OPDX Bulletin 905 April 20, 2009

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 905
BID: $OPDX.905
April 20, 2009
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, W2VU, K3IXD, NG3K, N4AA & QRZ DX, K8GG, K8YSE, W8UVZ, K0HB, DK8JB, DL2SBY, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DL8EBW, DX World of Ham Radio Web Site, F5NQL & UFT, G3SWH, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IT9EJW, IZ0FKE, LX2A, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, VA3RJ & ICPO, and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 12th-April, through Sunday, 19th-April there were 210 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, 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, FT5W, FY, G, GD, GI, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, 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, S0, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9M, VP2M, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, 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).

2009 W0DXCC CONFERENCE
Make plans to attend the 2009 WDXCC and Contest Central Conference, July 18th, in Rochester, Minnesota. It is a "FULL Day" dedicated to HF Contesting and DXing! There will be DX and Contest forums, vendors, QSL card checking and a DX Dinner Banquet. Guest speakers mentioned are: John/ON4UN (on Low Band DXing), Rich/N6BV (on HF antennas), Carl/K9LA (on Sunspots and propagation), Rob/NC0B (on HF receivers), Ward/N0AX on Contesting and DX Banquet speakers will feature Desecheo DXpedition operators (including Glenn/W0GJ and Ralph/K0IR as speakers). For more details, please visit:

http://www.rahrahrochester.com/events/2009_W0DXCC_and_Contest/index.aspx

5H, TANZANIA
Operators Hermann/DL2NUD and Joachim/DL9MS are planning to be active as 5H1HP and 5H1MS, respectively, from Zanzibar, between May 16th and June 2nd. Activity will be on the HF bands and 6 meters, but an emphasis will be on VHF (EME/MS). Grid squares to be activated are: KI93RU and KI94RA.

8Q, MALDIVES
Hiroshi, 7M2VPR, is now active as 8Q7HN. Length of his operation is unknown at this time. He was spotted Sunday on 15 meters SSB -- between 0530-0800z on 21235 kHz and 1300-1330z on 21244 kHz. QSL via 7M2VPR.

8R, GUYANA
The 6 Meter Beacon Project, Inc., is happy to announce a HF-50 MHz DXpedition here between June 16th and July 6th. Antenna for 6 meters will be a 6M7JHV yagi at 45 ft. on the Atlantic Ocean pointed towards EU and NA, and using a 3CPX800A7 amp. Activity will be split between two teams: 11 days will be by Chris/W3CMP and Dave/N3DB, the other 11 days by Terry/K4RX and Ken/AC4TO. They hope to get some decent openings to, amongst other places, Northern EU, 5B/4X and W6/W7. They expect to have internet access most of the time. Operating frequencies and Web site will be announced at a later date.

AN8, CANARY ISLANDS
Operators Luis/EA8AY, Jeronimo/EA8NC, Pedro/EA8QP and Juan/EA8TT will use the special callsign AN8R during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via EA8AY.
Visit the special AN8R Web page at:

http://www.ea8ay.com/an8r_wpx/

AX, ANTARCTICA (Special Callsign)
Bob, VK0BP, currently employed by the Australian Antarctic Division as a Communications Tech from Davis Base Station (WABA VK-03, WAP AUS-03, IOTA AN-016), Antarctica, will be using the special callsign AX0BP on April 25th, to celebrate ANZAC Day. ANZAC Day is a national public holiday to commemorated and honor the members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I. This holiday is observed by Australia and New Zealand, as well as the Cook Islands, Niue, Samoa and Tonga. Bob can only use this callsign from midnight to midnight (local time -- Davis is +7 hrs UTC). However, Bob will not be able to operate the full 24 hours but will do his very best to operate as long as possible that day. Australian operators can only use the AX prefix just 3 times per year -- Australia Day (January 26th), ANZAC Day (April 25th) and World Telecommunications Day (May 17th). QSL via VK2CA, direct only (2 USDs and a SAE is preferred).

C6, BAHAMAS
Look for C6APR to be active again from the Crooked Island Lodge, Pittstown Point, Crooked Island (NA-113), Bahamas. Activity will take place between July 23-27th, and during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Multi-Op/Mixed-Mode/High-Power/DXpediton entry. Operators mentioned are: Pete/W2GJ, Ed/K3IXD, Dallas/W3PP and Jim/K4QO. Operations before and after the contest by C6APR will be on 80-10 meters including the 30/17/12 meter bands using CW and SSB. Also, look for C6AXD to be on RTTY and C6AQO on 6 meters (grid FL22). All three callsigns are good for Bird Rock Lighthouse (ARLHS BAH-005) as well as IOTA NA-113 and Grid Locater FL22tt. All QSLs go to K3IXD.

CQWW DX CONTEST BREAKS 10,000 LOG BARRIER!
A press release (dated April 15th) from CQ Communications, Inc., states: "For the first time, more than 10,000 logs have been submitted for the CQ World Wide DX Contest, according to Contest Director Bob Cox, K3EST. In addition, Cox reports that the number of CW logs have exceeded the number of phone logs for the first time in more than 20 years.

According to Cox, there were a total of 5013 SSB logs and 5272 CW logs submitted for the 2008 running of the event, for a total of 10,285 logs. This is the first time that the CQWW -- already the world's most popular amateur radio contest -- has broken the 10,000 log mark. Of these, nearly 98% were submitted electronically.

It is also the first time since 1986 that more CW logs have been submitted than SSB logs. 'This is a clear indication,' says Cox, 'not only of the health of contesting and of CW, but of ham radio as a whole.' In addition, the logs contained the callsigns of more than 50,000 different amateur stations making at least one contest contact, indicating that many more stations participate in the CQWW Contest than submit logs.

SSB results of the 2008 CQWW Contest will be published in the August 2009 issue of 'CQ' magazine; CW results will appear in the September issue."

DAYTON TOP-BAND DINNER BANQUET FULLY BOOKED
George/K8GG and George/W8UVZ announced: "Despite the economic turn-down, the response for the 2009 Dayton Topband Dinner has been steady and growing. We are now fully booked with a long waiting list for this May. We are sorry to report we cannot handle any further reservations and have been turning away repeat attendees for over a week now. We will do it again in 2010, assuming the Dayton Hamvention(r) continues, so if you missed this year and want to attend next year, please mark you calendars to contact us in late February or early March next year. We will announce the details on The Topband Reflector, and various DX e-bulletins as we have on the past. Thanks for your understanding, and we hope to see you next year."

GD0, ISLE OF MAN (EU-116)
Stewart, GM4AFF, will be active as GD0F during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/SSB/24-Hrs/ Island entry. QSL via M0CMK.

HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN (Update)
Operators Kasimir/DL2SBY and his friend Georg/DF1SR will be active from here between April 24th and May 4th. Activity will be on HF bands (80-10m) using CW, SSB and RTTY. Kasimir informed OPDX that he has bought Spiderbeam for 10/12/15/17/20m which will improve his signal. Other equipment includes a TS2000, FT900AT, Ameritron AL811, HF9V vertical and a monoband vertical for 30/40m. Activity will also take place on 13cm and 23cm using EME. Equipment will be a FT726R, Dish 3, 7m, and 2 amplifier for both bands. Kasmir and Georg will use two separate callsigns for this operation. For the HF bands, they will use HB0/DL2SBY and for the EME activity they will sign HB0/DF1SR. QSL via DL2SBY, by the Bureau or direct.

HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Ronny, OT4R, will be active as HI7/OT4R from Punta Cana between May 9-30th. Activity will be on 20/15/10 meters SSB. Suggested frequency for 20 meters maybe 14300 kHz. QSL via OT4R.

IOTA NEWS
AF-019. Operators Vincenzo/IW9EJP, Filippo/IW9FRB, Giovanna/IW9GVP (YL), Ferdinando/IW9HSK, Ezio/IT9OJW, Sebastiano/IT9ZIR and Dario/ IT9ZZO will be active as IG9/homecalls from Linosa Island (IIA AG-003, MIA MI-128) between April 24-26th. They plan to operate on SSB, PSK and RTTY on the HF bands, 80-10 meters. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau. Visit their Web page at:

http://www.iw9frb.it/linosa.htm

AF-065. (Update) By the time you read this, 8 operators should be active as 5C2J/p (possibly other callsigns) from Mogador Island until April 26th. For details, visit their Web page at:

http://www.mogador2009.altervista.org
For suggested frequencies:
http://www.mogador2009.altervista.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=57&Itemid=65
For questions and skeds, contact their pilot station:
http://www.mogador2009.altervista.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=47&Itemid=62
Operating locations:
http://www.mogador2009.altervista.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=58&Itemid=64
Remember to also look for operators to be active from Essaouira and Marrakesh. For QSL info, please see their Web page or refer to OPDX.903.

AS-077. (Special Event) Look for 8J6SL to be active from the Kumamoto Museum between May 1st and October 31st, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Hisatsu (Railroad) Line (Steam Locomotive) on the Island of Honshu (JIIA AS-077-001). Activity will be on all bands and modes. Possibly 5 stations will be on the air. QSL via the JARL Bureau.

AS-133. This was a late one to report, but hopefully you can get him on the last date. Wim, XU7TZG, will be active as XU7KOH from Koh Russei (aka Bamboo Island) again, between 0500z, Friday, April 17th, and 0500z, Monday, April 20th. Activity will be SSB only (and possibly PSK31). Suggested IOTA frequencies are: 3755, 7055, 14260, 18128, 21260, 24950, 28460 and 28560 kHz. QSL only direct with SAE and 2 USDs to the QSL Manager ON7PP: Patrick PIESEN, Hermans-Lybaertstraat 35 b.1, 8301 KNOKKE-HEIST, BELGIUM. Look for logs to be online after April 24th at:

http://www.xu7tzg.be

EU-017. (Update) Members of the Noantri DX & Contest Team will be active as ID9N from Vulcano Island (Eolian Group) (IIA ME-018, MIA MI-122, WLOTA 1001), April 25-30th. Look for activity on the HF bands, CW, SSB and the Digital modes. They will have two high power stations from this dangerous outpost. During operations they will have a 6m beacon active from grid square JM78lj (ID9N/B 50.006 MHz). Operators mentioned are: Andy/ IZ0EHO, Vincenzo/IZ0FKE, Alberto/IZ0FMA, Claudio/IZ0GKX, GiorDano/IK0XFD and Alberto/IK0ZCW. QSL via IZ0GKN. Sked requests available at: id9n@libero.it An InterNet link will be available, so look for daily updates online (Log and Pictures) at:

http://www.id9n.com

EU-123. Operators Colin/G3VCQ, Sharon/M3VCQ, Andy/M0GAV, Joanne/2E0JOX and Tim/2E0TJX will be active as MM3M from Ilse of Arran, Scotland, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). QSL via G3VCQ. They will possibly be active as GS3RCM/p before and after contest. QSL OK via RSGB Bureau or direct.

EU-123. Operators Tom/MM0BHX, Gordon/MM0GPZ, Phil/GM0LIR, Iain/GM0OQV and John/GM0NBM will be active as GM0B from the Isle of Bute, Scotland, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). QSL via MM0BHX.

EU-189. (Update) A Belgian team of five operators will attempt a landing on Rockall Island between April 30th and May 1st. They will be on the air with two stations using the callsign MM0RAI/p for about 48 hours. A report from the "Maciverblog" indicates that they are "hoping to achieve a world first by shooting a video on the rock, more than 240 miles west of mainland Scotland, and streaming it live on the internet on each of the three days they plan to spend there.

A Scottish cameraman is also going to be in the landing party and, if conditions are good and the technology works, hopes are high of the first live TV news broadcast from the rock. Rockall, the summit of an ancient volcano, stands about 60 feet above the Atlantic. Landing on the rock is very difficult as it is steep even on its easiest side. The area is infamous for its high seas and very changeable weather throughout the year."

Read the complete blog by journalist Iain Maciver at:

http://maciverblog.co.uk/2009/04/15/belgian-hams-bid-to-broadcast-from-rockall/
Also, check-out the Rockall Web site for latest news and last minute updates at:
http://www.rockall.be

NA-191. Operators Klaus/DK6AO, Gunter/TI7WGI, Andy/DH8WR (EA2CRX), Norbert/DL2RNS, Rene/DL2JRM and Daniel/DL5YWM will be active as TI7KK from San Jose Island (Guanacaste Province), Costa Rica, until April 20th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via DK6AO, direct or by the bureau. For updates and more info, please visit their Web page at:

http://ti7.info

SA-021. Members of the Radio Club Grupo DX Bahia Blanca will be active as L21D from Ariadna Island, located 70km south of Ingeniero White Harbour, in the natural reserve of Bahia Blanca, May 1-3rd. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and PSK. QSL as per operator's instructions.

K4, UNITED STATES (Special Event)
Operators from ARES in the Summerville, SC, area (Dorchester County, Grid locater EM93), will activate the special callsign K4E during an ARES Earthquake Emergency Communication Awareness Exercise, April 21-22nd. When not passing event traffic, K4E will be available for QSOs on 80-15 meters, as well as 2 meter FM local QSOs. QSL via W4NSC. This training exercise is to demonstrate the cooperation needed between the firemen, policemen, hospital workers, hams, and other public service personnel throughout South Carolina in time of an emergency. South Carolina is prone to hurricanes, and it has been determined that a major earthquake occurring in the greater Charleston, SC, area would divide the area into 18 "islands" due to damage to infrastructure such as bridges and roads. Each of these "islands" is equipped with a structure containing various emergency supplies and Amateur radio equipment and antennas. Each POD (Points of Distribution) has a generator and is environmentally controlled. This exercise is a test of one of those "islands".

QSL INFO AND NEWS
4S7NE QSL NOTE. Nelson, 4S7NE, states: "Please send GS (green stamps). It's very difficult to exchange IRCs here. If you are sending mail without registering, please secure the envelope well. (See (QRZ.com))"

NEW QSL ROUTE (GI5K and MI0LLL). Phil, G3SWH, announces that effective immediately, he has been appointed the QSL manager for GI5K and MI0LLL. Phil states, "I will shortly be adding a log search page for each callsign to my Web site http://www.g3swh.org.uk/. I am also arranging for any unanswered, direct QSL requests to be forwarded to me by Chris and for the RSGB QSL Bureau sub-manager to forward cards directly to me."

QSLS VIA LOTW: C91TX

QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3D2NB, 3D2OU, 4A7L, 5L2MS, 6Y5/W5ZL, AH2R, AH0F/KH2, C91LW, C98LW, CQ3T, E51QQQ, EK3GM, FH/G3SWH, FW5RE, HP2/CX2AM, HS0ZEE, J88XF, JT1BH, KH8Q, KP2/K3CT, OX2A, PY0S/PS7JN, SV9COL, T27A, T27OU, T47C, T88WW, TF/G3SXW, TG9AHM, TT8PK, TY6A, V73M, VK9DWX, VP2V/SP3IPB, VP5/W5CW, VP6DX, VP8DLQ, VP8YLE, VP8YLI, W3A, XW1B, YU1EXY, YW1TI, ZD8UW, ZF2AM, ZK3RE and ZS1JX

QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: ER1BG, ER1OI, ER1RR, ER1WK, ER10KDR, ER4DX, ER570C, ER7C and ER0ITU

S0, WESTERN SAHARA (Update)
The Tifariti Gang, signing S04R, is now QRT as of 0500z, April 18th. Operation netted 37,005 QSOs (CW - 20,274, SSB - 14,342 and RTTY - 2,389). The S04R log is now available online at:

http://www.dxfriends.com/s04r/log.php
QSL via EA5RM. For more information, please visit the S04R Web site at:
http://www.dxfriends.com

S2, BANGLADESH
By the time you read this Ramon, DU1UGZ, is expected to be active as S21UGZ from Dhaka City until June 20th, depending on his work schedule. He will be using a low band dipole at first, so his emphasis will be on 80/40 meters SSB and RTTY. From May through June, he will be using a beam for 10, 12, 15, 17 and 20 meters. He hopes to have a linear in use starting in May as well. QSL via DU1UGZ.

SILENT KEY
Philippe, LX2A/LX7I, informs OPDX that Charly Hausemer, LX1AJ, from Differdange, Luxembourg (LX), became a "Silent Key" (SK) on April 7th, at the age of 89. He was the oldest ham in LX-land and was a licensed amateur for more than 60 years. He was a keen DXer and had contacted nearly all the DXCC entities on SSB. He was part of a group of hams who established amateur radio in Luxembourg, and also the "Reseau Luxembourgeois des Amateurs d'Ondes Courtes (RL) (in English, Luxembourg Amateur Radio Society). He was one of the first hams who got licensed.

Philippe, LX2A, states, "He was my uncle and introduced me into amateur radio and always supported me in this great hobby. Putting up the contest station LX7I would never have been possible without his help. He was a great OM and I hope to be able to promote amateur radio in Luxembourg and worldwide like he has always done it." OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of LX1AJ.

SX5, DODECANESE (GIOTA Op)
Members of the Dodecanese Radio Amateur Association (DRAA) will be active as SX5SYMI from Symi Island between July 31st and August 3rd. Activity is good for the GIOTA (Greek Island On The Air) as DKS 032 and also the IOTA as EU-001. QSL direct to SV5FRI.

TI6, COSTA RICA
Operators Orrin/K9KEJ and Don/W9YOR will be active as TI6/homecall between April 28th and May 1st. Activity will be SSB only on 40/20/17 meters. QSL via TI6/K9KEJ via EB7DX and TI6/W9YOR to his home callsign.

V63, MICRONESIA
Operators Shoji/JA7HMZ (V63DX) and Masayuki/JH7IOS (V63CW) will be active from Pohnpei Island (OC-010) between May 11-16th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsigns.

VK9M, MELLISH REEF
The VK9GMW DXpedition went QRT at 0400z on April 13th, making 20,058 QSOs, of which 2028 were on 160 meters. The team has arrived safely at the Australian mainland (Airlie Beach) on April 16th (0600z). QSL via HA7RY. Remember, the "Online QSL Request System" (OQRS) is available for both direct and Bureau cards on their Web page at:

http://www.vk9gmw.com

YW0, AVES ISLAND
The 4M5DX Group, which was expecting to activate YW0A from Aves Island in March, is still waiting for a scheduled day by the Venezuelan Navy for transportation.

ZS8, MARION ISLAND
This is per the ZS8T Web page : "ZS8T is now QRT. He leaves the island soon and is expected back in ZS mainland in the middle of May. QSLs will be uploaded to LoTW. Additionally, all QSLs which are sent to the manager will be answered. Any questions regarding his operation from Marion Island should now be directed only to ZS6GCM.

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