The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 911
June 8, 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, N2OO, NG3K, N4AA & QRZ DX, W5UE, KG6D, WA6ITF, WA6TLA, W7TSQ, K8CX, K8YSE, KK0M, A35RK, CT1BOH, CT1GFK, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World of Ham Radio Web Site, F5NQL & UFT, F5PFP, F5PHW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK7JWX, ON4ZD, JI6KVR & JA IOTA News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, SM5LWC, SP5UAF, UT7WZ, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF), VK4AN, YT3W and ZL4HU for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 31st-May, through Sunday, 7th-June there were 215 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, 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, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H2, H3, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, 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, PZ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TN, TR, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK2, 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).
Frans, PE1ABQ, is expected to be active as 5H1FF from Stone Town city on the Island of Zanzibar (AF-032). His equipment is a FT-950 w/100w into 3.5m vertical at 20m A.S.L. No QSNs have been reported yet. QSL via the address on (QRZ.com).
5J0, SAN ANDRES ISLANDS (Update)
Dennis, K7BV, will once again return to San Andres (NA-033) and be active as 5J0BV (not 5J0M as first announced) between June 18-29th (not June 19th-July 5th). He will again be concentrating on 6 meter Sporadic Es. HF bands will be activated as well. QSL direct to K7BV (not W1JJ as first announced) via the (QRZ.com) address. For more details and updates, visit the following Web page at:
8R, GUYANA (Update)
The 6 Meter Beacon Project, Inc., (HF-50 MHz DX- pedition between June 16th and July 6th) has announced the callsigns for their operation to Guyana. According to their Web page the callsigns are:
8R1DB - Team One: Chris/W3CMP and Dave/N3DB; between June 16-26th
8R1TO - Team Two: Terry/K4RX and Ken/AC4TO; between June 27th-July 6th
QSO information is just "Signal report please, no grid squares!!!!!!" QSL via N3DB: David Craig, 4931 Mariners Drive, Shady Side, MD 20864 (2.00 USDs & SAE [or equivalent U.S. postage] for outside US; SASE for U.S. Stations). Bureau QSLs are "OK", but slow. For updates, visit the Web page online at:
Paul, A35RK, continues to be active as A35RK/p from Vava'u Island (OC-064). He informs OPDX that there is "no definite departure date." He has also mentioned that he submitted the April/May A35RK/p log (OC-064) to Bob, W7TSQ. This log includes activity in the CQ WPX CW Contest this past weekend. As far as LoTW submissions, Bob, W7TSQ, informed OPDX that since LoTW does not show/give credit for IOTA, Paul is combining his /P log with the regular A35RK log as he is still Tonga. He also mentioned that there is a possibility that some QSOs between May 20-24th, have an error in the time. Most are probably CW contacts. Paul also informed us of the problem and states, "There appears to be a problem with the 'QSO time' element in the computer logbook entry. Some contacts appear to be exactly 'one hour off' the actual time of QSO." So, anyone with a LoTW problem or needing an IOTA card, showing OC-064, can contact Bill at: W7TSQ@AOL.COM
He can supply cards that will show the IOTA information if needed. As usual an SASE/SAE with postage (green stamps) will be answered direct. Bill states, "Bureau cards will be awhile as I probably will not send again before fall. LoTW is preferred as it is less work for me!"
ANTARCTICA WEB PAGE (Sites and Sounds)
The French Polar Team's Web site continues to add a great collection of information and pictures (added with music) of the many polar stations and sub-Antarctic regions. Check out the following URLs (recently added FT5YJ--VP8DLM--CE9XX):
* Station Machu Picchu - Ile du Roi George: http://french-polar-team.fr/OA_Machu_Picchu_Station_King_George_Island.php * Station B - Ile Deception: http://www.french-polar-team.fr/VP8_Station_B_Deception_Island.php * Station O - Ile Danco: http://french-polar-team.fr/VP8_Danco_Station_O_Danco_Island.php * Station Gabriel Gonzales Videla - Cote Danco: http://french-polar-team.fr/CE9_Videla_Station_Antarctica.php * Station Almirante Brown - Cote Danco: http://french-polar-team.fr/LU_Almirante_Brown_Station_Antarctica.php * Station F Wordie Hut - Ile Winter: http://french-polar-team.fr/VP8_Wordie_Hut_Station_F_Winter_Island.php * Port-Charcot - Ile Booth (Wandel): http://french-polar-team.fr/FT5Y-P_Port_Charcot_Booth_Island.php * Station A Port Lockroy - Ile Goudier: http://french-polar-team.fr/VP8_Port_Lockroy_Station_A_Goudier_Island.php * Bahia Dorian Refuge - Ile Wiencke: http://french-polar-team.fr/LU_Bahia_Dorian_Refuge_Wiencke_Island.php * Station L Damoy Point Hut - Ile Wiencke: http://french-polar-team.fr/VP8_Damoy_Point_Hut_Station_L_Wiencke_Island.php * Le voilier l'Ile d'Elle: http://french-polar-team.fr/Polar_Ship_L_Ile%20d_Elle.php * Davis station: http://www.french-polar-team.fr/VK0_Davis_Station_AntarcticaCT, PORTUGAL (Field Day)
DAYTON HAMVENTION FCC FORUM (Audio Available Online)
Bill Pasternak, WA6ITF, Producer of ARNewsline, Inc., reports: "To our valued listeners, In response to a number of requests we have uploaded the entire 71 minute Dayton Hamvention FCC Forum hosted by Bill Cross, W3TN, and Laura Smith as an MP3 audio file to our Amateur Radio Newsline website front page. You can download it by going to
* Bill Moore, NC1L, Awards Branch Manager reports that the following operation is approved for DXCC credit: HZ1EA - Saudi Arabia If you have had this operation rejected in a recent submission, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org to be placed on the list for an update. Also, once completed, if you have an account in LoTW, the update will be posted to your account.
* 2008 ARRL DXCC YEARBOOK. Bill Moore, NC1L, announced this past week on
June 2nd: "The 2008 DXCC yearbooks have arrived from the printer. The
ARRL mail room will prepare them for shipping and they should start
going out the middle of next week. You will receive the free copy if:
* A submission was received during the 2008 calendar year.
* If you did not make a submission during the calendar year, but you were "current" on the DXCC Honor Roll for this period. (329 current DXCC entities).
ARRL Membership is also required for the free edition. Copies are available for purchase for 7.00 USDs (USA) and 11.00 USDs (Non-USA). This fee includes postage."
* DXCC CARD CHECKING at the 2009 "Ham Radio" in Friedrichshafen, Germany. Please read the complete details on how to prepare your cards and forms at:
EM0, UKRAINE (URFF Special Event)
Members of the Lviv Branch of the Ukrainian Amateur Radio League (UARL), UR4WWE, will activate the special callsign EM0WFF from Roztochchia Nature Reserve (URFF-020, URDA LV-32) between June 12-14th. QSL via UT7WZ, by the bureau or direct. Information on the "W-UR-FF" Award can be found at:
FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Phil, F5PHW, informs OPDX that he will be in Tahiti for two years starting August 2009. Activity will be on CW/RTTY and SSB (sometimes) on 80-10 meters. For the moment, his callsign will be FO/F5PHW. Phil is trying and hoping to get a FO5 callsign, but he has to negotiate it with local authorities when he is in Tahiti. Phil will be in a small house very close to the airport. He will operate with 100 watts into a HF6 and dipole, but hopes, if possible put up a 3 elements beam in the garden. QSL will be OK via LoTW. QSL are also "OK" via F8BPN, by the bureau or direct. More information is available on:
FP, ST. PIERRE AND MIQUELON
Operators Eric/KV1J and Tom/W8TOM will be active as FP/KV1J from Miquelon (NA-032) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via KV1J, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW. Operators will be there between October 20-27th. Activity outside of the contest will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31, generally on the highest frequency band that is open (no permission for 60M). Visit Eric's Web page at:
H4, SOLOMON ISLANDS (Rare IOTA)
Operators Mike/KM9D (H44MY) and Jan/KF4TUG (H44TO) are now active as H44MY from Stirling Island (OC-162) for about a week. Mike was heard this past weekend on 40/20 meters CW. Jan was heard on 20/17 meters SSB. QSL via OM2SA.
AS-017. Operators Mitsu/7N4AGB, Hase/JK1EBA, Shoji/JJ1JGI, JA1XEQ and Nakayama/JA1KJW will be active as homecall/6 from Tokashiki Island, Okinawa Prefecture, between July 7-10th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, but mainly on the lower bands using CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
AS-047. Operators Mitsu/7N4AGB, Hase/JK1EBA, Shoji/JJ1JGI, JA1XEQ and Nakayama/JA1KJW will be active as homecall/6 from Daito Island, Okinawa Prefecture, between June 25th and July 5th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, but mainly on the lower bands using CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
AS-117. Operators JJ2JQF and JH9UYZ will be active as homecall/0 from Awa Island, Niigata Prefecture, between June 26-30th. Activity will be on 160m through 70cm using CW, SSB, AM, FM, RTTY and Satellite (1200 MHz). QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-005. Members of the Bittern DX Group will once again be active as G2B from the cliff tops in the village of Trimingham, Norfolk, East of England region (WLOTA 1841) for the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). QSL via M0CNP, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-042. Harald, DF6BL, will be active as homecall/p from Langeness Island (N-19 for the German Islands Award, WLOTA 1245) between July 6-13th. Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-067. Operators Elizabeth/K4KTG, Michael/KC6ZUS and Jonathan/KI4UOU will be active as SV/K4KTG from Thira Island [aka Santorini] (GIOTA SAS-102, MIA MG-125, WLOTA 0658), June 15-30th. QSL via K4KTG.
EU-095. Operators Robert/F5HTR and Roger/F5LKW will be active as homecall/p from Riou Island (DIFM ME-006) on June 8th. They will travelling by kayak and will be active as QRP on 7032 kHz. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-120. Members of the Wakefield and District Radio Society will be active as GB1HI from Holy Island [aka Lindisfarne] (WAB NU14, ARLHS ENG-224, TWLHD WLH G-011) off the Northumbrian coast, July 10-13th. QSL via M3ZYZ, direct, by the Bureau or E-mail QSL requests (Bureau). More details are available on (QRZ.com).
EU-122. Members of Kilmarnock and Loudoun ARC will be active as GI0ADX from Rathlin Island (WLOTA 0039), Northern Ireland, in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). Operators mentioned are: Allan/GM3OZB, Barry/GM3YEH, Steve/GM4OSS, John/GM0DJG and Gordon/MM0BIM. QSL via MM0DHQ, by the Bureau is preferred.
EU-127. Operators Gerd/DK8NT and Horst/DL8NBM will be active as homecall/p from a smaller neighbor island called "the Dune", Helgoland Island (German Island Award # N-15), between June 11-17th. They state that their activity will be "something between a vacation-style and a 'serious' DXpedition". Operations will be mainly on CW, but some SSB or PSK. Using only 100 watts, they will experiment with simple wire antennas: A triple leg for 30m and up, a 40/80m double dipole for Europe, and a 40m (and maybe 80m) vertical for DX. QSL via their home callsigns, by the bureau or direct (no e-QSL).
EU-145. Nuno, CT2FPE, will be active as homecall/p from Barreta Island on June 13th between the hours of 1000-1900z. Activity is also valid for: ARLHS POR-141, Fa-14, Ai-003, DPRN FF-07, CTFF-07, DMP-0805, FAR-05, DMA-FARO and Day of Portugal Contest. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-165. Massimo, I0PNM, will be active as IM0/I0PNM from San Pietro Island (IIA CI-007, MIA MIS-050, WLOTA 2989), June 8-16th. Activity will be mainly PSK31 on 20 and 40 meters. QSL via his home callsign.
NA-027. George, WW4GA, will be active as WW4GA/VO1 from Newfoundland (CISA NF-001) between June 17th and July 9th. Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL direct only to WW4GA.
NA-067. Rick, N5EYT, is expected to be active from Cape Hatteras (USI NC005S, WLOTA 3913) in Salvo, NC, no earlier than 2000z, June 7th and will finish no later than 1200z, June 15th. His activity will only be 20 meters PSK31 with a dipole (trying out his new Small Wonder Labs PSK-20). Rick mentions that he will be operating at a beach house on the west side of island. This is actually a vacation/wedding trip where his daughter's wedding will take place on June 13th, so most of his operating will be limited to earlier in the week. QSL via N5EYT, by the Bureau, direct or LoTW.
NA-079. Operators Bill/WD2E, Dave/KI4KQU and Paul/AA2C will be active as WD2E/4 from the Dry Tortugas Islands (WLOTA 0274) between June 24th and July 1st. Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL via WD2E.
NA-112. Brian, KB9BVN, will be active from Bird Island (USI NC-012S, WW Loc. FM03RU, Brunswick County) on Sunset Beach, North Carolina, between now and June 12th. Activity will be QRP on 40 and 20 meters using CW only. His equipment is a Elecraft KX-1 and PAC-12 portable vertical antenna. He will QSL all contacts and states eQSLs are available if that is what you prefer. His son Andy, N9AWM, will be with him as well.
NA-142. Jim, AD5ZA, will be active as homecall/4 from Santa Rosa Island (USI FL-003S), Florida, on August 1st. Activity will be on 20 and 15 meters using PSK31. This activation is for PODXS 070 Club. QSL via his home callsign, direct only.
Once again members of the F6KOP Provins Club and Clipperton DX Club are planning a major operation this time to Djibouti in 2010. The callsign announced is J20C. More details are forthcoming.
IY7, ITALY (Special Event)
Alfredo, IK7JWX, is now active as IY7NGM (and possibly as IY7NGM/p) through December 31st. Activity is to celebrate 100th anniversary of Guglielmo Marconi receiving the Nobel Prize in 1909. Activity will be on all HF bands and 6 meters using all modes. Alfredo was heard this past week on 40 meters CW and 20 meters RTTY/PSK31. QSL via IK7JWX.
K8CX's 2009 DAYTON HAMVENTION PHOTO GALLERY
Tom's, K8CX, 2009 Dayton Photo Gallery is now up at:
LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVITY AND NEWS
Operators Gabriel/LU5FZ and Juan Carlos/LU9DO will be active as CX/LU9DO from Punta del Este Lighthouse (URU-008) in Uruguay during the Inter- national Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (ILLW), August 15-16th.
Look for La Cana Lighthouse (WLOTA 2802, Loc. FK68MK) in Guanica, Puerto Rico, to be on the air as K4G during the WLOTA Contest (July 4-5th). Activity will be on CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via WP3MW.
MAJOR PACIFIC DXPEDITIONS (Update)
After his recent trip from the Pacific, Team leader, Hrane/YT1AD confirms that an international team of 14 individuals are organizing DXpeditions for amateur radio activity from Tokelau (ZK3), Canton Island (T31 - Central Kiribati) and Wallis Island (FW) over 22 days next year (in 2010). The tentative schedule is as follows:
September 25-29th - Traveling by boat from Fiji (3D2) to Samoa (KH8) September 29th - Loading in Apia; departing Apia to Fakaofo Atoll in the Republic of Tokelau Island group September 30th - Arriving Fakaofo Atoll October 1-3rd - Activity on the air from Tokelau October 3rd - Afternoon departure from Fakaofo Atoll to the Island of Canton (Central Kiribati) October 4th - Traveling to Canton Island October 5th - Arriving at Canton Island October 6-10th - Activity on the air from Canton Island October 10th - Afternoon activity/departure from Canton Island October 12th - Arriving at Wallis Island (FW) October 14th - Departure from Wallis Island October 16th - Arriving at Fiji Islands More information will be forthcoming.PA09, NETHERLANDS (Special Event)
PORTUGUESE PREFIX CHANGES
The Portuguese local regulatory agency for the amateur radio service (Anacom) has published new legislation. There is a part in the legislation that will impact the callsign structure of Portuguese (Portugal, Madeira and the Azores) callsigns. As of June 1st, the following will be the prefix blocks allocated to each area:
Each area will have four blocks (old calls under old legislation, new calls under new legislation, club calls and special calls)
Portugal Madeira -------- ------- Block 1 - CT1, CT2, CT4, CT5 Block 1 - CT3 Block 2 - CR7, CS7, CT7 Block 2 - CR9, CS9, CT9 Block 3 - CQ0, CS5 Block 3 - CQ2, CS3 Block 4 - CQ7, CR5, CR6, CS2 Block 4 - CQ3, CQ9, CR3 Azores ------ Block 1 - CU1, CU2, CU3, CU4, CU5, CU6, CU7, CU8, CU9, CU0 Block 2 - CR8, CS8, CT8 Block 3 - CQ1, CS4 Block 4 - CQ8, CR1, CR2ADDED NOTES:
New hams will have block 2 and will be issued prefixes according to category. Category 1 will have CT 7, 8 or 9, category 2 will have CS 7, 8 or 9, and category 3 will have CR# 7, 8 or 9.
Club stations will have call in block 3 (CQ0, CS5, CQ2, CS3, CQ1, CS4).
Special occasion and contest calls will have block 4 (CQ7, CR5, CR6, CS2, CQ3, CQ9, CR3, CQ8, CR1, CR2).
SPECIAL NOTE FOR CONTESTERS:
Portugal - No new prefixes. Several lost.
Madeira - One new prefix (CQ2).
Azores - New prefixes (CR8, CS8, CT8, CQ1, CS4, CQ8, CR1, CR2).
Karl, DL2FAG, is going on another "holiday-DXpedition", this time to the Pacific and plans to operate from three locations later in the year. His tentative schedule and callsigns are as follows:
Island of Niue - He will operate as ZK2DL from Namukulu, between October 19th and November 7th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters, mainly on RTTY, PSK and SSB. IOTA is: OC-040. QSL via DL2FAG.
New Zealand - Karl states he will operate sporadically from the South Island of New Zealand, as ZL4/DL2FAG between November 8-18th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, mainly on RTTY, PSK and SSB. QSL via DL2FAG.
Western Samoa - Karl will end his trip as 5W0KH from Upolu between November 18-30th. Again, activity will be on 80-10 meters, mainly on RTTY, PSK and SSB. QSL via DL2FAG.
Karl states that he will be operating from all locations on the usual DX frequencies. Watch Karl's Web page for possible updates, and he will have a log search on the site (not sure if it will be active during his operations). His Web page is at:
QSL INFO AND NEWS
With all the changes going on in the postal systems, it is time to check out Bill's, W9OL, great IRC Chart Web page. It is a great place to see who takes IRCs, green stamps and who does not. Give it a look at:
K5D QSL STATUS: QSL Manager Bob, N2OO, reported on June 2nd, the
"OQRS - We finished OQRS requests received through about May 4th.. We will resume OQRS QSL processing again shortly, and we will post the dates on the QSL Information link found at the K5D Web site www.k5d.us when we do resume. OQRS continues to be available for QSL requests. Info for OQRS can also be found on the QSL Information link.
DIRECT MAIL: We are now focusing on the direct mail in the same order as the mail was received. We are answering donors first just to be fair to those who added a little something with their QSL. We also TRY to catch notes that tell us that you contributed in advance of the operation, but we don't always catch those notes. If we miss yours, we apologize. The DIRECT MAIL processing trudges forward. So, we appreciate everyone's patience. I continue to do the log processing after which the QSLs will be mailed gradually by members of my QSL processing team. We are not doing larger bulk mailings in order to keep the cards flowing into the mail. It will surely be a few months before we can become current. It's hard to get ahead when you are still receiving some 50 pieces of mail on average every day.
As of June 2nd we have confirmed 26,353 QSOs.
LoTW UPDATE: After careful consideration, and cautious investigation into the LoTW process, I have decided that we will be able to upload CONFIRMED QSOs ONLY to LoTW. This will be done in larger sized batches as time allows while we continue to process QSLs. When the first batch is uploaded, I will post the information on the QSL Information link found at the K5D Web site www.k5d.us. I expect to do it within the next week. QRX
In the past, we just uploaded to LoTW one time about one year after the DXpedition. This was done for obvious reasons. Now that I have become familiar with how to do partial log uploads to LoTW, we should be able to satisfy those who want their QSOs in LoTW. By only uploading confirmed QSOs (in batches), we think that this is a fair compromise that is a win/win for everyone involved. We are considering other options for the "next one". But for THIS one, this is what we will be doing. We will upload the balance of the full log in early 2010.
I ask you all to be patient! Since cards are going out in the mail frequently and in much smaller batches, you can expect to hear of people getting their cards continuously. Be assured that we are continuing the QSL operation on a daily basis. It is just going to take time.
PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE QSL MANAGER ABOUT QSL ISSUES. IF YOU DO, YOU WILL ONLY BE REFERRED TO THE K5D WEB PAGE FOR CURRENT QSL STATUS. WHEN THINGS CALM DOWN, I WILL BE HAPPY TO ADDRESS ANY CONCERNS. QRX.
1652 INFO. Over the past weekend (June 5-7th), special callsigns were active on several different bands that were good towards the "Roskilde 1658 Award". For information on the callsigns, and upcoming operations (times and frequencies), please look at the activities calendar on the award Web site at:
QSL for OZ5FYN will be sent for all QSOs via the EDR bureau. This was a special event station active for the annual Summer Rally at Egeskov Slot (Castle) on June 7th. OZ5FYN grid locator was JO55FE, and the island reference number is EU-172. There is no Danish CASOTA reference number (for the first Castle activation).
NEW QSL MANAGER. Randy, W5UE, is now the new QSL manager for 9V1YC, 9V9HQ and N1YC/VK9X. After many years of excellent service as James' QSL Manager, Joe, N5ID, is handing over duties to Randy in order to recuperate after an extended illness in hospital. W5UE has all the logs, blank cards and pending QSL requests for all of James' callsigns, so feel free to check his Web site for periodic updates and status of QSL requests at:
ADDED NOTE. Randy, W5UE, states, "It was brought to my attention that many QSL Manager Data Bases still contain entries for some of James' old calls to N5ID. Both Joe and James indicate a request hasn't been received for any of these for years, but we will continue to honor any requests that may be needed in the future... so, please update your QSL Manager Data Bases for any of the following calls from N5ID to W5UE: 9V0YC, 9V8YC, KB1CM/VR2, KB1CM/VS6, KB1CM/ZS, KH8/KB1CM, VR2/KB1CM and VS6/KB1CM. Please bear in mind all of these logs are on paper only and will require extra processing time since I'll probably have to manually print cards as well."
NOT THE QSL MANAGER. Don, N1DG, reports that he is NOT the QSL Manager for A71A. QSL A71A via A71AN ONLY.
R1FJT QSL STATUS. Jack, RW0BB (ex-R1FJT), reports that new QSL cards are being printed and you will have to wait until he receives them.
TM0M LOG ONLINE. Logs for the recent operation TM0M from Molene Island (EU-065), May 23-30th, now available at: http://users.belgacom.net/cdxg
QSLS VIA LOTW: 9M6XRO, A61AD, A61X, A61AO, D44TXI, LY8O, LY9Y, OH0Z, S58MU, T33C, TN5SN, TR8CA, UN6J, UT7UJ, VK9GMW, XE1EE, YL7X, YW4D, ZF1A and ZK2V
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 4S7DA, 4U1UN, 5H1X, 5H3RK, 5K0T, 5N/LZ1QK, 7Q7VB, 7X0RY, 8Q7SC, 9J2FM, 9J2VB, 9K2YM, 9U0VB, A71MA, A92GR, BG4TRF, BH4QAK, C91FC, CU3AD, CW6V, D2BB, D20VB, D60VB, DV5PO, E71DX, EA8BMG, EA9CF, EA9PY, EL2AR, FM5BH, GJ0KYZ, GT4BRS, GT6BRS, H40FN, HI9/EA3BT, HI9/EA3WL, HP1AC, HV50VR, JH9FNB, K3J, K5D, KG4AS, KH6BB, KP2/K3TEJ, KP4KE, LX8RTTY, LX9SW, PY0FF, R1ANB, R1ANC, R1ANP, T32YY, T33ZZ, T8CW, T8NF, T88CI, TO5A, TR8CA, UK9AA, UN7BEW, V63PR, VK7ZE, VK0BP, VP5DF, VP8/LZ1UQ, VP8DLJ, VP8YLI, XE2HWB/XF1, YB2ECG, Z36A and Z36W
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: BY4AEE, BA4ALC, BA4CH, BD4AHW, BD4ALC/4, BA4DJ, BD4DM, BD7BW, BD7YK, BT4ECNU50, BY4BHK, BY4CA, BY4HAM, CE0Y/SM6CUK, CT1DWT, CT1HIX, DL2ARD, E20WXA, EM10U, EM5HQ, FK/JK1FNL, FO5RU, HA800NAR, HB9LH, IB0CW, IK0FMB, IK1JIM, IM0S, LA6KOA, LN3C, LZ130JA, MM/DH5JBR/P, OE8XHQ, OH0/OH2DZ, OH60BH, OY/DL6RAI, R450WA, RA3CM, RA3XEV, RU3FF, SY8DX, TM0C, TM2RWC, UE3FFF/3, UE9WFJ, UN8LW, UT4EK, UT5UGR, VA7AAW, VP2MPL and ZL1BOS
Ken Holdom, ZL4HU, informs OPDX that Russell Baird, or Russ as he was commonly known, ZL4DJ, became a Silent Key (SK) on the evening of June 4th. He was a well-known DXer and fellow ham radio enthusiast. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of ZL4DJ. Messages can be sent to: The Baird Family, 87 Ventry Street, Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand. ADDED NOTE: Ken Holdom, ZL4HU, states: "WE don't have an E-mail address for messages at this time, but I am more than willing to receive messages and personally hand them to the family.
SP50, POLAND (Special Event)
Memebers of the SP DX Club (The Long Distance Radio Communication Club of Poland) have activated the special event station SP50DXC through June 30th, to celebrating 50th anniversary of the SP DX Club. The station is expected to be active on all bands/modes. Operators mentioned are: Andrzej/SP7ASZ, Jerzy/SP7CVW, Krzysztof/SP7IIT, Pawel/SP7LFT and Jerzy/SP7TF. QSL via SP7DQR. All QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW. SP50DXC will also be active again later in the year at the end September during their annual meeting of the SP DX Club.
SPECIAL EVENT (13 Colonies "On the Air")
Look for special event stations from all the thirteen 1776 original colonies to be on the air between 1300z, July 1st and 0400z July 5th. A full color certificate printed on heavy card stock or parchment paper (with a map and the state flags of all the 1776 colony states) will be available to each station who works one or more or ALL of the special event stations. The thirteen 1776 original colonies (their special event callsign) are: CT (K2D), DE (K2E), GA (K2G), MA (K2H), MD (K2F), NC (K2J), NJ (K2I), NH (K2K), NY (K2A), RI (K2C), PA (K2M), SC (K2L) and VA (K2C). Activity will be on all bands (except 60m and the 30/17/12m). The Colony stations will be operating on or near the "13" of each band (Eg. 14213, 14313, 7213, et.). Also, 2 meters and 6 meters simplex frequencies are encouraged. For this event 2 meter repeater contacts WILL be allowed. For more details and picture of the certificate, please visit their Web page at:
T30, WESTERN KIRIBATI
David, N1EMC (ex-ZK2DF), is expected to be active from here as T30DX. Complete details are forthcoming. Stay tuned.
TO4G, GLORIOSO ISLAND (Update)
Didier, F5OGL, announced this past week as indicated several weeks ago, no civilian will be included in the crew which is going to Gloriosos, next month. He states, "It had been confirmed that it will be first a military mission. Nothing was possible to do to make changes in this Forces Authorities decision." He also announced the final crew/operators list: Yves Michel/F5PRU, Jean Marc/F5RQQ, Freddy/ F5IRO, Philippe/F4EGS and Sylvain/F5TLN. Didier thanks the F6KOP Provins ARC for the loan of three stations to be active on the air and a fourth that will be set up and could be used on no particular modes or bands. Didier ends his press release by saying, "Mission permitting, the crew will appear in the two major July contests, the IARU HF and the RSGB IOTA. Know that the crew, instead of maintenance jobs, has another assistance mission by the Armies Information and Public Relation group which will go to Glorioso along with us. This group is composed of an Officer, a director and a cameraman. The callsign is not known yet, but it is expected in the next days." More information is forthcoming. Look for updates on their Web page at:
VK, AUSTRALIA (4 LETTER SUFFIX)
Eddie, VK4AN, (Father of VK4FRAJ) reports: "There is still much reluctance and confusion amongst contesters regarding VK 4-letter suffix calls... especially in CW contests! My son is probably the ONLY VK with a 4-letter suffix that operates on CW, and is VERY frustrated when contesters keep asking if his call is 2-letters or 3-letters... and one even accused him of being 'a commercial station' and refused to work him! 4-letter suffixes are issued to 'Foundation-class' hams (similar to the US novice-class). ALL Foundation class suffixes begin with an 'F' plus 3 more letters. They have a maximum of 10-watts power on 80-40-15-10m CW-SSB only and must use commercially made equipment. My son's call is VK4FRAJ. He really enjoys CW but is ready to stop contesting due to the frustration of others NOT knowing that Australia issues 4-letter suffixes!!
PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD THAT VK issues 4-LETTER SUFFIXES...
and that the only one that we know of that is on CW is VK4FRAJ (not VK4FJ, not VK4RAJ, not VK4FRA, not VK4FR, not VK4FRJ... etc...). 'Raj' said he would appreciate it if contesters would listen for his QRP CW signal and to please realize that he has a 4-letter suffix (VK4FRAJ)."
Bill, W5SJ, will be active from here possibly as VP2MSJ (TBA), July 14-21st. Activity will be on 80m, 60m and 6 meters using CW, SSB and possibly JST. However, he will concentrate on the CQWW VHF Contest (July 18-19th) on 6 meters. His equipment is an ICOM 7000, w/250 watts, into a 5 element yagi (for 6m) and a Carolina Windom (for 80/60m). QSL via his home callsign direct with current IRC or SASE.
ZY0, FERNANDO DE NORONHA
Just a reminder that operators Anderson/PY2TNT, Fabio/PY2AAZ/AC2AC, Alex/PY2WAS and Bob/N6OX will be active as ZY0F from Fernando de Noronha Island (SA-003), from June 10-15th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters including 60/30/17/12 meters (60m under temporary licensed granted by the Brazilian Government) using CW and SSB. QSL via PY2WAS, by the bureau or direct. This DXpedition is sponsored by Spiderbeam Antennas. Also, see ZY0F on (QRZ.com).
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