The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 738
December 5, 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, K2FF, K2PF, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5WW, K8JE, K8YSE, W0YG, WDØM, 9V1YC, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, EA4ATI, F5NQL & UFT, F6AJA & LNDX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, LU6EF, OH2BN, OK1DOT, OK1FUA, PY7RP, UA4WHX, VA3RJ & ICPO and Low Land DX-pedition Team for the following DX information.
SPECIAL NOTE FROM EDITOR (Tedd, KB8NW)
Just as I was finishing this week's issue, I received a phone call from my step-mother informing me that things turned worse for my Dad. I will be heading west ASAP, so there will probabaly be no OPDX until further notice. Thanks for understanding.
"I dedicate this issue to by Dad. I hope I made him proud, as his son as I was proud of him as a father. I will miss him when he leaves, but I know he will be with my mother."
* 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).
4X411, ISRAEL (Intertesting Item Of The Week!)
The "Holyland DX Group" will operate as 4X411A on December 23-24th from the "Lowest Dry Point" on the Globe. From minus (-) 411 meters Below Sea Level in the middle of the Dead Sea, operators will use the special callsign and run two complete stations with one power amplifier on 80-10 meters, on CW and SSB starting at 0700z Friday, December 23rd. The group had/has received special permission from the Dead Sea Works Factory. Operators mentioned are: Shalom/4Z4BS, Mark/4Z4KX, Ros/4Z5LA, Ruben/4Z5FI, Ilya/4Z1UF and Jan/4X1VF. QSL via 4Z4BS. Visit Web page at:
Dani, EA4ATI, is back in Africa again, this time in Dakar, Senegal. He informs OPDX that he received the licence 6W/EA4ATI and also mentioned that he will be on the air for the next ARRL 10m Contest as 6W1EA. Dani states that he will be here until June-July (he is working there now). We asked him what bands he would be on and he replied stating, "For now I have a three element yagi beam antenna for 10-15-20, but soon I will set up the dipoles for the other bands (40-80-160 and WARC bands)." QSL via direct to his home callsign EA4ATI.
Tibi, HA7TM, will be active as 6W/HA7TM from the QTH of 6W7RV located in Le Caola, Senegal, December 15-22nd. Activity will be HF, mainly CW and SSB, possibly RTTY. QSL via home call, direct or by the bureau.
C9, MOZAMBIQUE (Update/Looking For Operators)
Frosty, K5LBU, reports that so far there are 3 operators going with him to Mozambique in July 2006. They plan on arriving in Maputo, Mozambique, on June 29th and depart on July 13th. They plan on having 2 complete stations set up and running the whole time. One for CW and one for SSB. They will also have a station set up for RTTY and PSK. They are planning to be active in the IARU Contest the weekend of July 8-9th with one CW and one SSB station. Frosty mentions that he just returned from Mozambique and Swaziland on November 26th after looking at a very good site at Praia do Bilene which is on the coast about 80 miles north of Maputo.
He states that they will have the stations set up in a cabin that has 3 rooms so they can put the CW and PSK/RTTY station in one and the SSB in the other. They will also have 2 trailer mounted towers set up along with the 72 foot vertical for 160-80 meters which also works on 30 meters quite well. There will be four 40 meters sloping dipoles on each tower that work very well also. Daniel, ZS6JR, is also planning to set up an EME station so they can also try that mode. Frosty states, "So are there any more that would like to join us and make this trip? We will have at least two more 2 bed room cabins and can get a third if more operators join with us." If interested in joining their team, please contact Frosty via E-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org
CE0Z, JUAN FERNANDEZ
On their way to the Peter I Island DXpedition (3Y0X), Gerard/F2JD will team up with Pedro/CE3BFZ and probably some other operators and will be active from Juan Fernandez between January 20-26th.
FT5XO KERGUELEN ISLAND VIDEO IS OUT!
James, 9V1YC, informed OPDX this past week that the FT5XO Kerguelen DVD is finished and is now available at the following Web page at:
HS0 & XU7, THAILAND AND CAMBODIA
By the time you read this, Pete, SM5GMZ, should be back in Thailand again and be active as HS0ZFI until December 31st. His activity will be limited due to work, but he will operate during his spare time. Operations will be on CW, SSB, PSK31 and RTTY, probably on all permitted bands. Also, look for Pete to be active as XU7ADI for at least two months starting January 6th. Activity will be on on all bands and 6 meters. Modes should be the same.
AS-013. Roberto, IW1RIH, will be active as 8Q7IH from Rannalhi Island, The Maldives, December 5-12th. He states, "The Maldives are certainly not the 'Most wanted' on HF, but I think nobody has been on the air from Rannalhi Island, so far and though, I will be so happy to do it." QSL via IW1RIH. Rannalhi Island is located 35 km, away from Male' in the South Male' Atoll, 45 minutes by speedboat. It is now a popular diving destination with a beautiful house reef around the Island.
AS-117. Look for Kenji, JA4GXS, to be active as homecall/4 from Yashiro Island (JIIA AS-117-118) in the JA4 Yamaguchi Pref Honshu's Coastal Islands Group, December 24th. Activity will be on 40/30/20/15 meters CW/SSB (IOTA frequencies). QSL to his home callsign, by the bureau or direct to: Kenji Sasaki, 2-15 Ishikannon-cyo, Yamaguchi-City, 753-0038 JAPAN.
AS-117. Operators JI2ZLM and JF0BPT will be active as homecall/2 from Shino Island (JIIA AS-117-008) in the JA2 Aichi Pref Honshu's Coastal Islands Group, January 2-3rd. QSL to their home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
AS-117. OPERATION POSTPONED! Operators Joel/F5PAC/4S7PAG and Mario/ HB9BRM/4S7BRG were scheduled to activate Barberyn Island for December 3-4th but had to cancel. They have the licence in hand but not the permision to go to the island. They are trying to get the permision to go there for an activity on December 10-11th. Their website is:
EU-113. (IOTA Number Corrected) Steve/G4EDG and Jeff/G4ELZ will be signing /SV8 from a hilltop location on Kithira Island, December 4-11th. Activity will be CW only with two stations. They will be using a FT100 and a FT817 into G3HCT vertical and modified dipoles, running 100 watts output. QSL via G4ELZ.
NA-057. Operators Eugene/K0IEX, Vladimir/N0STL and Ron/N0AT will be active from Utila Island, Honduras, during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 18-19th) as a Multi-Single entry. Contest callsign is yet to be determine, QSL via W0JAR. Operators outside of the contest will sign HR9/K0IEX, HR9/N0STL and HR9/N0AT.
NA-135. Members of the Radio Club Cancun will be active as XF3NN from Carmen Island. December 16-18th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters SSB and RTTY, with some PSK31 and Satellite. QSL via N6AWD.
OC-215. Operator Adhi/YC3MM and possibly others (YB5BO, YC5JAU and YD5NGQ were mentioned) will be active this week from Siberut Island, December 6-9th. The group hopes to be active as YE5M (the requested callsign). They plan to have two stations on the air with operations on 20/17/15 meters SSB and the digital modes. For Asia, QSL via YB9BU (PLEASE NOTE: Use only new IRCs, and not "green stamps"). For the rest of the world, QSL via IZ8CCW. Inquiries can be sent to: email@example.com
SA-092. As part of the Low Land DX-pedition Team's (LLDXT) Surinam activity, the team was able to arrange transportation and permission to land on the rare IOTA island “Papegaaien eiland” (Parrot Island) this past weekend. This was the second time that SA-092 was activated. The callsign was PZ5C/P. The team members were Rob/PA2R, Ronald/PA3EWP and Ramon/PZ5RA. The team was advised to leave the island before sunset, so they were only active between 10002000z. The QSL Manager is PA7FM. Logs are posted on the LLDXT Web page at:
KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS
Hide, JM1LJS, plans to be active as KH2VL/KH0 from Saipan (OC-086), Northern Mariana Islands, December 22-25th. QSL via JM1LJS (QRZ.com). Visit it his Web page with an online log search at:
LR50, ARGENTINA (Special Event)
Look for special event station, LR50U, to be on the air during the month of December from the La Pampa Province, about 700 Km west of Buenos Aires City. Activity is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first operation from the Argentine station on South Sandwich Island. Members of the Radio Club Pampeano will celebrate this event during the whole month and between December 7th and 12th, three operators (LU1DZ, LU7EE and LW2DX) from the Grupo Argentino de Radiotelegrafia (GACW) will join the locals. The modes will be mainly CW and SSB. Details and useful information regarding this event are available on the GACW Web site at:
OJ0B AND OJ0J NOW QRT
The Market Reef DXpdition is now over. The radio operations terminated on November 29th at 0400z, with 12,166 QSOs in the log. OPDX readers are encouraged to visit the following Web page to read the story and view the pictures by Martti Laine, OH2BH. The Web URL is:
QSL INFO AND NEWS
POSTAGE GOING UP (Other Reminder). Charlie, W0YG, wants to remind everyone that postal rates, both domestic and international, increase after the first of the year. Many stations, including overseas stations, that sent just an SASE do not have sufficient postage to guarantee a return of VK9XG and VK9CG cards. Charlie states, "I am trying to weed down the VK9XG stack as much as I can now but I will not have the VK9CG cards until after the postal increase goes into effect. It is tough to subsidize the entire trip and the QSL cards and have to face subsidizing postage too. I am sure this caught many by surprise, especially our overseas friends. However the fact remains if I drop a SAE in the mail with user installed 80 cents airmail postage, I am not sure it will get to them as there is some chance involved."
Ralph, K2PF, informs OPDX that he will be handling QSL cards for the recent 4O3AA activity.
Martin, OL5Y/OK1FUA, operated IS0N during 2005 CQ WW DX CW Contest. QSL via OK1MG.
LOTW NEWS. Several sources are reporting that the "Lookbook of The World" (LoTW) is scheduled to become accessible for the "Worked All States" (WAS) award by early January at the latest. Also, it is anticipated that still additional ARRL as well as non-ARRL award programs will be available through the LoTW later this year. NEW MANAGER. Gert, K5WW, informs OPDX that effective immediately, he will be Tom, CX7TT's, QSL Manager. QSL direct (with SASE/GS/IRC), by the bureau or LoTW is accepted.
NOT THE MANAGER. Joe, WDØM, reports receiving QSLs for KG4FK, and would like to report that he is not the QSL Manager.
QSL PQ7Q via PY7VI. Activity was by a group of PY7 operators during the ARRL 160m Contest from Olinda Lighthouse (ARLHS BRA-068 and DFB PE-004).
UA4WHX OPERATIONS QSLS STATUS. VLADIMIR, UA4WHX/5H3VMB, currently in Zanzibar, Tanzania, informed OPDX that he would like to answer a number of questions being raised by hams regarding his QSLing and would like to advise them of the following:
1. ALL DIRECT REQUESTS RECEIVED FOR PACIFIC OPERATIONS HAVE BEEN ANSWERED.
2. THE PACIFIC BURO REQUESTS ARE BEING PROCESSED AND ANSWERED NOW.
3. IF SOMEONE BELEIVES THAT HE HAS NOT RECEIVED HIS REQUESTED CARD, CONATACT EITHER ME OR MY MANAGER (HE IS AT
UA4WHXAA@UDM.RU) DIRECTLY TO SEE WHAT THE STATUS OF THE QSLS IS.
IMPORTANT: WE ANSWER ALL VALID REQUESTS. SOME QSLS APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN LOST ON THE WAY BACK. DO CONTACT US IF THIS IS YOUR CASE. AND QUIT SAYING UA4WHX DOES NOT QSL.
4. AFRICA OPERATIONS WILL BE ANSWERED ALL TOGETHER AFTER THE TRIP IS OVER.
I HOPE THAT HELPS. 73, VLADIMIR BYKOV, UA4WHX/5H3VMB
QSL YB1JZS via OK1DOT: Petr Gustab, P.O. Box 52, CESKY BROD 282 01, Czech Republic. QSL cards received by bureau are answered via bureau. Cards received directly with SAE and 1 USD/IRC will be answered directly (do not send old IRCs please).
QSL INFO NEEDED for the recent ZF1A operation during the 2005 CQWW DX CW Contest. There seems to be some confusion on the route. It looks like all indications point via W6VNR (direct).
T30, WESTERN KIRIBATI
Finnish operators Ari/OH6DX, Veko/OH1AWW, Veijo/ OH6KN and Jouko/OH1RX will once again return to the Pacific (for the fourth time) and operate from Tarawa (OC-017), West Kiribati, January 5-22nd. The group will be active as T30DX and focus mainly on the lower bands, 160-30 meters, and look for Europe and the U.S. East Coast stations. They plans to have two or three stations on CW, SSB and RTTY. Suggested frequencies (-/+ QRM) are:
CW - 1822, 3503, 7003, 10108, 14008, 18068, 21008, 24898, 28008 kHzQSL via OH6DX, by the Bureau or direct to: Ari Hyvonen, Viklonkuja 4F18, FI-78880 Kuvansi, Finland. A Web site is currently under construction and is expected to be online soon at:
SSB - 1845, 3790, 7050, 14190, 18145, 21295, 24945, 28495 kHz
Hide, JM1LJS, plans to be active as T80W from Palau (OC-009), March 18-21st. Activity will be on all bands. QSL via JM1LJS (QRZ.com).
Philippe, F4EGS, will return here on December 25th and stay until the end of February 2006, and again from May to July 2006. He is there on Military assignments. He will once again use the callsign TT8PK. Look for him on 20/15/10 meters using a FT100 and a MA5V antenna. If Philippe can get a Cushcraft R7 or R8 antenna on loan, he will be active on 40-10 meters. He will be on the digital modes and maybe SSB. To indicate to Philippe what bands you need Chad on, send an E-mail to:
John, KF0RQ, will be active as XU7ACQ now through December 28th. He recommands to listen on 14245 kHz between 1400-1700z. QSL via KF0RQ.
Peter, NO2R, will be returning to Sihanoukville again and should be on the air as XU7ACY from January 7-21st. Activity will be mainly on CW (with some SSB)on 160, 80 and 40 meters. QSL via K2NJ. The pilot station will be W2EN.
YS, EL SALVADOR
Look for Roberto, I2JIN, to be active as YS3/I2JIN from December 10-30th. Activity will be on all bands, mostly CW.
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