OPDX Bulletin 954 April 5, 2010

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 954
BID: $OPDX.954
April 5, 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, N1DG, NJ1Q, KH2AR/W4, NG3K & ADXO, N4AA & QRZ DX, W5KNE, KH6BZF, K8YSE, W8GEX (60m News), W9KNI, AT International, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World.Net, F5NQL & UFT, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1HYW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JI5RPT, ON4ZD, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, PG5M, RSGB IOTA Web Site, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3ZZ, VHF- DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and XE1UFO for the following DX information.

EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTICE
This week's bulletin was sent out earlier than normal so I can spend time with my daughter in Murfreesboro, TN, on Sunday for the Easter holiday. Thanks for your understanding. Have a happy Easter holiday with your family..... 73 de Tedd KB8NW

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 26th-March, through Friday, 2nd-April there were 233 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, 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, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH9, 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, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZK3, 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).

4B, MEXICO (Special Prefix)
The Mexican Federal Telecommunications Commission, "CoFeTel" (Comision Federal de Telecomunicaciones), announced this past week that it has authorized the use of the special prefix 4B for Mexican stations throughout the year 2010, to celebrate the bicentennial of Mexico's independence and the centennial of the Mexican Revolution.

5I, TANZANIA
Niko, S53A, is now active as 5I1S from Zanzibar until possibly April 7th. He states this is his first holiday style trip with some radio operation; "when time permits". He will be using an IC-7000, w/100W and fixed delta loop antennas pointed to Europe (This will also cover North America quite well). Activity is expected to be on 20/15/10 meters and possibly 17 meters as well. Niko is a CW fan, but this time he took his mic on this trip, so there will be some possible SSB. QSL via his home callsign S53A, by the Bureau or direct (see (QRZ.com)).

CV7, URUGUAY (Special Event)
Ricardo, CX7ABK, will be using the special callsign CV7G between April 17-19th. Activity is to celebrate "the landing of 33 Orientales on Agraciada Beach in Uruguay". For more details, see:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thirty-Three_Orientals
Operations will be SSB on 40 and 20 meters. A special QSL card will be issued. QSL via CX7ABK.

EF8, CANARY ISLANDS
Luis, EA8AY, will be active as EF8E during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via EA8AY. Visit Luis's Web page at:

http://www.ea8ay.com/cw4evr

IOTA NEWS
EU-062. Waldi, SP7IDX, will be active as LA/SP7IDX from Engeloya Island between June 217th. Activity will be holiday style (DXing and fishing) on 20-10 meters using SSB and RTTY. He will operate with 100 watts into a Hexbeam antenna. QSL via his home callsign.

EU-074. Members of the Charente DX Group (CDXG) will activate Brehat Island (DIFM MA-012) as TM0B between May 21-28th. Activity will be on all HF bands, with 4-5 stations on the air, using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. Operators mentioned are Joel/F1BLQ, Michel/F5EOT, Gemon/F5LOW, Laurent/F5MNK, Fabrice/F5NBQ, Bertrand/F6HKA and Leon/ON4ZD/OS0S. QSL via F6ANA, direct or by the Bureau. After the DXpedition the log will be online at:

http://users.belgacom.net/cdxg

NA-029. Gregg, VE3ZZ, will again operate from Prince Edward Island (CISA PE-001, WLOTA 0523, WW Loc: FN76vs) between July 21-26th. He will operate from the VY2TT superstation during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) as VY2X, and outside of the contest as VE3ZZ/VY2. QSL both callsigns to VE3ZZ, direct or by the Bureau.

NA-231. As this was being typed, there was news of a search and rescue for Cezar, VE3LYC, who was active as VY0V for a short time from East Pen Island (a new IOTA), Nunavut. Reports indicate that Cezar was in "fierce rain and wind, visibility poor, he had no water, no fire, no gas for generator, battery getting low, and native guide had abandoned him 38 hours ago. He was worried and seemed delirious, rambling on while running down his battery." For updates, watch the DX-World.Net Web page at:

http://dx-world.net
LAST MINUTE ADDITION: It was reported late Thursday night that Cezar is now SAFE and back at Fort Severn, which is about 120km from East Pen Island. Read the complete details at the above mentioned Web site.

JD1, OGASAWARA
Makoto, JI5RPT, will be active as JD1BLY from Chichijima Island (AS-031), Ogasawara, between May 2-7th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters (No 6m EME) using CW, SSB, Digital and the Satellites. QSL via his home callsign JI5RPT. A log search will be available on his Web site at:

http://www.ji5rpt.com/jd1

JT, MONGOLIA
Alex, IW5EDA, will be active as JT1/IW5ELA from Ulaanbaatar between July 7 22nd. His friend Giampiero, I5NOC, will also be tagging along with Alex, and they plan to operate for one week from the radio club station in Ulaanbaatar. The following week, they will be operating mobile. QSL via his home callsign.

KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (For March 29-April 4th)

 Mar  29   HN-LN        SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS
 Mar  30   LN-HN        --------------------
 Mar  31    AN          BN - Below Normal
 Apr   1    AN          AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET
 Apr   2    AN          LN - Low Normal
 Apr   3    AN          HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED
 Apr   4    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 less
MM0, SCOTLAND (WFF Op)
Members of the GMFF Team will be active as MM0DGR/p from the Loch Leven National Nature Reserve (GMFF-045) on Saturday, April 3rd. The portable station will be located at the northern point of Loch Leven. The most important location references are: OS National Grid Reference NO134040, WAB Square NO10, Grid Locator IO86HF, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA LH-1234 and EU Area SC24 (Perth and Kinross). MM0DGR/p will be working CW, SSB and BPSK63 on all bands from 40-10 meters. The QSL Manager is MM0DFV. For more info, please visit the GMFF Web page listed above.

NEW DX BOOK AVAILABLE BY W9KNI (Press Release)

"Idiom Press, book publisher and manufacturer of items for Amateur Radio Operators, is pleased to announce the forthcoming publication of a new book by famed DX author Bob Locher, W9KNI. Bob is the author of 'The Complete DX'er,' which has sold over 28,000 copies, making it the run away all time best selling DX book ever published.

Bob's new book is entitled 'A Year of DX' and follows Bob as he makes an all out effort to win the 2008 running of CQ Magazine's DX Marathon. The Marathon is a year long operating event during which a contestant works as many countries and CQ zones as possible, any band or any mode. The Marathon chase is like telescoping a career of DX'ing into a single year, but without requiring QSL's.

While the book chronicles Bob's efforts in the pileups and through the lonely watches of the night, it also contains discussions of what DX'ing is all about, the possibilities of DX'ing in low sun spot periods contributed by Jim Henderson, KF7E, a chapter on optimizing your SSB transmit audio by Hall of Famer Chip Margelli, K7JA, a discussion of what is the ideal linear amplifier, and much more. Anyone who read and enjoyed Bob's 'Compete DX'er' is sure to find this book equally worthwhile.

Book publication is May 1st, 2010; however advance orders are being accepted now at: http://www.idiompress.com/yearofdx.php "

PACIFIC 2009 ULTRA LIGHT SOLO DXPEDITION STORY
Gerben's, PG5M, has made available on the Web, his story called the "Pacific 2009 Ultra Light Solo DXpedition" which is in PDF format. His publication is 12 pages long and goes into detail about his activities and netting 13000 QSOs from Fiji (3D2GM), Tuvalu (T2G) and Tarawa (T30GM). The story can be downloaded from his Web page at:
http://www.dx.to

QSL INFO AND NEWS
K4M QSL STATUS (March 26th). "The K4M team is happy to announce that approximately 5000 QSLs were mailed on March 26th. This represents QSL requests received by March 15th. Those received after March 15th are being processed daily. QSLs mailed included those received via regular mail and OQSL. The OQSL feature will continue to be available for approximately 3 more months. QSLs received that have problems such as 'Not in Log', incorrect postage, no postage, no SAE, separate card request, or any other issue have not been mailed and are being processed. Bureau QSLs will be mailed at some point in the future after the major amount of direct requests are processed. We have set up a special Email request feature at midway2009QSLs@gmail.com to answer any inquiries. Please don't inquire until April 15th, to allow us to process most all requests on hand. As such we will not answer any inquires before that date......The K4M QSL Management team."

ADDED NOTE: Remember, the 2009 K4M DXpedition to Midway Atoll DVD by well-known DXpedition video photographer James Brooks, 9V1YC, is now available for 25.00 USDs. To order yours today, go to:

http://www.dxvideos.com/k4mvideo.htm

W5KNE/VE1 ST. PAUL ISLANDS AVAILABLE ON LOTW! Bob, W5KNE, has uploaded his 1988 St. Paul Island (CY9) log to LoTW. He operated as W5KNE/VE1 betweeb August 13-18th, 1988, on 160, 80, 40 and 20 meters.

QSLS VIA LoTW: None Reported This Week!

QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 5E50SA, 5H3EE, 5N50K, 7N4QID, 9G5XX, C91VM/5, CP4BT, DS5USH, EK6RL, EP3SMH, J7Y, JA1EUL, JA7FTR, JA7KQC/4, JA9WA, JD1BMM, JE1RID, JG8FWH, JH2FOR, JH4RNY, JK1DNW, K4M, OX/EA4NA, OX2A, PY0S/PS7JN, RA9AD, RU0SYL, RW9OA, RZ0SN, TM6KBK, UA0CGR, UA0FO, UA0STT, UA0UK, UA9OEX, V31JZ/P, XV4D, YU40DW, ZS1AFS and ZX5J

QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: None Reported This Week!

T32, EASTERN KIRIBATI (Update)
As this was being prepared, operators Nils/SM6CAS, Steve/G4EDG, Mike/K9AJ, Derek/G3KHZ and Steve/9M6DXX were active as T32CI from Caroline Island (the second island out of the four uninhabited islands to be activated) on April 1st. They plan to be active on this island for 3 days. Activity will be 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. For more details and updates, visit the T32 Southern Line Islands DXpedition's Web page at:

http://t32line.webnode.com
ADDED NOTE: The team reports that they almost made 9,000 QSOs in 3 days of operations from Malvern Island.

T8, PALAU
Kazumasa, JA4CZM, will be active as T88NY from Palau (OC-009) between April 27-29th. Activity will be active on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign or LoTW.

T8, PALAU
Tony, KQ2I, will once again be active as T88AT between April 9-17th. Activity will be mostly CW. QSL via his home callsign.

TA, TURKEY
Ali, TA2LM, from Istanbul, will be active during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??) entry. QSL via TL2LM.

TT8, CHAD
Phil, F4EGS, will once again be active from here for two months starting on April 10th. Currently his callsign is not yet known, but it will possibly be his old callsign TT8PK (operations in 2006-2008). Activity will be limited to his spare time on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and some RTTY. His equipment will be a FT-850 and a old R7 vertical (which he would like to replace). QSL via F4EGS, by the Bureau or direct (QRZ.com address). Skeds are possible before he departure at:

cocheese37@msn.com

V3, BELIZE
Dave, N4QS, will be active as V31QS from Placencia (V31MD's rental QTH) between April 211th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via LoTW or his home callsign.

V8, BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
Nasran, V85ZX (ex-V88NIZ), will be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/Low- Power entry. He will use a Yaesu FT450 with a home-brew rotary dipole antenna. QSL via V85ZX (see (QRZ.com)).

YI, IRAQ (Reminder)
By the time you read this, a group of multi-national operators should be active as YI9PSE from Northern Iraq (Kurdistan) and will be active until April 12th. The suggested frequencies are:
     CW - 1824, 3504, 7004, 10104, 14024, 18074, 21024, 24894 and 28024
     SSB - 1845, 3780, 7065/7180, 14195, 18145, 21295, 24945 and 28495
     RTTY - 7035, 10140, 14080, 18100, 21080, 24920 and 28080 kHz

The current updated YI9PSE Team consists of the following operators: Paul/N6PSE (Team Leader), Bob/N6OX, David/AH6HY, Krassy/K1LZ, Bill/N2WB, Dave/K3LP, Al/K3VN, Wayne/W5KDJ, Jack/W0UCE, Michel/FM5CD, Jun/JH4RHF, Heathem/YI1UNH and Hrane/YT1AD. Pilot stations are: Don/N1DG (East Coast), Chuck/AA6G (West Coast), Toshikazu/JA1ELY (JA) and Col/MM0NDX (EU). The group is still looking for donations to help fund their DXpedition.

Donations can be made via PayPal or mail a check to: Kurdistan 2010 DXpedition, 3052 Wetmore Dr., San Jose, CA 95148, USA. Online logs will be available during and after the DXpedition. QSL via N6NKT. For more details and updates, visit:

http://www.yi9pse.com
Also, you can now follow their activities (as well as regular updates) via Twitter at:
http://www.twitter.com/yi9pse

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