The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 927
September 28 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, KY1V, NJ1Q, NG3K, N4AA & QRZ DX, KH6BZF, K8YSE, 5B4MF, AT International, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World of Ham Radio Web Site, F5NQL & UFT, HA0HW, I1HYW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, OH2BN, OH2HAN, ON5JV, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, PS7AB, PY7XC, RSGB IOTA Web Site, TA1HZ, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3EXY, VE3ZZ 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, 20th-September, through Sunday, 27th-September there were 220 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, 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, FH, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FR/g, FS, FT5W, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK2, ZL, ZL7, 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).
3D2/C, CONWAY REEF (Update)
Updates for this one are expected to be on QRZ.com (under 3D20CR). The crew plans to start operations on October 1st. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1826.5, 3505, 7020, 10104, 14024, 18080, 21024, 24894, 28024 and 50124 kHz
SSB - 3799, 7070, 14190, 18145, 21290, 24950, 28490 and 50124 kHz
RTTY - 10140, 14080, 18110, 21080, 24920 and 28080 kHz.
Look for a 6m beacon to be on 50124 kHz. QSL via DJ8NK, by the bureau or direct (new IRCs are OK, old IRCs with expiration date of "31 Dec. 2009" are "NOT" OK. QSL cards are most likely to be sent out in January 2010). For more details and possible updates, see their Web page at:
4U1, ITU HQ (Topband Activity)
A report from RSGB President Colin Thomas, G3PSM, states: "4U1ITU will be active during the CQWW CW Contest at the end of November and there will be a 160m operation. Currently there is no 160m operation due to the very high noise level from computers both from within the main ITU building itself, but also from surrounding inter- national organizations. It is understood that a Titanex V160 has been promised from a Japanese source, and it is hoped that time can be found during the week preceding the contest to get the antenna up on the flat roof of the 5 storey Varembe building. However, most of the operators and helpers will be taking part in WRC-12 preparatory meetings during that week. A Multi Single operation is currently planned for the contest."
By the time you read this, Al, 4W6AL (CT1GPQ), will be QRT (September 27th) and will be heading home. The Algarve STAR DX Team has updated the log and it can be found on:
6Y1V YOUNG HAM EASSAY DEADLINE (September 30th)
David, KY1V, reports on September 26th: "In just four short days we will be selecting 4 young hams to join us this year for CQWW at 6Y1V. We are very excited this year as we have received essays from every continent, from age 9 through 21, and from both boys and girls! I have previewed many of the essays and I can already say it is going to be very difficult to select just 4 young hams. If you wish to be considered for this years' CQWW SSB or CW contest, you have only 4 days to submit your essay. I would like to thank all of the young hams that sent essays this year and their parents for putting their trust and faith in Stacy, Krassy and I. Please be sure to work the all Young Ham 6Y1V station in CQWW this year!"
Bhagwati, VU3BPZ, will once again head to the Antarctica with the 29th Indian Antarctic Expedition (IAE). The crew has just finished their pre-Antarctic training and medical checks. The team is expected to be there over the winter during a long term operation between November 15th and March 2011. Bhagwati is expected to be on the air from the Maitri Base (WAP IND-03) using his personal callsign VU3BPZ and also a special callsign AT10BP to be issued by the Ministry of Communication & IT for this event. Updates and more details are expected on the WAP Web site at:
Tinkon, E21NPZ/8, will be active during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m)/Low-Power entry. QSL via E21NPZ.
EA8, CANARY ISLANDS
Operators Jean/ON5JV and Georgette/ON6AK will be active as EA8/homecall from Tijoco Bajo, Tenerife Island (AF-004) between November 20th and February 10th (2010). Activity will be on 40-10 meters during their evenings. They plan to use 100 watts into a vertical 14AVQ. QSL via their home callsigns, the bureau is preferred.
FK, NEW CALEDONIA
Akira, JA1NLX, (along with his XYL) will once again head to the Pacific, but this time he will be active from Ouvea Island (OC-033), the biggest island in the Loyalty Islands Group, between November 19-23rd. His callsign will be FK/JA1NLX. Activity will be on all HF bands (80-10 meters) using CW and RTTY with a IC-706MK2 100 watt transceiver and vertical antenna. QSL via the LoTW or by his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. For more details and log after his operation, visit the following Web page at:
FT/G, GLORIOSO ISLAND (Update)
The FT5GA team continues to be on the air and is trying to satisfy the international Ham radio community. As of September 27th, they have made over 26.6k QSOs with 9.4k unique callsigns (12885/CW, 11676/SSB and 2070/RTTY). The team has had some problems with radios (two transceivers went down out of the four they had, but one was repaired). FT5GA was active during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest this past weekend. Still most stateside stations report that the FT5GA signals are very weak and propagation is not helping. Operations will last until October 5th, as per the Web page at:
AS-120. Members of the Nicosia Amateur Radio Club were expected to activate Agios Georgios Island on September 26th, as homecall/p. QSL via their home callsigns (using addresses on (QRZ.com).
Operators mentioned were: Andreas/5B8AP, Spyros/5B4MF, Tamer/ 5B4AHE, Philip/5B4ZN and Paris/5B4XF. It has been two years since the island was last activated during the IOTA Contest in 2007.
EU-104/ Claude, F5MCC, will once again activate some of Corsica's
EU-164. coastal islands as TK/F5MCC between now and October 2nd.
He was heard last week on EU-014, but is expected to activate Sanguinaires Islands (EU-104, DIFM TK-002, MIA MCO-022, WLOTA L 0098) soon and also Lavezzi Islands (EU-164, DIFM TK-011, MIA MCO-007, WLOTA L 0755). The activation on EU-164 will be for one day only between 1000-1600z. QSL via his home callsign, the Bureau is preferred.
NA-110. Rich, K3RWN, will once again activate the Isle of Palms (USI SC001S, Charleston County, South Carolina) between September 26th and October 2nd. Activity will be mostly SSB/RTTY/PSK31 with a focus on 30 meters for the Digital modes and 40/20 meters for SSB. This will be a portable operation using only 100 watts into a PAC12/Buddipole antenna. While on the beach, Rich will try some QRP SSB operations using his FT-817 and 5 watts. QSL via his home callsign (QRZ.com).
OC-070. Hotang, YC0IEM, will be active as YC0IEM/8 from Ambon Island between October 4-23rd. Bands and modes of activity were not provided. QSL via IZ8CCW.
OC-142. Ray, K9LUK, will be active from Fraser Island (WLOTA L 2976, Queensland State, Australia) between October 18-23rd. Callsign was not provided. Activity will be on all HF bands. QSL via his home callsign (QRZ.com).
SA-062. With the support of the Island Radio Expedition Foundation (IREF), the Araucaria DX Group and the ForDX, a group of operators, will be activating Coroa Vermelha Island between November 11-16th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. The team members are Leo/PP1CZ, Andre/PY0FF, Renner/ PY7RP, Jim/PY7XC, Ciro/PY7ZY and Mike/K9AJ. QSL via K9AJ. For more details, visit their Web site at:
J79, DOMINICA (Update)
By the time you read this, operators Babs/DL7AFS and Lot/DJ7ZG should be active as J79ZG from the city of Calibushie (Loc. FK95HO and NA-101) between now and October 15th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters on the usual DX frequencies, mainly on CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK, as well as 6 meters. They will look especially for JA stations. QSL via DL7AFS. Their Web page for this operation is:
KC4, ANTARCTICA (On the Birds and APRS)
Bill, K7MT, will once again be returning to McMurdo Station (AN-011) and be active as KC4USV between November 15th and February 20th, 2010. Bill states that he will be on the HF bands on 14243 kHz, Sundays at 0000z. He will also be active on PSK-31 (on 14070 kHz) and CW (14043 kHz) if time permits. Bill has also mentioned that he will take an Arrow II antenna and his Kenwood TH-7 to work the Amateur Satellites into VK and ZL land. He also has plans to be on APRS VHF/HF with a Kam Plus, so you might just see him driving around on the Ross Ice Sea as K7MT-7 on APRS. QSL via K1IED. Visit his home page for some interesting pictures at:
KH4, MIDWAY ISLAND (Press Release)
Tom/N4XP and Dave/WB4JTT, co-leaders for the 2009 Midway Island Dxpedition, sent out the following press release number 7 dated September 23rd (edited): "There is less than a month to go before the K4M team hits the air. Our final dates are now set.
We arrive on the Island on October 9th and our return will be October
19th. That gives us two weekends to be QRV.
Our website was updated this week with interactive propagation charts. Pick a month and then the time and it will show you openings from KH4 to the world at that moment.
The team wishes to thank those 15,000 DXers who voted on our web poll. If you haven't voted on your needed band/mode please do so now as we are going to use this to schedule our operators. We also appreciate all the comments left for us there. Our website is,
This month we are highlighting four more team members. You can read all their history at:
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (For September 28th-October 4th)
Sep 28 LN-AN SOLAR REFERENCE Sep 29 AN --------------- Sep 30 AN AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET Oct 1 AN-HN HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED Oct 2 AN LN - Low Normal Oct 3 AN Oct 4 AN GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE --------------------- QUIET - The "A" index is expected to be between 0-7 and the "K" index will be 2 or less UNSETTLED - The "A" index is expected to be between 7-16 and "K" index will be 3 or lessKH0, MARIANA ISLANDS
KL5, ALASKA (Special Event)
Look for special event station KL5O to be active on the air in observance of Alaska Day. Activity will take place between 1800z, October 18th and 0600z, October 19th. Operations will be on 160-10 meters, including 30/17/12 meters. Modes will be CW, SSB and RTTY. Details from the KL5O Web site states, "Operation will be scheduled to facilitate working North American stations, though all stations world- wide are encouraged to participate. See the 'On The Air' link for time/ frequency/mode information." QSLs are available via the LoTW, eQSL and if you want a hard copy QSL card, the QSL manager is AC7DX. For more information, visit the KL5O Web site at:
NP4, PUERTO RICO
Felipe, NP4Z, will be active during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via WC4E.
OG0, ALAND ISLAND
If you worked OG0A this past weekend, it was an Aland Island contest station in this past weekend's Scandinavian SSB Contest.
A press release late last week from Jarmo, OH2BN, stated: "Martti, OH2BH; Ville, OH2MM, and Pekka, OH2TA, will travel to Aland Islands to compete head-to-head with the announced Market Reef OJ0B team headed by Pertti, OH2PM, in the Scandinavian Activity Contest.
Radio Arcala's mother station OH8X will be operated by Juha, OH8NC, while Toni, OH2UA, will travel south to put the OH2BH station on with a pair of K3's for serious benchmark testing. QSL OG0A and OJ0B via OH2BH, OH8X via OH2UA and OJ0J via OH0RJ."
OH, FINLAND (Special Mine Activity)
Operators Simo/OH2HAN and Timo/OH3DF will be active as homecall/9 from the Arctic Amethyst Mine in Luosto (Lapland, Finland) between October 15-18th. Activity will be on the HF bands using SSB and RTTY. The Amethyst Mine is situated on a very beautiful natural place on top of Lampivaara Fell in Luosto, Lapland. Instead of being in raw material business it sells only locally produced amethyst jewelry. It also welcomes all the visitors, and you can dig your own amethyst gemstones there and hear the story of amethysts. They are mining only manually without machinery and their ideology of sustainable develop- ment is to preserve nature and work in a manner which does not disturb magnificent Lappish nature. A special QSL will be available via their home callsigns.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL 3V8SS via IZ8CCW. Operator was SWL Ashraf, 3V4-002, from the "Radio Club Station of Tunisian Scouts" in Sousse, during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest this past weekend. Read about Ashraf on: http://www.qsl.net/3v4-002
QSL ER0FEO via UU0JM or LoTW. Activity was in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest this past weekend.
FJ/VE3EY QSL STATUS. Nenad, VE3EXY, reports: "QSLs are out... Received first batch of FJ/VE3EY QSL cards from Nick for his August 2009 St. Barth activation. QSL cards are processed and ready to go to QSL bureaus."
QSL LS1D via LW9EOC. Operators were Daniel/LU3CT, Tim/LW9EOC, Daniel/ LW1DIO and Mario/LW8DQ from La Tablada, Argentina. Activity was in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest this past weekend.
QSL OG20YL via OH2YL. Operator is Anne, OH2YL, from Karjalohja, Finland. Activity is to celebrate Ann receiving her license 20 years ago.
QSL SX5R via SV5DKL ((QRZ.com) address). Activity was in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest this past weekend.
7P8AO QSL STATUS. Laci, HA0HW, was informed by Pista, HA5AO (edited): "Yesterday (September 21st) I have received the QSL cards from the UX5UO printshop. I will answer the QSL requests, first, to the stations who sent donations to the orphan children in Lesotho, than those who sent direct requests with sufficient funds. In the third batch the QSL cards will be posted to stations who sent IRCs, however, I kindly asked for GS (Green Stamps) only. All the direct requests with 1 USD will be answered via the bureau. Finally the bureau cards will be answered.
I uploaded and will be uploading the QSO details to the LoTW to all those stations who sent or gave donations on-line or it was included with their direct requests. The complete log will be uploaded to the LoTW at least a year. If you are going to send for a direct QSL request, please read my QSL policy carefully (on (QRZ.com)), especially for the Lesotho operation."
HAVE PATIENCE! More QSL cards were received this past week for the many UA4WHX operations. Vlad is still sending them out.
QSLS VIA LOTW: 5N0OCH, 6H1IM, 7Q7BP, CP6/DF9GR, DL4CF, FO8RZ, LA9Z, LY2IJ, SM3EVR, UA0YAY, XE1HSW, ZC4LI and ZP6CW
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 5V7PRF, 7Q7BP, 7Q7HB, 7P8MM, 7P8OK, 9J2FM, 9L1X, A25/DL7DF, A43DLH, BX5AA, C21TI, EA5ARJ, EA9IB, EU3AR, FM1FV, GB5KIL, GB0SGB/p, H44MY, HR9/WQ7R, HV5PUL, JD1BMH, OZ1GML, P29NI, S04R, SV2AVP, TY5ZR, V51YJ, V8AQM, V85SS, VK9GMX, VK9NI, VP8YLH, YJ8TZ, ZF2DX and ZF2ZB
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 5X7FN, 6Y1V, 7P8FC, BY4RSA/4, C56YK, CE0Z/DL2AH, CO2IZ, DL6EZ, DR25RIN, E7/YT2ED, EA2VE, EA9BW, EB1DH/p, EG2ANT, EK8PL, EK0B, F/ON7MH/P, HA8IE, HF94KE, HG0HQ, HG5Y, IF9/IK5MEQ, II8ANT, II8IPY, IK6CAC, IO1DCI, IP5PJ, IQ4AX, JE1FAR, JJ5EFY, JW8DW, LY0HQ, OE9XHQ, OH5NE, ON64POL, PA143ITU, R45VT, RD3MA, RP3D, RK3IWT/1, RT4M, SN7Q, TF/LA9SN, TO6T, TU/F5LDY, UA6UDV, UT0VE/P, VE3MIS, VK7AC, YL2GQT, YV5CRB and YW6AJ
Members of the Turkish group called TCSWAT (TC Special Wireless Activity Team) will activate the special callsign TC10TF between September 25th and October 2nd. Activity will be on the HF bands. Operators mentioned are TA0U, TA1HZ and TA2RX. Their activity is to celebrate the 10th Transportation Forum which is organized by the Ministry of Trans- portation & Communications between September 27th and October 1st in Istanbul
TI, COSTA RICA
A large team of operators will be active as TI5N during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via W3HNK. Operators mentioned are: Sandra/N3TQU, Todd/KD4YHY, Don/N6JRL, Jim/AL7BA, Stan/KC7EHJ, Dave/KB8OCP, ???/KF0FWC, Jim/KI0DN, Carlos/TI5KD and Sophia/TI2IY. Look for the operators to be active before and after the contest using their own callsign between October 22-27th. Activity will be on 60/30/17/12 meters.
TX5, AUSTRAL AND MARQUESAS ISLANDS (Reminder/Update)
Just a reminder that Les/SP3DOI, Jan/SP3CYY, Wojciech/SP9PT, Jozef/SP9-31029 and Michel/FO5QB will activate Tubuai Island (OC-152) in the Austral Island group between September 29th and October 12th, as well as Nuku Hiva Island (OC-027) in the Marquesas Islands group between October 16-22nd. Callsigns have been confirmed and are TX5SPA (Austral) and TX5SPM (Marquesas). Their goal is to make as many QSOs as possible, mainly with Europe on the lower frequency bands. Both countries rank 21st and 19th respectively on the most wanted list in that area, but they do not intend to ignore the stations from other continents. If possible (propagation), they will also be working on all the higher bands. They are planning to be active on CW, SSB and RTTY (maybe PSK31).
PLEASE NOTE: Operators would like to emphasize that all the costs of the DXpeditions are covered entirely by its participants. They do not accept any sponsors, and are going there for their own pleasure, using their own money. The QSL Manager for their DXpeditions is going to be Wojciech, SP9PT. For more details and update, go to:
Pete, K8PT, will be active as V31PT between November 24th December 6th. No other details were provided. However, in past operations by Pete, activity usually is 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and some PSK-31. QSL via his home callsign.
Operators Noel/VE2BR and Gregg/VE3ZZ will once again be active in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) from Mercier, Quebec (Zone 5, Grid Loc FN35dh), using the special call VC2Z. QSL via VE2BR.
Bob, KE0UI, will be active as VP9I from Hamilton Parish during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All- Band/Low-Power/Assisted entry. QSL via N1HRA. Look for activity before and after the contest by Bob signing VP9/KE0UI. QSL via his home callsign.
Operatprs Norbert/F6AXX and Alain/F6HBR will be active as XU7UFT from Sihanoukville between December 3-8th. Activity will be on the HF bands, but CW only. QSL via F6AXX, by the Bureau or direct (w/SAE and return postage). Look for direct QSLs to be answered after January 15th, 2010.
ZY0T, TRINDADE AND MARTIM VAZ ISLANDS
Four members of the Rio DX Group will activate Trindade Island (PY0T/SA-010) as ZY0T between October 11-16th, however this may vary due to the Brazilian Navy schedules. Operators mentioned are: Felipe/PY1NB, Linneu/PY1ON, Ivan/PY1YB and Fabio/PY1ZV. Activity will be a on 160/80/40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters using CW and SSB. They plan to have 2 stations. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1821.5, 3520, 7005, 10110, 14030, 18088, 21030, 24910 and 28030 kHz
SSB - 1840, 3765, 7050, 14250, 18118, 21250, 24950, 28450 and 28550 kHz
QSL via PY1NB DIRECT ONLY. For more information, visit their Web page at:
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