The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 828
October 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, K1XM, NC1L, KA2AEV, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4VUD/HS0ZCW, N4AA & QRZ DX, K8YSE, Mike K9NW, N0VD, DX-IS News Site, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, E21EIC, F5NQL & UFT, F5PFP, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, F6FVY, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JI6KVR & IOTA-JA News, OH2BH, RSGB IOTA Web Site, SP6DVP, TG9AAJ, TG9AJR, UA1AKE, VE2QV, VA3RJ & ICPO, and VE3ZIK for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 14th-October, through Sunday, 21st-October there were 230 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3C, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0A, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H40, 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, 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, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV9, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VK9N, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, 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).
4U1, ITU HQ (Special Activity)
Look for the special callsign 4U1WRC to be used between October 22nd and November 16th. Activity is taking place from the International Amateur Radio Club station 4U1ITU in Geneva during the 2007 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC). It was mentioned that 4U1WRC is also expected to be active during the upcoming CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th).
Operators Hal/W8HC, Jerry/K8OQL, Slava/4Z5MU, Azar/4X6MI, Mark/4Z4KX, Ruben/4Z5FI and Paul/4X6UU will be active as 4X0C during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via W8HC, direct or by the bureau. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW.
Operator Javier, EA1FDI, will be active as 6V7G during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th). Operating class is unknown. QSL via EA1FDI.
Tom, W2SC, will be active as 8P5A during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via NN1N.
Claudio, HB9OAU, will be active as 8Q7AU from Dhonveli Island (AS-013), October 29th-November 10th. Activity will be holiday style.
Operators Hamad/9K2HN, Marko/N5ZO, Faisal/9K2RR, Yaser/9k2YM, Ahmad/9K2LT and Hamad/9K2RT will be active as 9K2HN during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via 9K2HN ((QRZ.com) address).
9M2, WESTERN MALAYSIA
Operator Rich, G4ZFE, will be active as 9M2CNC during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/ Single-Band (20m??) entry. QSL via G4ZFE, LoTW, by the Bureau or direct.
Members of the Guam Contest Club will be active as AH2R during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via JH7QXJ. Operators mentioned are: Kuzamasa/JG3RPL, Toshinobu/JI3ERV, Sato/JH7QXJ, Mikawa/JR7OMD and Masaki/JO1DFG. They suggest to "Please listen to 7075-7100 carefully." DO NOT SEND QSLS to the KH2 address or the Bureau, ONLY to the JARL Manager (via JARL ACCEPTED).
AO5, SPAIN (Polar Ship)
A group of Spainish (EA5s) operators have obtained permission to operate on board the polar research ship "Hesperides" in Cartagena. The operation will take place from November 3-4th using the callsign AO5URD. This activity will be valid for the Antarctic Challenge as a polar ship.
AO8, CANARY ISLANDS
Operators EA8AH, EA8CAC, EA8ZS, ES2RR, OH5XT, OH6XX and OH9MM will be active as AO8A during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via EA8AH.
Operator Mikhail Fokin, RW1AI, is now active as R35NP from the "North Pole 35" drifting station in the Arctic. He will remain there until the summer of 2008. Current position is about 82N 101E in ITU Zone 75. Mike is running only 100 watts on 20, 30 and 40m both CW/SSB. QSL via RW1AI, either by the bureau or direct to: Mikhail N.Fokin, P.O.Box 13, St.Petersburg, 193312 RUSSIA. Logs (including his Antarctic operations as R1AND, R1ANP, R1ANT, RW1AI/ANT) are available at:
Mehdi, F5PFP, is organizing an Antarctic cruise/DXpedition of 4 weeks with an appropriate and safe sailing boat for January 2009. The trip will start in Ushuaia. Here are some the islands that are scheduled to be visited:
1 - KING GEORGE Island: Macchu Picchu base, Station G (traces), Rep del Ecuador, Comdt Ferraz, and Lenie field station.At this stage Mehdi is searching for 5 passengers (amateur radio op or not). If you are interested and for more details, send him an E-mail at: email@example.com
2 - NELSON Island: Gurruchaga refuge
3 - GREENWICH Island: Maldonado refuge, Bahia Yankee refuge
4 - LIVINGSTON Island: Juan Carlos base, Shireff station
5 - DECEPCION Island: Station B (traces), Gabriel de Castrilla station.
6 - Probably 1 or 2 more islands depending on sailing conditions then back to Ushuaia
A Chinese team which includes Fan/BA1RB, Yongjian/BA1AJ, BG1AC, Mok/BD1ES, BG1AI, Hongxiang/BD1LBE, Yue/BD1LBF and foreign operators James/9V1YC, Richard/K5SF and Doc/VE2QV will be active as B1Z during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Multi-Multi entry. Activity will be on all bands including 160 meters.
CARIBBEAN TOUR (Update to OPDX.828)
Alan, WQ5W, will be operating as C6AQW from Treasure Cay, Abaco Island (NA-080), in the Bahamas from October 25-31st, from Dominica as J75W, November 21-28th and from Antigua as V25W, November 30th-December 2nd. During his tour Alan will be active in a couple of contests. As we mentioned in last week's bulletin, look for him (as C6AQW) to be in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) while on Abaco Island as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m)/Low-Power entry.
From Antigua (IOTA NA-100, Grid square FK97), Alan has reserved the special callsign V25W and will be operating from the V26B superstation in the northern part of the island. The primary purpose of this trip is to operate in the ARRL 160M Contest (November 30th-December 2nd) as a High-Power entry. Alan anticipates very little if any operation outside of the contest on this trip. Alan says “This is a purely contest operation and I hope to put the V2 multiplier in lots of logs during the contest.
From Dominica (IOTA NA-101, Grid Square FK95), Alan will use the specially issued callsign J75W for this and future DXpeditions to the beautiful isle. The primary purpose of this trip is to operate as a Single-Op/ Single-Band (40m) entry in the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 24-25th). Alan currently holds the 40m North American record in CQWW CW as ZF2TG in 1992 and hopes to break his own record during this operation. His QTH will be on top of a cliff overlooking the Caribbean on the northeast side of the island with a clear shot to EU, NA and Asia. Alan says “When I was a teenager in the late 80’s I always wanted to go to J7 to operate because it was a lot rarer then than it is now and looked so beautiful. This trip will mark the realization of that dream and the chance to beat my own NA 40M record in CQWW CW.”
Outside of the contest on C6 and J7, look for activity on all bands, especially on 160/80/30/17/12 meters, CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL all operations via WQ5W and LoTW. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW throughout the expeditions and immediately following its conclusion. Paper QSLs will also be available via WQ5W direct with SASE or Greenstamp and via the bureau. Also, visit Alan's Blog at:
CE0, EASTER ISLAND (SA-001)
Operators Slaven/9A4X and Zdenko/9A5RR will be active from here betweem October 23-31st. They are expected to be active as CE0Y/9A4X on all bands. They will also sign as CC0Y during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m) entry. QSL via 9A2AA.
Members of the UA2 Contest Club will be active during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band entry.
Andy/UA2FB - Active as CN2FB on 80 meters. QSL via CN2FB.CQ9, MADEIRA ISLANDS
Vladimir/UA2FF - Active as CN2FF on 160 meters. QSL via CN2FF.
Victor/UA2FW - Active as CN2KT on 10 meters. QSL via CN2KT.
CT3, MADEIRA ISLANDS
Jose, CT1BOH, will be active as CT3NT during the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 24-25th) as Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via CT1BOH, direct or LoTW. Visit his Web page at:
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, reports that the following operation is approved for DXCC credit:
E2/HS, THAILAND (RAST - WARC bands authorized in new Amateur Radio Act)
The RAST announced this past week the following: "Thailand's Intermediate and Advanced class radio amateurs are now permitted to operate on the so-called WARC bands (10-, 18- and 24-MHz) as well as in windows in the CW portion of the 80-metre (3.5-MHz) and 160-metre (1.8-MHz) bands on a permanent basis. The authorization, granted in a new Act governing amateur radio in Thailand by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), follows years of lobbying by the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (RAST). The details were published in the Royal Gazette on October 11, 2007, becoming effective the following day." Thai stations can now use the following frequencies:
160m - 1.800-1.825 MHzNo changes were made to the VHF bands, where 6-meters (50-54 MHz) and 1240 MHz are still off-limits and 430 MHz (70-cm) is authorized for monitoring only, such as to listen to satellite downlinks. Two meters (144-MHz) is channelized and minor amendments were made to repeater allocations. The full 37-page announcement of the NTC's Amateur Radio Act of 2007 is published in the Thai-language on the web at:
80m - 3.500-3.540 MHz
30m - 10.100-10.150 MHz
17m - 18.068-18.168 MHz
12m - 24.890-24.990 MHz
Mike, K9NW, will be active as FM/K9NW in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. He will be active on the island between October 24-29th. QSL via K9NW.
Jorge, TG9AAJ, CRAG President (Club de Radio Aficionados de Guatemala), announces that the next FRACAP (Federacion de Radio Aficionados de Centro America y Panama) Convention will be hosted once again in the beautiful city of Antigua in Guatemala from November 23-25th. For details please visit the Web page at:
FS, ST. MARTIN
Paul, K1XM, will be active as FS/K1XM during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Look for him to be active a few days before the contest (probably Tuesday or Wednesday), possibly on all bands. QSL via KQ1F.
FY, FRENCH GUIANA
Operators F1HAR, F5HRY, F5MZN, F6FGZ, F6FVY and FY5FY will be active as FY5KE during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via FY5KE.
Dan, HR2DMR, is expected to be active in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. He will be using monobander antennas. QSL via HR2DMR.
The 35th SEANET Convention will take place in Thailand's fourth-largest city, the northern town of Lampang, from November 8-11th. Activity includes a traditional wedding ceremony on elephant-back, visits to hot springs, a tour of a power-generating plant, sight-seeing tours and a northern Thai feast along with a welcome dinner. Then there will be the grand gala dinner on Saturday evening and the technical session on Sunday morning featuring, among other things, an account of the 3B7C St Brandon DXpedition. Also, look for special event station HS35SEA to be on the air from the Wienglakor Hotel during the event. Complete details can be found at:
AS-040. Look for JA6QIN/6 to be active from four different islands in the Goto Island Group between November 5-7th. Islands mentioned are: Arifuku, Wakamatsu, Zuga and Nakadori (all in the JA6 Nagasaki Pref). Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL to his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
NA-041. Rick, K6VVA, will once again activate Revillagigedo Island (USI AK141S, WW Loc. CO45IP, 1st South Eastern County, Alaska). Activity will take place during the ARRL 160m Contest (November 30th-December 2nd). He will be operating as KL8C, and he also hopes to be active on the other bands as K6VVA/KL7 again as during his September (2007) operation (QSLs are being printed - QSL via N6AWD). Rick mentions that the operating QTH has a great over-salt-water path to the U.S. and much of Europe, although his conditions in September were not good for EU. There is a big hill in the direction of JA, so Rick may try to operate from the other side of the Island with a clear shot to JA for a while during the daytime/non-160m hours (if not this trip, then the next time).
NA-069. Look for Bren, G4DYO, (ex-editor for the DX News Sheet) to be active as W4/G4DYO from Captiva Island for few hours on November 16th. Activity will be on 20 meters.
OH0, ALAND ISLANDS
Operator Przemek, SP7VC, will be active as OH0/SP7VC during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band entry. QSL via SP7VC.
Russian operators Alexey/RA1AIP, Sandy/RW4WR, Tony/RX9TL, Jack/RW3QC, Igor/UA2FZ and Harry/RA3AUU will be active as P33W during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via RA3AUU.
PJ4, NETHERLAND ANTILLES
By the time you read this, Kelly, N0VD, should be active as PJ4/N0VD. Kelly will be on Bonaire (SA-006) from October 18-30th, and will participate as part of the PJ4E team as a Multi/2 effort during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th). QSL to N0VD for all PJ4/N0VD QSOs. For PJ4E QSOs, please QSL direct only to WA4PGM.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL ROUTES by Johannes/DK8JB and Tedd/KB8NW:
A41NC via A47RS CE1W via HA1AG AM5SP via EC5SP GB50RFR via M0CNP AN6AQF via EB6AQF II050SCOUT via IK0DWN and LoTWGOLIST 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 "
T91S TI8AA UA3DX UA9LP UR7VA UT2FA TA1KB TU2CI UA3PM UA9UDX UR8LV UT5SI TA2IR UA0KCL UA4CC UR4PWL UR8UC UT7WZ TA4KA UA0LCZ UA4CDV UR5KGG US0YW UT8AL TF3MM UA1PAC UA4WW UR7IA UT0AZA UT8AS TI4SU UA3DX UA6XT UR7UT UT1FG UX2HOOJ0B QSLS. OPDX was asked to find out about the OJ0B QSL status, so we contacted Martti, OH2BH, and here is what he said: "Yes, here we come....OJ0B was activated twice this past summer, August and again in September, with some 27,000 QSOs. Both operations were combined together after the September outing and the number of cards needed was determined. All our cards are printed in Poland, and they will be shipped to us at the end of this coming week. We should be able to get all direct cards out by November 15th.
We have noticed that many envelopes from U.S. stations have been submitted with one U.S. dollar bill. This matter in now under consideration. If we mail them directly we would subsidize each envelope from our own pocket although we know that sending those cards via bureau network would not make anyone happy. In the meantime, we had just last week released 170 pounds (83 kg) of DX QSL cards, mainly to U.S., Canada and Japan (ed. Bureaus) for variety of our operations over the past two years with the hopes that this investment would still be worth while. We see lot of cards returned with the note 'this person is not accepting QSL cards' and/or is 'not member of national society' thus the rational for confirming each QSO through the bureau is in doubt.... Best Regards, Martti, OH2BH"
QSL MANAGER CHANGE. QSL Manager Franz, DL3PS, will be leaving Germany, so as of November 1st, all QSL cards for VE3ZIK, 9A/VE3ZIK, T9/VE3ZIK, XM3ZIK and 4N1DX will be via DO7ZZ. The German Bureau is OK.
QSLS VIA LOTW: (None reported this week!)
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3B7SP, 3D2ER, A45WD, AP2TN, CO2OJ, KG4IZ, KG4MO, PZ5RA, R1FJT, T30ONM, T77C, T77NM, VP8ROT, VQ9LA, VR10UW, XX9TTR and ZA/DL1RTL
KRIS, SP6DVP (ex-3Z6V), will be active as SO6V during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m)/Low-Power entry. QSL via SP6DVP, by the Bureau or direct (QRZ.com SP6DVP and 3Z6V).
Team Antigua will once again be active from the warm Caribbean sunshine as V26B during the 2007 CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) competition. The operators will be mostly preparing the station starting on or about October 22nd, and will probably be active through October 30th, using their own callsigns as assigned by the Antiguian Licensing Authority. This year Team Antigua welcomes two new operators to their family. They are: Tom/NI1N and Kam/N3KS. They currently do not have any V2 callsigns assigned to them, but when they do their QSL routes will be via their own home callsigns (w/SASE). Please look for the following operators (w/QSL routes - please SASEs) to be active outside of the contest:
V26B via KA2AEV V26CW via KM9M V26BA via WA3RHW V26JN via WX3B V26BZR via W2BZR V26OC via N3OCV8, BRUNEI
Operator Prasad, VU2PTT, will be active during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via VU2PTT.
A group of Belgian and Finnish operators will be active from here between October 20th and November 5th. Activity will be on the following suggested frequencies: 1825, 3507, 7003, 10104, 14007, 21007, 24897 and 28020 kHz. An emphasis will be on the lower bands. The team is expected to sign XU7MDY during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Band (not mentioned) entry. ALL QSLS are direct ONLY. Look for the following operators (w/QSL routes) outside the contest:
XU7MDY via OH4MDY XU7AJV via ON4AJV XU7JGE via OH4JGE XU7TZG via ON7PPXW. LAOS
Operator Ozer, TA2RC, will be active as YM0T during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 27-28th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (160m)/Low-Power entry. QSL via the TA Bureau or direct to TA2RC.
Jean-Michel, F6AJA, will once again be active as YO/F6AJA from Bucarest between October 27th and November 2nd. Activity will be limited to his free time. Operations will be from the YO3KPA club station.
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