The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 806
April 22, 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, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5LBU, K8YSE, K4WY, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, EA4ATI, F5NQL & UFT, G3SWH, HS0ZCW/K4VUD, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IZ0FKE, PG5M, RSGB IOTA, SM3CVM, TA3YJ, UA9OBA, UT5UY, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3EXY, VK2YJS and YV5AJ for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 15th-April, through Sunday, 22nd-April there were 219 countries active. Countries available: 1S, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J5, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, 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, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YU6, YV, Z2, Z3, Z7, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, 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, FIJI (Update/Reminder and 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 IOTAs 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: firstname.lastname@example.org For more information, please visit the Ukrainian DXpedition Team (UDXT) Web site at:
Vlad, 4K9W, from Baku, seems to be active most days after 1945z on 40 and 30 meters CW. He was also heard this past weekend on 160/80 meters SSB during the YU DX Contest. QSL to DL6KVA.
The N8S DXpedition team is now active until April 24th. Look for the callsign 5W5AA to be used. Operators are also using their own 5W callsigns. Please be careful and check their prefixes (5W5 and 5W0). QSL 5W5AA via YT1AD or YZ7AA, 5W5LP via K3LP, 5W0AA via YZ7AA, 5W0NU via YU7NU, 5W0JT via JT1CO, and 5W0SV via SV2BFN. The team will be disassembling their camp and antenns between April 24-26th. Some of the operators will head to the USA and attend 58th Annual International DX Convention, Visalia, CA, between April 27-29th.
6W, SENEGAL (Update)
Dani, EA4ATI, is headed back to Dakar again. He informed OPDX last week that he will probably use the callsigns 6W/EA4ATI and 6W1EA for contests. He is expected to be there this month and will stay until April of next year. Dani informed OPDX this week that he will be active on all bands and will bring a small amplifier with him this time. QSL via his home callsign, either direct or by the bureau.
8Y/SI9, SWEDEN (Special Event)
Members of the Jemtland Radio Amateurs (SK3JR) will be hosting the 2007 Scandinavian Young Ladies Radio Amateurs (SYLRA) meeting in Ostersund, Sweden, from August 23-26th. Look for the special callsign 8S3SYL to be on the air during the meeting. The QSL Manager for 8S3SYL is SM3CVM. QSL via the bureau is preferred, but direct cards are OK with SASE and sufficient return postage (one new IRC or two USDs). QSL without sufficient postage will be sent via the bureau. Direct requests go to SM3CVM: Lars Aronsson, Lillfjallvagen 62, SE-831 71 OSTERSUND, SWEDEN.
Also, on Friday, August 24th, there will be a special activity by YL operators from SI9AM with two stations active simultaneously. QSL also to SM3CVM. All YLs and OMs from Scandinavian countries as well as from other countries are invited to join SYLRA 2007. Visit the SYLRA Web page at:
9M2, SPRATLY ISLANDS
Gerben, PG5M, is now active as 9M2/PG5M from Pulau Layang Layang, Spratly Islands (AS-051) until 23 April. Activity will be CW only on 40-10 meters, using a FT-897 and only a vertical antenna; possibly a G5RV dipole. QSNs over the past weekend show Gerben has been active mainly on/around 10102-10106, 14020 and 18073 kHz. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau. Gerben states on his Web page that he will start processing all QSL requests (including other 9M2 contacts from West Malaysian Islands) when he is back in the Netherlands by the middle of 2007. Please be patient and do not send multiple requests. His new mailing address is: Gerben A. Menting, Brandparken 2, 9351 XM Leek, The Netherlands. Visit his Web page at:
A2, BOTSWANA (Update/Topband)
Frosty, K5LBU, reports that this July there will be at least 6 operators in their group active from Botswana starting on the 6th of July until the 20th. They plan to have a 72 foot vertical for 160/80 meters and a 4 square for 40 meters. They hope to have their A25 callsigns soon.
BS7, SCARBOROURGH REEF
As of press time, there is still no news on this upcoming operation that is expected to take place "ten days in late April." DXers should be alert and expect anything at anytime to happen. This means they may just show up on the air. All we can provide at this time are the following suggested frequencies:
CW - 1826.5, 3504, 7004, 10124, 10104, 14024, 18074, 21024, 24894 and 28024
SSB - 3799, 7057, 14185, 18145, 21295, 24945 and 28475
RTTY - 14080, 21080 and 28080 kHz
Remember, QSL via KU9C and the BS7H DXpedition Web site, will post updated information at:
Look for a team of at least six German operators to be active from Chalet Barsula (1200m ASL), near Triesenberg, between May 26-30th. Activity will be on 160/80/40/30/20/15/10/2 meters and 70cm. Modes will be CW, SSB, FM, PSK31, RTTY and WSJT. The group plans to use 1000 watts on HF, 100 watts on 144 MHz into a 9 element F9FT antenna and 20 watts into an 11 element Flexa yagi on 432 MHz. Planned skeds are possible on 144 MHz and 432 MHz by sending an E-mail to:
HS, THAILAND (80m HS Plans)
Charles, HS0ZCW (aka K4VUD), announces that he will have an 80m antenna functioning at the HS0ZCW station (a sloper antenna pointed North). He wants more 80m HS activity, so he is asking for direct replies to sked suggestions. However, please note these limits he has announced...
"1. Skeds must be on Thailand time/dates WEEKENDS because HS ops can not operate this band unless there is a ham contest running, and contests are almost all only on weekends... Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Thailand is +7 hours GMT/UTC and neatly 12 hours ahead of EST.Feel free to email me suggestions of skeds. My Thailand phone number is +66-085-046-1922 for use only during on-the-air times. Hey, let's have some more fun....
2. The frequencies must be between 3500-3535 kHz by Thailand rules, CW or SSB there.
3. I have a slow, sold as fast, internet connection.
4. For any contacts, hoping there can be some, I would like to work CW first, then I xmit SSB to your CW to confirm for you a SSB contact, too. Note you will not xmit SSB in this part of the band.
5. This message is carefully written; please read it at least as carefully to avoid wrong replies.
EU-008. Operator Jim, MM0BQI, will be active as MM0BQI/p from Shuna Island, between April 28th and May 5th. Activity will be on 80-17 meters CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
EU-038. Operators Kees/PA3EEQ and Age/PA0XAW will be active from Texel Island (NET-024), April 28-29th. Activity will be on 80/40/30/20 meters, CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the bureau. Full information on the Dutch Lighthouses Award can be found at:
EU-048. Operators from the Eure et Loire area hams plan to activate two islands in this IOTA group as TM5EL, between April 28-29th. Activity will be on the HF bands, CW, SSB and the digital modes. Operators mentioned are: F6KHI & F5KDY ARC, F0DIG, F1LLS, F5RAB, F6AXN, F6DPD, F6GED, F6HEQ and F8AEJ. The team will first activate Belle Ile en Mer (DIFM AT-015, DIM O-08, WLOTA L0872, and also DFCF56-008 Fouquet Castle for the French Castles Award). The will then try to ativate Ilot des Poulains (DIFM AT-089, DIM O-15, WLOTA L0093 and also DFCF56-009 Sarah Bernhardt Castle for the French Castles Award. The access to this island is difficult due to some regulations, so the activity will be limited. QSL TM5EL via F6KHI.
EU-086. Yuri, UA9OBA, Radio Chief of Communications for the "Polar Ring-2007" expedition to the Arctic Ocean (Barentz Sea), informs OPDX that a plane will be landing on Vaygach Island, April 22-24th and operator Oleg, UA3ATS, will be active as R3CA/1 from EU-086 during 1-2 days only. The usual traffic frequency is 14120 kHz, but check the IOTA frequencies near 14260 kHz (SSB) and sometimes 14060 kHz (CW). View their trek throughout the day during their expedition with an inter- active map, messages, weather and satellite data, that can be seen on APRS HF system at:
EU-092. Jim, MM0BQI, will be active as MM0BQI/p from Tanera Mor (IOSA SC-10, SCOTIA CN-32), Summer Isles, between July 21st and August 4th. Activity will be on all bands 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
EU-105. Members of the Union Francaise des Telegraphistes will be active as F8UFT from the Vierge Island (DIFM MA-020, WLOTA LH-0241, PB-007, ARLHS FRA-038, TWLHF F-075) on April 28th. Activity will only take place during their afternoon for about one hour and a half, between 1200-1600z. They will have two stations on the air on 40 and 20 meters, CW and SSB. QSL via F6ICG.
EU-125. Ric, DL2VFR, will be active as OZ/DL2VFR from Roemoe Island (NS-001 for the Danish Islands Award) between August 26th and September 1st. Activity will be on all HF bands, mostly CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
EU-184. Operators OH8GZN, OH8GZQ, OH8HQL, OH8HWI, OH8WM and possibly others will be active as OH8T from Hailuoto Island, April 20-22nd. Activity will be on 80-10 meters CW, SSB and the digital modes. There is also a possibility of 2 and 6 meters activity as well. QSL via OH8TA.
NA-057. Look for members of Radio Club de Honduras (HR2RCH) to be active from Little Cay, a small island of the Bahia Islands archipelago group in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Honduras, May 4-6th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, CW, SSB and the digital modes, if conditions permit. QSL via HR2RCH direct for faster processing or by the bureau. For more information, visit:
NA-075. John, VA7PX, is currently active from Mayne Island (BC-035 for the Canadian Islands Award) until December 31, 2010. You will find him using the digital modes, particularly RTTY and PSK contesting. He also does SSB contesting. QSL via VE7AXU direct, by the bureau or LoTW.
MUSEUM SHIPS WEEKEND EVENT
This special event is sponsored by The Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station, and will take place this year between 0000z, June 9th through 2359z June 10th. Currently, 49 ships have announced their participation in the event from USA, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Sweden and Italy. More are expected to join this event. During this event, operations are allowed to take place on any amateur radio frequency. However, most ships will be operating in the General portion of the bands.
Event's PSK31 activity is suggested on: 14070, 10142, 18100, 21070 and 28120 kHz. Some ships will also be on 3880-3885 kHz and 7290 kHz Amplitude Modulation (AM) with either their ship's original equipment or modern equipment. While any mode can be used during this event, CW and SSB are the dominant modes, organizors are encouraging all particpating ships that have the ability, to fire up their original equipment on 3885 kHz, 3600 and 3625 kHz (in the UK), 3705 (W. Europe), 7290 kHz and 14286 kHz in the AM mode.
A certificate is available for working 15 ships. Ships wishing to participate, should send a note with the name of ship, callsign, location, QSL info and contact info for person responsible to: email@example.com For more details and a list of ships, visit the Museum Ships Weekend at:
N8S SWAINS ISLAND DXPEDITION
Hrane, YT1AD, reports that they made 117,205 QSOs. QSL is via YT1AD. Online log is available at:
Pablo, CT1EFS, is reportedly in Shama near Tyre in the southern part of Lebanon, and will be staying there until June. He has been waiting for authorization from the local government to operate as OD5/CT1EFS. Activity will be on 40-15 meters CW/SSB. Watch for him daily around 1730z. He also has 6 meters with him. QSL route is to be announced later.
Last week we had a little typo under "TO4, CUBA." Actually, the heading should have been "T40, CUBA."
PJ2, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
Dale, KC2PZ, will be active as PJ2/KC2PZ from Signal Point, Curacao (SA-006), May 8-14th. QSL via his home callsign.
PJ2, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
Jim, WI9WI, will be active as PJ2T from Signal Point Station on Curacao between May 21-29th. His activity will include the CQ WW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/ High-Power entry. QSL via N9AG.
PJ2, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
Operators Carsten/DL6LAU and Joachim/DL8OBO will be active PJ2/homecall from the island of Curacao (SA-006, WLOTA LH-0942), July 9-16th. They plan to participate in the IARU HF Contest (July 14-15th) as PJ2HQ, and as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via their home callsigns. QSL PJ2HQ via N9AG or LoTW.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL ROUTES BY Johannes, DK8JB:
PA70HYG via PA1JOS
RA9FIF via TAG 392000 Tambov Po Box 21
TF1VG via LZ1JZ
TM0R via F5GGL
YN1G via LZ1JZ
Z31VJ via DJ0LZ (direct)
Z33Z via DJ0LZ (direct)
Phil, G3SWH, informs OPDX: "I am pleased to announce the launch of a new web site where operators can view the QSL cards, search the logs of most and request bureau QSLs for all of the 85 callsigns that I currently manage. There are even some photos of me! The URL is
Nilay, TA3YJ, informs OPDX that she sent out nearly 5,000 QSL cards for TA3J, TA3J/0 (AS099), TA3J/0 (AS115), TA3J/3, TA3J/4 LH, TA3J/60, TA3YJ, TA3YJ/4 LH, TC2K4J, YM125ATA, YM125ATA/4, YM21TA, YM3ATA, YM3BU, YM3LZ (WPX2000), YM3LZ (WAE2000), YM3SV and YM75TA to the QSL Bureaus of Austria (R), Belarus, Belgium (R), Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria (R), Canada (R), Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic (R), Denmark, Estonia (R), Finland (R), France (R), Germany (4 Packet) (R), Greece, Hungary (R), Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy (2 Packet) (R), Japan (R), Kazakhstan, Lithuania (R), Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands (R), Norway, Poland (R), Portugal (R), Romania (R), Russia (3 Packet) (R), Serbia, South Korea, Slovakia, Slovenia (R), Spain (2 Packet) (R), Sweden(R), Switzerland (R), Turkey, Ukraine (R), United Kingdom (R), USA (W0, W1, W2, W3, K4, AK4, W5, W6, W7, W8, W9, KL, KP4) and Venezuela by air-mail postage direct on April 19, 2007. [(R) : Registered Mail]
QSL CREDITS RECEIVED VIA LOTW: 8P1A, 5B/G3SXW, CP6/DF9GR, FP/G3SXW, G8DQZ, GM0UDL, GM4WZL HQ9R, ON4AXU, TO5A, V73RY and ZS6AAA.
QSLS RECEIVED BY THE MAIL: 9U9Z, BY4CQB, FP/DJ2VO, HV0A, SV1AER, V51AS and YL2SM.
SUBMARINES ON THE AIR (SOTA)
The weekend of April 28-29th is the Submarines-On-The-Air Special Event. There will be many submarines on the air during this event, and there is a special certificate available for working 10 of the boats. The suggested frequencies are:
CW - 3543, 7043, 14043, 21043 and 28043 kHz
SSB - 3843, 3943, 7243, 7279, 14243, 21283, 21379 and 28343 kHz
For more details, visit the Submarine Veterans Amateur Radio Association (SVARA) Web page at:
Look for special event station SX2SB to be active May 19-20th. Activity is to honor the soldiers who fought in the Battle of Skra during the World War I. The suffix of the callsign stands for "Skra Battle". The two opposing sides back then were Greece and Bulgaria. The special station will be active on all bands using the following modes: CW, SSB, PSK31 and RTTY. QSL Managers are SV7CUD and SV1EOS. QSL by the Bureau or Direct.
This coming Saturday, April 28th, is International Marconi Day (IMD), and the Hornsby and Districts Amateur Radio Club will be running the only IMD stations in Australia, using VK2IMD, on all HF bands. This international event is operated by stations in locations that have a link to Marconi. In the case of VK2IMD, this station is located close to Wahroonga, in the northern suburbs of Sydney, NSW, where Ernest Fisk of AWA received the first direct radio message from Britain to Australia in 1918. This was a telegram from the Australian Prime Minister Billy Hughes (who had just returned to Britain, having toured the World War I battlefields in France). It was sent by Marconi's station in Carnarvon, Wales. For more information on IMD, please visit:
YW, VENEZUELA (Rare State)
Members of the Radio Club Venezolano have announced their plan activation from Cojedes State using the special callsign YW4AJ, between April 28th and May 1st. Activity will be on 80-6 meters and on all modes. Satellites will be activated too. QSL via YV5AJ, direct ((QRZ.com) address) or by the bureau. This rare state is good for the D.E.V. (Venezuelan States Award). For more details, visit the following Web page at:
ZS, SOUTH AFRICA (Talk to The Hell!)
Just a reminder that a team of ten operators from the Boland Amateur Radio Club will be visiting "The Hell", also known as Gamkaskloof or Gamka's Valley, situated in the Swartberg Mountains of the Southern Cape in the area between 33.28 S 21.15 E [KF06nr] and 33.33 S 21.42 E [KF06rq]. They will be using a special callsign, ZS1HELL. The team consist of Rassie/ZS1YT, Karl/ ZS1KC, Bennie/ZR1JHD, Graham/ZS1GVB, Conradt/ZR1CE, Derrek/ZS1DUP, Douglas/ZS1GUD, Johan/ZS1GP, Mac/ZS1XX and Olivier/ZS1OLI.
The special station with the callsign ZS1HELL will be active from Friday, April 27th until Monday, April 30th. The station will be active on 160, 80, 40 and 20 meters. Although the station will be active on some DX frequencies, their main aim will be to achieve a Worked All ZS Award and a Top Band certificate. The electronic QSL system on the SARL Web page will be used as well as standard QSL cards. The direct QSL address is: PO Box 273, Strand, 7140, South Africa. For more information on "The Hell", visit the following Web page at:
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