The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1040
December 12, 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, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, KH6BZF, N7OU, K8GI, K8ND, K8YSE, W8GEX (60m News), W8IZC, NK0S, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DL7ZZ, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, E73Y, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3XTT, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK7JWX, IZ8EDJ, JS6RRR, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, VA3RJ & ICPO and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 4th-December, through Sunday, 11th-December there were 238 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JX, JY, K, KG4, 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, S0, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, 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).
4S, SRI LANKA
Peter, DC0KK, will once again be active as 4S7KKG from Sri Lanka (AS-003, WLOTA 0762) between December 11th and March 11th, 2012. Activity will be mainly on CW and the Digital modes. QSL via DC0KK, by the Bureau or direct (see (QRZ.com)). LoTW on request. All QSLs for all QSOs will be sent via the QSL Bureau.
The 8th International DX Convention will take on April 22nd, 2012, and will be held in Capaccio Paestum, Salerno, Italy. The convention will have the following presentations: FW0R (Wallis & Futuna) 2012, HK0NA (Malpelo) 2012, T32C (East Kiribati) 2011, VP8ORK (South Orkney) 2011 and possibly others. For more details and updates, watch the following Web page at:
A6, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Gerry, VE6LB, will once again be active as A6/VE6LB from Dubai between December 20th and January 10th. Activity will be limited (holiday style) using 100 watts into a G5RV antenna (40-10m), but with a focus on 12/10m and mainly on CW. QSL direct via his home callsign (QRZ.com address) or LoTW and eQSL. Bureau QSLs can be requested via E-mail at: email@example.com Visit his Web page at:
* It has been reported that HZ1FI QSLs are being rejected. Reason given no documentation received by ARRL.
* Following the DXCC Desk's clarification on Russian prefixes which counts for European Russia (see OPDX.1039.2), Boris, E73Y, disputes the line "Any call with the prefix U and the numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7". Boris states that the U5 callsigns has been used for WWII veterans in Ukraine not European Russia." The Russian callsign system was changed in mid-2010. Complete details of the changes can be found on the IARU Region I Web site at: http://www.iaru-r1.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=648:new-russian-callsign-system&catid=41:hf&Itemid=93
E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS
Bill, N7OU, who flew back from Manihiki, North Cook, on December 6th, reports that he made 16,250 QSOs as E51MAN. He was active this past weekend during the ARRL 10m Contest as E51NOU from Rarotonga, South Cook, CW only. He informed OPDX that he will be uploading his E51MAN and E51NOU logs to LoTW (ASAP) after his return to the USA this week. Also, he will miss the last part of the 10m contest because he will fly back to the USA at 1000z, on December 11th.
David, K3LP, and a group of operators are now active from the club station ET3AA and the QTH of ET3SID until December 13th. QSL both callsigns for "only this particular operation in December", via N2OO. In a short press release on Saturday, David mentioned that their ARRL VE Team completed the FCC License test session on December 10th, at the University of Addis Ababa. The results are:
Technician Exam: General Exam: 61 Tested 3 Tested 53 Passed 0 PassesThey expect a large turn out on Monday, December 12th, at the University of Addis Ababa for the General (about 34) and Extra Class (5) exams.
HU2, EL SALVADOR (Update)
A team consisting of Juergen/DF7TT, Ruediger/ DK8YY, Oliver/DL2ARD, Rene/DL2JRM, Ralf/DL3JJ (Team Leader), Ingolf/DL4JS, Daniel/DL5SE, Lu/DL8ALU, Jaroslav/OK4MM, Andres/YS1AG, 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. Most of the team members are from the successful 2008 5T5DC Mauritania DXpedition.
Activity will be on 160-10 meters with the main focus on the lower bands and using up to 4 stations on the air. Their radios (all with amps): 2 x K3, 1 x K2 100W and for the Digimodes a FT-840. Antennas are: 160m Phased Array @ 2 x 26m Spiderbeam Pole, 80m Phased Array @ 2 x 18m Spiderbeam Pole, Spiderbeam 20-10m, Spiderbeam 17/20/30m and 2 x SteppIR Vertical 40-6mm (phased for 40m or single for Highbands). The group is looking for support (see Web page for info). QSL via DH7WW, by the Bureau or direct to: Ulrich Moeckel, Muldenstasse 1, 08304 Schoenheide, GERMANY. For more information, a Web page is now available at:
AS-079. Takeshi "TAKE", JS6RRR, will be active as JS6RRR and JI3DST/JS6 from Miyako Island (AS-079-005) between 0800z, December 23rd and 0000z, January 5th, 2012. Activity from Miyakojima City, Okinawa (JCC#4714), will be on 160/80/75/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and FM. Take will also go to Ikema-jima (AS-079-001) and Kurima-jima (AS-079-003) one or two times during this stay. This can change due to work situations or rainy weather and travel time. QSL via the Bureau is the best, but if you want to send direct, see QRZ.com (under the callsign JI3DST: 2-18-26, Hannan-cho, Abeno-ku, Osaka-city, Osaka 545-0021, Japan.
APPROVED IOTA OPERATIONS. Fred, IK7JWX, reports that the following operations during the period of August to October 2011, have been provided acceptable validation and are therefore approved for IOTA credit: 5C2B (AF-068), 5C2J (AF-068), 5C2P (AF-068), 5C2S (AF-068), CN8QY/P (AF-068), MM0RAI/P (EU-189), 4W6AA (OC-232), YB9WZJ/P (OC-239), YB0MWM/9 (OC-239), PQ8OP (SA-045) and PQ8XB (SA-045). Also, G3KMA (28 Oct. 2011).
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (December 12-18th)
Dec/12th AN Dec/15th AN Dec/17th AN Dec/13th AN Dec/16th AN Dec/18th AN Dec/14th 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=6-9 100-400PJ2, CURACAO
Members of "The NN6NN RTTY Team" will be activating PJ2N from the Signal Point Station - PJ2T on Curacao Island (SA-099, WLOTA LH-0942) during the 2012 ARRL RTTY Round-Up (January 7-8th, 2012). Operators mentioned, Ron/N6EE and Chet/W6XK, will be enter the contest as a Multi-Op/High-Power entry. By the way, these two operators currently hold the world record during for their 2003 VP5NN operation. Look for the operators to be active on the Digital modes before and after the contest as PJ2/N6EE and PJ2/W6XK. QSL via LoTW or direct to NN6NN.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated December 11th) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5V7MA via F4FOO HB9SOLAR via HB9ACA T88NU via SM0GNU BA1BJ via K1NIU HF3R via SP3GEM UP20PT via UN8PT DL/ON6UU/P via ON6UU HG6N via HA6KNB UP20R via UN7RL DU1IST via JA1HGY II0UI via IZ0TTE UP20TO via UN7TO E7DX via E77E II1IAME via IZ8QNX VP2ETN via JN1RVS EA8/DL3FCG via DL3FCG J6/WF2S via WF2S VP2ETN via JN1RVS EA8/DL3OH via DL3OH KH6/K3BI via JJ3AZA VP5/W5KD via W5KD EA8/IK1PMR via IK1PMR KP2VI via EB7DX XU7ACQ via KF0RQ EM1000USK via UT8UF LT5X via WD9EWK YU1EQ via YT2AA EO20IM via UW5IM OM/HA6QR/P via HA6QR ZF2AH via W6VNR FS/DL2RUM via DL2RUM PR5B via 6K5YPD ZP5/LU9ESD via LU9ESD FS/DM2XO via DM2XO T8CC via UA4CCLOG AVAILABLE ON-LINE. The logs for 9L0W from Banana Island (AF-037) is now up and running at: http://www.mdxc.org/9l0w
QSL MANAGER OF THE YEAR AWARD. John, K1XN, announced this past week: "The Golist QSL Manager Data Service is reviving its 'QSL Manager of the Year Award'. The purpose of this award it to recognize the service of QSL Managers world wide for the service they provide to the World Wide Amateur Community. Nominations for this award will be accepted by the Golist from DX and Contest clubs, world wide, for the year of 2012.
Each DX club and Contest club is encouraged to poll their members for their nominations for the Top 5 QSL Managers for 2012. The definition of a QSL Manager for this award is any person that confirms contacts via QSL Card for any station other than their Primary Call Sign.
Each club should tabulate the votes of their members and submit to the Golist the Top 5 vote getters as voted by members of their club. Votes should be tabulated and sent to the Golist by August 1st, 2012, to be eligible for the QSL Manager of the Year award. Each club world wide may only send one submission for voting purposes. Records of submission will be maintained by the Golist.
A plaque, donated by QRZ-DX / THE DX MAGAZINE, will be awarded to the QSL Manager of the Year selected at the W4DXCC Convention held in Pigeon Forge Tennessee in September 2012.
The recognized format for your clubs submission is as follows:
In the Body of the Message include:
Club Officer (Name, Call Sign, club office and email address)
Top 5 QSL Manager Nominees (list name and callsign) In the subject line of your official email: QSL Manager of the Year-2012."
Les, WB8LES, who is active as T6LB from FOB (Forward Operation Base) Shank, Loghar Province, Afghanistan, has reportedly been stateside for about 2 weeks now and is starting to get to the pile of QSL cards. It was also reported that it looks like he may be changing employment and go back to flying trans-Atlantic charter jets.
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3V8SS, 4Z1UF, 6V7N, 7Q7VB, 9X0VB, C91VB, CR6K, DF9ZP, DM5TI, EA4URE, EI8HT, EL2A, EL2WS, FG5FU, FG5LA, FS/DL2RUM, G8APB, GM3POI, H40KJ, HB9FBG, HI3A, HI3TEJ, IV3RAV, J6/WF2S, JA0FSB, JA3QOS, JA5FDJ, JA8TGI, JH2IEE, KH2L, KL7AC, LZ1MS, LZ2MP, LZ9W, MM0AMW, OE8SKQ, OH0Z, OK1AMF, P40L, PB1TT, PJ4X, PU5AAD, RA4CC, S51ZZ, S55O, SM3EVR, SU9VB, TF3SG, TG9ADM, UN6P, UN7PBY, UP6P, UR3IFD, UU5WW, VA7RN, VE1OP, VE3KP, VP2MWG, XE2B, YL2KF, YN2CC, YQ6A, Z37M and ZK2V
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3D2R, 3DA0GF, 4K9W, 4W6A, 6O0M, 7Z1HL, 8Q7SO, 8R1AK, 9G5SG, 9M2CLN, A52IR, AP2NK, C4N, CT1DSC, D9A, EA9EU, EL8RI, ET3AA, FR4NT, GJ7DNI, HV50VR, J79KT, JV5A, JW3TR, LT1F, MM0AMW, OD5NJ, PJ7X, PJ7XK, PQ8P, UA9CUA, VP8LP, VP9HE, XV2YL, YB0AKM, YL2BJ, ZD7VC and ZD8ZZ
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 4L7O, 5W0KH, 7Z1HL 8Q7SO, 9G5SG, 9M2TO, AD7UV/KH2, AH0BT, AL5A/WH0, B1Z, BT3WX, CW1GM, DL60DARC, DU1IST, EA6AIV, J5V, K0FRI/KH2, KB0OBU/KH2, P29VEK, PJ4/KP2I, SE2T, T30ZF, T32SI, T8CW, TO5T, UK/JI2MED, VK9DWX, VP2MNK, WH0DX, YJ0NA, YW5F and ZK2DL
The members of the Northern Ohio DX Association lost a great friend/member, Don Schmidt, N8AC, on December 3rd. His DXCC totals were 343/329. Don retired from NASA Lewis Research Center as an Electronic Research Technician after 31 yrs., and was a also a WWII veteran during the Berlin Air Lift, as well as during the Korean War. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of N8AC.
T32C PRESS RELEASE (Bulletin #10)
Don, G3XTT, FSDXA T32C Publicity Officer, sent out the following on December 11th (edited):
"It's about six weeks now since the team returned home from Christmas Island, and we wanted to update everyone and answer some of the questions we are being asked.T6, AFGHANISTAN
TOTALS, RECORDS: Firstly, as most of you will know, our final QSO total was 213,116, the first time any DXpedition has exceeded the magic 200k (some will recall that, with D68C, we were the first to exceed 100k). We also worked 49,535 uniques, another world record. Just a few short weeks before the trip started we wondered whether we could manage a respectable total at all, as it had become clear that our container of equipment would not arrive and we would have to hand carry everything. In the event, team members and others, including our major sponsors, rallied round and we were able to run up to ten stations, eight of them equipped with linears, along with a very respectable array of vertical antennas for 160 through 10 and, later in the trip, an 8-element Yagi for 6m. What also came as a very pleasant surprise was the upturn in HF con- ditions just days before we started 10 and 12m propagation was well above what we had dared to hope.
Partly as a result of those improvements in propagation, we are partic- ularly proud of the number of European QSOs included in that total, some 59,673. A breakdown of our QSOs appears on the Club Log website:
Other records that we broke included the band records for 30m,15m and 12m and those for CW (102,216), SSB (88,416) and RTTY (19,225). Another record was with North America (109,327).
6 METERS: Just a word about our 6m operation. Not only did the container fail to arrive, but Kazu JA1RJU, our 6m guru, had to cancel his partic- ipation at the last minute for health reasons (as we reported in a previous bulletin). It was left to team members Michael/DG1MGZ, Mike/ G3WPH and Bob/MD0CCE to learn 'on the job'. Not only did they manage seven EME QSOs in two continents (it would have been more, but the 6m linear developed a fault), but they also managed 103 terrestrial QSOs, including some quite long-haul ones into the USA and South America (possibly due to some early 6m F2 propagation?).
THE CONTAINER: We are regularly asked what happened to the shipping container with its six tons of gear. The good news is that, while we were let down by local agents and shippers in the Pacific area, there is no problem with shipping on the main routes, and it is currently on its way back to the UK, scheduled to arrive in late January.
QSLing: Full details of how to request a 'traditional' QSL appear on our website, so are not repeated here. You can send a direct or bureau card, or make an online request. The card design has been finalized and we plan to start mailing cards in January after the Christmas postal rush.
As for Logbook of the World, we promised an upload within six months and, in practice, it will be very much earlier. We wanted to upload as clean a log as possible and have made some 500+ editorial changes to the log as a result of feedback from the log uploads to Club Log and notes received from many of the Deserving. But we are very conscious that many of you want to do a DXCC update before year-end. Therefore, LoTW permitting, we plan to start the upload on 15 December 2011, just over six frenetic weeks after our return from T32C. Uploading 213k QSOs is a huge task and we don't necessarily expect it to go smoothly first time (D68C, 3B9C and 3B7C all experienced problems), so the upload may take several days to complete.
We have a team of 10 QSL managers ready to start processing the T32C cards and we estimate that we will eventually confirm around 140,000 QSOs.
StarQSL, our internet-based QSLing system, has been enhanced recently by its author John, G3WGV. Major developments include a new batch import facility to work directly with Club Log's OQRS, incorporating an address label printing facility. We will be printing direct to QSL cards this time. Various improved ergonomics have also been introduced to help speed up the QSLing program.
Just a word too about QSLing our earlier DXpeditions, as T32C has prompted renewed interest in getting missing cards from those trips. The following have taken over QSLing responsibilities for our 3B7C and 3B9C DXpeditions:3B7C QSLs should now be sent to: 3B9C QSLs should now be sent to: Jim Steel M0ZAK Derek Moffatt G3RAU 6 Central Avenue Mill House Shepshed Middle Street Leics LE12 9HP Glentworth, Gainsborough United Kingdom Lincs DN21 5BZ United KingdomEmail addresses for both Jim M0ZAK and Derek G3RAU are shown on (QRZ.com).
PRESENTATIONS, ARTICLES: An early DXpedition write up has already appeared in the WIA (Australia) journal and one is in preparation for Brazil (in Portuguese, tnx PY2WAS). The RSGB's RadCom will carry a four-page article in the January issue and the latest edition of the CDXC (Chiltern DX Club, the UK DX Foundation) Digest is very much a 'T32C Special'. We have also accepted invitations to present at Dayton and Visalia and at next year’s RSGB Convention as well as at the LADX (Norway) and ARI (Italian) events. We expect to feature on the program at Friedrichshafen and other national and local clubs over the next 12 months.
DVD, etc.: A DVD is currently in preparation and orders can be placed via the website. We expect it to start shipping in January there is 25 hours of material to be edited down! The DVD will also include the 3B7C story.
THANKS: Once again, we want to offer our thanks to every individual and organization who have supported our efforts to put Christmas Island on the air in a big way. We have acknowledged all sponsors on our website. By the completion of the project and thanks to our sponsors (corporate, club and individual), donations through OQRS and with QSL cards, and taking into account projected sales of some of our equipment, we expect to just about break-even.
We must, though, finally add our thanks to the staff of the Captain Cook Hotel and, indeed, to all those local residents we met on the island. It's a great place, with good fishing and a friendly welcome from all.
And to all our fellow amateurs, a Happy Christmas from those of us who encountered ‘Christmas’ early this year!"
Don Field G3XTT, (firstname.lastname@example.org) (FSDXA Publicity Officer)
T32C website www.t32c.com
CDXC website www.cdxc.org.uk
Global Sponsor: Yaesu
Major Corporate Sponsors: Martin Lynch & Sons, Redweb Technologies, Nevada Radio
Major Club Sponsors: ARRL Colvin Award, GDXF German DX Foundation),
CDXC (Chiltern DX Club, The UK DX Foundation),
RSGB DXpedition Fund
Operators Giovanni/IK5BCM, Giuseppe/IK5CBE and Giovanni/ IK5CRH will be active as TO4M from Mayotte between January 28th and February 5th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via IK5CRH.
Operators Alex/DO5ALX and Torsten/DG7RO will be active as V31RU and V31TF, respectively, from Corozal, Belize, between February 4-26th, 2012. Activity will be on 30/17/12 bands using SSB and RTTY. There is a possibility that they will enter the CQ WPX RTTY Contest (February 11-12th). QSL via their home callsigns.
Bob, N7MSU, will once again be active as V31SU from Belize between February 26th and March 15th. Activity will be mainly 40-20 meters using CW, SSB and PSK31. Operations will be from various locations which including Caye Caulker, Orange Walk Town, San Ignacio and Gales Point. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct (see (QRZ.com) for address and instructions).
V4, ST. KITTS
Jon, W5JON, will be active again as V47JA from his Calypso Bay vacation home, located 300 feet from the Caribbean Sea (CQ Zone:8, IOTA NA-104, Grid FK87pg), between February 28th and March 28th, 2012. Activity will be on 80-6 meters SSB, including 60 meters. He plans to operate in both the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 3-4th) and the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th), as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. The station's equipment is a Kenwood TS-590S, Yaesu FT-857D, and SB200 amplifier. Antennas are a 80-10m multi-band dipole, metal roof (called "Galvalume", which the vertical uses as the ground radials) with mounted S9 (18 ft. and 31 ft. verticals) and a 6m 3 element yagi. Look for his XYL Cathy, W5HAM, to also be active occasionally as V4/W5HAM. All QSLs go to his home callsign, W5JON. Also LoTW.
A group of JA operators plan to be active from Sihanoukville between January 14-22nd. Operators mentioned are Masumi/JA3AVO (XU7AVO), Takeo/JA3BZO (XU7AEN), Kunio/JA1CJA/JH3LSS (XU7CJA), Tsuguya/JA3UJR (XU7UJR), Shozo/JA3HJI (XU7HJI pending) and Tatsuo/JA3ARJ (XU7ARJ pending). Activity will probably be like last time on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and Digital modes. Also look for satellite activity on 2m and 70cm. QSL via their home callsigns.
YV0, AVES ISLAND
The 4M5DX Group states that they are still looking for no more than 7 or 12 days to operate from Aves Island (NA-020, ARLHS AVE-001, WLOTA L-0216) with transportation from the Venezuela Navy.
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