The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 712
June 6, 2005
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, NC1L, KA2RTD, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4VA, K8YSE, AK0M, W0NB, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, F8BBL, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, PA0KHS, PY5EG, VA3RJ & ICPO, VA7DP, VK4AAR and XE1KK for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 29th/May, through Sunday, 5th/June there were 206 countries active. Countries available: 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FW, G, GD, GI, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J5, J6, J8, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV9, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TI9, TK, TR, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, 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).
4U1UN, UNITED NATIONS HQ
Mohamed, KA2RTD, Station Manager/4U1UN, informed OPDX on June 2nd that the "activation of the UN HQ station, 4U1UN, has been planned for Sunday, 5th June, with W1CX and KT1J as operators. Primary mode will be RTTY and PSK with possible SSB operation on 60M. The operation is, as always, subject to availability of the station." Hope you were able to catch them on the air (especially on 60 meters!). QSL via HB9BOU, as usual. NEWS FLASH (June 5th)... Just before going to print, 4U1UN was heard active on 20/17 meters RTTY and 6 meters. 4U1UN was expected to be on 60 meters at 2000z.
John, KB4CRT, will be active as 6Y5/KB4CRT from June 10-16th. Activity will be on 80-2 meters. Reports also indicate he will be in the VHF Contest. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
Steven/KN5H and Art/N3DXX will be active as 6Y5/KH5H in the CQ WW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Multi-2/High-Power entry. QSL via KN5H.
M'hamed, CN8NK, reports that he will participate in the "His Majesty King of Spain SSB Contest" (June 25-26th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band entry. His QSL Manager is EA5XX.
CY9, ST. PAUL ISLAND
Just a reminder that the St. Paul Island DXpedition is scheduled to start June 7th and last until July 7th. Their callsign will be CY9SS. The list of operators include: Robert/VY2RO, Chip/W1AIM, Doug/N6TQS, Alan/VE1AWP, Bill/VY2LI, Robby/VY2SS, Doug/VE1PZ, Charlie/N1RR, Paul/N1BUG, Jon/N0JK, Donald/VE1CY, the Tooner/TO0NIE, David/KY1V, Lowell/ VY2OX, Steve/VE2TKH, Dave/VA2DV, Gerry/W1VE, Ken/VY2RU, Dale/AA5XE, Don/ VA7DJ, Mitch/VE6OH, Krassy/K1lZ and Don/VE1AOE. The team is planning activity for the following: 2m weak signal CW/SSB/RTTY/PSK on HF and CW/SSB/WSJT/M/S-EME on VHF. They will have 2 HF stations and 6 meter station on Europe 24/7 and a 6 meter station for NA/SA. QSL direct to VY2SS: Robby Robertson, RR#3, Oleary, PEI, Canada C0B 1V0. Also via e-QSL. The logs will be uploaded to LoTW. Visit the CY9SS Web page at:
CY0, SABLE ISLAND (Update)
This DXpedition was tentatively scheduled to last 7 days in July, but now the team has announced that they may be there as long as 10 days. This may change depending on the weather. Operators Joe/W8GEX, Wayne/K8LEE and Phil/W9IXX are expected to be active as CY0AA from Sable Island (NA-063) starting July 27th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters CW/SSB/PSK/RTTY. QSL via K8LEE: Wayne Mckenzie, 24815 Joy Lynn Rd., Lawrenceburg, IN 47025. The team has selected a QSL printer, the cards will be a double card (two sided with pictures). They are looking to send the cards out about 4-5 weeks after their trip is over, so be patient. Also, they will try to have the logs online during the operation, if not, they will be available after the trip. Check out their Web page for updates at:
DXCC YEARBOOK. Many have been reporting receiving their yearbook in the mail this past week. Your editor received his last Friday.
VU4 QSL PRESS RELEASE
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, sent out the following press release last week:
If you received a QSL card complete with all data (time, date, band, mode and callsign), there is no problem. If you have a QSL card with less than complete data (callsign only, missing time/date, etc.) we will need to see the card at HQ. This is usual procedure. Blank cards and cards missing information are always subject to inspection at HQ. Do not add the missing information. As always we strive to maintain the highest integrity possible in the DXCC program.
Ms. Prasad has graciously agreed to supply additional log information where necessary. If you have only an incomplete card, do not alter the card by filling in the missing information. Simply send us the card, and we will try to obtain the fill. If you expect a direct QSL, it would be easier on everyone involved if you would wait for the direct card.
Tom, N6RA, will be active as FP/N6RA from June 9-21st. He is expected to concentrate on 6 meters, looking particularly for the West Coast, Europe and the Middle East stations. It is suggested to look for him on 50.120 MHz (except during the ARRL VHF Contest, June 11-12th). Joe, K2VUI, will be joining Tom on June 9-14th and will operate as FP/K2VUI. His activity will be on 80-10 meters. QSL via their home callsigns.
FS & PJ7, ST. MARTIN AND ST. MAARTEN
By the time you read this, Ramon, XE1KK, should be active until June 8th from both French Saint Martin as FS/VE7RKK and Dutch St.Maarten as PJ7/VE7RKK on the AO-51 satellite on some orbits. He states that he will be using a Kenwood TH-D7A(G) and a Pryme AL-800 antenna (no Arrow Antenna this time). His Grid locator is FK88 and IOTA is NA-105. He has informed OPDX that he is on vacation with his YL and will not be on the HF bands. QSL via XE1KK only, direct or by the bureau. Ramon has activated the following entities in the past: XE, W, VE, FP, OX, TF, PA, LX, OH0, ES, KP4, KP2, TG9, TI5, HC, HC8 and KH6.
AS-117. Look for JA4NVY/4 to be active from Nino Island (JIIA AS-117-023) Hiroshima prefecture, June 6th. QSL via the home callsign. Also, visit the JIIA Award Web page at:
EU-101. Operators Juha/OH6OS, Toni/OH6TN and Pasi/OH6UM will be active as OH6M from Molpe Island, located in the Botnia Gulf, June 10-12th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via the bureau.
EU-120. Members of the Warrington Amateur Radio Club will be active as GB0SGI from St. Georges Island, June 13-17th. Activity will be on all bands. Operators mentioned are: Mike/G4VSS, Mike/M0ACK, John/M0ANM, Ron/G0WJX, Bill/G0PZP, Jim/G3NFB, Philip/G3TEX and Keith/G8MKO. QSL via G0WRS, by the bureau is preferred.
EU-159. Laurent/F8BBL (CW) and Jean Marc/F4ECL (SSB) will be active as TM7CI on Cordouan Island for 48 hours non stop between July 22-23rd. Activity will be QRP on 80-10 meters CW/SSB. Their equipment will be: FT817ND, W3FF Buddistick and dipoles. More info is forthcoming. QSL via F8BBL, 100% via the bureau or direct. Other reference numbers: DIFM AT-032, LH 271, ARLHS FRA007 and PB 018.
EU-159. Laurent/F8BBL (CW) and Jean Marc/F4ECL (SSB) will be active as homecall/QRP/P on Banc d'Arguin Island (DIFM AT-033) later this summer in August. Activity will be QRP on 80-10 meters CW/SSB. Their equipment will be: FT817ND, W3FF Buddistick and dipoles. More info is forthcoming. QSL via F8BBL, 100% via the bureau or direct.
EU-170. Gianfranco, I6GFX, and possibly others will activate a few Croatian islands in the EU-170 group as 9A/I6GFX between June 10-13th. Islands mentioned are: Ugljan (ACIA CIA-53, IOCA CI-134), Sestrunj (ACIA CIA-41, IOCA CI-104), Rivanj (ACIA CIA-40, IOCA CI-102), Jidula (IOCA CI-273) and Paranak Veli (IOCA CI-386). QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the bureau.
EU-172. Palle/OZ5MJ and Jakob/OZ7AEI will activate two islands and lighthouses on Sunday, June 12th. Operators will sign using their homecall/p. They plan to activate Lyoe Island (DIA FY-009) starting around 0900z and Avernakoe Island (DIA FY-010) starting around 1230z. On Avernakoe Island, they will activate the two lighthouses on the island (DEN-156 Munke/Avernakoe) and (DEN-157 Nakke odde). If WX is fine (no rain), they will use 2 stations, mainly on 20 and 40 meters SSB. More up-to-date info about the activity and their logs after the operation will be available at:
NA-055. Bill, N8PW, will be active as N8PW/1 from Mount Desert Island (USI ME-021S - Hancock County, Maine), June 13-18th. This will be a vacation style operation, as time permits. Activity will be on 40, 20 and 17 meters CW/SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
NA-112. Operators Kyle/W4KTF, Jim/KI4FVT and Sandra/KI4HVG will be active from Emerald Isle (USI NC-010S - Carteret County, North Carolina), June 12-19th. They will sign as homecall/p and be active on 40-6 meters SSB, with some 2 meters and 70 centimeters activity as well. QSL all callsigns via W4KTF.
OC-206. Operators Wally/VK6YS, Dan/VK8AN, Nigel/VK6KHD and possibly a 4th operator (TBA) will be active as VK6DHI from Dirk Hartog Island, August 20-23rd. Activity will be on 40/20/17/15/12/10 meters CW/SSB. QSL DIRECT to VK4AAR: Alan Roocroft, 376 Old Toowoomba Rd, Placid Hills 4343, Australia.
KH7K, KURE ATOLL (Update)
A multi-disciplinary expedition to Kure Atoll, the northernmost Hawaiian atoll, will be carried out between September 22th and October 9th (Operation between September 24th-October 9th). The expedition team is an international group of highly experienced radio amateurs and field scientists. They will activate Kure for radio amateurs worldwide, using the callsign K7C, and also implement an innovative satellite-internet system ("DXA") for real-time display of the expedition activities. In addition to the radio operations, the team will carry out a variety of projects in support of the wildlife sanctuary on Kure, including a study of invasive ants, documentation of shipwrecks, and collection of representative speciemens of marine organisms. Kure Atoll is the northernmost coral atoll in the world. It lies some 1958 km miles NW of Honolulu, which is the point of departure for the expedition. The voyage will take six days to reach Kure. The team will spend about two weeks on the atoll, and then return to Honolulu. The expedition team consists of the following:
Expedition Leader/DXA development - Robert Schmieder/KK6EK Co-organizer/Antennas - Garry Shaprio/NI6T Co-organizer/Satellite Link - Alan Maenchen/AD6E MESS (Medical, emergency, safety, sanitation) - Alan Eshleman, K6SRZ European operations - Franz Langer, DJ9ZB Equipment/Logistics - John Kennon, N7CQQ Radio Equipment - Mike Mraz, N6MZ - Ward Silver, N0AX Information - Ann Santos, WA1S Electrical Power - Charlie Spetenagel, W6KK Relay Stations - Steve Wright, VE7CT Onsite support Kure Onsite Naturalist - Cynthia Vanderlip Skipper, Machias - Bill Austin
QSL Manager is Tom Harrell, N4XP. QSL Route: K7C KURE DXPEDITION 2005, c/oK4TSJ, Box 1, Watkinsville, GA 30677. For more details, please visit the K7C Web page at:
KP1-5 PROJECT UPDATE
A press release by KP1-5 Project Committee was sent out last week stating that two Amateur Radio operators testified on Capitol Hill May 26th during an oversight hearing conducted by the House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans on the issue of access to the nation's wildlife refuges. The Amateur Radio operators advocated the reopening of Navassa (KP1 / IOTA NA-098) and Desecheo Island (KP5 / IOTA NA-095) to Amateur Radio use. Since the press release is very long, the complete announcement will be sent to all OPDX InterNet Subscribers as an additional bulletin.
John, KK9A, will be active as P40A during the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) and the CQ WW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL both operations via WD9DZV.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
Goran, YZ1SG, reports that the logs for 5Z4YT1CS (Nairobi) and 5Z4YT1CS/M (Lamu Island AF-040) operations are now available online at:
Graham, M5AAV, reports that effective immediately, he is now the QSL Manager for John, 9M6/G3OOK. QSL requests can be by the Bureau or direct to: Graham Ridgeway, 6,Pilgrim Street, Nelson, Lancashire, BB9 0JQ, England. Graham states that John is hopeful of getting a "proper" 9M6 callsign in the near future - when he does he (Graham) will be handling the QSLs.
Steve, AK0M, informs OPDX that cards were received from the printer in April for his February C6ASB operations and were of poor quality. The cards are being reprinted, but as of June 3rd, he has not yet received them. He hopes to have the cards by mid-to-late June, but he doesn't have a promise date from the printer yet. They are photo QSLs and should be nice cards. Steve states, "If you are in a hurry and have submitted a request already, you can send me an E-mail at my (QRZ.com) address for AK0M, and I will send you one of the cards from the original printing. My apologies to those who are still waiting."
Larry, N4VA, QSL Manager for Manju, S21AM, informs OPDX that the correct QSL route for the recent S21SHQ operation is: AMINUL KAWSER KHAN, Deputy National Commissinor, Bangladesh Scouts, PO BOX #5130, post code 1205, DHAKA, BANGLADESH. Larry does not have any logs for that station, and Manju, S21AM, states not to send QSL cards to him.
Authorities have granted Doug, VA7DP, to use the special callsign VA7YVET to commemorate the "YEAR OF THE VETERAN". The callsign is valid from June 4th (2005) to July 4th (2005). He will try to work as many bands as possible. QSL DIRECT ONLY w/sase or e-QSL (NO BUREAU).
To commemorate the 2000th anniversary of the Roman City of Nijmegen (Noviomagum), a special callsign, PA2000N (PA "two thousand" N) has been issued. The callsign will be used during the period of July 8-23rd. This includes a Multi/Multi entry in the IARU Contest. A crew of local hams will air the callsign as much as possible in the indicated period. A special QSL will be printed, and you can send your QSL via the Dutch QSL Bureau (R35) or direct to PA0KHS: Henk van Hensbergen, Smaragdstraat 53, NL-6534 WN, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
VK9C & VK9X, COCOS-KEELING AND CHRISTMAS ISLANDS
David, VK2CZ, will activate both of these islands on 2 meters EME using digital modes (no HF). Look for him as VK9CMO from Cocos-Keeling Island, August 18th to September 1st. Also, look for him as VK9XMO from Christmas Island, September 1-22nd. QSL via VK7MO direct. Visit the following Web page for more info at:
WRTC 2006 UPDATE
Oms, PY5EG, informs that they are pleased to announce the "TEAMS SELECTION CRITERIA" for the next WTRC which will be held in July 2006. Please visit the following Web pages for complete details:
Wim, XU7TZG, was heard this past week on 15/20 meters SSB between 0730-1600z. QSL via ON4AJV.
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KP1-5 PROJECT UPDATE. A press release by KP1-5 Project Committee was sent out stating the following: Contact: Brad Farrell K4RT (202) 623-5713 www.kp1-5.com www.fairaccess.us WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Two Amateur Radio operators testified on Capitol Hill May 26 during an oversight hearing conducted by the House Subcommittee on Fisheries, Conservation, Wildlife and Oceans on the issue of access to the nation’s wildlife refuges. The Amateur Radio operators advocated the reopening of Navassa (KP1 / IOTA NA-098) and Desecheo Island (KP5 / IOTA NA-095) to Amateur Radio use. Navassa and Desecheo islands, which represent two DXCC entities, two IOTA entities, and two contest multipliers, are national wildlife refuges managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), have been closed to Amateur Radio and other lawful use for ten years despite many previous successful operations from these islands by hamradio operators. Unfortunately, the agency’s own records demonstrate that it turns a blind eye to unauthorized and illegal use of these refuges now that they are closed to the public. During testimony, well known Dxpeditioner Bob Allphin K4UEE, who has operated from a number of island DXCC entities that were then or are now national wildlife refuges emphasized the positive working relationships hams have developed with FWS personnel who manage the refuges in the Pacific Ocean. Allphin warned, however, that the FWS was rapidly closing the island refuges he had operated from, including Kingman Reef. “Not unexpectedly, this island, too, is now closed to the public,” Allphin said as he held up a print-out of the FWS web page for Kingman which stated that the refuge was closed. Allphin has also operated from Heard Island, South Sandwich and South Georgia. He testified “Other nations cooperate with U. S. amateur radio operators and allow access to their pristine, sensitive and important areas around the world, why is it that in the Caribbean region of the FWS we are continuously denied access to Desecheo and Navassa Island refuges?” Brad Farrell K4RT, who recently appealed the FWS’s denial of his request for special use permits for Amateur Radio on Navassa and Desecheo has obtained over a thousand pages of internal FWS documents and testified that the FWS decision to close Navassa and Desecheo are contradicted by the agency’s own internal reports. “The agency claims that Desecheo is dangerous because of unexploded bombs from the island’s bomb range days 60 years ago, and because of illegal aliens and drug smugglers,” Farrell said. “Yet, the agency fails to disclose to Amateur Radio operators or their Congressmen who inquire on their behalf that a government demolitions team in 2002 detonated bombs it characterized 2 The KP1-5 Project as ‘innocuous scrap’ or that no one has ever been threatened or harmed on Desecheo by anyone.” Farrell showed numerous images of FWS documents on overhead monitors in the hearing room during his testimony. “The Fish and Wildlife Service also fails to disclose that it considers Navassa’s ecology pristine or that the island serves as a campground for Haitian fishermen with the full knowledge of Fish and Wildlife personnel,” Farrell said. “Yet, Americans who seek to enter these refuges lawfully under stringent guidelines are banned from these islands.” The nation’s wildlife refuges are governed by the National Wildlife Refuge System Improvement Act of 1997 (16 U.S.C. §668dd et seq.) (NWRSIA). The statute requires that the Fish and Wildlife Service determine whether a particular use of refuge be the product of “sound professional judgment” and that the agency may bar use of a refuge if it materially interferes with the agency’s mission in the refuge or on the basis of safety factors. The statute also identifies six “priority” uses of refuges, i.e. hunting, fishing, wildlife observation and photography, and environmental education and interpretation However, Subcommittee chairman Wayne Gilchrest (R.-Md.) has stated that despite the six priority activities established under the 1997 statute, they are “not exclusive, wildlife dependent recreational uses.” Farrell added that the legislative history of the 1997 law, e.g. the remarks made by Congressmen during floor debate and in committee meetings clearly demonstrates that the six wildlife recreational uses mentioned in the statute are not exclusive. “This bill neither mandates nor prohibits such nonwildlife-dependent activities such as grazing, jet skiing, or oil and gas development,” Farrell said, quoting the remarks of Congressman Don Young of Alaska, the House sponsor of the statute, made in 1997. During National Wildlife Refuge System director William Hartwig’s testimony he did not deny that Navassa was a campground for fishermen or that his agency had misrepresented the truth to Amateur Radio operators or Congressmen. Hartwig did testify that unexploded bombs were still present on Desecheo and therefore dangerous. “Until the Department of Defense cleans up Desecheo,” Hartwig said “the island should remain closed to the public.” Hartwig did not explain why the Fish and Wildlife Service allowed Amateur Radio operators to go to Desecheo for many years and then abruptly ended access in 1993. “Were more bombs dropped?” asked Farrell rhetorically; “I don’t think so.” Allphin and Farrell are both volunteers with the KP1-5 Project and spoke on behalf of the KP1-5 Project’s parent organization Fair Access to Island Refuges, (F.A.I.R.). These volunteers are attempting to change the situation through legislation in Congress, H.R. 1183, and federal court review of the FWS’s denial of applications for permits for Amateur Radio use of the Navassa and Desecheo refuges.