledge as another bright youth. Joona can handle the multitudes with his good command of English.
Joel, 13, OH2FHI, is multi-talented and has coupled his burgeoning contesting interest with a focus on music as his way of life. When the IARU contest starts, Joel may blow a few sounds on the air from his accompanying trumpet. Joel is a true powerhouse and lots of fun as an expert, young team-builder with his humor and ready wit. English is Joel's mother language.
So, this team has a very balanced skill set to do well at Radio Arcala's Northern outpost faced with all the expected and unexpected challenges. They plan to do a series of internal 2-hour runs to sort out their rates and then target for the best score along with maximum learning experience while exploiting their current skill levels to meet a variety of needs for achieving the highest possible QSO total.
The Finnish Amateur Radio League (SRAL) is the Finnish national IARU society with more than 4300 OH members while Radio Arcala is an alliance of dedicated Finnish contesters with the aim to increase awareness of competitive amateur radio and related concepts among today's youth through Arcala's extreme and novel approach. There is no doubt that these youngsters get a kick out of turning the mammoth 40-ton antenna constructions and driving the contest machine from the airplane-like Arcala cockpit. Radio extreme at its best. Check out the Radio Arcala website at
ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND (Correction)
German operators Wolf/DK1IP, Rainer/ DL7OR, Gerd/DJ4KW, Arno/DL1CW and Werner/DJ9KH will be active as ZD8D from Garden Cottage, Ascension Island (AF-003), between July 24th and August 9th (see OPDX.1009). The dates have not been changed as first thought only their location on the island due to the heavy rainfalls in late April which damaged the street to Garden Cottage (their planned operating site). They have changed their plans and will now use a guest- house in Georgetown which they state "is not ideal. We have to rely on our fiberglass poles, as there are no trees etc... We are afraid, that we will be handicapped on 160 and 80m, but we will do our best, of course." For updates, visit their Web page at:
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