The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 770
August 7, 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, W2VU, AC3A, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, AC8G, K8YSE, WZ8D, ND9M, USI, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, CE3FZL, CT1END, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, EA7EUF, F5NQL & UFT, G3SWH, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I1HYW, IZ8EDJ, IZ0FKE, LU9ESD, OH2BN, OM3JW, ON5RKN, PY5EG, RSGB IOTA, SP8HKT, SV2AYT, VA3RJ & ICPO and VK8DK for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 30th/July, through Sunday, 6th/August there were 204 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3DA, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7O, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, JA, JT, JW, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8/S, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PY, PZ, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TT, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2V, VP5, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YU6, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD8, 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).
3D2 and 3D2/R, FIJI AND ROTUMA (Op Cancelled!)
Operators Didier/F4ELJ, Andre/F0ELK and Christophe/F0ELI had to cancel their operations to Fiji and Rotuma due to transportation problems. More information is available at:
It was reported today by Joe, W8GEX, that he and four other members from the SouthWest Ohio DX Association are going to Montenegro on August 13th for a 7 day operation at the Sky Contest station. Check out the Sky Contest Club at:
Team members are Wayne/K8LEE, Janet/W8CAA, John/ KP2A, Jim/W9VNE and Joe/W8GEX. The group will be on 160-6 meters, CW, SSB and PSK. The group would like to thank their sponsors, ICOM for the Pro III radios; N3FJP for their logging program; Dave/W5BXX and SEDCO for their support. They would like to give a special thanks to Ranko, YT6A, who has coordinated the trip since shortly after Montenegro became a new DXCC entity. QSL to K8LEE - SASE PLEASE.
Nick, G3RWF, is planning to return to activate 5Z4LS again next November for the CQWW Contest. He is expected to probably stay a few more days than last year. Nick is planning to use the Radio Society of Kenya clubhouse in Nairobi again.
Paul, K1XM, will be active as 6V7D during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. His activity will start November 19th. QSL via KQ1F.
Scott, AC3A, will be active as 9G5SE from Accra, August 5-12th. Activity will be on 40-6 mters.
Oleg, R1ANF, is active for about 2 weeks from Priroda Refuge (RUS-15, new WAP reference). This refuge was installed during the 32nd Russian Antarctic Expedition, February 18th, 1987, and is located at King George Island (South Shetlands), NW of Fildes peninsula, 8 km from Bellingshausen station, at 62°09' 00" S, 58° 56' 35" W. His callsign will be R1ANF/p. QSL via RK1PWA (QRZ.com). Check 14023 kHz starting from 1800z and ahead. More info and pictures on WAP Web site at:
CQ NEWS RELEASE
Richard Moseson, W2VU, Editor of CQ Amateur Radio, sent out the following on August 1st:
(Hicksville, New York - August 1, 2006) - Steve Bolia, N8BJQ, has been named the new manager of the CQ WPX Award program, following the retirement of Norm Koch, WN5N (ex-K6ZDL), CQ Publisher and President Dick Ross, K2MGA, announced today. The WPX Awards are issued for confirmed contacts with stations having different callsign prefixes. Norm held the reins of the WPX Award program for 25 years, taking over the job late in 1981. "We thank Norm for his many years of devoted service to the WPX program, to CQ and to amateur radio," said Ross, "We wish him all the best in the future." Steve Bolia, N8BJQ, served as CQ WPX Contest Director from 1982 to 2003, is a member of the CQ Contest Committee and of the CQ Contesting Hall of Fame. His DXing credentials are even more impressive, as he holds CW, SSB and Mixed Worked All Zones (WAZ) awards, is on the DXCC Honor Roll for Mixed and CW, and holds 5-Band DXCC, RTTY DXCC and 160-Meter DXCC. He has also made several DXpeditions, to KH9 (Wake Is.), J6 (St. Lucia) and the rare CQ zone 2 (northeastern Canada). Professionally, Steve works as a defense contractor after retiring from a 22-year career in the U.S. Air Force. WPX Award applications and updates previously filed with WN5N have been transferred to N8BJQ and will be processed as quickly as possible. See the September issue of CQ for updated address information for award submissions.IOTA NEWS
EU-013. Russell, G5XW, will be active as GJ5XW/p from Jersey's Channel Islands between August 26th and September 1st. Activity will be on all HF bands, SSB only. QSL via G5XW.
EU-014. Gerry, IZ1DSH, will be active as TK/IZ1DSH from Porto Vecchio, South Corsica (IIA TK-001, MIA MCO-001, WLOTA LH-1390), now through August 15th. Activity will be on 40 and 20 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign through the ARI Bureau.
EU-038. (Satellite Op!) Andre, PH7AT, will be active as PH7AT/p from Texel Island (WLOTA LH-0003) between September 4-8th. He will be operating mainly with a QRP handheld (5w) on satellites (AO-27, SO-50, AO-51, AO-7, FO-29 and VO-52). There may be some HF activity if his schedule permits. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
EU-042. Ten operators from the radio club station "Fachhochschule Wolfenbuttel (AFu-AG)" will use their club callsign DF0WFB, August 17-20th, from Hallig Oland Island (WLOTA LH-0712). Look for activity on all bands and modes. QSL DF0WFB via the bureau or direct with SAE + sufficient postage.
EU-054. Giovanni, IK1WEG, will be active as IF9/IK1WEG/p from Isola Favignana (IIA TP-011, MIA MI-025, WLOTA LH-1545), now through August 19th. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
EU-090. Operators Neno/9A5AN, Gita/OM5MF, Lubo/OM5ZW, Steve/OM5AA and Martin/OM4ATW will activate Palagruza Island, Croatia, (IOCA CI-084, WLOTA LH-0057, CLH -100) between September 2-9th. Last operation was in 2003. Activity will be on all bands, HF and VHF. Neno will sign 9A5AN/P and all others will sign 9A/homecall. More information about the operation, operators and island is available at:
EU-125. Michael, DL3FCG, will be active as OZ/DL3FCG from Bolilmark, Romo Island (NS-001 for the Danish Islands Award), August 5-19th. Activity will be on all bands, CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the bureau, or LoTW.
EU-145. Operators Luis/CT1EEQ, Arlindo/CT1EGW and Carlos/CT1END will be active from Culatra Island (DIP AL-001), August 12-13th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters SSB. QSL via their home callsigns. Further information will be available at:
GREEK ISLANDS TOUR IN NORTH AEGEAN SEA
Operators Nicos/SV2AYT, Bill/SV2AOB, Bill/SV2BET, Alex/SV0EG and Kostas/SW2IPK will use the special callsign SX8AYT to activate the following Greek islands, in the EU-049 IOTA group, between August 16-30th: Lemnos Island (MIA MG-065, WLOTA LH-1740), Agios Efstratios Island (MIA MG-002), Sergitsi Island (MIA MG-106, uninhabitable) and Kompi Rockisland. Activity will be on 80-2 meters, mainly SSB. SV8CRL is a local operator on Lemnos Island and SV8BUZ is a local operator on Agios Efstratios Island. QSL via SV2AYT, direct (QRZ.com) or via the bureau. Further information can be found at:
J3, GRENADA (Ops Needed!)
Harry, AC8G, informs that five team members are confirmed for a visit to Grenada between October 25th and November 2nd. Besides being an entry in the CQ WW SSB Contest, there will be activity before and after the contest using various bands and modes. Openings exist for several more operators. If interested please contact AC8G using the following E-mail address and giving a phone number for contact and good times to call at:
KH8SI NOW QRT
The KH8SI operation went QRT around 1900z, August 2nd. Some interesting details about the operation should be forthcoming. According to KH8SI pilot station JA2JSF: QSL via JA1BK: Kan Mizoguchi, 5-3 Sakuragaoka 4 Chome, Tama City, Tokyo 206-0013, JAPAN. Please send all QSL data (multi QSOs) on one QSL. There has not been an announcement about online logs.
LAST MINUTE UPDATE. Visit Kan's, JA1BK, Web page to see some of pictures of the KH8SI operation and information about how hard it was to get transportation to Swains Island. His Web page is at:
The Nieuwpoort Lighthouse (BEL-004) will be activated during the coming International Lighthouse and Lightship (ILLW) weekend (August 19-20th) by members of the UBA sections DST, KSD and RCO. Activity will be on all bands (80-2 meters) mainly on SSB, CW and PSK31. At regular intervals the operators may be seen on ATV as well (live via the ON0OS ATV output on 1255 MHz or screen captures on http://www.on4aim.com ). QSL via ON5RKN, either direct or through the UBA bureau. There will be a special multi-color QSL card. All direct requests for QSLs will be mailed from Nieuwpoort and will bear the special "Nieuwpoort Lighthouse" postmark which can be considered a real collector's item.
Don, VP8ON, along with several other operators, will activate the Cape Pembroke Lighthouse (ARLHS FAL-009, WW Loc. GD18DH), located in the Falkland Islands (SA-002), for the International Lighthouse-Lightship Weekend (ILLW), August 19-20th. QSL via VP8ON (QRZ.com).
Hector/CE3FZL and Ricardo/CE3HDI will be active as CE2P (SSB) and CE2F (CW), respectively, from Punta Panul Lighthouuse (ARLHS-073), in San Antonio Port in CHILE, during the ILLW. Activity will be on all bands. QSL CE2P via EA5KB and CE2F via CE3HDI. Addresses can be obtained on (QRZ.com).
Rincon Lighthouse (ARG036) -- Special Prefix/Callsign LR3DX will be used. Located in Verde Peninsula in Villarino County. Lat. 39° 23' S Long. 62° 01' W / Grid Locator = FF80xoLook for activity from the above LH on all bands and modes, including digimodes (RTTY, PSK, SSTV). Contacts with Recalada, Baliza Chica, Punta Tejada and Rincon Lighthouses will be valid for the
Recalada Lighthouse (ARG-009) -- Each operator will use their own callsign plus “/D” because they are located in the Province of Buenos Aires, located in Monte Hermoso, the tallest LH in South America and the sixth in the world. It was 100 years old last January. Lat. 39º 00’ S Long. 61º 16’ W / Grid Locator = FF91ia
Baliza Chica Lighthouse (ARG083) -- Each operator will use their own callsign plus “/D” because they are located in the Province of Buenos Aires. Lat. 38º 53’ S Long. 61º 58’ W / Grid Locator = FF91ac
Punta Tejada Lighthouse (Ref. to confirm) -- FIRST TIME ACTIVITY. No callsign provided. Lat. 38º 59 S Long. 61º 49' W / Grid Locator = FF91ca
Hipasam Lighthouse (ARG-040) -- FIRST TIME ACTIVITY. Each operator will use their own callsign plus “/V” because they are located in the Province of Rio Negro. Located in Punta Colorada, 20 Km. east from Sierra Grande, Rio Negro Province. Lat. 41° 43' S Long. 65° 02' W / Grid Locator = FE78lg
The Panama Canal Amateur Radio Association will activate Panama Canal Miraflores Lighthouse (PAN-030) on August 19-20th as HO1L. Activity will be on all bands and modes including some PSK31. QSL via HP1IBF.
MICROLITE BALTIC TOUR 2006
Vincenzo, IZ0FKE, informs OPDX that he will be active from the Baltic area. His schedule is as follows:
August 9-11th - He will team up Markus/OH1MN and be a guest member of OH1AA on Parainen (EU-096) - Turku Group (one of the most wanted EU IOTAs). QSL via Andrea, IZ0EHO.All the OH/IZ0FKE contacts will be registered with ARRL "Log of the World" (LoTW) as a valid and quick DXCC credit for Aland Islands and Finland. Vincenzo will try to give some media coverage by uploading frames to a MMS gallery at:
August 12-23rd - Vincenzo will be active as OH0/IZ0FKE from Odkarby (EU-002) - Aland Main Island. He states that activity will be on the WARC bands and PSK31. QSL via Alberto, IZ0FMA. He will also be with Peter/OH0JFB in the SSB QSO party on 20m from the famous Scandinavian Club Stations OH0Z/OH0AZ.
OH0, ALAND ISLAND
Four Finnish operators will be active from here during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 23-24th). Look for Raimo, OH3BHL, to be active as OH0Z as a Single-Op/Single-Band (80m) entry. QSL via W0MM. Look for Juhani, OH8JT, to be active as OH0I as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m) entry. QSL via OH3BHL. Look for Juha, OH9MM, to be active as OH0M as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry. QSL via OH1MM. Look for Kimmo, OH9MDV, to be active as OH0KAG as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m) entry. QSL via OH1KAG.
QRP MOUNTAIN DXPEDITION
Operators Michele/F5MKX (YL), Alain/F6ENO and Jean-Jacques/F5NKX will be active as F8UFT/p from the French Alps as follows:
Weather permitting, the team will be active on August 17th starting at the end of their afternoon (around 1600z) and night from the Adele Planchard hut (3200m ASL).Their equipment is a battery powered 3w transceiver and dipole (7 MHz), only on CW. QSL via F6ICG.
On August 18th, morning, some activity by F5NKX, before climbing to the Grande Ruine hut (3765m ASL).
PLEASE NOTE: This expedition is a non SOTA one, for there's no French SOTA committee yet. ADDITIONAL NOTE: The callsign F8UFT is the official callsign of the Union Francaise des Telegraphistes (UFT), the French CW Society. This callsign has been activate in the past from: FS, TI, FO0, TK, FK8, J2, LA, OZ, ON, SM, and also from the Mont Blanc summit (4807m ASL).
QSL INFO AND NEWS
Phil, G3SWH, has recently acquired the paper logs for G3XAQ/6Y5 and a small number of cards for Alan's operations from NA-097 in December 1992, November/December 1995, December 1996 and November/December 1999. As the logs are on paper; they will *NOT* be uploaded to LoTW. As always, Phil's QSL policy is: direct preferred, bureau is OK or E-mail for a bureau card. Please include adequate postage and a C6 sized SAE for the return of any direct QSLs. U.S. dollars are *MUCH* preferred to IRCs, but please remember that 1 USD is *NOT* sufficient postage for an airmail reply outside Europe. Mint stamps (except those supplied loose) and other currencies are *NOT* welcome.
EG7CC QSL STATUS. John, EA7EUF, Secretary of the URE Huelva, informs OPDX that anyone who made a contact with the special callsign EG7CC over the weekend of May 20-21st, the QSL cards have been sent to URE HQ in Madrid for forwarding via the bureau.
NO BUREAU QSLS! Len, VK8DK, from the VK8 Bureau, informs that "whoever works Alan, VK8AV, please note that he does NOT accept QSL cards via the Bureau. He has a manager, Andy, UA9XC, who will accept all cards, provided it contain an SASE and 2 IRCs. The VK8 Bureau is 'drowning' in QSL cards for VK8AV. Please pass on this message."
Members of the Strange Radio Team (SRT) will be celebrating their 3rd anniversary (birthday/founding) between August 2-10th, using the following special callsigns:
ED8SRT QSL via IZ8EDJ IO7SRT QSL via IZ7FLT EF8SRT QSL via IZ8EDJ IO8SRT QSL via IK8WEJ IO0SRT QSL via IZ0BTV IR3SRT QSL via IN3JJI IO1SRT QSL via IZ1GJK IR0SRT QSL via IS0LFZ (Sardinia Island) IO2SRT QSL via I2JJR IU8SRT QSL via IZ8GGF IO3SRT QSL via IV3ZXQ L30BST QSL via IZ8EDJ IO5SRT QSL via IZ5BTC V55SRT QSL via IZ8EDJ IO6SRT QSL via IZ6FZS YI0SRT QSL via IZ8EDJFor this event, they will be printing a special QSL card. For more info, visit the following Web Page at:
SPECIAL EVENTS (Japan)
Look for the following JA operations to take place during the month of August:
8J1A - Activity will take place between August 1-20th to celebrate the 2006 Amateur Radio Festival. Look for activity on all HF bands and modes. QSL via the JARL Bureau.TK, CORSICA
8J120JAS - Activity will take place between August 1-31st to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Fuji amateur radio satellite. Look for activity on all HF bands and modes. QSL via the JARL Bureau.
8J620JAS - Activity will take place between August 1-31st to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Fuji amateur radio satellite - Tanegashima. Look for activity on all HF bands and modes. QSL via the JARL Bureau.
8J2ARDF - Activity will take place between August 6th to October 15th, to celebrate the All Japan ARDF Athetic Meeting. Operations will be on all bands and modes. QSL via the JARL Bureau.
8J7JAZZ - Activity will take place between August 10th to September 10th to celebrate the 16th Johzenji Streetjazz Festival in Sendai. Operations will be on all HF bands and modes. QSL via the JARL Bureau.
TX6, MAYOTTE (AF-027)
Sam, F6AML, a member of F6KOP Team, will be active as TX8A from October 5-17th. Activity will be on CW and SSB on the following suggested frequencies:
CW - 3514, 7014, 10115, 14014, 18071, 21014, 24892 and 28014 kHzHe will pay special attention for North America and Japan stations. QSL is "OK" via the bureau. For direct QSL, please send 1 IRC, or 1 USD for Europe or 2 USDs for the rests of the world.
SSB - 3785, 7057, 14266, 18140, 21266, 24966 and 28444 kHz
MI-NEW. Look for special event callsign K8G to be active from Granite Island (ARLHS USA-333) during the ILLW, August 19-20th. Activity will be on most HF bands, SSB, CW, and PSK31. QSL via K8PT, w/SASE, SAE and IRC or GS, or by the bureau. Operations will start at 0001z Saturday and end 2359z Sunday.
TN-NEW. Jeff, WB5WAJ, plans to activate Hole in the Wall Island, Tennessee, August 18-19th. Look for activity around the usual IOTA frequencies (14260 kHz main). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
TX-001S. John, KL7JR, is active most weekends from Galveston Island (NA-143).
ADDED NOTE: Remember the U.S. Island W/VE QSO Party is October 21-22nd from 1600z Saturday to 2359z Sunday.
Paul, K1XM, will be here between October 25-30th and active as VP9/K1XM (outside the contest). His activity will include the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as VP9I and as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Look for activity outside of the contest mainly on CW, on 160-10 meters including the WARC bands.
VQ9, CHAGOS ISLANDS
Jim, ND9M (VQ9JC and KG4JC), will be returning to Diego Garcia (AF-006) this week for another four month tour. He is a Radio Officer on the M/V Sgt. William R Button for the Military Sealift Command (MSC). He informs OPDX that his previous tour over last winter produced nearly 15,000 QSOs (84% CW, 11% SSB, 5% digital) despite lousy band conditions, and he is hoping for another productive time on the island. QSL either direct or via the bureau by his home callsign, ND9M. (He also handles QSLs for his other alter-ego, KG4JC.)
PLEASE NOTE that direct requests will be forwarded to him by his XYL only on a 2 or 3 week basis, and it takes about two weeks for first-class mail to reach him on the ship. Jim will answer QSL requests ASAP, but IRC users should be very careful as any requests received after the IRCs have expired at the end of this year will be answered via the bureau.
VU13, INDIA (Special Event)
Look for special event station VU13IARU to be active until August 11th. Activity is in connection with the 13th IARU R3 Conference in Bangalore. This station will be operating on HF and VHF. The station will be operational from the Hotel Hari International in Bangalore. The person in charge of the station is Mr. A.R. Prathap Kumar, VU2POP.
Oms, PY5EG, informs that the WRTC2006 is pleased to announce the prize winners for the "Worked - WRTC 2006". They kindly invite you to take a look at their PRESS RELEASE 064/06 on the following Web page at:
XX9, MACAO (Update)
Look for Hide, JM1LJS, to be here between August 10-15th. He is trying to renew his XX9TJS license. He states that his activity will start around 1000z on August 11th. Activity will be on 30/17/12/6/2 meters SSB, CW and FM (No Digital modes.) He knows there is a high demand for 30 meters, so look for him there. Satellite operations will be 2m uplink / 430 MHz downlink only (No 430 MHz uplink). He will have two sets of FT-100D (HF/6m: 100W, 2m: 50W) plus AT-130 (Antenna tuner). Antennas will be fullsize dioples for 30/17/12 meters. For the 6m band, he will use a 2 element V beam type HB9CV. For the 2m band, a 430 MHz 3 element / 6 element cross yagi for the satellites. QSL XX9TJS via JM1LJS.
Hotang (Hot), YC0IEM, will be active as YC0IEM/7 from Borneo Island (OC-088), August 7-24th. His bands/modes of activity were not provided. QSL via IZ8CCW, by the bureau or direct.
Richard, SP8HKT, will once again be in Iraq as YI9KT. He will be in Diwaniyah from now until January 2007. He is going to use an IC-735 w/100 watts into a 7 band vertical antenna (GP-7, 40-10m) and a Delta Loop at 85m for 80m. Richard will be active during his free time: 0800-1000z, 1300-1430z, 1700-2000z, sometimes on low band only with North America between 0200-0330z and 0500-0630 local time. His activity on 160 and 80 meters depends on the possibility of assembling his antenna. QSL via SP8HKT, only direct.
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