OPDX Bulletin 803 March 26, 2007

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 803
BID: $OPDX.803
March 26, 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, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, K2FF, KA3UNQ, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K8YSE, KU9C, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, EA1FCH, EI5DI, F5NQL & UFT, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, OH2BH, OH2BN, OK1MU, ON7YX, PA7DA, RSGB IOTA, SP9MRO, VA3RJ & ICPO and YZ1EW/RA4U for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 18th-March, through Sunday, 25th-March there were 231 countries active. Countries available: 1S, 3A, 3B8, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU, E5, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H2, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, 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, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YU6, YV, Z2, Z3, Z7, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK2, ZL, ZL8, 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).

3B6, AGALEGA
Team leader Witek, SP9MRO, announced on March 22nd that the Polish DXpedition to Agalega Island has been rescheduled to take place between June 6-18th, provided that the team can obtain permission for staying, a licence and the right ship to take them there. For updates please visit the 3B6 Web page at:

http://3b6.godx.eu/

3B8, MAURITIUS (AF-049)
Starting April 5th, look for Mart, DL6UAA, to once again be active as 3B8MM for a few weeks. His activity will be mostly CW, but he will also try SSTV (on 14230 kHz). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau. Visit his Web site at:

http://www.dl6uaa.de/indexa.html

4O3/YT6, MONTENEGRO (Late WPX Announcement)
There was another contest effort from Montenegro by Ranko/YT6A (on 20m) and Martti/4O3B/OH2BH (80m) during this past weekend's CQ WPX Phone Contest. The OH2BN press release stated:

"They will be using many newly established stations and antenna concepts at Ranko's 'Premium Contest Resort' 600 meters above sea level near the city of Herceg Novi." ADDED NOTE: Visit Ranko's new Web site (still under construction) at:
http://www.skycc.info/yt6a
7P, LESOTHO
Operators Tony/ZS1APB, Barry/ZS1FJ, Shaun/ZS1RA, Roy/ZS1ROY and Deon/ZS1ZL will be operating from the highest point in Lesotho (3000m ASL) on the north border escarpment of the Drakensburg Range between April 5-12th. The team has requested the callsign 7P8DX. Activity is planned for 80-15 meters with an emphasis on the lower bands. They plan to have three stations active simultaneously using Yagis and V-beams.

A2, BOTSWANA (UPdate/Ops Stilled Needed!)
Frosty, K5LBU, reports that so far they now have 3 operators beside himself. He would like to find at least 2 more to join their group. The dates are still the same, July 5-21st. Frosty states, "It looks like we might be able to do some EME and LEO work also while there." If interested, contact him via E-mail at:

frosty1@pdq.net
ADDED NOTE: Frosty is already thinking about next year, possibly 3DA0 or 7P8.

A5, BHUTAN
Beginning in April, operator Kunio, JA8VE, is expected to be here on a two year work assignment through March 2009 as a JICA senior volunteer for Japan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs to coach the Bhutanese telecommunications ministry. He will be active as A52VE and will be operating from the capital city of Thimphu. Activity will be on all bands including 6 meters, SSB, Digital modes and some CW. Kunio states that he will use a Yaesu and Icom radio with ONLY 100 watts (amps are prohibited) possibly using a Spider beam and Inverted VEE or DP. QSL via JF1OCQ, using the (QRZ.com) address.

CU2, AZORES
Pedro, EA1FCH, will be active from Sao Miguel (EU-003) in the Eastern Island Group as CU2/EA1FCH, June 27th through August 5th. Activity will be on the lower bands and WARC bands, mainly CW and the Digital modes. QSL via EA1FCH, by the Bureau or direct.

DXCC NEWS
JUST A REMINDER (DXCC Honor Roll listings due)! The deadline for the next ARRL DXCC Honor Roll listing is approaching very fast. Just under a week to go! All submissions must be "postmarked by March 31st". The Honor Roll list will appear in the 2007 August QST. There are 337 current entities on the DXCC list, so you must be at 337 for Top of the Honor Roll or within the numerical top 10 to qualify for the Honor Roll (minimum of 328 entities; deleted entities do not count toward Honor Roll).

Reports indicate that the following operations are not yet approved for DXCC credit:
E51PDX - North Cook Islands
E51PEN - North Cook Islands
Reason given: No documentation received for either of these 2006 operations.

Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Branch Manager reports that the following operations are approved for DXCC credit:

1A4A - Sovereign Military Order Of Malta 2007 Operation
9M4SDX - Spratly Islands 2007 Operation
9U9Z - Burundi 2007 Operation
DXJP - Spratly Islands 2007 Operation
YWDX - Aves Island 2007 Operation
ER, MOLDOVA
Andy, RW3AH, is now active as ER/RW3AH until April 12th. This is his third DXpedition to the Republic of Moldova. He plans to pay special attention to the 160/80m bands and as usual on 20 meter CW/SSB (for USA General Class above 14260 kHz and for Russian amateurs around 14150-14180 kHz). Also mentioned is that Valery, RW3GW, may possibly join him as well as a second operator using the callsign ER0/R7C or ER0/NA1SA between April 8-12th. QSL direct using the address on (QRZ.com).

GP8, GUERNSEY (EU-114)
Chris, M0DOL, will be here for 7 days and is expected to arrive during the morning of May 26th. He plans to activate castles and forts on the island. He will stay in Richmond near Vazon Bay, in sight of both Fort Richmond and Fort Hammet. Chris states that he will also be at Vale Castle on Sunday, May 27th. Look for Chris, along with Tom/2E0TSW and members of the Norhampton Radio Club, to activate the callsign GP8LED/p for the first time ever from all locations. Activity will be on all bands. A full colored double-sided QSL card will be available only direct from M0DOL (information via QRZ.com). ATTENTION CASTLE HUNTERS: A list of CASHOTA reference numbers will be available soon on the following Web page soon at:

http://www.cashota.org

HL, SOUTH KOREA (IOTA & LH Activity)
Jean-Pierre, F5AHO, will be active as HL1/F5AHO from May 12-20th. His plans are to activate some IOTAs and Lighthouses. The following were mentioned: AS-081 (LH0304), AS-060, AS-026 (LH0686) and AS-085. Activity will be SSB on 20/1715 meters using his FT857 and a wire GP. QSL via his home callsign, by the bureau or direct.

INDIAN OCEAN TOUR
Gildas, TU5KG, will once again be portable maritime- mobile (/MM) around Kerguelen Island (FT5XP) and Crozet Island (FT5WL). This time Gildas will not go to Port aux Francais. He will, however, be on Reunion Island (FR/TU5KG) around May 15th. QSL via F4EFI, direct or by the bureau. No e-QSLs accepted.

KH8S, SWAINS ISLAND DXPEDITION (Update)
It is a little over a week to go before members of the N8S Swains Island DXpedition will hit the air between April 4-15th. Then the team will move their operations to the Independent State of Samoa (5W - formerly known as Western Samoa from 1914-1997) as 5W5AA (and possibly other callsigns) between April 17-24th. Acim, YZ1EW, announced this past week that both the N8S and 5W5AA teams will be active on 60 meters (on 5403.5 kHz), 2m EME and 6 EME with WSJT65 A,B,C (on frequencies 50.375 MHz and 144.375 MHz). He also announced that the following pilot stations for the operation are: Toma/YU1AB for Western Europe, Lee/KH6BZF for the Americas and the Pacific, and Antic/YU1AA for the YU and Eastern Europe areas. Lastly, he stated that the DXpedition team is ready to go. All donations are welcome according to the data on their Web site at:

http://www.yt1ad.info/n8s/
Acim also adds (edited): "The most wanted DXCC country needs HAMSPIRIT on the frequency, and please listen carefully to the operator on the current frequency."

LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVITY
Operators Jim/KA3UNQ, Dan/KD3CQ and Al/W3REG will operate as N3L from the Point Lookout Lighthouse (ARLHS USA-628), Maryland, on April 14th, from 1400-2000z. Activity will be on 80/40/20/17 meters SSB, PSK31 and possibly CW. Certificate is available on request. QSL with SASE to KA3UNQ. Visit the Point Lookout Lighthouse's Web page at:

http://www.ptlookoutlighthouse.com/

Operator Jim, KA3UNQ, will be active as a portable from some island in the IOTA NA-031 group (Aquidneck, Goat and Conanicut Islands), April 7-9th. He will also activate numerous Rhode Island lighthouses and U.S. Islands. Activity will be on 40/20/17 meters SSB. QSL with SASE to CBA.

ON50, BELGIUM
Look for special event station ON50EU to be active now through December 31st, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome (EU 50 years). QSL via ON7YX, by the Bureau or direct.

OX60, GREENLAND (NA-018)
Look for special event station OX60AD to be active April 1-30th. Activity is to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force and the 56th anniversary of the Defense Treaty between the U.S. and Denmark for the Protection of Greenland. The "AD" suffix in OX60AD stands for "America-Denmark". Activity will be on 40/20/17/15/10 meters using CW, SSB, and RTTY. QSL via OX3UR.

PA50, NETHERLANDS
Members of the VERON-Leiden are now active as PA50EU until April 9th to celebrate the uniting of Europe from Rome. Activity will be on 80 meters through 70cm. QSL cards can be sent via the Dutch QSL Bureau (DQB).

QSL INFO AND NEWS


  QSL 3DA0EI via EI7CC               QSL EF8A   via EA8AUW
  QSL 3XM6JR via UA6JR               QSL EY3M   via QRZ.com
  QSL 4E1P   via Bureau              QSL LX7I   via LX2A
  QSL D44AC  via QRZ.com             QSL LX8M   via LX1ER
  QSL D69XC  via UA9XC               QSL TA2K   via TA2RC
  QSL ED8D   via EA8BHD by Bureau    QSL TO5A   via F5VHJ
The logs for the recent 9M4SDX Spratly Island DXpedition are now available online at:
http://9m4sdx.dxers.net/log_search/search.html

PZ5A was operational this past weekend in the CQWW SSB WPX Contest. QSL DIRECT via PZ5RA (Ramon) as indicated on (QRZ.com).
IMPORTANT NOTE: PZ5A was first activated in the 2003 CQWW SSB WPX Contest, and QSLs for that operation still go via W5UE (Randy). The second activation of PZ5A as a special callsign (2007 SSB WPX) goes via PZ5RA only DIRECT as indicated on (QRZ.com).

U.S. POSTAL RATES GOING UP!
The cost of mailing a letter will go from 39 cents to 41 cents (first ounce) for letters on May 14th. Howvever, you will be able to lock in that price no matter how rates rise in the future by buying the new "forever" stamp. More details are available at:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070319/ap_on_go_ot/postal_rates

XT2C QSL STATUS
Bernard, F9IE, has reportedly put the first batch of QSL cards in the mail for direct requests.

YX0A, YX0LIX and YX0A/MM QSL STATUS
Steve, KU9C, reports:

"Folks, After returning from a long business trip, I've now sized the YX0A/YX0LIX/YX0A-MM QSLs and can provide the following status:
- I believe all QSLs received at my QTH by mid-February will be in the mail back to you by April 9, 2007. The only exception I see are folks that have sent cards for several calls I manage in one envelope; these will be delayed and I cannot easly predict when I'll be done with those. By the fact that you included several in one envelope, I've made the assumption that you're not in a big hurry for these. If you've not received your card by mid-April, feel free to email me; at that time I'll be able to provide status... .. 73 Steve KU9C"
RMD SPECIAL EVENT
Look for special event stations to be active from 1200z April 14th to 1200z April 15th to commemmorate Radio Maritime Day. This is a CW event which will be operated from former marine coastal radio stations and possibly ships at sea. Suggested frequencies are: 1854, 3520, 7020, 14052, 21052 and 28052 kHz. Look for the following mentioned stations (or individual operators with a special /designator):

         Rgen Radio       /DHS  (MRD callsign DL2DHS)
         Norddeich Radio   /DAN  (MRD callsign DL7DAN)
         Boulogne Radio    /FFB  (MRD callsign TM1FFB)
         ST Lys Radio      /FFL  (MRD callsign TM2FFL)
         ST Nazaire Radio  /FFO  (MRD callsign TM3FFO)
         Napoli Radio      /IQH  (MRD callsign IIOIQH)
         La Spezia Radio   /ICS  (MRD callsign II1ICS)
         Roma Radio        /IAR  (MRD callsign IIOIAR)
         Genova Radio      /ICB  (MRD callsign II1ICB)
         Trieste Radio     /IQX  (MRD callsign II3IQX)
         San Benedetto Radio /IQP (MRD callsign IQ6SB)
         Portisheadradio GKA     (MRD callsign MOROA)
         South Chatham Massachussets Radio /WCC  (MRD callsign WA1WCC)
         KPH / KSM Radio         (MRD callsign K6KPH)
         Tuckerton Wireless /WSC (MRD callsign W2WSC)
         Gothenburg Radio   /SAG (MRD callsign SK6SAG)
         Praha Radio        /OLP (MRD callsign OL32OLP)
See the RMD Web page for further info and updated stations at:
http://www.radiomaritimeday.org

TC0DX-YM0DX WRAP-UP
Pavel, OK1MU, informs that the TC0DX-YM0DX DXpedition team reports (edited):

"In 106 hours of operating time, some 21,793 QSOs were made by the TC0DX expedition team working from the rare IOTA Gokceada Island (EU-186). Also, 6,199 QSOs were made by the YM0DX team working from the Bozcaada Island (AS-099). Please visit the following Web page for more info, details, photos, on-line logs, QSL info etc... at:
http://www.okdxf.eu/ankety/tc0dx/en/tc0dx.php
QSL Manager is OK2GZ. QSL by the Bureau, direct or by E-mail (for Bureau QSLs). We would like to thank you once again for ALL the QSOs and excellent pile-ups. 73 and GL from Ankara!"
V6, MICRONESIA (IOTA Op)
Operators Nando/IT9YRE, Claudio/I1SNW and Mike/K9AJ will be on from their Micronesia tour April 2-19th and be active as V63RE, V63WN and V63J respectively. They plan to activate three different IOTAs: Ngulu Atoll (OC-180), Sorol Atoll (OC-277) and Woleai Atoll (OC-132). Activity will be on CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsigns. Visit their Web page at:
http://www.mdxc.org/v63

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