The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 10509
February 20, 2012
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q & ARRL DX, KH2AR/W4, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, KH6BZF, N6VR, AC8G, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX (60m News), K9EL, W9ILY, AT International, DF7ZS, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DL2VFR, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3SWH, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, RK3DSW, RSGB IOTA Web Site, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3DX, VHF-DX-Portal, VE7MID and XE2AA for the following DX information.
EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTICE:
This week's bulletin was sent out earlier than normal to accommodate the late ARRL DX CW Contest announcements. Also, we wanted to provide the readers with a consolidated listing of the ARRL DX CW Contest participants.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 10th-February, through Friday, 17th-February there were 223 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5W, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A5, 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, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, 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, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T32, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, 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).
2011 CQ DX MARATHON NEWS (High Claimed Scores)
John, K9EL, DX Marathon Administrator, reports: "High Claimed scores for the 2011 DX Marathon sponsored by CQ Magazine are now available on the DX Marathon Web site
Most operators will be active in the ARRL DX CW Contest this weekend, but we just wanted to remind you that the Russian World-Wide PSK Contest is also this weekend between 2100z Friday, February 17th, and 2100z Saturday, February 18th. Types of modulation are: BPSK31, 63 and 125. The output power should not exceed 10 watts on 160 meters and 100 watts on other bands. Only one transmitted signal is permitted at any time. Bands: 160, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters. Read more about the rules of the contest at:
3DA, SWAZILAND (Update from G3SWH)
Just a reminder that Phil, G3SWH, and John, G3OLU (aka EA5ARC), will be active as 3DA0PW from the Hawane Resort in western Swaziland between February 21-29th. The Hawane Resort has a well equipped station with Elecraft K3 transceivers, ICOM IC2KL amplifiers, an A4S at 24m, an A3WS at 20m, a wire 4 square for 40m and a vertical for 80m complete with 30 x 20m long radials. Activity will be on CW only on all bands 80-10 meters. There will be no 160, 60, 6 meters or EME activity. Propagation permitting, they plan to have two stations on the air for as many hours every day as is possible.
Their main objective is to work as many European, North American and ROTW stations on as many different bands as possible and hope to make at least 15,000 QSOs. QSL via G3SWH, either by the OQRS facility on Phil's web site
5P, DENMARK (Contest and Special Event)
Operators Joergen/OZ0J and Daniel/OZ5BD will be active as 5P12EU during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Multi-Op/Single-TX entry. QSL via OZ0J. This special event callsign is to celebrate that Denmark is the Chairman of the European Union between January 1st and June 30th, 2012. There are 27 countries presently in the European Union. This special callsign will be used between the above dates. For more details, see the following Web page at:
6O, SOMALIA (Update)
By the time you read this, Darko, J28AA/E70A, who was active as 6O3A this past week from Hargeisa, will be going QTH on February 20th. Last Wednesday, Darko installed a station in the Ministry of Post and Telecommunication that will have the callsign 6O3SL (the suffix "SL" stands for SomaliLand). He will also train some local amateur radio operators for future operations. The club station was equipped with a donated Icom IC-735 and wire antennas. Look for 6O3A to take part in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Lower- Power entry. QSL via K2PF. For updates (under news), online, and pictures, check out the Bosnia and Herzegovina Contest Club's Web page [BHCC] at:
9M0, SPRATLY (Update)
Members of the Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitter Society (MARTS) and the 9M4SDX Team will be active as 9M0L from Pulau Layang Layang Island (Swallow Reefs - AS-051) near Sabah, East Malaysia, between April 10-24th. The current team consists of Tex-san/9M2TO (Project Coordinator), Neoh/9M2CLN (Team Leader Malaysia), Tack-san/JE1CKA (Team Leader Japan), Hajime/7K4QOK, Takuto/9M2/JE1SCJ, David/9M2PX, Yasuma/ 9M8YY, Nigel/G3TXF, Joe/JA1LZR, Naoyuki/JK1FNL, Hiroyuki/JP1TRJ and Yutaka/JQ2GYU. QSL direct to 9M2TO: 9M0L TEAM PENANG, PO BOX 125 GPO 10710, Penang Island, MALAYSIA or by the Bureau to Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitter's Society (MARTS). More details will be forthcoming. A Web page is up but still under constructions at:
A2, BOTSWANA (DXpedition Update)
Operators Frosty/K5LBU (A25CF), Keith/ VE7MID (A52KW), Don/VE7DS (A25DS) and Joel/N5JR (A25JR) will be active from the Lotsane Safari Lodge between March 18-27th. The group plans to be active in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) as A25HQ. They will have about 3 rigs and a log periodic plus wire antenna covering 160 meters and up. It was also mentioned that they would use an inverted L with amp and a beverage antenna. Look for more details to be forthcoming.
E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS
Look for the E51M DXpedition that is going to North Cook Islands to also be active as E51MCW from Rarotonga, South Cook Islands, between April 11-14th, after their operation on Manihiki (see OPDX.1044). Activity will be on all bands, including 60m, using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via DJ8NK, direct or by the Bureau. Online QSL Requests Service (OQRS) for the Bureau and direct cards can be made after April 20th. For more details, see the E51M Web page at:
EF8, CANARY ISLANDS
Juan, EA8CAC, will be active as EF8R during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW.
FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Operators Fred/AB1OC and XYL Anita/AB1QB will be active as FO/homecall from Bora Bora, French Polynesia (OC-067, DIFO FO-003, WLOTA 0430), between February 18-24th. Fred states, "This is not a formal DXpedition, it is just some time to relax and do some operating in 'vacation mode'." Fred and Anita will have an Icom 7000, a couple of vertical antennas and a 2 element beam for 10 and 12 meters. They plan to be active on all bands from 40-10 meters, including 30/17/12m, conditions permitting. Operations will be on PSK, RTTY, SSB and JT65HF. QSL via LoTW, eQSL or their home callsigns.
HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Operators Edwin/HI3K, Tino/HI3CC, Franky/HI3TT, Ezequiel/HI3EPR and Yukon John/KL7JR will be active in the ARRL DX SSB Contest as HI3K (March 3-4th) as a Multi-Single entry from Lomas del Toro in Santiago (Lomadeltoro Contest Team's HI3CCP station):
IOTA DINNER BANQUET (Visalia Convention)
The 17th annual Islands On The Air (IOTA) Dinner will be held in conjunction with the 63th annual Visalia International DX Convention on Friday, April 20th, in the Plaza Room of the Holiday Inn Hotel, 9000 W. Airport Drive, Visalia, CA 93277, phone: 559 651-5000. See the DX Convention Web site for details on the DX Convention at:
The dinner will be served buffet style in the Plaza Room at a cost of 33 USDs per person (service charge and tax included). The buffet menu will contain entrée choice of beef or chicken along with salad, vegetables, dinner rolls, dessert, and a beverage (coffee, ice water, or ice tea). Vegetarian meal is available with two weeks notice. Wine and liquor can be purchased separately from hotel staff.
Reservations and advanced payment will be required this year. Prepayment must be received 10 days in advance; by April 10, 2012. Please send your check to N6VR's address below. He will confirm by E-mail receipt. At this time, buffet service is set for 50 persons. And, as in previous IOTA dinners, admission is free for those wishing to watch the programs without dinner. Paid attendees will have priority seating.
For additional information regarding this event, please contact:
Ray Benny, N6VR - IOTA Dinner Coordinator
462 South Reed Road, Chino Valley, AZ 86323
Phone: 928 848-2158
Or, Will Costello, WC6DX
Phone: 831 375-8133
As a note, the Holiday Inn has no rooms available. Check the NCDXC Website for other motels. You may ask the NCDXC Convention coordinators if they have any rooms reserved for foreign guests if you reside out of the USA.
AF-042. (POSTPONED!) Members of the "Invoker Team" that were expected to be active as EG3INT/7 from Alborán Island (WLOTA 1061, ARLHS SPA-145, DIE S-001, DME 04013, WW GRID IM85LW) this past week announced on (QRZ.com) (February 14th) - "POSTPONED: The team has just received a message from the authorities informing the trip must be postponed due to the boat having to undertake other priority commitments."
EU-029. Operators Dominic/ON4AZP, Michel/ON4CAQ, Francois/ON6VP, Herman/ON7FH and Maurice/ON7KS will be active as 5P5Y from Lolland Island (DIA SJ-015, WLOTA 2773) between April 29th and May 5th. Activity will be on all HF bands and modes. QSL via ON4AMM, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-047. Robert, DK2RO, will be active as DK2RO/p from Spiekeroog Island between February 20-24th. Activity will be holiday style on all HF bands, propagation permitting. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. He plans to uploaded his log to LoTW.
EU-103. Members from the Papa Lima DX Group (EI0PL) will be active as EJ0PL from Saltee Island during the second full weekend of April. QSL via EI5JQ. More details will be forthcoming.
EU-127. (Update to OPDX.1049) The DD4T DXpedition to Helgoland Island (GID/DID N-014, WLOTA 0518) between June 3-10th, now has a Web page at:
NA-189. (Update to OPDX.1048) A team of 10 operators, from the Aguas- calientes Amateur Radio Club, will be active as XF1AA from Isabel Island (in the Jalisco/Nayarit IOTA group) between March 16-21st. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Operators mentioned are Enrique/XE2AA, Ben/XE2AU, Ismael/XE1AY, Jorge/XE2AMS, Armando/XE2AMZ, Vertiz/ XE2AY, David/XE2AUD, Juan/XE2AI, Fidel/XE2ARM and Ramiro/XE2ARV. QSL via IT9EJW.
Harry, AC8G, will use the J37K callsign during a visit to the island between March 1-4th. After some repairs to the beam, he should be on by mid day on the 1st. Since he will be in the ARRL DX SSB Contest during the weekend, he plans to work non-USA/Canadian stations on March 1st and 2nd. QSL to AC8G direct with SASE. Logs will be put in LoTW shortly after his return to stateside.
Brian, K1LI, will be active as J7Y from Dominica (NA-101) between February 25th and March 13th. Activity will mainly be focused on the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 3-4th). QSL via his home callsign.
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (February 20-26th)
Feb/20th AN Feb/23rd AN Feb/25th AN Feb/21st AN Feb/24th AN Feb/26th AN Feb/22nd 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=6-9 100-400LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVITY
3G3L - Faro Punta Lutrin (CHI-071) CE1DY - Faro Concordia Directional (CHI-101) XR1FC - Faro Punta Caldera (CHI-065) XR2FPC - Faro Punta Caraumilla (CHI-014) XR4AC - Baliza Alto Capellania (NORTE4, NAC-208B) XR2BPA - Baliza Puerto Aldea (NAC-135) XR4CA - Faro Cabo Carranza (CHI-005) XR4LR - Baliza Espigon Puerto Rapel (NAC-208A)For complete details about the South America Lighthouse Weekend, go to:
Mat, F5SHQ, will be active as MJ0ASP during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW.
Dave, N2NL, will be active as NH2T from Guam (OC-026) during ARRL DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/ Assisted entry. He is expected to be here until the summer of 2013. Dave will be active (outside of contests) as KH2/N2NL and during all contests as NH2T. QSL via LoTW or via W2YC.
Fred, DL1NL, is once again active as OA4/DL1NL from Lima, Peru, until early March. Activity will be during his spare time on 160-10 meters CW, with some SSB, from the Radio Club Peruano station (OA4O). QSL via DL1NL, by the Bureau or direct. No LoTW or eQSL.
OH0, ALAND ISLAND
Pekka, OH2TA, will be active as OH0X during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW or to OH2TA.
P4, ARUBA (Update)
Helmut, DF7ZS, will be active as P4/DF7ZS from Aruba (SA-036) from P40V's QTH between March 21-27th. Activity will be casual, but main operations will be during the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) using the callsign P41P. QSL P4/DF7ZS via DF7ZS. QSL P41P via W3HNK.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated February 17th) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- A61K via EA7FTR IP2ANT via IK2QPR SN51LTL via SQ5LTL CT9/DL5AXX via DL5AXX IQ5VZ via I5DOF V5/DC8QT via DC8QT EM0UBC via UR4UXD K7UGA via K7BHM YT16IARU via YU1EA HF35APAS via SP9YI PA6NB via PA7JWC ZX2B via PY2MNL HF70TWARDY via SP8MI PI4VPO via PA2CNRNOT THE QSL MANAGER. DF8OL and/or DF9OL are not and have never been the QSL Manager of EX2A. It seems that some databases have gotten this information wrong. EX2A has no QSL Manager at all according to his Web site on (QRZ.com).
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: CX9AU, LX1EA, OH6LNI, OH8X, PI4DX, VE2JM, YU5A and ZM4G
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 4C1JPG, 4L3Y, 5R8AX, 5U5U, 9J2QQV, 9N7MD, A65BP, BV0EXPO, BN100, BO100, BU100, BX100, BQ100, BV100ROC, BM100, BW100, CR2X, CU2KG, CY0/VE1AWW, EA9IE, EI8JX, JT1RF, KP2B, OH2BH, OH0X, OJ0B, OJ0X, P29FR, PJ5/DL7VOG, RU0ZM, RZ0AF, T32C, TA3D, TU2T, TX3T, TX7M, TY1KS, V63T, VK0TH, VR2EH, VR2XMT, XU7UJR, YB6NE, YC1KI, YC1YU, YC2BGI, YD1XUH, YE1ZAW, YG1CRR, ZA1UT and ZF2OE
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 4L4CC, 5B4AJC, 7Z1HL, A65CA, HB0/DL5SE, R1ANP, TA2/DL2JRM, TA7/KM8W, TF/DF6QV, TO3GA, UF0A and V5/DJ4BO
V2, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
Norbert "Bert", DL2RNS, reports that he will be active as V25NS from here before he heads to Montserrat (see OPDX.1045). QSL via DL2RNS, direct or by the Bureau.
Operators John/WC0W, George/K5PI and Mike/N7MH will be active as V31TP during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via WC0W.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------- The following stations are expected to be active in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 18-19th, 2012) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following consolidated listing of the participants in the 2012 ARRL DX CW Contest. For a more detailed listing (and up-to-date changes/corrections) in HTML format, please visit Bill's Web page at: http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/adxc2012.html (By callsign) http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/adxcd2012.html (By entity) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Contest DXCC Class QSL Callsign Entity Route ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 3B8GY Mauritius M/? SP2JMB 3V8SS Tunisia SOAB LP LoTW; QSL via LX1NO 5P12EU Denmark M/S OZ0J 5Z4EE Kenya SOAB HP NV7E 6O3A Somalia QSL via E77E or K2PF 6Y2T Jamaica SOAB VE3DZ 8P5Y Barbados M/S K9CS C6AKQ Bahamas M/S N4BP Direct C6ANM Bahamas M/S LoTW CO6LP Cuba SOSB 160M CO6LP CQ3B Madeira SOAB LP OM7JG CR3A Madeira SOAB HP CT3EE CR3L Madeira M/2 DJ6QT E51NJB South Cook Islands SOAB LP LoTW; QSL via N5JB EE5E Spain M/S LoTW EF8R Canary Islands SOAB LoTW EF8USA Canary Islands SOAB LoTW FP/W6HGF St. Pierre & Miquelon W6HGF FW0NAR Wallis & Futuna HA0NAR J38A Grenada SO LoTW J88DR St. Vincent SOAB LP G3TBK; QSL Buro or direct JW Svalbard KP2MM Virgin Islands SO LoTW LX7I Luxembourg M/S LX2A M5E England M/2 G0CKV MJ0ASP Jersey SO LP LoTW NH2T Guam SOAB LoTW NP4Z Puerto Rico SOAB N4AO OH0X Aland Island SOAB LoTW; QSL via OH2TA OH0Z Aland Island SOAB HP W0MM OZ7A Denmark M/S LoTW; QSL via OZ7A Buro P49Y Aruba SOAB LoTW; QSL via AE6Y PJ4X Bonaire M/2 LoTW; QSL via W1MD direct PZ5RO Surinam M/S AI2N T6MO Afghanistan SO LP K9GY TF3CW Iceland SOSB LX1NO TG8/W0OR Guatemala SO W0OR TO5X Martinique SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via UA3DX V25AA Antigua AA9A; QSL via Buro or direct V31RR Belize SOAB AI4U V31SG Belize QRP LoTW; QSL via K0UU direct V31TP Belize M/S WC0W V31WW Belize W2OX Direct V31YN Belize LoTW; QSL via DJ4KW, Buro/direct VP5OU Turks & Caicos M/S LoTW; QSL via N7OU VP9/W6PH Bermuda SOAB LP W6PH Direct WP3C Puerto Rico SOAB LP W3HNK XW4XR Laos SOAB LP E21EIC ZD8Z Ascension Island SO AI4U ZF2AM Cayman Islands SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via K6AM, Buro/direct
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