The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 667
July 5, 2004
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF-80 BBS 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, W1BYH, N2OO, N2YO, W2CE, N3SL, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, KU4J, N4AA & QRZ DX, WB4ZNH, W6NV, K8YSE, WB8YJF, AJ9C, CX7BY, DL/VE3ZIK & www.contesting.info, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, DL2VFR, DL5NAM, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, G3NKC, G3XSV, HK3JJH, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, OH2BH, OH2BN, SM5DJZ, SM5DQC, TA3J, UA0LMO, VA3RJ & ICPO, VK4FW, ZL1CT and ZL3IX for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 27th/June, through Sunday, 4th/July there were 206 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9Y, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, I, IS, J7, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK1/s, 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).
Franz/DL3PS and Zik/DL/VE3ZIK (4N1DX) will be active from Bilice (near Sibenik, GRID JN73) now through July 31st as 9A/VE3ZIK and 9A/DL3PS. They will be active on 40-6 meters. Also, they will (for one weekend) be active from YT6A's location (callsign probably YU6/DL3PS and 4N1DX/6). They will also participate from one of Islands in Croatia (the island is still not known yet) in the IOTA Contest. QSL for all activity is via DL3PS, bureau is OK. While Zik DL/VE3ZIK is one of Web Administrators at www.contesting.info , there will be no QSL information at this site until August 3rd.
9Y, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Operators Mike/AJ9C, Gerard/KE9I and Philip/N9LAH will be on the Island of Tobago now through July 17th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters SSB, CW and RTTY/Digital. Operators will be signing 9Y4/ homecall. All QSLs go to the operator's home call. SASE appreciated for direct QSLs. The 6m station will be a FT-897 (100w) and M2 6M5X. Grid is FK91. During the IARU Contest they will be using the 9Y4ZC callsign. The 9Y4ZC QSLs "FOR THE IARU CONTEST ONLY" will go to AJ9C (again please SASE for direct cards).
Uwe, DH9YAT, will be active as CU7/DH9YAT from August 3-20th. Activity will be on 40/20/15 meters QRP on CW. QSL via the bureau.
Look for the official station of the Radio Club Uruguayo (RCU), CX1AA, to be in the IARU HF World Championship Contest, July 10-11th. Activity will be on all bands. QSL via P.O.Box 37, 11000 Montevideo, URUGUAY or via the Bureau.
Tim, KU4J, President of the NADXC, informs OPDX that the North Alabama DX Club (NADXA) announces its annual DX Banquet in conjunction with the Huntsville, Alabama hamfest on August 21st, 2004 at 6:30pm. The guest speaker will be Jess Lewis, KR4OJ, from the T33C 2004 Banaba DXpedition. Tickets are 25USD/each and available from Vic Holland, K4RVH (firstname.lastname@example.org). Make checks payable to NADXC with SASE to Vic Holland, 219 Cedar Pond Drive, Madison, Alabama 35757-7633. For additional information Phone 256-721-9106 or E-mail.
Berkin, TA3J, will operate from different locations in Hungary, and sign HA(?)/TA3J between July 18-21st. Look for activity on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6 and 2 meters (including the WARC bands), on SSB and FM. QSL via his home callsign, direct (only SASE and 1 IRC, no green stamps please) or by the bureau. SWL QSL cards are OK.
HI9, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Ralph, DL9MWG, will be active as HI9/DL9MWG from July 28th to August 16th. Activity will be mostly CW on all HF bands with 100w. QSL via the bureau.
AS-109. Operators UA9JRN, UA9JPB, RW9JT and RX3BP will start their trip on July 12-13th (4 days on the road) to Obskoj Guby Islands. They will take a boat to the island, and they will use UA9JRN/mm, UA9JPB/mm, RW9JT/mm and RX3BP/mm as callsigns. They expect to be active on July 16th for 3 to 4 days.
EU-015. Rolf, DL6ZFG, will be active as SV9/DL6ZFG/p from Crete, July 27th through August 8th. There is the possibility that he will use the special event call J42004ZFG after August 1st. Activity will be mainly on 20 meter SSB and RTTY using a TS-480SAT (100 watts) and vertical antenna. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
Ric, DL2VFR, will be active as OZ/DL2VFR from Bornholm Island August 15-27th. Activity will be mostly CW during the ILLW (August 21-22nd) together with OZ/DL2SWW from different lighthouses there. QSL via the bureau.
Look for the special callsign EJ2MT to be activated from Bere Island, July 21-27th. Also, the Bristol Contest Group (G6YB) and the East Cork Radio Group (EI7M) are joining forces for the Multi-op section of the IOTA Contest July 24-25th, using the callsign EJ2MT. The EJ2MT call signifies operation from Bere Island's historic Martello Tower. Please QSL via EI6HB for this operation. QSL will be 100% to all cards received.
EU-132. Rolf, DL6ZFG, will be active as SP1/DL6ZFG/p from July 9-11th from Wolin Island (Polish-Island-Award: SZ-02 and SPIA: SZ-03). He may also try to activate Karsibor Island (IOTA EU-132, SPIA SZ-03) for a short period of time. Activity will be on 20 meter SSB and RTTY using a TS-480SAT (100 watts) and a vertical antenna. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
NA-067. Jon, WB8YJF, will be active from Ocracoke Island, NC (USI NC-001S) from July 18-25th. His activity will include an entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest. His callsign will be WB8YJF/4. Operations will be on 80-10 meters, CW, RTTY, and SSB. Also, Jon informs OPDX that he will take a 6M rig with him this year. He will be using a TS-830S barefoot to a vertical. Please QSL direct for FAST response, and by the bureau is OK. If direct, please send an SASE or IRC for return postage. Jon's address is: Jon Severt/WB8YJF, 5586 Babbitt Rd., New Albany, OH, 43054 USA.
OC-016. Look for Norm, W1BYH, to be active as 3D2BY from Viti Levu from July 5-14th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via e-QSL or W1BYH.
OC-201. The first ever amateur radio operation from Mana Island will take place during this year's IOTA Contest (July 24-25th). Operators Chris/ZL1CT and Franz/ZL2III will use the callsign ZL1V/p. On 40m SSB to Europe, ZL1V/p will transmit around 7190 kHz and listen below 7100 kHz. Access to Mana Island is weather-dependent.
WHY ARE KP1 AND KP5 NOT ON THE AIR??
DXer Carl Henson, WB4ZNH, provides the following information to help get KP1/KP5 back on the air:
"Many DX groups in the USA have been trying unsuccessfully for about 12 years to receive permission to activate KP1, Desecheo Island and KP5, Navassa Island. My group has been working hard on this problem for several years now. We keep reaching a dead end. It has now become more important that someone go, regardless of who. Please non-USA Hams write to:
and US Hams please write, E-mail, and phone your Congressman and Senator and urge them to bring pressure to bear on the Department of Interior to allow an operation from both of these DX locations. One third of the US Senators and all of the US Representatives are up for reelection this year, not to mention the President and Vice President. If you would like to go to one of these islands, E-mail me and I will give you the information for application and how to cause the most work for the Department of the Interior...... 73, Carl
P.S. Oh, I forgot, Fish and Wildlife has to comply with 50cfr2545, so please include the following download information."
Yuri, UA0LMO, will operate CW, RTTY, PSK31 as UA0LMO/P from the Bryusa Lighthouse (Japan sea) ARLHS ASR-018, RLHA RLA-016 on July 16-18th. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
Bob Schenck, N2OO, Public Relations Chairman of the Old Barney ARC, informs OPDX that they will be operating from the Tucker's Island Lighthouse which is in the Tuckerton Seaport in Tuckerton, New Jersey, on the weekend of August 21-22nd. This counts for ARLHS Lighthouse #USA-911. Operation will be primarily on 20 and 40 meters SSB but other bands are possible. A nice full color photo QSL of the Lighthouse is available. QSL via Bob Schenck, N2OO, PO Box 345, Tuckerton, NJ 08087 USA. Visitors are welcome. This is also the 4th Annual Classic Boat Festival weekend at the Tuckerton Seaport. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m local time each day. Join the Tuckerton Seaport and the Philadelphia Chapter of the Antique and Classic Boat Society for two splendid days of classic wood and glass boat exhibitors, demonstrations, and entertainment. Watch the parent/child boat building contest or take a cruise up the Tuckerton Creek. The Classic Boat Show is fun for the whole family.
MD4, ISLE OF MAN
Dave, G3NKC, informs OPDX that MD4K plans to be active again during the IOTA Contest, July 24-25th, on SSB/CW. QSL as usual via G3NKC direct; via the bureau or direct request through their Web page at:
NU1, UNITED STATES (Contest Station)
This coming weekend, look for NU1AW (ARRL HQ station) during the IARU Contest. They will be operating on all bands from 160-10 meters on both CW and SSB. They will be operating from the stations of K2LE and W2AX in Southern VT, so this should be a good chance to pick up Vermont for those looking for new bands/modes WAS. QSOs with NU1AW will also count towards the "Order of Boiled Owls 50th Anniversay Award." See CQ magazine or their Web page for full details at:
Look for Bonnie, KQ6XA, to be active as OA9/KQ6XA from now through August 25th from the Andes mountains in the Amazonas area of Peru. The ham radio operation is in conjunction with an international expedition of cave scientists (speleologists) to survey and map the deepest previously unexplored vertical caves in the southern hemisphere. In addition to the regular HFpack schedule at 1630z and 2230zC on 18157.5 kHz, the expedition will use the following schedule:
Daily at 0030z on 18157.5 kHz USB
Daily at 0030z on 18158.2 kHz CW
Daily at 0100z on 7087.5 LSB
Daily at 0100z on 7087.0 kHz CW
QSY frequency for CW will be 18095.0 kHz; 21437.5 kHz USB as needed;
10117.5 kHz CW as needed.
The Cave Expedition Peru 2004 will operate on HF using a 20W transmitter and battery power charged by solar. Transmitting time will be somewhat limited. To conserve battery power during cloudy days, OA9/KQ6XA will not call CQ, but instead will just listen for calls on schedule and respond to them directly. Radio operators around the world are invited to QSO with OA9/KQ6XA; please call at the above scheduled times and frequencies on SSB or CW. Listen for response in CW or SSB. QSL via KQ6XA by e-QSL.
Berkin, TA3J, will operate from different locations in Austria, and sign OE(?)/TA3J between July 21-23rd. Look for activity on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6 and 2 meters (including the WARC bands), on SSB and FM. QSL via his home callsign, direct (only SASE and 1 IRC, no green stamps please) or by the bureau. SWL QSL cards are OK.
OH0, ALAND ISLANDS
Operators OH1JT, OH3WW, OH4JFN and OH5DX will be active as OH0Z during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via OH5DX (ex-OH1EH).
OH0 & OJ0, ALAND ISLANDS AND MARKET REEF (AND PARTY @ SEA)
This press release was sent out early last week by Jarmo, OH2BN, for Martti, OH2BH. However, activity will be coming to an end by the time you read this (expected Monday) in spite of a delay in landing on OJ0 due to bad weather. Martti, OH2BH, stated that the landing on Market Reef was under very difficult conditions. Getting all the team members and their equipment onto the reef using a dinghy took some three hours. OPDX felt that the earlier press release was interesting and should be published anyway. The following is from Martti, OH2BH:
"It was early July, thirty-five years ago when a party was heading to Market Reef aboard a large sailing yacht to put OJ0DX on the air for a first major activity from that barren rock, located at open sea between Finland and Sweden, west of Aland Islands (60º 05' 45" North & 19º 54' 40" East). Lars, OH0RJ, one of the members of the original party, has now invited the original team with their friends to share the spirit of the initial discovery of Market Reef, to sail again toward the open sea and find the low lying reef. But now more in style. The 160 ft. schooner Linden (http://www.linden.aland.fi), a replica of the ocean-going ships used 100 years ago, will set sail on Tuesday, June 29 and journey to Market Reef. The callsigns at sea will be OH0S/M and OJ0J/MM and a Zodiac landing can be expected, depending on the seas, during the nightless night of these northern latitudes, just into the next day UTC. Playing on board will be the Seven Seas DX Orchestra, featuring a piece entitled "Untuned Guitars", specially composed for this outing. The total party of thirty (30) includes: OH0NA (original OJ0MA), OH1XX, OH0RJ, OH0XX, OH1MA, OH1NM, OH1NOR, OH1RX, OH1TV, OH1TX, OH2BAA, OH2BAD, OH2BC, OH2BR, OH2KH, OH2MM, OH2PM, OH2QV, OH2TA, OH2WC, OH3UU, OH4NS, OH5NE, OH5NQ, ES1AR and OH2BH & OH2KK, the initial discoverers of Market Reef. A tribute will be paid to those early members of the OJ0DX team - OH1NK, OH1SY and OH0NI - who are no longer sailing these waters. All Silent Keys. While Aland Islands are celebrating this year the 20th anniversary of the first release of their own postal stamps
OJ0, MARKET REEF
Seppo, OH1VR/OJ0VR, is leading an international team to Market Reef for the IARU Contest and will be active as OJ0U during the contest. Team members include: OH2KI/Jorma, OJ0RJ/Lasse, KX7M/Denny, W6NV/Oliver and DL8YHR/Frank. Antenna work and initial operations are scheduled to begin on July 8th. Home callsigns signing portable OJ0 may be used before the contest. DL8YHR will activate VHF bands.
OK, CZECH REPUBLIC
Berkin, TA3J, will operate from different locations in the Czech Republic, and sign OK(?)/TA3J between July 23-25th. Look for activity on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6 and 2 meters (including the WARC bands), on SSB and FM. QSL via his home callsign, direct (only SASE and 1 IRC, no green stamps please) or by the bureau. SWL QSL cards are OK.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL Manager Update: June 2004
GM3WOJ, GM4YXI, 9M2/GM4YXI, GS2MP, ZL1CT and ZL1V via N3SL GM4AFF, GM7V and GZ7V via M0CMK
QSLs for the CT9P and CT9X operations will not be printed until after the trip is complete. The QSL Manager for both callsigns is Kim Larson, daughter of N3SL, via N3SL's CBA. QSL direct with SASE or SAE and IRC/USD. Bureau cards are OK, but are shipped out only quarterly. The logs will also be uploaded into the LoTW by N3SL as soon as they are received.
QSL HK3JJH/0A direct only to HK3JJH. Petro, HK3JJH, was active over the past weekend from NA-132 (Bajo Nuevo and Serranilla Bank Cays). Remember, this operation will only count for DXCC as San Andres.
Look for Igor, RN3OA, to be active as S79OA from the Island of Mahe (AF-024), August 16-31st. He may also activate the Island of Alphonse (AF-033).
The following was taken from the DX-List E-Mail Reflector: "One of the best-known names in cinematic as well as Amateur Radio circles, actor Marlon Brando, died in Los Angeles July 1 at age 80. Known to hams worldwide as KE6PZH and FO5GJ, Brando is listed on the FCC database as Martin Brandeaux. He was on the air occasionally through the years with his FO5 callsign from his private island in French Polynesia. In an interview with Larry King on CNN in 1994, Brando confirmed his continued interest in Amateur Radio. In response to a caller's question, he said ham radio provided him with the opportunity to just be himself. The iconoclastic actor was best known for his roles as Stanley Kowalski in 'A Streetcar Named Desire,' a dockworker in 'On the Waterfront,' and Vito Corleone in 'The Godfather.' He was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won twice."
SJ9WL AND LG5LG, MOROKULIEN STATION (Update/Clarification/Correction)
Last week OPDX was misinformed about the station at Morokulien and thanks to Osten, SM5DQC, a clarification/correction was provided. It seems that Morokulien is not a republic as mentioned last week (MOROKULEN PEACE REPUBLIC). However, there is a peace monument there; it was named in a sort of show radio-program in the fifties -- "moro" in Norwegian means fun and "kul" in Swedish also means fun. The ARIM (Amateur Radio In Morokulien) is an association which maintains and runs the amateur radio station in Morokulien. According to their Web page, ARIM has a management of 3 Swedish and 3 Norwegian radio amateurs. The main task of ARIM is to provide courses that give handicapped people radio amateur lisenses. The radio shack can be rented by worldwide radio amateurs, and it is very popular because of its very attractive callsigns, the Norwegian LG5LG and the Swedish SJ9WL. The location of the amateur station is also unique, because this is probably the only amateur station worldwide which is operating from the borderline between two countries. The shack is made useable for handicapped people. The income from rental activities are used to help Norwegian and Swedish handicapped to get amateur lisense. The QSL Manager is John, SM5DJZ, for both callsigns. LG5LG will count as Norway and SJ9WL will count as Sweden towards DXCC. Please visit their interesting Web site (with pictures and history) at:
TX/C, CHESTERFIELD ISLAND
Chris, DL5NAM, informs OPDX and the Northern Ohio DX Association (NODXA) that with the great access of their last DXpedition (to the Sudan as ST0RY), the team has annnounced their next project will be to activate Chesterfield Island in October of this year. Activity will be on all bands 160-6 meters, CW, SSB and RTTY. He states that the flight tickets and vessel are booked; callsign is in hand. The operators mentioned are: Chris/DL5NAM, Jan/DJ8NK, Hawa/DK9KX, Dieter/DJ9ON, Dieter/DL3KDV and Heye/DJ9RR. They are still looking for one more operator. This DXpedition will not be cheap (est. budget is 45,000-50,000 USD), so they are looking for funds. For any questions, please feel free to contact Chris, DL5NAM, at:
V26, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
An early announcement reports that a number of operators (to be announced) will be active as V26DX during the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Multi-?/Low Power entry. QSL via KU9C.
VK9L, LORD HOWE ISLAND (News Release Update #2)
Bill Horner, VK4FW, sent OPDX the following release on the upcoming operation to Lord Howe Island to take place October 9-23rd: "All accommodation is finalized along with plane flights. We arrive on October 9th at approx 14.45 local time. By the time we get checked in and gather all the equipment, it will be getting close to darkness; however, we hope to have one station on air very quickly followed soon after by a second. The rest will be installed when daylight breaks.
Because of severe weight restrictions we have to boat freight most of
the equipment over next month. DONATIONS to help offset this cost would
gladly be appreciated and can be sent direct to Oceania Amateur Radio Dx
Group Inc, PO Box 513, Nambour, 4560, Australia.
The operators that are absolute confirmed starters are:
YLs --- Vicki/VK2IVK - Operates SSB. She was part of the VK9CT team in 1996. Elvira/IV3FSG - Operates SSB and specializes in RTTY. She was part of the VK9WM/VK9WY team in 1997 and has also done many other operations throughout European areas. OMs --- Eric/VK4NEF - Operates SSB. He is a keen contester who is no stranger to working pile ups. Mike/VK3SU - Operates SSB. He has been dxing for many years and will get to be on the other side of the pile up. Carlo/IK6CAC - Operates SSB, CW & RTTY. He is a very dedicated operator who knows how to work pile ups. He has operated from many places throughout European areas. Bill/VK4FW - Operates SSB & CW. He is no stranger to thinning out pile ups.It is very unfortunate that George, VK6NKG, has been forced to pull out of this trip due to unforeseen business commitments. This leaves us with 2 vacancies at the time of this release. We require 1 more YL op and 1 OM. If this interests you please E-mail me direct at: email@example.com We will endeavor to operate with 4 stations on HF and 6m bands. The following frequencies will be covered:
Lord Howe Island is ranked at 65 on the wanted list from the greater European area. We will make sure that the EU areas get a good shot at getting us in the log. We again ask you to be so kind as to send a donation today.... Bill, VK4FW" Any questions or suggestions please send them to:
Special event station YR500S in Suceava county is active during July to commemoration the 500th anniversary of the death of Moldavian King Stefan the Great. QSL via YO8KGA. For more information, please visit the Web page at:
ZK1, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS
Victor, ZK1CG, will be using the ZK1USA callsign as his callsign for the month of July. QSL to the address in any callbook or (QRZ.com).
ZL, NEW ZEALAND
During the IARU HF Championship, look for the new contest callsign ZL1V to be on the air for the first time during the contest on July 10-11th. Activity will take place from the ZL6QH contest station. QSL ZL1V via N3SL.
ZL, NEW ZEALAND (ZL 160m Change)
Greg, ZL3IX, announced on the Top-Band Reflector this week that after a successful remit to their national body (NZART), the standard Region 3 bandplan for 160m has also been adopted for ZL - ie narrow band only modes from 1.800 to 1.840 MHz, other modes from 1.840 to 1.950 MHz.
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