The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 885
November 24, 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, NJ1Q, K2ARB, NG3K, W3HNK, K4UEE, N4AA & QRZ DX, K6GT, K6RIM, K8YSE, DX-IS News Site, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, DJ7IK, DK8JB, DK9TN, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, F5NQL & UFT, G4RWD, HA3JB, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK4VYX, JI6KVR & IOTA-JA News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, UA9CDC, VA3RJ & ICPO, VK4FW and VU3RSB for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 16th-November, through Sunday, 23rd-November there were 222 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/n, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H1, H2, H3, H4, HA, HB, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J8, JA, 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, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, 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).
Operators Gia/4L4WW, Mike/4L4CR, Vaho/4L8A, Jim/UU1AZ, Andy/ UU4JMG and Andi/UU0JM will be active as 4L0A during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via EA7FTR. The team will try to be active on the low bands before the contest.
Looks like a DXpedition by the 4M5DX Group and the African DX Safari will take place in July 2009. Callsign will be 7P8YV. QSL via IT9DAA. A Web page is currently under construction. Look for details to be forthcoming. Watch QRZ.com under 7P8YV.
Operators Mike/UN7GC and UN7GU will be active as 8Q7GC and 8Q7GU, respectively, from South Ari Atoll 9AS-014) between November 30th and December 7th. QSL via their home callsigns. A Web site and more details are forthcoming at:
Operators Willy/RN4WA, Vladimir/UN9LW and Igor/UA9CDC will be active as 8Q7DV during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi/? entry. Igor states that this is a small scale DXpedition this time, and the beach/ocean is going to be main priorities outside the contest, so do not expect much activity. They will be there until December 6th. Activity will be mainly CW and SSB after the contest but are capable of PSK and RTTY as well. They will try to put up their 160/80m antenna, but there is no guarantee. With a bit of luck they should be on all bands in the contest. QSL via UA9CLB.
Viktoras, LY1A, will be active as 8Q7RW from Chaaya Reef Ellaidhoo between November 28th and December 4th. Activity will be holiday style, mainly on the low bands during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th). QSL via LY1A.
9M6, EAST MALAYSIA (IOTA Op)
Saty, JE1JKL, will be active as 9M6NA from Labuan Island (OC-133) at Mohammed 9M6MO's QTH during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (80m) entry. Look for possible activity the date before the contest. QSL via JE1JKL. E-mail requests for Bureau return are welcome at: email@example.com
Visit his 9M6NA Web page at:
Members of the Guam Contest Club will be active as AH2R during the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. Operators mentioned are: Toshinobu/JI3ERV, Mikiawa/JR7OMD, Kazunori/JK3GAD, Masaki/JO1DFG and Nozomu/JE8KKX. QSL via JH7QXJ.
Members of the new formed "Coconut Wireless Contest Club" will be active as AH6XX in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-2 entry. Operators mentioned are John/K1ER, Dennis/K2SX, Rich/K2WR, Leslie/W2LK, Tetsuo/AH7C and Kan/JA1BK (KH6BK). QSL via K2WR.
Operators Dale/BA4TB and Rene/DL2JRM will be active as B4TB during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via BT4TB.
Adam, KC4/K2ARB - CE9/K2ARB - VP8DKF, has informed OPDX that he will be active from the ALE Base Camp at Patriot Hills and the surrounding areas between December 18th and January 30th (2009). Activity will be on CW, SSB and PSK31 when workload permits. QSL via his home callsign. Read an article by Adam about his operation in the upcoming January 2009 issue of QST or follow his blog at:
Luis, CO6LP, will be active during the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via CO6LP, "DIRECT PERFERRED".
CS95/CT9, MADEIRA ISLANDS (Update)
Andy, DJ7IK, informs OPDX that he has joined the German team of operators from the Rhein Ruhr DX Association (RRDXA) Contest Team as the 10th member to be active as CT9L during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via DJ6QT. Outside the contest, operators will sign using the special callsign CS95A. Their operation will take place between November 25th and December 4th. The other operators mentioned are: DJ7JC, DF1AL, DK3QZ, DL1XW, DL2OBF, DL3HAH, D3LQQ, DL5XX and PA0R.
DP1/DP0L, ANTARCTICA (AN-016)
Operators Torsten/DL1TOG and Felix/DL5XL will be working at the German Antarctic station "Neumayer II" and are expected to be active as DP0GVN during their spare time. QSL via DL5EBE. Also, look for Felix/DL5XL during February in 2009 to activate the new station base "Neumayer III"
DXTELNET (New Version Available)
Fabrizio, IK4VYX, informs OPDX that a new version of DXTelnet32 (5.5) is ready for download at:
H4, SOLOMON ISLANDS
Mike/KM9D and his girlfriend, Jan/KF4TUG, have anchored the "Don Henry" off the shores of Ke Asai Island in the Ontong Java Atoll (OC-192) group. Mike as H44MY has been very active on 160/20/ 17/15/12/10 meters CW, while Jan as H44TO has been active on 40/20/17/12/10 meters SSB. Remember to QSL via OM2SA. You can track the "Don Henry" at:
Operators Chris/DK9TN and Matt/DK4YJ will once again be active as HB0/homecall between November 27-30th. Their activity will include entries in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th). Look for HB0/DK4YJ to be active as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m) entry and HB0/DK9TN as a Single-Op/Single-Band (80m) entry. QSL via their home callsign. Visit their DXpedition Web site at:
AS-199. Sara, VU3RSB, informs OPDX that he and Frank/DL4KQ, Kumar/VU2BGS and Bapuji/VU3KET will be activating Nachugunta Island (a new IOTA), India, in the Andhra Pradesh South State Group between December 4-7th. The team will use the callsign AT2RS. Activity will be on 80-10 meters (no 30m). Modes were not mentioned. They plan to have at least 2 stations, possibly 3, on the air. Two QSL Managers have been named:
W3HNK - For North/South America (direct or by the bureau)
DL4KQ - For the rest of the world (direct or by the bureau)
The group is looking for support for activating this new IOTA and possibly some other India islands in the future.
NA-133. The 5K0T team is now active from Serrana Bank until December 1st. They did not operate from Roncador Bank "due to lack of a suitable location." However, they plan to relocate to Bajo Nuevo (NA-132) on December 2nd and operate from there until December 6th. Both reefs are part of San Andres region (HK0). QSL 5K0T via HA7RY. For HK0/HK3JJH QSOs, QSL via HK3JJH. For more information and updates, visit their Web page at:
OC-133. Operators Steve/9M6DXX and John/9M6XRO will be active as homecall/p from Labuan Island between November 24-28th. Their activity will be mainly SSB and CW hopefully on all bands 160-10 meters using 400 watts. John states, "A few other ops are going from the SEANET group, so there may be other calls in use as well. We are taking 2 rigs, but as we have no bandpass filters, we will only be able to run two stations if we can get enough separation between the antennas." QSL via M0URX.
SA-066. (Update) Members of the 4M5DX Group will be active as YW1TI from Toas Island during the last weekend in November. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Team members are: Alex/YV5SSB (team leader, SSB), Manuel/YY4MP (SSB), Rafael/YY4RN (CW/SSB), Franco/YV1FM (CW/Digi), Rainer/YV5EU (CW), Olli/OH0XX (CW), Jesus/YV5MSG (SSB), Jose/YV5TX (Web/ Logistci) and Andreina/YY4AND (SSB). This operation is good towards the Venezuela Islands Award. For more details, visit their Web site at:
J8, ST. VINCENT
Dave, G3TBK, will once again be active from here and will sign J88DR during the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Activity outside of the contest will be on all HF bands, especially 30/17/12 meters, but mostly on CW. QSL via G3TBK, direct or by the RSGB Bureau.
KN0, UNITED STATES (FISTS Op)
FISTS member Chris, KC8ZGW, will activate the special callsign KN0WCW between November 23-29th, from Ohio. QSL via info on (QRZ.com).
KP5, DESECHEO ISLAND (Press Release #2, November 23rd - DXpedition Dates
"The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service has notified the team that February 12-26, 2009, will be the dates allocated for the radio operation. These dates are coordinated with other USFWS research activities scheduled on other parts of Desecheo Island as well as scheduling USFWS security personnel for the camp.
Fifteen operators will be allowed on the island at any given time. A total of 6-8 stations will be operational, including 160-6 meters.
A reconnaissance trip to Desecheo is scheduled for Friday, December 19th. Three team members, USFWS personnel and an UXO (unexploded ordnance) expert will sweep and clear the assigned area of UXO and other hazards. There will be no radio operations.
The 15-man team will assemble in Puerto Rico on February 8, 2009, for mandatory UXO training. The next three days will include team operations training, and last minute preparation and staging of the several tons of equipment for transport. On February 12th, landing will commence and two stations will be immediately activated. Likewise, stations will continue to operate until the final moments before departure on February 26th.
Halfway through the operation, on February 19th, approximately half of the operating team will be replaced with fresh operators for the final week.
The team has been diligently planning antennas and propagation paths to take advantage of every possible band opening to Asia, where Desecheo is #2 on the Most Wanted List and to Europe, where it is #3 on the Most Wanted List.
Contributions are being solicited. To assist us and for the latest news, please go to the team's website:
Glenn Johnson, W0GJ
Bob Allphin, K4UEE
Desecheo 2009 co-leaders"
Operators Marcus/DL1EKC, Tom/DL1QW, Juergen/DL4SDW, Andy/YO3JR, Tiberiu/YO9GZU and Philippe/LX2A will be active as LX7I during the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via LX2A. Visit the following Web page at:
NCDXF PRESS RELEASE (NCDXF Election)
At its "Board of Directors" meeting on November 18, 2008, in Albany, CA, the "Northern California DX Foundation" (NCDXF) elected the following officers and directors:
President Len Geraldi K6ANP
Vice President Al Burnham K6RIM
Secretary Tom McShane NW6P
Treasurer Bruce Butler W6OSP
Director Dave Pugatch KI6WF
Director Chuck Ternes N6OJ
Director Glenn Vinson W6OTC
Director Steve Merchant K6AW
Director Ken Anderson K6TA
Director Tim Totten N4GN
Director Glenn Johnson W0GJ
After 35 years of dedicated service, Rusty Epps, W6OAT, chose to retire
from the board.
Information pertaining to the Northern California DX Foundation is available at:
NEW HA-IPARC AWARD AVAILABLE
Gab, HA3JB, informs OPDX that a new "HA-IPARC (Hungarian-International Police Association) Award" is available by only making 3 different QSOs with the callsigns listed on the HA-IPARC Web site. For details on the award, visit:
Salvo, IV3YIM, is now active as OD5/IVV3YIM until April 20th (2009). Activity is expected to be 80-10 meters using SSB with a possibility of some CW, RTTY, PSK and operations on 160/30/17/12/6 meters. QSL via IV3YIM, by the Bureau or direct to: Salvo Vitale, P.O. BOX 52, Gorizia, ITALY ZIP 34170.
Operators Ian/G3WVG and Nigel/G3TXF plan to operate as OX5AA during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-2 entry from the club station in Kangerlussuaq (Sondre Stromfjord) on the westcoast of Greenland. QSL via G3TXF. See the station at:
PG6, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event)
Operators Peter/PA8A, Fred/PA8F and Rob/PA3GVI will once again activate the big array, formerly used to broadcast "Radio Netherlands", with the special callsign PG6G between 1200z, November 27th and 1200z, November 28th. The array antenna is a curtain antenna with 8 stacked dipoles between two 400 feet towers. Radiation angle is about 7 degrees and a gain of approximate 22 dB!! Their activity will be on CW and SSB, mainly on 40 meters. QSL via PA3GVI. See a video from their last visit at:
Ken, G4RWD (ex-ZF1WD), reports that the a "ZF1WD has been spotted on the DXCluster recently with QSL information stated as 'via G4RWD', which is incorrect. Whilst I have operated several times in the past as ZF1WD, I have not been there since 2002, neither did I keep the license up to date due to the cost involved. I can only assume that the callsign ZF1WD has either been re-issued by the Cayman licensing authorities, or that this is a pirate operation. I can't find any reference to this current ZF1WD operation, so I assume the latter."
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL Routes. Johannes, DK8JB, reports that an interesting link to visit for QSL routes that date back to 1987 is:
DO YOU HAVE THE CORRECT ROUTE? George, K6GT, Northern California Contest Club's (NCCC) QSL Manager/Station Trustee for the club's callsign K6ZM, informs OPDX that he has been receiving several QSL requests for cards for 8P9AG. The original holder of K6ZM, Phil Frazier, passed away in 1991, and he had used the 8P9AG callsign on a trip to 8P-land in the '80's. Clearly, since his key has been silent since 1991, he has not had any 8P operations since then. Apparently, Andy, DL9USA, was reissued the callsign and was active at the end of 2007. QSLs for that operation should go to DL9USA at: Andreas Glaeser, PF 100 246, 03122 Spremberg, Germany.
DID YOU WORK KP4AO on November 23rd? Special event station KP4AO was activated by the A.R.C. Arecibo Observatory. Activity was to celebrate 45 years of operations at the Arecibo Observatory Radio Telescope. For every QSL received, a certificate will be issued. It would be desired for a #10 BUSINESS SIZE SASE to be included with your QSL.
The log for VU4MY is now available online at:
QSLS VIA LOTW: 4O3T, A61AJ, EI6FR, EW5HQ, G6YB, GI0KOW, HR3J, IU7SRE, S57A, S59ABC, VK9DWX, YU1JW and Z32XX
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 4A3A, 4L/UU4JMG, 4U1UN, 4W6R, 8Q7SO, A25/DL7DF, A71CT, EA6SX, EI3IO, EL2DX, ET3AA, FR1AN, FW8AA, HV5PUL, J7OJ, JD1BMM, KH0WW, KP2/NY6X, OM8A, PZ5Z, T22ZL, VK9ANU, VP5/K4SV, VP6DX and ZP6/DL7VEE
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3XD2Z, 3XM6JR, 5U9C, 5U0T, 9G5A/P, A61TX, B7HQ, BG6IQD, CP4BT, DQ50SAAR, DR1F, DR150HZ, EA8TH, EI3IO, ES5MC, ES6PA, HG3DX, KG4WV, LZ130LO, OZ/DL6LZM/P, PA100S, R35NP, R41WP, S50FIRAC, SE6Y, SN2K, SP0PZK, T93M, TA1DX, TA1/DL7BC, TM6RT, TX1A, UE80MC, UR4BZB, V5/DJ4SO, VE7RAC, VE9HC, VK9ANH, VQ9LA, VU7MY, VU7RG, XR9A, YE0X and ZF1A
SPECIAL EVENT (Update)
As announced in special bulletin OPDX.884.2, the "Roskilde 1658 Award" has unanimously decided to prolong the award activities throughout 2009, until December 31, 2009. It has now been announced that the Danish wild card special event station OZ1658ROS will also continue to be active on the air. For updates about all of the special event stations and details/rules about this Swedish/Danish award, visit:
Operators Orelvis/CO6LC, Yanco/CM6RCR, Yordany/CM6YAC, Carlos/ CO6CAC, Luis/CO6LP and possibly others will be active as T46G during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via CO6LC, direct only.
Members of the Telsiz ve Radyo Amatorleri Cemiyeti (TRAC) from Mustafakemalpasa Subesi will active as TA3KZ during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. Operators mentioned are Gosho/LZ1ZF, Ilian/LZ3GA, Nadir/TA3CN and Huseyin/TA3CE. QSL via TA3KZ.
VK9L, LORD HOWE ISLAND (More Ops Needed)
Bill Horner, VK4FW, member of Oceania Amateur Radio DX Group Inc. (ODXG), reports, "We are looking for more operators (couples or singles) for the VK9LA DXpedition after securing extra accomodations at a second boarding lodge. As the island is almost full, we need to act now to get this finalized. The ODXG and VK9LA Web pages have details of the operation. As the plane is already full on the arrival and departure dates, it will be necessary to arrive a day early and leave a day later. I will change my flight to arrive a day earlier to allow me to start unpacking and setting up. Urgently, E-mail me if this suits any of you." If any of you are interested, let him know at:
Takahashi, NY6X/JN1RVS will be active again from the Caribbean as VP2ETN from Shoal Bay, Anguilla, until November 29th. He was spotted this past week on 40/30/17 meters. Look for him on CW, PSK31 and RTTY. QSL via JN1NDY.
Prasad, VU2PTT, will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via the LoTW or direct using the info on (QRZ.com).
Bruce, XW1B, will be active in the CQ 160-Meter CW Contest (January 23-25th) as a Single-Op entry and the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 21-22nd) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (possibly 40m - if his new yagi is up by then) entry. QSL via E21EIC.
Members of the Bekasi DX Contest Club (YE1ZAT) will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. Operators mentioned are Joz/YD1JZ, Danu/YD1GCL, Terry/YC1KAF, Yon/YB1CCF, Arif/YE1AA and Heri/YB1KAR. QSL via YE1ZAT, by the Bureau, e-QSL or direct via info on (QRZ.com).
YW0, AVES ISLAND
The 4M5DX Group has announced that another DXpedition to Aves Island as YW0A will take place sometime between February and March of 2009. More details will be forthcoming.
ZM4, NEW ZEALAND
Operators Ken/ZL4NR, Mike/ZL4OL and Chris/ZL1CT will be active as ZM4A during the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via ZL4AA.
ZS8, MARION ISLANDS
There is still no activity reported. For updates and the first official announcement of ZS8T being on the air, please visit the official ZS8T Web site at:
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