The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 801
March 12, 2007
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, AA1AC, K1XN & GoList, N1DG, K2MGA, W2VU, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4QD, K4VUD, N4AA & QRZ DX, AA8LL, K8YSE, WD9DZV, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, 9M2TO, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, E21EIC, F5NQL & UFT, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, RSGB IOTA, SP6DVP, UT5UY and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 4th/March, through Sunday, 11th/March there were 229 countries active. Countries available: 1S, 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, D6, DL, DU, E5, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, 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, R1FJ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YU6, YV, Z2, Z3, Z7, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK2, ZK3, ZL, ZL7, 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).
2U, GUERNSEY (EU-114)
Kevan, 2E0WMG, will be active as 2U0WMG from March 19-23rd. Activity will be on 80m-70cm, mainly HF SSB only. QSL via 2E0WMG (QRZ.com).
3D2, FIJI (IOTA Op)
A group of five Ukrainian radio amateurs will be activating two IOTA groups between late April and early May. Operators mentioned are: Len/UR3HR, Sergey/UR7HTX, Max/UR7HTZ (3D2TZ), Alex/UT5UY (3D2UY) and Alex/UX0LL (3D2AP). Their activity will start from Taveuni Island (OC-016), using the callsign 3D2AP, 3D2TZ and 3D2UY between April 27th and May 3rd. The team will then move to one of the "Most Wanted IOTA and Most Wanted Fijian IOTA Group (only 7.8% IOTA Chasers are credited) and activate Yanuca Island in the Ringgold Isles Group (OC-189) as 3D2RI (suffix RI=Ringgold Isles) between May 3-7th. The group plans to have 2-3 well equipped stations active and operating simultaneously using YAGI antennas.
There will be a special effort on the lower bands. QSLs for 3D2RI are via UR3HR, by the bureau or direct to: LEONID BABICH, P.O. BOX 55, POLTAVA, 36000, UKRAINE. QSL cards for personal activity from Taveuni Island should be sent direct to home callsign or through the bureau (QSL 3D2UY via UT5UY, 3D2AP via UX0LL and 3D2TZ via UR7HTZ). Due to the high cost of this operation on a remote Pacific Island, the group is asking for sponsorship by various DX organizations and individuals around the world. If you would like to help fund or sponsor their DXpedition, please contact Alex, UT5UY, by E-mail at: email@example.com For more information, please visit the Ukrainian DXpedition Team (UDXT) Web site at:
3DA, SWAZILAND (Reminder)
Remember, members of the Irish Radio Transmitters Society (IRTS), will celebrate their 75th Jubilee by planning a "AFRI75 Dxpedition 2007" to Swaziland between March 16-25th. Activity for this DXpedition will also cover St. Patrick's Day and the CQWW WPX SSB Contest. The DXpedition's leader is IRTS Vice President Paul Martin, EI2CA (3DA0PM). Currently, the following members have signed up for the DXpedition: Peter/EI7CC (3DA0PB), Aidan/EI8CE (3DA0AM), David/EI4DJ/GI4FUM (3DA0DG), Rory/EI4DJB (3DA0RH), Brendan/EI3GV (3DA0GV) and Pete/GI4VIV (3DA0GI) A private UK/Ireland YAHOO newsgroup for this DXpedition is available at:
M'hamed, CN8NK, in Rabat, will once again be active using the special callsign 5C8A during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via EA5XX.
Vlad, UA4WHX, continues to be active as 5R8VB, but there are no details on when he is leaving. He was heard this past week on 80/40/30/20/18 meters using CW or SSB. QSL via UA4WHX, after he return from his trip.
60M WEB PAGE FOR DXERS
Tom, K4MM, has provided an interesting Web page for 60 meters operators looking for DX. The Web site lists DX stations that have been active on this new band and also lists upcoming operations. The Web page can be found at:
Guernsey - By GU4WTN in early spring.ADDED NOTE: The 60 meter band became available to U.S. amateurs on July 3rd in 2003. Any U.S. amateur radio operator holding a General, Advanced or Amateur Extra Class license may only transmit USB on the following five channels: 5330.5 (CH 1), 5346.5 (CH 2), 5366.5 (CH 3), 5371.5 (CH 4) and 5403.5 kHz (CH 5). Transmission on these channels are with an effective radiated power (ERP) not to exceed 50 watts PEP. Channel 5 is the unofficial DX calling frequency!
Madeira Island - By Hardy/DL3KWF and Rose/DL3KWR. They have applied for permission, March 9-22nd.
Jersey - MJ DXpedition is planned for March 14-22nd.
Costa Rica - By Ed/TI8AA in the high mountains of Costa Rica, April 2-7th. QSL via TI8AA.
Swains Island - Callsign N8S; beginning April 3rd.
Bermuda - By Ed/VP9GE and Joe/W8GEX; working on getting VP9GE permission.
9M4, SPRATLY ISLANDS (Update)
The Malaysian/Japanese 9M4SDX DXpedition is now active from Pulau Layang Layang (AS-051) in the Spratly Island group until March 19th. One of the operators Tex, 9M2TO, informed OPDX before leaving that the group will have a 6m beacon on 50.115 MHz. The group plans to have 2-4 stations up and running for 24 hours on all bands 160-6 meters, and on CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK modes. Remember to QSL via 9M2TO, by the bureau or direct to: Tex Izumo, 2C-10-03 Mutiara APT., JLN. SG. EMAS 11100 Batu Ferringhi, Penang, MALAYSIA. Visit the DXpedition's Web page at:
9M4, WEST MALAYSIA (Contest/IOTA Op)
Members of the Malaysian Amateur Radio Transmitter Society (MARTS) will use their special contest callsign 9M4DXX during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th). Operations will be from Tex's, 9M2TO, QTH on Penang Island (AS-015). QSL via 9M2TO.
Popa, YU7EF, is once again back in Nepal until May 3rd. No other information is available at this time (callsign/bands). Some reports indicate he may operate from Stig's, LA7JO (9N7JO), QTH. Hopefully, more info will be available next week.
ANOTHER 9 BAND DXCC VIA LOTW
Clive Penna, GM3POI, became the second ham to achieve 9 band DXCC using only Logbook of The World (LoTW) confirmations. John Sluymer, VE3EJ, in Ontario, was the first. Congratulations, Clive!
Richard Moseson, W2VU, Editor of CQ Amateur Radio, provides the following:
CQ's "HF Operator's Survival Guide" sells for $2 (plus shipping), with discounts available for bulk purchases. To order, or for more information, contact CQ Communications, Inc. at 800-853-9797 on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern time.
CQ Introduces "HF Operator's Survival Guide"(Hicksville, NY - March 8, 2007) -- In response to recent changes in licensing rules and operating privileges for all hams, the editors of CQ Amateur Radio magazine have prepared an "HF Operator's Survival Guide," a 16-page "getting started" guide for newcomers to high-frequency (shortwave) amateur radio communications.
Written by CQ Contesting Editor John Dorr, K1AR; Contributing Editor Gordon West, WB6NOA, and CQ Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU, who also oversaw the overall production, the booklet is a practical hands-on guide to success in HF ham radio.
"HF: Your Window to the World," by K1AR, a brief description of the characteristics of each HF ham band and which is best when;
"The Basics of HF Operating," also by K1AR, covers operating practices on HF, particularly as they differ from common practices on VHF;
"Choosing Your First Rig," by WB6NOA, looks at the considerations that go into deciding whether to buy new or used, basic or something to "grow into," and important considerations such as band coverage and receiver quality;
"Antennas to Get You Going," by the late Joe Carr, K4IPV (written for a previous project that was never published), covers the basics of dipoles, verticals and beam antennas;
"HF Activity Guide," by W2VU, which looks at the different modes and operating activities a ham is likely to encounter on HF, along with an introduction to certificate-chasing and contesting; and
"An HF Band Chart," showing the new frequency privileges for each class of license on each HF band
"Starting out on HF can be pretty intimidating," says Moseson, "especially now, at the bottom of the sunspot cycle, when DX opportunities are harder to find. This practical guide will help the new HF operator, regardless of license class, hit the air running."
Champ, E21EIC, and others have announced that the "Radio Amateur Society of Thailand" (RAST) has received authorization from NTC for Thai operators to operate on 80 and 160 meters during contests in the year 2007 (ending December 31st). Thai operators may operate their stations on CW and SSB between 1800-1825 kHz and 3500-3536 kHz. Split operations have also been authorized. Stations in Thailand currently can only operate on 40/20/15/10 meters and can not operate on 30/17/12/6. However, activity on the WARC bands and 6 meters is sometimes granted with special permission.
HF40, POLAND (Update)
Members of the "Piastowski Klub Krotkofalowcow" will activate their club station (SP6PAZ) using the special event callsign HF40PAZ to celebrate their 40th anniversary. The station will be on the air between March 1st and April 30th, and again between September 1-30th. Also, look for HF40PAZ to be active in the 2007 CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th). QSL via SP6PAZ. A special award is now available to both SWLs and hams. Please visit the following Web pages for details at:
H44, SOLOMON ISLANDS
Bernhard, DL2GAC, is once again active as H44MS. He is expected to be on the Solomon Islands until April 25th. The "DX Newletter" reports that Bernhard is collecting QSLs for his U.S. Counties Award and 5 Band WAS from there. His activity will have an emphasis on 80/40 meters SSB. He was also heard on 20 meters this past week. There are reports that Bernhard might show up from different islands throughout his operation like he did during all of his previous DXpeditions. QSL direct or via the bureau to DL2GAC.
Jan, K4QD, will once again be active as HH4/K4QD from here, March 19-30th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters CW/SSB. As in the past, Jan will operate from the NW Haiti Christian Mission:
Station HV0A has been very active over the last week, especialy on CW, RTTY and 160/80 meters. Most of the activity has been on 20 meters between 1400-1700z, but this past weekend's activity was on 160/80 meters between 0330-0630z. QSL via IK0FVC.
EU-008. Dennis, M0LSB, is expected to be active as MM0LSB/p from the following three Scottish islands between March 14th and April 2nd: Islay (IOSA NH-22, SCOTIA CS-25), Jura (IOSA NH-21, SCOTIA CS-28) and Gigha (IOSA NH-24, SCOTIA CS-23), Inner Hebrides (EU-008). Activity will be on 80-10 meters SSB. QSL via M0LSB (QRZ.com).
EU-010. Dennis, M0LSB, will be active as MM0LSB/p from Great Bernera, Scotland, July 27-29th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters SSB and in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th). QSL via M0LSB.
EU-071. Kent, SM5ELV, will be active as TF7/SM5ELV from Heimaey Island, Iceland, June 10-13th. He will try to activate as many bands and modes as possible using only 100 watts, a vertical antenna and maybe a dipole. QSL via SM5ELV.
EU-123. Operators Tom/MM0BHX, Gordon/MM0GPZ, Douglas/GM0ELP, Phil/GM0LIR, John/GM0NBM and Iain/GM0OQV will be active as GM0B from Bute Island, Scotland, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th). QSL via MM0BHX.
EU-125. Mike, DK5NA, will be active as OZ/DK5NA from Romo Island, March 18-30th. Activity will be on 160-40 meters CW. QSL via DK5NA (QRZ.com).
NA-034. Members of the Mid Florida DX Association (MFDXA) will be activating special event station N2D in memory of founder and 1st Club President Dan, W2NDP (SK), from Honeymoon Island. This will be a one day only operation. Operators mentioned are: Tony/N2MFT, Steve/KS4WA, Gregg/N6ZUE and Warner/N4WBJ. Activity will be 20 meters, 15 meters and maybe 17 meters (depending on propagation) and the IOTA frequencies will be used +/- QRM. QSL via W4FDX (QRZ.com). Visit the MFDXA Web page at:
NA-076. Wade, AA8LL, will be active as AA8LL/4 from Cedar Key, FL, now through March 13th. Activity will be 40-10 meters, CW, SSB and RTTY; with 100 watts and wire antennas. QSL direct, bureau, or LoTW to AA8LL.
NA-113. Operators Pete/W2GJ, Ed/K3IXD and Randy/K4QO will be active from Crooked Island, South Bahamas Group, July 27-30th. Their activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest where they will use the callsign C6APR. Activity before and after the IOTA Contest will be on the WARC bands plus 6m, using CW, SSB and RTTY, and the callsigns C6AXD (K3IXD) and C6AQO (K4QO). These QSOs will also count for Bird Rock Lighthouse (ARLHS BAH-005, TWLHD WLH C6-002, WLOTA LH-0118 , WW Loc. FL22TU). QSLs for all callsigns go via K3IXD, by the Bureau or direct to: Ed Steeble, 202 Huntington Rd., Summerville SC 29483 USA.
NA-183. (Update) Operators Enrique/XE1IH, Francisco/XE1KOF, Luis/XE1YJL, David/XE1XR, Martin/XE2ML and Ben/XE2AUB will activate two islands in the Guerrero State Group as 4A3IH in the month of May. Look for them to activate Roqueta Island [ARLHS MEX-069] (May 14-19th) and Guerrero Island (May 21-26th) on all HF bands, 6/2 meters, CW, SSB, Digital modes and the Satellites. QSL is OK via the Bureau or direct to IT9EJW: Alfio Bonanno, Via della Regione, 20 - 95028 Valverde (CT), Italy. More information is available at:
SA-089. The 4M5DX Team will be active as YW1DX from Cayo Sombrero, July 27-30th. They will participate in the IOTA Contest as a DXpedition category. Look for YW1DX on the WARC bands CW, SSB and RTTY before and after the contest. The team is looking for sponsors/donors for this operation.
J5, GUINEA-BISSAU (IOTA Op)
Just a reminder to look for Jack, F6BUM, to be active as J5BI from Bubaque Island, March 14-28th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and SSTV (on request preferably on 21340 kHz). He will use a FT-857D w/100 watts in dipole antennas. QSL via his home callsign, direct, by the Bureau or eQSL. Visit his Web page (with a log search) at:
Francois, F8DVD, will once again be active as JW/F8DVD from the Longyearbyen ARC, located on the Spitsbergen Island, 78° North, and about a thousand kilometers far from the geographic North Pole (EU-026, WAZ 40 and Grid Square JQ78TF), April 12-23rd. His activity will be on all HF bands both CW and SSB. This will be Francois's 5th time on the island. He will use the Longyearbyen Radio Club's equipment which consists of an ICOM 751 and a 500 watts PA, into a 5 elements yagi on a 30 meters high tower. QSL via his home callsign, through the French REF-Union Bureau or direct, w/SAE + 1 IRC (or 1 USD for EU, and 2 USD for elsewhere) to: Francois Bergez, 6, Rue de la Liberte, F-71000 MACON, France.
NP3, PUERTO RICO
Operators Jim/KS1J, Joe/K1JN, John/W1DX, Matt/WE1H, Pat/NG1G, Foster/N3KCJ, Jim/AJ1M Bill/N1HRA and Carlos/WP4U will be active as NP3U during the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) as a Multi/Multi entry. QSL via WP4U.
Tim, WD9DZVA, informs OPDX that a station sign SU0FEC is a pirate, and he is not the QSL Manager for this callsign. However, Tim is a QSL Manager for many other stations.
POPULAR COMMUNICATIONS CHANGES EDITOR
CQ Communications, Inc., President Richard Ross, K2MGA, provides the following:
QSL INFO AND NEWS
EDITH LENNON, N2ZRW, NAMED EDITOR OF POPULAR COMMUNICATIONS(Hicksville, NY, March 8, 2007) -- Edith Lennon, N2ZRW, has been named Editor of Popular Communications magazine, it was announced today by CQ Communications, Inc., President Richard Ross, K2MGA. Lennon, who is currently the magazine's Managing Editor, succeeds Harold Ort, N2RLL, editor since 1996.
Edith's name may be familiar to readers of CQ Communications magazines and books, having served in various editorial capacities on several publications produced by CQ over a 17-year span. In addition to her work on Popular Communications, Lennon has been Editor of Radio magazine (produced by CQ for RadioShack), the CQ Amateur Radio Buyer's Guide, the CQ Beginner's Guide to Amateur Radio and The Music and Computer Educator.
She has also been Managing Editor of several publications from CQ and other publishers, including CQ VHF and Communications Quarterly. In addition, Lennon has edited several technical books and was Managing Editor of the highly acclaimed CQ Amateur Radio Almanac. She also does freelance writing in the media industry.
"Edith brings more than a decade of publishing and hobby radio experience to this position," said Ross. "I am confident that she will be able to make a good magazine even better."
"Today, the listening hobby has expanded beyond just radio," said Lennon, "including streaming audio on the internet and other sources. One of my goals is to broaden the base of Popular Communications to include all of these new information sources as well as traditional over-the-air radio." Lennon assumes the editorship of Popular Communications with the June 2007 issue.
QSL Routes For Contest Stations and Beacons: QSL PI7QHN via PA0QHN QSL SK3UHF via SM3AFT QSL PI7YSS via PA0JAZ QSL SK4BX via SM7ECM QSL S55ZRS via S57C QSL SK7MHL via SM7ECM QSL SK1UHF via SM1IUX QSL SR5VHW via SP5TAT QSL SK2UHF via SK2AT QSL UA6HJQ via UA6HJQ QSL SK2VHG via SM4RNA QSL YO2X via YO2IS QSL SK2VHH via SM5JXAQSL HS0T via the QSL Manager HS6NDK. He has started answering QSLs for the November 23-29th, 2005, operation from Lanta Yai Island (IOTA AS-053 and WLOTA-0946).
Champ, E21EIC, the 2007 SEANET Contest Manager, informs OPDX that the 2007 SEANET Contest rules are now available online on the SEANET 2007 Web site at:
John, DJ6JH, will active as TA4/DJ6JH from April 7-13th. This will be a holiday style operation and activity will be mainly on RTTY and PSK31, and 20-10 meters. QSL via his home callsign.
VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
Dave, W5CW, will be active as VP5/W5CW between March 20-28th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters CW/SSB. He will also be in the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) using the special callsign VP57V. QSL via his home callsign.
WP4, PUERTO RICO (NA-099)
Alfredo, WP3C, will be active as WP4I during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 28-29th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power/SSB-only/ 24 HRs entry. QSL via W3HNK.
Kees, PA5CW, will be active as YB9/PA5CW from Bali, April 25th to May 10th. No other info provided.
ZL7, CHATHAM ISLANDS
Yoshi, JJ8DEN, is once again active as ZL7/KH0PR. You will only have a few more days to work him because he is expected to go QRT on March 13th. Activity has been mainly on 17/15 meters, RTTY and CW. QSL via JJ8DEN.
Tomas, ZP5AZL, will be active as ZP0R during the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 24-25th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via W3HNK.
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