The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 860
June 2, 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, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, NJ1Q, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5LBU, K8YSE, AA0MZ, DX-IS News Site, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, BG4CZX, CT1EEB, DK8JB, DK7LX, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, F5NQL & UFT, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Island News, LU6EF, LZ1BJ, RSGB IOTA Web Site, TA0U, UA6JD, VA3RJ & ICPO and VK6JB for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 25th/May, through Sunday, 1st/June there were 217 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5X, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, 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).
40 METER DX NET
John, VK6JB, is the moderator of a 40m DX Net that presently runs on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 1200-1330z. The frequency is 7077.5 kHz, but if this is unusable for some reason, they will move the net to 7092 kHz +/- QRM. John states that this net may be quite early in the morning for some stations and is interested in starting another net possibly between 7.125-7.200 MHz if a clear frequency could be found for the duration of the net. He adds, "As the seasons change, so do the broadcast stations, but it is worth a try to find a frequency so we can all join in on the DX net together. There are many VK stations from the west to the east coast that would like to work you. If you can join the present net or assist in finding a clear net frequency, please send any frequency reports to email@example.com and I will collate them. I would also like to offer an open invitation to any amateur interested in 40m DX, to join our YAHOO group. Address details are as follows:
Subscribe: 40m-DXfirstname.lastname@example.orgThere are many hams already on the list server, so please come and join them. Please deseminate this to as many news or nets as possible."
Post message: 40m-DXemail@example.com
List owner: 40m-DXfirstname.lastname@example.org
Operators Hal/W8HC and Jerry/K8OQL have announced their return to Israel in October for another CQWW DX Phone Contest (October 25-26th) from the Holyland. In commemoration of Israel's 60th anniversary in 2008, they have been granted permission to operate as 4X0C as a special event/contest station from atop Israel's historical Masada National Park.
Masada was built during 37 BC to 31 BC by "Herod the Great" and served as a "nearly" impenetrable stone fortress and palace. The site is located in the remote Judean desert and is situated on a rhomboid-shaped table-top plateau rising nearly 450 meters. This contest location offers a breath- taking panorama of the Dead Sea and Jordan's Moab Mountains. Interestingly however, Masada's actual elevation is near-sea level since the Dead Sea below is over 400 meters below sea level. Masada is also known as the site of one of the largest mass suicides in history when in 73 AD, some 960 Jewish Zealots took their own life rather than die at the hands of the Roman legions that had breached the fortress walls. Hal and Jerry will be hosted and joined by Ruben/4Z5FI for their Multi/Single operation during the contest. QSL via W8HC, direct or by the Bureau. All 4X0C QSOs will also be uploaded to LoTW as in previous operations (4X0WV). Hal will QSL 100% via GlobalQSL.com. Additional information about this operation can be found at:
Mike, DB1JAW, will be active as 7W0JAW (or 7X/DB1JAW) from Bou-Saada and possibly other locations in the Algerian Sahara, October 2-14th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, but with a focus on 20/17/12 meters using SSB and PSK31. QSL only direct to DB1JAW; he is no longer a member of DARC. SAE is not required as Mike prints computerized envelopes.
9L3, SIERRA LEONE (IOTA Op)
Operators Alfeo/I1HJT, Silvano/I2YSB, Carlo/ IK1AOD, Vinicio/IK2CIO, Angelo/IK2CKR, Marcello/IK2DIA and Stefano/IK2HKT are expected to be active from Sherbro Island (AF-056) next year, between January 25th and February 13th. Callsign is to be determined. QSL via I2YSB, direct or the G6MBY Bureau.
C9, MOZAMBIQUE (Update/Operator Needed)
Frosty, K5LBU/C91CF, informs that a spot has opened up on their team for their July DXpedition. One of the operators had to drop out, so if anyone would like to join them, please send an E-mail to Frosty before June 6th. He states that he needs to pay for all the rooms (and other things) on that date. His E-mail address is: email@example.com
Currently, a group of 4 operators from the U.S. are on the team to go to C9-land, as well as one from 9M6-land and 3-4 operators from ZS-land. This is an "African DX Safari Team", and each operator will be using their own callsign during the July 16-30th operation. Activity will be from the Blue Anchor Inn
Operators Arlindo/CT1EGW, Luis/CT1EEQ, Hermann/CT3FN, Antonio/CU2HJA, Antonio/CU8AS, Lutz/DL9DAN and Rudolf/HB9CQL will be active as CU1T during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). The team will be active from Santa Maria (EU-003) between July 21st and August 1st. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. They will have a beacon on 50113 kHz. QSL via CT1GFK.
CU2/CU3, AZORES (Update)
Alain, F5LMJ, will be active as CU2/F6HMJ from Sao Miguel Island (EU-003) from July 19-26th and CU3/F5LMJ from Terceira Island (EU-175) from July 26th to August 1st. He will be active on CW and the Digital modes. Also, Alain will participate in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) from CU3. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the REF bureau.
* If you had a problem using the "LogBook of The World" (LoTW) during the past week, that is because it was down for a scheduled maintenance. The Logbook system was off-line for approximately 24 hours starting at 1200z on Wednesday, May 28th (8:00 AM EDT) in order to perform some hardware additions. The system should have return to service by 1200z, May 29th.
* Ham Radio Friedrichshafen (Special information about the LogBook of The World registration): "If you would like to apply for a new LogBook of The World certificate, bring a copy of your home call license and a picture ID. If you wish to create an LoTW account for a DXpedition or a club callsign, you must bring proper documentation. (eg: License and proof that you were at the dx-pedition location, or a copy of the club license). The ARRL representative will immediately issue you a password to get started."
* It was announced that the DXCC DeSoto Cup Challenge has a new winner for 2007. Fausto Minardi, I4EAT, (w/3129 band points) has passed second place medal winner Bob Eshleman, W4DR, (w/3124 band points). Third place medal was won by Leif Ottosen, OZ1LO (w/3119 band points). Nineteen have now exceeded the 3,000 level. To see who made the 3000 level, please visit the following Web page at:
EA8, CANARY ISLANDS
Roland, HB9DPO, will be active as EA8/HB9DPO from La Palma Island (AF-004, DIE S-013, WLOTA LH-1648, WW Loc. IL18CP) between June 7-14th. Activity will be on the HF, 6 and 2 meters (he prefers 6 and 2 meters). His rigs are an IC706 and FT900, with a 4 element beam for 6m and 9 element beam for 2m. QSL via his home callsign.
FG, GUADELOUPE (NA-102)
Jacky, F5OIU, is vacationning here until June 14th and will be active (callsign not provided) on the HF bands using his IC-706 into wires and a R5 vertical. Modes will be mainly CW with some RTTY/PSK. QSL via his home callsign.
Georg, DK7LX, will be active as FH/DK7LX between June 11-23rd. Activity will be holiday style and mainly on CW, but with a focus on 80/40/30 meters. All other bands will depend on band conditions. He will use an Icom IC-706 MKIIG into a HF9V multi-band vertical that might be placed next to the sea. References numbers are: IOTA AF-027 and WLOTA 0376. A special full colored photo QSL will be available. QSL via his home callsign, by the DARC Bureau or direct (w/sufficient return postage and SAE) to:
Am Weiderweg, 12
For more details and pictures, please visit Georg's Web page at:
Alain, F6BFH, will be active as FH/F6BFH from July 9th to August 9th. Activity will be on all bands, CW and SSB, put he will pay particular attention to the lower bands.
GACW WWSA CW DX CONTEST
RAUL, LU6EF, wants to remind everyone GACW's annual contest takes place this year on June 14-15th. You can find the complete rules on their Web page at:
GI, NORTHERN IRELAND
Members of the Kilmarnock and Loudoun Amateur Radio Club will be active as GI3YS from Rathlin Island (EU-122, also counts for WLOTA LH-0283) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). Members of the team include Allan/GM3OZB, Barry/GM3YEH, Stephen/GM4OSS, John/GM0DJG and Gordon/MM0BIM. QSL via the bureau to MM0DHQ.
AS-036. Operators JF6OID and JK6IJE will be active as homecall/6 from O Island (JIIA AS-036-016) and Naga Island (JIIA AS-036-012), in the JA6 Iki/Tsushima Group, June 7-8th. Activity will be on the HF bands and on SSB. QSL via their home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
AS-117. To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Noto Peninsula National Park look for special event callsign 8J9HGR to be active from Hegura Island between July 26-30th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via the JARL Bureau or JH9UYZ (QRZ.com).
AS-137. Operators BA4DR, BG4AJU, BG4CHO, BG4CJX, BG4CNB and BG4EIH will be active as homecall/5 from Daqu Shan Island, June 7-8th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters SSB and also 2 meters. QSL via their home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
AS-159 Operators Pavel/TA2ZAF (OK1MU), Slavek/OK1TN and Dan/OK1HRA will activate the special callsign TC0W on the Turkish Island of Kefken in the Black Sea, June 7-11th. This group was also involved with the activation TB0DX (AS-123), YM0DX (AS-099) and TC0DX (EU-186). Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. Antennas will be a SteppIR for 20-10m and loops for 40/30m. Also, there may be possible activity on the VHF bands (locator KN51DF). Thanks for BIG support from Ozer/TA2RC. QSL via OK2GZ, either direct, by the Bureau or via the Web (no E-mail requests). For more info, photo gallery, daily news, team bios, please visit:
EU-005. By the time you read this, Steve, G0UIH, should be active as G0UIH/M from Walney Island until June 2nd. Activity will be mainly on 20/17/15 meters, but he may also be on 40 meters. Steve will be using a IC706MK2G with 400 watts into an Outbacker Perth Vertical. This is a rescheduled activation (from May 3rd). QSL direct to his home callsign.
EU-007. Helmut, DL5DSM, expects to be active (weather permitting) as EJ/DL5DSM from Great Blasket Island, Ireland, on June 8th between 1000-1530z. This is a one man field day style operation with a generator, 100 watts and simple antennas. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
EU-012. Gordon, G3USR, will be active as GM3USR/p from the Isle of Yell (IOSA SH-03, SCOTIA SI-20), Shetland and Fair Isles, between June 4-8th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters SSB using only 100 watts into a 40m vertical or dipole antenna. He will also have a 5 band Spiderbeam for HF and a 3 element yagi for 6 meters. QSL via G3USR; direct is preferred but Bureau is "OK".
EU-028. Patrick, ON7ARQ, will be on holiday on the Island of Elba (IIA LI-001, MIA MI-022 WLOTA LH-0609) between June 6-16th. He is expected to use the callsign IA5/ON7ARQ. Activity will be on the HF, VHF and UHF. Also, look for him to be in the VHF Contest. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
EU-052. A group of German operators will be active as SY8B from Zakynthos Island between June 1-6th. Operators mentioned are DL7BMG, DL7VDC, DL8RO, DL7WS and DL7BW. They plan to have several stations on the air on CW, SSB and PSK.
EU-074. Members of the "Association des Radio Amateurs des Cotes d'Armor ARC" (French Brittany), F6KBO, will be active using the special callsign TM6BRE from Brehat Island (DIFM MA-012 for the Metropolitan French Islands Award, WLOTA LH-2010) between June 6-8th. Activity will be on 80-2 meters (no 30/17/12 meters) using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via F6KBO. Other references numbers are: Canton of Paimpol (DDCF 22-28), Commune Ile de Brehat (Zipcode 22870), Department Cotes d'Armor/22, Province French Brittany (DPF 06).
EU-182. Operators Medvedev/UT9IO and Igor/UX3IW will be active as homecall/p from Zmeiniy Island, Ukraine, betweem July 20th and August 5th. They will both be active in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). Operations outside of the contest will be on 80-2 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau.
NA-062. Doug, KF4VTT, will be active as homecall/p from Key West (USI FL-040S, Monroe County, Florida) between June 4-10th. Activity will be on or near the usual island and IOTA frequencies. QSL via his home callsign.
Members of Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs will activate special event station LZ17EXPO between June 7-30th. Activity will be on all bands and modes. Operations are to commemorate the 17th anniversary of the "HOBBY RADIO EXPO" held at the "Culture House ARSENAL" in Kazanlak on June 14-15th. QSL via LZ1YE.
A few reports indicate that Don, N1DG, will be travelling to the United Arab Emirates (A6) and Qatar (A7) between June 1-13th. He is expected to be installing new antennas at A61AD and hopes to be active on June 3rd and 4th, and possibly concentrating on 6 meters when open. While he is in Qatar, Don hopes to get a A71A callsign and possibly operate as business allows.
OJ0, MARKET REEF (EU-053)
A Swedish team that was expected to be active from here during the first week of June has postponed their operation until August.
ON, BELGIUM (Special Event)
Members of the South Flanders DX Activity Group will be active as F/ON6JUN/P from nearby Pegasus Bridge Memorial Museum between June 5-9th. Activity is to commemorate the 64th anniversary of the D-Day landing in Normandy at Ranville on June 6, 1944. For historical information, please visit the following Web pages:
OY, FAROE ISLAND (EU-018)
Operators Rag/LA6FJA and Arne/LA7WCA will be active as OY/homecall between June 25-30th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters, using CW/SSB/RTTY/PSK31. QSL via their home callsigns, by the Bureau, LoTW or direct (QRZ.com). Visit their OY Web page at:
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL ROUTES by Johannes/DK8JB and Tedd/KB8NW:
CT1EEB/P QSL STATUS. Jose, CT1EEB, reports, "After some delay in printing the cards (my apologies for that) the Pessegueiro Island IOTA EU-167 direct QSL requests have been airmailed today (May 26th). Those of you waiting for a CT1EEB/p card please let me know as soon as you get my envelope." His E-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
ZA QSLS: Alfredo, IK7JWX, reports that if you still need a QSL card
from any of the following Albania (ZA) operations, E-mail your QSO
data to him at: email@example.com
Operations are: December 2002 ZA0IS and ZA0/IK7JWX (Sazal Island - EU-169, 2003 ZA3/IK7JWX and 2006 ZA1-2-3-4/IK7JWX.
QSLS VIA LOTW: CT1ILT, FJ/OH2AM, HC2AD, IP8IPY, J5C, JT1BV, KH2/WX8C, KG6DX, R245GS, SV1GRE and TI50DX
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 1A3A, 3D2CI, 5H3G, 5T5DC, 6W8CK, 7P8FC, A61Q/P (AS-021), CE0Z/DL2AH, D4C, ET3JA, FO/KH0PR, J5C, J79PN, J8/DJ7ZG, PZ5WW, SU9NC, T70A, T88JY, T88KJ, TI9KK, VP5/W5SL, V63JY, V63JQ and ZB2EO
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3A/NF0FW, 9A/DM8AE, AN7A, DL100DAN, EA7RU, EH7SMN, EM101I, EM5F, ES1A, ES5RW, ES7TA, F5KLP/MM, GB100J, GJ/ON4QJ, JY3ZH, K9A/ANT, LX/PA6Z, LY9Y, NU1AW/8, OH8L, OZ3RIN, RA4LBS, RK2ZZ, RU1A, RT6A, T70A, T77M, TM6M, UA2FEK, UW9I, UZ4E, VC2W and YO3CZW
P4, ARUBA (SA-036)
John, W2GD, will be active as P40W during the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entries. QSL via N2MM. Logs will be loaded on LoTW upon his return to USA.
Wolfgang, DL6NBR, will be active as S79WF between June 14th and July 4th. Activity will be on SSB, with 200 watts on 40-10 meters and 100 watts on 6 meters. QSL via his home callsign, by the DARC Bureau or direct.
SOUTHEAST ASIAN TOUR
Toshi, JA8BMK, will be active this month from Vietnam (3W) and Cambodia (XU). Activity will be limited to his spare- time on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via JA8UWT direct. His schedule is as follows:
Vietnam - Signing 3W2BMK between June 12-17th
Cambodia - Signing XU7BMK between June 18-20th
TC17, TURKEY (Update)
Urcun, TA0U, will be active as TC17GS between June 1-15th. Operations will be on 40 and 20 meters and the activity is to celebrate the 17th Championship of Galatasaray. Recently, Galatasaray has won the 2007-2008 Turkish Super League title and will be one of the two teams representing Turkey in the 2008-2009 Champions League. A special "AWARD" will be available and sent out for the contacts made on two different bands. A special QSL card will be sent for all contacts via mail-direct or Bureau. If you want to receive the special AWARD for TC17GS, please send an E-mail with all the contact details (callsign, freq, date/time and report) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
All the logs will be available on the Web site at:
TM0, FRANCE (Special Event)
Paul/F0FND and a team of operators from Bassin de la Sambre will be active as TM0WPC between August 3-17th. The activity is to celebrate the" World Championships of Parachuting" which will take place at Salmagne airfield, near Maubeuge, Northern France, between August 9-14th. Activity will be on 160-2m using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via F5KEB.
Operators F8BON, F6AQI, F6DBA, F6GAF, F5BCB, F5RFS, F5SVO, F5TRO, F4BYF, F4DXX, F4FEY and F4LJW will be using the special callsign TM3O from June 7-8th. Activity is to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the "R7 VHF Repeater". They will be on 40m on June 7th.
TO4G, GLORIOSO ISLAND (AF-011)
There is a report that the postponed TO4Gxx (TBA) to Glorioso Islands will take place between September 20th and October 15th. Operators mentioned are: Pascal/F5PTM, Freddy/F5IRO, Stephane/TT8SS, Christian/5U5U, David/F8CRS and Yves/F5PRU. The team plans to have 3 or 4 stations active. QSL via F5OGL, direct or by the bureau. Look for updates at:
WORLD WIDE DX-PEDITION TROPHY (by Strange Radio Team)
The Strange Radio Team presents the exclusive "WORLD WIDE DXPEDITION TROPHY" (WWDT) to the DXpedition of the year that provided the greatest interest to the ham radio world. The DXPEDITION is chosen from a yearly survey which is available in many ham magazines (both Italian and international) and on the Web at:
YS, EL SALVADOR
Erci, K9GY, will be active as YS/K9GY tentatively between November 26th and December 1st. He plans to be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW.
ZS8, MARION ISLANDS
There is still no activity reported. For updates and the first offical announcement of ZS8T being on the air, please visit the official ZS8T Web site at:
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