The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1092
December 24, 2012
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
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SPECIAL NOTE FROM EDITOR (Tedd, KB8NW)
My family (wife/OPDX's chief proof-reader Linda, son Teddy [TJ] and his wife Jessi, daughter Katie and her husband Kevin and son Lliam), and I (KB8NW) would like to wish all DXers, Contesters and OPDX readers a very "Happy Holiday, Merry Christmas and Season's Greetings". Thanks to the many individuals who sent holiday wishes to my family and me........73 and Have a Great Holiday de Tedd KB8NW
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 16th-December, through Sunday, 23rd-December there were 217 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 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, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, 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, PZ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, 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).
3B9, RODRIGUEZ ISLAND
Juha, OH1LEG, is now active as 3B9/OH1LEG from Baie du Nord, Rodriguez Island (AF-017, WFF 3BFF-004, WLOTA 4265) until January 7th (2013). Activity will be holiday style on 160-10 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL direct only to his home callsign.
9M2, WESTERN MALAYSIA
Piju, 9M2PJU, will be active as 9M2PJU/P between December 31st and January 1st (2013), near the Kepong Metropolitan Lake Park, Kuala Lumpur, along with a few amateur hams. He states [edited], "I will be celebrating the New Year here and will be calling for DX stations on 40m, 20m and 15m, CW mode just to say happy new year to them. I'm OK on QRZ.com. LoTW and eQSL user."
9U, BURUNDI (Update)
An international team of operators from ON, PA and GM will be on the air from Bujumbura between February 14-23rd (2013). In total they will have 9 operators and four stations and airing the call- sign 9U4U. Operators currently mentioned are Patrick/ON4HIL, Theo/ON4ATW, Marc/ON6CC, Luc/ON4IA, Ronald/PA3EWP, Marc/ON4AMX, Stefaan/ON4FG and Franky/ON7RU. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL Manager will be M0URX. A Web site is now online at:
10th AAW IN FEBRUARY
Look for the 10th Antarctic Activity Week (AAW) to take place between February 18-24th (2013). This event is promoted by
The WAP is also thankful for what the Nations and Research Foundations are doing to protect this still uncontam- inated corner of the planet and to share a message of peace among the world. The AAW is a unique event world-wide where Hams (in any corners of the world) sign up and help promote the special attention given to the Antarctica. This worldwide event is open to all radio amateurs wishing to join them using a special callsign which help promote the Antarctica. All SES with a WAP reference number will qualify for WAP ASEA (Antarctic Special events Award). The WAP Ref. number for any special callsign requested/issued for this occurrence can be provided upon request by sending an E-mail to I1HYW (QRZ.com). The list of participants is still open and is available at:
AAW ACTIVITIES ANNOUNCED
* HF0A (WAP-237) SES (Special Event Station) working AAW. Janusz, SP9YI, informs that he will work as HF0A between January 15th and February 28th (2013) and in particular during 10th AAW. QSL via SP9YI. Janusz already holds WAP-215 for HF36POL and WAP 216 for HF35APAS for past activities, and now he has WAP-237, for HF0A.
* AO1ICE (WAP-233) SES working AAW. During the 10th AAW (Antarctic Activity Week), to be held between February 18-24th (2013), a group of Spanish operators: EC1KV, EB1LA, EA1CUB, EA1CS, EA1WX, EA1AUM and EA1WK will be on the air,like every year; this time with the special callsign AO1ICE just issued. Operations will be on 160-10 meters + the WARC bands, using SSB, CW and RTTY PSK31. As in the previous years, the log will be uploaded every day on ClubLog and also on their website created for this activity at:
* The full list of SES participating the 10th AAW is updated regularly at the WAP Web site, check:
Rick, K6VVA, informs OPDX readers: "I am now scheduled to return to the Bahamas again. This time QRV as C6AVA on North Bimini Island IOTA NA-048 from 11 to 14 January (2013). As always, this will be a primarily CW activation. I may also be QRV in the NAQP CW Contest.
IOTA NA-048 is still needed by 86.1% of ASIA/JA IOTA Claimants, 70.2% in EU and more than 54.3% in NA. Special efforts will be made for ASIA/JA as I did from NA-054 due to the polar path route. Hopefully propagation will cooperate.
An important note to Italian IOTA Chasers:
If I send your callsign correctly the first time, please do NOT repeat your callsign 2 or 3 times as this unnecessarily wastes time. Stations who repeatedly call out-of-turn (Pileup "Bullies") will be confronted and run the risk of NOT getting into my log. If you cannot copy me, then please do NOT call.
More Info at:
CENTRAL AMERICA TOUR
Markus, DJ4EL, will be active as XE1/DJ4EL from Tlaxcala (the smallest state of Mexico, rare) at an altitude: 2500m (8200 ft ASL) between now and January 2nd (2013). Activity will be on 20/17/15/12/10 meters SSB using a Kenwood TS-50 with 100 watts into a quads and vertical antennas. He will also be active as V31ME from two islands in Belize: Ambergris Caye (‘la isla bonita’ - NA-073) and Long Caye (Lighthouse Atoll, rare - NA-123) between January 3-17th (2013). Activity will be on 40/20/17/15/12/10 meters SSB using the same equipment. QSL both operations via DJ4EL.
H40, TEMOTU PROVINCE
Just a reminder that Sigi, DK9FN, will once again return to Temotu Province for a fourth time and be active as H40FN between now and January 7th (2013). QSL H40FN via HA8DD.
AS-079. Take, JI3DST, will be active from Miyako Island between 0900z, December 27th and 0000z, January 7th. He states that he will use three different callsigns on the island: JS6RRR (Main), JI3DST/JS6 (Sub) and JA3YEC/JS6 (For JA). Activity will be on 160/80/75/40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6 meters using CW, SSB, FM, RTTY and PSK31. Operations may vary in case of heavy rains or other conditions. QSL routes are as follows: JS6RRR via JS6RRR, JI3DST/JS6 via JI3DST and JA3YEC/JS6 is only 1 way and does not need your QSL. Via bureau is best. Please check QRZ.com for more details.
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (December 24-30th)
Dec/24th HN-LN Dec/27th HN-LN Dec/29th HN-AN Dec/25th HN Dec/28th HN Dec/30th HN Dec/26th 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=6-9 100-400NEW OFFICERS FOR 2013
President: Randy Brothers, K9OR Vice-President: Wally Klinger, W9BEA Secretary: Bill Shillington, W9ZCL Treasurer: Don Whiteman, KK9H Director: Jack Hudson, W9MU Director: Howie Huntington, K9KM Director: Gary Hornbuckle, K9MMS Director: Jim O'Connell, W9WUPY0F, FERNANDO DE NORONHA ISLAND
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated December 23rd) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3B9/OH1LEG via OH1LEG (d) H40FN via HA8DD SM5F via SA5BJM 4A0MAYA via XE3RCC HA100CGCDH via HA0MO SN2012END via SQ5CE 4L5O via 4L5O HL2ZBD/3 via JK3IJQ SV6/DJ8XA via DJ8XA 6E3EM via XE3RKZ HP3AK via W4JS T88NC via XE1TNC 9A203SM via 9A3SM HR2/NP3J via EA5GL TT8FC via EA3GWK C31CT via EA3QS KH2L via W3HNK UE10SK via R9XC CK3B via VE3JO N0D via KK5W V5/DK1CE via DH3WO CM2ECO via EA7HBC OS0X via ON4JM V5/DL3DXX via DL3DXX DK40AHLEN via DG8YCA OT4A via ON4AEK VA2SG/DD495 via VA2SG EA7/DL8FCL via DL8FCL OT200HC via ON4PRA W1E via AI4U EA8/DF5JR via DF5JR P29ZAD via NI5DX XE1/DJ4EL via DJ4EL EA8/RW3DO via RW3DO PD110MVV via PD3R XE1/VE7BDI via VE7BDI ED7IVN via EA7IVN RI1ANF via ZS1ANF or RK1PWA XV0VR via DD0VR (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only7O6T QSL STATUS. It was announced by Dmitry, RA9USU, "On December 18, 2012 we (temporarily) stopped shipping cards out because of the known Russian pre-holiday period extravaganza at Russian Post office. We will resume shipping after New Year’s holiday in Russia (Dec 30Jan 8)."
VU3BPZ QSL STATUS. Bhagwati Prasad has been active for a long time in different years from the Indian Base of Maitri (WAP IND-03) as VU3BPZ and AT10BP, as well as the new Bharati Base (WAP IND-04) as VU3BPZ/P, and as AT10BP/R1, VU3BPZ/R1 from the Russian Base of Novolazevskaya (WAP RUS-09) and then as VU3BPZ/MM from aboard the Polar Ships Paardeberg and Ivan Papanin. Cards for these operations must be requested only direct via I1HYW (see QRZ.com). Unfortunately, no chance to get these QSL cards via the Bureau, so please refrain from sendng them that way. So far, all the cards received have been answered, and now QSLs coming in will be answered the same day they are received.
ZL9HR LOG. On December 21st, it was announced that the ZL9HR log has been uploaded to LoTW!
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 5B4AIF, 5C2P, A61BK, BX5AA, EI7M, HC6EP, KH7M, KH7T, KH7X, LP1H, LX0HQ, LZ7HM, P4/R5GA, P40F, PJ4A, T30PY, VE3EJ, VE3YAA, VE6JY, VE7CV, VP2MDG, VP2V/AA7V, YN2CC, VP2MDG and ZC4LI
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 1A0C, 3B9SP, 3D2C, 4L1MA, 5N/LZ1QK, 7O6T, A31MA, AH0I, CU1ARM, CU2ARA, CU3URA, CU4ARG, CU5AM, CU6GRP, CU9AC, D2QV, D64K, E51AIU, E51TLA, EL2DT, EL2ES, EL2MF, EL2WE, EW7LO, HC2/KF6ZWD, HC2AC, HT9H, LX1NO, NH8S, OA7/DF7NX, OH10X/MM, T30PY, T6MO, TT8TT, V31NO, V31MW, V63PR, VK9/OH1VR, VP2ETE, WH0/K0BBC, Z60K and ZL7A
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: NONE REPORTED THIS WEEK!
It was reported that Al Keck, W9YYG, became a Silent Key (SK) last Thursday, December 13th. Al was on the top of the DXCC mixed honor roll and had been a ham for over 60 years. He had been a member of NIDXA since 1971. He was 74. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of W9YYG.
SPECIAL UK PREFIXES (Correction)
It was announced in the RSGB magazine that all UK amateurs will be able to apply to use the special V prefix, such as GV, MV and 2V starting July 5th, 2013 (not 2012), until the end of the month of July. These special prefixes will be used to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB). Further details on this will be announced nearer to the time of the event.
TC9, TURKEY (Special Event)
Once again, members of the Turkish Scouting and Guiding Federation's National Conciousness Camp have activated special event station TC9SAM and will be active until December 24th. Activity is in memory of the "Allahuekber Martyrs", and operations will be commemo- rating the fallen in the Sarikamis Campaign of World War I. The special event station TC9SAM is located in Gaziler and Kaynak villages in the Erzurum Province.
In accordance with the camp program, they will be on the air mainly on 40 and 80 meters SSB, but also look out for some PSK31 activity. You can also try to follow the team on APRS. TC9SAM will be operating as an IGate from Gaziler and TC9SAM-7 is the lead scout in the hike, while TC9SAM-8 and TC9SAM-9 will be in support jeeps. QSL only direct to TCSWAT please. They will also QSL via eQSL after their return from the trip. Please DO NOT send any QSL cards via the TA QSL Bureau. QSLs will be sent automatically by TCSWAT 100% via the Bureaus. Detailed info is available on (QRZ.com) and
TX5, CLIPPERTON ISLAND (Update)
A pres release was posted on the TX5K Clipperton Island DXpedition Web page on December 15th. An excerpt from the post states:
"During the weekend of Dec. 10, the European members of the team gathered in Goch, Germany, at the super contest station DR1A, to assemble and pack most of the equipment for the two HF operating sites on Clipperton. The gear includes ten full HF stations; the 6m station will be shipped from the U.S. The effort was led by co-organizer Chris, DL1MGB. The gear includes 6 7kW generators and 50 large Pelican cases of equipment. We welcome Markus van Bergerem, DJ7EO, to the team. He has made arrangements for the generators (six 230 VAC 7 kW). The total team is now 25 persons. We are pleased to announce that we will receive a Colvin Award Grant of 5000 USDs, and also support from the German DX Foundation of 1400 EUR."To read the complete press release, go to:
Nao, JN1RVS, is now active as VP2MRV from Montserrat (NA-103, WLOTA 1475) until January 3rd (2013). Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and RTTY. QSL via JA1HGY, direct or by the Bureau, and LoTW. There is a log search on ClubLog.
By the time you read this, Michael, VK2BXE, is expected to be active as YJ0MB from Port Vila until sometime in the New Year. Activity will be on all HF bands. QSL via his home callsign.
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