The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 949
March 1, 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, N3CR, NG3K & ADXO, N4AA & QRZ DX, N5UCF, KH6BZF, N7OU, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX (60m News), WE9V, AB0RX, AT International, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World.Net, F5NQL & UFT, F6FQK, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JE2EHP, LY4Q, OE1WHC, OK7MT, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, SQ8X, VA3RJ & ICPO and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.
PLEASE NOTE (CQ Newsroom)
Following the 8.8 earthquake that struck southern Chile early Saturday, February 27th, IARU, Region 2 and the Red Chilena Nor Austral de Servicio (RECNA) suggests radio amateurs monitor EmComm frequencies for earthquake and tsunami information: SSB frequencies are:
10 meters - 28.300, 28.500 MHz 40 meters - 7.050, 7.095 MHz
15 meters - 21.200, 21.350 MHz 80 meters - 3.738, 3.750 MHz
20 meters - 14.200, 14.350 MHz
(via CQ Public Service Editor Richard Fisher, KI6SN)
In addition, the worldwide emergency communication "centre of activity" frequencies should be monitored. They are: 14.300, 18.160 and 21.360 MHz
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 21st-February, through Sunday, 28th-February there were 232 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H2, H4, H40, HA, HB, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, 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, R1FJ, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9X, VP2M, VP2V, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/s, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS
* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later" (WFWL).
3B9, RODRIGUES ISLAND
Just a reminder that John, G3LZQ, will be active as 3B9WR from Cotton Bay, Rodrigues Island (AF-017) between March 3rd and April 2nd. Activity will be on all bands 160-10 meters, probably and mainly CW, but with a focus on the lower band (QRN permitting). Look for him to be in the RSGB's 73rd Commonwealth Contest (March 13-14th). QSL via his home callsign.
5W, SAMOA (Update ZK3)
Operators Bill/N7OU and Bob/W7YAQ continue to be active as 5W0OU and 5W0YA, respectively, from Apia, while they wait for a boat to take them to Tokelau (ZK3). Bill informs OPDX that the boat trip to Tokelau may happen sometime this week. So stay tuned and be listening. He states, "Over the last week and a half we've done a lot of repositioning and tinkering with our antennas and think we have them optimized." QSL QSOs with 5W0OU to N7OU (including the ARRL DX Contest) and QSOs with 5W0YA to W7YAQ.
Chad, WE9V, will be active as 6Y9V between March 4-14th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, with emphasis on 160/30/17/12 meters, using CW, SSB and RTTY. This will include an entry in the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 6-7th). QSL via WD9DZV. You can contact Chad during his stay by E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or see updates via Twitter at:
Tom, W2SC, will be active as 8P5A during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 6-7th) as Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or direct to NN1N.
Hartwig, DL7BC, will be active as CN2BC during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via DL7BC. Visit his Web page at:
CQ3/CT9, MADEIRA ISLANDS
Helmut, DF7ZS, will be active as CT9/DF7ZS between March 24-31st. Activity will be holiday style and will focus on the WARC bands. QSL via DF7ZS. Also, he will be active as CQ3L during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via DJ6QT.
D4, CAPE VERDE
Massimo, IZ4DPV, is now active as D44AC from Vicente Island (AF-086) until March 9th. He was active this past weekend as D4C in the CQ 160m SSB Contest. QSL both callsigns only direct via IZ4DPV.
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following operations are approved for DXCC credit:
3V3S Tunisia; 2009 Operation
D2CQ Angola; Current Operation
EA8, CANARY ISLANDS
Andrew, G7COD, will be active as EA8/G7COD from Playa Del Cura on the Island of Gran Canaria (AF-004) between March 20-28th. Activity will be on 20-10 meters, including 17/12m, using CW and SSB. He plans to be active daily approximately between 1300-1400z, 1800-20:00z and 2300-2330z. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 14003, 18073, 21003, 24893 and 28003 kHz (+/- to allow for QRM)
SSB - 14177, 18133, 21253, 24953 and 28500 kHz (+/- 10 kHz)
For comprehensive details of QSL information, propagation forecast etc, please check his Web site at:
Members of Newbury And District Amateur Radio Society (NADARS) will be activating GB0VUL during the month of March. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. This special event is to increase the awareness of the "Vulcan to the Sky Trust" and their efforts to save the only flying Vulcan XH558 bomber.
Andrei, NP3D, will once again be active from here between March 19-29th. He will sign HR2/NP3D on all HF bands, all modes, but will focus on 160m. Andrei will also be in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as HQ2T and as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via W3HNK, RW6HS, or via LoTW. Also, he plans to be in the Russian DX Contest and the BARTG Spring RTTY.
EU-008. Members of Kilmarnock and Loudoun Amateur Radio Club (GM0ADX, GM7A and MM0KLR)and South Cheshire Amateur Radio Society (G6TW) will activate jointly the Isle of Eigg (WAB NM48, IOSA NH03), Inner Hebrides, as GM6TW/P between April 24-27th. Operators mentioned are: Graham/MM0GHM (KLARC), Gordon/MM0GOR (KLARC) and Mark/M0UTD (SCARS). QSL via G0UZP.
EU-010. Members of Camb-Hams will once again be active as GS3PYE/P from the Isle of Harris between May 1-14th. Operators mentioned are: Voi/G0BOE, Geoff/G0DDX, Adam/G1UAF, Bob/G1SAA, Terry/ G3VFC, Martin/G3ZAY, Colin/G4ERO, Mike/G7VJR, Lawrence/M0LCM, Mark/M0MJH, Frederick/M0RFD, Robert/M0VFC and Gavin/M1BXF. QSL via M0VFC. Check out their 2009 activation via the Camb- Hams Web page at:
EU-156. Operators Francois/ON4LO, Kurt/ON4CB and Johnny/ON7KJW will be active as F/OR9W/P from Tombelaine Rock between July 2325th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters SSB using home-made antennas. QSL via ON4CB.
NA-034. David, K2DBK, will be active as K2DBK/4 from Lido Key Island between March 22-24th. Activity will be on 20/15 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
NA-046. Members of the Fall River Amateur Radio Club will be active as W1ACT from Martha's Vineyard (USI MA-005S, WLOTA LH-2804) between April 30th and May 2nd. Activity will include the New England QSO Party (May 1-2nd). Suggested frequencies are: 3540, 7040, 14040 and 14280 kHz. QSL via N1JOY: Roland Daignault, 19 Davis Rd, Westport, MA 02790-3433.
NA-079. (Update) Members of the Amateur Radio Outdoor Adventures, Inc., will be activating Grid Square EL84, March 11-15th. 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. Callsign will be K4T.
Team members are: Mike/AC2V, Dave/N2NL, Chris/KN3ZIG, Pete/AI4QY, Gary/K4MF, Max/KJ4EUT, Dan/W4UH, Pete/WD4IXD, Fred/K9VV, Vick/WA0USA, Mark/N8MH and Jennifer LeSueur. Activity will be on HF, Satellite and Digital. The group plans to have 3 HF stations, 2 satellite stations and 1 portable satellite station. They have posted the proposed satellites passes and frequencies on their Web. The K4T Web page is available at:
IOTA STATESIDE TOUR
Pete, VE3IKV, will once again be active from the following stateside islands:
March 6-7th - St. Simons; NA-058, USI GA-003S, Glynn county, Georgia
March 8-13th - Key West; NA-062, USI FL-040S, Monroe county, Florida
March 11-12th - Garden Key, Dry Tortugas; NA-079, USI FL-013S, Monroe county, Florida.
His callsign will be W4/VG3RA. Activity will probably be on 40 meters CW using 100 watts into a sloper antenna. Also, look for him on 6 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via VE3IKV, direct or by the Bureau.
J7, DOMINICA (NA-101)
After his activity in the ARRL contest as KP2M, John, K3TEJ, will once again be active as J7N until March 11th. Activity will be on all bands mainly using CW and RTTY. John has been heard with good signals on both 80m and 40m CW. He plans to be in the ARRL Inter- national DX SSB Contest (March 6-7th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via his home callsign.
ADDED NOTE: K3TEJ and K3CT run up over 6900 contacts during the ARRL DX CW Contest from KP2M even after rig problems.
JX, JAN MAYEN (2011 Op/Operators Needed)
Stan, SQ8X, announced that a team of 8-9 individuals (5-6 hams) are planning to visit the Island of Jan Mayen between July 4-14th, 2011. This will not only be a DXpedition, but the team will have an unique opportunity to climb "Beerenberg" - an active stratovolcano (2275m)
Stan states, "Since we will be there during summer time, and due to the location over 70°N, we will probably not be able to operate on 160-40 meters as bands will probably be use- less at that time. 30m may be open, but it can be tough due to auroral influences/pressure up there. The best openings may occur on 20-15 meters. If we have higher SSN, 12-10 may be workable, too. Keep in mind that if any stronger geomagnetic disturbances occur, all bands will be totally D.E.A.D."
A generator will be used and possibly small amps, but it all depends on their budget. The island is still very rare on CW and RTTY, and especially outside of Europe. So one station will be on CW and RTTY, while the other is on SSB. The team can be split into 2 teams: one operates while the other one visits the island and then swap. Stan mentions, "Climbing the volcano is quite challenging. Getting to the top of the volcano takes 10-12 hours. The rest of the places to see are easy to access and not that challenging. But the volcano is the best attraction to see!" If interested in joing the team, E-mail Stan for more details at: email@example.com
KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS
Yoshi, JE2EHP, informs OPDX that he will be active as K1HP/KH0 from Saipan (OC-086) between March 21-25th. Activity will be on all the HF bands and 6m, using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via the Bureau to home callsign JE2EHP.
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (For March 1-7th)
Mar 1 AN SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS Mar 2 AN -------------------- Mar 3 AN BN - Below Normal Mar 4 AN AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET Mar 5 AN LN - Low Normal Mar 6 AN HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED Mar 7 AN DIS - Disturbed VDIS - Very Disturbed 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 lessPLEASE NOTE (From KH6BZF): THE NEXT 27.5-DAY SOLAR CYCLE IS FORECASTED FOR 1-6th MARCH, 2010, WITH SFI (SOLAR FLUX INDEX'S) BETWEEN THE HIGH 80'S TO LOW 90'S.
Philippe/LX2A will be active as LX7I during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 6-7th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via LX2A. Visit the following Web page at:
LY11/LY20, LITHUANIA (Special Event and Award)
To celebrate 20th anni- versary of the "Act on the Restoration of Independence of Lithuania" (March 11, 1990), the Lithuanian Amateur Radio Society (LRMD) is issuing an award for amateurs who make contact with special event stations with the prefixes LY20 or LY11 (11 stations on the air), as well as all other LY stations and collecting 20 points between the period of March 1st and May 1st, 2010.
EU stations - any LY20 or LY11 station is 3 points; other LY is 1 points
DX stations - any LY20 or LY11 station is 5 points; other LY is 2 points.
It is necessary to have 3 QSOs with any LY20 or LY11 station. QSOs with the same station is possible on multiple different bands and different modes. Application deadline is December 31, 2011. Please send certified list of contacts (no QSL please) and payment to the LRMD Award Manager. Please provided your E-mail address with your application, in case they need to contact you by E-mail. Postal address is: P.O. Box 1000, LT-01014, post 1, Vilnius, LITHUANIA. Payment: 5 EURO or equivalent in USDs, or 7 IRC. Look for the following special event stations (w/ their operating dates):
Special Owner, Operating Callsign QSL Route Dates -------- --------- -------------------- LY20W LY5W March 1st-April 29th LY20PSK LY3X March 1st-April 29th LY11A LY5A March 1st-April 29th LY11GV LY2GV March 1st-April 29th LY11QT LY2QT March 1st-April 29th LY11BY LY3BY March 1-31st LY20NX LY3NX March 1-31st LY20INDP LY1CT March 1st-April 29th LY11MM LY2MM March 1st-April 29th LY20AM LY2AM March 1st-April 29th LY20J LY3J March 1st-April 29thMAJOR PACIFIC TOUR (Update)
September 30th - Arriving at Fakaofo AtollOperators mentioned are: Hrane/YT1AD, Drgan/YT3W, Vel/YT3WW, Mladen/ YT6W, Miki/YU1AU, Chuck/JT1CO, Atilano/PY5EG, Vangelis/SV2BFN, Aleksej/ UA4HOX, Krassimir/K1LZ, Dave/K3LP and Doug/N6TQS.
September 30th - Departure from the Island of Tokelau
October 1st - Traveling to Canton Island
October 2nd - Arriving at Canton Island in the early morning
October 2-11th - Activity from Canton Island
October 11th - Activity and afternoon departure from Canton Island
October 13th - Arriving Wallis Island
October 13th - Departure from Wallis Island
October 16th - Arriving at the Fiji Islands
Pilot stations are: Toma/YU1AB and Aca/YU1AA. Consultant is: Larry/AH8LG. Activity will be on 160-2 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, SSTV and PSK31.
Suggested frequencies available are:
Fred, DL6SN, is now active as OD5/DL6SN from here until the end of year. He plans to be active on 40-10 meters mainly on CW. Activity over the past week has been on 20/17/12 meters CW. QSL via DO8LA.
OE10, AUSTRIA (Special Event)
The Amateur Radio Section of the ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) and the Documentary Archives Radio Communications/QSL Collection will operate, for only 72 hours, a special event station with the callsign OE10M during the weekend of April 23-25th (0000-2400z). OE10M is an official "International Marconi Day" station. Contacts made on Saturday, April 24th, are valid for the IMD Award. QSL via OE QSL Bureau or direct to OE1WHC. Cards without SAE and (new!) IRC or USDs to cover postage will be processed via Bureau. To see the QSL, go to:
PJ4, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
Operators Michal/OK7MT and Vit/OK5MM will be active as PJ4/OK7MT and PJ4/OK5MM, respectively, from Bonaire (SA-006, WLOTA LH-1279) between March 18th and April 1st. They are planning to be entries in the Russian DX (March 20-21st) and CQWW WPX SSB Contests (March 27-28th) as PJ4L. QSL PJ4L via OK7MT direct or bureau.
Peter, PA1LP, is now active as PZ5LP from Nieuw Nickeriebe and Paramaribo until March 25th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using SSB and the Digital modes. He will be using a FT-857 w/100 watts into a G5RV. QSL via eQSL or LoTW.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL CN3A via LoTW or I2WIJ. Activity was during the CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest. Operators were: IK2QEI, IK2SGC, IK2SFZ and IV3ZXQ.
QSL EY8ZF via the address on QRZ.com. Activity was during the CQ 160 Meter SSB Contest. Operators were: EY8BI, EY8MM, K4ZW and RV0AR.
QSL KH7MM via W1NA. Activity was during the CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest. Operator was W1NA from KH6YY.
QSL RW2F via DK4VW. Activity was during the CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest. Operator was UA2FB.
Jerry, N5UCF, reports: "Effective immediately, I will be serving as QSL Manager for Selva, 9V1UV. I will have logs for all of Selva's QSOs, past and future and will be answering direct and bureau requests. Please send direct requests to my (QRZ.com) address with SASE or SAE + new IRC or minimum of 1 USD for a direct return. New cards have to be ordered and printed, so please be patient for a return QSL over the next month or so."
NEW QSL MANAGER. Joe, W3HNK, is now the QSL Manager for V26M.
QSLS VIA LoTW: 6W/GM4FDM, A92IO, DO5OT, EA3DUM, EW4AA, F08RZ, HA1AD, HR2J, SP2FUD, TX3D, TX4T, UX0FF, XE2YWH, XR0X and ZS2EZ
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3D20CR, 3V3S, 4U30VIC, 7X4AN, 8R1K, AM5FUV, BX4AQ, CO7PH/P, DU1/HL1IWD, EL2DX, ET3JA, H6VA, HC8A, HC8GR, HL1/JH4RHF, I3THJ, J5UAP, J7N, J88DR, KH7X, OX3MC, OX3XR, P49X, RA2FF, ST2AR, T32BJ, TY1MS, V51AS, VK6IOA, VP2MXO, YS4/K9GY, Z29KM, ZK2DL and ZY0T
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 2M0GSC/P, 6V7G, 6W1RY, AD1L, DL3G, EA4RCT, EH5J, K4YKZ, LX0HQ, MW5W, NI4I/AM, ON4LO, PJ4NX, SI3A, VE3MIS, VE6MAA and YO2MHD
Willi, DJ7RJ, will once again be active from Kos Island EU-001, GIOTA DKS 043) as SV5/DJ7RJ between now and March 18th. He is there on holiday, but plans to be active on all HF bands, 160-6 meters (he does prefer the lower bands), using CW and SSB. QSL to his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
T32, EASTERN KIRIBATI (Update)
This past week the callsigns for the upcoming DXpedition to activate four uninhabited IOTA islands (in the Southern Line Islands Group) that have never been put on the air before were announced. Look for the following callsigns and IOTAs to be activated between mid-March and early April:
T32MI - Malden Island (OC-279)
T32SI - Starbuck Island (OC-280)
T32CI - Caroline Island (OC-281)
T32VI - Vostok Island (OC-282)
No specific dates were announced yet, but a team of 5 operators and 5 Government Kiribati officers will set sail on the "SV Kwai" from Kiritimati (Christmas Island) on approximately March 17th, returning to Kiritimati approximately April 18th. Per their Web site, the team will operate from two sites (two stations each) and will operate on 40-10 meters using a variety of verticals and dipoles. QSL direct via SM6CAS. The T32 Southern Line Islands DXpedition's Web page is at:
TM4, FRANCE (Special Event)
Operators Jacques/F5LON, Jean-Francois/F6CNM, Nicolas/F8FKD and Claude/F9OE will activate TM4FFU from the French radio maritime coast station "Brest-Le Conquet Radio (FFU)" on "2010 Radio Maritime Day" between 1200z Saturday, April 10th, and 1200z Sunday, April 11th. Activity will be on 160/80/40/20/15/10 meters using CW only with 100w into a dipole and vertical. Suggested frequencies are (+/- 5 kHz): 1824, 3520, 7020, 14052, 21052 and 28052 kHz. QSL via F8FKD.
TP60, FRANCE (Special Event)
Francis, F6FQK, reports that members of the "Council of Europe Radio Amateur Club" (CERAC) will be active as TP60CE between March 12-14th. Activity will be on CW, SSB, PSK and the Satellites to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the "Convention of Human Rights". QSL via F5LGF. An online log search will be available at:
V6, MICRONESIA (Rare IOTA to be Activated!)
Operators Mike/KM9D and Jan/KF4TUG onboard the "Don Henry", are expected to activate the rare IOTA group of Oroluk Atoll (OC-260) very soon. In previous activities from Micronesia, Mike and Jan used the callsigns V63MY and V63TO. Last activation from here was in 2003 by Joe/I2YDX and Robert/IK2WXZ as V60A/p. No other details are available at this time.
The "60m News" is reporting that Erine, ZB2FK, has reported that Gibraltar now has 60 meter permission. His radio doesn't work on the band, but they are looking for another ham on the island or a contester going there to put 60m on the air.
Tom, ZP5AZL, plans to be active as ZP0R during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via ZP5AZL. Visit Tom's Web page at:
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