The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1080.2
October 3, 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, W2VU, WA4DAN, K5GS, W5KUB and N0TG for the following DX information.
In the "OPDX BACK ONLINE NOTICE/UPDATE" special bulletin we just sent out a few minutes, there is a typo. The callsign for the SysOp of the HAMNET.ORG Server should be WB8APD (not WA8APD). Sorry Dave..... Again, thanks for getting things back online.
ARS GIVEWAY TO PROMOTE YOUTH IN AMATEUR RADIO (Press Release)
"To encourage youth in DXing and Contesting, the Amateur Radio Supplies (ARS) owner management team, Jeff/N1SNB and Randy/N0TG will provide a COMPLETE STATION to a deserving young ham, under AGE 21.CQ NEWS (Press Release)
Many youth operators are unable to purchase the needed equipment to get on the air. Here at Amateur Radio Supplies, we want them to experience the joy that has propelled us in this hobby for many decades. Thus, on January 1, 2013, we'll be doing the first of many station sponsorships to support youth in DXing and contesting.
Amateur Radio Supplies will give a complete HF (high frequency) station to the selected applicant, including:
• Alinco DX-SR8T/E 160-6m All Mode Transceiver & 30 Amp PS
• LDG AT-100 Pro II Desktop Antenna Tuner
• Choice of Rugged All Band G5RV or HyGain DX-77A Vertical
• 100’ of Premium RG-213 Coax
• Vibroplex Brass Racer Iambic Paddles
• SignaLink USB Sound Card for Digital Modes
• Heil Pro Set Plus Headset
Applicants under the age of 21 can apply by submitting a form located on the ARS web site at:
Nominations will also be accepted. Nominations and Questions: Contact Randy Rowe, N0TG, at firstname.lastname@example.org "
"Randy Thompson, K5ZD, Named Director of CQ World Wide DX Contest --CY0, SABLE ISLAND (Press Release/Update)
CQ Contest Hall of Fame member and WPX Contest Director Randy Thompson, K5ZD, has been named Director of the CQ World Wide DX Contest, effective immediately. Randy succeeds Bob Cox, K3EST, who retired in September after 35 years at the helm of the world's most popular amateur radio contest.
Thompson, 53, has been a ham since age 13. He is an accomplished contester, having multiple wins in the CQ World Wide DX Contest and the CQ WPX Contest, among others. He has also competed in four World Radiosport Team Championships. In addition, Randy is a past editor of the "National Contest Journal" (a post he has held three separate times) and a co-founder of the eHam.net website. He is a longtime member of the Yankee Clipper Contest Club and an instructor at K3LR's Contest University. He has been Director of the CQ WPX Contest since 2008, coincidentally the same year in which he was inducted into the CQ Contest Hall of Fame.
'The CQ WW is the biggest event on the contest calendar,' commented Thompson. 'I am honored to be involved and follow in the giant footsteps of K3EST. With the great conditions we are seeing on the bands, this year should be the biggest CQ WW ever! The first order of business is to have the team ready for the new 5-day log deadline and faster results reporting.'
CQ Publisher Dick Ross, K2MGA, said Thompson's appointment marks the start of a new chapter in the history of CQ World Wide DX Contest, adding 'The CQ management team looks forward to working with Randy as CQWW Director. His four years as WPX Contest Director have already demonstrated his ability to successfully and creatively guide a major contest, and we are totally confident that he will take the CQWW to even greater heights.'
Thompson's appointment to the directorship of the CQWW creates a vacancy for director of the CQ WPX Contests. Anyone interested in taking on the challenge of leading a major contest should contact Randy at email@example.com."
LIVE BROADCAST (from MFJ's 40th Anniversary Celebration)
The following press release was sent out: "MFJ Enterprises will be celebrating their 40th anniversary October 5th and 6th (Friday and Saturday) in Starkville, Mississippi! For those that can attend in person, there will be door prizes (must be present to win), free factory tours (MFJ, Ameritron, Cushcraft, Hy-Gain, Mirage, Vectronics, and MFJ Metal Shop), free lunch, free tailgating, free forums/discussions, and FCC license exams. Special guests will include:
Martin F Jue, K5FLU, President and founder of MFJ Enterprises IncFor additional information regarding the MFJ 40th Anniversary Celebration go to:
Malcolm Keown, W5XX, ARRL Mississippi Section Manager
Harold Kramer, WJ1B, CEO American Radio Relay League
Chip Margelli, K7JA, CQ Communications, Director of Advertising Sales and Marketing
Janet Margelli, KL7MF, Ham Radio Outlet, Anaheim Manager
Ray Novak, N9JA, Icom America, Division Manager Amateur & Receiver Products
Ted Randall, WB8PUM, QSO Shortwave Radio Host
Dick Ross, K2MGA, CQ Magazine Publisher
George Thomas, W5JDX, Ham Nation, AmateurLogic.com
If you cannot attend in person, please join the live, online broadcast of MFJ 40th Anniversary Celebration events at http://W5KUB.com where the fun begins!
MFJ 40th Anniversary Celebration broadcast hours:You could be the winner of an online MFJ prize (not to be confused with the MFJ door prizes) which will be awarded during the W5KUB broadcast. Of course, no purchase is necessary to win a prize. W5KUB is not affiliated with any products or companies and does not sell any products or services.
* Thursday, October 4: 2000 UTC (3:00 PM CT) drive from Memphis,
Tennessee, to Starkville, Mississippi (approximately 3 1/4 hour drive)
* Friday, October 5: 1300 - 21:30 UTC (8:00 AM - 4:30 PM CT)
* Saturday, October 6: 1300 UTC - 1900 UTC (8:00 AM - 2:00 PM CT)
* Saturday, October 6: 2000 UTC (3:00 PM CT) drive from Starkville,
Mississippi to Memphis, Tennessee (approximately 3 1/4 hour drive)
During the live broadcast, you will also have the opportunity to meet and chat with other amateur radio operators from all over the world. The 2012 Dayton Hamvention broadcast had 47,400 viewers!
Please join our group on Facebook at
Also, please help spread the word by posting this announcement in Facebook and forwarding this message to your ham radio friends that may not have received this message!
We'll 'see' you at MFJ! 73, Tom Medlin, W5KUB http://w5kub.com"
ZL9, CAMPBELL ISLAND (Update/Press Release)
The following was received from Gene/K5GS and the ZL9HR team [edited]: "Thanks for your continued interest in ZL9HR Campbell Island DX-pedition.
We're making great progress during the planning and preparation phases. The Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia members and the local ham community have pitched in to make this DX-pedition a reality.
Our current status:
We received approval for use of 50-51 MHz. Some areas in New Zealand use 50 MHz for television transmission; therefore it is not an Amateur allocation. Since Campbell Island is uninhabited we received a waiver from the NZ authorities to use those frequencies.
Additional Corporate Sponsors signed on since last update:
- Rojone Pty Ltd
- Amateur Radio Supplies
DX Foundation, Club and Individual Sponsors: The list continues to grow. Please see the Web page for the most current list of supporters at:
Our equipment is on the way to New Zealand. The gear was packed in crates and prepared for sea shipment from Sydney, Australia to Christchurch, New Zealand. Once through NZ Customs they will be trucked to Invercargill, New Zealand, and placed in a storage facility, arrival at the storage facility is scheduled for Oct. 11th. A bond was posted to get the equipment into New Zealand. In order to reclaim the bond we must remove the equipment from New Zealand upon completion of the DXpedition.
Before any person or equipment lands on Campbell Island an inspection of all personal items and equipment will be conducted by the NZ Department of Conservation. Our gear will be unpacked at the inspection station in Bluff, NZ on Nov. 24, 2012. Special attention is placed on items which may contain soil, rocks, stones, insects or other organic material. Boots and shoes must be scrubbed to remove any accumulated soil. Since the boat is used by the DoC for their expeditions were comfortable the boat is prepared for its inspection.
1. As you may have seen with other DX-peditions to remote / uninhabited locations once on the island accommodations must be made for meals and sanitary considerations. Fortunately, the New Zealand Department of Conservation has allowed us to use several buildings and the toilet facilities in one of their buildings. These buildings were part of the weather station that once operated at Beeman Cove; they have been kept in good repair over the years since. Again, we appreciate the DoCs cooperation and assistance to the ZL9HR team. Sleeping accommodations will be on the boat, the team will shuttle back and forth from the island.
2. Since the weather will be cold and wet we'll wear layers and water- proof foul weather clothing.
3. We'll bring food, snacks, a medical kit, and other emergency supplies in the event we can't get back to the boat due to weather conditions.
4. No trash is permitted to remain on the island; we'll be carting all refuse back to the boat for proper disposal. The boat is not permitted to empty its sanitary storage tanks while anchored in Perseverance Harbor so the skipper will occasionally take the boat out to sea to empty the tanks.
5. There's been recent Internet chatter about our antennas and their placement. Under the conditions of the landing permit antennas are permitted only in DoC designated spaces, all antennas must be inland. No antennas are allowed in or near the water, nor are we allowed to walk along the shoreline. While there are some optimum antenna locations on the island they are off limits to the team. We'll use vertical antennas for the Low Bands, and weather permit- ting, a 40 meter beam will be placed on a hill with a drop off towards the sea.
6. We've been advised there may be 2 scientific expeditions on the island while we are operating. The DoC does not anticipate any interaction between the DX-pedition team and the participants of these expeditions.
7. ZL9HR team member Dave Lloyd, K3EL, prepared some information about our antenna placement and propagation. You may read his articles at:
8. As previously mentioned, we are governed by the conditions of the
DoC issued landing permit, some of those conditions are:
a. Specified number of DX-pedition operating days
b. Antenna field designated by the DoC
c. Other than use of the wharf, no access to the shoreline
d. Team members restricted to island locations indicated on the permit
e. No overnight stays unless the weather prevents return to the boat
f. Second to personal safety is wildlife awareness and safety are highest priorities
g. Antennas must be marked to avoid bird strikes and ground borne wildlife may not be disturbed
h. Digging, trenching or other defacement / scaring of the land is prohibited.
i. We are permitted to install guy stakes for the antenna support structures
Team members have made their bookings to and from New Zealand, several will meet in Auckland before the DX-pedition, others will meet in Dunedin and eventually we'll first meet as a team in Invercargill, NZ on Nov. 23rd. In closing we want to thank our corporate sponsors, clubs, foundations and individuals who have provided products and funding to make the activation of Campbell Island a reality after a long radio silence.
Next update in late October.
73, Gene K5GS and the ZL9HR team"
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