The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1037
November 21, 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, N1DG, NJ1Q & ARRL DX, W2IRT, K3USC, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, KH6BZF, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX (60m News), ND9M/VQ9JC, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HS0ZIB, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK7JWX, IZ4AKS, JG7PSJ, LA6VM, LZ1JZ, OH2BN, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RK3DT, RSGB IOTA Web Site, SV1HER, UT1FG, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and VO1AU for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 13th-November, through Sunday, 20th-November there were 236 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3D2/r, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, 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, 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, PZ, R1FJ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T2, T32, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, 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).
Yoshida, JA1NLX, will be active as 3D2YA from Yageta Island, Yasawa IOTA Group (OC-156) between March 15-21st, 2012. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, mainly CW, possibly RTTY and SSB. QSL via his home callsign. He will QSL all QSOs via Bureau. The log will be uploaded to LoTW when he returns home. Direct QSL will be welcomed with SASE (1 IRC or 2 USDs). For more details and updates, see Yoshida's Blog page at:
SWL Ashraf "Ash", 3V4-002 (KF5EYY), will be active as 3V8SS from the "Radio Club Station of Tunisian Scouts" in Sousse, during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or to LX1NO. Read about Ashraf on the following Web page at:
60 METERS CHANGES
The U.S. Federal Communications Commission released a "REPORT AND ORDER" on November 18, 2011, with new 5 MHz rules for the Amateur Radio Service. The effective date is 30 days after publication in the Federal Register. Some of the FCC changes are to now allow Phone (Upper Sideband), RTTY, Data, and CW; with specific limitations on the use of these modes, as well as the maximum allowed power level is now 100 watts PEP (ERP) effective radiated power referenced to a dipole. The FCC has deleted a channel and added a channel. The new 60 meter channel list (for General, Advanced, or Amateur Extra Class license only) is as follows (Suppressed Carrier):
VFO Dial frequency ------------------ 5330.5 kHz USB (center of channel = 5332.0) 5346.5 kHz USB (center of channel = 5348.0) 5357.0 kHz USB (center of channel = 5358.5) New! 5371.5 kHz USB (center of channel = 5373.0) 5403.5 kHz USB (center of channel = 5405.0)PLEASE NOTE: The FCC deleted the channel 5366.5 USB (center=5368.0) and "replaced it" with channel 5357.0 kHz USB (center=5358.5). For the complete FCC "REPORT AND ORDER" release, see:
Just a reminder that Darko, J28AA/E70A, will be active as 6O0DX from Somalia between November 21-30th. He usually operates on CW, SSB and RTTY, and on 80-10 meters. QSL via K2PF or E77E.
9L, SIERRA LEONE
Remember to look for operators Karl/DK2WV, Jan/DJ8NK, Andy/DL5CW, Andreas/DL9USA and Heye/DJ9RR to be active as 9L0W from Banana Island (AF-037) between November 22nd and December 4th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. The suggested frequencies were listed in OPDX.1031. Their operations will also include participation in the CQWW DX CW Contest. QSL via DK2WV. For more details and update, visit:
AH0, MARIANA ISLANDS
Members of the Saipan BBQ Contest Club will be active as AH0BT during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via 7L1FPU, by the Bureau or direct (w/SAE and 2 USDs) to: Kuniyoshi NAKADA, PMR9292, 3-23-3, Minami-Oi, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo, 140-0013, JAPAN.
AU2, INDIA (Special Event)
Look for special event station AU2JCB to be active between November 19th and December 4th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters SSB, SSTV and PSK. Suggested frequencies are (depending on the propagation): 28550, 28470, 24950, 21350, 21280, 14220, 14310, 7135 and 7030 kHz. The operator will be Surabhi, VU2DSI. QSL direct (with 2 IRCs) to VU2DSI. Operations are to celebrate the 153rd anniversary of the birth (November 30th) of Sir Jagadeesh Chandra Bose, India's great scientist and inventor, who they consider the "Father of Wireless Communication". For more details, see the following Web page at:
C5, THE GAMBIA
By the time you read this, the Czech-Slovak team (with 12 operators) should once again be active as C50C between November 20-28th. Activity will be on the HF bands 160-10 meters (no 30/17/12m). Their main goal is to participate in the CQWW DX CW Contests (November 26-27th) under the callsign C5A. QSL via Brani, OM2FY. There are also some changes in the contest crew. New team members Jano/OM2IB, Vitek/OK5MM and Zdenek/OK1DSZ will replace OK1DIX, OK1DO and OK1RK who couldn't take part in the CW contest for various reasons. The complete details can be found at:
Brian, ND3F, will once again be active as C6AQQ from Nassau (FL16 - Junkanoo Beach), Providence Island (NA-001) between November 24th and December 6th. Activity will be mostly on the lower bands, but he will also be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All- Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign, direct preferred or LoTW, by the Bureau (long wait).
CR3/CT9, MADEIRA ISLANDS
Operators Ulrich/DJ2YA, Walter/DJ6QT, Suad/ DK6XZ, Ulf/DL5AXX, Frank/DL8WAA, Falk/DK7YY, Arunas/LY2IJ, Saulius/LY5W and Kaspars/YL1ZF will be active as CR3L during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via DJ6QT. Operators will probably be active as CT9/homecall before and after the contest.
Champ, E21EIC, will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/ALL-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW. JA stations QSL via JR5XPG and all others via E21EIC. Visit Champ's Web page at:
E35, ERITREA (Update/Rumors)
Erling, LA6VM, informs OPDX of the following E35X information being passed around:
"It has come to my attention that rumors are going that I am planning an expedition to Eritrea using the call- sign E35X. These rumors have no basis in any real situation. The E35X call- sign was issued to the LA5X; Ham Forum group, headed by me, and used in June 1994 just a week after their declared independence. This was the first amateur radio activity licensed by the Eritrean authorities.E5, NORTH COOK ISLANDS (Update)
A possible cause for the rumor may be that I am working on updating the (QRZ.com) profile for LA6VM, to include my recent A52VM activity, and to include all my previous expedition callsigns. At the same time, I have updated the profile to include responsibility for our E35X expedition, as the former QSL Manager, Ruth, LA6ZH, and her husband Thor, passed away sometime ago. As far as I am informed, the current political situation that Eritrea is in makes it unlikely that any permission for amateur radio activity will be granted in the near future. We can only hope that this situation will be eased; firstly for the benefit of the Eritrean people. In an eased situation, I would guess that permissions for operation amateur radio in Eritrea will be granted......
Oslo, 14th November 2011, Erling, LA6VM"
Operators Chris/9A5K, Mark/9A8A, Ranko/E70R, Vlado/E70T, Fuad/E73CQ, Radomir/E74IW, Zoran/E76C, Braco/E77DX, Rob/E77E and Chea/YU1EA will be active as E7DX during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via E77E.
Remember to look for the VooDoo Contest Group to be active from here beginning November 21st. This is their 23rd straight year, but this time it will from a location just South of Monrovia, the capital of Liberia. Their main goal is to be an entry in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Multi-Multi category using the callsign EL2A. Outside of the contest, the following mentioned operators will use their own personal callsigns: Ned/AA7A (EL2NS), Roger/G3SXW (EL2A), Fred/G4BWP (EL2WP), Mike/KC7V (EL2MF), Lee/KY7M (EL2LF) and Bud/N7CW (EL2CW). QSL via their home callsign. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW.
Operators Maurice/F5NQL, Maurice/F5IYU and possibly others will activate the Union Francaise des Telegraphistes (UFT) callsign F8UFT from Zone 14 (JN17RR) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Multi-Single entry. All QSOs will be confirmed by the Bureau. Those who want direct cards, QSL via Gerard, F6ICG (QRZ.com). The final log will be upload on LoTW after submitting to the contest checker.
FY, FRENCH GUIANA
Operator Didier, FY5FY, will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??)/Low-Power entry. QSL via FY5FY.
GRID ACTIVITY (Wet)
Yuri, UT1FG, will once again be traveling across the Atlantic Ocean and will be active from some "Wet grids" as UT1FG/MM between November 25th, through the end of May 2012. First trip will be from the Panama Cannal to Huelva, Spain (EA7), and then to Brunsbuttel, Germany (From there, he will inform us later). Yuri is reportedly a crew member on the ship, so activity will be during his free time. Operations are expected on all amateur radio bands, 160-2 meters, 70 cm, and also including the satellite. His activities will be mainly through the satellite, but also look for him on the HF bands. He will also be active on 6 meters, conditions permitting. QSL via his home callsign, direct (see (QRZ.com)), by the Bureau or to his QSL Manager UX0FY.
Dick, GU4CHY, will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m) entry. QSL via his home callsign, direct (preferred) or by the Bureau (long QRX).
AS-018. Operators Yuri/RA0FU, Vlad/RC0F and Igor/RU0FM will be active as RU0FM from Sakhalin Island during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via LoTW. QSOs will be promptly uploaded to LoTW.
AS-191. (Update to OPDX.1033/1034) NEW IOTA! The 7Z7AA DXpedition from Jabal Al Lith, Saudi Arabia, is now active between now and November 25th. This is a rare IOTA. Activity will be on 160/40/20/17/15/12/10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Watch the IOTA frequencies. Operators mentioned are Abdul/7Z1CQ (team leader), Al/7Z1AQ, Suli/7Z1SJ, Ali/HZ1BT, Abdul/HZ1BW, Abdul/ HZ1DG, Daher/HZ1DS, Hani/HZ1HN, Mohamad/HZ1MD and Nhaw/HZ1TL. QSL via 7Z1CQ. The 7Z7AA Web page is available at:
EU-017. Staff members of "DxCoffee" will be active as ID9DXC from the Aeolian group activating some rare or semi-rare rocks and islands valid for the I.I.A. (Italian Island Award). The activity will be spread out starting from the end of 2011 throughout the entire year of 2012. It will begin November 18th, from the Island of Panarea, Italian Island Award ME-006, World Lighthouse on the Air WLOTA LH-2210 (if weather conditions permit). A special card will be printed for each reference the team activates. QSL via Antonello Scauso, IT9YVO, direct or by the Bureau. If you want to follow the activities of ID9DXC, stay updated by visiting their Web site at:
EU-092. Jim, MM0BQI, will be active as MM0BQI/p from Tanera Mor (IOSA SC10, SCOTIA CN32), Summer Isles, between July 26-30th, 2012. Activity will include an entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) using his contest callsign GM1J. QSL both callsigns via MM0BQI, direct, by the Bureau and LoTW.
EU-108. Jim, MM0BQI, will be active as GB5TI from Lunga Island (IOSA NH17, SCOTIA DI09, WAB NH17), Treshnish Isles, Inner Hebrides, between April 27th and May 1st, 2012. Activity will be on the HF bands, on or near the usual island and IOTA frequencies. QSL via LoTW, direct or by E-mail Bureau requests. EU-112. Jim, MM0BQI, will be active as MM0BQI/p from the Shiant Islands (IOSA OH18, SCOTIA DI32), Outer Hebrides, between July 14-22nd, 2012. Jim reports that he has confirmed with the island owners and has permission to stay for the week. Final details will be worked out over the winter. Stay tuned for more details. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. Log will be uploaded to LoTW.
EU-125. Rico, DO6EBB, will be active as OZ/DO6EBB from Fano Island (DIA NS-002) between June 17-30th, 2012. Activity will be on the HF bands, propagation permitting. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by eQSL.
EU-189. Operators George/EA2TA, Christian/EA3NT, Simon/IZ7ATN and Col/ MM0NDX are planning to activate Rockall Rock (WLOTA 1694) as MS0INT between June 1-3rd, 2013 (Dates could change). The DXpedition is subject to sea and weather conditions. QSL via M0URX. For updates, check the Web site at:
OC-033. Sam, FK8DD, will be active as TX8NC from Lifou Island during the CQWW DX CW Contest between 0000-2200z, on November 27th. QSL via LZ1JZ.
SA-095. Just a reminder that Cezar/VE3LYC and Dino/CE3PG are expected to activate Pupuya Island between November 20-23rd (dates may change in case of bad weather conditions), using the callsign CE4A. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via VE3LYC, PLEASE see the Web page for details. For updates, watch the DXpedition's Web at:
Yoshi, JG4IQC, will be active as JG4IQC/JD1 from Ogasawara (AS-031) between November 23-25th. Activity will be limited to his spare time because of work, but look for him on 20-10 meters CW. QSL via his home callsign.
Hiroyuki "Harry", JG7PSJ, will once again be active as JD1BMH from Chichijima Island (AS-031) between December 30th and January 7th (2012). Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via the Bureau to JD1BMH or direct to JG7PSJ. Visit his Web page for more details at:
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (November 21-27th)
Nov/21st AN Nov/24th HN Nov/26th HN-AN Nov/22nd LN-BN Nov/25th HN Nov/27th AN Nov/23rd 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=6-9 100-400LOTW PROCESSING IMPROVING
A team of operators will be active as LX7I during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via LX2A. Also, visit the following Web page at:
Mat, F5SHQ, will be active as MJ0ASP during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m) entry. QSL via LoTW.
OFFICERS FOR 2012
Members of the North Jersey DX Association (which also encompasses the 2nd district incoming QSL bureau) have recently elected the following officers for 2012:
President : John Weber, WA2C Vice-President: Peter Dougherty, W2IRT Treasurer : Gene Ingraham, N2BIM Secretary : Ryan Jairam, N2RJ
PETE'S-DX-NEWSDESK GOING QRT!
It was announced on Thursday by Pete Rayer, ISWL Life Vice President, and administrator of the mailing list called "Pete's-DX-Newsdesk" (which had subscribers in 39 countries) would be closing down (deleting) the Yahoogroup. The reason given is that Ray has recently been rushed into the hospital and has had several tests and surgical procedures. He is now home as of Wednesday. He is scheduled for more surgery in December and possibly in the spring. Ray states that he is sorry for the loss of news and has "tried to reply to all the well wishers in due course and to those, who sent adverse comments because of the loss of service, ....well now the whole service is closing down. If you are one of the above, please visit
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated November 20th) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3V/UT6UA via UT6UA FM1HN via NI5DX PJ2/N0YY via W3HNK 5R8IC via F6ICX HI8/XE1KK via XE1KK and LoTW RA/DL5EBE via DL5EBE 7P8CC via EI7CC J79KT via JN1NDY TL8ES via IK3GES 7Z7AA via 7Z1CQ J79WTA via HB9MFM TM90CRNF via F8KKH A61E via EB7DX LZ1685PDB via LZ1KZA V84SEA via V85TL C91NW via K9NW M/SP7DPJ/M via SP7DPJ V85/AH2Y via HL1IWD CE2/VE7SV via VE7WY OM37TATRY via OM-Bureau VP2MOR via W0OR EO12WFS via UR5WA PA25OSK via PI4WAL VQ91JC via ND9M Z24EA via DL4EAFred, IK7JWX, reports that all the QSLs for the recent 5C2J operation (AF-068 and CNFF-007) between September 23-28th, which were received direct will be sent out this week. PLEASE NOTE: All QSOs with 5C2P on September 21-22nd, are not valid for AF-068 because operations were from the HQ of ARRAM in RABAT (CN8MC). These QSOs were uploaded to LoTW.
QSL STATUS TM5SM. Denis, F5RJM, reports that all the direct QSL card requests received as of November 15th, for the recent TM5SM activity from EU-081 have been mailed on November 16th.
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 2M0YIO, 4C1JPG, 4O3A, 5N7Q, 6V7F, 7Q7GM, 8Q7EJ, 9H3TA, 9J2RI, 9M2ZAK, 9M6XRO, 6Y5/K1XM, AA4V/VP9, BD7LMD, C6AGU, CE2/VE7SV, CN8KD, CT1DKS, CU3AC, DF5AN, DJ6YX, DK1MAX, DL3KOG, DL5ZB, E51NYV, EB1LA, ES5JR, F4FDA, F4FGC, FJ/OH2YL, FP/KV1E, G0WRE, G3NPA, G4NXG/M, GM0GAV, GM4AM, GW0ETF, HI3TEJ, HS0ZJU, IF9/IK2ANI, IZ2AMW, JA1BPA, JA1CQK, JA1WPX, JA3FYC, JA8ZO, JE4URN, JE7JDL, JH7VHZ, JJ2LPV, JN4MIV, JR1NHD, KH6MB, LA5AKA, LA6XAA, LA6YEA, LW5HR, LX1KC, LY1G, MU0GSY, OE2LCM, OK1ASG, OK1CDF, OL1C, OM3TWM, ON4AXU, ON4CD, PE1CIM, PI4DX, PJ4/W9NJY, PJ4T, PJ7NK, PJ7X, PP5/OE9APV, R7NA, RA3CQ, RG5A, S58MU, SM4EMO, SP2GUV, SP7LFT, SP9ODY, SP9YFF/P, ST0R, SV1GYG, TI9KK, TX3T, TX7M, UA2FX, UA3AP, UA3QNS, UA4CR, UA9LP, UR5FEL, UU2JQ, UU7JM, UW2ZM, UY5AA, VA3MJR, VA7XX, VE7IEF, VP2MSC, VY2RU, XE1/VE7SV, YJ0VK, YT1VP, YV5ESN, YV5MSG, ZD8F, ZF2LC, ZK2V, ZK2X, ZL6RWC, ZS2EZ, ZS2Y and ZS6EV
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 8Q7QX, AA4V/VP9, C31MO, FK8DD, H77REX, IT9EJW/p, K0AP/5, OJ0UR, PJ5/SP6EQZ, RU3ZX, S59N, ST0R, TZ6TR, YJ0ANR and YL2AG
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 1A0KM, 3A/IK4RQJ, 5C2J, 5D0IPY, 6W/IK4ALM, 7Q7RB, A60SAB, A61AB, A61AN, D44TBE, DG4IAN, DH2KO, DJ5BV, DK9WI, DL4IAL, DL5HBD, HZ1PS, HZ1SK, JA1CLW, JA2GSD, JA3EOP, JE2PMG, JH1EEB, JI4POR, JT1NOC, OE6MDF, OK1ABP, OK1JIR, OK1MJH, OK1NZJ, T70A, UA1ARD, YI1RZ YO2MFZ and ZA0/IK7JWX
RADIO ARCALA TEAM GOING FOR CQWW CW BOOTS ON!
A press release from Jarmo, OH2BN, dated November 17th, states (edited):
"For the past several years, the discussion about operating 48 hours nonstop has prompted many initi- atives of doing so. Radio Arcala's team doctor, Ville, OH2MM, has special- ized in food consumption prior to and during the contest. Several lectures were given on this vital aspect of contesting.ST, SUDAN
As CQWW SSB worked out fine with a new claimed overall SOAB European record (CR2X by OH2UA), approaching 10,000 QSOs, and a Finnish record (OH8X by OH6KZP), it was discovered that several team members struggled to stay afloat for the entire 48 hours. Some came close to a knockout.
CQWW CW will now be used semi-scientifically to record those ups and downs and to seek ways of hanging on and avoiding a meltdown.
OH8X, Northern Finland - Radio Arcala, OH8X, has invited Toivo, ES2RR, a 2010 WRTC medallist, to drive their contest machine for 48 hours nonstop, seriously, boots on.
CR2X, Azores - Toni, OH2UA, is due for some unexpected undertakings at CR2X, but also determined to balance the effort needed to stay in the ring for 48 hours.
OH0X, Aland Islands - Radio Arcala's new associated station, OH0X, will be operated by Pekka, OH2TA, and he is ready to do 48 hours for the first time, with some reservations and doubts.
TC2X, Asiatic Turkey - Another new associated station, TC2X manned by Pertti, OH2PM, will try to offer Turkey (Asiatic) with maximum efficiency, with a modest setup but now with boots on, in a 48-hour effort.
OH2BH, Southern Finland - Will be piloted by Pasi, OH2IW, who has been sleeping for the past weeks so as not to need any nap time when the race starts. Can one sleep in advance? Maybe to some extent, with no boots.
9H9BH, Republic of Malta - For his 50th straight year in CQWW, Martti, OH2BH, will be watching the bedlam poolside, maybe not boots on, but dipping his toe in deep water to provide a semi-rare multi.
Why boots on? There's an old Finnish wisdom which holds that going to sleep boots on may cause headache and mental disorder in the morning. More Finnish wisdoms after CQWW CW. Until then, good luck in contacting Radio Arcala's boots-on team.
-- 73 Jarmo OH2BN"
SU, EGYPT (Update)
Gab, HA3JB, will once again be active as SU/HA3JB from Cairo between November 20-29th; his renewed license is valid until November 30th. Activity will be on on CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and SSTV. He will also be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/ Single-Band (??) entry. QSOs are valid for the HA-IPARC Award. QSL via HA3JB, direct (w/SAE) to: Gabor Kutasi / H-8601 Siófok, P.O.Box 243, Hungary. If you are IPA member please write/add your E-mail address.
SX100, GREECE (Special Event)
Members of the Radio Amateur Association of Greece (RAAG) will activate the special event callsign "SX100A" between 0000z Friday, December 2nd and 2400z Sunday, December 4th. Activity is to celebrate the 100th anniversary in which the historic battleship the "Georgios Averof" joined the "Hellenic Navy". The operation will take place from the radio room of the "Georgios Averof". QSL via the Bureau. For more information, see:
T32, EASTERN KIRIBATI
Six operators from the U.S. and Canada will be active from Kiritimati Island (OC-024) between January 17th and February 2nd. The group will be active from the same location that the recent T32C group operated from. The group is planning to operate during the CQWW 160m CW Contest (January 27-29th) as a Multi-Op entry and use the callsign T32XX. QSL via KB8TXZ. Outside of the contest, the operators will be active on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK, using the following callsigns:
T32AU - Operator Dave/VO1AU; QSL via VO1MXLook for the callsigns T32WW and T32CO to be operating on both RTTY and PSK.
T32CO - Operator Brian/KG8CO; QSL via KB8TXZ
T32LJ - Operator Lee/N8LJ; QSL via K8ESQ
T32TR - Operator Ted/K8AQM; QSL via KB8TXZ
T32TX - Operator Jim/KB8TXZ; QSL via KB8TXZ
T32WW - Operator Stan/AC8W; QSL via KB8TXZf
Eric, K9GY, will be active as T6MO from the Helmand Province (Grid MM21) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Activity will be on 40/20/15/10 meters only using 100 watts into a OCF dipole at 30 feet. QSL via K8GY.
Members of the "LZ Contest Group" will activate Asiatic Turkey during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as TC3A and as a Multi-2 entry. Operators mentioned are Nikolay/LZ1NK, Krasi/LZ2UW, Christo/LZ3FN, Aleko/LZ3ZZ, Bedri/LZ4RR and Vesselin/LZ5VK. Activity outside of the contest will be on the HF bands, 160-10 meters, using CW and SSB. QSL TC3A via LZ1NK. For skeds before the contest, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
TL, CENTRAL AFRICA
Elvira, IV3FSG, will be active as TL8ES from M'Baiki very soon. Activity will be on SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via IK3GES.
TX5, CLIPPERTON ISLAND
Another DXpedition to Clipperton Island is planned by the Cordell Expeditions for March next year. The Cordell Expedition are known for the following DXpeditions: 3Y0PI, XR0Y/Z, VK0IR, XR0X, K7C, etc... The current list of radio operators are Bob/KK6EK (Co-organizer), John/ N7CQQ (Co-organizer), Alan/AD6E, Peter/W6OP and Dean/N7XG. The operators will be part of the "Clipperton Project" which has invited a group of 20 artists and scientists from 9 different countries. Activity is expected to take place between March 10-15th, 2012. They will use the callsign TX5Q. The team will also deploy and use the innovative satellite-internet system ("DXA" Ver. 2) for real-time display of the expedition activities. In addition to the radio operations, the team will carry out a variety of other activities in support of the ecosystem and public awareness of Clipperton. The entire "Clipperton Project" is described at:
Alan, N3AD, will be active as VP9/N3AD from Bermuda (NA-005) between November 22-28th. Activity will include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via W3HNK.
VQ9, CHAGOS ISLANDS
Jim, ND9M/VQ9JC, informs OPDX that he is back on Diego Garcia (AF-006) after 10 months off the island and is expected to be active at least until March 1st, 2012. He states,
"The local licensing office renewed my regular license for two years and was also kind enough to issue me another short-term special prefix callsign (VQ91JC [numerals nine one]) to use between November 19th and December 4th. In fact, the signed licenses were handed to me less than 90 minutes after I made my request! I'll be on during the upcoming CQWW DX CW Contest as VQ91JC as an All-Band/Low-Power entry."XW, LAOS
It seems that Jim is the only operator on the island at this time. He mentions,
"Larry, VQ9LA, and I left the island within 48 hours of each other in January. Unfortunately, Larry is not returning, and the only other regular operator, VQ9ZZ, has also left for good." While Jim was away from the island, the club station on the island has developed some major issues. He states, "Visitors over the last few months disconnected a number of coax and other cables without labeling them first, so I'm doing a lot of cable tracing (and labeling!). Much of the cabling work that VQ9LA did over the years has been removed for no apparent reason.
The finals in both amps (Alpha 99 and AL80B) have failed, so I'll be running barefoot for the foreseeable future. The amps are owned by the Navy, but the Navy hasn't provided any equipment repair support for several years, and I'll have to buy the replacement finals out of pocket, but that won't happen for several months. Also, the log periodic (10-30 MHz) works well, but the rotator binds around 20 degrees when turning clockwise (from north towards east). There is an apparent issue with strain on the coax caused by turning the rotator and maybe even the connection at the top of the 30-meter tower; the SWR skyrockets when the rotator is turned beyond 20 degrees as it moves to the east. Fortunately, the problem corrects itself when returning the antenna to the north or further west which makes me think the cable may have become jammed beneath the rotator. For now, the antenna will be left facing northwest rather than risk causing permanent damage until I can get up there. This heading favors the path to Europe and the Americas, but obviously hurts the paths to JA and VK/ZL to the east as well as Long Path to NA to the south, but it can't be helped at this point.
The single remaining HF rig is an IC-760 which has a lot of years and miles on it, but its performance is still adequate. (There's an FT-920 that is barely good enough for QRP on a couple bands.) I brought an FT-857 from home which I'm using to work the LEO satellites. It will also serve as a back up for HF should the IC-760 come into hard times. I'll be putting up a 5-element 6m beam. That antenna won't be on the tower, but should still be high enough to take advantage of the openings that have finally started appearing. I'll use the FT-857 for working 6m as well as the satellites. My usual QRV hours are 1200-1630z on most days. Finally, there is no air conditioning in the shack, so I leave both the front and back doors open to get a little natural air flow. The geckos that live in the shack love it because they don't have to go hunting for bugs any more; the bugs come to them!"
XY, MYANMAR (Possible PSK Activity)
In a E-mail (received on November 18th) from Simon, HS0ZIB/G6JFY, he informs OPDX that his QTH in Thailand is only a few hours drive to Myanmar, and he has regularly visited the country. His hotel/guesthouse businesses have enabled him to obtain initial contact with the Myanmar Ministry of Tourism and via that route, he has been in discussions with authorities from the Myanmar Ministry of Post & Telecommunications and the Ministry of Tourism, for almost a year about an initial, "demonstration" DXpedition. Simon mentions, "The recent political changes in Myanmar have increased the possibility of operating an amateur radio station from Myanmar. My own position enables me to operate on a regular basis, if this were allowed."
He adds, "No 'high profile' expedition will currently be considered by the authorities, (meaning no large teams, no high power, no large antennas..etc). The use of simple equipment is a major reason why PSK or other digital modes was proposed by me. PSK31, although a little slow for handling multiple QSOs, does have the advantage of allowing split operation by using the panoramic display of the application software. So although I will be using simple equipment, I will be able to 'watch' say a 1 kHz window above my operating frequency."
Simon states, "I am waiting on the return of the Minister from a trip to Indonesia before I learn whether or not my proposals have been accepted. In any case, even if they are declined, I and my contacts in Myanmar are fairly confident that I will obtain permission in the near future. Once my trip is definitely going ahead, I will set up a dedicated web-site with news of my expedition. Donations to assist me will be invited, but due to my close proximity to Myanmar and the use of existing equipments, the total cost for this expedition is not too high. I appreciate your patience and hope that this will be the first of regular DXpeditions to Myanmar." Stay tuned for updates.
Chris, GM3WOJ, who has been active as ZK2V, now reports that he has received special permission to operate on the 60m band. The permit is good to transmit on 5403.5 kHz between December 1-7th (Niue local time, which equates to 1100z, December 1st, until 1100z on December 8th). He states, "I am intending to install a more 'DX' antenna than the Inverted- Vee I had in 2009, so hoping for some further DX." He also mentions, "3.5 MHz and 7 MHz are very noisy here on the island, so I am hoping that QRN will not be a problem." Chris will be active as ZK2V until December 20th. The QSL Manager for ZK2V and ZK2X is N3SL. All ZK2V and ZK2X QSOs will be uploaded to the ARRL's LoTW - daily if possible.
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