The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1027
September 12, 2011
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
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DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 4th-September, through Sunday, 11th-September there were 221 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5Z, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, 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, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T32, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD9, ZF, ZK2, 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).
The 4W6A team should be fully operational by the morning (UTC) of September 17th. Operators Steve/9M6DXX/4W6AA, John/9M6XRO, Tim/ M0URZX, Anthony/MW0JZE, Bernd/VK2IA/4W3M, Oliver/MW0JRX/4W6A and Stuie/ VK8NSB/4W6SB will be active as 4W6A from Atauro Island (OC-232) on all bands, 160-10 meters, using CW, SSB and RTTY with up to four stations simultaneously. Col, MM0NDX, will be their Pilot station for the 4W6A operation and may be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The team hopes that the log search will be available from the Clublog facility, but this is dependent on a reliable Internet connection being available on the island. The QSL Manager is M0URX, direct (SAE plus 1 IRC or 2 USDs), by 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, also during the DXpedition. Direct or Bureau QSLs may also be requested using the M0URX Online QSL Request Service (OQRS). There is also a link from the 4W6A Web site at:
Jeff, N1SNB, will be active as 6V7V from La Somone during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Jeff is expected to be there between November 23-29th. Outside the contest Jeff informs OPDX that activity will be on 160/80 meters on CW and SSB. QSL via N1SNB.
Operators Arnold/WB6OJB and Frosty/K5LBU will once again be active as 7P8JK and 7P8CF, respectively, between September 14-22nd. Last time Arnold was on the HF bands, 40-10 meters using mostly SSB with some CW. Frosty will probably be mainly on PSK31 and as well as some RTTY. QSL via their home callsigns.
Ely, IN3VZE, will once again be active as 7Q7CE from the southwest shore of Lake Malawi in Resort Club Makokola
Oku, JK1KSB, will once again be active as 8Q7SO from Mirihi Island (AS-013) between October 28th and November 4th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via his home callsign.
ADIF SEARCH WIDGET AVAILABLE
Marek, DH9SB, states, "because more and more DXpeditions use Wordpress, I've written a widget for Word Press that can do a search for callsigns in the log/s. It supports more than one callsign and references. And of course, the log can be uploaded as ADIF to different logbooks." More information is available at:
Members of the Republic of China (Taiwan) Centenary Foundation continue to activate special event station BV100 between now and December 31st, 2011. Activity is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Republic of China (Taiwan). Operations will be on all bands and modes. Complete details on a operating schedule and how to earn a BV100 award is available at:
ADDED NOTES (Contest Activities):
* Operators Tang/BM2AAV, Eddie/BV2DD, Bruce/BV2KI, Evan/BV2KS, Lee/BV2NT, Kenichi/BW/JP1RIW and Lee/BX2AB will be active as BV100 during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 24-25th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via BV2KI.
* Operators Tang/BM2AAV, Eddie/BV2DD, Bruce/BV2KI, Evan/BV2KS, Lee/BV2NT, Lee/BX2AB, Tall/BX9AAA, Chung/BX4AF and Pro/BX4AN will be active as BV100 during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via BV2KI.
* Operators Tang/BM2AAV, Eddie/BV2DD, Bruce/BV2KI, Evan/BV2KS, Lee/BV2NT, Lee/BX2AB, Chung/BX4AF and Pro/BX4AN will be active as BV100 during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via BV2KI.
CIS DX QPSK63 CONTEST
The European PSK Club has the honor to invite radio amateurs from all over the world to participate in the 2011 CIS DX QPSK63 Contest. The objective of the contest is to establish as many contacts as possible between radio amateurs around the world and radio amateurs in the "Commonwealth of Independent States" by using the QPSK63 mode. The Common- wealth of Independent States (CIS) is a regional organization whose partic- ipating countries are former Soviet Republics, formed during the breakup of the Soviet Union. Everybody can work everybody for a QSO and multiplier credit.
The CIS DX PSK Contest is held every year on the third weekend of September. This year it starts at 12:00 UTC on Saturday, September 17th, and ends at 12:00 UTC on Sunday, September 18th. The rules and other information can be found at the contest Web site: http://www.cisdx.srars.org This second year it is strictly a QPSK63 contest, no other modes are allowed. Every participant should send a correct RSQ report and his/her four-digit DXDA number. An example of an exchange for W6EPC from the State of California is 599 2053. Maritime and aircraft mobile stations should send an RSQ report and four zeros, such as 599 0000. You can find your correct DXDA number at the corresponding list:
EG8, CANARY ISLANDS (Special Event)
Jose, EA8CNR, informs OPDX readers to look for EG8LM to be on the air between September 16-18th. Activity is to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Fiestas de Las Marķas in the city of Santa Maria de Guia on the Island of Gran Canaria (AF-004, DIE S-005, WLOTA L 0969). Operations will be on 40/20/15/12/10 meters SSB only. QSL Via EA8CNR, by the Bureau or direct.
HP36, POLAND (Special Event)
Look for special event station HF36POL to be on air to celebrate the departure of the "36th Polish Antarctic Ex- pedition to the ARCTOWSKI Station in the Antarctica. QSL via SP9YI, by the Bureau or direct. The Expedition leaves from Gdynia onboard the "MS Polar Pioneer" and is expected to reach Admiralty Bay on King George Island around the November 6th. Details about the base can be found at:
AS-049. Ken, JS3OMH, will be active as JS3OMH/6 from Toshima, Kuchino- shima, Kodakara and Akuseki Islands, all part of the Tokara Island group, between now and September 14th. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. As this was being typed, Ken was active from Kuchinoshima Island (in the Kagoshima Prefecture). He originally was going to be active from the very rare Island of Taira, but due to a typhoon, high winds and heavy rain, Ken had to abort his trip to the island. QSL via the Bureau or see (QRZ.com).
EU-136. Dusan, S52DG, will be active as 9A/S52DG/P from Krk Island (CI-046), Croatia, September 22-25th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
EU-189. (Update OPDX.1026) The same Belgian team that made an attempt to land and operate from Rockall Island in May 2009 is about to set sail again for their second try. Only this time they have a much larger vessel with a variety of tools that should warrant a safe landing in almost all sea or weather conditions including a helicopter! They expect to be on the air around September 27th or 28th, depending on how long it takes to get to the rock. Operation from the ship will use ON4ATW/MM. Estimated travel time is about 4 days from the harbor in Antwerp. Callsign to be used when on Rockall is MM0RAI/p. QSL via ON4ATW (LoTW, by the Bureau or direct). Keep an eye on their Web site for last minute updates and news at:
OC-233. Laurie, VK7ZE, along with a few friends on holiday, plan to activate King Island, as VK7ZX between November 3-7th, weather permitting. He mentions that this is not a DXpedition, but an operation in participating in the 150th anniversary celebration of the King Island Lighthouse (LOTA AUS-050, ILLW AU-0082 and VK Shire KI7), the tallest lighthouse in the Southern Hemi- sphere. They will be on air as much as possible, mainly on 20 and 40 meters. Laurie requests, "Please do not ask for other bands etc, we are travelling in a very small two seater plane and as it is, have to make many trips to the Island just to get ourselves and equipment there. There are no trees to attach antennas to, and we are not allowed to use the lighthouse for attaching antennas." If possible, they will upload logs to eQSL and LoTW while there, if not it will be done when they return home. For details on the lighthouse, see:
Martin, ON4PO, will once again be active as J45PO between October 23rd and November 3rd. Activity will be mostly SSB and some PSK31. QSL via ON4PO.
K6, UNITED STATES (Special Event)
Mark, KM6HB, for the 7th straight year will operate as special event station, K6P, between September 16-18th. Activity is to commemorate "National POW-MIA Recognition Day" and "Honor and remember those that have served". Mark states, "Please work us as we take time to say thanks to those men and women who endured hardship as POW's and those that are MIA and still waiting to come home." Suggested SSB frequencies are: 7250, 14253 and 18150 kHz (+/- QRM). QSL for a picture QSL card via KM6HB: Mark McMullen, P.O. Box 27271, Santa Ana, California 92799, USA. Logs will be uploaded to EQSL and LOTW.
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (September 12-18th)
Sep 12 AN SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS Sep 13 AN -------------------- Sep 14 AN BN - Below Normal Sep 15 AN AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET Sep 16 AN LN - Low Normal Sep 17 AN HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED Sep 18 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 lessLX, LUXEMBOURG
MOST WANTED DX SURVEY (2011) NOW AVAILABLE
Carl, N4AA, editor of "QRZ DX/The DX Magazine", has announced that the "2011 Most Wanted DX Survey" is now available in the September/October issue of DX Magazine and also on-line at:
PG540, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event)
Look for special event stations PG540BUFFALO or PG540BUFFALO/J to be active between October 10th and November 3rd. Activity is to celebrate the friendship between the ham group "Project Groep .540" (in Kennemerland), and "The Buffalo's" (the scouting in Zandvoort). The bands/modes of activity were not provided. QSL contacts with PG540BUFFALO via the QSL Manager PA2REH, direct or by the Dutch QSL Bureau (region R50). QSL the JOTA contacts with PG540BUFFALO/J via the QSL Manager PA0SNY, direct or by the Dutch QSL Bureau (region R20). See (QRZ.com) for more details.
PJ4, BONAIRE (Update)
Excerpts from a bulletin (No. 2) put out by some members of the Provins ARC F6KOP team announce that the team will activate Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA L1279) as PJ4C between January 12-23rd, 2012. The team originally was going to activate something possibly in Africa, Asia and Pacific, but after a few month of hard work, they had to cancel many of them for different reasons (mostly security related to the last events in the world). Also, some were just too expensive for their team. Finally, they chose to go to Bonaire (PJ4) because they found a place to accept all their equipment and operators. Thanks to the help of Peter, PJ4NX, everything has been organized very fast. Their goal will be 80,000 QSOs in 11 days, and maybe get the RTTY world record back. Operations will be on CW, SSB and RTTY, with as least 6 stations, 24 operators, and on the air 24 hours a day. The team members are experienced operators and include: Franck/F4AJQ (team leader), Peter/PJ4NX, Dave/K4SV, Gabriele/ I2VGW, Bill/N2WB, Nobert/DJ7JC, Heye/DJ9RR, Guenther/OE3GCU, Karl/ OE3JAG, Eric/ON7RN, Henri/F1HRE, Yann/F1NGP, Jimmy/F4DLM, Michel/F5EOT, John/F5VHQ, Jean-Luc/F6BIV, Alain/F6ENO, Joel/F6JMT, Jean-Paul/F8BJI, Bernard/F9IE, Rein/PA0R, Kenneth/OZ1IKY, Gerard/F2VX, Francis/F5QF and Tony/F8ATS. More details and updates can be found at:
PJ5, SABA AND ST. EUSTATIUS (Update)
Operators Wlodek/SP6EQZ and Janusz/ SP6IXF will once again be active as PJ5/SP6EQZ and PJ5/SP6IXF from St. Eustatius (NA-145) between October 19th and November 4th. They will be active exactly from the same QTH (Grid Loc. FK87ML) as last time. Activity will be on all HF bands, 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, running two high power stations using wire antennas, verticals and a Spiderbeam. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau. Logs will be uploaded to
QSL INFO AND NEWS
. QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated September 11th) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4J0SFR via 4J5T EH1SDC via EA1AUM SN10WTC via SP7PKI 5B/RN3QO via N2UCK EH2SDC via EA1AUM SV5/DL2DXA via DL2DXA 5B4/HA9RT via HA9RT EH5SDC via EA1AUM SV5/G2JL via G2JL 5B50J via 5B4AHJ EH9SDC via EA1AUM SV8/OE3GSA/MM via OE3GSA 9A/OM1II via OM1II EM0UBC via UR4UXD SV9/DL1TX via DL1TX A25/ZS6AYU via ZS6AYU EN1IFF via UR3IBV T5/TA1AMC via TA1AMC A65EE via IZ8CLM F5SHQ via MJ0ASP TF/SM7RYR/P via SM7RYR AH0BT via 7L1FPU HB9O via HB9BRG TK/IK2WZM via IK2WZM AP2NK via W3HNK IB0/IQ6LN via IQ6LN TK/IW5ELA via IW5ELA C98LW via UY5LW IF9/IZ5JMX via IZ5JMX TM1MAD via F5KLJ CG9HF via VE9HF IS0/DK7ZB via DK7ZB TM33LDX via F5CWU CR3L via DJ6QT IS0/DL6NDW via DL6NDW UN1O via IK2QPR CT9/DJ6KS via DJ6KS IS0/DL8JJ/M via DL8JJ VE1/KA4KDZ via KA4KDZ CT9/DJ8OG via DJ8OG K4S via KJ4AJP YO/US0VA via US0VA E7/S57XX/P via S57XX LY37L via LY2BOK YT0ZR via YT0ZR EA3/HB9BXE via HB9BXE LY37Q via LY4Q ZA/OK1MBZ/P via OK1MBZ EA6/OE2UKL via OE2UKL OH0HG/1 via JA1HGY ZG2FX via G3RFX ED1FIM via EA1URV OH3/DL2RVL via DL2RVL ZS9Z via ZS1OIN EF1DR via EA1DR R650FN via UA4FU ZW1AS via PY1NP EG1ERE via EA1RCM SN0PGEA via SP2KCQQSL MW/I1RBJ via F/I1RBJ (listed under I1RBJ on QRZ.com). Last weekend's MW/I1RBJ operation was a joint effort with some G hams and was from St. Tudwal's Island (EU-106). ADDED NOTE: Paul I1RBJ, states, "All M/I1RBJ and EJ/I1RBJ August QSLs shall be cleared (processed) in the next 15 days."
QSL PG6N via PA7DA, by the Bureau or direct. Activity was this past weekend from the Noordwijk Lighthouse (ARLHS NET-019, Admiralty B0760), located on the Vuurtorenplein in Noordwijk aan Zee, The Netherlands.
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 9M4SDX, 9U0A, 9X0SP, A25VB, D20VB, FS/W6IZT, J48O, JD1BMH, PJ2/DJ8NK, T2XG, V51VV and VU2NXM
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3D2IR, 5N7M, 9M6XRO/P, C21YY, CY0/K8LEE, CY0/N1SNB, EH8BPX, FG5DH, HI3TEJ, HK7AAG, HR9/WQ7R, K6VVA/KL7, MD2C, MD0CCE, OA4TT, OY/PA2A, PP0T, RA1QQ, TO2FH, YS1AG, YT1AR and ZC4MIS
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3B9WR, 6V7W, 9Q50ON, B7P, BD7LMT, CE0Y/LA9SN, J38XX, JW6VJA, OD5/ON4JM, PJ4B, PJ5/SP6EQZ, T2G, T2UF, T30SM, TX3D, TY6A, VK9N/G3MXJ and ZP6CW
Murat, TA1AMC, is now active as T5/TA1AMC from Mogadishu for the next three months. Activity will be limited to his spare time because he is a member of the "Turkish Ministry of Health's National Medical Rescue Team" (UMKE). Activity has been mainly on 15 meters SSB (watch 21260 kHz). QSL via the TRAC Bureau (Digital QSOs ONLY eQSL.CC).
T6, AFGHANISTAN ACTIVITIES (Updates/Correction)
* Eric, K9GY, continues to be active as T6MO from Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. He did not leave to go to FOB as mentioned in last week's bulletin (It was an error/mix-up... See next item). T6MO was active all last week on 40/17/15/12 meters CW. QSL via K9GY (USA: SASE [no return postage, no return QSL]--- Outside USA: SAE + 1 USD or SAE + 1 IRC [if you don't have both then no return QSL]). He will upload to the ARRL LoTW and ClubLog periodically.
* Les, WB8LES, Defense Contractor pilot who is stationed in FOB (Forward Operation Base) Shank, Loghar Province, Afghanistan. He is expected to be active as T6LB in October. He will be using an ICOM 7000 and will be purchasing a sloper antenna from AES. Les will be posting the times and frequencies (for 40/20 meters) on QRZ.com for those who need a T6 confirmation.
* Branko, 9A3PM, is now active as T6BP from Kabul Airport until April 2012. Activity will be limited as Branko is a member of the Croatian Army and operations will only take place during his spare time. Look for him to be on the HF bands using CW and the Digital modes. QSL via 9A6AA.
TL, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Rudi, DK7PE, will be active as TL0CW from Bangui, CAR, on a "one-man DXpedition" between October 26th and November 3rd. He states that CAR is not a real tourist place and the accommodations are very expensive (see details on (QRZ.com)). Activity will have an emphasis on 160/80 meters CW. QSL via DK7PE. For more details and updates, visit Rudi's Web page at:
TM33, FRANCE (Special Event)
Look for special event station TM33LDX to be active between now and September 24th. Activity is to celebrate the 33rd meeting of the Clipperton DX Club which is being held at Noirmoutier (dep 85) this year between September 23-24th. QSL via F5CWU. Log will be uploaded to LoTW. For more details about the Clipperton DX Club, see:
VP8ORK SOUTH ORKNEY ISLAND DVD NOW AVAILABLE
It has been announced that the 2011 VP8ORK MicroLite Penguins DXpedition's to South Orkney Islands DVD by well known DXpedition video photographer James Brooks, 9V1YC, is now available for 25.00 USDs and shipping will begin on September 21st. To order yours today, go to:
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