The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 819
July 30, 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, NJ1Q, W2IK, K3UOC/WH2D, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K8YSE, K0BLT, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, 4L2M, 9A6AA, 9M2TO, CT1END, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, EC8AUA, F5PFP, G3XTT, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IZ8EDJ, LU9ESD, RSGB IOTA, SP2BIK, SP6NVK, VA3RJ & ICPO, VO1JNS and YT3W for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 22nd/July, through Sunday, 29th/July there were 204 countries active. Countries available: 1A, 3A, 3B8, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, DL, DU, E5/s, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FW, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, 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, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VK9N, VP2M, VP2V, VP6, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, 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).
3B7C, ST. BRANDON ISLAND
Don Field, G3XTT, FSDXA Publicity Officer, posted a press release (their 5th) on the 3B7C DXpedition Web page this past week. Excerpts from the release state that operations will take place from Isle du Sud, St.Brandon, between September 7-24th. Operators Neville/G3NUG and Don/G3BJ have taken a vacation in Mauritius and used the opportunity to confirm the various logistical arrangements for their September operation. Don also visited Isle du Sud to make a detailed site survey. Everything is looking good, and the contracts are in place, both for the ship which will take them to the island and for accommodation and logistics on the island. It seems that they will have the island to themselves. A container full of gear has been shipped and will arrive in Mauritius on August 12th. Six large diesel generators have also been shipped. Good news for 6m enthusiasts. Eventhough 6m operations are not normally allowed from Mauritius and its outlying islands, they have been able to gain a short-term permit. It is limited to three fixed frequencies: 50090 (CW), 50102 (CW) and 50145 (USB).
A new team member has been added. Bob, N6OX, has now joined the team. They are still looking for another operator (details are on the Web page). Their Web site continues to be updated on a regular basis. There are photographs of the island and of the container being loaded. Also, included are details about QSLing on the Web, site and you may wish to check this out before they fire up. They will, of course, be fully supportive of LoTW, for those who are looking for DXCC credits. Remember that if you are a sponsor, you will receive priority treatment for QSL cards. Also on the Web site you will find details of how to pre-order the DVD that they will be making of the 3B7C operation. For more details and the complete press release, please visit their Web page at:
Look for Tomas, VK2CCC (LY1F), to be active as 3D2MT between August 28th and September 4th. Activity will be on 80-17 meters, mainly CW and an entry in the All Asia DX Contest. QSL via the LoTW or via LY1F. Visit his Web page at:
4TH STRANGE RADIO EVENT
The Italian's Strange Radio Event will take place this year between 0600z, October 19th and 2200z, October 21st. This year the "Strange Radio Team" (SRT) is trying to involve SRT members outside of Italy too. Many Italian stations will be using many special "SRT" callsigns (such as IS0SRT, II1SRT, IR8SRT, IO8SRT, IU7SRT, II0SRT etc ...) and the SRT group is hoping to hear many other SRT callsigns from many other countries. SRT plaques will be awarded for this event and Strange Radio Event certificates will be available for making QSOs with different SRT special callsign. The mode for this event is SSB only. For more details, please visit the SRT Web page at:
8J1, JAPAN (Special Events)
Look for special event station 8J1A to be active between August 1-26th to celebrate the 2007 Amateur Radio Festival. QSL via the JARL Bureau.
Look for special event station 8J3ARDF to be active between August 1st through October 21st to celebrate the All Japan ARDF Athletic Meet. QSL via the JARL Bureau.
9Q, DEM. REPUBLIC OF CONGO
QSL Manager Osten, SM5DQC, informs that Georges, 9Q1EK, is now the only current active station from 9Q-land. Osten also states that Georges' log has been updated and is available at:
AN, SPAIN (Special Event)
Members and friends of Radio Club Henares (EA4RCH) will be active from September 1-16th with special callsigns during the EuroBasket 2007. Look for the following callsigns on all bands and modes: AN0EB, AN4EB, AN5EB, AN6EB and AN7EB. The callsign AN0EB will only be active on the days that the Royal HouseHold is present during any game. QSL via EA4RCH, direct or by the bureau. A different QSL will be printed for each callsign. A special "HAM EUROBASKET 2007 AWARD" will be available to all stations or SWLs that work 4 different stations. More details are available at:
CE0Z, JUAN FERNANDEZ ISLANDS
Ulli, DL2AH, will be active as CE0Z/DL2AH from March 11-26th, 2008. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters mainly on SSB and RTTY using a FT-897. QSL via DL2AH, direct or by the Bureau. DXCC NEWS. Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, informs OPDX that the following operation is approved for DXCC credit:
FM, MARTINIQUE (Special Event)
Members of the FM Ham Radio Association (FM.HAM.R.A.) will be active as TO1YR between July 29th and August 5th. Activity is to celebrate their annual Tour des Yoles Rondes de la Martinique. Operations will be on 80/40/20/17/15/12/10/6/2 meters on SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via FM1HN.
FW, WALLIS ISLANDS (OC-054)
Mike/KM9D and Jan/KF4TUG are currently active as FW0MO and FW0YL, respectively, from Nukutapu. FW0YL was heard in the IOTA Contest this past weekend. Length of stay is not sure (no date set). QSL for both cllsigns via OM2SA and LoTW.
HAMATLAS (WITH WAZ) ON THE WEB (Update)
Darek, SP6NVK, informs OPDX that he has now added "WAZ Zones" with full information about all zones and precise maps, especially in "difficult" areas like borders between Zones 2/4, 17/18 and 23/24. The WAZ Zone maps are available at:
EU-016. Giuseppe, IK5WWA, will be active as 9A/IK5WWA from Solta Island (ACIA IC-656, CIA-51, IOCA CI-126, MIA MC-389) from August 25th to September 1st. He will be on holiday there and plans to activate some of islands west of Solta Island. Activities will be on all HF bands (no 160m) with a dipole and vertical antennas. QSL via his home callsign.
EU-136. Leonardo, IW0QO, will be active as 9A/IW0QO from Losinj Island (CIA-25, ACIA IC-116, IOCA CI-058, MIA MC-204) from August 1-10th. Activity will be holiday style on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct to: c/o Sezione A.R.I. di Perugia, P.O. Box 113, 06100 Perugia - PG, Italy.
EU-167. A group of operators were active as CQ7P from Pessegueiro Island (DIP BA-001, DCFP F-043) during the RSGB IOTA Contest this past weekend. QSL CQ7P via CS1GDX (QRZ.com).
NA-137. Operators Cory/N1URA, Beckie/KB1IRZ, Bob/W1IF, Joe/W1SK and Steven/W1ZW will be active as N1URA from Seguin Island (USI "New One", Sagadahoc County, Maine) and lighthouse (ARLHS USA-746, TWLHD WLH K-148, WLOTA LH-0719, WW Loc. FN53CQ), August 11-12th. Activity will be QRP with CW stations at 5 watts and SSB stations at 10 watts. APRS callsign will be N1URA-LH. QSL direct to N1URA with a SASE number 10 size envelope to: Cory Golob, 63 Jordan Bridge Rd, Sabattus, Maine 04280-4200. See QRZ.com for more details.
KH9, WAKE ISLAND
Reports indicate that Mark, W4CK, hopes to be active from here for about two weeks beginning around August 19th. He has obtained the special callsign K9W and plans to be active mainly CW only. QSL via W4CK.
A special radio station will be active as SN2NP during the ILLW between August 17-19th. Activity will be from the lighthouse in Gdansk Nowy Port. Operations will be on CW, PSK31, RTTY and SSB. QSL via SP2BIK, direct or by the Bureau.
Members of the Bahia Blanca DX Group will transmit again from five different lighthouses at the same time during the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (ILLW) which will be held on the third weekend of August (August 17-19th). Look for the following light- houses:
RINCON Lighthouse (ARG-036) -- Special Prefix/Callsign LR3DX will be used. Lat. 39° 23' S Long. 62° 01' W --- Grid Locator = FF80xo. Located in Verde Peninsula in Villarino County.Activity will be on all bands and modes, including the Digi- modes (RTTY, PSK, SSTV..). Contacts with Recalada, Baliza Tripode and Rincon Lighthouses will be valid for the "Province of Buenos Aires Lighthouses Award" organized by Bahia Blanca DX Group. (more info from: email@example.com). All QSLs are via LU7DSY: Carlos Almiron, P.O. Box 709, 8000 Bahia Blanca, Buenos Aires, Argentina. If you want to send only one envelope with all cards, it´s "OK": Up to 2 QSL = 1 IRC. Up to 4 QSLs = 2 IRCs. Bahia Blanca DX Group Web site:
RECALADA Lighthouse (ARG-009) -- Each operator will use their own callsign plus ?/D? because they are located in the Province of Buenos Aires. Lat. 39º 00? S Long. 61º 16? W. ---- Grid Locator = FF91ia. Located in Monte Hermoso. The tallest LH in South America and the sixth in the world.
BALIZA TRIPODE Lighthouse (ARG?1884), using the BBDXG callsign LU3DXG. Lat. 38º 53? S Long. 61º 58? W ---- Grid Locator = FF91ac Located at 30 Km. from the Puerto Belgrano Naval Base.
CABO BLANCO Lighthouse (ARG-001), using the official LH call LU6XA Lat. 47°12'S Long. 65°45'W --- Grid Locator = FE72dt Located in San Jorge Gulf, 60 Km. north from Puerto Deseado, Santa Cruz Province and 1420 Km. South from Bahia Blanca.
Mamuka, 4L2M, President of "The National Association Radioamateurs of Georgia", informs OPDX that "Today (July 24th) I received information from Mr. Zaza Gonjilashvili, (Amateur radio section officer of the GNCC - Georgian National Communication Commision), about cancellation of the Radioamateur license of the station 4L5A, Al Teimurazov. Since, 4L5A already is a pirate station."
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL routes provided by Johannes/DK8JB:
DA9L/p via DO1BEN ER2KRT via ER2RM
DL0IL via DL9GR GJ6YB via G3SWH (direct)
9M4SDX NEW ADDRESS. Tex, 9M2TO, QSL Manager for the 9M2SDX operation,
informs OPDX that he has a new mailing address: Tex Izumo, P.O.
Box 125, GPO 10710, Penang, MALAYSIA.
BS7H QSL STATUS. The 2007 Scarborough Reef DXpedition is pleased to announce that the first QSLs were mailed. Steve, KU9C, has received over 10,000 envelopes, so they expect it will take approximately 2 months before every card is answered. Please do not send for a second card until they announce all cards have been answered. Steve will also upload QSOs to LoTW as he processes the cards, so if you utilize LoTW, you can expect your QSOs to show up roughly the same time you receive your card. This will allow you to avoid mailing in your physical QSL card for verification. A small number of QSL cards were received with either no SASE or a SASE with old style IRCs that are no longer valid. KU9C will attempt to contact you via E-mail, but if he cannot contact you, these will be returned by the bureau. Steve will also upload bureau card QSOs to LoTW as they are processed.
GOLIST QSL MANAGER DATABASE HELP NEEDED. John, K1XN, from the GoList informs: "During my QSL Manager confirmation process, I have accum- alated a list of QSL Managers for which I could not find a published E-mail address, or the E-mail address that I found is not valid and bounces mail. Listed below are some of those QSL Managers that I am having problems with. I hope that maybe they will read this message and take the time to update their E-mail address on QRZ.com or send them to me direct at: firstname.lastname@example.org "
CE1FA CE3WDH CN8MC CO7AM CT1CDL CT1FDU CT1YH CU1EZ CE1YI CE4EBJ CO2FRC CO7DS CT1CIR CT1GG CT1ZG CX2FR CE2EPB CE4FXY CO2GB CO7FM CT1CJJ CT1LN CT2GZE CX3AN CE3AA CE4TA CO2HQ CO7KR CT1CPP CT1QF CT2HNI CX3FH CE3BSQ CE4USW CO2JG CP6UH CT1CQK CT1RB CT3AF CX3FL CE3DNP CE6TC CO2KG CQ9K CT1CUM CT1RH CT3BMQ CX4AX CE3FIP CE7HJO CO2MA CS1AAS CT1DNP CT1SL CT3CU CX4HS CE3KC CE7ZK CO4RCB CT1AAM CT1EDX CT1TR CT3FF CX6FP CE3NR CM6DE CO5DD CT1BH CT1END CT1UE CT3YW CX8BBH CE3PA CM6RCI CO6CG CT1BOP CT1EOW CT1VY CT4NQ CX8BZN8S QSL STATUS: Dragan, YT3W, announced last week that they mailed 2500 QSL cards. All QSL cards received up to June 1st have been answered. There were a total of 14,500 direct QSL cards answered and 1000 sent via bureau. They still have 2500 QSL cards to answer since June 1st. All will be mailed within the next 15 days. News about the N8S QSL cards can be found at:
VU7LD ON LOTW (Special Note). When uploading your VU7LD QSOs into the "Logbook of The World" (LoTW), ONLY used the callsign VU7LD and not VU7LD/VU2xxx callsign. If you do not do this, your QSO will not be found in the LoTW. The appended /VU2xxx to the callsign VU7LD was to indicate who the operator was. This was reportedly required by Indian authorities but the actual license was "VU7LD".
YU6AO QSL STATUS: Dragan, YT3W, announced last week that all QSL cards received between January 29th and July 25th were processed and mailed July 27th (about 500 letters).
QSLS VIA LOTW: 7Z1HL, CT3EE, GM4WZL, IZ5DKJ, J5UTM, MM0BSM, PY3CQ, RX3AGD, UA3AGW, VU7LD and XE1MM
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3B6RF, 3B7SP, 9Q1EK, A92GR, BS7H, CW6V,
E21YDP, FS/AH8DX, FY5KE, HQ7F, J8/W6JKV, K9A/ANT, KH6ND/KH5, KL7J,
LA8EJ, N5T/ANT, N8S, NP3U, OA4SS, P29SX, S57RR, ST2R, TO6T/p, V63KU,
XT2C and ZD9BCB
Look for special event station N0T (November-Zero-Tango) to be active between August 4-12th, during the Oregon/California Trail Association National Convention. Activity is planned for as many HF bands as possible depending on propagation. Operations on 30 and 20 meters CW will be hit hard! They will also pay attention to the General portion of the Phone and CW bands. They would like to work many DX stations to impress the the many folks who will be attending the convention, so please spread the word. QSL via K0BLT with an SASE for an attractive QSL.
SPECIAL EVENT (911)
Robert, W2IK, will again be operating special event station W2IK/WTC911 on September 11th, from 1300-0300z (9:00 AM- 11:00 PM EST). He states that activity is "IN HONOR OF THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES DURING THE WORLD TRADE CENTER DISASTER. I WILL BE USING MY PERSONAL CALL BECAUSE IT WAS THE FIRST CALL THAT WAS SENT FROM 'GROUND ZERO'." Look for activity on the upper portions of 40/20/15 meters SSB. QSL by sending a 9x12 SASE to the QRZ.com address of W2IK: PO BOX 6731, San Antonio, TX 78209. A special QSL certificate has been printed. Visit the following Web site to see W2IK's entire story:
Frank, I2DMI, and his wife Giovanna are planning a trip to Palau for the Christmas Holidays between December 25th and January 2nd (2008). He informs OPDX that he will be active as T88RY on the HF and WARC bands but only on RTTY. Activity will be limited because Frank states that this is a "DX HOLIDAY not a DXPEDITION because I am the only operator. I'll try to stay in the shack as long as possible, but I have to spend some time also with my wife visiting PALAU." More info will be available in September on (QRZ.com) (under T88RY). QSL via I2DMI: P.O.Box 55, 22063 CANTU', Italy.
V60, MICRONESIA (Just A Reminder!)
Six members of the Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) Kyoto Club, will be planning a DXpedition to the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) this summer. This is one of the events celebrating the club's 60th anniversary. Activity will be from the South Park Hotel on Pohnpei Island (OC-010) between July 30th and August 5th. Operations will be on 160-6 meters CW/SSB/FM/RTTY/PSK31, depending on the band conditions. The team has been allowed to use the special, brand new V60 prefix to celebrate their club's 60th anniversary (thanks to Mark DeOrio, Frequency Manager at the FSM Department of Transportation, Communications & Infrastructure). Look for the following callsigns (w/QSL routes) to be used:
Callsign Operator QSL route Callsign Operator QSL route -------- -------- --------- -------- -------- --------- V60YAQ Club Stn. JI6DUE V60KL Kenji JN3JBC V60DU Hidenori JI6DUE V60TI Tetsuya JA3UWB V60IL Masato JF3PLF V60TX Shozo JH3TXR V63JJ Kazuo JA3ARTAll operators accept QSL card(s) via the bureau. Visit their Web page at:
VK9C, COCOS-KEELING ISLAND (OC-003)
Bernd, VK2IA, will be active as VK9AA during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th). His operating class will be announced later. QSL via DL8YR (QRZ.com).
VK9L, LORD HOWE ISLAND
Tomas, VK2CCC (LY1DF), will be active from here between November 20-27th. His callsign is not yet confirmed, but it should be VK9L(something). Activity will be focused on the low bands, mainly CW and an entry in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 24-25th). QSL via the LoTW or via LY1F. Visit his Web page at:
VO1, CANADA (Special Event). Members of the Amateur Radio Club of
Central Newfoundland will activate special event station VO1GAM until
August 31st. Activity is to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the
first transatlantic experimental commercial flight (on July 5, 1937)
between Botwood, Newfound, and Foynes, Ireland. Activity will be on
all bands. QSL is "OK" via the Bureau or direct to VO1MX. One of the
main operators for this event is Jason, VO1JNS.
WH2, GUAM (OC-026)
Mike, K3UOC, who was active this past weekend as WH2D during the IOTA Contest, took time out of the contest to inform OPDX that he (and his family) are now living and working in Guam. He suggests to read his current bio and operating information under WH2D on QRZ.com. There you will also see a nice photo of him and the kids from the school's radio club. Mike operates from the school's radio club (WH2D). He states that he works 90% CW and works whatever HF bands are open. Mike will also QSX for EU and NA when the bands open -- "which doesn't happen often". He also makes token appearances in most major and regional contests and always works transceive and never works split.
Mike adds, "I attempt to work the deserving on all 9 HF bands.... which is a pretty lofty goal, but it's what keeps the pileups fun for me." Lastly, he informs, "I've been on the air for nearly a year now from WH2D (St. John's School ARC) running 100W to a Cuschcraft R-7000. The plan for this year is for a new hex beam, add some power, and boost my QSO total. Last school year, I made 6,000 contacts. This school year I hope to do 10,000 contacts. Work and family duties keep me away from the radio except mostly on weekends." QSL WH2D via K3UOC, direct or by the bureau.
LAST MINUTE NOTE: Just before going to print, Mike E-mailed OPDX again and mentioned he wrote an article for their school's Web site about the club and the activity at WH2D. You may find this interesting. There are some CW sound bites there. Visit:
ZL7 & ZL9, CHATHAM AND AUCKLAND/CAMPBELL ISLANDS
It was announced this past weekend that Wilbert, ZL2BSJ, will take part in an oceanographic mission as technician near ZL7 and ZL9 on board of a research vessel called "R/V Tangaroa" in January 2008. More details later.
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