OPDX Bulletin 762 June 12, 2006

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 762
BID: $OPDX.762
June 12, 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, ARRL LETTER, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, K2FF, N2OO, K3BZ, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K8YSE, 4Z4DX, CX3AN, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, E21EIC, F5NQL & UFT, EA7FTR, G3SXW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JA1ELY, JI6KVR & JA IOTA News, LU9ESD, OH6NJ, TA3J, VA3RJ & ICPO and GM3WOJ/ZL1CT for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 4th/June, through Sunday, 11th/June there were 217 countries active. Countries available: 1S, 3A, 3B8, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, CE, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J5, J6, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, 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, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2M, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, ZK1/s, ZK2, 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).

2006 WRTC (Attention All IARU Contest Participants - Lottery and Prizes)
The World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) will be held in Brazil on July 8-9th as a part of the IARU HF Championship Contest. There will be 47 two-man WRTC teams from all around the world that will be on the air. The results of the WRTC 2006 Contest must be ready within 35 hours after the IARU Contest; therefore, they need as many IARU logs as possible and as soon as possible to verify the logs of the WRTC2006 Competitors. Send all IARU logs direct at logs@wrtc2006.com or via iaruhf@iaru.org until they cut-off the reception of the IARU logs at the WRTC2006 Headquarters some time late Sunday/early Monday (UTC). Prizes will be available for participants of the IARU Contest who send their logs within 6 hours after the contest. For more details, please read the 2006 WRTC press release at:

http://www.wrtc2006.com/release52.html

9M0, SPRATLY ISLANDS
By the time you read this, Tex, 9M2TO, will be finishing up his 9M0/9M2TO operation from Layang Layang Island, Spratly Islands (AS-051). His activity was expected to take place between 1200z, June 9th and 2200z, June 12th. Tex plans to get all the necessary documentations for this DXpedition. He was expected to be active on all bands, 80-6 meters, including the WARC bands and CW only. QSL via the JARL Bureau to JA0DMV or direct to: Tex Izumo, 2C-10-03 Mutiara Apt, Jalan Sungai Emas, 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Penang Is, Malaysia.

DXCC NEWS
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Branch Manager, reports that the following operation is approved for DXCC credit:
T61AA - Afghanistan; Current operation effective May 23rd, 2006

"MONTENEGRO POISED TO BECOME NEWEST DXCC ENTITY" states this week's ARRL Letter. The Republic of Montenegro, which declared its independence on June 3rd, reportedly has now applied for United Nations membership. This is just one more move to pave the way for the tiny Balkan nation to join the ARRL DXCC list. "Once Montenegro is accepted into the UN or obtains a callsign prefix block, DXers will have a new DXCC entity," says ARRL Membership Services Manager Wayne Mills, N7NG. The ARRL Letter states, "The division of Serbia and Montenegro eliminates what remained of Yugoslavia. Serbia's parliament this week declared Serbia a sovereign nation as heir to the former Serbia-Montenegro union. Assuming that Serbia continues to hold its current seat in the UN, it will remain on the DXCC list as a pre-existing and continuing DXCC entity, Mills explained. A decision on whether to admit Montenegro into the UN must go before the UN Security Council and then to the UN General Assembly." The length of this process is at this time unknown.

E2/HS, THAILAND (WARC Bands - "Permission Imminent")
Tony Waltham, HS0ZDX, Editor of the Bangkok Post Database, reports that the long-awaited permission to operate on the WARC bands (30, 17 and 12 meter bands) is just around the corner, according to John (Narissara), HS1CHB, who told those present at the June 4th Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (RAST) meeting. The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) has agreed to issue a temporary permission for those radio amateurs in Thailand who notify them of their desire to be active on these bands which also includes permission to operate on the 80 and 160 meter bands. This temporary permission will be valid until the end of the year. The RAST officials said that the yet-to-be-formed National Broadcasting Commission would need to be in place before any permanent spectrum changes could be made. To qualify for this privilege, which includes permission to operate on the 80 and 160 meter bands, amateur radio operators should send a copy of their station licence, their equipment licence and their operator's licence to Maj Narissara Shaowanasai, HS1CHB, Post Office Box 1, Bangkok, 10900, Thailand. They should also submit logs of their operations on these bands to HS1CHB on a monthly basis as the NTC requires that these be submitted as well.

LAST MINUTE UPDATE (Provided by Champ E21EIC): John (Narissara), HS1CHB, who is the RAST liaison officer working on this permission, was informed that the NTC will approve the use of the WARC bands and the low bands during the forthcoming week. Details of the frequencies and modes for both the WARC and the low bands will be posted during the coming week on the RAST Web site at:

http://www.qsl.net/rast

FW8, WALLIS AND FUTUNA ISLANDS
Toshi, JA8BMK, will be active as FW8AA from July 15-24th. Operations will be with a TS-480HX w/200w using a 5 band spider beam on CW/SSB only. QSL via JA8UWT.

GJ/MJ, JERSEY
Operator Rich, K2WR, will be active as GJ2A during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30) as a Single-Op/Mixed/24h entry. Look for operation by Rich 3 days before and 1 day after contest as MJ0AWR. He is taking E-mail for band/mode skeds. His E-mail address is: k2wr@njdxa.org QSL via K2WR (also direct from non-USA to GJ3DVC).

IOTA NEWS
AF-032. Dane, S57CQ, will be active as 5H1DN from Zanzibar Island between July 7-14th. Activity will include the IARU HF World Championship (July 8-9th). QSL via S57DX.

AS-008. Operators JL1OVB and 7L3ATQ will be active as homecall/1 from Mikura Island (JIIA AS-008-005), JA1 North Izu Group, June 17-19th. Activity will be on or near the usual IOTA frequencies. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or through the JARL Bureau.

EU-028. Stefano, IZ5FDE, will be active as IA5/IZ5FDE from Elba Island (Isola d'Elba) in the Tuscany Region IOTA Group (IIA LI-001, MIA MI-022, it will also count for WLOTA LH-0609), from August 13-25th. QSL via IZ5FDE, by the bureau or direct to: Stefano Tiburi, Box 65 - 50068 Rufina FI, Italy. More information can be found at:

http://www.geocities.com/iz5fde

EU-064. Once again the members of the Provins ARC (F6KOP) and the Fontainebleau ARS (F8KTH) will be active as TM7C in the IOTA Contest (July 29-30th) as a Multi-Op/Mixed/24hr/Low-Power entry from Noirmoutier Island. Operators mentioned are: Bernard/F9IE, Serge/F6AML, Pascal/F5JSD, John/F5VHQ and Frank/ F4AJQ. Look for activities by the operators several days before and after the contest on the WARC bands and VHF (6/2 meters). Modes will be CW, SSB and may be digitals. Team members will sign homecall/p. QSL via F4AJQ.

EU-010. The GM7V contest team (Ops. GM3WOJ, GM4YXI, GM0RLZ and MM0CCC) will be active from the Island of Benbecula (IOSA OH04, Scotia HI08 and WAB NF75) during the RSGB IOTA Contest on July 29-30th. Please QSL via M0CMK (see (QRZ.com)).

EU-140. Operators OH6HJE, OH6MTG, OH6NJ and OH6UV will be active as OH6AW/5 from Kaunissaari, July 5-10th. Look for activity to be mostly CW and SSB, with some digital mode operations.

EU-189. The June 2006 IOTA DXpedition to Rockall Island has been cancelled due to the lack of financial support. See their Web page for details at:

http://www.dxpedition.org/index.php

NA-055. Operators Eric/N8YC, Phil/KG8AP, Brian/K4BRI, Lynn/WD8JAW and possibly others plan to operate as K8SCH from Deer Isle (USI ME-014S, Hancock County, Maine) between September 25-29th. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters SSB, depending on band conditions. QSL via K8SCH (QRZ.com).

NA-077. Guy, VE2QRA, will once again be active as VE2QRA/p from Anticosti Island (CISA QC-001, Grid Loc. FN89, it will also count for WLOTA LH-0042), between August 13-18th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters, mostly SSB. QSL direct (with SASE or SAE + sufficient postage) only to VE2QRZ: Guy Bouchard, 1108 Daphne, Quebec, G3K 1W6, Canada. PLEASE NOTE: 1 USD for Canada/USA and 2 USDs outside North America. More information is available via his Web at:

http://pages.videotron.com/ve2qra/anticosti.html

NA-112. Kyle, W4KTF, will be active as W4KTF/p from Emerald Isle (Bogue Banks - USI NC-010S, Carteret County, North Carolina), now through June 17th. Activity will be on 75-2 meters, mainly SSB. Look for him on 20 meters around 1900-2100z and anywhere on 20-10 meters around 1300z. QSL via his home callsign.

NA-176. Dave, VA2DV, will activate two islands in this Quebec Province (St. Lawrence Gulf) Center Group between August 7-11th. He will operate holiday style as VA2DV/p from Gande Ile (CISA QC-019, for the Canadian Islands Award) and Ile Nue de Mingan (CISA New). Dave will be using a 100 watt rig and will probably operate mainly on 20/17 meters with some 80 meters activity at night. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

KH0/WH0, MARIANA ISLANDS
Operators Tony/JA6CNL and Asayuki/JA6AGA will operate as KH0N and WH0C respectively, from Saipan (OC-086), between June 16-20th. Activity will include the All-Asian DX CW Contest (June 17-18th). Outside the contest, operators will spend some time on the WARC bands and 160 meters CW (1820/1910 kHz). QSL via their home callsigns.

LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVITY
The International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (ILLW 2006) will be held on the third weekend of August (18-20th). The BAHIA BLANCA DX GROUP will once again be active from four different lighthouses simultaneously during the weekend event. Look for these lighthouses to be active on all bands and modes, including the digimodes (RTTY/PSK/SSTV):

RINCON Lighthouse (ARG-036)
Special Prefix L36E; Lat. 39 23' S Long. 62 01' W; Grid Locator = FF80xo; Located in Verde Peninsula in Villarino County.

RECALADA Lighthouse (ARG-009)
Lat. 39 00 S Long. 61 16 W.; Grid Locator = FF91ia; Located in Monte Hermoso. This is the tallest LH in South America and the sixth in the world. It was 100 years old last January. Operators will use their own callsigns plus "/D" because they are located in the Province of Buenos Aires.

BALIZA CHICA Lighthouse (ARG-083)
Lat. 38 53 S Long. 61 58 W; Grid Locator = FF91ac; Located at 30 Km. from the Puerto Belgrano Naval Base. Operators will use their own callsigns plus "/D" because they are located in the Province of Buenos Aires.

HIPASAM Lighthouse (ARG-040)
FIRST TIME ACTIVITY; Lat. 41 43' S Long. 65 02' W; Grid Locator = FE78lg; Located in Punta Colorada, 20 Km. east from Sierra Grande, Rio Negro Province. Operators will use their own callsigns plus "/V" because they are located in the Province of Rio Negro.

All contacts with the Recalada, Baliza Chica and Rincon Lighthouses will be valid for the "PROVINCE OF BUENOS AIRES LIGHTHOUSES AWARD" sponsored/ organized by Bahia Blanca DX Group: http://www.grupodxbb.com.ar All QSLs by bureau or direct via LU7DSY: Carlos Almiron, P.O. Box 709, 8000 Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires, Argentina. If you send direct, only one envelope with all cards is OK: Up to 2 QSL = 1 IRC --- More than 2 Cards = 2 IRC. For more information, contact: lu9esd@yahoo.com

OH0, ALAND ISLAND
Ari/OH5DX and others will be active as OH0Z during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via W0MM.

P2, PAPUA NEW GUINEA (IOTA Op)
Johan, PA3EXX/VK4WWI, will be active as P29VV from the Witu Islands (OC-181), June 16-19th. Activity will be on 40/30/20/15/10 meters CW/SSB. If possible, Johan will operate from New Britain (OC-008), a few days before and after the expedition to OC-181. QSL info and additional information will be published on the Web page:

http://home.quicknet.nl/mw/prive/willemsen/

QSL INFO AND NEWS
DON'T THROW AWAY THOSE OLD IRCS! Glenn, K2FF, points out to OPDX readers that the date on the current IRCs that reads "31 Dec 06 is an expiration date which simply means they can't be SOLD to customers AFTER that date. However, they can be redeemed forever. Hams simply need to be armed with the copy of the right pages from the International Mail Manual (IMM). Glenn states, "This is right out of the 2006 edition of the International Mail Manual..." Please note the last sentence in very first paragraph:

372 International Reply Coupons
372.1 Description

a. The sender of a letter may prepay a reply by purchasing reply coupons which are sold and exchangeable for postage stamps at post offices in member countries of the Universal Postal Union. The period of exchange of international reply coupons issued by the Universal Postal Union on or after January 1, 1975 is unlimited.

Glenn states, "I still redeem the little old IRCs at my post office here on the MS Gulf Coast!"

UPDATE. Last week we mentioned that Fran, EA7FTR,(who manages many stations) was to be in the hospital. Fran has informed OPDX that he is now out of the hospital and is doing fine. He wants to thank everyone (all the Hams) who were asking about him. He really appreciated it. It was also reported that Fran's son David, EB7AEY/EC7AGG, states that all direct QSL requests for the stations Fran manages have now been put in the mail.

3Y0X (XR9A and CE0Z) QSL STATUS. Bob, N2OO, has posted the following update on the QSL progress dated June 6th, 2006: "Today, we put another 50 pounds of cards in the mail which were all processed last week and at our Sunday, June 4th, SJDXA team QSL session. We also had sent about 10 pounds since our last report, so this brings us to 285 pounds of 3YX QSL mail sent to-date. We have now confirmed 27,477 QSO's, or 32% of ALL QSO's made by 3YX. I estimate that we have now answered approximately 65% of all requests received. About 95% of all 3YX contributor's cards have been answered. Some reasons why some contributors will not have their cards yet are:

* Received recently (approximately last 2 weeks)
* Made special request for separate cards per band, mode and/or per QSO (Too time-consuming right now) Card(s) set aside for "not in log" research
* Sent multiple calls in same envelope
* May have accidentally gotten mixed in with non-contributors (we ARE human)
* Postal service mangled the mail (a small handful came back damaged and "to address" unreadable)
This week, we will begin to "pre-process" the SWL and non-contributor cards. Another QSL session will be scheduled for June 11th and another mailing should be ready for June 12th.

CEZ update: I understand that the cards have been ordered but they have not arrived here yet. The confirmation pre-process is complete, so once the cards arrive labels will be printed and cards should start to flow 'slowly' as they will be processed by one of our SJDXA QSL team members. When this starts, I will post a new update here.

XR9A, XR9A/8, XR9A/MM update: Log pre-processing was recently begun by another of our SJDXA team QSL members. We had been putting these off in order to better concentrate on the 3YX cards. We do have the XR9 cards from the printer so, once the pre-processing is complete, and we figure out how to process the /mm cards properly, we will start to get these out as well. When this starts, I will post a new update here.

PLEASE read the 'QSL PROCESS' below if you haven't done so already. It should answer any other questions you might have regarding our operation. When ALL QSLing is 'current', I will make an announcement on this web site, and there will be a press release made as well. At THAT time, I would welcome ANY and ALL inquiries and pledge to help resolve any lingering QSL issues. PLEASE DO NOT email N2OO at this time! Emails at this time will only slow the process down....."

de N2OO and the SJDXA QSL team!

SPECIAL EVENT
Members of the Michigan DX Association (MDXA) and the Amateur Radio Group Of Youth In Lowell (ARGYL) will activate special event station N8S on the USS Silversides Submarine in honor of all who served in WWII submarine radio rooms. Look for them to be on air from 1600z, July 16th to 1600z, July 17th. Activity will be on all HF and VHF bands, except the WARC bands. They plan to have one station on top side of the submarine and another station below deck. QSL via N8S (QRZ.com). For more information and frequencies, visit the following Web page at:

http://mdxa1.org/silversidesspecial.html

SPECIAL EVENT
Look for special event station 8J3SEA to be active between July 15th and September 15th to commemorate the 34th SEANET (South East of Asia Amateur Radio Network) Convention (2006) in Osaka. Activity will be on all HF bands and modes. QSL via the JARL bureau.

SPECIAL EVENT (2006 World Cup)
DL5DCL/06 - Dirk, DL5DCL, will be active during the FIFA Soccer World Cup 2006 in Germany, between now and July 9th. All QSOs will be confirmed with a special QSL Card. Dirk plans to be very active on the HF bands CW only and mainly on the WARC bands (30/17/12m). An online log will be available during the activity. For more information, visit the Web page at:

http://dl5dcl.de.vu

DR06SOCCER - This special callsign will only be aired during the 2006 FIFA Soccer World Cup (June 9th - July 9th)being held in Germany. This callsign will be activated by the members of the DARC District Group A07 (Karlsruhe). A special QSL card will be sent out to confirm the contacts.

SV5, DODECANESE (Update)
Dov, 4Z4DX, will be active as SV5/M0DOV and J45DOV from Rhodes Islands (EU-001, MIA MGD-028, WLOTA LH-0045), July 15-20th. Activity will be on all bands and modes; also an entry in the IOTA Contest as SX5P. QSL via 4Z4DX.

SV9, CRETE
Alain, ON6MG, will be active as SV9/ON6MG/p between now and June 23rd. Look for him on 14059 and 18079 kHz (+/- QRM), using only 5 watts and dipole antennas. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

SV9, CRETE
World traveler Bert, CX3AN, informs OPDX that he will be operating from Crete as SV9/CX3AN from July 6-10th. He will be running only 100 watts into a vertical antenna. QSL via his home callsign. Bert will be joining Theodooros, SV9/SV1EJD, and Fotis, SV9/SV1CIG, on the island. Bert states, "Operation was possible thanks to the kindly assistance of Theo who represents the warm welcome behaviour of the Greek people."

T6, AFGHANISTAN
Mika, OH6MKL, is now active as T66T through July. Reports indicate that he will be on 160-10 meters CW/SSB. However, he was heard this past week mainly on 30/20 meters CW between 1400-1900z. QSL via his home callsign.

VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
Tom, K4ZGB, will be active as VP5/K4ZGB from Providenciales (NA-002), between July 25th and August 1st. Look for activity on all bands, CW and SSB. Tom also plans to participate in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 29-30th). QSL via his home callsign.

YM3, TURKEY
Camille, LX1CC, will be on holiday from Pamucak-Selcuk-Izmir and plans to be active as YM3CC, between now June 28th. Activity will be on all bands. YM3CC was heard this past weekend on 40 meters SSB. QSL via Camille's home callsign, by the bureau or direct. No eQSL. SWL QSL cards OK.

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