The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 856
April 28, 2008
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, K1BV, K1XN & GoList, N1UR, NC1L, NJ1Q, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5LA, N5ID, K8YSE, DX-IS News Site, Pete's -DX-Newsdesk, 9A2JK, DK8JB, DL6KAC, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DL8EBW, EB1TR, F5NQL & UFT, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Island News, MM0DFV, PY2RO, PY4WAS, RSGB IOTA Web Site, SM3CVM, TA1HZ, UR5EAW, VA3RJ & ICPO and VK1AA for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 20th/April, through Sunday, 27th/April there were 217 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, 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, FS, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VK9X, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, 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).
Eddie/VK4AN and his son Raj/VK4FRAJ (age 13) will be active as 3D2A from Malolo Lailai Island (in the Mamanuca Group, IOTA OC-121) between May 17-31st. They will be taking 3 rigs with them: 2 FT-450AT with ALS-500M amps and a FT-100 for 6m (beacon/QSOs). Suggested frequencies are:
SSB - 3795, 7095, 14195, 18145, 21295, 24925 and 28495 kHz
RTTY - 7042, 10112, 14082, 18102, 21082 and 28082 kHz
PSK31 - 7042, 10112, 14072, 18102, 21072 and 28072 kHz
CW - band edge + 2-5 kHz
6m Beacon: 50105, also CW/SSB QS0s.
QSL via VK4AN, direct or by the bureau. Logs will be uploaded daily to:
4W, TIMOR-LESTE (Update)
The Union de Radioaficionados Espanoles, URE, (The Spanish Amateur Radio League) announced on their Web page (edited):
"Finally we have reached our goal, obtaining the callsign 4W6R for the operation, thanks to the hard work of our local team (TKS Pascoela de Carvalho) and to the kindly procedures of Mr. Celestino Nicolau and Mr. Jose M de Araujo from ARCOM. Also the renting of the house that we will use for accommodation and operation is OK.For more details and up-to-date info, please visit their new Web paqe at:
We have 'incorporated' to our local team a compatriot displaced there in Dili who has been an incalculable value for the pending management. A lot of thanks to Agustin.
The solidarity and interest of organizations and particulars is remaining patent in the numerous donations and contributions that we are receiving for the project. Many thanks for your generosity!
Most of the materials have already gone out in a container --by air-, by kindness of the FUP, to our destination. Finally the operators are finalizing their preparations by getting their vaccinations. Our goals are coming together step to step.
Looking for SPONSORS.... The majority of this project`s funding is provided by the Alicante Provincial Government and by URE. The rest of the budget, at this time, will be down to the operators although we have already received news of some small but useful donations.
We would be very grateful if individuals and organisations could consider making contributions to this project at any time, including after the operation. Please bear in mind the following two considerations."
9A08, CROATIA (Special Event)
Special event station 9A08P (Nine Alpha ZERO EIGHT Papa) has been active since April 1st and will be active through December 31st. Activity is to celebrate the City of Djurdjevac, and operations will be on all bands and modes. A special QSL card will be issued with a story on it. All QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the bureau.
9Q, DEM. REP. OF CONGO (Attention VK/ZL stations)
OPDX was informed that operators Phil/9Q1TB and Georges/9Q1EK have been trying to call the Oceania area between 0500-0600z, but find it is not easy. Out of the thousands of QSO made, Georges has only made 21 QSOs from VK and 7 QSOs from ZL. Phil has only made 2 QSOs from VK and 2 QSOs from ZL, and he is supposed to leave 9Q-land in June. Georges is expected to stay in 9Q-land for possibly another 1 to 2 years (and he may be the only active station in 9Q land on CW). Both operators would really like to make QSOs with the Oceania area.
A5, BHUTAN (Just a reminder)
Torben, OZ1TL, is expected to be active as A52TL during his stay in May of 2008. He is expected to arrive in Bhutan on May 2nd. Torben will be attending some of the inauguration ceremonies of the new King of Bhutan. Activity will be mainly on CW (almost exclusively) on most bands including 160/80/40 meters. QSL via his home callsign. He also plans to use the LoTW.
ADXO WEB SITE ENHANCEMENT
Bill, NG3K, informs OPDX that he has installed a new feature on his "Announced DX Operations (ADXO)" Web page at:
"For the present, links are not provided for additional operators at some multi-op operations. But, if ADXO users find the new capability useful, I may try to expand its coverage to multi-op expeditions. I am also considering using this capability as a tool for weeding out announced operations that, for whatever reason, never took place. Comments and suggestions will be welcome and may be addressed to: Bill@ng3k.comCN, MOROCCO (6/2m Activity)
My thanks go to Felipe, PY1NB, and DX Watch for making this possible. While you're visiting DX Watch, be sure to take the time to look around. Felipe has created a remarkable and innovative 2nd generation DX spotting application that integrates data from packet cluster, qrz.com, and 425DXN."
EG4, SPAIN (Special Event)
Members of the URE of Leganes in Madrid will be active as EG4DCM through May 4th. Activity is to commemorate Communication Day of Madrid and the Bicentenary of the War for independence. Operations will be on 80/40/20/17/15/12/10 meters. QSOs will include a serial number that will allow you to participate in a commemorative trophy. You can repeat the contacts on different bands only. On May 5th a winner will be picked for the trophy. A special QSL will be available; send direct within 30 days or via the bureau to EA4CT. After June 4th, QSLs will be sent out via the Bureau.
Members of the Ukrainian National Team will be active as EM5HQ during the 2008 IARU HF Contest (July 12-13th). QSL manager for this year event is UR5EAW (Alexander Shevchenko). All QSLs will be sent 100% via the QSL Bureau. PLEASE NOTE: Stations making 4 QSOs with the station EM5HQ will be sent a special certificate.
GB, ENGLAND (Special Event)
Members of the Bittern DX Group (in con- junction with Holt Town Council) will activate the special event station GB0GFH between May 3-5th. Activity is to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the "Great Fire of Holt", in Norfolk. Activity will be on all bands 160-10 meters and as well as 2 meters. The group's challenge is to contact as many stations from places called "HOLT" worldwide during their 3 day event. So if you live in or near a town or place called HOLT, call them. QSL direct to M0CNP. More information about the fire and the club's operation is available at QRZ.com under GB0GFH. Also, visit the Bittern DX Group Web page at:
Operators Mike/AJ9C, Gerard/KE9I and Octavio/YN2N will be active as H7/AJ9C (or possibly a special callsign) during the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via AJ9C. Mike/AJ9C is expected to be active outside of the contest between October 21-26th, on 160-6 meters, CW, SSB and RTTY.
HP, PANAMA (Island Activity)
Kaku, JA6REX, will be active from three different islands over the next two weeks. He is scheduled to activate the following on CW/SSB on the HF bands:
HP4/JA6REX - Bocas del Toro (NA-088); April 27-28th
HP8/JA8REX - Penonome; May 1-4th
HP2/JA6REX - San Blas Islands (NA-170); May 6-7th
QSL via JA6REX (see (QRZ.com)).
AS-123. A Turkish team of radio amateurs under the leadership of Metin, TA1ED, will be working from Bogsak Island between April 30th and May 5th. The team will be using the special callsign YM0TA. Activity will be on CW, SSB and the digital modes. Operators mentioned are: Metin/TA1ED (SSB), Nuri/TA3BN (CW) and Arif/TA1EE (Digital). They plan to have three stations on the air with various antennas possibly on all bands. QSL direct to TA1ED: Metin Korkmaz, P.O.Box 27, TEKIRDAG 59100, TURKEY. Bogsak Island is 10 km away from Tasucu, and there are historical ruins dating from late Roman and early Byzantium times. Last operation from this island was carried out by TB0DX team in April 2006.
EU-008. By the time you read this, members of the "Camb-Hams" will be active from the Isle of Mull (IOSA NH15, SCOTIA CN10) until May 3rd. The group is expected to sign as GS3PYE/p from their base camp at Carsaig (IO76) on the south coast of the island. They plan to have two stations on the air operating on most HF bands, as well as 6 and 2 meters, on CW, SSB, with some RTTY, PSK31 and SSTV. Look for operators to use their own callsigns when they start SOTA, WAB and VHF operations from IO66. The operators mentioned are: Gavin/M1BXF, Bob/G1SAA, Neil/G4HUN, Daryl/G0ANV, Allan/MM1BJP, Dave/M0VMC, Voi/G0BOE, Geoff/G0DDX and Rob/M1XZG. The group is also planning a brief side trip to the Treshnish Islands (EU-108, IOSA NH17, SCOTIA DI09), on April 30th for 6 hours. More information can be found at:
EU-048. Francois, F5JNE, will be active from Belle Ile en Mer (AT-015,
WLOTA LH-0872, Department Morbihan/56, Province Brittany)
between May 8-21st. Activity will be on the HF bands, CW
mainly in the evening. Other activities scheduled to take
place are, but only on 80/40m CW/SSB:
May 10th - The Sauzon Mill; DMF 56010
May 18th - (European Castles Day), from the Fort de
QSLs are bureau preferred, SWL cards welcome.
EU-095. Members of the EME Phoceen Radio Club (F5KDK) will be active as TM5F from Frioul Archipelago between August 15-18th. Activity will be on the HF bands, CW, SSB, PSK and RTTY. Operators mentioned are: Jean Michel/F1IKA (SSB and QSL Manager), Michel/F5IVP (CW/SSB/Digi), Eric/F5ODA (CW/SSB), Dave/F5SDD (CW/SSB) and Chris/F6DHI (SSB/Digi). Visit their Web page at:
EU-123. A few operators from Glasgow are going on a speedy boat to activate a few islands in the Firth of Clyde, May 3-4th, and all of them are in IOTA EU-123. This is a good opportunity to work some rare islands for IOSA and SCOTIA awards. The team consists of: Jurij/MM0DFV, John/GM0WRR, Davie/MM0GDL and hopefully Alan/GM4TOQ. The Glasgow team is not sure yet which islands will be activated; it depends on the weather conditions and other circumstances. The callsigns to be used are: MS0EPC for PSK contacts, and MS0DGR - for other modes. Each island would be visited for about 2-3 hours. Separate full colored QSL cards will be printed for each island.
They are hopeful that they will activate: Horse Island (SC21), Lady Island (SC28), Ailsa Craig Island (SC28), Pladda Island (SC21), Inchmarnock Island (SC04) and Little Cumbrae Island (SC21).
Some of them are good for lighthouse chasers - ARLHS and WLOTA. All QSL cards should be sent via MM0DFV (both Bureau and direct are accepted). They are taking very light portable antennas and radios, nothing fancy, 100 watts output power. The boat captain is Davie/MM0GDL, Jurij/MM0DFV is the PSK and CW "working horse", John/GM0WRR will work PSK and SSB, and their "Papa" is Alan/ GM4TOQ who will work SSB and is the most wise man and Chief of the Tribe.
OC-223. (Update) Nick, VK1AA, informs OPDX that his OC-223 mini IOTA expedition last week was a success. He managed to log 1,716 QSOs on 40/30m running 75 watts into a homemade vertical. You can find the video and sound recording on Youtube at:
Koji, JI1LET, will be active as JI1LET/JD1 from Chichijima Island (AS-031) between May 1-5th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters, CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via JI1LET by the JARL Bureau or direct.
Members of the Spanish Demons DXer's Team and possibly others will activate "Tazones Lighthouse" (IN73hn, ARLHS SPA-137) during the first weekend of May. Callsign will be EE1TR and the QSL route is via EA1YG. The list of operators still has not been announced yet, but will be forthcoming. For more information and updates, please visit:
MMAA 2008 CW CONTEST
Ed, PY4WAS, President of the CWJF, wants to remind everyone the 2008 Manchester Mineira All America CW Contest will be taking place between 1500z, May 17th and 2356z, May 18th. For details on rules visit the CWJF Web site at:
Operators Charles/M0OXO and Nigel/M0NJW will be active asMJ0X from Les Minquiers Islands (EU-099) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). Outside of the contest, look for Charles to sign GB8LMI (GB8 Les Minquiers Islands) between July 23-29th. QSL via M3ZYZ.
NH0, MARIANA ISLANDS
Koji, JL3RDC, will be active as NH0DX during the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Band entry. QSL via JL3RDC direct ONLY (no Bureau).
Ulli, DL2AH, will once again be traveling, but this time to the Pacific areas between September and early November. First stop will be Samoa in September (specific dates have not be announced yet). Second stop will be Manua Islands (OC-077) in the American Samoa Island group between October 7-27th. Look for him to sign KH8/DL2AH. Third stop will be Tonga between October 29th and November 9th. Callsign has not been issued yet. Operations from the above will be holiday style with activity on 40-10 meters, mainly SSB with some RTTY. He will use a FT897 and Windom antenna. QSL via DL2AH, direct (see (QRZ.com)) or by the bureau.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
Mohamed, 7X4AN, announces that DJ2BW is "NOT" his QSL Manager since 1997. All contacts must be confirmed by 7X4AN direct only via the following address: MOHAMED BOUKHIAR, P.O. Box 30133, Barcelona 08080, Spain. For more information, see (QRZ.com).
9M6/N1UR LOG. Ed, N1UR, informs OPDX that the online log for 9M6/N1UR, as well as plenty of pictures showing the location, equipment and antennas on his and XYL Christine/KB1PQN's operation to Layang-Layang Island Resort, Spratly Islands (AS-051), are available at:
QSL Manager Ted Melinosky, K1BV, informs OPDX that he has assumed QSL Manager duties for Vaho, 4L8A. He is also the QSL Manager for D4B, D44TT and EY8MM. His address is: Ted Melinosky, 12 Wells Woods Road, Columbia, CT. 06237.
QSL MJ0MJH via M0MJH, by the bureau or direct to: Mark Hickford, 3 Ashen Road Clare, Suffolk, CO10 8LQ England. Activity was from a Jersey Island in the EU-013 IOTA group.
The log for the XE83IARU activity celebrating the 83rd anniversary of the IARU is now available online at:
QSLS VIA LOTW: 4O3A, CE1VCZ, DK1BCO, DL1GDS, EA8OM, EB1ISN, H7DX, J39BS, J7DX, LX7I, LY2IJ, LZ130LO, K1YR/KH6, M0C,, M2D, M6T, MD4K, N8S, OK5W, OY4TN, P40A, RD3BD, S51F, SP7TES, TO5A, TO5FJ, TO5RZ, TR8CA, V31MR, V31TB, V73RY, VP6DX, YV5AAX, YO22NATO and ZF2NE
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3B8GL, 3C0CW, 4O3B, 5J0E, 7Q7VB, 9J2BO, 9Y4D, A35MT, A71AN, C4N, C91VB, CO2OT, CT1FJK, CW2C, D2NX, DR1A, E4/OM2DX, EI6IZ, FJ/OH2AM, FJ5KH, FO/OH1RX, HK3TU, HL2FDW, J20VB, J5C, LN8W, MJ/F5CWU, MJ/K8PT, OH0R, OJ1ABOA, OM5DP, ON5SY, PW2M, PZ5RA, R1FJM, T32OU, T32YA, T92J, TN6X, TO5FJ, VE1AI/W4, VP6TD, VY0/JA1DOT, XU7ACY, XW1B, YK9SV, Z2/UA4WHX and ZP0R
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3DA0ZO, 4N6FZ, 4O6EME, 6O0M, 9K2HN, 9M2/JH3GCN, 9M50MP, 9M6DXX, 9U9Z, A6/DL5KUA, C6ALI, CU2A, GB0ANT, GB4IPY, HZ1EX, JA6GXK/JD1, KH2F, OA4WW, TF/SM5ELV, TF4MM, TU2/F5LDY, XT2C and XU7ADR
PY100, BRAZIL (Special Event)
Special event station PY100JA will now be on the air through December to commemorate the 100th anniversary of 1st Japanese immigration to Brazil. The special callsign will be used by a group of PY2 stations on 160-6 meters on all modes. QSLs will be available after September 2008, by the Bureau or direct via PY2PA.
W4RNL - It was reported this past week that well-known ARRL Technical Advisor and author on antennas (and antenna modeling), L.B. Cebik, W4RNL, became a "Silent Key" at the age of 68. He was also noted for his excellent antenna Web site at:
DK2OC - The well-known German DXer Uli Adelung, DK2OC, reportedly has become a "Silent Key" at the age of 63 on April 6th. This interesting DXer will be dearly missed. Many may remember his famous 10 meter DX nets back in the late 80s and early 90s.
OPDX and its reads would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of the above operators.
SI, SWEDEN (Special Event)
Jan, PA0IJM, will be active as SI9AM from the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Amateur Radio Society from late evening May 5th to May 15th. Suggested frequencies are as follows:
CW - 1817, 3517, 7017, 10117, 14017, 18077, 21017, 24897 and 28017 kHz
SSB - 1840, 3760, 7060, 14210, 18160, 21310, 24960 and 28510 kHz
FM - 145.550 MHz and repeater RV49 - 145.612,5 MHz
QSL via SM3CVM, by the bureau or CBA (E-mail requests for bureau cards can be sent to: email@example.com@si9am.se ). More information can be found at:
SX2, GREECE (Special Event)
Operators Kostas/SV2CWV, Diana/SV2HRV/DL2HRV, Archelaos/SV2KBB and Kostas/SV2LBB will be active using the special callsign SX2MT (Makedonian Tombs) during the 2008 International Museums Weekend (Museums ON THE AIR!) from the Museum of Vergina (Royal Tombs) in Hellas. The International Museums Weekend (IMW)takes place on the weekends of June 14-15th and 21-22nd. Activity will be on all bands and modes. Reference numbers are: Grid Locator KN10dl, Museum Nr. I.M.W. #5178 and EPC Nr. #3701. QSL via SV2KBB, only direct or eQsl (+SWL Report). For more details, see:
TF, ICELAND (Also OY)
Before starting his Iceland activity, Al, LA9SN, will do a one day operation from Faroe Islands (OY, EU-018) on April 28th.
From there, he will travel to the Westman Islands (TF7, EU-071), and be active between May 1-8th. He will then be active from the main island of Iceland (EU-021), May 9-13th. Activity will be on CW and SSB from his car usinga vertical antenna and high power. Watch around the usual IOTA frequencies. See his QSL at (QRZ.com). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
Operator Shoji/JA7HMZ will make his usual regular May trip to Pohnpei (OC-010) and will once again be active as V63DX. Activity will take place between May 19-24th on all band and modes including 6m. QSL via his home callsign, JA7HMZ.
VK9X, CHRISTMAS ISLAND (Update and Now QRT)
Operators James/9V1YC and Wilbert/PE7T (ex-ZL2BSJ) were active this past week as N1YC/VK9X and PE7T/VK9X, respectively, and went QRT on April 24th. James informs OPDX that the correct QSL info is as follows:
N1YC/VK9X via N5ID (his usual 9V1YC QSL Manager)
PE7T/VK9X via the PA Bureau
ADDED NOTE: QSL Manager Joe, N5ID, informs OPDX that if you sent your QSL card to 9V1YC, do not worry, it will eventually get to him.
ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND (AF-003)
Steve, G3ZVW, will be active as ZD8N between May 2-13th. Activity will be on CW, SSB and RTTY mainly in the evenings and during the weekends. QSL via G3ZVW, direct or by the bureau.
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