The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1102
March 4, 2013
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 & W1AW, W2VU, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, K6VVA, KH6BZF, NA6L, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, W9ILY, 4Z4KX, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, GM3WOJ, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IK7JWX, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, ON6OM, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, UN8GC, VA3RJ & ICPO, and the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) 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 SSB Contest announcements. Also, we wanted to provide the readers with a consolidated listing of the ARRL DX SSB Contest participants.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Saturday, 23rd-February, through Friday, 1st-March there were 231 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, 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, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, 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, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).
SWL Ashraf "Ash", 3V4-002 (KF5EYY), will be active as 3V8BB from the "Institute Superieur de L'Animation Pour la Jeunesse et la Culture" station in Tunis, during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Single- Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or to LX1NO. Read about Ashraf on the following Web page at:
3V, TUNISIA (Op/Web Update)
An Italian group, along with the Association des Radio Amateurs Tunisiens (ARAT) and the Engineering University of Gabes, who are planning a second IOTA DXpedition to Djerba Island (AF-083, WW. Loc. JM53KT, WFF 3VFF-007, WLOTA L-1394 and ARLHS TUN-022), as TS8TI (will receive license in March) between April 29th and May 6th (see OPDX.1100 & OPDX.1101), have announced that they will now be active on all HF bands, including the 30/17/12/6 meter bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31/63/125 modes. The team is still in need of sponsors and individ- ual contributions. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more info and updates, watch the following Web pages:
Wolfgang, OE1MWW, will be active as 8Q7WK between March 9-23rd. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign.
9X, RWANDA (Update/Reminder)
Look for Nick, G3RWF (5X1NH), to be active from Rwanda between March 4-12th. He has requested the callsign 9X0NH, and the license should be valid for 2013 because he could return later in the year. Activity will be from Kigali on most HF bands and will be mainly CW with some SSB using 100 watts and wire antennas. There will be no 160m, but he will be on 6 meters. QSL via G3RWF. Nick will upload his log daily on LoTW.
Richard, W2VU, Editor of CQ Amateur Radio, sent out the following press release on February 28th:
CQ Launches Online Photo Gallery (Hicks- ville, New York) -- CQ magazine today announced the launch of the online CQ Photo Gallery to supplement photos published in the magazine.
"We shoot photos at many events, and receive many photos from readers, that we don't have space to put in the magazine," said CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU. "But we still want to share them with our readers. The new CQ Photo Gallery allows us to do that."The photo gallery resides on the flickr.com web site and is organized into albums called "sets." Initial sets include CQ cover images; the "CQ Garage," featuring ham radio license plates from all over; news photos from the FCC's field hearing on communications lessons from Superstorm Sandy, and reader-submitted photos. Moseson recommended that readers check into the gallery site frequently, as new photos will be added regularly. The CQ Photo Gallery may be accessed at:
CQ www.cq-amateur-radio.com is the world's leading independent amateur radio magazine, serving the amateur radio community worldwide since 1945. It is published in three languages (English, Spanish and Portuguese) and in both print and digital editions.
EF8, CANARY ISLANDS
Carlos, IK1HJS, will be active as EF8U from Las Palmas Contest station during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or by the Bureau.
HOLYLAND CONTEST 2013
Mark, 4Z4KX, wants to remain everyone that the "Holyland Contest 2013" starts at 2100z on April 19th, and ends at 2100z on April 20th (24 hours!). This year's contest goal will be to have as many Israeli mobile stations activating many different and rare squares for the "Holyland Award". Complete contest details and last year's results are available at:
HC8, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
"DX-World.net" reports that Adam, K7ST, is currently operating from a moored boat at the Galapagos Islands. This does not count for DXCC. However, during the weekend he will be on land for the ARRL SSB DX Contest (March 2-3rd) as K7ST/HC8 where it will be good for DXCC.
After being active from the 5X8C DXpedition, Gerard, F2FD, is now again active as HR5/F2JD from Copan between now and May 20th. He states that he will be active as much as possible on CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via F6AJA or LoTW. QSOs will be on ClubLog. Also, visit his Web page at:
IOTA DXPEDITIONS (Corsican)
Operators Vincent/F4BKV, Gil/F4FET, Christian/ EA3NT and Laurent/TK4LS will activate the following Corsican IOTAs between March 23-28th, with individual callsigns:
EU-100 - Between March 23-26th; Callsign TK0INT; Cerbicales Islands; 10th most wanted IOTA in Europe; Reference numbers DIFM TK-032 and WFF FFF945. The island is a natural reserve and the group only has access during the daytime at this time of year. Island was activated 7 years ago.Operations will be limited to daytime hours only with up to 3 stations on the air. Activity will be on any band that is open; 40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters using verticals and vertical dipoles. QSL Manager is EA5KA. A OQRS will be available on their Web site. The group is looking for sponsors/ donations for this project. For more details and updates, visit their Web page at:
EU-104 - Between March 24-25th; Callsign TK1INT; Sanguinaires Islands; 5th most wanted IOTA in Europe; Reference numbers DIFM TK-002 and ARLHS COR003.
EU-164 - Between March 27-28th; Callsign TK2INT; San Ciprianu and Lavezzi Islands; 27th most wanted IOTA in Europe; Reference numbers DIFM TK-037 and WFF FFF253; DIFM TK-011 and WFF FFF068.
EU-038. Marcel, PD5MVH, will once again be active as PD5MVH/P from Vlieland Island between March 2-16th. Activity will be on 40/20/10 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. NO LoTW or eQSL.
EU-038. Dirk, DL5DCL, will once again be active as PA/DL5DCL from Ameland Island for 5 days starting April 1st. Activity will be CW only on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-137. Lars, SM6CUK, will be active as SA6G/7 from Ven Island (WLOTA 0780) between June 10-17th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL via SM6CUK, by the Bureau or direct.
EU-172. Ric, DL2VFR, will be active use a special callsign, OU1RAEM, from Samso Island (DIA JY-008, WLOTA 0726) between May 18-24th. While there Ric will activate a new WFF reference number for the World-Wide Flora and Fauna program (OZFF-new, to be decided). Activity will be on the HF bands and mainly CW. QSLs will automatically be sent for all QSOs via the Bureau. QSL OU1RAEM via DF5LW.
NA-034. Lou, W0FK, will be active from Longboat Key (USI FL053S, Sarasota County, FL) between March 2-16th. Activity will be on or near the usual island and IOTA frequencies on the HF bands. QSL vai W0FK, direct or by the Bureau. Also via LoTW.
OC-042. Operators Jose/DU1BP, Torsten/DL2KGS and Rag/LA6FJA will be active as DZ1B from Luzon Island during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via DU1BP.
OC-161. (Update) Members of the Indonesian Amateur Radio Organization of North Sumatra Area will be active as YB6N from Nias Island between March 8-13th. The following operators will also sign homecall/6: Ady/YB6VK (Team Leader), Alex/YB0SAT, Hendra/YB1HK, Imam/YB4IR and Anton/YB5QZ. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via YB4IR (see (QRZ.com)).
KH0/AH0, MARIANA ISLANDS
Operators Sam/JE1XUZ (KH0XH) and Tama/JQ2WTT (KH0XW) will be active from Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands (OC-086), between March 10th and April 1st. Both operators are undergraduates at a JA university. QSL via the operator's home callsign, by the JA Bureau or direct. Also, the duo plans to be active as AH0BT (Saipan BBQ Contest Club callsign) during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st). QSL via 7L1FPU, LoTW, by the JA Bureau or direct. Do NOT send to the W0 Bureau and the KH0 address.
Operators Masanori/JA1OZK/W6LJ, Ryuji/JG1ITH/NY8A, Aki/ JR3QFB/W3JH, Masaru/AI2K and Masatoshi/AH6KY/JA1MFR will be active as NH2KY (Ibaraki Net Amateur Radio Club callsign) between March 29th and April 2nd. QSL via JR3QFB. The team will use the callsign KH2KY (Guam Japanese DXer Club callsign) during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via JA1MFR.
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (March 4-10th)
Mar/04th AN Mar/07th AN Mar/09th AN Mar/05th AN Mar/08th AN Mar/10th AN Mar/06th 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=6-9 100-400KP4, PUERTO RICO
Philippe/LX2A will be active as LX7I during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LX2A. Visit the following Web page at:
NAURYZ DX CONTEST
The contest is organized and conducted in order to promote amateur radio on high frequency bands in countries of Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan) and is dedicated to the spring celebration of Nauryz (Nowruz) included in the representative list of UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, declared as the International Nowruz Day. Contest is held on March 23rd, between 0200-0759z. Bands are 80/40/20/15/10 meters, and modes are CW and SSB. Complete details are available at:
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated March 1st) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3D2NB via W7YAQ EG7DA via EA7RCS PJ2/K8LEE via K8LEE (d) 5W0W via NR6M EH7DAM via EA7URM PQ7M via PS7HD BM0LF via BM2JCC EO0UD via UR7UT UN6P via UN7PBY BV2/VK2HSL via VK2HSL II3MNA via IQ3TS V85AVE via W3HNK DA0MA via DM3VA KP2/K0BBC via K0BBC XT2IVU via JA3IVU DX1HBC via DU1HBC PJ2/DL5AXX via DL5AXX YQ8ANT via YO8AZQ (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW onlyQSL C6AVA via N6AWD. Activity was from IOTA NA-048 and NA-054.
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3D2NB, 3V8BB, A5A, FP/VE3DZ, TO2U, V31YK, VP9/WW3S, XU7ACQ, YI1RZ, Z21BB and ZL9HR
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 5T0SP, 7O6T, 8Q7AU, 9M6XRO, 9Q6CC, EG5PSP/mm, FM5AN, FR5HA, GD6IA, JT1CO, LU9EO/d, MO5BFL, SP6IXF, T30PY, T32WW, TL8ES, TZ6BB, VU7M, XU1A, XX9THX and ZL9HR
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: NONE REPORTED THIS WEEK!
Vadym, UT6UD, will be active as S21XV from Dhaka between March 1-7th. Activity will be on all HF bands with a focus on NA. QSL via UT6UD.
S7, SEYCHELLES (Update)
Nobby, G0VJG, will be active S79VJG from the Seychelles (AF-024) between April 4-16th. Activity will be on the 40-10 meters using SSB only and HF verticals on the beach (QRO). QSL via G4DFI.
Operators Bogdan/SP3RBR, Rod/SP8GQU and Jakub/SQ8J will be active as SN3R during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Multi- Single entry. QSL via SP3KEY.
TX5, CLIPPERTON ISLAND (Update)
The TX5K team arrived at Clipperton Island at 0430z, February 27th, in the dark (and even with a full moon they can only just make out the island), so offloading onto the island did not start until day break. The TX5K Blog page states, "No one got sick on the way down all are doing well and have enjoyed the wonderful food and hospitality of the Shogun Crew."
Excerpts from the blog state that the team will need a whole day and part of the next day to offload and set up. This means do not expect the start of the DXpedition until late in the day (Pacific Time) on February 28th (it will most likely be March 1st in some time zones) which is as planned.
The team sends their thanks to everyone for your support of this DXpedition and send their love to their families.
Then on February 28th, it was posted, "after spending hours circling the island looking for a suitable and safe place to land" the team began landing at 1300z. Later in the day, they posted "they have all life support, 2 out of 3 tents up, 20 members of the team on the island and that they have generators and lights that they can use to do some work into the night. They will set up radios tomorrow so this is all great news. All are tired but in very good spirits and doing well. It is hot there."
By the time you read this, the TX5K activity will probably have started and it will be on 160-6 meters using using CW, SSB and RTTY. Frequencies were listed in last week's bulletin (OPDX.1101). Just a reminder that they will also have a quality QRO 6m station with a dedicated operator Lance, W7GJ, - http://www.bigskyspaces.com/w7gj/TX5K.htm ready to do EME and terrestrial QSOs. Needless to say this is huge news for the 6m community!
QSL via the OQRS by ClubLog (Highly Recommended). This is the preferred method to use for your QSL confirmation. After the DXpedition ends you can order either a direct or Bureau QSL card using the OQRS online QSL service provided by ClubLog. Using this convenient online method you can easily apply for their QSL card to be sent directly to your home or via the Bureau....without having to send your QSL card at all. Direct QSLs are via Bob Schenck N2OO and the SJDXA QSL team: QSL Manager for TX5K, PO Box 345, Tuckerton, NJ 08087-0345, USA. Also, remember to use the DXA Web site
V3, BELIZE (Update)
Operators Lee/N8LJ, Stan/AC8W and Jim/KB8TXZ will be active as V31LJ, V31AC and V31VJ, respectively from Belize between now and March 5th. The trio will be in the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Multi-Single entry. The contest callsign was not provided. Activity outside of the contest will be on 160-6 meters using CW and RTTY. QSL V31LJ via K8ESQ. QSL V31AC and V31VJ via KB8TXZ.
VK9C, COCOS KEELING ISLANDS (Update/New Callsign)
Operators Chris/GM3WOJ (ZK2V) and Keith/GM4YXI (ZK2X) will be active from Cocos Keeling Island (OC-003), using a new callsign that was issued, VK9CZ (not VK9C/GM2MP), between March 30th and April 13th. Activity will be on SSB and CW, with some RTTY. It is hoped to have a real-time logging system and daily LoTW uploads if possible. More details to follow. A new Web page will be available soon at:
VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS (Update/Change)
A team of operators (mentioned Geoff/W0CG, Scott/K0MD and possibly more) will be active as VP5H from Providenciales Island (NA-002, WLOTA 2003) during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Multi-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign and LoTW.
WP3, PUERTO RICO
Jamie, WP3A, will be active during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via NP3O.
Brian, N3IQ, will be active as XE3/N3IQ from Cancun during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3nd) as a Single-Op/All-Band/QRP entry. He will use a KX3 and little vertical. QSL via N3IQ. By the way, Brian is celebrating his wedding anniversary on this trip.
Eddy, ON4AFU, will be active as XU7AFU between March 3-14th. Activity will be CW using 100 watts and wire antennas. QSL via home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. Visit his Web page at:
ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS
Chris, HB9ELV, will be active as ZF2EL from the Grand Cayman Island during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd). QSL via LoTW.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------- The following stations are expected to be active in the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd, 2013) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following consolidated listing of the participants in the 2013 ARRL DX SSB 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/adxs2013.html (By callsign) http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/adxsd2013.html (By entity) ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Contest DXCC Class QSL Callsign Entity Route ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 3V8BB Tunisia SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via LX1NO 8P1V Barbados SOAB LP W1VE 8P5A Barbados SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via NN1N C6ANM Bahamas M/M LoTW C6AZZ Bahamas SOSB 20M KQ8Z ED1R Spain M/S EC1KR EF8U Canary Islands SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via (B) FM5FJ Martinique SOSB 20M KU9C FY5KE French Guiana SOSB 15M LoTW; QSL via REF (B) or FY5KE (d) G9W England SOAB HP M0DXR GJ2A Jersey SO LoTW HC2/RC5A Ecuador SOAB LP RC5A; QSL via (B) or (d) HK1NA Colombia M/M K6IPM J88DR St Vincent SOAB LP G3TBK; QSL via RSGB (B) or (d) KP2MM Virgin Islands SOAB LoTW; QSL via N2TTA KP4EU Puerto Rico SOSB 20M KP4EU LA7H Norway M/S LA7H (B) LX7I Luxembourg SOAB LX2A NH7A Hawaii SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via F5VHJ or REF (B) NJ2BB USA M/2 KB2BRR; fm Battleship New Jersey OH0X Aland Island SO OH2TA P49Y Aruba SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via AE6Y SN3R Poland M/S SP3KEY T6MO Afghanistan SOU LP K9GY TI8M Costa Rica M/? TI2KAC TO1A French Guiana SOSB 10M LoTW TO22C Guadeloupe M/? F6HMQ V26M Antigua & Barbuda SOAB W3HNK V31?? Belize M/S V31LJ (K8ESQ), V31AC & V31VJ (KB8TXZ) V47JA St Kitts & Nevis SOAB LoTW; QSL via W5JON VP2V/KE2VB Br. Virgin Island SOAB LP NR6M VP5H Turks & Caicos M/S W0GJ VP9I Bermuda M/S WW3S WP3A Puerto Rico SOAB LP NP3O XE3/N3IQ Mexico SOAB QRP N3IQ YN5Z Nicaragua SOAB LoTW; QSL via K7ZO ZL3IO New Zealand SOAB HP ZL3IO
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