The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 750
March 6, 2006
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, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4QD, N4AA & QRZ DX, AA8LL, K8PT, K8YSE, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, DU1EV, EA5RM, EC8AUA, F5CQ, F5NQL & UFT, F6BEE, HB9DDZ, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JI6KVR, OH2BN, PA7FM, T93Y, TA3YJ, TF3AO, UT7UA, VE2TKH, VE3OP, VA3RJ & ICPO and VE3ZIK for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 26th/February, through Sunday, 5th/March there were 231 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, E3, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FT5X, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/m, JD/o, 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, 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, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2M, 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, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, 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).
3A, MONACO (News)
Claude Passet, 3A2LF, Secretary of the IARU Society - the Association des Radiamateurs de Monaco (A.R.M.), announced that effective January 26, 2006, amateur radio operators from the "Principality of Monaco" have the following new frequency allocations:
160 meters - 1850-2000 MHz 1810-1850 MHz (Primary exclusive) 1850-2000 MHz (Secondary shared) 6 meters - 50.000-52.000 MHz 50.000-51.200 MHz 51.200-52.000 MHz (Secondary shared) 4 meters - 70.000-70.500 MHz Status:(Secondary shared)PLEASE NOTE: The 135.7-137.8 MHz segment has been conceded to the Amateur Radio Service in Monaco for several years (Status: Secondary shared).
3D2/R, ROTUMA ISLAND (Update)
Operators Will/N7OU (3D2RO) and Rob/W7YAQ (3D2RX), who were expected to be active between March 1-10th, had their flight delayed/cancelled and are still on the Fiji Islands. Their activity will include a Multi-Single entry in the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 4-5th) as 3D2RX. Reports indicate that they may be able to fly to Rotuma on March 6th. QSL via their home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
Jacques, F6BEE, will be active as 6W1RW in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 25-26th) as Single-Op/All-Band/High Power entry (Possibly SO2R). QSL via F6BEE. He inoforms OPDX that he will be there on March 21st very early in the morning and leave on next Monday, March 27th, in the evening to catch a plane at 02:00 A.M. Jacques will be on all the usual contest bands as the antennas are already installed (KT36XA at 19m, 2 element 40 at 21m, 2 element wire beam on 80m at 18m and 160m dipole). However, if he has some time left and can find a place, he will temporary put up a R-7000 for the WARC bands.
Tomas, LY1DF, will be active as 6Y5/LY1DF from March 12-18th. Activity will be on 40-15 meters CW only. QSL via LY1DF, Bureau only.
Zrinko (Zik), VE3ZIK, will once again be active from Bilice (JN73WS at Adriatic Coast) between March 17-28th (approx.) as 9A/VE3ZIK. He will be active in the Russian DX Contest and CQ WW WPX SSB Contest. Outside of the contests, he will be active mostly on the WARC bands and will be waiting for any 10m FM opening on 29.600 MHz. QSL via DL3PS; by the DARC Bureau is OK. Don't send QSL cards to the VE3 Bureau. Also, visit Zik's Web site at:
Dmitry, UR8UC, will be using the special callsign EM1UC from the Ukrainian Antarctic DX Club (UADXC) station (EM1U) from the Akademik Vernadsky Base station until February 2007. His activity will be on CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
CT3, MADEIRA ISLANDS
Operators Rosel/DL3KWR and Hardy/DL3KWF will be active again as CT3/DL3KWR and CT3/DL3KWF, respectively, March 9-23th. Activity will be mostly CW and on the WARC bands. QSL via their home callsign. E-mail requests for bureau cards can be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, respectively. Their Web site is at:
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Branch Manager, informs OPDX that the following operations are approved for DXCC credit:
D2DX - Angola; Current operation effective December 15th, 2004DZ, PHILIPPINES (Special Event)
T6X - Afghanistan; Current operation effective March 8th, 2005
TS3A - Tunisia; March 24-28th, 2005
TT8PK - Chad; December 27th, 2005, through February 11th, 2006
XW1A, XW1LLR5, XW1X and XW1M - Laos; Current operation effective October 29th, 2005
ED8/EF8, CANARY ISLANDS
Operators Edu/EA8AUW (EC8AUA), Peter/EC8/74182 and possibly others from the Canary Islands will be active as ED8CLL, Sunday, March 19th, from the "Castle of La Luz" in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Capital city of Gran Canaria Island (IOTA AF-004). This castle will be activated for the first time on the air with the reference valid for the "Spanish Historic Monuments Award" (DMHE MGC 013). Activity will be on 20-10 meters with 17 meters included. The team also plans to be active a little on PSK and RTTY. They will also use a secondary callsign EF8CLL (Restringed) on 15 meters below 21200 kHz. QSLs will be sent out automatically via the Bureau (without a need to comfirm). More infomation is available at:
FR/G, GLORIOSO ISLAND
Rafik, F5CQ, sent out a press release this week indicating the following: "Lasted news - We have got from Reunion Head Quarter a conditional clearance to organize our expedition onto Glorioso Islands (IOTA AF-011). However, regarding the sanitary situation over Indian Ocean and Chikungounya disease, we will not take any risk. Therefore, the decision to postpone this operation up to October or November seems compulsory." Please refer to the following Web sites for more info:
FP, ST. PIERRE & MIQUELON
Juergen, DJ2VO, will be active from the Island of Miquelon, May 5-20th. His callsign was not provided. Activity will be CW only on 80-10 meters with 100 watts into a Vertical Antenna. QSL via his home callsign.
Ron/G4DIY (GP0STH), and Lee/G0DBE will be active from here starting around 1000z March 10th, as GP0STH. Their bands and modes of activity were not provided. QSL via G4DIY.
H44 & P29, SOLOMON ISLANDS AND PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Reports indicate that Bernhard, DL2GAC, is once again heading to the Pacific for about 2 months. It has been announced that he will be active as H44MS from the Solomon Islands, now through March 12th. He will then be active as P29VMS from Papua New Guinea (PNG) until late March or early April. He plans to activate a few IOTA groups while in PNG, including Bougainville Island (OC-135), the Shortland Islands (OC-162) and possibly others. QSL via DL2GAC.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MARTTI, OH2BH
Many DXers over the past week heard Martti, OH2BH, active as V31BH from Belize. His operation also included activity in the ARRL DX SSB Contest this past weekend. By the time you read this Martti should be QRT from Belize. QSL V31BH via OH2BH. However, excerpts from a press release by Jarmo, OH2BN, this past week also indicate that OH2BH will be celebrating his 60th birthday later this year. Jarmo also states: "The past decades include some 45 years of making DX and providing elusive DX counters to those in need. The years also include more than three decades of happy marriage to Leena, OH2BE - and now a first grandchild due in May. Martti will become a Grandpa DXer."
Nick, HB9DDZ, President of DIG Section Switzerland, informs OPDX that between March 8th and June 7th, the DIG Section of Switzerland will celebrate their 20th anniversary. During this time they will activate the special event station HB20DIG (HB-twenty-DIG). It will be the first time that the prefix HB20 will be aired. If you work HB20DIG two times, you can apply for the W-DIG-HB Award by sending a copy of your log and 5 USDs or 5 Euros to the following address: DIG Section Switzerland " DIPLOM", Postfach 217, CH - 5080 Laufenburg, Switzerland. The awards will go out after the end of this event. All QSLs will go out automaticlly via the bureau.
Operators Jan/K4QD (HH4/K4QD) and Bill/W4WX (HH4/W4WX) will be in here from March 20-31st. They plan to be active on all modes on 80-10 meters. As in the past, they will operate from the NW Haiti Christian Mission:
EU-042. Hans-Peter, DC1HPS, will activate Pellworm Island (GIA N-23, WLOTA LH-1188) as DC1HPS/p from July 27th to August 18th. He will also participate in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). Look for activity outside of the contest on 80-10 meters with 100 watts. QSL via his home callsign, bureau preferred.
EU-055. Operators Jurgen/DJ5HD, Bernd/DH1ND, Gerd/DG1XG, Ralf/DK4DV, Manfred/DL6HBX, Wolfgang/DJ5ZWS, Jan-Ole/DB8JO, Jorn/DG5XJ, Bernd/DJ8LG and Helmut/DL8RM will activate Fedje Island and the Hellis°y Frystasjon (Lighthouse) (ARLHS NOR-022, WLOTA LH-0496) from August 17-22nd. Activity will be on all bands and modes, including participation in the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (August 19-20th). They will use personal callsigns with a LA/ prefix and /LH suffix (e.g.: LA/DG1XG/LH). QSL via the individual operator's home callsign. Further information can be found at:
EU-085. Operators Alex/RA9XV, Pavel/RA9XY, Anatoly/UA9XBL and Andrei/ UA9XC will be active as RI1PXC and activate Kolguev Island (RRA RR-03-05, RDA NO-01) from March 14-20th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters CW/SSB. They will also participate in the Russian DX Contest (March 18-19th) using the callsign RI1PI. QSL both callsigns via UA9XC, direct or by the bureau.
EU-123. Operators Doug/GM0ELP, Phil/GM0LIR, Brian/GM0EGI, Iain/GM0OQV, Will/GM0HKS, Tom/MM0BHX, Bob/2M0KDZ, Iain/2M0VLF, Gord/2M0GPZ and Duncan/EA5ON will be active from the Isle of Bute, Clyde Islands (IOSA CL-02, SCOTIA CS-19), as GM0B during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). Activity will be on all HF non-WARC bands (excluding 160m), CW and SSB modes. QSL via GM0EGI.
EU-125. Operator Jef, ON4ACA, will be active as OZ0ACA from Roemoe Island (DIA NS-001 for the Danish Islands Award) from now until March 10th. Activity will be on CW/SSB and 80/40/20 meters. QSL via his home callsign.
NA-076. Wade/AA8LL and Liz/K8LIZ were expected to operate "holiday style" from Cedar Key, Florida, this past weekend as AA8LL/4 and K8LIZ/4. QSL direct or by the bureau to their home callsigns.
NA-144. Operators Terry/W6WTG, Larry/KF6JOQ and Mark/KG6ZBL will be activating Channel Island, June 10-11th. Look for them to be active on 14.260 MHz +/- and also on 144.210 MHz SSB. Their QSL Manager is N2OWL.
IWD ACTIVITY (Correction)
Mari Carmen/EA8GL and Dunia/EA8BHD are now on the air with the special callsign, ED8IWD, for the International Womens Day, until March 8th. They will be transmitting from Isla de Gran Canaria (IOTA AF-004, DIE S-005). PLEASE NOTE: This operation DOES NOT count for the WLOTA lighthouse LH-0969 as announced earlier. A special QSL (designed by Easy QSLs and sponsored by Project 4 of Electronic Applications S.A.) will be sent out once activity is finished via the Bureau. QSL Manager is EA8BHD. More info is available on (QRZ.com).
J3 & J7, GRENADA AND DOMINICA
Operators Lars/SM0CCM (J73CCM) and Seth/ SM7XBI (J79XBI) will be active from Dominica (J7) from March 29th through April 12th. The two operators will be active from Grenada (J3) during the Caribbian Hamboree, probably using the callsigns J3/homecalls from April 12-19th. On April 19th, they will head back to Dominica staying there until April 28th. Activity from both places will be on all bands SSB, CW, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via their home callsigns. Bureau prefered.
J6, ST. LUCIA
Oleh, UR5BCP, is planning to operate from here (NA-108) from March 30th through April 5th. His callsign was not provided. Activity will be on 160-6 meters CW/SSB. QSL via KD7WPJ.
Igor, VA3YDX/VB3M, will be active as J79DX now through March 14th. He was active in this past weekend's ARRL SSB DX Contest and is expected to be in the DIG (Diploma Interessen Group) QSO SSB Party this coming weekend. QSL via VA3YDX: Igor Slakva, 105 La Rose Avenue, #803, Etobicoke, ON M9P 1A9 Canada.
KP4, PUERTO RICA
Frank, K3TRM, will be on a family holiday in El Verde and will be active as KP4/K3TRM from April 8-17th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31, with some emphasis on the WARC bands. Because he is not staying at a "rent-a-QTH", these plans may change as he determines his antenna options. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau. Further information can be found at:
MJ, JERSEY (Update)
Just a reminder that four stateside operators will be here this week (See OPDX.747). Operators Pete/K8PT, Craig/K3PLV, Tom/W8JWN and Jim/N1NK will be active from Channel Islands and will be operating as MJ/homecall from the Island of Jersey (EU-013) from March 8th-15th. They will have two stations on 24 hours per day with a third station as needed. Operations will cover 160-6 meters (SSB, CW, RTTY & PSK) with an emphasis on the low bands. QSL via their home callsign. Tom/W8JWN announced this week he will operate the PSK and RTTY. Although PSK31 is slow, more guys use that than PSK63. He will do both. Since PSK and RTTY count the same for DXCC, why not try both modes. He might even try SSTV toward the end of the operation. Please refer to the following Web page for further information at:
Tim, WD9DZV, will be active from here between March 6-16th. He has requested the callsign P40D. Activity will be on all bands, CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via WD9DZV.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
The Liechtenstein 2006 DXpedition WEB Site is updated with a "LOG Search" and "Picture Gallery". Please visit at:
Dennis, PA7FM, informs OPDX that the backlog for direct QSL requests for PZ5PA, PZ5WP, PZ5C and PZ5C/P (SA-092 - DXpedition in November/ December 2005) has been cleared during the last week. The final logs are online on at:
Nilay, TA3YJ, informs OPDX that she sent out QSL cards for TA3YJ, TA3YJ/0, TA3YJ/3, TA3YJ/3 LH, TA3YJ/4, TA3YJ/4 LH, SV1/TA3YJ, LZ2/TA3YJ, TA3J, TA3J/0, TA3J/1, TA3J/3, TA3J/3 LH, TA3J/4, TA3J/4 LH, TA3J/60, HA/TA3J, OE/TA3J, OK/TA3J, SV1/TA3J, LZ1/TA3J, LZ2/TA3J, YM3BU, YM3ATA, YM3SV, YM75TA, YM21TA, YM3LZ/WPX2000 and YM3LZ/WAE2000 and TC2K4J to the following QSL Bureaus direct on March 3rd: Andorra, Azerbaijan, Australia (VK3, VK5, VK6), Austria (R), Belarus, Belgium (R), Bosnia-Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria (R), Canada (RAC National Incoming QSL Bureau), Colombia, Croatia (R), Cyprus, Czech Republic (R), Denmark, Estonia, Faroe Islands, Finland, France (R), Germany (R - 5 Packet), Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Israel, Italy (R), Japan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania (R), Luxembourg, Malta, Moldova (R), Monaco, Morocco, Netherlands (R), New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Poland (R), Portugal, Romania (R), Russia (R), Serbia & Montenegro (R), Slovakia, Slovenia (R), Spain, Sweden (R), Switzerland (R), Tajikistan, Tunisia, Turkey, USA (W1, W2, W3, W4, WA4, W5, W6, W7, W8, W9, W0, KL, KP3-4), Ukraine (R), United Kingdom (R) and Uzbekistan. (R: Registered Mail)
S0, WESTERN SAHARA
An international team composed of Roberto/EA2RY, Pedro/EA5BJ, Fer/EA5FX, Javi/EA5KM, Francisco/EA5RD, Toni/EA5RM, Julio/ EA5XX, Javi/EC4DX, Fabrizio/IN3ZNR and Dimitri/UY7CW will be on the air as S01R from Western Sahara, April 11-16th. Operation will be on all bands from 160-10 meters on CW, SSB and Digital modes. They will have four stations active. QSL via EA5RM. More details and online logs will be available on the S01R Web site at:
It was announced this past week that Tim Chen, BV2A, founder of the Chinese Taipei Amateur Radio League (CTARL) became a "Silent Key" (SK) on February 22nd, at the age of 92. For years Tim was the only active ham in Taiwan and was many DXer's first contact from that entity. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to Tim's family and friends. E-mail condolence mesages can be sent to the following address and the CTARL will forward them to Tim's family: firstname.lastname@example.org
To commemorate the 80th anniversary of the founding of the Club Radio Amateur de Quebex (CRAQ) look for the special event station VE2CRAQ to be aired between March 18-26th, during the club's QSO Party. A very nice QSL card will be available. All details about the QSO Party and a picture of the QSL is available at the following Web sites:
The International Shortwave League (ISWL) continues with their 60th (Diamond) Anniversary celebrations throughout the year. If you missed the "GB6SWL" activity this past weekend, look for it to be active again on March 17-19th and 25-26th.
GB6SWL - Will be active for 3 days, March 17-19th, from Portadown, Northern Ireland. John, GI0KUH, will be the main operator.Special activities will run throughout the year. These will include the callsigns "GB60SWL" and "GB6SWL" being active at various times and venues. For more details, including the QSL information and Awards, please visit:
GB6SWL - Will be active March 25-26th from Walton on the Naze, Essex. Herbie, G6XOU, will be the main operator.
To celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Icelandic Radio Amateurs (IRA), all TF operators are allowed to use the special prefix TF60 throughout the year of 2006. The IRA is the National Association of Radio Amateurs in Iceland and was established on the 14th of August 1946, and currently has about 130 members. Seli, TF3AO, Treasurer of the IRA, informed OPDX that TF60IRA has been on the air and was active in the ARRL CW Contest. Visit the IRA Web page at:
TY, BENIN (Update)
OPDX was informed that the callsigns for the upcoming TY DXpedition to take place March 15-30th have been confirmed now. The confirmed callsigns are: TY4TW (QSL via GM4FDM), TY5LEO and TY5MR (both QSL via IK1PMR), and TY5WP (QSL via PA7FM). More details/updates and a log search will be availble at the following Web sites:
VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
Craig/VE3OP and his XYL Roxanne/VA3ROX will be active as VP5/VE3OP from here between March 12-22nd. Activity will be on all bands, 160-6 meters, CW/SSB and PSK31/RTTY. QSL via direct to VE3OP or via the bureau. See (QRZ.com) for details.
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