The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 944
January 25, 2010
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q, W2VU, WB2REM, NG3K & ADXO, N4AA & QRZ DX, K4UEE, KH6BZF, AC7DX, NN7A, K8YSE, WB8APD, K9AU, Algarve STAR DX Team, AT International, CX3AN, DF1DV, DJ2MX, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World.Net, EA1WX, F5NQL & UFT, F8DVD, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, FO8RZ, IK7JWX, ON8VM, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, ON5NT, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, SM3CVM, SV1DPI, TF4M, VA3QSL, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF), VK4AAR and YO3JW for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 10th-January, through Sunday, 17th-January there were 214 countries active. Countries available: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 17th-January, through Sunday, 24th-January there were 233 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE0Y, 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, FK, FM, FO, FO/a, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, 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, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, 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).
Igor, UA3DJY, is once again back in Dar Es Salaam, and is operating from the DIT Communications Club station, 5I3A, until March 1st. He will try to be active on all bands. This past weekend Igor was on 40/20/15 meters CW and 17/15 meters SSB. QSL via RK3AOL.
After the Tonga operation as A35HA and his Falkland Island operation as VP8BUH, Uruguayan globetrotter Bert, CX3AN, will visit Tanzania during the first 2 weeks of February. Look for him on the bands, joined by Igor/UA3DJY and Paul/5H3PF to activate the Dar Es Salaam's Institute of Technology (DIT) radio club station 5I3A. Activity will be mostly SSB and CW using a FT-1000 MP and a log periodic between 20-10 meters.
Luc, F5RAV, will be active from La Somone between February 18th and March 1st. He will operate from Jean-Francois, 6W7RV, QTH as 6W7RV. QSL via only direct to his home callsign.
AO1, SPAIN (Special Event)
Spanish operators will activate the special callsign AO1ANT between February 22-28th. Activity is to celebrate the international event "Seventh Antarctic Week". Their reference number will be WAP-180 and their activity will be on SSB, CW, PSK31 and RTTY modes, using all the amateur bands from 160-10 meters. Operators mentioned are: Javier/EC1KV, Daniel/EB1LA, Jose/EA1CUB, Jose/EA1CS, Juanjo/EA1WX, Juan/ EA1AUM, Gil/EA1HFM and Fernando/EA1GHT. QSL via EA1GHT, direct or by the Bureau. For more information, visit:
C6, BAHAMAS (Correction)
Operators Bob/N4BP (C6AKQ), Mike/K4RUM (C6AUM) and Tim/N4UM (C6ARU) will be in Freeport, Lucaya, Bahamas, beginning Monday, February 15th, with Kevin/K4PG (C6APG) joining them on Thursday, February 18th. The operators will enter the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as individual entries (Bob/C6AKQ on 80 meters, Kevin/C6APG on 40 meters and Mike/C6AUM possibly on 160 meters. Tim will announce his entry when he knows). Prior to the contest they will be operating on the 30/17/12 meter bands, HF bands using CW and the Digital modes. QSL direct to their home callsigns with SASE and/or LoTW.
David, GI4FUM (EI4DJ/3DA0DJ), who has recently returned from a visit with his family to the Mpumalanga region of South Africa which included 5 days in the Kruger National Park, announced that he is planning a DXpedition to Mozambique in October 2010, to operate in the CQWW DX SSB Contest and also possibly the JOTA. Watch his Web page for updates at:
Richard Moseson/W2VU, Editorial Director of CQ Communications, Inc., reports: "Richard Fisher, KI6SN, Named Editor of WorldRadio Online -- (Hicksville, NY January 20, 2010) Veteran journalist and writer Richard Fisher, KI6SN, has been named Editor of WorldRadio Online, effective with the April issue, Publisher Richard Ross, K2MGA, announced today. Fisher will succeed Nancy Kott, WZ8C, who is stepping down.
Kott has been Editor of WorldRadio and WorldRadio Online for the past eight years, guiding the magazine through its transition a year ago from print to online publication. She announced her impending departure in the February issue, which was posted online today.
Fisher, 59, recently completed a 35-year career in newspaper print and online journalism in a variety of reporting, editing and management roles. He also has a 17-year association with WorldRadio, first joining the magazine in 1993 as its QRP (low power) columnist a post he held until the magazine's transition from print to online in February 2009.
Fisher is currently a columnist for three magazines published by CQ Communications, Inc. In addition to his WorldRadio Online editing duties, he will continue to write the "Washington Beat" column for Popular Communications, the "Public Service" column for CQ Amateur Radio, and the "Trail-Friendly Radio" column for WorldRadio Online.
Fisher also manages two related Internet sites, "CQ Public Service On The Web" ( http://www.CQPublicService.blogspot.com) and "Trail-Friendly Radio Extra"
He has been licensed 45 years, obtaining his Novice ticket in 1965 at age 14. Fisher is an Extra class licensee who enjoys CW, building has own gear, QRP, contesting, ragchewing, 2-meter FM simplex, antenna experimentation and outdoor operations. He is a co-founder of the Adventure Radio Society.
'The past year has been very exciting and very challenging for all of us as we have learned the logistics of online publishing,' commented CQ Communications Editorial Director Rich Moseson, W2VU. 'I have enjoyed working with Nancy through that process and I am sorry that she will be leaving. We wish Nancy all the best in her future endeavors.'
'I am confident that the magazine will continue to be in good hands,' Moseson added, 'and am looking forward to working even more closely with Richard Fisher than I already do in his hat as CQ Public Service Editor. He brings to the table not only an intimate knowledge of WorldRadio Online and its readers, but a wealth of experience in both print and online journalism that will benefit all of our publications.'
Fisher begins his new duties as Editor on January 25th."
To celebrate "Essen und das Ruhrgebit European Capital of Culture 2010", look for the following special event stations to be on the air through the end of the year: DR2010L, DR2010O and DR2010N. More information including the rules for a short term award are available at:
Mario, DJ2MX (9A4MX, N0MX, E73DX), informs OPDX that he will be part of E7DX contest team in the upcoming CQ 160m CW Contest (January 29-31st). QSL E7DX via E77E. Before and after the contest Mario will be active as E73DX on 160-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL E73DX via DJ2MX, by the Bureau or direct to his new P.O. Box address:
Mario Lovric, P.O. Box 801143, 81611 Muenchen, Germany.
FO/A, AUSTRAL ISLANDS (Update/New Callsign/IOTA Op)
German operators Wulf/DL1AWI, Peter/DL3APO and Mat/DL5XU should be active by the time you read this as TX3D from Raivavae Island (OC-114, DIFO FO-122, WLOTA L-2581) in the Austral Islands group. Activity will last through February 4th. When the team arrived on January 19th, they only had 50% of their baggages. However, by Saturday, January 23rd, the team received the rest of their equipment and baggages. Remember that their focus will be mainly the lower bands 160-30 meters but will work some higher bands on SSB and RTTY. QSL via TX3D via DL1AWI and FO/DL3APO via DL3APO. Send QSLs direct or by the Bureau. Direct QSLs must have one IRC (new) or two USDs in order to cover the postage. They will also have an online log available (via SAT-Phone, no Internet is available at this small island) and some news/pictures at:
EU-118. RARE IOTA (Update)! Operators Oscar/EA1DR, George/EA2TA, Christian/EA3NT, Col/MM0NDX and Bjorn/SM0MDG are planning a DXpedition to Flannan Isles (a extremely difficult island to land on) between June 1821st. Last activation was in 2002 (also in 1989 and 1995). Callsign will be MS0INT. Their main target will be working as many JA stations as possible and giving everyone a fair chance of working the EU-118 IOTA reference. Therefore, they aim to be active on 80-10 meters trying to get advantage on the best bands, with 2 simultaneous stations on the air, one on CW and another on SSB. They state, "Since our stay on the island is limited, please remember that 1 QSO will be enough, no matter the band." QSL Manager will be M0URX. Their Web page is now available at:
NA-079. (Update) Members of the Amateur Radio Outdoor Adventures, Inc., will be activating Grid Square EL84, March 11-15. Activity will be from Fort Jefferson, Garden Key in the Dry Tortugas (USI FL-013S, USA-316, Monroe County, Florida) 72 miles west of Key West. Team members are: Mike/AC2V, Dave/N2NL, Chris/ KN3ZIG, Pete/AI4QY, Gary/K4MF, Max/KJ4EUT, Dan/W4UH, Pete/ WD4IXD, Fred/K9VV, Vick/WA0USA, Zoli/HA1AG and Jennifer LeSueur. Activity will be on HF, Satellite and Digital. Callsign was still not provided. A Web page is now available at:
KH2, GUAM (OC-026)
Look for members of TIARA (Tokyo International Amateur Radio Association) to once again be active as homecall/KH2 between February 25th and March 1st. Operators mentioned are: Yoshiyuki/JF1TEU (AB2ST/KH2), Ken/K0EN and Toshio/KG6WTW. Activity will be on all HF bands. They will mainly be looking for Europe. QSL via JF1TEU, by the JARL Bureau or direct.
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (For January 25-31st)
Jan 25 AN SOLAR REFERENCE
Jan 26 AN ---------------
Jan 27 AN AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET
Jan 28 AN HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED
Jan 29 AN LN - Low Normal
Jan 30 AN
Jan 31 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 less
** A FORECAST UPDATE:
First the bad news: This past week we were experiencing some radio
blackouts. Radio blackouts reaching the R1 level was
occurring. For more details on this, visit the Space
Weather Web page at: http://spaceweather.com
The good news is: "Expect Solar Flux Index (SFI) is expected to peak
on February 7-9th, at levels in the high 80's to low 90's.
Expect some transcontinental propagation on the high bands
18-28 MHz with 10 meters leading the way."..Stay tuned!
EDITOR'S NOTE: Just for your information. Thomas F. Giella, NZ4O, has
changed his Solar Cycle 24 Web page to a new URL. This one
stop Web page is a gateway for solar, space and geomagnetic
weather data and goings on, plus his daily LF/MF/HF/6M
radiowave propagation forecast can now be accessed through
the new domain name:
KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
Jeff, VA3QSL, will be active as KP2/VA3QSL from St. Thomas (NA-106, USI VI004S) and St. Croix (NA-106, USI VI002S, WLOTA LH-2477) between February 6-14th. His activity will be "vacation style" on or near the IOTA frequencies on 40-15 meters using CW, SSB and PSK. QSL to his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
NEW OFFICERS FOR 2010
Members of the "Honolulu Amateur Radio Club" held their elections for 2010. The following officers were elected for 2010:
President : John Peters, K1ER/KH6 Vice President : Dan Greeson, KH6P Treasurer/Secretary : John Peters, K1ER/KH6 Directors : Eran Agmon, WH6R : Bill Kendall, KH6OO : Tom Seale, KH6AAA : Lee Wical, KH6BZF Repeater Trustee (146.78/18 KH6WO): John Peters, K1ER/KH6 HARC Newsletter : John Peters, K1ER/KH6NP3, PUERTO RICO
Karel's, OR4TN, stay at the Princess Elisabeth Station in the Antarctica has been extended now until February 25th. His license was only valid until end of January. Thanks to the concerned authority in Belgium for their very fast reaction, the OR4TN license has now been extended also to the end of February 2010. QSL via ON5TN. Updates on OR4TN can be found regularly on:
Members of the European Union Amateur Radio Club (E.U.A.R.C.) in Brussels will activate club station OR5EU during the next UBA SSB Contest between January 30-31st. QSL by the Bureau or direct to ON4HVO.
Peter, PA1LP, will be active as PZ5LP from Nieuw Nickerie between February 26th and March 26th. Specific bands or modes were not provided, but he will be using a FT-857 w/100 watts into a G5RV and LDG Z100 tuner. QSL via eQSL.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
Algarve STAR DX Team reports that the following new logs have been uploaded to the "CT's Logs OnLine" at:
D2CQ logs are now available on the "CT's Logs Online" at the same above Web page. QSL cards are via CT1IUA and all information can be found on:
K5D QSOS NOW ON LOTW! Bob, K4UEE, reports: "As of January 10th, 2010, N2OO and his QSL team from the SJDXA, have confirmed 59,827 QSOs with those individuals who had requested K5D confirmations. This includes all direct requests and requests via the very popular OQRS (Online QSL Request System). As requests were completed, the QSOs were simultaneously uploaded to LOTW resulting in 25,412 matches. All bureau requests will be filled in the next few months.
Now that all requested QSLs have been answered the remaining QSOs have been uploaded to LOTW, resulting in an additional 12,647 matches.
The KP1-5 Project wishes to thank the QSL managers for their untiring efforts over the last 8 months. These volunteers have done an extraordinary job of confirming your QSOs from this #6 Most needed DXCC entity."
PIRATE ALERT. Stations signing ZF2AS during the December 2009 160 meter contest was apparently PIRATE. DO NOT QSL your card to W1UA. He is NOT the QSL Manager for this operation.
QSL Manager Ron, AC7DX, reports: "The following station KA4IST/KH5 1998 operation logs have been sent to LoTW. Direct requests now go to WA3RHW. I wish to thank all the various operators who helped me convert 15 different stations and many many pages of handwritten logs to LoTW."
QSL ZA0IS (and ZA0/IK7JWX) for the December 18-23rd (2002) and 2008
activities only via the QSL Manager IK7JWX. DON'T SEND E-QSL CARDS!
Alfredo, IK7JWX, states that if you didn't receive a QSL to please
E-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org
He will send you a QSL card again. SAZAN Island QSOs are valid for: A)IOTA award; reference number EU-169
B)Lighthouse award ARLHS; reference number ALB-004
C)Lighthouse WLH award; new reference number LH-0028
VK6IOA (OC-211) QSL STATUS. Alan, VK4AAR, reports to "Please advise your readers that the cards (for the recent operation) have just arrived from the printer and processing has started." Alan hopes that the BACKLOG will be caught up by this past weekend and any arrival of QSLs after this will be attended to within 24 hours, as per his standard policy.
QSLS VIA LoTW: ED7AJR, EF7R, G6PZ, IV3TMV, JA2FJP, OK3R, P49X, PI4COM, PJ2X, PZ5RA, S56A, SN2K, TM6M, VO2RAC, YS1JC, and ZM4G
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3D20CR, 4U64UN, 5T5BV, 9G5TT, 9G5XX, 9J3A, CO7PH/P, DL3KNA, E71A, EY7AF, FK8HN, FT5GA, GW3YDX, IS0GQX, J5V, LU1ZA, LU1ZV, LU2XX/p, P29VLR, PW6C, TY1MS, TY5WP, UA2FW, UK8AR, V73NF, VP2MUM, XV2JR, XV2RZ, XV3RRC, XV7RRC, ZD7FT, ZK1CG, ZS2CR and ZS9Z
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: LY98FW, OX3KQ, US0KW, V60DU and VK9LA
SI9, SWEDEN (Special Event)
Special event station SI9AM from the King Chulalongkorn Memorial in Utanede, Sweden, the largest Thai Pavilion in the world outside Thailand, will be active between February 5-6th, (from 1700-1400z). Operators will be Jan/SM3CER and Jorgen/SM3FJF. The activity is to celebrate the 10th anniversary of SI9AM. They plan to operate on 80-17 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via SM3CVM, direct or by the Bureau. For more information, visit the SI9AM Web page at:
Rich, W2VU, from CQ Magazine, reports: "It is with great sadness that we report that our friend and longtime colleague, Dave Ingram, K4TWJ, became a Silent Key this morning (Jan. 20), as a result of complications from a massive heart attack he suffered on New Year's Eve. Dave has been writing for CQ at least since 1981 and has been a CQ columnist since 1982, starting with an amateur television column called World of Video. That column eventually broadened its outlook and became World of Ideas, Dave's signature monthly column in CQ. Regular topics included code keys, stealth antennas, building 'new vintage' tube gear and mobiling. In addition, for the past decade, Dave has been CQ's QRP (low power) Editor and 'How it Works' columnist. His enthusiasm for whatever caught his interest was contagious and spread widely through his informal yet educational writing style. Funeral arrangements are not complete as of this writing. We will post additional information on the CQ website news page when it becomes available. Condolence cards may be sent to Dave's wife, Sandy, WB4OEE, at their Callbook address."
Yuri, K3BU, will activate the TF4M club station in Otradalur, using the callsign TF4X during the CQ 160-Meter CW Contest (January 29-31st) as a Single-Op/High-Power entry. QSL via G3SWH.
TM7, FRANCE (Special Event)
Francois, F8DVD, will be active using the special callsign TM7AAW between February 13-28th. Activity is for the 7th Antarctic Activity Week (February 22-28th). His WAP reference number is WAP-185. Operations will be from his home QTH in Macon, the eastern part of France. A special color QSL card showing a view of Antarctica will be issued. QSL via F8DVD, by the Bureau or direct (SAE with 1 IRC or 2 USDs) to: Francois Bergez, 6, Rue Liberte, F-71000 MACON, FRANCE. For more details, please visit his Web page at:
Robert, N7MSU, will be active as V31SU from various locations in Belize (NA-123) between February 4-23rd. Activity will be mainly 40 and 20 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct (see (QRZ.com)) or by the Bureau.
V3, BELIZE (Update)
Art, NN7A, will be active as V31JZ/p from Turneffe Islands (NA-123) between February 24th and March 3rd. Activity will be holiday style from a cottage on the beach using generator power. Art states, "This coral atoll is located in the Caribbean Sea about 25 miles (40 km) east of Belize City. It is shaded by coconut palms and mellowed by soft tropical breezes." His operation will be mostly CW on 40-17 meters (including 30/17/12m), with some 160/80 meters and some ssb on 20/15 meters on the usual IOTA frequencies if possible, conditions permitting. Equipment will be a 100 watt transceiver with vertical and wire antennas. There will be NO skeds and NO online logs. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct to: Art Phillips, P.O. Box 73, Eckert, CO 81418 USA.
VK9C, LORD HOWE ISLAND
Tomas, VK2CCC (aka LY1F), will be active as VK9CLH between May 2431st. Activity will be limited to his spare time on 160/80 meters, and he plans to participate in CQ WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th). QSL cards will be available via an "Online QSL Request System" at the following Web page. QSL by other methods such as LoTW and by the Bureau or direct are via VK2CCC. For updates and possibly more details, visit:
VK9N, NORFOLK ISLAND (OC-005)
Andrew, VK2ACC, will be active as VK2ACC/9 between February 49th. Activity will be holiday style on 406 meters using SSB and possibly PSK. He will operate with only 100 watts into a Buddipole and end-fed wire. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.
VP2, MONTSERRAT (NA-103)
Nick, G4FAL, will be active as VP2MCC between March 10-17th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and possibly on 160m (grayline to EU on March 15th or 16th). He will also be in the RSGB Commonwealth Contest (March 13-14th). QSL via LoTW or via G4FAL, direct or by the Bureau.
VP5/VQ5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
Operators Jim/WB2REM and Glenn/KD2JA will be operating with the special callsign VQ5M during the ARRL June VHF Contest (June 11-13th). This operation will be from Providenciales Island (Grid FL31VS, IOTA NA-002). Operation for the contest will be on 6 meters SSB and CW only. Outside contest operations between June 10-17th, look for Jim and Glenn to operate on 160-6 meters using CW and SSB with their respective callsigns VP5/WB2REM and VP5/KD2JA. QSL via KD2JA.
VP9, BERMUDA (NA-005)
Seppo, OH1VR, will once again be active as VP9/OH1VR between January 28th and February 2nd. Activity will be mainly on CW. He will also be an entry in the CQ 160 Meter CW Contest (January 29-31st) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via OH1VR, by his CBA.
Norbert, DJ9RB, is active as VU2RBQ until February 2nd. His activity has been mainly CW on 160/40/30/20/17/15 meters. Look for him to be in CQ 160M CW Contest (January 29-31st) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via his home callsign.
YP1, ROMANIA (WFF Op!)
Look for the special WFF callsign YP1WFF to be on the air. Operators Ghita/YO2LDC, Orza/YO2DFA and Pisti/YO2LYN will activate "Parcul Natural Portile de Fier" (YOFF-014) on HF using CW and SSB between January 29-31st. Also, look for activity in the CQ 160m CW Contest. QSL via YO3JW.
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