The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1169
June 30, 2014
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, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, WB6RSE, WA8DAN, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, WB8YJF, W9ILY, 9M6XRO, AT International, DD0VR, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DL2DXA, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, GM3ITN, HA0HW, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, IZ8CLM, JA1XGI, JH1QJU, Mediterraneo Dx Club, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, TA1HZ, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3RZ, the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and YO3APJ for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 22nd-June, through Sunday, 29-June there were 200 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, 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".
13 COLONIES (Special Event)
Once again the annual "13 Colonies Special Event" will take place between 1300z, July 1st and 0400z July 7th. The theme for 2014 will be "Revolution War Era Colonial Currency". The certi- ficate is printed on heavy card stock. Stations working one state or, as many as all 13, will be eligible for the certificate. A "Clean Sweep" indicator will be affixed, for those lucky enough to "Q" all 13. A special endorsement will be attached for stations contacting their sister oper- ation, WM3PEN, in Philadelphia, PA, where independence was declared. New for 2014, the 13 Colonies have added a second sister event station W3FT from Baltimore, MD, commemorating the writing of our Nation Anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner in 1814".
The 13 Colonies certificate will have a Liberty Bell added for a contact with WM3PEN, and a W3FT contact will have a special 15 star 1812 US flag of the period added to the 13 Colonies certificate. They will also offer a special QSL card printed just for this event. There should be at least two stations from each on the 13 colonies on the air, as well as Super contest stations, multi-operator Club stations and OM and XYL teams. The U.S. original 13 colonies are CT-DE- GA-MA-MD-NC-NH-NJ-NY-PA-RI-SC-VA. Special events stations mentioned are: K2A (NY), K2B (VA), K2C (RI), K2D (CT), K2E (DE), K2F (MD), K2G (GA), K2H (MA), K2I (NJ), K2J (NC), K2K (NH), K2L (SC), K2M (PA) and WM3PEN.
All HF bands will be in play except the WARC bands and 60 meters. 2 meters and 6 meter simplex are encouraged. All modes of operation should be represented - SSB, CW, RTTY, Digital, and the Satellites. The mode of operation is up to the individual colony state station. For more details on the stations, suggested frequencies, QSL info and on how to obtain the special certificate, see:
5R, MADAGASCAR (IOTA DXpedition)
[Edited excerpts from PRESS RELEASE #1]
Nosy Be means "big island" in the Malagasy language and Nosy Be, not far, from the mother island Madagascar, will be the next destination of the Mediterraneo International DX Club (MDXC) Team! Look for leader Antonio, IZ8CCW, and the co-leader Gabriele, I2VGW, to head-up a team of operators to be active as 5R8M from Nosy Be Island (AF-057), thanks from the help of a local friend, Michele, 5R8UI, between October 20th and November 4th. Activity will take place during 16 days and 14 nights. According to their evaluations, they are confident to give a lot of DXers a chance to work this country (and IOTA) on the Lower Bands, 30/17/12m and especially on the Digital modes. The 16 operators will be an international team from countries. Currently, the operators listed are:
CW - Eric/ON7RN, Feri/YO5OED and Karl/OE3JAGQSL Manager is Giuliano, IK2VUC, for direct or Bureau QSLs. However, there will be an OQRS available on the Web page below. LoTW files will be uploaded by the end of May 2015.
SSB - Ant/IZ8CCW (Leader), Michel/F5EOT, Steve/IZ5GST and Michele/IK5ZUI
RTTY - Gabriele/I2VGW (Co-Leader), Marco/IZ2GNW, YL Manu/IZ8IYL, Mario/IK4MTK and Henri/F1HRE
Pilot Stations - Don/N1DG (USA), Rino/IK7JTF (Europe) and Sergio/IK0FTA (6m pilot)
Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. They plan to have four stations on the air around the clock using dipoles, Inverted L, verticals and Spiderbeams. For more details and updates, visit the 5R8M Web page at:
Lali, VE3NE, will be in Jamaica for the IARU HF World Cham- pionship (July 12-13th) using the callsign 6Y3M. He states, "This time my wife, Agnes (ex-HG9MAT) will join me, and we will be in Multi-Single category. She is a bit rusty but we are practicing using VE3NEA's pile up trainer to bring her speed up. Go easy on her though...:-) We are not going to win, but I am very excited because this is the first time we are entering into a contest as a team." Lali and his XYL will be in Jamaica from July 11-14th. QSL via VE3NE.
CY0, SABLE ISLAND (Press Release/Update)
"Operators Murray/WA4DAN, Randy/N0TG, and Gary/VE1RGB will return to Sable Island for a one-day DXpedition scheduled for September 8th, 2014. They will be using the Sable Island Amateur Radio Station that Murray and the CY0P team left behind after their operation as CY0P in October 2013. Murray will be QRV on SSB and Randy will operate CW. Antennas are expected to be 17m and 20m Yagis. Trip planning and logistics support are being provided by Gary, VE1RGB, who has been the logistics coordinator for three previous CY0 ventures and was an operator at CY0P.
On this trip, Gary does not plan to operate but will instead be providing technical and operational support to Murray and Randy, and to the Sable Island ARS. Gary will be the QSL manager for CY0C. As usual, travel will be via Maritime Air Charter using their Britten-Norman Islander.
Hours of operation will be limited by the require- ment to fly during daylight hours. With luck, the DXpedition will operate from approximately 1300Z to 2100Z on September 8th. Check the various DX bulletins for any changes to the date of operation due to weather, etc." Also, watch:
E6, NIUE (Update)
Haru, JA1XGI, has announced his next operation will be from Niue between December 1-6th. He will depart from Tokyo on November 28th to Sydney and transiting at Auckland. Then he will go to Niue on Saturday of November 30th. Haru will pick up his license at Telecom Niue on December 1st, and his expected callsign will be E6XG. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, looking for EU/NA on lower bands. Mode will be CW (mainly), SSB and the Digital. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. An OQRS will be available on ClubLog. He now has a E6XG Web page at:
EA8, CANARY ISLANDS
Members of the Union De Radioaficionados De Tenerife (Seccion S/C Laguna) will be active as EA8URT from Tenerife Island (AF-004) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Multi-Op/Island entry. Operators mentioned are Francisco/EA8CSB, Jose/EA8CZT and Juan/EA8VJ. QSL via direct (see QRZ.com) or by the Bureau.
HAFF SUMMER TOUR
By the time you read this, operators Geza/HA8DD and Zsolt/HA8FY will be active as homecall/p from 10 different HAFF areas as of June 28th. Their schedule is as follows:
June 28th (Saturday) HAFF-024 Kelet Mecsek TK (13:00-20:00 UTC)The times in UTC are not rock solid; it depends on the activity and the traffic on the road to get to the new/next QTH. They will operate with two stations on the air at the same time (FT-857 and FT-7B) with separated dipoles and verticals for 7 HF bands. The modes are CW, SSB and FM on 2 meters for emergency purposes. QSL via the HA Bureau or direct to their home callsigns on QRZ.com. For more details about the HAFF program, visit:
June 29th (Sunday) HAFF-033 Nyugat Mecsek TK (06:00-10:00 UTC) then HAFF-048 Zselic TK (14:00-20:00 UTC)
June 30th (Monday) HAFF-013 Boronka melléki (06:00-10:00 UTC) then HAFF-032 Mura menti TK (14:00-20:00 UTC)
July 1st (Tuesday) HAFF-009 Orségi NP (07:00-11:00 UTC) then HAFF-040 Somló TK (15:00-21:00 UTC)
July 2nd (Wednesday) HAFF-038 Sárréti TK (06:00-11:00 UTC) then HAFF-039 Sárvíz völgy TK (14:00-20:00 UTC)
July 3rd (Thursday) HAFF-016 Dél mezoföld TK (07:00-12:00 UTC)
AS-008. Takeshi "TAKE", JI3DST, will be active as JI3DST/1 from Shikine Island (North Izu Island) between 0600z, July 21st and 2100z, July 28th. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17/15/12/10/6 meters using CW, SSB, FM, RTTY, PSK31 and JT65A. QSL via JI3DST (see QRZ.com for details). ADDED NOTE: In case of heavy rain or other conditions, the operation condition may vary.
EU-008. Members of the West of Scotland Amateur Radio Society [WOSARS] (GM4AGG) will be active as GM4AGG/P from Iona Island (Where Saint Columba first landed in Scotland) in the Inner Hebrides during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). QSL via direct or by the Bureau.
EU-067. Norbert, OM6NM, will be active as SV8/OM6NM from Satorini Island, Greece, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). QSL via OM2FY.
EU-121. Operators Jerry/EI6BT, Dave/EI4BZ and Tim/EI2KA will be active as EJ1C from Clear Island (aka Cape Clear) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Multi-Op/DXpedition entry. QSL via EI2KA.
EU-123. Tom, GM0FGI, will be active from the Isle of Bute (Scottish Islands CL2, WW Loc IO75lr, WAB NS15) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single-Op/SSB-Mode/High-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. Visit his Web page at: http://www.kilchattan-bay.co.ukv
EU-171. By the time you read this, operators Bernd/DL2DXA and Joachim/ DJ5AA will be active as 5P2X from Agger on the island of Vendsyssel Thy until July 5th. QSL via DL2DXA.
EU-172. Marc, PD7YY, will be active as OZ/PD7YY from Langeland Island (DIA FY-019, WLOTA 0590) between July 19-25th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL via PD7YY, by the Bureau or direct. NO eQSL or LoTW.
NA-067. Jon, WB8YJF, will be active as WB8YJF/4 from Ocracoke Island (USI NC001S), NC, between July 20-27th. Activity will be mostly CW then some SSB and RTTY. Possibly 6 meters. He will also be active during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). QSL via his home callsign (see QRZ.com) - direct QSLs get a fast reply!
OC-133. By the time you read this, John, 9M6XRO, will be active as 9M6XRO/P from Labuan Island. Activity started June 26th and will end on June 30th. He will be using an IC-7000 with a IC-2KL Linear into a vertical antenna on 40-10 meters, using CW and SSB around the IOTA frequencies, possibly some RTTY also. QSL via Tim, M0URX, by his OQRS, direct, by the Bureau and LoTW. See www.m0urx.com for details.
SA-060. Members of the PARA DX Group will be active as PX8I from Itarana Island between July 23-28th. Operators mentioned are Fernando/ PU8WZT, Daniell/PY8DAN, Jaime/PY8FML, Ren/PY8WW and Jose/PY8ZE. Activity will be on 80-10 meters and an entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). QSL via PY8WW. For more details and updates, watch:
JW, SVALBARD (Update)
Yoshi, JJ8DEN/KH0PR, is now active as JW/KH0PR (not JW/JJ8DEN) from the JW5E Club Station at Longyearbyen on Spitsbergen Island (EU-026, WLOTA 0125) until July 3rd. Activity is on all bands, 160-10 meters using CW, RTTY, PSK31 and JT65A. Suggested frequencies are: CW - 1814, 3504, 7004, 10104, 14040, 18074, 21040, 24894 and 28040 kHz RTTY - 3582, 7042, 10144, 14094, 18104, 21094, 24924 and 28094 kHz QSL via JJ8DEN, by the Bureau or direct (2 USDs with SASE). Do NOT send QSL to Saipan.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (June 30th-July 6th)
Jun/30th AN Jul/03rd AN Jul/05th AN Jul/01st AN Jul/04th AN Jul/06th AN Jul/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=6-9 100-400QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (June 29th) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3D2KM via W6ZL GB2HAM via GB2HAM R1CC via DJ1ND 3Z0LH via SP1PBW GB2RRM via (G-B) R50EPC via RZ3DVP A71/WT2NY via A71A HB0/DJ6OI via DJ6OI R60OAS via RW3XS AM01BD via EA1BD HB0/SM0T via SM0DZB R90NOR via RA3TYL AM03NN via EA3NN HB0/SM0W via SM0WKA RA/EA3KS via EA3KS AM06SA via AM06SA HS50RAST via E21EIC RA/EA4CWW via EA4CWW AM07AAW via EA7AAW IA5/IW2MXY via IW2MXY SN1956PC via SP3PGR AM07ITM via EA7ITM IA5/IZ1FUM via IZ1FUM SV2/SV4CEO via SV4CEO AM08AT via EA8AT J68HZ via K9HZ SZ8XIO via SV8FCU AN01EB via EB1EB JW/KH0PR via JJ8DEN T77LA via I4ZQS DL/G1INK/P via G1INK K1R via K5PAX (d) TA4/PH2M/MM via PH2M E20AX via E21EIC LZ111RF via LZ1YE TK/F1FIH via F1FIH (d) E7100WAR via E71A OA6Q via OE3NHW TM60GW via F5PCX (B) ED1R via EC1KR OF3ERTC via OH2BH TY2BP via IK2IQD ED1RLE via EA1RLE OM08EPC via OM3RP UN3M via EA7FTR ED1TT via EA1IEL OZ14ESOF via OZ1BZJ UT/PA3BUD via PA3BUD & (L) EE5W via EA5WP PA/DK3RV via DK3RV VK6LC/HK3 via VK6LC (d) EF7X via EA7PP PA/JH0CJH via JH0CJH VY1JA via VY1JA EG5FPN via EA7HBC PJ7/WA6WXD via WA6WXD XV9NPS via JA2NPS (B) EG8FPR via EA8CER & (L) PP11CZ via PP1CZ YE2A via YB2DX (d/L) EI4JR via EI4JR PT22ZXR via PT2ZXR ZA/IW2JOP via IW2HAJ GA700BOB via (e/L) PU44HAS via PU4HAS ZS3Y via NI5DX & (L) (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only (O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog onlyNEW ADDRESS FOR QSL MANAGER. Sal, IZ8CLM, informs since May 20th, 2014, he has a new mail address: Sal Rapacciuolo, P.O.Box 12, 84018 Scafati (SA), ITALY.
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: CE1KR, D3AA, EA8BMG, JA1WWO, OH1F, S50R, S51K, SP2XDW, YV1RDX and ZF2KE
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3B9FR, A35V, A35X, E51KJW, LU4ZS, V31MA, VP8ROT and ZF2DX
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: ED5KB, EA9BLJ, HP500OP and PB200KING
S7, SEYCHELLES (Update)
Operators Heli/DD0VR and XYL Bigi/DE3BWR, along with their traveling partners Petra and Didi, will be active as S79VR from the Seychelles Islands (AF-024) between November 3-30th. Activity is planned from Mahe (Nov. 4-10th and 22-24th), Praslin (Nov. 10-16th) and La Dique Islands (Nov. 16-22nd).
Operations will be holiday style on 80-6 meters operating only QRP CW and QRO/QRP SSB on the IOTA frequencies. He mentions that he will make CW QSO (using his G-QRP-Club NR 7073) in the QRP segments with 5 watts and SSB with 500 watts on all other bands if possible depending on the conditions. Heli will use an Elecraft KX3 with a modified Tokyo High Power HL-1.1 and KX1 for QRP into a Vertical, Single-Quad, Double-Zepp and a Currentsumeantennakit. QSL via DD0VR, direct or by the DARC Bureau.
Luc, ON6DSL, will be active as SV9/ON6DSL/P from the beach at Pigianos Kampos near Rethimnon between August 1-10th. Activity will be holiday style using a FT-817-ND - 5W (QRP) and a home-made multiband antenna Inv. V dipole at only 4m high. Mode wll be SSB ONLY. QSL via his home callsign to the UBA Bureau.
Ken, BM2JCC/JP1RIW, will once again be active as T88KH from the "West Plaza Hotel by the Sea" (GRID PJ77FI) on Koror Island (OC-009) between July 9-13th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters, including the 17/12m and mostly on the High Band on SSB using 500w on HF and 100w on 6m. His antennas are: 80m Vertical, 40/30m DP, 20/15/10m 3 element Beam, 17/12m 2 element HB9CV and 6m 5 element Beam. QSL via BM2JCC.
T8, PALAU (Update)
Nobuaki, JH1QJU (ex-JA0JHQ), informs OPDX that he will once again be active as T88ZD from the VIP-Guest Hotel in Koror City, Palau, between September 4-8th. Activity will be on the HF bands, but the main purpose is to be in the All-Asian SSB Contest. QSL via JH1QJU. His schedule is as follows:
Sept. 5th -- from morning till mid-night: 17m or 12m SSB, and if 10m has good condition, he will operate.T8, PALAU
Sept. 6th -- from 0000z ALL-Asian SSB Contest, mainly 15m. Depending on the conditions, 10m or 20m.
Sept. 7th -- in the morning, ALL-Asian SSB Contest, 75m or 40m. During the daytime, 15m/10m depending on the conditions.
Sept. 8th -- CW operating (he says,"but my skill is poor!") on 15m.
Look for the VY2RAC HQ station to be activated by Ron/N0AT, Matt/K0BBC and Tony/VE3RZ from the PEI Dxlodge during the IARU HF World Championship (July 12-13th). Activity will be on all bands, SSB and CW.
Reports indicate that Larry, AG6OU, son of XW0ZJZ, will once again be active as XW6OU from Vientiane, Laos, starting July 1st. Activity will be on 20 meters and mainly SSB. Length of his stay is not known at the moment. QSL via E21EIC and eQSL.
The YR0HQ will be the HQ station representing the Romanian Amateur Radio Federation (FRR), as an IARU society member, in the IARU HF World Championship (July 12-13th). The contest log will be uploaded into LoTW, ClubLog and eQSLcc. Paper QSLs are via the Bureau or direct from YO3KAA. To encourage contacts with YR0HQ, on both modes and on all six bands during the 2014 IARU HF World Championship, the Romanian Amateur Radio Federation (FRR) will offer, free of charge, a printable award in PDF or, JPG format. This award, will be issued in 4 Classes to all those who can prove at least 3, 6, 9 or 12 contacts with YR0HQ, as follows:
YR0HQ 2014 Award - Extra Class: 12 QSOsTo prove the contacts, send a log extract or a copy of the Cabrillo log via E-mail, no earlier than 30 days after the end of the contest but no later than November 1st, 2014, to: firstname.lastname@example.org
YR0HQ 2014 Award - Class 1: 9 QSOs
YR0HQ 2014 Award - Class 2: 6 QSOs
YR0HQ 2014 Award - Class 3: 3 QSOsz.
YW0A AVES ISLAND CANCELLED?????
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ZD9, TRISTAN DA CUNHA AND GOUGH ISLAND
Paul, ZS1S, has announced on QRZ.com that he will be using the callsign ZD9ZS, and a well known UK (G3xxx) operator (ZD9 callsign will be announced in due course), will be visiting Tristan da Cunha in September/October 2014. They will be traveling to and from Cape Town on the South African Antarctic supply ship called "SA Agulhas II". Look for more details to be announced in the coming weeks.
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