The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1109
April 22, 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, WB2YIP, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, KH6BZF, N6PSE, K8GI, K8JP, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, W9ILY, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HA0HW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IK7JWX, OE1WHC, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, PY3DF, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, TA1HZ, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE1BVD and the VHF-DX- Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 14th-April, through Sunday, 21st-April there were 226 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9X, 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, 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, FK, FM, FO, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, 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, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9C, VK9L, VP2E, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZF, ZK3, 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).
Tony, RT9T, will once again be active as 5B4ALB from Cyprus between May 15-28th. Bands and modes of activity were not provided. QSL via RT9T direct only.
5B & ZC4, CYPRUS AND THE UK SOV. BASES AREAS ON CYPRUS
Steve, G0SGB, will be active as 5B/G0SGB/p from Cyprus (AS-004, MIA MCI-002, WLOTA 0051) and as ZC4BS from the UK Sov. Bases AREAS on Cyprus (AS-004, MIA MCI-002, WLOTA 0892) between April 22-28th. Activity will be on all HF bands using mainly SSB and CW. QSL both callsigns via G0SGB, direct only with SAE. NO eQSL!
Pierre, HB9AMO, will be active as 5U9AMO from Niger between April 20th and May 30th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters CW using a TS-50 and a low hanging long wire. QSL via M0URX. Log will be uploaded to LoTW and ClubLog. For more details, updates and a log search, visit Pierre's Web page at:
Luc, F5RAV, will once again be active as 6V7T from Le Calao Resort, La Somome, between April 26th and May 5th. He will be operating from Jean-Francois, 6W7RV, QTH. Activity will probably be the same as last time -- on SSB and PSK31, and on 160-10 meters (including 17 and 12m with a dipole only). He will also participate in the Helvetia Contest (April 27-28th). QSL via only direct to his home callsign. See details on (QRZ.com). Also, visit his BLOG page at:
You only have a few more days to work Tomas, VK2CCC (LY1F), as A71A from the QARS club station in Qatar until April 25th. Activity is most evenings, but limited to a couple of hours in the evenings as it has to be in presence and under the supervision of a QARS member. QSL via A71A (see (QRZ.com)).
"DX-World.net" is reporting (edited): "During last night's (Friday) Top Band dinner at Visalia, it was announced that a large DX- pedition to C9 Mozambique with emphasis on the low bands will take place mid-October. More info in due course."
D4, CAPE VERDE
Harald, DF2WO, will once again be active as D44TWO from Leeward Islands [aka Sotavento] (AF-005) between June 3-20th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. He usually has a Kenwood TS-50 and is running 80 watts using CW and SSB on all bands, except on 160/80 meters. QSL via M0OXO.
DXCC (At Dayton Hamvention 2013)
Bill Moore, NC1L, reports [edited],
"The 2013 Dayton Hamvention is rapidly approaching and once again ARRL Awards staff will be on hand to check applications not only for DXCC, but all ARRL awards: DXCC, WAS, VUCC, WAC and Extra Class Certificate.A detailed PDF file is available to help guide you through the card checking process so that everything proceeds smoothly at:
While we will be there all weekend we suggest that you not wait until Sunday to have your application checked."
FT5Z, AMSTERDAM ISLAND (Tentative Schedule for FT5ZM)
Stan, SQ8X, posted the following on the FT5XM Web page
"The MV Braveheart will arrive in the port of Fremantle, Australia, on January 12, 2014, and be available for the team to board. Fuel and supplies will be taken aboard and port documentation procedures completed. The vessel will sail for Amsterdam Island on January 15, 2014. The sailing time to Amsterdam Island will be 9 days with an estimated arrival date of January 24th.GB7, ENGLAND (Special Event)
Landing operations will commence as soon as the sea conditions and weather allow. Once the team is ashore, they will have 18 days to set up, conduct the DXpedition, and tear down for departure.
The return sail to Fremantle is also estimated at 9 days. The team anticipates being back in Fremantle by February 23, 2014."
Approximately 2,800 merchant ships were lost during this battle and 30,000 merchant seamen lost their lives. Similarly, 30,000 Allied Naval and Air Force personnel and 30,000 Kriegsmarine sailors also lost their lives. These numbers vary according to whose history of WW2 you read, and the above numbers are a rough average.
Operations will take place on all band 80-10 meters, as well as VHF/UHF operations on 144 and 432 MHz on all modes. This event is especially important to Liverpool and other Merseyside hams because the battle was commanded from the Western Approaches command and is now a premiere WW II museum in Liverpool. Operators are hoping to make over 2800 contacts during this period. A special QSL card is being produced in commemoration. More details can be found on (QRZ.com) as well as:
HI7, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Ronny, ON4ARV, will once again be active as HI7/OT4R from Punta-Cana, Dominican Republic (NA-096, WLOTA 2974, WW Loc. FK58TN), between May 10th and June 1st. Activity will be on 20/15/10 meters on SSB and PSK, between 2000-2200z every day. Suggested frequencies are: 14266, 21226 and 28450 kHz. QSL only via LoTW and eQSL. More info is available on his Web site at:
INTREPID-SPIRIT AWARD (Press Release)
"IDXC 2013, Visalia, California -
April 20th, 2013 - Tonight, the Intrepid-DX Group is very proud to present our 'Intrepid Spirit Award' to a notable DXer and DXpeditioner that we have come to respect and admire greatly, Mr. Silvano Borsa-I2YSB. This award is to recognize Silvano’s outstanding efforts to activate Somalia on three different activations, as well as Chad and most recently Burkina Faso.
We acknowledge Silvano’s pursuit of Dxpedition excellence and his quest to activate the rare and often dangerous entities. It is for these reasons that we honor him tonight with our Intrepid Spirit Award.
This 'Intrepid-Spirit Award' is made in memory of our fallen friend and member, James McLaughlin, T6AF who was killed in Kabul, Afghanistan just two years ago this month.
Paul S. Ewing
President, The Intrepid-DX Group"
EU-038. Wim, PA0WRS, will be active as homecall/p from Ameland Island (WLOTA 1059) between now and April 26th. Activity will be on all modes and the HF bands, propagation permitting. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-174. Laci, HA0HW, will once again be active from Thassos Island (GIOTA NAS-037, MIA MG-124, WLOTA LH-4186, QRA KN20HS), but this time as SW8WW (ex-J48HW) between May 23rd and June 5th. He will operate mainly CW, with some SSB and RTTY, on the HF bands (usually on 40/30/20/17 meters) and on 6 meters. He will enter the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 25-26th) as a Single- Op/All-Band entry. His rigs are usually a FT-840 with a MOS-FET amplifier (300-400 watts) and an IC-706 (for 6m only). Antennas are a monoband Gps and dipoles on fishing poles. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the HA Bureau.
NA-067. Eric, W4OTN, will be active as homecall/p from Hatteras Island (USI NC005S, WLOTA 3913, Dare County, NC) between August 4-10th. Activity will be holiday style on the higher HF bands (20-10m). QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.
NA-091. Operators Heinz/VA7AQ and Mike/VE7ACN will be active as homecall/p from Gambier Island (CISA BC031) between April 25-29th. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau.
SA-027. Fabio, PP5BZ, will be active as PQ5M from Sao Francisco do Sul Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 27-28th) as Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via PP5BZ.
SA-060. Operators Renato/PY8WW, Ewerton/PY8AA, Fernando/PU8WZT, Ronaldo/PS8RV, Pedro/PR8ZX and Gabriel/PU8RGV will be active as PX8Z from Cotijuba Island (DIB PA-14, WLOTA 2855) between July 26-28th. Activity coincides with the RSGB IOTA Contest weekend. QSL via PY8WW.
Just a reminder that Harry, JG7PSJ, will once again be active as JD1BMH from Chichijima Island (AS-031) between April 22nd and May 4th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via the Bureau to JD1BMH or direct to JG7PSJ. Visit his Web page for more details at:
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (April 22-28th)
Apr/22nd AN Apr/25th LN-HN Apr/27th AN Apr/23rd HN-LN Apr/26th LN-HN Apr/28th AN Apr/24th 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=6-9 100-400OJ0, MARKET REEF
P5, NORTH KOREA PRESS RELEASE (Announcing the P5 Project - IDXC 2013 Convention in Visalia, April 20th, 2013), received from Paul, N6PSE:
"P5, North Korea is the most wanted DXCC entity world-wide. Today, the Intrepid-DX Group, in partnership with the World-Wide DX Group, is announcing our sustained and ongoing effort to activate North Korea.ADDED NOTE: The Intrepid-DX Group has set up a Web page which is still under construction at: http://www.intrepid-dx.com/p5/index.php
For the past four years, we have been working with professionals in the business and tourism industries who are actively doing business in North Korea. We are leveraging their ideas and contacts towards our goal of a major Dxpedition over a four week period from within the DPRK. We are using the same techniques that were successful in opening up Kurdistan (Northern Iraq) South Sudan and Yemen to Dxpedition activity.
We have prepared a comprehensive, multi-faceted proposal, and we have delivered it to the DPRK officials via our Chinese emissary. Several members of our leadership and advisory team have made multiple visits to the DPRK and are advising us accordingly. We are making further plans to visit the DPRK in the coming months to further bolster our business contacts and to research and assess various venues.
We expect this ongoing project to require a sustained effort. We are committed to work as hard and as long as it takes to activate this rare and much needed entity. We will continue negotiating and flying into and out of the DPRK as needed during this process to lay the groundwork and to build the trust to ensure that a favorable outcome can be created. We want the DX community to be aware and to understand that a sustained effort is being made to activate this rare and important entity.
N6PSE AH6HY YT1AD K3LP -- The Intrepid-DX Group"
Wim, ON6DX, will be active as PJ2/ON6DX from Curacao (SA-099, WLOTA 0942) between June 28th and July 7th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Wim will play special attention on:
- 50 MHz CW/SSB/RTTY (keep in touch with ON4KST chat)
- JA & Asia: 28/24/21 Mhz RTTY/SSB/CW
For a list of suggested frequencies, see the Web page below. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct. Log will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL. For more info, see his Web site at:
PRESS RELEASE (Amateur Radio in Greece)
Wolf Harranth, OE1WHC, from the Amateur Radio Section of ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) and the Documentary Archives Radio Communications/QSL Collection, has informed OPDX that "The dawn of Amateur Radio in the U.K. and Greece" by Norman F. Joly (G3FNJ) was published, in 1990, and still is the standard reference of this period. The Vienna-based Documentary Archive has just published the chapters relating to the history of Amateur radio in Greece, with the author's kind permission from his personal copy which contains some corrections and amendments to the printed version, and with additional material from the Archive’s files. To read it, visit:
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (For April 21st) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 4A8DMR via N7RO FK/VK6DXI via VK6DXI PB33Q via PA7DA 4J20RO via 4J6RO GB2SJ via G-Bureau PQ9M via PY9MM 4Z65AB via 4Z5AB GB2VEF via GM4UYZ PW2F via PY2NA 4Z65TT via 4Z5TT GB4MHS via G4FON R27VLG via RZ4AG 7S55S via SM6EGJ GB4RPI via M1EDF R40AST via UA6GG 9G5EME via PA3CEE GB100TMD via M0PNN RA27DX via R1DX A60WARD via IZ8CLM HB0/ON4WRC via ON4ON RA27WC via RA4WC AO1IMD via EA1BTO HB0/PA3CNO via PE1FLO RU27AR via UA1OJL BW2/JP1RIW via BM2JCC HB0/PA3HK via PE1FLO SK88WARD via SM-Bureau CN2SS via EA2SS HB9WARD via HB9JOE SV3/ON4LO/P via ON4LO CO2WF via N1KI HF3T via SP3FYX TC47A via TA1HZ CP6XE via IK6SNR (d) HF5D via SP5PPA TC57A via TA1HZ CR5IARU via CT1REP HF80JATA via SQ8JCB TM8BIRD via F5INJ CS250CLE via CS5RPT HF2013TATO via SP3YAC UP44WFF via UN6QC (d) CW1GM via CX2ABC HG3ZOMBA via HA3KNA UP50ASTR via EA7FTR DM50IOTA via DL2VFR HV50VR via I0JBL V47GIW via W4GIW (d/L) EA/PA0JPL via PA0JPL LG5LG via LA4EKA V73AY via BD4DYH EA5HJY via EA7HBC OG1X via OH1XX VE4GV/KH6 via VE4GV EA6/I1RSA via I1RSA OM20TUSR via OM3RP VK9/OH1VR via OH1VR EH7FDS via EA7URS OV1CDX via OZ1GML (d) YP20ARER via YO6CUF EH8WDX via EA8ED OZ/PA7PA via PA7PA ZP6CW via ZP6CU EX8NR via RW6HS (d) P29FR via I2RFJ (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW onlyH44KW QSL STATUS. Phil, G3SWH, reports on April 15th: "Today, I have mailed replies to all of the direct OQRS QSL requests received. I will now start working on the direct snail mail requests and expect these to be in the mail within the next two weeks or so."
LoTW NEWS. The ARRL LoTW Web site is reporting that an ARRL LoTW Study
Committee has been formed. It states, "In January 2013, the ARRL Board
of Directors chartered a committee to review and make recommendations
about Logbook of the World. This committee held its first meeting on
April 12th and formed three sub-groups to study and report on:
1) current Logbook costs and resources
2) technical review of Logbook reliability and scalability
3) development of support scenarios and requirements
The committee will report to the Board at its next meeting in July."
NEW QSL ROUTE. Phil, VE1BVD, informs OPDX that effective immediately he will be Alan's, VE1AL, QSL Manager. He intends to leave his LoTW account active for the immediate future but will attempt to answer any incoming Bureau or direct cards. Phil's mailing address is correct on (QRZ.com) or any callbook.
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 9M6XRO, ED5T, FG/G6ITD, JA2VHO, JA7BME, JH1FNU, JH1OES, JH3CUL, JJ2LPV, LU6DU, TF2CL and UA1OIZ
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 5M2TT, 5V7TT, 6Y3M, 7Z7AB, 9U4U, HI8W, HK0/F6BFH, HT9H, KC4AAA, PT0S, PY0F/PP1CZ, S21XV, SV5BYR, T46RRC, T47RRC, T48RRC, V73TS, VK0JJJ, XT2TT and XW0ZJZ
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: NONE REPORTED THIS WEEK!
Cuban operators will activate the special callsign T42T from Cuba (NA-015, WLOTA 0032) during the 47th A. Volta RTTY Contest (May 11-12th. Operators mentioned are Lazaro/CO2WL, Gustavo/CO2NO and Rene/ CO2RVA. QSL via HA3JB.
Jesse, KB2OBQ will once again be active as T6JP from Panjwai in the Kandahar Province starting May 15th through August 2014. Activity will be on 160-10 meters (mostly 40/20/10m) using 100 watts, on CW and SSB. Logs will be uploaded daily (if possible) to LoTW, eQSL, QRZ.com. For more details, see (QRZ.com) (under T6JP).
Tim, KB2RLB (ex-DA2TF and YI9RLB), is currently operating in Afghanistan as T6TM from a military base near Kabul. He states on (QRZ.com),
"Licensed in 1994, I am mainly into HF (SSB/Digital) and will be working on learning more digital modes. I am interested in EMCOMMS and completed Level I of the ARRL EMCOMM Course. I retired in 2007 after 21 years of service with the US Army. I am currently living and working in Afghanistan as a communications advisor."
QSL via KB2RLB.
ADDED NOTE: Mike has informed OPDX that he will be there until April 25th, but is expecting to return within 2 months (not yet planned). Activity will be on 20 and 10 meters SSB using 80 watts and dipoles at 25ft.
TC57, TURKEY (Special Event)
Members of the Turkish group called TCSWAT (Special Wireless Activity Team) will once again activate special event station TC57A from the battlefields of Gallipoli/Gelibolu. First activated as TC57ALAY in 2007, the special event/commemorative station for the 57th Regiment Martyrs is active every year at the end of April as TC57A. Metin, TA1ED, and a team operators will arrive at the Kocacimen Hill on April 19th, and will be on the air on all HF bands using CW and SSB. They will also try 2m contacts. QSL via TA1HZ at: POB 73, Karakoy, 34421 Istanbul, TURKEY (or by the Bureau). Visit the TCSWAT Web page at:
TS8, TUNISIA (Update/Operators/QSL Routes)
An Italian group, along with the Association des Radio Amateurs Tunisiens (ARAT) and the Engineering University of Gabes, 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 between April 29th and May 6th. Activity will be on all HF bands, including the 30/17/12/6 meter bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31/63/125 modes. Operators mentioned are Ashraf/KF5EYY, 3V8SA (ARCS of Tunisian Scout), 3V8ST (ARC of Tunis), 3V8ESG (Department of Communications and Networking National Engeneering School of Gabès), 3V8SF (Scout Radio Club of Sfax), Leopoldo/I8LWL, Fred/IK7JWX (Team Leader), Antonello/IK2DUW, Ampelio/IS0AGY, Rosy/IW2NLC (YL), Stefano/ IK6JRI, Vincenzo/IZ8LFI, Heathem/YI1UNH. QSL route is as follows:
1) For Italian stations via IK7JWX, direct or by the Bureau.The Mediterraneo DX Club (MDXC) is a sponsor of TS8TI.
2) Outside Italy via IK2DUW, direct or by the Bureau.
3) Free internal QSL service available for all MDXC Members.
Logs will be available on LoTW, as well as:
The team is still in need of sponsors and individual contributions. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
For more info updates and pictures, watch the following Web pages:
UA0, ASIATIC RUSSIA
Vlado, UA0LCZ (ex-RI0NZ), will be active as UA0LCZ/0 from the rare Kamchatka (Land of Volcanos) between May 15-21st. Activity will be on 80-10 meters CW. QSL via his home callsign.
Paul, KB4GYT, will be active as V25PM from Falmouth Harbor, Antigua (NA-100, WLOTA 1118), between April 27th and May 4th. Activity will be holiday style and sporadic. Operations will be mainly CW, but he plans on operating some SSB and PSK31. Paul will be using his Elecraft KX3 with 10 watts or less using various wire antennas strung above the swimming pool. QSL via KB4GYT, direct only (QRZ.com).
In celebration of the 75th anniversary of the "First Class CW Operators' Club" (FOC), Belize operator Joe "Palooka", V31JP (aka K8JP), will be operating with a special callsign V3FOC during the month of May. QSL via V31JP. Note: there is no "1" after the call. Also, see:
VU7, LACCADIVES ISLANDS (Lakshadweep Islands)
Krish, W4VKU/VU2VKU, reports on QRZ.com:
"Received permission from the Ministry of Communications, Govt of India to operate Amateur radio from Kavaratti, Laccadive Islands from Apr 23 to May 5th, 2013. The VU7 permission arrived a bit too late and plans are already firm to activate 8Q7KP from April 23rd to April 30th.
Unfortunately, getting to the VU7 island has become a challenge due to the non availabilty of seats via the overnight ship. There is just one expensive alternative, and I am looking into the logistics involved.
The plan is for SSB and some RTTY on 10-80m with a TS-480Sat and TenTec Hercules 2 amp using a Butternut HF9V and a 2ele steppir yagi + 30/40m trombone. Basically the same equipment in use at 8Q7KP.
Hope to monitor the cluster and possibly with realtime logging via Clublogs and the last 10 QSO's displayed right here on (QRZ.com).
Keeping fingers crossed and hope we will be able to work through all the logistic hoops to activate VU7KV..... 73s de Krish, W4VKU, VU2VKU"
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