The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 728
September 26, 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, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K8YSE, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, EA5RM, EA7EUF, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK4RUX, IZ8EDJ, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, RA4HT, SM6DER, VA3RJ & ICPO, and ZL3JT for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 18th-September, through Sunday, 25th-September there were 219 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E3, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PY0S, PZ, R1FJ, S0, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZC4, ZD7, ZD9, 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).
5H2, TANAZANIA (Attention Prefix Hunters)
Operators Javi/EA5KM and Toni/EA5RM will be working on a "Radioamateurs Without Frontiers" (Radioaficionados Sin Fronteras) NGO's (Non-Government Organization) project, in Tanzania between October 22-31st. The announcement states, "Please do not expect a lot of activity on the bands during the first days, probably any, because they will be working on the installation of two HF stations solar powered to a couple of medical dispensaries located in a remote part of northern Tanzania." Activity will be during their free time on 80 meters CW, and 40-10 meters CW, SSB, and digital using the callsign 5H2AG. Also, they plan to take part in the CQWW SSB Contest. Since the prefix 5H2 has not been used too much on the air, it will be of interest for prefix hunters. A online log will be available on their Web page at:
Look for members of the "Union Francaise des Telegraphistes", Benoit, F8PDR, to be active from South Senegal as 6W7/homecall or possibly a 6W7xx callsign between October 10-19th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, with an emphasis on 80/40/30 meters and mainly on CW. QSL via the French REF Bureau or direct (SAE + 1 IRC or 2 USD) to: Benoit LE BOURGEOIS, ROUTE DE CHEVRY, F50420 TESSY/VIRE, FRANCE.
Jun, JH4RHF/OE1ZKC, will be active from here until October 2nd. He should be on the air by the time you read this as 7P8/JH4RHF and not 7P8RH as first reported (See OPDX.725). This will be a one man effort, and he hopes to be active as much as possible. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, SSB, CW and RTTY (probably more CW/RTTY than SSB); SSTV on request(?). Jun may stay on the low bands longer due to the propagation. QSL via OE1ZKC.
9M2, WEST MALAYSIA
Champ, E21EIC, will be active as 9M2/E21EIC for the CQ WW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th). His operating class is currently undetermined. QSL via E21EIC.
The same Clipperton DX Club team that activated A52FH in 2000 and A52CDX in 2004, will once again return to Bhutan from November 18th to December 3rd. Operators mentioned are: Gerard/F2VX, Jean-Louis/F9DK, Vincent/G0LMX and Alain/F5LMJ. They will be at the Ham center in Thimphu from November 18-29th, and then try to be active from Bunthang and Paro Valley. This is not a DXpedition but a "ham radio project" to promote the growth of amateur radio in Bhutan. To continue their project with the Bhutan Telcom Authority, they will donate one or two radios that would be used to create new radio clubs in eastern Bhutan. The QSL info will be the same as the 2004 operation, via F9DK. QSL direct or by the bureau is "OK".
AO7, SPAIN (Special Event)
John Flynn, EA7EUF, Secretary URE Huelva, informs OPDX that members of the local section of URE in Huelva have organized a special event. They will activate the special callsign AO7URE during an all day event from Doņana National Park, Huelva, Spain, to commemorate the birth, for the first-time in captivity, of 3 Lynx kittens and also as part of the II Diploma Especies de Doņana in support of the Iberian LYNX, a feline in danger of extinction. Operations will start at 0700z on October 2nd. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters using SSB only. A special QSL card will be issued for 1 confirmed contact via the bureau or direct to URE Huelva, P.O.Box 259, 21080-Huelva, Spain, with 1 IRC (Europe) or 2 IRC (Non-Europe). More information about the Diploma can be found at the following URLs at:
Mike, VE6AO, can sometimes be found on 20 meters SSB signing with the special callsign CK6AO to celebrate Alberta's 100th anniversary. QSL via VE6AO.
FY, FRENCH GUIANA
Operators F5MZN, F6FGZ, F5HRY, F1HAR, FY5FY, F5LND and I4UFH will be active as FY5KE during the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via FY5KE.
AF-NEW. (UPDATE) Just a reminder to look for a group of SU and I operators who are expected to be on the air from Giftun Island this week. The operators mentioned are: SU1ER, SU1KM, SU1KA, IZ8BQE, IK6CAC, IZ8CCW, I8LWL and IK8VRH. The callsign to be used from this new IOTA will be SU8GFTN (not SU8GFT as previously announced). QSL SU8GFTN via IZ8CCW. Their Web site for this operation can be found at:
AS-046. Enno, 9V1CW (PF5X), will be active as 9M2/PF5X from Sibu Island, October 8-10th. His activity will be holiday style, mainly during his local evening hours. QSL via PA0KHS.
AS-058. Enno, 9V1CW (PF5X), will be active as 9M2/PF5X from Langkawi Island, October 29th through November 5th. His activity will be holiday style, mainly during his local evening hours. QSL via PA0KHS.
EU-083. Operators Vanni/IK4RUX, Frank/IK4GLV and Sergio/IK4JPR are/were expected to activate Tinetto Island (Italian Island Award IIA SP-003) this past weekend. Activity will be on 40-10 meters CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the bureau.
EU-093. Just to reminder, look for members of the Costa Blanca Cultural ARC to be active from Tabarca Island (WLOTA: LH-1779 [Most Wanted] and ARLHS: SPA-136), October 1-2nd. The callsigns to be used are: ED5TII (Tabaeca Island) and ED5TIF (Tabarca lighthouse). QSL via EA5FHK.
OC-NEW. Operators Nando/IT9YRE (T32Y), Claudio/I1SNW (T32SNW) and Alfio/IT9EJW (T32EJW) will be active from Flint Island (a new IOTA) between September 28th and October 15th. If they are unable to land on Flint Island, they will move on to Vostok Island in the same island group. They will actiavte a second new IOTA named Caroline Island (aka Millennium Island). Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL all three calls via IT9YRE (QRZ.com).
OC-119. Wayne, K9YNF, will be active as K9YNF/KH6 from Kauai Island (USI HI-003S, Kauai County, Hawaii) between now and October 1st. Look for him on SSB on the usual IOTA frequencies on 20/17/12/10 meters. QSL via K9YNF, direct with SASE or SAE with large IRCs.
The "Strange Radio Team" will participate in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as IR8C as a Multi/Single entry. The operators mentioned are: IK8WCQ, IK8WEJ, IK8YTG, IW8EQS, IZ0BTV, IZ7DOK, IZ8EDJ, IZ8EQF and IZ8EZP. QSL via IZ8EDJ. The "Strange Radio Team's" Web is at:
KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
John, K3MD, will be active as KP2/K3MD during the CQ WW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via K3MD. John will be a portable operation from the north shore of St. John's for a few days before the contest using wire a vertical and 500W. Activity will be on 80-10 meters.
KH7, KURE ISLAND
After being behind schedule in getting on the air due to the challenges of unloading equipment because of heavy seas, the K7C team is on the air! However, they are having difficulties with their ISP over the operation of the DXA Web page. The K7C Web page on Sunday, states:
"We have slimmed down DXA to focus only on the logging functions due to excessive server loads. After talking a few hours to sleep and catch their breath this morning, K7C will be back on the air around 2000-2100z. We will be adding the lost QSOs to the DXA log. PLEASE REST ASSURED that if your contact was confirmed by a K7C operator over the air, and it currently doesn't show up on DXA, it is in the log and it will appear on DXA in the near future after we have resolved these issues. Thanks so much for all the wonderful emails of support we have been receiving."
As this was being written, it seems K7C has been active on 30/17 meters CW and 20 meters CW/SSB. From their Web site, the following are a selected set of primary operating frequencies. They are selected to avoid conflict with other possible operations and to be on or near the standard frequencies used by major DXpeditions. The following is indicative of these frequencies, but is only provisional. THIS LIST IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE. They will make every effort to avoid interfering with emergency communications related to the hurricane disaster on the gulf coast. Please work with them to adapt to the location conditions, and advise them if they are in conflict with emergency service communications.
CW - 1826.5, 3522, 7022, 10106, 14022, 18072, 21022, 24892 and 28022 kHz
SSB - 3795, 7095, 14195, 18145, 21295, 24945 and 28475 kHz
RTTY - 7035, 10135, 18105, 21085 and 28085 kHz
6 Meter - 50106 kHz CW/SSB
The K7C Web site: http://www.cordell.org/htdocs/KURE/
The DXA Web site: http://www.cordell.org/DXA
Operators John/GM6LYJ and Andy/GM4JR will activate Southerness Lighthouse during three weekends in October. John has given an advance notification of an intent to use the 80/40 meter bands on October 23rd. They have obtained the callsign GB4SLH for this activity event. The WAB square will be NX95. They intend to try and opperate during the weekend before the 23rd, and the weekend after, giving 3 weekends in the total work this lighthouse. Operations are also expected to be on all HF bands from 160-10 meters (except 30m) and on 2m and 70cm. QSL Manager was not mentioned.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
OPDX has been informed that Joseph, ex-(4K6GF, UD6GF, UD6DLJ, 4K500GF, 4K70GF and 4KA6GF) has now moved (with his family) to Russia. His new callsign is RD4HF, and his mail address is now: Joseph S. Raihshtain, P.O.Box 12466, Samara 443084, Russia. He still has all the logs and blank QSLs for all his previous callsigns.
QSL 7L3ATQ/1 via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. Activity was from Shikine Island (IOTA AS-008 and JIIA AS-008-011), JA1 North Izu.
QSL OD5NJ via direct, or EA5BYP or I1HJT. Activity was during this past weekend's CQ Worldwide DX, RTTY Contest.
QSL SF50A via W3HNK. This special callsign was activated during the SAC SSB Contest this past weekend from IOTA EU-037.
INTERESTING LOTW NOTE (Update). In last week's OPDX.727, we mentioned that Brian, K3KO, recently downloaded a file containing all callsigns listed in the "Logbook of The World" (LOTW), and ran it through WIN-EQF to find out the number of countries that were available and missing in the LoTW. He reported that there were 273 countries presently within the LoTW. Since then, OPDX readers have provided updates to this list and the count now is 281. The following countries are not available: 1A, 3CO, 3D2/C, 3XA, 3Y/B, 3Y/P, 4U1UN, 5A, 5N, 7O, 7P, 7X, 9J, 9Q, 9U, C31, C9, E3, EK, EP, EZ, FO/M, FR/G, HK0/MALPELLO, HV, J5, KH5, KH5K, KH7K, KP1, KP5, OD, R1F, ST, SU, T9, TL, TN, TT, VK0/M, VK9L, VP8/SO, VU4, VU7, XF4, YK, Z3, ZK3, ZL8, and ZL9.
Stephan, DK3TNA, will be active as SV9/DK3TNA from September 30th to October 12th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign, by the bureau (preferred) or direct (QRZ.com).
TO5 & TX5, REUNION ISLAND AND MAYOTTE (Update to OPDX.726)
Serge, F6AML, is scheduled to be active as TO5R from Reunion Island, September 27th through October 23rd. During his short trip to Mayotte, from October 10-14th, he will be active as TX5M. Activity will be on 40-10 meters CW/SSB. See OPDX.726 for suggested frequencies. QSL both operations via F6AML, either direct or via the French REF-Bureau.
TO5, GUADELOUPE (IOTA Op)
Operators Jacques/F1BCS, Jean-Marc/F1HDI, Gilles/F5JBE, Patrick/F6CMH, Olivier/F6EIE, Daniel/F6EPD, Irenee/F6GAL and Yves/F6JMV will be active as TO5S from Les Saintes Island (NA-114), November 2-10th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, CW, SSB, SSTV and PSK31. QSL via F1BCS: Jacques Salomon, 15 rue de La Garenne, F-94440 - Villecresnes, France.
Ned, AA7A, plans to be active on 6 meters as part of the TZ5A VooDoo Contest Group CQWW DX CW Contest operations between November 25-29th. He will use the TZ5A callsign on 6 meters. QSL via G3SXW, direct or bureau.
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