The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 908
May 11, 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, NC1L, NJ1Q, K3AIR, K3ZO, N3SL, NG3K, N4AA & QRZ DX, WW5L, K8YSE, N8OFS, W0AR, A35RK, CWJF Group, DK8JB, DL1EKC, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World of Ham Radio Web Site, EA3BHK, F5NQL & UFT, G3PSM, HA0HW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, LZ1HA, OH5FFT, ON8VM, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, PY4WAS, RA3AUU, RSGB IOTA Web Site, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE9NC and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.
SPECIAL NOTE FROM EDITOR (By KB8NW)
There will not be a OPDX Bulletin next week. I will be attending the Dayton HamVention. "IF" I receive a major announcement, I may send something out late Sunday or Monday. However, PLEASE continue to send your DX information. You never know what I might do.... 73 de Tedd KB8NW
P.S. Hope to see you at the HamVention Dayton at the NODXA Hospitality Suite at the Crown Plaza (See below)!
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 3rd-May, through Sunday, 10th-May there were 213 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, 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, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, 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, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V4, V5, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, 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).
2009 MMAA CW CONTEST
If you are not attending the Dayton HamVention, you may want to be active in the CWJF's 2009 Manchester Mineira All America CW Contest, May 16-17th. This year's event is mainly for stations in North and South America. However, in 2010 it will be world-wide. For more details and rules on this Brazilian MMAA CW Contest, visit their Web site at:
3A, MONACO (IPA Op)
Gab, HA3JB (SU8BHI), will be active as 3A/HG3IPA between September 23-30th. Activity will be good for the Hungarian Inter- national Police Association Award (HA-IPARC Award). For details on the award, visit:
3Z11, POLAND (Special Event)
Members of the Polish Amateur Radio Association (PGA-C PZK) are now active as 3Z11EQSLCC until May 12th. Activity is to celebrate the 11th anniversary (May 11th) of eQSL.cc.
Activity over the past weekend was on 40/20 meters CW/SSB. QSL via eQSL.cc or SP2FAP.
Werner, DL9MBI, is now active as 5V7PM from some miles outside the capital city of Lome (approx. 2 miles from the sea) until May 30th. Activity over the past weekend was on 20 meters, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL via his home callsign by the bureau. For direct cards, please send QSL cards to: Werner Peter Mueller, Plattenberg 2 1/2, D-84508 Burgkirchen, GERMANY (w/SAE and two green stamps. Otherwise the answer will be via bureau).
7X, ALGERIA (Special Event/Ham Meet)
Members of the Algerian Radio Amateur Association (A.R.A) and Djelfa Radio Club (7X2VFK) will activate the special event callsign 7X2DD during the International Algerian Sahara HAM Meeting (June 15-21st). Activity will be on all bands/modes, and a special diploma will be issued instead of a QSL card.
A3, TONGA (Update)
Paul, A35RK, informs OPDX that Dave, A35KL, has left Vava'u (OC-064) for Tongatapu (OC-049), but he will not be on the air from there. He adds,
"Dave has my broken FT-450, and he sold me his K3, which saved my radio-life here. He returns stateside next Tuesday."
Look for A35RK/p to be active from OC-064, on 80-17 meters, CW and SSB, using an Elecraft K3 and a G5RV antenna. You can take a look at Paul's holiday QTH at:
CS6, PORTUGAL (New CT Island)
The Algarve STAR DX Team is planning to activate another new island in the southern part of Portugal on May 24th. They plan to use the callsign CS6A. It is a private island (Ilhas em Grandes Barragens - Large Dams Islands was mentioned) and this will be the first time the owner has authorized activity! Currently, there is a small problem to get to the island. A small bridge to the island is down and landing via boat is very very difficult. More details are forthcoming. Watch their Web page at:
DAYTON HAMVENTION ACTIVITIES (Reminders)
* Contest Super Suite - May 13-16th, 7pm-??? at the Crowne Plaza, Dayton (Downtown), OH; 2nd floor - Miami Ballroom.
First Night - Hosted by Contest University (CTU). CTU Check-in from 8:00-10:00 PM. 10:30 PM Pizza Party sponsored by Contest University 2009. Web site at:
Second Night - Hosted by The Mad River Radio Club (MRRC), Frankford Radio Club (FRC) and North Coast Contesters (NCC). 50th Anniversary Celebration of CQ WorldWide Multi Multi Category. All are invited for the Special Celebration Party in Miami and Beckel Ballrooms at 10:30 PM with "Wings" from Quaker Steak and Lube! And pizza too!
Third Night - Hosted by The Mad River Radio Club (MRRC), Frankford Radio Club (FRC) and North Coast Contesters (NCC) with a 11:00 PM Pizza Party sponsored by the Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC).
Fourth Night - Hosted by The Mad River Radio Club (MRRC), Frankford Radio Club (FRC) and North Coast Contesters (NCC) with a 11:00 PM Pizza Party sponsored by the Yankee Clipper Contest Club (YCCC).
* DX HOSPITALITY SUITE. The Northern Ohio DX Association (along with Janeen Hire, W8ZET) will once again sponsor a Hospitality Suite at this year's Dayton Hamvention. It will be in Suite 1011 on the 10th Club Floor of the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings (Look for signs!). All DXers/Contesters are welcome. Munchies and refreshments will be available. Come and meet the members and friends of NODXA.
* The 24th annual SWODXA DX Dinner will be Friday evening, May 15th, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located in Dayton City Center. Their speakers will be John Stanley/K4ERO, and Ruth Stanley/WB4LUA. This husband and wife team travel the globe installing, maintaining and training personnel for religious international shortwave stations. They have been to over 60 DXCC entities and operated from more than 12 of them. John has written many technical articles in the ham journals (with one in the April 2009 issue of QST), is a recipient of the 2007 Doug DeMaw Technical Excellence Award and is an ARRL Technical Advisor, having contributed many pieces to the ARRL Handbook.
* Topband Dinner on Friday evening, May 15th, at the Barnsider Restaurant, (Near Hamvention Arena), 5202 N. Main Street (Route 48 just north of Needmore Ave), Dayton, Ohio.
* The Contest Dinner will be held on Saturday night, May 16th, at 6:30 PM, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (Official Contest Hotel), 5th and Jefferson Streets (Next to the Convention Center), Dayton (Downtown), Ohio, in the VAN CLEVE BALLROOM. Details at:
* ANTENNA, DX AND CONTEST FORUMS AT THE CONVENTION
May 15th - Antenna Forum at HARA Arena 2:30-5:00 p.m. Room 1 Moderator: Tim Duffy, K3LR
Eric Scace, K3NA - "Loop Array Runs Circles Around The Beverage"
Dr. DaveLeeson, W6NL - "Thoughts on Antenna Positions, Sloped Ground and Foregrounds",
Rob Sherwood, NC0B - "Effective Low Band Antenna for Small Lots"
Don Daso, K4ZA - "K4ZA's Tips, Tricks and Toolbox"
May 16th - Contest Forum at HARA Arena 9:15-11:15 a.m. Room 1
Moderator: Doug Grant, K1DG
Joerg Jaehrig, DJ3HW - "The Deutscher Amateur Radio Club Contest Program and WAE-60 Celebration"
Rol Anders, K3RA, and Vic Gauvin, K1PY - "A Tale of Two Winning Field Days - W3AO 23A and W2RDX 3A"
Pete Smith, N4ZR - "Skimmer - One Year Later"
Toni Linden, OH2UA - "Xtreme Contesting at Radio Arcala, OH8X"
May 16th - DX Forum 2:45-5:00 p.m. Room 1
Moderator: Jay Slough, K4ZLE.
Assistant Moderators: Pete Meyer, N0FW and Tom Kissner, W8WGT
Simone Bizzarini, IZ0BTV - E44M PALESTINE DXpedition
Speakers TBD - K5D Desecheo Island DXpedition
Josh Fisher, W4WJF - VK9DWX Willis Island DXpedition
"Frosty" Frost, K5LBU - African DX Safaris
DX Forum sponsored by SW Ohio DX Association and Yaesu Vertex. There will be a Yaesu FT-2000 with PEP raffled off at the end of the DX forum. You do not have to be present to win. Tickets for a chance on the FT-2000 are available at the forum, or may be ordered at the same time you purchase your DX dinner tickets. SWODXA Web page at:
Bill Moore, NC1L, Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following operations are approved for DXCC credit:
J20SE - Djibouti; 2009 Operation
A52DT - Bhutan; 2009 Operation
\ Members of the Ondarroa Group will be active as EE2W during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via EB2BXL.
EG3, SPAIN (Special Event/Tribute)
Members of the Amire, DX Association Barcelona, Digital EA Federation, Radio Club Barcelona, Radio Club del Valles, Quixotes Radio Club International and ARMIC will activate EG3EN during the 2009 MERCE HAM RADIO event on May 16-17th. Activity is a special tribute to Jaume, EA3ENA, and to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the radio event. QSL via EA3RKR. For more details, visit:
Peter, DM2BBN, who will stay in Addis Abeba, is active as ET3BN for the "next years". Activity will be on CW/SSB and using a wire pyramid for 80m, Quad antennas for 30/17/12/20/15/10m and a log-periodic for 6m. He is not active on 160 and 40 meters right now. QSL direct to: Dr. Peter Haferkorn, PO Box 150194, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
EU-039. Operators Jean-Jacques/ON7EQ, Mich/ON8DM, Claude/ON7TK and Carine/ON7LX will be active as F/0T3T from Ile Grande, Chausey Islands (DIFM MA-004, WLOTA 0424) for the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). QSL via ON7EQ, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-043. A team of eight Swedish operators will be active as 7S6W from Vinga Island, off the coast of Gothenburg, Sweden, between May 14-17th. Activity will be on 80-2 meters using four stations on the air. QSL via SM6WET, direct or by the Bureau, following QSL instructions at:
NA-029. Gregg, VE3ZZ, will be active as VY2Z from Prince Edward Island (CISA PE-001) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/? entry. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
OC-268. Fuadi, YB7IM (ex-YFMI), and some friends will be active as
YE7M from Payung Payungan Island in the Laut Kecil Islands
Group, May 22-24th. The team will depart from Banjarmasin
City on May 20th, and head to an empty restricted area in
Laut Kecil Islands on Payung Payungan Island between E 115'
48" - E 115'49" and S 4'22" - S 4'23". There is an old Light-
house in the middle of the island, which was built in the
colonial era in Indonesia. No lighthouse reference number
was provided. Activity will be on 40/20/17/15/10 meters
using CW and SSB. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 7023, 14040, 18098, 21040 and 28040
SSB - 7080, 14260, 18150, 21260 and 28360 kHz
The QSL Manager is YB7KNV: PO Box 7, BANJARMASIN 70000, SOUTH KALIMANTAN INDONESIA. Web site:
J48/SV8, GREECE (IOTA Op)
Laci, HA0HW, will once again be active as J48HW and SV8/HA0HW from Thassos Island (IOTA: EU-174, GIOTA: NAS-037, MIA: MG-124, WLOTA: LH-4186, QRA: KN20HS) between May 28th and June 6th. He will operate mainly CW, with some SSB, RTTY and PSK31 as well, on the HF bands (mainly on 40, 30, 20 and 17 meters) and on 6 meters. His activity will include the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as J48HW. His rigs are a FT-840 with a MOS-FET amplifier and an IC-706 (for 6m only) with monoband Gps and dipoles on fishing poles. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the HA Bureau.
KP2/WP3, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS (NA-106)
Jaime, WP3A, will be active as KP2B from St. Croix during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL direct to EA7FTR.
Members of the Kaunas University of Technology will be active as LY7A during the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as a Multi/ Multi entry. QSL via the LoTW or LY2ZO.
LZ50, BULGARIA (Special Event)
Look for special event station LZ50BNT to be active through the end of the year (between May 1st-December 31st). Activity is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bulgarian National Television, the national public television service of the Republic of Bulgaria. Operations will be on all bands and modes. A special event QSL card (double format) will be sent to all stations who send their QSL card to QSL Manager LZ1HA, direct or by the Bureau.
MD4, ISLE OF MAN (EU-116)
Operators David/G3NKC, Peter/G4MJS, Martin/ G4XUM, Lionel/G5LP, Michael/G7VJR and Mark.2E0NCG will be active as MD4K during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Multi entry. QSL via G3NKC.
N8, UNITED STATES (USI and OSPOTA Op)
Ed, N8EQJ, will be active as N8EQJ/p from Kelly's Island (USI OH-001L, Erie county, Ohio), for the OSPOTA (Ohio State Parks On The Air) Contest on September 12th (1600- 2400z). Activity will be on 80/40/6 meters. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
OF5, FINLAND (Special Event)
Members of "The Club of Fives RY" (OH5AA) will be active as OF5POPOV from the library of Kotka on May 14th. Activity is to celebrate 150th anniversary of the birthday of Alexander Popov -- a remarkable person in Finnish radio history. QSL via OH5VX, direct or by the Bureau.
OH0, ALAND ISLAND
Operators Norbert/DJ7JC, Ulrich/DJ9IE, Detlef/DK3QZ, Marcus/DL1EKC and Rein/PA0R will be active as OH0EC in the upcoming CQ WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st). The team members will be individually active between May 24th and June 3rd signing OH0/homecall. The operation will be mainly CW with some 30/17/12m activity. QSL OH0EC via DL1EKC, and for the individual operators via their respective home callsigns. All QSLs are OK via Bureau.
PACIFIC TOUR (IOTA Op)
Steve, 9M6DXX (G4JVG), will active as FK/G4JVG from Noumea (OC-032), New Caledonia, between May 22nd and June 3rd, and as G4JVG/VK4 from North Stradbroke Island(OC-137), Australia, between June 7-9th. Activity will be holiday style while celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary with Eva, 9M6EVA. Operations will be SSB only, using 100 watts into "fishing rod" verticals for 40/20/17 meters and possibly 15 meters. QSL both operations via Tim, M0URX, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
DON'T QSL VIA THE 3RD U.S. BUREAU (More!). Fred Laun, K3ZO, Manager NCDXA/ARRL Third U.S. Call Area QSL Bureau, reports that the following "should not" be QSLed to the 3rd Bureau: 4L2M - K3PD is a Silent Key. QSLs should be sent: Russian stations (via UA9LP); for Ukraine stations (via UT7QF) and everybody else via EA7FTR. 5U5U - W3HNK is NOT the QSL Manager. QSL direct to 5U5U. 6V6U - K3IPK does not wish to receive bureau cards. QSL only direct. 6W/K3IPK - K3IPK does not wish to receive bureau cards. QSL only direct. 7P8SR - NY3N is a Silent Key, but his XYL Nonie requests that all cards be sent direct with "sufficient return postage". QSL cards should be sent to: Nonie Shankweiler, 16522 Rainbow Lake Road, Houston, TX 77095, United States. 9Y4VU - W3EVW is a Silent Key. QSL via direct to 9Y4VU. AO3K - NOT an ITU USA assigned callsign (USA ITU block is AA-AL). QSL via EA3GHZ. CO6XN - N3ZOM is the QSL Manager, but does NOT accept Bureau QSL. CT9M - W3HNK is NOT the QSL Manager. QSL Manager is CT3EE. DU9RG - W3HNK is NOT the QSL Manager. DU9RG has detailed QSL instructions on his QRZ.com listing. EA9EU - W3HNK is NOT the QSL Manager. The QSL Manager is EA5KB. EX2T - W3HNK is NOT the QSL Manager. EX2T handles his own cards. EX9A - W3HNK is NOT the QSL Manager. QSL via UA3DPX, direct or via the Russian Bureau. Others have reported success -- with some delay -- from DF8WS. FM1HN - K3PD is a Silent Key, the new QSL Manager is NI5DX. FM5WE - K3PD is a Silent Key, the new QSL Manager is K4FJ. KB3LTB/KH2 - The real home callsign for this license is JH1MPQ. KH2/N3MU - The real home callsign of the license is JA3CEK. KH2/KI3DNN - The real home callsign of the licensee is JI3DNN. KH2/K3UY - The Manager for KH2/K3UY is UA3DX. KH8/K3UY. The QSL Manager is RA3AUU. KH8/NS3A - NS3A is the USA callsign of YU3AA (ex-YZ7AA). KP3/NP3/WP3 - This is a reminder that the 3rd Bureau does not handle cards for these stations unless they happen to have a QSL Manager in the USA third call area. Puerto Rico has its own Bureau. LT0H - K3IRV is NOT the QSL Manager. QSL via EA7FTR. LY4L - W3HNK is NOT the QSL Manager. QSL direct to LY4L. N3YS/KH0 - QSL via the real home callsign for N3YS which is JE1SYN. NP3CW - QSL Manager is EB7DX. NP3X - W3HNK is NOT the QSL Manager. QSL via EA7FTR. P33W - W3HNK is NOT the QSL Manager. The Manager is RA3AUU. SO8A - W3HNK is NOT the QSL Manager. QSL via SP8YB. TT8PK - W3HNK is NOT the QSL Manager. QSL Manager is F4EGS. TU2XZ - N3SL is NOT the QSL Manager. QSL direct. UT4UO - W3HNK is NOT the QSL Manager. QSL direct to UT4UO. V26B - WT3Q is NOT the QSL Manager. KA2AEV has been acting as V26B QSL Manager for a while, but he has now also informed the W2 Bureau that he does not want V26B bureau cards. VU2NKS - W3HNK is NOT the QSL Manager for VU2NKS. QSL direct or LoTW. WH2V - QSL Manager is JF2VFN. WK3D/AH0 - Cards should go to JF2MBF, the licensee's real home callsign. WP3F - WP3F has changed his callsign to KP4EE. QSL Manager is OK1DOT. XE1V - W3HNK is NOT the QSL Manager. XE1V handles his own cards, but his QRZ.com page says "no QSLs via Bureau." XW1B - W3HNK is NOT the QSL Manager. The QSL Manager is E21EIC. YO2LEA - K3PD is a Silent Key. YO2LEA handles his own cards. Z31VJ - N3SL and W3HC are not the QSL Managers. QSL Z31VJ via direct or the Z3 Bureau. ZB2/AA3SN - The real home call of the license is G4KLF. ZP5AZL - W3HNK is NOT the QSL Manager. ZP5AZL handles his own cards. QSL direct or via the Paraguayan RCP Bureau. ZS6C - K3PD is a Silent Key. ZS6C handles his own cards.Fred states that for the QSLs which were received, the only recourse (for most cards) are to forward such cards to their following perspective QSL Bureau.
Colin, G3PSM, reports: "An email just received from the Secretary General of the Nigerian Amateur Radio Society states that 5N/LZ1QK is not licenced in accordance with the Nigerian Telecommunica- tions Act of 2006 and is therefore a pirate. Incidentally it is mandatory in Nigeria to join the National Society before you can obtain a licence!"
FS/WW5L & PJ7/WW5L QSL STATUS. Tom, WW5L, reports: "All cards received so far for FS/WW5L and PJ7/WW5L, part of the 'Buddies in the Caribbean' DXpedition have been answered (before the postage rate increase). This includes both stateside and DX Airmail cards. To those who failed to enclose even an SAE, your postage and an envelope was paid for by generous 1-5 USDs donations by your fellow hams who enclosed SASEs. I wish to express my thanks to the many who included more than just an SASE it was greatly appreciated. Sorry about the delay in getting the cards out, but my HP laptop (that had gone with me to 7P8 and C91 in 2003 and 2006) power supply finally gave up the ghost, but a nearby computer repair facility WAS able to at least transfer the HD to a portable hard drive and save the logs. Also thanks to Ed Longhi, W5VP, of Datamatrix developer and distributor of Prolog 2K, my logging program for the time on the phone he gave me in retrieving everything off the external hard drive. I know I can ask some really dumb questions. Ed, your assistance with my phone calls for help all in one afternoon I'm sure were frustrating. But it's nice to see a software developer take the time to walk klutzes like me through the retrieval and printing of everyone's QSL label."
QSL OR5EU via the UBA Bureau or direct to: E.C.A.R.C., Avenue Hebron 91, B-1950 Kraainem, BELGIUM. Activity was by the European Union Amateur Radio Club in Brussels on May 9th, to celebrate Europe Day (or "Schuman Day"). This date is the remembering of the Schuman Declaration of May 9th, 1950. More details at URL http://europa.eu/abc/symbols/9-may/euday_en.htm
TA7KI QSL INFO: For the 2009 A.R.I. International DX Contest (May 2-3rd, 2009), operator was TA3J/7. QSL Manager is TA3YJ. You can see the TA7KI log on: http://dx.qsl.net/cgi-bin/logform.cgi?ta7ki QSL direct cards [only SASE and 1 IRC with your QSL card, no green stamps please] or by the bureau. SWL QSL cards are OK. No eQSL. The TA3YJ QSL Service is at: http://www.aydogmus.gen.tr/ta3yj/qslservice.htm
YB0DPO & YB0ECT QSL STATUS. Mike, K3AIR, reports: "This morning (May 9th) I mailed out several hundred QSLs for the two YB0 stations I manage, YB0DPO and YB0ECT. If you've been waiting for a card, you should receive it in the next few days to week, depending on your local mail service. All direct requests received through yesterday (May 8th, 2009) have been answered. Bureau mailings to follow shortly. I apologize for the delays in getting some of these out. Work and family obligations have for the most part kept me off the air for the last two years and left little time for ham radio related activity. Hopefully that is now changing."
QSLS VIA LOTW: 5K0T, LQ7D (2002-2008), LW9DA (1996-2007), V31A (1990/ 1991), V31DX (1990-1991), VK9GMW, VK0HM (1969-1970), VQ9CQ (10/90- 04/91), VQ9HB (12/89-05/90), VQ9SS (1991), VS6DX (1979-1989) and XX9DX (1983-1990) ADDED NOTE: TL0A was listed last week which was an error.
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 4K0CW, 5U7JB, 5V7BR, A7/M0FGA, AH0BT, CE1KR, CE8SFG, CO6XN, ER4DX, FK/JK1FNL, FM/KL7WA, FS/W3FF, HP3TA, J88DR, JA1XGI/VK9X, JT1CO, K5D, OH0R, OM8A, PY0FF, PZ5TT, T88NF, VP8DLQ, VP9KF, YI9KT and YS4M
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 9U0A, AN0EB, CU2DX, DL1CC, DR1A, E7/OE1EMS, E77DX, EE1TR, EH6R, ER1BF, ER1DA, ER1OA, ER2ID, ER3KS, ER3R, ER4DX, ER5DX, ER570C, ER7HQ, ER9V, ER0WW, EV1R, GI2BX, HB0/DK9TN, IA5IG, IM0/IK0FMB, IR3P, IV3SKB, JD1BMM, JE1LET, K5RC, LA/OE9ICI, LA1ONA, LA2008TSR, LY3X, LY4Y, LY600W, LY775W, MD0CCE, OH0/PA3BAG, OY/LA9SN, OY9OY, RT6A, RW1ZW/1, RW3SY, S57AL, SM6BGG, SV0JD/SV8, TF/LA9SN, TM0GP, UT7QF, VC3O, VE7WY, VO1MX, VP8YLH, W1UE, XU7ADE and YN2BQ
Albert L. "Lee" Bergren, W0AR, became a Silent Key "SK" at the age of 93 on May 1st. Lee was an accomplished electronics engineer, author, designer and advisor with special accomplishments in the field of antenna and radio amplifier design. He was co-founder of Radio Industries of Kansas City. He was inducted into the National DX Hall of Fame in 2002. Lee developed the multi-element cubical quad antenna and published his results in a seminal article in QST Magazine in 1963. Lee was an advisor and mentor to young engineers and radio enthusiasts and was co-founding member of the Kansas City DX Club, the Mid-Continent Chapter 35 of QCWA, and was a Life Member of the American Radio Relay League. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of W0AR.
SOLAR CYCLE 24 TO PEAK IN MAY 2013
An international panel of experts led by NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center reports Solar Cycle 24 will peak in May 2013 with 90 sunspots per day, averaged over a month. Excerpts from a report NOAA press release states, "If the prediction proves true, Solar Cycle 24 will be the weakest cycle since number 16, which peaked at 78 daily sunspots in 1928, and ninth weakest since the 1750s, when numbered cycles began.
The panel also predicted that the lowest sunspot number between cycles-or solar minimum-occurred in December 2008, marking the end of Cycle 23 and the start of Cycle 24. If the December prediction holds up, at 12 years and seven months Solar Cycle 23 will be the longest since 1823 and the third longest since 1755. Solar cycles span 11 years on average, from minimum to minimum." Read this interesting report at:
SU8, EGYPT (LH Op)
Said, SU1SK, and several other SU operators will be active as SU8LH from the first Egyptian Lighthouse DXpedition on Ras El-Bar Island in the Dumyat zone in northern Egypt between August 1-9th. Look for SU8LH to participate in the special event ILLW International Lighthouse-Lightship Week. Activity will be on the HF bands, as well as 6 meters, SSB and CW modes. QSL via SU1SK. Look for updates to be posted at:
YL Eva/HA3FRE and Tomi/HA4DX will be in Corsica between May 16-23rd with a Hungarian tourist group. They will be active during the evening hours and nights. The QTH will be Ersa, near Tollari, Cape Corse (IOTA: EU-014, MIA: MCO-001, QRA: JN43QA). They will signing TK/homecall. Activity will be on 40 and 30 meters, CW mostly. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the HA Bureau.
Chris, G0WFH, will be active as VK7ACG from Tasmania between October 19th and November 17th. Activity will be mainly on SSB and the lower frequencies. Chris states that he will use a 60 ft. vertical for 160/80/40 meters, a beam for 20/15/10 meters and an Inverted V dipole for 17/12 meters. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau, and eQSL is also "OK".
VK9N, NORFOLK ISLANDS (OC-005)
Members of the Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia (HARAOA Group) will be active as VK9AAA between July 22-29th. The HARAOA Group plans to have 3-4 stations on the air, and plan to be active on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. They plan to take part in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) during their stay. Equipment to be used are ICOM radios into Spiderbeams, verticals and dipoles. Current operators mentioned are: Tommy/VK2IR (Team Leader), Chris/VK3FY (Co-Leader), Peter/VK3FGRC (Team Member/Webmaster) and Keith/ VK3FT (Team Member). QSL via W3HNK. More details and updates are available at:
Some details of the 2010 World Radiosport Team Championship (the Olympic's of contesting) were released this past week. The WRTC-2010 will take place near the Russian capital of Moscow between July 8-12th, 2010. There will be 50 teams to compete from all over the world. All competitors will be located in the same geographical area within 40 x 30 km where height differences are not bigger than 40 meters. All competitor locations will be separated at least 500 m from each other. The event will be hosted by the "Soyuz Radioljubiteley Rossii" - Russian National Amateur Radio Society. For more details, visit the WRTC-2010 Web page at:
XL/XM/XN/XO, CANADA (Special Prefixes)
The following prefixes are being used by Canadians until the end of May: VE=XM, VA=XL, VO=XN and VY=XO. The special prefixes are for celebrating the 50th anniversary of the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway. Look for Paul, VE9NC, to operate as XM9NC on digital and SSB modes on 20, 40 and 80 meters. QSL is via VE9NC. XM3NOO is also actively using the special prefix. QSL via VE3NOO.
ADDED NOTE: In February and March of 2010, Canadians will use VX=VE, VG=VA, XK=VY and XJ=VO. These special prefixes will be used to promote the 2010 Winter Olympics Games in Canada.
Yasar, TA3D, will be active as YM3D during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via TA3D.
ZK2, NIUE (Update/OC-040)
Chris, ZL1CT (GM3WOJ), will be active as ZK2V as early 0700z, May 17th through June 20th. He is already traveling north in ZL in preparation for departure next week. If the weather cooperates, he will land in Niue on Saturday afternoon, May 16th - which is early Sunday UTC. He states that this 5 week DXpedition is not a "Holiday DXpedition" but it aims to give as many stations their first QSO with ZK2 as possible. This is the cyclone season, so operation may be interrupted by electrical storms. Resources are limited, so activity will be mainly on 80/40/20/15 meters using CW and SSB, with some 30/17/12 meter activity and RTTY.
Planned operations include entries in the 2009 ARRL CW and Phone Contests. He is told that he will have Internet access from his QTH. If so, his plans are to upload logs to LoTW on a daily or every other day basis. More details and Chris's online logs will be available on his DXpedition's Web page at:
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