The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1019
July 18, 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, WO2N, NG3K & ADXO, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, K6GEP, KH6BZF, K8YSE, W8GEX (60m News), WB8YJF, AT International, DL1SBF, DG8KAD & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, E51JD, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, F6FQK, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IZ3EBA, OE1WHC, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, PT2OP, RSGB IOTA Web Site, TA1HZ, UT7CL, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE7DP, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and ZL2TZE for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 10th-July, through Sunday, 17th-July there were 211 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J5, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH2, KH4, 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, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TT, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, 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).
Sig, NV7E, is active as 5Z4EE from Nairobi, and has announced that he will be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) and the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 3-4th, 2012) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via NV7E, by the W7 Bureau or direct using the address on (QRZ.com) (see details). He DOES NOT use LoTW.
9Y, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Jim, N6TJ, will be active as 9Y4W from Scar- borough, Tobago Island (SA-009, WLOTA 0412), during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via DL4MDO, direct or by the Bureau.
E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (Airmail Deliveries To The Islands)
Jim, E51JD, from Rarotonga Island sent the following to OPDX about the airmail he receives (edited):
"To The Editor -- For some time I have been intrigued at how long it takes airmail to reach my mail box, particularly some of the mail posted in USA, and I decided to record details of QSL mail received between 11 and 27 June 2011. Mail from Italy, UK, Slovenia, Spain, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Germany & Ukraine took two to three weeks from date of mailing compared to that from USA which with two exceptions took at least a month and in most cases a number of months to reach me. Some examples include that posted in Greer, SC, on 11th Feb. & Gilbert, AZ, on 13th Oct. 2010 received on 11th June, that posted in Melbourne, FL, on 10th Oct. 2010 received on 20th June together with mail posted in Melrose, FL, on 29th March and Pacifica, CA, on 25th March. Mail received on 30th June included one posted in San Jose, CA, on 15th November 2010 and others posted in Bakersfield, CA, on 14th April, Melrose, FL, on 21 March, Austin, TX, on 5th February and Wichita Kansas on 31st March. The mail I picked up on 27 June included one mailed in Springfield, LA, on 29th March.FG, GUADELOUPE
Apart from the occasional public holiday our post office is open Monday to Friday and my mail box is cleared daily - I have not listed the U.S. mail which took less than two months to reach me.
This is hardly DX news but I thought that I should try to get the information out to operators who may have been waiting some months to receive a response to QSL cards. Personally I am not worried as I do not chase the cards, but any card I receive which includes the addressed envelope and return postage is replied to.
In the hope of getting maximum coverage I have sent this message to two other DX Newsletters.
Thanks and 73s
P O BOX 491
AS-080. Members of the Korea Contest Club (KCC) will be active as D93I from Anmyon Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st). Operators mentioned are Seung/DS4NYE, Jeong/DS1OYR, Jeon/DS1EVQ, Han/DS2GOO, Cho/DS3MLG, Lee/DS4NMJ, Kim/HL1OYF and Han/HL1VAU. QSL via DS4NYE direct or LoTW.
EU-030. Axel, OZ7VEA, will be active from Bornholm Island between July 24th and August 5th. His activity will also include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a Single-Op/SSB-Only/ 12-Hrs entry. QSL via the Bureau. For more details, see his Blog at:
EU-042. Peter, DC1HPS, will be active as homecall/p from Pellworm Island (DID N-23, WLOTA 1188) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-31st). Outside of the contest activity will be on the HF bands with a focus on the Digital modes. For more information, see:
EU-073. Members of the Associazione Radioamatori Marina Italiani Sezione di Taranto (A.R.M.I) and 599 DX Team will be active as IJ7DX from San Pietro Island between August 18-21st. Activity will be on the HF bands and 6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via IZ7LDC. For more details, visit their Web page at:
EU-091. Members of the Centro Italiano Sperimentazione Attività Radioantist Sezione di TARANTO (C.I.S.A.R.) will be active as IQ7HK from Isola Grande during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via IK7FPX direct only. Operators mentioned are Gilberto/IK7LMX, Giancarlo/IK7QMJ, Michele/IK7FPX, Angelo/IZ7CTE, IZ7CEG, Vincenzo/I7PXV, Casear/ IK7XNF, IK7SIA and IZ7MND.
EU-097. Ian, G4FSU, will be active as OH/G4FSU from Emsalo Island between now and August 10th. His activity will also include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st). QSL via his home callsign.
EU-131. Members of the Extreme DX & Contest Group will be active as IL3A from La Certosa Island (IIA VE-018), Saturday, July 23rd, weather permitting. Activity will be on 20 and 40 meters. QSL via IK3HHX, by the Bureau or direct. For more details, see (QRZ.com) or
EU-136. Lang, S57UN, will be active as 9A/S57UN from Rab Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band/ Low-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign.
EU-146. Operators Francois/ON4LO, Eddy/ON4CCK, Walter/ON8CW, Beni/ ON3BL and Erik/ON4CCV will be active as PA/ON4LO/P from Schouwen Duiveland between July 22-24th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via ON4LO, by the Bureau or direct.
EU-179. Operators Alexey/UR5GDX, Ivan/UR8GX, Nick/UR3GO, Leo/UT7CL and Roman/UR3CJR will activate Kalanchakskiye Islands between July 26th and August 3rd. Callsign will be homecall/p. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via UR8GX. Visit their Web page at:
NA-067. Jon, WB8YJF, will be active again as WB8YJF/4 from Ocracoke Island (NC-001S, Hyde County, NC) between July 24-31st. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, RTTY and SSB. He will also be active in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st). Please QSL direct via the address on (QRZ.com) for a fast reply.
NA-144. Operators Jeff/W6UX, Rick/AE6RS, Tom/WA6WPG and Tim/K6GEP will be active as W6UX/p from Anacapa Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-31st) as a Multi-Op/Mixed-Mode entry. Activity outside of the contest will be on 40-6 meters, including 30/17/12 meters. QSL W6UX/p via K6GEP. For activity outside of the contest, please QSL via their home callsigns.
NA-232. Just a reminder that the members of the Russian Robinson Club are expected to activate St. Matthew Island sometime this week (possibly between July 20-26th). Operators mentioned are Yuri/N3QQ, Tim/NL8F and Yuri/UA9OBA. QSLs can be confirmed by either Yuri/UA9OBA or Dick/N7RO. For more details and updates, watch:
OC-021. Adhi, YB3MM, will be active from Java Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band/SSB-Only/ 12-Hrs entry. QSL via IZ8CCW.
OC-239. Joni, YB9WZJ, will be active as homecall/p from Doom Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st). Activity will be during his spare time and on 20 meters SSB only. QSL direct only or LoTW.
SA-045. (Update) Excerpts from a press release state that operators Orlando/PT2OP and Fred/PY2XB will be active from Parazinho Biologic Reserve in Bailique Archipelago between August 17-24th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. They will use the IOTA and DX frequencies. The callsigns have been issued as PQ8OP (Orlando) and PQ8XB (Fred). Orlando will mainly operate SSB and the Digital modes while Fred will use mostly CW and also the Digital modes. They will also have 6m capabilities and will monitor the band for openings.
The equipment will be Icoms 706 and 7000 with a 400w THP amplifier. Antennas will be an SteppIR vertical (40-6m) and a Zepp (40- 10m). Power will be off a Diesel generator. Eventually, during generator off periods, batteries will be used. The Parazinho Bilologic Reserve is an biologic sanctuary. Only an Environ- mental Ministery/State Secretary outpost is available on the site. The site is about 300km straight line far from French Guyana border. Few meters from the outpost there is an automatic Lighthouse run by Brazilian Navy. So this operation will not only account for a rare IOTA but also for WLOTA awards (L-1123) and ALRHS (number awaiting confirmation). QSO is valid for the Brazilian Islands Diploma DIB AP-03; Brazilian Lighthouses Diploma DFB AP-03 and South American Lighthouses Diplom DFA.
The team will arrive in Macapa, capital city of the state of Amapa, on August 14th. Then on the 16th it will sail to the Biologic Reserve. The boat ride takes 12 hours to Vila Progresso - a small fishermen community, plus 30 minutes in a motor boat to the reserve. Boat ride schedule will depend on tides that can get amplitudes as high as 10 meters. The team will take food, water and essential goods as well a spare generator and fuel for the entire period.
The team will return on the 25th to Macapa, depending on the tide levels. It is to be confirmed, that on August 26th, activity is planned from São José de Macapa Fortress, the biggest historic Brazilian fortress. Valid for DFH Historical Brazilian Fortress with code DFH AP-01. PQ8OP cards will be handled by PT2OP and PQ8XB cards by PT7WA.
Members of the SV9 DX Team with co-operation of SV5BYR will be active as J45K from Kasos Island (EU-001) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st). The first team with the equipment will be on the island Tuesday, July 26th. Operations will start next day on 160-6 meters, as well as 2 meters band during weekend. QSL via SV9DJO and LoTW.
Frank, DD0CW, is now active as JT1FDB from Ulaanbaatar until the first week of August. According to his (QRZ.com) Web page, he will be active as JT1FDB/7 most of the time from Bugat near Erdenet (Locator: ON19UB) about 400 km NW of Ulaanbaatar. He will be from Ulaanbaatar only during the first week and last week. Frank has per- mission to be active on all HF bands (160-6m) and VHF/UHF bands using all modes, but he prefers CW. Activity over the past weekend was on 15 and 6 meters. He will use a FT-100D with a GP and Dipole antennas. QSL via DD0CW.
KD0, UNITED STATES (Lighthouse Op!)
Steve, KD0ETC, will be on a kayak expedition to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Wisconsin, in Lake Superior, and possibly activate the following three lighthouses between July 30th and August 5th:
Sand Island (USA 722 and WI018L)
Raspberry Island (USA 688 and WI019)
Devils Island (USA 228 and WI015)
Operating time will between 1500-2100z. His base camp will be on York Island (WI017). Devils Island is maybe iffy since he is kayaking. Activity will mainly be on 20 meters SSB only. However, there may be some 40 meters in the evening using a larger loading coil on his vertical, but he doubts that he will be at a lighthouse then. QSL direct only to KD0ETC with SASE, please.
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (July 18-24th)
Jul 18 HN-AN SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS Jul 19 AN-HN-LN -------------------- Jul 20 LN BN - Below Normal Jul 21 LN-HN AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET Jul 22 HN LN - Low Normal Jul 23 AN HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED Jul 24 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 lessQSL INFO AND NEWS
PP0T QSL STATUS. David, EB7DX, reports that he has been very busy these days, and also has been out of town for 10 days. He has recently uploaded the PP0T QSOs to LoTW. The paper QSLs are still at the printer.
QSL STATUS FOR DZ1P. Frank, VE7DP, informs that QSLs for the DZ1P operation (OC-091; between March 11-13th; QSL via VE7DP or 4F1OZ) were printed and shipped on June 12th. However, delivery has been delayed due to a recent postal strike in Canada. PSE QRX, the package should arrive sometime this month and all direct requests will be mailed out promptly.
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3C9B, 3C0C, C6A/N5KM, PP0T, PZ5RA, S9DX, ST2VB and T31A
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 4L6AM, 5N7M, 9K2VO, 9L5MS, CR5CQK, CT3/DF8AA, FG5FR, HK7AAG, HS0AC, JT1DA, KP2/K3CT, OD5/DL6SN, PJ4E, PZ5RA, S57IIO, SV2ASP/A, VP8ORK, YN2ER, YN2ET, YN2MG, ZB2X and ZB3R.
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3D2A, 5W0YA, C91YI, DL2DSL, EA1ARW, EA8/DL1ARD, GB6MD, IR2C, JD1BMM, MS0WRC, MU0FAL, PJ4/G4IUF, PQ0F, S9DX, SM5PHU, T06T, TM32CDXC, TO5SM, TS7C, V25VG3N, YJ0MM, YO3KPA and Z21DXI
ST0, SOUTH SUDAN (Update)
The South Sudan is now the world's newest country and as expected, the 193rd member of the United Nations on July 14th. Also, the South Sudan become a new DXCC entity on July 14th. ARRL DXCC Manager Bill Moore, NC1L, announced that the Honor Roll numbers have now moved up from 340 to 341 for the Top of the Honor Roll, and for Honor Roll it becomes 332.
As this was being written, the last news we heard about the DX Friends/Intrepid DX Group's DXpedition to the South Sudan is:
"The Intrepid DX Group is meeting the DX Friends in Cairo on July 21st. On July 22nd, they all fly from Cairo to Juba, South Sudan. On July 23rd, they will meet with the Ministry of Communi- cations to amend licenses to the new ITU prefix. They expect to be active later on July 23rd, or July 24th (Web page now states July 25th), until shut down on August 10th, 2011."The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has not announced a prefix block for the Republic of South Sudan on their Web page yet. However, they have announced that the South Sudan does now have an area code - 211. For more details and updates watch:
ADDED NOTE: Wolf Harranth, OE1WHC, from the Amateur Radio Section of ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) and the Documentary Archives Radio Communications/QSL Collection, has informed OPDX that on their Web site, they now provide an extensive overview of Sudan's amateur radio history. The URL Link is:
TC, TURKEY (TC Special Event Stations)
Tevfik, TA1HZ, informs OPDX readers that there will be new TC special event callsigns to be activated in the coming weeks:
TC2BK - First of all, Turkish members of the (TRAC Giresun branch) Giresun Radio Amateurs and Nature Sports Club (GITRAD), and the TCSWAT (Special Wireless Activity Team) will be active as TC2BK between July 20-27th. Bahri Kacan, TA2BK (SK), one of the founders of ham radio in Turkey and former president of TRAC, passed away 10 years ago. Both GITRAD and TCSWAT will be on the air to commemorate this valuable elmer of Turkish ham radio operators. QSL Manager is TA7EB (see details on (QRZ.com))
TC100TAF - The year 2011 is the 100th anniversary of Turkish Air Force. In May, TCSWAT was on the air as TC100HKK. For those who missed having a QSO for the 100th anniversary, TCSWAT will once more be on the air using a special callsign, but this time as TC100TAF between July 23-31st. Activity will be on the HF bands, mainly SSB, but look out for BPSK31 and SSTV signals especially during the nights! QSL via TA1HZ.
TC1LHW and TC7LHW - In August, look for two lighthouses to be activate by the TRAC Giresun Branch members, GITRAD and TCSWAT during the International Lighthouse-Lightship Week (August 1-8th). The classic TC1LHW team manned by TCSWAT will be located once more in Karaburun Lighthouse while TC7LHW will be activated from Yoros Lighthouse by GITRAD, TCSWAT and the TRAC Giresun Branch members. Both lighthouses are on the Black Sea coastline. QSL via TA1HZ.
SPECIAL NOTICE FOR QSL CARDS: TCSWAT QSLs are 100% via the Bureau. The usual delivery time is the end of June at the Friedrichshafen Messe. If you are not in a hurry, please wait for it. The cards are printed usually twice a year (May and December), so it is usually of no use to send in a direct request right after the activity. If you use
TC7, TURKEY (Special Event)
Members of the Trabzon Branch (TRAC) will activate their club station using the special callsign TC7EYOF between July 22-31st. This special activity is in celebration/promotion and during the "TRABZON 2011, 11th European Youth Olympic Festival" sports event. Look for activity to take place on the HF, 6m and 2m bands, using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via YM7KA, direct or by the Bureau. For more details, visit the TRAC Web page at:
The "Council of Europe Radio Amateur Club" (CERAC - TP2CE) will be active as TP50CE during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st). Activity is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the European Social Charter. Operations are usually on all HF bands and modes, possibly the satellites. QSL via F5LGF. An online log search will be available at:
UN/UP, KAZAKHSTAN (UNFF/Lakes/Mountains/Rivers Op!)
Two teams of operators from Kazakhstan will activate the following Flora & Fauna, Lakes, Rivers and Mountains of Kazakhstan between July 18-31st:
Team UN6GWC/7 (from Almaty) - Operators Sergei/UN6GAO, Arthur/UN6QC
(+XYL), Oleg/UN7ECA and UN8GEK (+ XYL) will activate the
UNL-003, UNL-131, UNL-128, UNL-045, UNL-129, UNL-002
UNFF-012, UNFF-018, UNFF-006, UNFF-029, UNFF-003
Team UP7Z (from Astana) - Will activate the following:
KDA B15, B07, F13, F11, F06, F07, J05, J06, J07, J09, J16
UNFF-002, UNFF-006, UNFF-027, UNFF-029,
UNL-064, UNL-065, UNL-126, UNL-129, UNL-130
Activity is planned for all bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Suggested frequencies for SSB are: 3744, 7144, 14144, 14244, 18144, 21244 and 24944 kHz. QSL via the home callsign. For more info, please visit:
VK9C, COCOS (KEELING) ISLAND
Operators Lot/DJ7ZG and Babs/DL7AFS will be active as VK9CX from Cocos (Keeling) Islands (OC-003) between October 19th and November 9th. QSL via DL7AFS.
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