The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 913
June 22, 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, N3CR, NG3K, WP3GW, N4AA & QRZ DX, K8YSE, A35RK, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World of Ham Radio Web Site, F5NQL & UFT, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MOV, IZ0FKE, OK2BOB, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, PT7WA, 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, 14th-June, through Sunday, 21st-June there were 215 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5T, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, 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, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V8, VE, VK, VP2M, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).
3B8, MAURITIUS (AF-049)
Luc, I3LDP, will be active from here between June 29th and July 11th. The callsign was not provided. Activity will be on the HF bands and 6 meters using CW and SSB. His equipment will be an Icom IC-7000, a vertical for 40-10m and a vertical dipole for 6m. Grid Loc. is LG89vt. QSL via his home callsign.
ADDED NOTE: Luc plans to look for a good location for an EME operation next year (2010).
6M REPORT (Hearing 6m DX): [edited]
"Greetings -- After I predicted the 6m summer Sporatic E's season to begin on 7th June 2009, it appears the season has started in FN20 as of 10th June 2009, for the low power operators. At 8pm I was working EM 26-40-46-70 in La, Al, and Fl, with 100 watts and a thrown up 2 element Quad. On June 11th, I was hearing Costa Rica and Fla. On June 12th, at 6pm I was working YV4, HI3, PJ2, and Fla with many strong signals on the band. On June 15th, I was working into W1 land FN30, FN31 and FN41 at the end of the VHF contest. On June 16th, at 4pm I began working Fla and Ala along with J39BS Grenada, ON4IQ, HI3TEJ, VP2M and WP4 stations, all with S9 signals into FN20. On Thursday, 18th June, at 3pm I began working into EM 32-63-64-74-82-94-95....AL, GA, NC and SC. The band started out short to SC, NC and TN. It opened up with many stations and strong signals into Fla. I even worked a couple mobiles with loops on the roof and a few stations using Halos.
For the early risers on Saturday 20th June 2009, as this is being written, I worked into Europe after 7am with stations CN8LI, CT3FQ Madeira Island and CT3KU/p. EA's, CU1EZ, CN8SG, and CT3DZ were also heard or worked up until about 1230z. All this with 2 elements hanging on my 2 element tribander boom!! And the season has just begun!! I have a 4 element 6m Quad being built so I can be heard a little better. 6m openings have been very thin in FN20 and this has brought out all the operators finding 6m on their new radios. I had worked several halos, dipoles, and ground plane stations with the band open. The real jewel during Sporatic E season is Bermuda....that little dot in the middle of the Atlantic. I can't wait to work Ed in Bermuda, VP9GE.
It is a great thing to hear so many new DX stations on
six meters. With relaxed regulations on power and antennas, I expect we
will hear many more stations working into the U.S. at the bottom of the
sunspot cycle with one small spot showing and no C class or better solar
flares to report. For size and performance, I don't think you can beat
the Quad loop or beam. I also use a 6 element yagi pointed towards Florida
and get similar reports with just 2 elements. Four elements will just
make things easier for me. Thanks for producing the propagation and
DX reports. They are well read at this location...."
Larry Lilly Sr. N3CR
Lehighton, Pa FN20dv
By the time you read this, Vlad, RA9LR, should will be active as 8Q7LR from Hudhuranfushi Island, North Male Atoll (AS-013), until July 2nd. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, mainly Digital but with some SSB. He will be use 100 watts into a DX-88 eight band vertical. QSL via RA9LR, direct or by the Bureau.
A35, TONGA (Update)
Paul, A35RK, on Wednesday, June 17th, informed OPDX that lots is happening in Tonga for him. He told us that "A35RK is moving to a new QTH. On December 1st, the whole family is moving to Vava'u (OC-064)." He will be departing Vava'u on June 27th, and between then and December 1st, Paul will be moving back and forth between the island groups. Paul adds, "I will get my yagi antennas up in Vava'u ASAP, but no firm date commitment is possible. In the meantime, it will be 100w to a G5RV, whenever I am actually in Vava'u. I will drop the A35RK/p callsign and revert to the straight A35RK, as soon as I make an official change-of-address notification to the radio licensing authority.
What all that means is that A35RK (OC-169) is essentially QRT because the first shipment to Vava'u will include all of my radio gear and all of my tools. It is highly unlikely that I will do any more operating from Ha'apai." Paul states that he has made 80,000+ QSOs from there over the past 13 years, and this should be enough to satisfy the IOTA crowd." Bob, W7TSQ, will remain his manager, and he will modify Paul's QSL cards to indicate IOTA OC-064. Future LoTW logs will likewise be modified, as will QRZ.com info as soon as the move is official. On a personal level, Paul states, "This is a big move 'up' for us. The whole family is looking forward to the improved living conditions in Vava'u (ie, better schools for the kids, better telecom and shipping connections, better 'shopping', reliable mains power, etc.). Please wish us luck in this new endeavor." OPDX wishes Paul the best of luck in his new QTH.
ANOTHER UPDATE FROM PAUL: "It's official: my A35RK license address has been changed by the Radio Licensing Officer. I will stop signing A35RK/p immediately. All contacts with A35RK, beginning 0001z, June 18th, 2009, will be from Vava'u Island, IOTA OC-064, grid square AH31ai. A35RK from Ha'apai, IOTA OC-169 is QRT."
Operators Jan/DL7JAN and Egon/DL2IX will be active as CT8/homecall from Faial Island (EU-175) between August 21-31st. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via their homecall, by the bureau or direct.
CY0, SABLE ISLAND (Update)
The following was received by John, K1XN, author of the GoList, from Randy, N0TG (edited): "A challenge for us is to keep the weight allowance under control. The charter aircraft limits us to 1400 pounds total weight. That includes body weight for the team (3), personal items, equipment, antennas, computers, food, EVERYTHING. The weight creeps upward pretty fast and must be watched carefully. It looks like the low bands will still be very productive ones as Cycle 24 lingers. I personally am pleased and excited to have the Battle Creek Special going with us.
There seems to be lots of interest on 160 by the EU's and others as well. One thing that we are 'not' is experienced RTTY operators. However, the recent few weeks we have equipped our stations with the necessary computer interface, software, etc. and are becoming a bit more enlightend on RTTY operation. We've made a number of contacts and are pleased to have this set up and ready. NCDXF in particular encouraged us to include RTTY. Web traffic continues to increase from world-wide QTH's. Certainly, we know CY0 not one of the most rare spots..but it does look like many are looking for it to fill in a mode/band combo, and hopefully it'll be an interesting event and promote activity for our wonderful hobby. Thanks..we appreciate the support; we can't express that enough!! We look forward to working you.
D44, CAPE VERDE
Michel, HB9BOI, is now active as D44TOI from Sal Island (AF-086) until June 30th. Activity over the past weekend as been mainly 20 meters SSB (around 14260 kHz), and some 17 meter SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
Gerard, F2JD, will stay in the Philippines for the next five months and hopes to get his DU1/G0SHN licence extended. While there he plans to activate some IOTA islands during his stay. QSLs direct or via the REF Bureau to F6AJA.
DXCC NEWS (DXCC Annual List Questions)
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Manager, explains this week on the "ARRL's Century Club Awards Weblog"
FT/G, GLORIOSO ISLAND
As this bulletin was being prepared, there were no new developments announced this past week. The 2009 Glorioso FT5GA operation still seems to be on track and scheduled for July 9-28th.
GB2, ENGLAND (Special Event)
Look for special event callsign GB2RI to be used from the "National Exhibition Centre" in Birmingham, England, during the 100th Rotary International Convention, between June 21-24th (0700-1700z daily). Kenwood Radio of the UK, has supplied a 200 watt transceiver, and the local Withall ARC are providing a 100 ft. tower topped with a 3 element yagi. Activity will be on 80-10 meters. USA stations are suggested to watch 14293 kHz. QSL direct or by the RSGB to G3LUW.
Fred/DL5YM and his XYL Tina/DL5YL will once again be in Masescha and will be hiking here during the daytime hours between now and July 2nd. During the nighttime hours they will be active on CW signing HB0/homecall on all bands. They may also be active on RTTY, if they add an interface to their IC-725 and a 40m wire to their equipment.
AS-047. Operators Mitsu/7N4AGB, Hase/JK1EBA, Shoji/JJ1JGI, JA1XEQ and Nakayama/JA1KJW will be active as homecall/6 from Kita-Daito Island (JIIA AS-047-001, WLOTA 0928), JA6 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 calls, direct or Bureau.
AS-159. Ozer, TA2RC, will be active as YM0T from Kefken Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/ Mixed/24H/Low-Power entry. QSL via TA2RC.
EU-034. Operators Harald/ES1LS, Arvo/ES1QV, Juri/ES2EZ, Toivo/ES2DJ and Mati/ES2QN will be active as ES0U from Saaremaa Island, Estonia, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). QSL via the Bureau.
EU-048. Members of the French Sevran F5KKD ARC will be active as F5KKD/p from Belle Ile Island (DIFM AT-015, WLOTA 0078, DPF 06) between September 11-14th. Activity will be on the HF, VHF and UHF bands. Operators mentioned are: David/F4FDA, Mickael/F4FFZ and Bastien/ F4EYQ. QSL via the Bureau. Visit their Web page at:
EU-049. Operators Cuagn/OK2BOB and Vilem/OK2BC will be active as
SV8/homecall/p from Lesvos Island (Lesbos, Mytilini) between
0700z, June 22nd and 0400z, July 2nd. From Grid Loc. KM39,
activity will be on all bands using CW and SSB (Primary bands
are 40/30/20/17 meters). Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1833, 3511, 7011, 7018, 10108, 10114, 10118, 14018, 14040, 18078, 18088, 21018, 24908, 24912, 28018, 28033, and 50090-50097 kHz (+/- QRM)
SSB - 3773, 3795, 7055, 7088, 14255-14270, 18155, 21255, 24955, 28485 and 50125-50135 kHz (+/- QRM)
QSL via their home callsigns.
EU-064. Jan, ON7JA, will be active as F/ON7JA from Ile de Noirmoutier (DIFM AT-020, WLOTA 1224), July 25-27th. Activity will include an entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. PLEASE NO eQSL!
EU-068. Members of the French Sevran F5KKD ARC will be active as F5KKD/p from Sein Island (DIFM AT007, WLOTA 2721, DPF 06) between July 24-27th. Activity will be on the HF, VHF and UHF bands, as well as an entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). Operators mentioned are: David/F4FDA, Mickael/F4FFZ and Bastien/ F4EYQ. QSL via the Bureau. Visit their Web page at:
EU-123. Iain, MM0TFU, will be active as MM0TFU/P from Blackwaterfoot, Isle of Arran (IOSA CL01, SCOTIA CS14), Scotland, between July 24-27th. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). Outside the contest he will be active on all HF bands plus 6 meters (Grid IO75IM). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-130. Matteo, IV3YNB, will once again be active as IV3YNB/p from Grado Island (IIA GO-001, MIA MI-039) between June 27th and July 11th. His activity will be QRP on CW and BPSK31 on as many bands as possible, randomly during the daytime. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct ("free, don't send money"). Look for more info on his Web site at:
NA-137. Mark, KO1U, will be active from Cousins Island (USI ME041S, Cumberland county), Maine, between 1000z, July 25th and 2300z, July 26th. He also plans to activate Little John Island (Also NA-137 and Cumberland county, but USI ME065S) during the same day. Mark will use verticals for 80-10m, and a 3 element yagi on 6 meters with 100 watts. Look for activity on or near the IOTA frequencies with his focus mainly on the RSGB IOTA Contest either on CW or SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
EU-149. Operators Alan/G0RCI, Pete/M0USY, Harry/G7DEH, Alan/G4VUA and Brian/M0JNC will be active as GB0YG from Holy Island (Ynys Gybi), Wales, between June 24-29th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL direct only to G0RCI.
EU-170. Jernej, S59KM, will be active as 9A/S59KM from Ugljan Island (ACIA IC-339, CIA-53, IOCA CI-134, MIA MC-441) between June 25th and July 2nd. Activity will be on 60/40/20/15/10/6/2 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
NA-081. Operators Ken/W8ND, Butch/N8CHS and Kelly/K8MCN will be active as W8ND/VE1 from Big Tancook Island (CISA NS012, WW Loc. FN74WL), Nova Scotia, between July 23-26th. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). QSL via K8MCN, direct or by the Bureau.
NA-099. Members of the Fajardo Amateur DX Club, KP4DXC, will be active from Culebra Island (USI PR002, WLOTA 0549), between 1500z, June 26th and 2300z, June 28th. The group will use basic radio equipment for this operation such as basic antennas like dipoles and home brewed Buddistick antennas for 40-6 meters and also a vertical for 80m. Jose, KP4VP, will be one of the operators and expects to operate mostly CW and Digital modes. QSL via KP4VP or KP4DXC, direct or by the Bureau. Look for more information and their operating frequencies at:
SA-048. Members of the 4M5DX Group will be active as YW5P from Patos Island sometime in July (no official dates were given). Activity will be on all bands and modes. Look for updates on:
IS0, SARDINIA (EU-024)
Flaviano, I2MOV, informs OPDX that he will depart for Sardinia on July 20th, and will be active for about two months as IS0/I2MOV. His QTH will be Dolianova 20km north from Cagliari. His Grid Locator is JM49OJ. He will mainly be active on CW using an IC706MKIIG and a vertical antenna for 7 bands (40/30/20/17/15/12/10m). He will also be active on 6 meters, mainly in CW, using a home-made dipole. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct. Visit his Web pages at:
KH4, MIDWAY ISLAND (Update)
Co-leaders Tom/N4XP and Dave/WB4JTT have posted the following press release (Number 4 -- dated June 16th)(edited): "Planning and arrangements have now become happenings. Equipment and loaner gear is being shipped or staged for shipment later. We have added three new operators to the team, James/9V1YC, Arnie/N6HC and Tom/ND2T. With these three additions come years of experience and only add to the overall team experience now in place.
The makeup of the team is as follows: KH7U, W8GEX, W8CAA, W6OSP, N4XP, N1DG, AA4NN, W6KK, N7CQQ, DJ9ZB, N4PN, WA7NB, EA1IR, K9CT, WB4JTT, ND2T, N6HC, and 9V1YC. This month we are highlighting three more team members. You can read all their history under 'Meet the ops part III' at:
OY, FAROE ISLANDS
Polish operators Mek/SP7VC and Janusz/SP6IXF will be active as OY/homecall between August 10-16th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters SSB and 2m (Random 144355.0 MHz) meteorscatter FSK441 during the Perseid meteor shower. Operations will be from the IP61 grid square. They plan to have amps for every band and will be using the following antenna system: HF - Spiderbeam, R-7 and INV-L for 160-80m + beverages
2m - A 2M5WL yagi
6m - 6 element yagi
QSL via their home callsigns.
PA123, NETHERLANDS (Special Event)
Members from the Dutch R31 M/N Limburg will be active as PA123OLS from St. Sebastianus, Neer, between June 29th and July 12th. Activity is taking place during a (123) Dutch/Belgium historical event. The suffix "OLS" stands for "Oud Limburgs Schuttersfeest", an annual shooting match between 160 shooting clubs (citizen force) from the Dutch and Belgium provinces of Limburg. The team of Neer won last year, so the event will takes place in Neer. Look for operations on CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK with activity on all bands. QSL via PE1NCP, direct or by the Bureau.
PH100, NETHERLANDS (Special Event)
Members of the Vereniging voor Experimenteel Radio Onderzoek (VERON - Section 54 - PI4ETL) will be active as PH100EL between now and July 12th. Activity is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of aviation in the Netherlands by pioneer Count Charles de Lambert. QSL via PD0PVQ. A special award is available (100 Years of Aviation in Etten-Leur) with mode endorsements. See details on (QRZ.com).
PX8/ZX8, BRAZIL (IOTA and LH Ops)
Operators Orlando/PT2OP and Jurandir/ PT2TJ plan to activate the following islands and lighthouses during the first part of July:
July 3-8th: Requested callsign PX8M; Lighthouse of Sao Joao (WLOTA LH-213, ARLHS BRA-093) on the Island of Maiau (DFB MA-01, IOTA SA-041), in the State of Maranhao; Grid Locator: GI78nr
July 8-11th: Requested callsign ZX8A; Lighthouse of Aracagi (ARLHS BRA-005) on the Island of Sao Luis (DFB MA-07, IOTA SA-016, DIB MA-01), in the State of Maranhao; Grid Locator: GI77wn
QSL information was not provided.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSLS VIA LOTW: H44MY and OD5/OK1MU
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 5T5DC, 7Z1UG, C91TX, CE0Y/9A4X, CE0Y/LA6IKA, FO/N6JA, FW5RE, HC8/UX0HX, HH7/N3BNA, HI9/EA3WL, J75KG, K5D, N3DXX/6Y5, OX3MC, OZ8ABE, PS0F, S04R, ST2EB, T31DX, T32YY, TA2RC, TO2T, TO3R, TO5FJ, VP2V/NY6X, VP2V/SP3IPB, VX1RNS/p and YJ0KS
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 4O60BH, 4X1IM, CT1ETX, CU3EJ, DA0HQ, DF0HQ, DL0DG, DU67RG, EA9/EA7RU, ES1QD/5, FS/K1XM, HB9HQ, HH2FYD, IQ5FI, IR6D, IR9K, IR9MDC, IZ1MHV, K0TV, K4ZW, KG9N, KP4ED, LZ5Z, LZ9W, NU1AW, OH1JO, OH3OJ, P49Y, PJ2/DL8OBQ, PY5EG, RA6GW, RI1GK, RK3SWB, RK6CM, RU3VD, RU9AC, RZ1OA/1, RZ9HWA, SP2PHA/2, SV2/YO3JW/P, SV2BS, T93J, TU5JM, UA9BA, UE1OTA, UE1OTA/1, UE3EDA/1, UE6LHT, VC3J, VE3SY, W4RM, WU3A and XT2SE
George, K4IIO/GM0IIO, will be active as SV5/GM0IIO from the Island of Rhodes (EU-001) between July 1-8th. Activity will be on 20 meters CW/SSB using a FT-857D w/100 watts into a 20m Par Electronics End-Fedz. Watch 14025 and 14305 kHz. QSL via GM0IIO.
TY, BENIN (Update)
In close cooperation between the DAGOE Foundation, Mercy Ships and 5 Dutch radio amateurs, a new DXpedition to Benin is on its way. The special event callsign of the "Benin 2009 Radio Expedition" will be TY1MS which will take place between October 10-27th. Operators mentioned are Ad/PA8AD, Arie/PA3AN, Henk/PA3AWW and Bas/PD0CAV. As mentioned earlier, the team will also participate in the 2009 CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th). QSL Manager is PA3AWW (direct or by the Bureau). An online QSL REQUEST service will be available.
PLEASE NOTE: QSL cards that are requested via direct mail or InterNet, will be shipped around Christmas 2009. The main purpose of this DXpedition is to raise funds for a Mercy Ships project in Benin, provide help to the charity project and activate Benin on HF. Look for more details about the TY1MS DXpedition, the project and Mercy Ships at:
TO8, ST. BARTHELEMY
Operators Ruediger/DK8YY and Ingolf/DL4JS will be active as TO8YY between June 29th and July 7th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters with an emphasis on the lower bands (160/80m). QSL via DH7WW. Once active, check for updates on the ON4KST chat page at:
VP2V, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Operators Art/N3DXX and Steve/KN5H will be active as VP2V/KN5H from Tortola during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via KN5H. Look for CW and RTTY activity before the contest.
YW0, AVES ISLAND
On the YW0A Web page, it was announced that this DXpedition has been rescheduled due to the hurricane season over the Caribbean Sea. No dates were announced. For updates, watch:
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