The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1056
April 2, 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, KH2AR/W4, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, W5HNS, KH6BZF, N6PSE, K8BL, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, W9ILY, 4Z4KX, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DL2VFR, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3SXW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IW3SQY, IZ2LSC, Mediterraneo DX Club, M0PNN, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, UT5UY, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal, VK2PN, VK3FY and VK3YP for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 25th-March, through Sunday, 1st-April there were 235 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 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, 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, HC8, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, P5, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VK9N, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, ZL, ZL7, 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).
4X/4Z, ISRAEL (Contest Event)
The "2012 Holyland Contest", organized by the Israel Amateur Radio Club, will be held on 2100z, April 20th, to 2100z, April 21st, on 160/80/40/20/15/10 meters and on modes CW, SSB and the Digital. It will provide a good opportunity to work many 4X/4Z stations toward the "Holyland Award". Full details are available on the Web page at: http://www.iarc.org/~4z1pf/Holyland%20Contest%202011%20booklet.pdf The Contest Manager is Mark, 4Z4KX (E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
6O, SOMALILAND (Press Release #1)
Paul, N6PSE, sent out a press release on March 28th, stating [edited]:
"The Intrepid-DX Group is pleased to announce our next DXpedition, as 6O3A from Hargeisa, Somaliland (Somalia), to take place from November 6-14th, 2012. The Intrepid-DX Group is the same group which brought you the recent ET3AA, ST0R and YI9PSE DXpeditions. Our primary objective is to activate Somaliland with a goal of providing as many DXers as possible a "new one" with this rare DXCC entity, and as a secondary objective, to give as many band-slots as possible. We will focus on North America, KH6, and ZL/VK during those periods when pro- pagation is possible to those areas.According to their Web page, the multi-national team plans to have 5 stations active on at the same time on different bands. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, including 30/17/12 meters, using CW, SSB and RTTY. Suggested frequencies are:
The team consists of twelve operators including: Co-Leader Paul Ewing/ N6PSE, Co-Leader David Collingham/K3LP, Dave Flack/AH6HY, Jun Tanaka/ JH4RHF, Dmitri Zhikharev/RA9USU, Darko Rusman/E70A, Krassy Petkov/K1LZ, Hrane Milosevic/YT1AD, Bill Beyer/N2WB, John Miller/K6MM, Al Hernandez/ K3VN and Bob Grimmick/N6OX.
Our QSL Manager is Joe, W3HNK. We will have OQRS available and will accept direct and Bureau QSL cards. We plan to upload our logs to Club Log on a daily basis.
You can find out more about our plans at our Web site at:
The Intrepid-DX Group."
The Pilot stations mentioned are Charles Vaughn/AA6G (West Coast Pilot) and Col McGowan/MM0NDX (EU, AF, OC & SA). Webmaster/QSL Designer is Roberto Filloy/EA2RY. On their Web page there is a band and mode survey available. The 6O3A team is looking for sponsors. Somaliland is ranked in "The DX Magazine's 2011 Most Wanted Countries World-Wide (Mixed-Mode)" as 40 (37/AS, 65/EU, 31/NA and 32/AF, OC & SA).
Alex, UT5UY, will be active as 8Q7UY from Thulhagiri Island (AS-013) between April 12-21st. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via UT5UY, by the Bureau or direct.
9M2 & 9M6, WEST & EAST MALAYSIA (IOTA Op)
Victor, R6AF, is now active as 9M2/R6AF/p from Pulau Besar (AS-097), West Malaysia, until possibly April 5-6th. Also, look for him to be active as 9M2/R6AF/6 (he states), from Sabah, Borneo (OC-088), East Malaysia between April 8-11th. Activity will be 40-10 meters mainly on CW but with some SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
Look for Gabriele, I2VGW, to plan a "Bahamas Islands Round Trip" DXpedition. He already has in his hands the licence and callsign, so look for him to operate as C6AGW starting April 26th through May 6th, from New Providence main island (NA-001), as well as Bimini (NA-048) and Berry (NA-054) Island -- two quite rare and claimed IOTA references. He doesn't stop there, but before going back to Italy, he will activate Long Island (NA-001). So, make sure you copy and listen carefully to catch the right reference number and location. The press release states, "Please keep in mind that, this time, it will be a very holiday style operation (with his first mate and supporter that is his wife Roberta)." Gabriele will put a great emphasis on the Digital modes and the 30/17/12 meter bands, as well as SSB too. His C6AGW set up will be a new dipole to test, Icom 7200, vertical HF3 and a Buddipole. For further information and any updates, during the I2VGW's trip, please have a look at his DXpedition Web site at:
D6, COMOROS (Update)
A few more details on the upcoming D64K DXpedition were released this past week by Frabrizio, IW3SQY. A team of Europeon operators will be active as D64K from Comoros Islands (IOTA AF-007) in August 2012. Operators mentioned are Fabrizio/IW3SQY, Paolo/IV3DSH, Antonello/IT9YVO, Franco/IZ8GCE, Giorgio/IZ4AKS, Les/SP3DOI and Salvador C31CT/EA3QS. The team has already obtained all permissions, and the license has been sent to the DXCC Desk. It was mentioned that at the present time it is appropriate to maintain confidentiality about dates and locations for safety reasons given the delicate political situation on the island. The official D64K Web site will go online about a month before the DXpedition. Their license covers from 160 to 6 meters, so the guys will be active on all bands and modes, and they are even considering the possibility of working on 60m and 6m. The QSL Manager will be Paolo, IV3DSH. More details will be forthcoming. Watch the following for updates:
DXU (Press Release #4 - Final) [edited]
"The 'DX University'™ will take place at Visalia, California, on Friday, 20th April. It has quickly become a sell-out! Over 120 'Students' have already reserved their place so we have increased the room-size. Instead of shutting out late-comers everyone is now welcome to book their seat at this ground-breaking event, the first of its kind. But pre-registration is required and there's only three weeks to go! On the program are several of the world's most renowned DXers who will share their knowledge. Here are tips on making your DXCC or on achieving Honor Roll: something for everyone. Go toGP3, GUERNSEY
www.dxuniversity.comto register: this is your final call. We hope to see you in the Californian spring sunshine. DX IS ! Contact Wayne email@example.com or Roger firstname.lastname@example.org with any queries."
Their Locator Square of the camping site is IN89QK, but members of the group may well move around the island looking for the best paths to UK, EU and etc. You may follow the DXpedition on twitter. David, 2W0ZJA, will be tweeting updates, frequencies, etc... at:
* Over the weekend of June 23-24th: 1.3 GHz and 50 MHz (CW) contests * UKug Contests: June 24th - 5.7 GHz Cumulative 10 GHz Cumulative 24 GHz Cumulative June 26th - SHF UKAC 2.3 GHz - 24 GHzFor more details on what the operators did last year, view the URL link to the club's October newsletter at:
AS-109. Operators Igor/UA9KDF, Valery/RG8K, Artyom/UA9KAM and possibly others will be active as RT9K/p from Zhuravlinyy Island between April 1-5th. The team will use snowmobiles to get to the island. Activity will be on 80-10 meters. They will use a Kenwood TS-590, Yaesu FT-857 and an ACOM-1010 amp into a BiggIR (80-10m) and a Robinson RR-33 antenna. You will be able to track them on their snowmobiles via APRS at: http://aprs.fi/#!mt=roadmap&z=11&call=a%2FRT9K-14&timerange=3600 All QSLs will be automatically sent by the Bureau. Direct QSLs can be obtained via RX9KM. They will post their log online, possibly one to two times daily on ClubLOG. Log search is at:
AS-154. A team of Hungarian and Turkish operators will be active from Giresun Island between July 24th and August 1st. Activity will be on all HF bands. Operators mentioned (with active callsign) are Pisti/HA5OJ (TB2ZHI/0), Ed/HA5BWW (TA0/HA5BWW), Laci/HA5MA (TA0/HA5MA), Karl/HA7PC (TA0/HA7PC), Feco/HA8KW (TA0/HA8KW), Bekir/TA2RX (TA2RX/0), Ali/TA7EB (TA7EB/0) and Ali/TA7EM (TA7EM/0). QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau. During the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th), the team will use the callsign TC0HA. QSL TC0HA via HA5KHC, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-008. Operators Graham/MM0GHM, Gordon/MM0GOR, Allan/2M0VNW, Peter/ GM7AAJ and Jason/GM7VSB will once again be active as GM7A from Gigha Island (IOSA NH24, SCOTIA CS23) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th). Activity will be on all HF bands. QSL GM7A direct or by the Bureau.
EU-028. Guenter, DL3NBI, will once again be active as IA5/DL3NBI from Giglio Island (IIA GR-002, MIA MI-036, WLOTA 0564) between May 15-23rd. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-047. Sebastian, DL1AXX, will be active as homecall/p from Baltrum Island (GIA N-006) between May 20-25th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, the Bureau is preferred.
EU-049. Fred, PA1FJ, will be active as SV8/PA1FJ/p from Samos Island (GIOTA SAS-006, MIA MG-099, WLOTA 4163) between May 11-15th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters SSB only. He will also try 6 meters SSB during E openings. QSL via his home callsign by the QSL Bureau.
EU-095. Operators Ivano/I2RFJ, Alberto/IV3BSY, Tony/IZ2ESV and Andrea/ IZ2LSC will be active as TM1F from Ratonneau Island between April 21-25th. They will have 3 stations active on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL is via IK2DUW. Visit their Web page at: http://www.timpy.it/tm1f The team also has a twitter account <@TM1F> to keep you updated before, during and after their activities. The TM1F team also has a video teaser link at:
EU-125. Francois, ON4LO, will be active as 5P4LO from Romo Island (ARLHS DEN-074) between April 15-20th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via ON4LO, direct or by the Bureau.
NA-092. Jim, WD5IYT, will once again be active from Mustang Island (USI TX-011S, Nueces County, Texas) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Single-Op/Mode-CW/Low-Power/ Island entry. He will be using a K3. QSL via LoTW, direct (QRZ.com) or by the Bureau.
SA-048. A team of Venezuelan operators from the Grupo DX Caracas (GDXC) will be active as YX5P from the rare Patos Island between April 19-22nd. Activity will be on all bands and modes. This will be only the second time that a DXpedition will take place from this island due to its remoteness and difficult access. The first DXpedition (YY5P) was made by the GDXC 21 years ago which makes it the most requested and sought after IOTA in Venezuela. QSL via DM4TI. Visit the GDXC Web page at:
ISWL CALLSIGNS (For April)
The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of April:
GX4BJC/A - Operated from Great Sutton, in Cheshire, by Geof, M0BAU. (/A WAB Square SJ37 - England and IOTA EU-005)For more information, see
MC1SWL/A - Operated from Guilsfield, in Powys, by Martin, GW4GNY. (/A WAB Square SY21 - Wales and IOTA EU-005)
JD1, MINAMI TORISHIMA
Harry, JG7PSJ, has announced that he plans to be active as JD1BMH from Minami Torishima (OC-073) sometime in September. The exact dates and plans are to be confirmed and forthcoming on his Twitter and Web page at: https://twitter.com/#!/jd1bmh
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (March 26th-April 1st)
Apr/02nd AN Apr/05th AN Apr/07th AN Apr/03rd HN Apr/06th AN Apr/08th AN Apr/04th HN 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=6-9 100-400MU, GUERNSEY
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated March 25th and April 1st) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 5B4AJC via UA3DX EE7NL via EA7NL OL9Z via OK2PVF 9A55AX via 9A4J EE7Y via EA7ISH OM7M via OM3PA 9A205AN via 9A5AN EF7ITU via EA7NL OO0O via ON4CLL 9M6/JA1PBV via JA1PBV EF7W via EC7KW OQ4U via ON4AMX A25JR via N5JR EG2WFF via EA2TT OR7W via ON4BAL A60DWC via NI5DX EG5IC via EC5CFM OU8A via OZ1GDI B3C via BA4EG EG5SSC via EA5DDK OZ/DL1ANT/P via DL1ANT BW2/KH0XH via JE1XUZ EG7URF via EA7URF OZ/DL2SWW via DL2SWW CR6P via CT2HKN EH7SSM via EA7URM P4/DF7ZS via DF7ZS CS2P via CT1BWU EM2G via UR7GO P41P via W3HNK CT7/DL2MEK via DL2MEK EO3Q via UR3QCW S5/OE6GND/P via OE6GND CU7MD via CT3MD ES1XQ via ES3VI SG3U via SM3CXS E51EWP via DJ8NK FH4VOS via DL7BC SO2R via SP3CGK EA3/PD9DX via PD9DX FR5DN via EA7FTR TF3CW via LX1NO EA8/RW3DO via RW3DO HB0/HB9EYR via IZ3AHY TF8GX via KT6YL EA9AZ via EA5KB HE5LC via HB9LC UT7E via UR3EZ EB8AH via EA8AH IO9A via IT9YVO UX2U via UR7UC ED1R via EA4RCH J45PO via ON4PO VC3T via VE3DZ ED3X via EA3QP J52HF via I3LDP W5/DL9NDS via DL9NDS ED5D via EA5FL MJ/K3PLV via K3PLV XV2W via W6NWS ED7R via EA7IZJ MJ/K8PT via K8PT YP5A via YO5KUC ED9Z via EA9LZ OE15XMF via OE6CAG YP9W via YO9WF EE1W via EA1AZ OG73X via OH8L Z21BB via W3HNK EE3T via EA3DTD OH5Z via OH5LIZ ZP9MCE via EA5ZD EE7L/1 via EA7HLU OJ0MC via OH6MC ZY2014WC via PS7KCPIRATE ALERT. Didier, F5OGL, reports that on March 24th and 25th, 2012, a station operating as TO4E, and sending he was on Europa Island (AF-009), was definitely a PIRATE. The last TO4E DXpedition to Europa was in 2003, and there has not been any authorized activity from this island since then. He also mentions that this prefix block used in 2003 is no longer in use. Also, the prefix for Europa had been changed four years ago, and no licence has been issued to anyone. The access to Europa is forbidden except under special authorization. As a reminder, Europa and the other islands of the "Iles éparses" (French Eparse Islands) are now under the "Terres Australes and Antartiques Francaises" (TAAF), and their prefixes have been changed to the following:
FT5Y - Terre Adélie (Antarctica) FT5G - Glorieuses (Glorioso) Island FT5W - Crozet Island FT5T - Tromelin Island FT5Z - Amsterdam Island FT5E - Europa Island F5TX - Kerguelen Island FT5J - Juan de Nova IslandJust a reminder, the prefix blocks FR5/G, FR5/T, FR5/E and FR5/J are no longer used or exist. Didier, F5OGL, the QSL Manager for the TO5E 2003 DXpedition to EUROPA, will not answer the cards for this activity in 2012.
ST. PETER & ST. PAUL ROCKS LOGS (Update)
Last week we mentioned that Cesar, PY2YP, was able to obtain the log of the 2000 PS0S St. Peter & St. Paul Rocks DXpedition from the operators and uploaded the log into the LoTW. He mentions this week that thanks to PT7AA and PS7KM, he was was able to receive from PT7WA the following logs:
ZY0SW May-14-1989 to May-20-1989 ZY0SK Feb-04-1994 to Feb-08-1994 ZY0SS May-14-1989 to May-20-1989 ZY0SK Feb-03-1997 to Feb-14-1997 ZY0SY May-17-1989 to May-18-1989 ZY0SG Feb-04-1997 to Feb-14-1997 ZY0SP Feb-03-1994 to Feb-06-1994Cesar reports, "So far I have already uploaded only ZY0SG, I will do the remaining ones as soon as possible. In addition, I've written a skinny Web page for the Rocks at my own site
UK POSTAL INCREASE
Tom, GM4FDM, reports that as of April 30th, the UK Postal system will increase the following:
* A 10gm (0.35 ounces) envelope (airmail type envelope and ONE QSL card) will now cost 87p to Europe and World Zones 1 and 2.
* A 20gm (0.70 ounces) envelope will cost 87p Europe and £1.28 for World Zones 1 and 2.
Therefore for a U.S. station to send for a QSL to a UK station (Great Britain and Northern Ireland) is 2 USDs (the absolute minimum for return postage), but if you use thick envelopes or expect MORE THAN ONE CARD in the same envelope, then depending on return weight, 2 USDs may be insufficient postage, so he would suggest 3 USDs.
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3G3O, 3XY1D, 5K3R, 8P5A, 9M8Z, C4W, CP1FF, DL1ZU, EA1PO, H22H, HR5/F2JD, IB1B, JF1SEK, JH1HIC, KG4SS, KH2L, LU5FR, LU8DY, MI0SAI, OJ0X, PJ4/NK1Z, RA1AOB, RN3ZIC, SP3SLO, SV9GPV, UX2KA, V47JA, VE3SZ, ZF2LC, ZY0SS and ZY0SW
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3D2R, 3D2YA, 3G3M, 4L1FL, 4S7AB, 4W0VB, 5H3EE, 5M2TT, 5W0OU, 5W0RE, 5W1SA, 5Z4HW, 7Z7AA, 8P9AA, 8Q7DV, 8R1EA, 9G5ZZ, 9J3A, 9M6JC, 9N7DX, 9N7MD, 9Q6AL, A41OO, A52DL, C31BO, CE3EEA, CE4A, CE9/VE3LYC (SA-031), CE9/VE3LYC (SA-097), CO6LC, CP4BT, CX5TR, D2AK, E51MAN, E51NOU, EA9EU, EI80IRTS, ET3AA, ET3JA, FG/DK9PY, FG/DL1CW, FO/N6JA, FP/G3ZAY, FR/DJ7RJ, FW5RE, GB4SEN, HC1HC, HK0/DL5YWM, HV0A, HV5PUL, HZ1MD/P, K6VVA/KL7, KG2A/VP9, KH2/N2NL, KH4/W5FJG, KH7Y, KL7RRC, OY1CT, PJ4/K5WE, PJ4C, PJ5/SP6EQZ, PJ5/SP6IXF, PJ7/W4BUW, PZ5T, ST0R, SU9VB, T32C, T6TL, T8CC, T8XX, TG9NX, TL0CW, TN2T, TO5G, TS7TI, TS8P, TU2T, TX3T, TX7M, V25AA, V63DX, V85TX, VE2IM, VP2MMM, VP5/W5CW, VR2XMT, XE2X, Z21BB, Z21BC, ZB2EO, ZD8F, ZD8W, ZF2AG/ZF8, ZF2AH, ZK2V and ZK3RE
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 5V7CC, 6W4/IZ1KHH, 9G5LM, 9Q50ON, A71DLH, BA4EG, C57R, CN2DJ, DL4JS/6W, DS5USH, ED9M, ET3AA, HB0/PC5A, OJ0B, PJ4/PG4M, TK/DF6ZY, TY1MS, V31WA, V5/DK1CE and XU7KOH
Operators Giorgio/IZ4AKS and XYL Silvia/K1XYL will be active as SV5/IZ4AKS from the Island of Rhodes (EU-001) between April 9-16th. Activity will be limited as this is a business trip. QSL via IZ4AKS.
Operators Henry/W5HNS, Jay/K0BCN and Marty/W5MRM will be active as V31WH, V31MX and V31MO, respectively, from Cay Caulker (NA-073). The team will arrive on July 23rd, and possibly be on the air that day. They will return to the U.S. on July 31st. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using a 5 band hexbeam and a 40m dipole, operating CW and SSB. Jay and Henry are the CW ops (as well as SSB) and Marty will operate on Phone. Nothing has been decided about PSK or RTTY yet. There will only be one transceiver, so they will not be on more than one band at a time. During the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th), they will sign V31MX and be on the contest allowed bands alternating SSB and CW (on 40m and up). QSL via their home callsigns or LoTW.
Operators Sho/JA7HMZ (V63DX) and Akio/JA7ZP (V63ZP) will be active from Pohnpei Island (OC-010) between May 25-29th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters and all modes. QSL via their home callsigns. Also, look for V6A during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Operator is JA7HMZ and QSL V6A via JA7HMZ.
VK9L, LORD HOWE ISLAND
Operators Pat/VK2PN and Miro/OK1NG, along with the help of Chris/VK3FY, will be active as VK9PN during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 26-27th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL for operator's instructions. Pat and Miro will be on Lord Howe Island between May 23-30th. However, Chris will be there on a work assignment between May 27th and June 2nd. He will only be able to operate during the week and most likely during the evenings as work will take precedence. He will be active as VK9LHI after the contest. Modes most likely wil be CW, SSB and some RTTY. QSL via VK3HF.
Ric, DL2VFR, Chairman DX & HF-Contesting of DARC, informs that the Worked All Europe (WAE) committee has deleted Malyj Visotzkij (R1MV) as of 17th of February 2012, from the WAE-list. The entity is now transferred to the list of "Deleted WAE". The WAE-list and the corresponding award rules will be corrected accordingly.
WUST AWARD (ATTN. Number One DXCC Honor Holders!)
The new DX award is availble and is being offered/sponsored by the Metro DX Club of South Suburban Chicago. The W.U.S.T. (Worked all U.S. Territories) is a signif- icant and unique award, and it requires submitting only 16 QSL cards with a user-friendly application. Some of these 16 WUST territories can be heard regularly, but many appear on the list of the 25 most wanted countries and can only be worked during a DXpedition to that location. Don't let this scare you away, however, because you can qualify for the basic award by confirming only 14 of the 16 territories. Your remaining two can be confirmed later and endorsements are available that will signify that you have reached the ultimate goal.
The 16 WUST territories effective January 1, 2012 are: KG4 (Guantanamo Bay), KH0 (Mariana Islands), KH1 (Baker & Howland Islands), KH2 (Guam), KH3 (Johnston Island), KH4 (Midway Island), KH5 (Palmyra & Jarvis Islands), KH5K (Kingman Reef), KH7K (Kure Island), KH8 (American Samoa), KH8S (Swains Island), KH9 (Wake Island), KP1 (Navassa Island), KP2 (US Virgin Islands), KP4 (Puerto Rico) and KP5 (Desecheo Island). Confirmations can be on mixed bands and modes and there are no date restrictions.
No, it's not as easy as you may have thought, but remember, this is a DX award. It's not a simple certificate acknow- ledging contact with a special event station or commemorating an occasion. You can proudly display this distinctive certificate in your ham shack and show it to fellow hams acknowledging your efforts in the world of DX. Remember, only 14 QSL cards get you started on the road to WUST and not 340 that are required to make number 1 on the ARRL DXCC Honor Roll.
If you don't want to take the chance of mailing 16 valuable QSL cards, photo- copies of confirmations will be accepted. In addition, Logbook of the World confirmations are OK and must be verified by two licensed amateur radio operators. Plus, if you are "NUMBER ONE" on the ARRL DXCC Honor Roll and your station call appears on the list dated August 2010 (or later) you'll not be required to send any confirmations for the WUST award. Simply file an application along with 8 U.S. dollars or 4 valid IRCs. Mail your sub- mission to the Metro DX Club, 3810 N. Chamlin Drive, Morris, IL 60450. Following the receipt of the original award for a minimum of 14 terri- tories, endorsements for contact 15 and 16 are available for 3 U.S. dollars or 2 valid IRCs. For additional information, go online to:
ZL9, CAMPBELL ISLAND
The Hellenic Amateur Radio of Association of Australia (HARAOA) is organizing a DXpedition to ZL9 Campbell Island (OC-037), New Zealand, between November 17-30th. Campbell Island (ZL9) is Number 15 on the current DXCC most wanted list. The ZL9HR DXpedition team will consist of a total of nine (9) team members including Tommy, VK2IR (Team Leader), and John, VK3YP (Team Co-Leader). They are inviting any experienced operators who would like to attend this DXpedition to E-mail Tommy at email@example.com for more information. For updates and details, visit the Web site at:
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