The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1060
April 30, 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, K2PF, W2NK, N3QQ, NG3K & ADXO, K3ZO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, W4VQ, KH6BZF, N6PSE, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, W9ILY, AT International, CO2IR, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, EA8CAC, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3SWH, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, LZ1ZF, Mediterraneo DX Club, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, PT7WA, PY2YP, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, the VHF-DX-Portal, ZS1FJ/9V1FJ and ZS6DJD for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 22nd-April, through Sunday, 29th-April there were 227 countries active. Countries available: 1S, 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3D2/r, 3DA, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, 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, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, 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).
An international team of operators will be active as 7O6T from Socotra Island (AS-028) very soon (within a week) and through May 17th. The team has obtained the license and is enroute to Sanaa. They plan to have six stations on the air (5x Elecraft K3 and Kenwood TS-590). Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1824, 3504, 7004, 10104, 14024, 18074, 21024, 24894 and 28024 kHz
SSB - 1845, 3780, 7065/7180, 14145, 18145, 21295, 24945 and 28495 kHz
RTTY - 7035, 10140, 14080, 18100, 21080, 24920 and 28080 kHz
QSL via UA3DX. More details about OQRS/Direct/Bureau/ LoTW will be available during the course of DXpedition. Operators mentioned are Dmitri/RA9USU (Team Leader), Harry/RA3AUU (Co-Leader), David/K3LP (Co- Leader), Andrew/UA3AB, Oleg/R3FA, Vlad/R7LV, Alex/RM2M, Yuri/RL3FT, Aleksey/UA4HOX, Choigonjav/JT1CO, Paul/N6PSE, David/WD5COV, and Hrane/ YT1AD. The 7O6T operation is supported by: Ministry of Interior Republic of Yemen, Ministry of Information Republic of Yemen, Ministry of Radio Republic of Yemen and the Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology Republic of Yemen. The 7O6T operation does have a Web page and Twitter page:
A group of JA operators will be active from North Mahe Atoll (AS-013) between May 11-16th. Operators mentioned (w/8Q callsigns) are Kanno/JA2AAU (8Q7NK), Yoshiyasu/JA2AIC (8Q7IC), Iku/JA2ATE (8Q7TE), Iwao/JA2LSS (8Q7CJ) and Tug/JA2ZS (8Q7ZS). Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via their home callsigns, by the Bureau or direct.
Operators Olaf/DL4HG and Holger/DL5XAT will be active as 9H3OG and 9H3TX, respectively, from Gozo Island (EU-023) between November 21-26th. Activity will include the CQ WW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as a Multi-2 entry using the callsign 9H3TX. QSL 9H3OG via DL4HG, by the Bureau or direct. QSL 9H3TX via DL5XAT, by the Bureau, direct or LoTW.
9Q, DEM. REP. OF CONGO
News from the Association des Radio Amateur de la Republique Democratique du Congo (ARRAC) reports on (QRZ.com) [edited]:
"Finally after 2 years hard work good news from The Republique Democratique Congo. Thanks to STARS ON6WQ (IARU support To Amateur Radio service) for donation of a transceiver and antenna. Thanks to the Belgian DX Team: ON4AHF, ON4HIL, ON4ATW, ON4CIT, ON6CC, ON4IA and PA3EWP. Also thanks to Henk, ON4AHF, for the VHF donations and support on the training course via SKYPE and mail. Also, Pascal, ON4CFC, who lives in Kinshasa and helped the new members on their training course together with 9Q1PM and 9Q1HN. With this help, here are the results:A5, BHUTAN
This is the list of the only real operators who passed the first exam on the date of January 27th, 2012, and now have their own their P.N.T.C Amateur Radio certificate.YLs OMs ----------------------- ------------------------- 9Q1BT - Tshiela Brigite 9Q1RM - Muamba Richard 9Q1ALA - Akongunuka Annie 9Q1WM - Mulumba Wamans 9Q1AD - Diluzeyi Angelique 9Q1JL - Lukusa Jean Willy 9Q1AK - Kitete Agnes 9Q1RE - Ekaya Robert 9Q1LJ - Lihau Jeanine 9Q1JI - Ifaso Jean Maurice 9Q1MM - Mbuyi Marie Louise 9Q1HN - Ngilima Henry 9Q1YM - Muaka Ngimbi Yvette 9Q1PM - Pascal Mbuyi 9Q1NH - Nsele Hortense 9Q1KM - Mpinda Khal 9Q1FS - Sua Francoise 9Q1LE - Enyeka Lazare 9Q1NW - Watuala Webe Nicole 9Q1CM - Makiamfu Jean Claude 9Q1MP - Mangala Jean Pierre 9Q1HM - Mbenga Hermes 9Q1DN - Ngelebeya DieudonneON4CFC has received the 9Q1CFC trainer certificate from the office of the General Secretariat P.N.T.C RDC Kinshasa. 9Q0AR WILL SOON BE ON THE AIR WITH 100% QSL SUPPORT VIA A QSL MANAGER AND DXCC ACCEPTANCE. PLEASE BE PATIENT, MORE NEWS IS FORTHCOMING SOON."
Operators Daniel/ZS6JR and Dior/ZS6DJD will be operating from Mozambique for 7-10 days starting on May 3rd or 4th, depending on how quick they install/get their equipment up and running. Dior informs OPDX, [edited] "The idea was to park next to a small lake in Shai Shai, Mozambique, 400 km north of the capital and operate all vertical antennas with the earth wires in the water and see what we could do. So we will operate vertical on most bands 40m to 10m, but Daniel has also decided to take a Hex beam antenna with him. If we get a chance, we will also work 6m and 80m. I do not have a callsign as yet. We will be getting it soon. I will probably get C91JD or C91DJ or C91DN. Conditions allowing, we should be on all the bands." Some suggested frequencies by Dior are:
20m - 14210, 14200, 14195 or 14190 kHz
15m - 21280, 21275, 21270, 21.265 or 21250 kHz
10m - 28450, 28470 or 28500 kHz
Also, watch 17m and 12m.
Daniel, ZS6JR, will probably be signing C91JR, and will be active on RTTY and PSK. QSL C91JR via GI4FIM.
Barry, ZS1FJ/9V1FJ/G4MFW, will be active from several different locations in the Caribbean during the month of May. All of the activities listed below will be under the CEPT authority, and he will be signing with the callsign ***/G4MFW (ex. PJ2/G4MFW, FS/G4MFW, etc...). Barry tells OPDX that this is not a holiday operation, but a serious operation. He will use low power (100w) with wire antennas, and it is possible that a fellow ham will be joining him to ramp up the activity. He also mentions that this is his 27th one man DXpedition, and that "I am an old style ham and this is on my 80th year. For example paper logs!" Look for him to be on 40/20/17/15/10 meters SSB only. Also, Dennis, ZS1AU, is expected to be the pilot for Barry's activities. QSL all activities via 9V1FJ in Singapore. His tentative schedule is as follows:
May 9-11th - St. Maarten (PJ7) and St. Martin (FS) Islands
May 12-14th - Saba Island (PJ5)
May 15-16th - St. Barthelemy (FJ)
May 17-20th - Curacao (PJ2) and Bonaire (PJ4) Islands
DXPEDITION OF THE YEAR (Press Release #7, dated April 22nd)
"ST0R voted as Dxpedition of the Year -- During this weekend's International DX Convention in Visalia, California, the ST0R team was honored as the 'Dxpedition of the Year' as voted upon by the membership of the Northern California DX Club.E51, NORTH COOK ISLANDS
The ST0R team is very honored to receive this recognition. ST0R Co- Leaders Antonio Gonzalez-EA5RM and Paul Ewing-N6PSE received the honors from NCDXC President, Russ Bentson-K6KLY. ST0R team members David Colling- ham-K3LP, Roberto Filloy Garcia-EA2RY and Hrane Milosevic-YT1AD were also present and participated in this great honor.
The Intrepid-DX Group and the DX Friends/Tifariti Gang are very proud of this honor and are actively working on future plans for further DXpeditions together.
Antonio Gonzalez-EA5RM -- The Tifariti Gang
Paul Ewing-N6PSE -- The Intrepid-DX Group"
EG8, CANARY ISLANDS
Members of Gran Canaria DX Group and the local Club of the URE, will activate the special callsign EG8WFF from the central mountains of Gran Canaria (1650m above sea level - IOTA AF-004) on May 5th and 6th, and will be valid for the World Flora and Fauna Award (EAFF-078 Biosphere Reserve and DME 35033). They plan to have several stations on the air using CW, SSB and RTTY on all HF bands. QSL via EA8AKN.
EM67, UKRAINE (Special Event)
Members of the Crimean Contest Radio Club (UU5J) will be active as EM67J during May 1-15th. Activity is to commemo- rate the 67th anniversary of the "Victory in the Great Patriotic War". QSL via K2PF. Log will be upload to LoTW in late May or early June.
HS, THAILAND (French News)
Maurice, F5NQL, reports that Alain, F6HBR, has been living in Thailand since 2006. After seven years of negotiations between France and Thailand, a reciprocal agreement has been signed during last December 2011. So as of April 25th, and for the first time, a French operator has received a Thai license. Alain, F6HBR, (ex-FO8FW & FR5EM) is now HS0ZKG. Look for Alain to be active mainly on CW, and on a little PSK and RTTY from Koh Samui (AS-101). More information is to follow. A second French ham is living in Thailand -- Gerald, F8DEG. He is expected to be the second French ham signing HS0Z??.
EU-011. Nobby, G0VJG, will be active as G0VJG/p from St. Mary Island between July 27-30th. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Single-Op/SSB/High-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign.
EU-070. Operators Holger/DL1COP, Alex/DL1KD, Jurgen/DJ2VO, Martin/ DL3KMS and Helmut/DL3KBQ will be active as F/homecall from Porquerolles Island (DIFM ME010, WLOTA 1107) between May 12-25th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters and on all modes. QSL via their home callsigns, by the Bureau or direct.
EU-103. Operators Adam/EI5JQ, Oleg/EI7KD, Michal/SP9UUC, Ark/EI9KC, Dan/EI3JZ, Robert/EI6KD and Krzysztof/SQ7NNM will be active as EJ0PL from Little Saltee, Ireland, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Multi-Op/Island entry. QSL via EI5JQ, direct or by the Bureau.
NA-015. Frank, CO2IR, is now active from La Habana (Grid Loc: EL-83) during his free time and between taking his university exams. Activity will last until May 1st, and operations will be on 14200 kHz (+/- QRM) on SSB, and 14010 kHz (+/- QRM) on CW, running 100w into a vertical ground-plane antenna. The QSL route is only direct to EB7DX (QSL manager).
NA-240. Operators Yuri/N3QQ and Tim/NL8F of the "KL7RRC/p 2012 Alaska Team Trip" will arrive in Bethel on May 10th, with a goal of activating Pingurbeck Island. Yuri informs OPDX that they are still looking for additional team member, if you have some time on your hands, please contact him or Tim ASAP. Locals are predicting the ice conditions on the river near Bethel will break around May 12th. Currently, the ice near the islands are now about 4-6". The only realistic way to get to the island is by air, and they hope that the company they are speaking with will meet them at the airport at 8 AM. More specific dates as it is looks now, if weather permits, they will fly on the same day, May 10th, in the evening to island. They will stay there at least until May 14th (evening or longer), so the estimated time is May 10-14th, to activate this NEW IOTA.
QSLs can be confirmed by either QSL Manager Yuri/UA9OBA or Dick/N7RO. Activity wil be on 40-6 meters using CW and SSB. Their equip- ment: 3 radios (IC-7600, IC-7000 x2), 2 amps (Ameritron ALS- 600S), EU2000i generator, several full size vertical dipoles for 20/17/15m and two 1/4 wave verticals for 40m/30m. Yuri states, "We would like to thank for a financial support Shu/ JN6RZM and his dedicated group, IREF, GDXF and all individual donors world-wide. Since it is our second attempt, any addi- tional help would be appreciated.
Paypal E-mails email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you! No need to mail QSL for donors, contacts will be confirmed direct, no postage is necessary. All Bureau cards will be confirmed via Bureau. We will keep you posted about new developments. Live tracking of our location should be available after May 9th, at:
SA-080. Renner, PY7RP, will be active as PY7RP/6 from Tinharé Island between May 10-13th. Activity will be holiday style operating CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (April 30th-May 06th)
Apr/30th AN-HN May/03rd AN May/05th AN May/01st HN-AN May/04th AN May/06th AN May/02nd 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=6-9 100-400LZ67, BULGARIA (Special Event/EME Op)
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated April 29th) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3Z2X via SP2YWL EG7ODN via EA7RCM KH7XS/W4 via K4XS 4K9SONG via DL6KVA EG7SCD via EA7IZI TC23NSN via YM3KT (d) 4S7BRG via LZ3HI EK97GM via EK-Bureau TF3/DF8AN/P via DF8AN 9A203XM/P via 9A3XM EY8MM via K1BV TM1F via IK2DUW 9H3XX via DJ2EH F/W0ND/P via W0ND YT16IARU via YU1EA AA1BV via JT1BV HB0/DL2SBY via DL2SBY ZW5B via K3IRV C6AGW via I2VGW KA9FOX via W9RPM (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTWJX5O QSL. Scotty, WK3N, provides OPDX readers with an interesting review/ video clip on the JX5O QSL card. Take a look:
TO3A QSL STATUS. Nick, VE3EY, reports that all direct QSL requests are done and a few dozen FJ/VE3EY QSLs should be in the mail this week. Nick states, "I was hoping to have all this done earlier but more pressing things in life have gotten in between (mortgage, work, over- time etc etc). Thanks for your patience."
ZY0T & PP0T QSLS. Fred Laun, K3ZO, Manager of the NCDXA/ARRL Third Call Area Incoming QSL Bureau, reports, "DXers will be pleased to note that a recent shipment to the W3 Bureau from Global QSL included a sizable number of cards from ZY0T." He also mentioned, "The W3 QSL Bureau recently received a bunch of PP0T cards shipped out by EB7DX through the URE Bureau."
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3D2R, 9N7MD, AT2DW, 6H6IARU, DQ4W, F8RZ, FY9PE, LW7DUC, OK1WCF, ON4CMT, PJ5/SP6EQZ, PW0PP, VK2GWK, XE2FGC, YL2JZ and ZX2B
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3DA0NJ, 603A, 6Y1V, 7U1MA, 9J2BO, C21HA, C6AZZ, FJ/VE3EY, J79WE, JX5O, KG4KL, OD5WPX, OH2BH, OJ0B, OJ0X, PZ5RO, TG8/W0OR, TL0CW, TO3A, TT8M, TX7M, V85TL, VK0TH, VK9N/ZL1RS, VO2NS, VP6T, VP8SGP, VU2ELJ, XW0ZJZ and YC0BNX
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3C9B, 4W6A, 5R8HL, 5V7CC, 9Q6AL, 9U0A, 9X0SP, A92IO, CE0Y/DK7ZB, CE0Z/SM6CUK, D44TBW, DU1IST, FJ/OH2YL, HC8GR, HK0GU, J28JA, J5V, JW8DW, OJ0B, OY3AA, P29VCX, P29VJY, PJ4I, T30XG, T8CW, T88RX, UK/JI2MFD, V63JY, V73RRC, YE39AR, YI1RZ, YI9WV, ZD8O, ZD9T, ZL7J and ZL7/N7OU
SJ9WL AND LG5LG, MOROKULIEN STATION
Operators Ron/DL6AUK and Sven/DJ2AT will activate the special Swedish/Norwegian peace monument "Morokulien" as LG5LG and SJ9WL between May 22-31st. Activity will be on 160-6 meters [with a focus on 40/20m] using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. The callsign will change every day at 0000z. During the last 2 days there will be QRP operation exclusively on 80/40/30/20 meters. Look for updates and times of activities on the QRZ.com Web page under DJ2AT shortly before the DXpedition starts. An award (Morokulien) will be available for 2 contacts with each call on different bands and different days. QSL via Bureau or direct to LA4EKA. For more details on this station, visit:
Look for a Spanish/French team of operators to be active as XX9E from Coloane Island (AS-075, WW Loc. OL62SC) between May 17-23rd. Operators mentioned are Jose/EA1ACP, Ruben/EA5BZ (Team Leader), Pasqua/ EA5CEE, Fernando/EA5FX, Biel/EA6DD, Francisco/EA7FTR, Jose/EB5BBM, David/ EB7DX and Adrian/F5VLY. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, including the 30/17/12 meter bands, using CW, SSB and RTTY, with at least 3 stations on the air simultaneously on different bands and modes. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1823, 3523, 7023, 10103, 14023, 18073, 21023, 24893 and 28023 kHz
SSB - 1825, 3780, 7065/7160, 14145, 18145, 21295, 24945 and 28495 kHz
RTTY - 7035, 10140, 14080, 18100, 21080, 24921 and 28080 kHz
6m - 50103/CW and 50115/SSB kHz
A survey is available for bands/modes needs on their Web page. QSL via EB7DX, direct or by the Bureau. All QSL will be confirmed via LoTW. Visit the XX9E Web site at:
XZ, MYANMAR (Update to OPDX.1037)
Back in November, Simon, HS0ZIB/G6JFY, informed OPDX that his QTH in Thailand is only a few hours drive to Myanmar, and he makes regular trips to the country (He states that he is there weekly). It seems his discussions with authorities from the Myanmar Ministry of Post & Telecommunications and the Ministry of Tourism for about a year has paid off and he now has a license. Simon has been allowed to set up a "low-key" station in Kawthaung and is expected to be on the air as XZ1K. However, activity will be limited. Currently, Simon works as a volunteer language (English and Thai) and computer teacher in Myanmar, as well as a professional construction/ manager in both Myanmar and Thailand, so amateur radio operations have to fit in with his busy work schedule. He states, "I will try to schedule my ham radio activities to fit in with band and propagation conditions, and openings/greyline paths. His tentative band plan and mode of operation are as follows:
20m - PSK 14070 kHz UP (He will watch the waterfall up to 3 kHz)
20m - SSB 14160 kHz UP as directed
10m - SSB 28400 kHz UP as directed
SPECIAL NOTES (per Simon):
* For SSB operations, he will usually work split, up to 5 kHz UP (so please do not all call him on the exact same frequency).
* For PSK operations, he will watch his Digipan waterfall up to 3 kHz UP (please do not call on his transmit frequency).
* Please do not call for duplicate QSOs - you are either in the log or you are not in the log!
* If mobile network coverage allows, he will upload QSOs in real-time, otherwise please check his log later.
* Please use your full callsign, do not call using only the suffix.
* Shouting, pleading and invoking Mother of God will not help you to make a QSO.
* This is NOT a limited time DXpedition - Simon is expected to be in Myanmar for many years.
* Please consider making a donation to MyanmarTeachers.org. * If you need to contact him, please do so via his E-mail address on (QRZ.com).
All QSL card requests for QSO contacts and SWL (short wave listener) reports are made by OQRS (Online QSL Request Service). There is no direct mail, Bureau, LoTW or eQSL support. OQRS costs 5 USDs per QSL card, and you can also add (at your absolute discretion) an optional donation for his volunteer work - please visit
ZS8, MARION ISLAND
"The Daily DX" reports that there is a new operator on the island, and he is Rory, ZS6RGV, who is a radio technician for the base on Marion Island. He currently does not have a ZS8 callsign, but Pierre, ZS1HF (ex-ZS8M), is expected to help him obtain one. Also, it may be sometime before we hear Roy because he is very busy at the moment helping with the change over (old team with the new team) on the island. "The Daily DX" reports that Rory has an IC-736 and FL-7000. Pierre, ZS1HF, is planning to be the QSL manager, once Rory is on the air.
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