The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1036
November 14, 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, ARRL Letter, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q & ARRL DX, K2SX, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, KH6BZF, N6RT, K7BHM, N7OU, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX (60m News), W8MP, W0GJ, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, F6FQK, G4IRN, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JA1XGI, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and Z21BB for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 6th-Novovember, through Sunday, 13th-November there were 233 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4U1U, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, 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, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T2, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9C, VK9X, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, 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).
Slavo/SP2JMB and his XYL Dorota/SP2TO will be active as 3B8GY from Mauritius Island between February 5-25th, 2012. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. Also, both operators will be active in ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 18-19th). QSL via SP2JMB.
John, G4IRN, will be active as 5B/G4IRN from Cyprus during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) possibly as a Single-Op/ Single-Band (20m)/High-Power entry. There may be some activity prior to the contest weekend. QSL via G4IRN, direct (see (QRZ.com)) or by the Bureau (he accepts E-mail Bureau requests). Logs will be uploaded to LoTW upon his return to the UK.
Just a reminder to look for Eric, F6ICX, to once again be active as 5R8IC from Saint Marie Island (AF-090) between November 15th and December 17th. Activity will be holiday style operating CW, RTTY, and PSK63, and using 100 watts into various GPs or Inverted-Ls and a Hexbeam for 20-10 meters. There will be no online log during his activity. QSL via his home callsign (QRZ.com). View pictures of his last trips at:
Yuki, JH1NBN, will be active as 8Q7ZB from the Maldive Islands (AS-013) between November 15-29th. He is reportedly here on business. Activity will be on the HF bands, propagation permitting. He may also possibly enter the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
9G, GHANA (Update to OPDX.1035)
Mark, W8MP, an airline pilot who travels periodically to Accra and plans to be active as 9G5MP, informed OPDX on Thursday that he received a short notice and is heading back to Ghana Friday night (10 hours notice). So by the time you read this, he may be on the air. Mark states that he will be there for a week and is bringing his IC7000. He mentions, "Not sure about antenna, will have a Buddipole and some random wire. Only paper logging this time, as it is either a radio or a computer. Phone and CW is the plan for now. Will work out the bugs this time and maybe do it better next time." QSL via his home call- sign.
By the time you read this, the multi-national team should be all together and on the air as 9N7MD until November 27th. Some of the team members have arrived early and have been active as 9N7MD and 9N7DX. Activity will be on all bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Also, for the first time in history, they have received official permission to use the 6 meters band without restrictions! QSL Manager is IK2VUC for direct, by the Bureau or use the OQRS (see the Web page). The LoTW files will be uploaded by the end of March 2012 (four months after QRT). Activity will also include an entry in the upcoming CQWW DX CW Contest as 9N7DX. QSL via 4Z4DX. For more details and updates, visit the "NEPAL11" Web page at:
A2, BOTSWANA (Ops needed!)
Frosty, K5LBU, reports,
"Well, it seems like we have lost 3 of our members for the DXpedition to Botswana in March 2012. So, therefore, we are looking for some more operators that might like to go with us. The plan is to arrive in Johannesburg on the 15th of March and spend 3 nights in a game park on the way to Botswana. Arriving at the Lotsane lodge on the 18th and returning to Johannesburg on the 28th and departing on the 29th. Will operate as A25HQ in the CQ WPX Contest while there. If you would like to go E-mail me at: firstname.lastname@example.orgA3, TONGA
The cost is 235.00 USDs per day per person and this covers all meals, trans- port and lodging. All you will need is your laptop for logging and a key and headset. I plan on having a Icom 746pro, a Yaesu FT450 AND at least one Expert 1K-FA amp. Antennas are a T6 logP, HF2V, and a folded dipole that covers 160-10 meters also. Might put up another T6 if we have a total of 6 or more operators."
Mike, K9NW, will be active as C91NW from Mozambique between November 21-29th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and possibly 6m. He will also be on during the CQWW DX CW Contest as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via his home callsign.
ET3, ETHIOPIA (Update to OPDX.1035)
Operator Bill, N2WB, has joined the team of Krassy/K1LZ, David/K3LP, Al/K3VN and Paul/N6PSE for the upcoming operation to Addis Ababa between December 8-13th. For the complete details, see:
Erling, LA6VM, co-organizer and team leader on the E35X expedition to Eritrea in 1993, has obtained the callsign E35X and may be active again. No other details are available. Stay tuned!
E5, NORTH COOK ISLANDS (Update)
Last heard, Bill, N7OU, is currently active as E51NOU from Rarotonga Island (OC-013, WFF E5FF-002), South Cook Islands. His flight to Manihiki, North Cook Islands, was still being delayed (due shortage of fuel), but he is expected to leave very soon - possibly as this is being written or in a few days. Remember, activity will be on 160-10m, CW only, 500w to verticals, with his focus on Europe. His Manihiki, N. Cook Islands, callsign will be E51MAN. QSL via N7OU.
Stephen, K6AW, will be active as EY3M during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (TBD) entry. QSL via W5UE. Outside of the contest, he will use the callsign EY8ZE.
FG, GUADELOUPE (Update)
Armin, DK9PY, will be active as FG/DK9PY from Guadeloupe between now and November 26th. Activity will be only CW mainly on the 30/17/12 meter bands, and also on 80/40/20/15/10 meters usually 15 kHz from the bottom of the band edge. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
GB0, SCOTLAND (Special Event)
Members of the Stirling and District Amateur Radio Society (SDARS) will activate special event station GB0SA from the Wallace Monument in the City of Stirling, Central Scotland, on November 26-27th. Activity is to celebrate Scotland's St. Andrew's Day (November 30th). The two days of activity are a short window of opportunity available for the SDARS group to operate on top of the monument on both days. Look for details/updates on the SDARS Web page at:
Ray, WQ7R, will once again be active as HQ9R during the CQ WW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via K5WW or LoTW.
HU2, EL SALVADOR
A team consisting of Juergen/DF7TT, Ruediger/DK8YY, Oliver/DL2ARD, Ralf/DL3JJ, Ingolf/DL4JS, Daniel/DL5SE, Lu/DL8ALU, Jaroslav/ OK4MM, Mario/YS1GMV, Mario/YS1MAE and Florencio/YS1ZC will be active as HU2DX from Capricho Beach House, Barra de Santiago, El Salvador, between January 29th and February 10th, 2012. Activity will be on 160-10 meters with the main focus on the lower bands. QSL via DH7WW.
AF-019. (Cancelled) Tony, IK1QBT, has cancelled his activity as IH9/IK1QBT and IH9X (CQWWDXCW) from Pantelleria Island (IIA TP-001, WLOTA 0041) between November 23-28th, due to work and other reasons.
NA-076. Operators Rick/K8GI and Bill/K9RR will be active as homecall/4 from Cedar Key starting about 2000z on Saturday, November 12th through about 0100z on Tuesday, November 15th (this may vary due to weather). Activity will be on 40/30/20/15/10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK63. QSL via their home callsigns, direct (preferred) or by the Bureau. Look for K8GI/4 QSOs to be uploaded to LoTW.
OC-136. You may have one day left to work operators Lino/VK3EI and Les/VK3MLM as homecall/p from the French Island. Activity was to take place on November 13-14th. They will be operating from mid afternoon (~0400z) for a few hours and probably into the evening (weather permitting). Activity will probably be on 40m and 20m, but depending on conditions, they may also try 15m and 10m. QSL via their home callsign.
OC-164. John, VK6HZ, will once again be active as VK6ARI from Rottnest Island OC-164 between December 23-30th. Activity is usually holiday style on SSB, PSK and RTTY, possibly CW. Antenna will be a Buddipole. Activity will be around the usual IOTA fre- quencies. QSL via VK6HZ. Log will be uploaded to Clublog and LoTW.
SA-078. Oscar, HK6PRO, will be active as HK6PRO/1 from Palma Island, in the San Bernardo Islands group, between January 8-12th, 2012. QSL via EA5KB.
Operators Ken/JN1THL/AB1GJ and Yoshi/JK1KHT will be active as from the J79KT and J79YK, respectively, from Dominica (IOTA NA-101) between November 13-20th. Activity will be on all HF bands. QSL both callsigns via JN1NDY, direct only (SAE + sufficient postage).
K7, UNITED STATES (Special Event)
The Central Arizona DX Association (CADXA) is very pleased to announce their special event operation in celebration of the Arizona Centennial during the week of February 13-19th, 2012. They will be using the callsign of the late Senior Senator, and Arizona native son, Barry M. Goldwater K7UGA. Individual CADXA members will be operating from their home stations located throughout Arizona during that week using the callsign K7UGA. However, only special operating locations from Tucson, Prescott and Phoenix will be on the air celebrating the 100th anniversary on Tuesday, February 14th, 2012.
Operations will be on all amateur bands (160-2 meters); and will be using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and Satellite modes. This CADXA special event operation has proudly received recognition from the 2012 Arizona Centennial Foundation as a sanctioned "Special Event"; and from the Arizona Historical Advisory Commission as an official "Centennial Legacy Project". All QSL requests go to Bob Davies K7BHM (qrz.com) with an SASE. For more details, please go to the CADXA Web site at:
Haru, JA1XGI, will be active as W8XGI/KH2 from Guam (OC-026, USI GU003S, WFF KFF-110, WLOTA 0064) between December 12-14th. Activity will be on 20-10 meters (especially 30/17/12m) using mainly CW. QSL via JA1XGI, direct or by the Bureau. QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW.
KH3, JOHNSTON ISLAND (Update)
Susan, W7KFI, informs OPDX that she has received permission to land on Johnston Island. She plans to leave Honolulu on January 15th, 2012, arriving on Johnston Island some 5-7 days later, depending on wind. If there is a delay for any reason she can operate through February. Her plan is to operate for 10 days setting up a tent on the pier where it will be over land using a 43 ft. vertical set into sand. Her QSL Manager Stan, KH6CG, states, "She has informed the ARRL of this station set up so they are aware for [pending] DXCC approval. Addi- tionally, Susan will take photos and is expecting an Elecraft banner to be sent to her soon via the company. Susan will use a K3 on CW/SSB mainly." Susan also menitons to OPDX that she will operate 40 meters and up using CW, SSB and RTTY. Again she mentions she will "ANSWER ONLY FULL CALL- SIGNS...call me with three letters, etc...and you will be wasting your breath". She states there are possibilities for her to also activate several other IOTAs from V7 and T32. Stay tuned!
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (November 14-20th)
Nov/14th AN Nov/17th AN Nov/19th AN Nov/15th AN Nov/18th AN Nov/20th AN Nov/16th AN SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS/INDEXES AND GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE ====================================================== NORMALITY GEOMAG K Values Alpha ----------------- ------ -------- ------ AN - Above Normal Quiet K=0-1 0-7 HN - High Normal Unsettled K=2 8-15 LN - Low Normal Active K=3 16-29 BN - Below Normal Minor Storm K=4 30-49 DIS - Disturbed Major Storm K=5 50-99 VRY DIS - Very Disturbed Severe Storm K=6-9 100-400KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
MD, ISLE OF MAN
Martin, G4XUM, will once again be active as MD4K during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15 or 10m) entry. QSL via G3NKC.
NCDXF PRESS RELEASE
Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, NCDXF Vice President, reported: "The Northern California DX Foundation (NCDXF) board of directors voted on November 7, 2011, to welcome back Charles "Rusty" Epps, W6OAT, to their board. W6OAT was also elected as President effective January 1, 2012. Current President, Bruce Butler, W6OSP, will continue on the board as Treasurer. Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, will continue as Vice President and Kip Edwards, W6SZN, will continue as Secretary. NCDXF plans on adding additional individuals to their board in early 2012."
Albert, NH7A, will be active during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th, 2012) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via F5VHJ, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
OM, SLOVAK REPUBLIC
Pierre-Marie (Pedro), F6FNL/HB9DTH, is now retired in Slovaquia and has received the callsign OM0DX. Activity will be mainly RTTY and CW contesting. QSL via eQSL or LoTW. NO BUREAU QSLS.
Valery, R5GA, will be active as P4/R5GA from Oranjestad (P49V/ P40YL Aruba Ham Radio Rental - see
Yuri, VE3DZ, will be active as PZ5T from Surinam between November 21-29th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters including 30/17/12 meters and using CW, SSB and RTTY. He will also be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via his home callsign.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated November 13th) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5C5W via EA5XX J37LR via VE3EBN SM5LWC via AE7PP (Bureau only) 9J2RI via ZS6RI (and LoTW) J79WTA via HB9MFM V63KZ via JA0VSH 9K2/SP4R via SP4GFG K4Y via K8DV VK9CM via OH2YY EA8/G8BCG via G8BCG KP4MS via W4DN XF1C via XE2HUQ EB5BBM/BA7IP via EB5BBM LX/PA3EZC/P via PA3EZC XV1X via OK1DOT (direct only) EG1GCA via EA1DST OK/DL8DXL/P via DL8DXL YA/PA3EFR via PA3EFR EG5MSV via EA5URR ON/PA3BVK via PA3BVK YP0CW via YO6EX HB0Y/DO7MF via DO7MF OZ/KH6DXX via DF3XX ZD8F via W6HGF HF1918RO via SP3POW PJ7/W4BUW via W4BUW ZL50GH via ZL1ANH II4LXV via IZ4OUL PY2/PT7AG via PT7AGLOTW PROCESSING UPDATE. The ARRL Letter reports this week:
"Logbook of The World (LoTW) has been managing to hold its own against the current high volume of incoming logs. An approximate 60 hour processing delay has been maintained for about a week. As of November 9th, there are approximately 2.8 million QSOs in the LoTW queue. Many logs are still coming in from the CQ WW and the ARRL Sweepstakes Contests that were held the last two weekends. If you have already uploaded a log, there is no need to upload it again. By doing so, you will only add to the lengthy queue. Also, please do not send entire logs that contain previously uploaded QSOs. Please use the date range option when signing logs. This will allow you to select QSOs from your log within a specific date range. By following these guidelines, this will allow LoTW to process the backlog at a faster pace. The ARRL IT staff has been working diligently to speed up the LoTW processing time and eliminate the backlog. Thanks again for your patience."QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 5N7Q, CT3FQ, DF9ZP, DH7BQA, DL1SBR, F8DZU, G4SOF, G7FSI, I2EAY, IF9ZWA, KL7RA, LX7I, LY1G, OE6MDF, PA1MR/P, PI4DX, PJ7J, PR2P, RN1A, TX7M, V26B, V26P, VK7ZX, VK9OL, VP2MDG, VP5DX, VP5T, WP4NEG, YJ0VK, YL2QV, YO9HP, ZK2X and ZL6RWC
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3A2MD, 4L1UN, 5R8KS, 5Z4/JA7SGV, BA4DW, BV1EL, C31CT, EA6UN, FG5DH, GI0RQK, GW0ETF, H77REX, HS0ZBS, J88DR, JG8NQJ/JD1, LA6YEA, MU0FAL, NH0S, OJ0UR, PJ5/SP6EQZ, RI1FJA, ST0R, T8XX, T88UE, UG6GAE, V26OB, V85/WK1S, VP8DMN, XV2RZ, YB0/WK1S, YB8/WK1S, YB9/WK1S, YL2BJ, Z35T, ZD8D and ZK2V
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 5V7CC, 7Z1HL, 8P9NX, 8R1PY, A35AY, BA5AN, BD1BYV, BD1WC, BG1TPD, H40FN, HB0/DG1SFJ, HL5/DL3OCH, HS0ZIV, J79VO, J79ZG, KH6OO, KL2R, KL5DX, NP3IR, OD5/DL6SN, OX/DL2SWW, OX/DL2VFR, PJ2M, PJ4I, RA2FT, S9DX, S92LX, SV9COL, SV9OFS, TO7ZG, TO8YY, UP8WFF, V51LK, ZP6CW, ZY0F and ZY0T
It was reported that Ed Reinberg, W6JI, became a "Silent Key" (SK) on October 21st, 2011, at the age of 81. He was a ham for over 61 years, and Ed was an avid CW operator/DXer and was a member of the DXCC Honor Roll with 351 countries on CW. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of W6JI.
SOUTH SUDAN NEWS
John, K1XN, from the GoList, reports: "Folks, I have been told by an IARU offical that callsign allocation for South Sudan will most likely take place late January or early February 2012. The ARRL is accepting this one callsign, ST0R, as South Sudan for credit in DXCC."
Members of the "Pacific DXers" are now active as T2T from Tuvalu (OC-015) until December 8th. Activity will be on all HF bands, 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL Manager is the Pacific DXers (see Web page), or by the Bureau via VK4FW. Bureau requests are also accepted by E-mail to eliminate sending your QSL via the Bureau (saves time!).
PLEASE NOTE: VK4FW is the current QSL Manager for Pacific DXers: Bill Horner, 13 McConnell Rd, Maidenwell, QLD 4615, Australia --or-- via E-mail: QSL-Mgr@pacific-dxers.com
If an InterNet connection (doubtful)can be established during the operation an online log will be updated on a regular basis, otherwise it will be uploaded as soon as they return home. LoTW and eQSL will be uploaded within 12 months after the operation finishes. For more details and updates, visit:
Arkadiy, UA4CC, will be active as T8CC or T88UU from Palau between December 6-16th. Activity will be holiday style during his spare time on 160-10 meters (possibly 6m) using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via UA4CC, by the Bureau or direct. Logs will be uploaded to the Clublog Web page and LoTW as soon as possible.
TI, COSTA RICA
Alan, K0AV, will be active as TI5A during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (TBD). QSL via TI5KD or LoTW.
The "Council of Europe Radio Amateur Club" (CERAC - TP2CE) will be active as TP50CE between December 2-4th. Activity is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the European Social Charter. Operations are usually on all HF bands and modes, and possibly the satellites. QSL via F5LGF. An online log search will be available at:
Sebastien, F4EIH, will be in Gabon starting February 1st, 2012, for 3 years at least. Currently the callsign is unknown. Activity is expected to be on the HF and VHF (EME + Sat) bands using SSB, PSK31 and JT65.
V3, BELIZE (Update)
Operators Dennis/K2SX and Leslie/W2LK will be active as V31SX and V31AO between November 22-29th. Activity will include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Multi-Single entry using the callsign V31AO. QSL via LoTW. Their operations outside of the contest will be mainly CW with some RTTY. Look for them on the lower bands and the 30/17/12 meter bands. They will also do some 6 meters, conditions permitting.
V4, ST. KITTS (Cancelled)
Andy, N2NT, had to cancel his activity as V47NT from the QTH of V47KP for the CQWW DX CW Contest. He states the station was not available this year.
Sandy, YO3ND, is in Montreal for the next 6 months and will be active as VE2/YO3ND. The bands/modes of operation were not provided. QSL via his home callsign.
Antonio, DL4EA/EA4KT, will once again be active as Z24EA from Harare between November 12-22nd. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. As a base he will use Fernando's, Z21BB, station, and will try to make the best of the present good propagation conditions, paying special attention to possible openings on the 6m band. QSL via the Bureau to DL4EA, or LoTW, or eQSL.
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