OPDX Bulletin 955 April 12, 2010

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 955
BID: $OPDX.955
April 12, 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, AI2Q, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q, KH2AR/W4, W2YR/HS0ZDJ, N3CR, NG3K & ADXO, N4AA & QRZ DX, W5KNE, WW5AA, KH6BZF, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX (60m News), WD8IOU, N0TG, Algarve STAR DX Team, AT International, DL1EAL, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World.Net, F5NQL & UFT, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3SWH, GM0DEQ, HA0HW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JA1ELY, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, PA1H, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, TA0U, TA1HZ, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and WP3GW for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 4th-April, through Sunday, 11th-April there were 221 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 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, FK, FM, FO, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, JA, 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, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, 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).

3W, VIETNAM (VERY RARE IOTA #2)
An international group of operators are now active as 3W6C from Con Co Island (AS-185) until April 18th. This multi-national project, being coordinated by Swiss ham-radio operators, consists of roughly 20 individuals including one woman and members not only from Switzerland but also from Vietnam, Germany, USA and Japan. During their stay they plan to have 4 stations on the air. Their goal is to make contacts on as many different frequencies as possible, even on the 80 meter and 160 meter bands which makes this DXpedition very special.

The team will also be on the satellites. The following satellite will be used: AO-07*, AO-51*, HO-68*, SO-50 and SO-67 (*first priority - not all overflights and sats will be used). Please note that only AO-07 will be activated in the SBB/CW-mode. All other satellites are in the FM-mode. The main areas in the footprint are: East-Asia, Japan, China, India, Australia and eastern part of Russia. Suggested frequencies are available at:

http://www.3w6c.qrv.ch/frequencies
Complete details about the 3W6C operation are available at:
http://www.3w6c.qrv.ch
ADDED NOTES: Alex, AI2Q, will serve as East Coast pilot station and Steve, W7QC, will be the West Coast pilot. Alex informs OPDX readers that "Con Co Island is one of Vietnam's 14 islands and is located 32 km from the main- land of Quang Tri Province in the southern part of the Gulf of Tonkin. In the IOTA (Islands on the Air) program, it belongs to the group AS-185, which among all Asian islands is the second-most sought after group. The island also has a lighthouse that qualifies for the 'World Lighthouse On The Air' program (WLOTA #2557). In the past the island was a top secret military base in the Vietnam War. The island continues to have a military base.

The SSB and CW stations will use former above-ground military bunkers. The RTTY station will be a small wooden bungalow which will also serve as the headquarters and general meeting point for the team who will sleep in the island's only guest house. The CW, SSB and RTTY sites are set far apart to minimize interference among them. From a practical standpoint this means that team members must travel 1 to 2 km to get from the headquarters to their assigned station when it is time to operate."

6V7, SENEGAL
Luc, F5RAV, will once again be active from La Somone between October 25th and November 1st. He will be operating from Jean- Francois, 6W7RV, QTH as 6V7T. Activity will be on SSB and PSK31, and on 160-10 meters (including 17 and 12m with a dipole only). He is planning to be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st). QSL via only direct to his home callsign. See details on QRZ.com. Also, visit his BLOG page at:

http://f5rav.free.fr

9Y, TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Rolf, DL2DBE, is now active as 9Y/DL2DBE from San Fernando, Trinidad. He will be in Trinidad until the end of the month of April working the 30-10 meter bands in the evening (East Coast time). Rolf will also keep an ear on six meters. QSL via DJ5BWD.

CY0, SABLE ISLAND (Update)
Randy, N0TG, informs OPDX readers: "As we work toward a mid-October operation, details with regard to personnel transportation as well as partial equipment shipment a few weeks in advance is being planned. As is the case for many Dxpeditions, finances become a challenge. Individual donations to assist the Dxpedition will be appreciated. The HOME Page of the website includes a PAYPAL Donate button with several country currency choices. All individual donors' callsigns will be listed in order received on the website. The 'team' thanks you for your consideration.

WEBSITE: http://www.CY0dxpedition.com
E-mail/questions directed toward N0TG okay (E-mail address listed on (QRZ.com)).... 73, Randy, N0TG"

FR, REUNION ISLAND (Reminder)
By the time you read this, Stephane, F5UOW, will once again be on holiday and active from Reunion Island (AF-016) between now and May 2nd. He will also be using the same callsign as last time, FR/F5UOW, but only until April 17th, and activity will be only on 20 meters. He will then move to another QTH were he will use the callsign TO2R and will be active on 80-10 meters, mostly on CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

FW, WALLIS AND FUTUNA (Also 3D2)
Operators Mini/JA2NQG, Yuji/JH2BNL and Shige/JI2UAY will be active as FW/homecall between July 14-21st. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using all modes. QSL via their home callsigns. ADDED NOTE: On their way back to Japan, the trio will then be active from the Fiji Islands between July 2124th. Currently, callsigns are unkown as of yet. Also, QSL via their home callsigns.

GB4, SCOTLAND (A First! Dawn to Dusk Challenge in June)
Bob, GM0DEQ, informs OPDX that he will be activating up to 15 Scottish islands within 24 hours in June using a sea plane as transport. His callsign will be GB4DTD [Dawn To Dusk]. Activity will be on the HF bands, 40-10 meters. QSL via GM0DEQ. The island list is subject to change due to a few factors governing their sea plane transport. More details will be published on the following Web site, when available, at:

http://www.gdram.com
In addition, there will be a specially commissioned trophy available to win for this probable first?

To celebrate the challenge, an Orkney Crystal Glass Trophy will be awarded to one lucky amateur radio station. This specially commissioned trophy will be awarded to the first station that has worked Bob on all the islands that he activates or the first to work the most islands activated [All he asks is that the recipient funds the appropriate post & packaging]. The departure date will be subject to WX too, and will be from Monday, June 14th, onwards as close to the longest day to maximize daylight flying. The latitude of the Orkney Islands will also assist in maximizing daylight flying.

HG0, HUNGARY (WFF Op)
Members of the Regionalis Radios Sportklub Puspok- ladany (HA0KHW) will once again activate another Hungarian National Park as HG0WFF. This time from the Bihari-Sik Natural Reserves (HAFF-012) between April 16-18th. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW and SSB. The rigs and the equipment are: FT-840, IC-706 MKII, MOS FET vegfok, kb. 300 W output, 2x22 m doublet with 450 ohmos ladder line, Monoband Gp's for 40/30/20 meters and a big battery with generator. Operators mentioned are: Pisti/HA0ANA, Laci/HA0HW, Toni/HA0LG and Viktor/HG0NAZ. QSL via HA0HW, by the HA Bureau.

IOTA NEWS
AF-086. Michel, HB9BOI, will be active as D44TOI from the north of Sal Island (WLOTA LH-0610) between July 1-13th. Activity will be on all HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

AS-125. Members from the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand are now active as E20AS from Chang Island (Ko Chang in Thai) in the Gulf of Thailand, for a mini DXpedition until April 16th. They will have 2 element beams for both 20 and 15 meters and a multi-band vertical for the other bands. Their operation site is on the north end of the Island and should give them a fairly decent path to EU and NA when the bands are open. Their vertical antenna will be near the water and that should help their signals. Planned modes are CW and SSB. Operators mentioned include: John/W2YR(HS0ZDJ), Sam/SM3DYU(HS0ZDY), Winit/HS1CKC, Cy/HS0GBI and Swen/DB3KT(HS0ZFZ). QSL via HS1CKC

EU-038. Roland, DL1EAL, will be active as PA/DL1EAL from the Island of Texel, The Netherlands, during his upcoming vacation between May 23rd and June 10th. Activity will be holiday style with 100 watts into dipole antennas on all bands from 80-10 meters, including the 30/17/12 meter bands. His activity will also include the IARU CW Field Day and in the CQWW WPX CW Contest. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau, direct, eQSL and the LoTW.

EU-039. Operators Charlotte/ON3CO, Ann/ON5ANN, Jacques/ON5OO, Pascal/ ON5RA, Bart/ON7BT, Jean-Jacques/ON7EQ, Carine/ON7LX and Claude/ ON7TK will be active as F/homecall and TM7T from Grande Ile (DIFM MA-004, DDFM 50, DPF 04), Chausey Islands, between July 23-26th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. They will also participate in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) as TM7T, as a Multi-Op/CW-SSB/24-hrs entry. All QSOs with TM7T or/and F/homecalls will be valid for WLOTA LH-0424. QSL via ON7EQ, direct (w/SAE or SASE and sufficient postage) or by the Bureau. For more info, see:

http://www.qrz.com/db/TM7T

EU-114. Kevan, 2E0WMG, will be active from between June 11-17th. Activity will be on 80/40/20/17 meters SSB using low power. WAB reference numbers are: North East WV48, North West WV38, South East WV47 and South West WV37. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-125. Tom, DL4VM, will be active as OZ/DL4VM from Fano Island (DIA NS-002) between May 29th and June 12th. Activity will be on 40-15 meters CW using 20 watts and a dipole. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.

EU-172. After their very sucsessful trip in 2009, operators Harry/PA1H and Nico/PA7PA will once again be active as OZ/homecall from Lango Island (FY-025 Danish Island Award), Denmark, between May 15-24th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, including the 30/17/12 meter bands. Lango Island belongs to the Langeland Island group, but it is off Langeland, and there is only 1 house on the island, so it is a unique location situated in "The Lindelse Nor". Lat. 54.52.47.16N, Long. 10.41.27.23E. QTH Locator: JO54IV. Harry informs OPDX that "This time we will activate also 30 meters band and use more digi-modes. When propagation allows, we will also activate 2 and 6 meter bands." QSL via their home callsign, by the bureau or direct (QRZ.com addresses).

EU-187. Members of the Radio Amateur Society of Crete (RASC) DX Team will be active as J49A from Gavdos Island during this year's RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th). Operators mentioned are: Manos/SV9JI, Apostolakis/SV9LM, Manos/SV9ANJ, Antonakos/SV9BMJ, Kostas/SV9BKZ, Dimitris/SV9COL, John/SV9CJO, George/SV9DJO, Fragiskos/SV9DJR, Giannis/SV9FBG, Yiannis/SV9FBK, George/SV9GPV, Michael/SV9GPY and Manolis/SV9IOI. QSL via SV9GPV.

NA-182. (Update) John, VE8EV, is expected to be active from Greens Island in the Northwest Territories (NWT) in the Inuvik Region East Group between April 15-20th. Remember, he will be using a very rare prefix and will sign CK8G. On his blog page he states, "Despite the big geomagnetic storm this past week, the forecast for the duration of the operation is for quiet conditions. The operating schedule will be Asia from 0000- 0400z, Europe from 0400-0700z and 1400-1700z, North America from 1800-2300z. That's generally where I'll have the antenna pointed but will still happily take callers from anyone that is hearing me. I'll be operating almost exclusively 20m SSB, but I will bring a 40m dipole antenna as a backup. My plane doesn't land in Paulatuk until 4:00 pm on Wednesday, so I probably won't be on the air until late that evening (early morning 15th April UTC). I'll be using my satellite phone to post status updates during the trip, so watch this space for the latest information." Updated information can be found at:

http://ve8ev.blogspot.com/search/label/IOTA

NA-213. Lindy, WW5AA, will be active as WW5AA/4 from Dauphin Island during the month of May as follows:
     May 9th - At 1100z, starting on 1850 kHz followed by 3805 kHz, 7153 kHz, 14260 kHz, 18135 kHz and 21260 kHz, all +/- QRM, and 12-10 meters as propagation/time permits.
     May 10th - At 0100z, starting on 1850 kHz followed by 7153 kHz.      Other times and frequencies as time permits.
QSL via the home callsign with SASE and postage.

SA-084. Pedro, HK3JJH, will be active as 5K4T from Playa Blanca, Colombia, between April 16-19th. Activity will be on 40 and 20 meters SSB only. Suggested frequencies are 7150 and 14260 kHz. QSL via his home callsign.

JT, MONGOLIA
Vasiliy, RW9YW, will be active as JT9YW between May 25th and June 2nd. Activity will be on the HF bands (modes were not provided). QSL via his home callsign.

KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (For April 12-18th)


 Apr  12    AN          SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS
 Apr  13    AN          --------------------
 Apr  14    AN          BN - Below Normal
 Apr  15    AN          AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET
 Apr  16    AN          LN - Low Normal
 Apr  17    AN          HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED
 Apr  18    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
KP3, PUERTO RICO (Special Event)
Members of the "Radio Operadores del Este" will activate KP3RE as a special event station on April 18th, to commemorate the life of their first Puerto Rican governor. Activity will be from the Jesus T. Pinero house-museum in Canovanas, Puerto Rico. They will be on the air from 40-10 meters between 1300-1900z on PSK31, SSB and possibly on CW, and also locally on 2 meters via the NP3EF-R on 147.310 MHz. They will also be commemorating "World Amateur Radio Day 2010". Jesus T. Pineiro, who was the first governor of Puerto Rican origin in 1946, had as one of his hobbies Amateur Radio, having the callsign 4KT and co-founder of the Porto Rico Radio Club in 1918 with friend Joaquin Agusty-4JE, founder of WKAQ-AM, one of the first radio stations of the Americas. QSL via KP3RE.

N8, UNITED STATES (Update/USI Activity)
Activity from North Bass Island will be sponsored by the Massillon Amateur Radio Club and will be active between 1200z Saturday, July 23rd and 1600z Sunday, July 24th. Callsign will be N8B or maybe N8B/P. Suggested frequencies (on or near) are:
     SSB - 7250, 14250-260 and 28450      CW - 3530, 7025, 14040, 18098 and 21040 kHz. There will be some 6 meters after they are officially recognized as OH006L after 25 QSOs and two countries. Listen for QSL information by the operator. They now have a Web page for this operation at:

http://www.north-bass-island.com

OFFICERS FOR 2010-2011
On Monday, April 5th, the members of Northern Ohio DX Association (NODXA) re-elected the following to serve as officers between May 2010 and April 2011:


     President:         Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
     Vice President:    Dwaine Modock,   K8ME
     Secretary:         Al Moriarty,     N8CX
     Treasurer:         Mary Michaelis,  N8DMM
     Newsletter Editor: David Autry,     WD8IOU
For more information about NODXA, check out the club's Web site at:
http://www.papays.com/nodxa.html

OG0, ALAND ISLAND
Timo, OH6GLE, will be active as OG0Z during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20 or 15m) entry. QSL via W0MM.

OH0, ALAND ISLANDS
Jouko, OH1RX, will be active as OH0J during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (10m) entry. QSL via OH1RX.

OY, FAROE ISLAND (60m Activity)
Jan, OY3JE, reported that he has received his 60 meters license. License is for 5.250 to 5.450 MHz and 100W, and valid for 1 year. He is using a Flex-5000 radio, and his antenna is a SteppIR (with 60/80m option).

P29,PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Three members of Yamato Amateur Club will be active from New Britain Island (OC-008) between April 15-23rd. Operators mentioned are: Mat/JA1JQY (P29VJY), Sasi/JA1KJW (P29VKJ) and Kuni/JA8VE (P29VEK). They plan to set up two stations and operate on all bands 16010 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via the operator's home callsign. Address are:
   JA1JQY - Shigeo Matsui, 2-31-10 Shimoseya, Seya, Yokohama 246-0035, Japan
   JA1KJW - Hisashi Nakayama, 1-17-8 Sibuya, Yamato, 242-0023, Japan
   JA8VE - Kunio Saito, 2-26-5-554 Nishitsuruma, Yamato, 242-0005, Japan

QSL INFO AND NEWS
NEW QSL ROUTE. Phil, G3SWH (AD5YS), informs that he has been recently appointed the QSL Manager for Alain, 5R8AL. For complete details on how to QSL, please see:

http://www.g3swh.org.uk/5r8al.html

QSL CR6A via CT1GFK. There was activity by the Algarve STAR DX Team from "Odeleite DAM Island #7" for the first time. It is valid for DIA AI-39 (Algarve Island Award) and also valid for the PIP (reference number not provided). For more info on activities by the Algarve STAR DX Team and the DIA Award, please visit:

http://algarvedx.com
--or--
http://algarvedx.com/dia

QSL CT1EHX/p via CT1EHX. There was activity by the Algarve STAR DX Team from SAGRES in the south of Portugal during the Easter weekend. It is valid for the DPRN FF-12(Portuguese Natural PArks Award); WFF CTFF-12 and DMHP FR-037. Logs and pictures available at:

http://algarvedx.com

QSLS VIA LoTW: 3B9WR, 5W0YA, 9A8W, CT1BNW, CT1DSV, CU3BL, DC1RS, DF6TC, DL1EJA, DL1EAL, DL1SWN, EA1AHY, EA1AUS, EA5KA, EB8AH, EW1KP, F5RJM, F6KHM, FO8RZ, G0BLB, G0UGO, G3BJ, H2T, HB9AAQ, HQ2T, HR2/NP3D, HR2DMR, I5YDO, I7LGM, IF9ZWA, IK8NIJ, IT9AJP, IV3KVC, IW8CGX, IZ1JLN, IZ4AIK, IZ4NRF, IZ5FSA, J39BS, JA3YBK, JH7VHZ, JM1VWQ, JO1WKO, KH4IFF, KL2R, KL7RA, KP2/NE1RD, LU5OM, LX1CW, LY3W, LZ132GO, M0VPE, MC1MD, OH2BF, OK2PAY, OM1ZL, OM5TX, PJ2T, RA3CQ, RA6ALS, RN3OK, RV3LO, RV9DC, S79GM, SM2GCQ, SP2GUV, SP5IT, SP6CZ, SP8HXN, SP8IIS, SV1EBV, SV2ASP/A, TF8GX, TG9IRP, TR8CA, UA1WA, UA3AIO, UA3TCJ, UA4HBW, UA6GR, UR2MZ, UR4CWQ, US5CB, US7IB, UT3UY, UT5EL, UT7UW, UU2JQ, UU9CW, UW7LL, V63MY, VE3BSJ, VP5H, YS3CW, YV5ER, YV5JBI, VX3JFF, XE1J, YT40E, Z21BB, Z36W, ZK3YA, ZP6CW, ZS2I, ZS3Y, ZX3S and ZZ6Z

QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 6V7S, 8P9RY, 9Q5BQ, A65DLH, E51WWA, E51WWB, EF8M, ER4DX, HR2/NP3D, J7N, J79SB, JD1BMM, JI1FGX/DU9, K4M, KG4JB, OX/EA4NA, SM4OTI, T6AG, TX3A, TX4T, WP4L, XE2/N7DD, XR0ZA, ZF2AH and ZF2UL

QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 5R8FL, 6V7O, 6V7P, 7L1WII, 9A0COAST, 9A0W, 9A3JB, 9A4W, 9A5BS, 9A6R, 9A8M, 9Y4W, C56YK, CX4AAJ, CX4ACH, CX7BBR, CY2ZT/2, DL4JS/6W, E74EBL, GB5FI, HB0/HB9AON, HG3DX, HK3W, JA1FJP, JA6GCE, JE1CPB, JH1OCC, JM1XCW, JR1NHD, JY3ZH, LY5W, OO5Z, RFX4CF, SE5X, SV8/DL8MCA, TA1DX, TS7C, UA6GP, UW2ZM, V31BG, VE8EV, VK7GK, VP8LP and YV7IAL/7

SILENT KEY
The members of the Northern Ohio DX Association (NODXA) are deeply saddend to report that a great friend, DXer and mentor/elmer recently became a "Silent Key" (SK). Stanley Haase, K8VI (ex-K8YVI), at the age 85, became a "SK" on March 29th. Stan, who grew up in Canada, served in the Royal Air Force, moved to Michigan and then to Ohio, was a very interesting and knowledgeable ham. He was a founding member (1965) of the Hazel Park Amateur Radio Club in Hazel Park, MI. In the Cleveland, Ohio, area, Stan will be remembered as the manager of the Heathkit Store in Parma Hts., working there between 1963-1979. He will surely be missed by many of his friends. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of K8VI.

T32, EASTERN KIRIBATI (Update)
By the time you read this, the Southern Line Islands operators should be active as T32SI from Starbuck Island (IOTA OC-280 and the last island out of the four uninhabited islands to be activated). The team thinks they may be able to operate for at least 4 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

TB90/TC1/TC57, TURKEY (TCSWAT Activities)
Members of the Turkish group called TCSWAT (Special Wireless Activity Team) will be activating the following special event during the month of April:

TB90MM - Between April 17-25th. Activity to celebrate the 90th anni- versary of "The Grand National Assembly of Turkey". This will be the first time TCSWAT will be operating with a "TB" prefix. It is used because TB stands for Turkiye Buyuk and the number as 90th year and MM stands for "Millet Meclisi" which translates as "Grand National Assembly of Turkiye". With the new regula- tions changes, it might be your only chance to work a "TB" prefix as a special callsign. For more information, see:
http://www.ta0u.com/2010/eng/PDF/TB90MM.PDF

TC1GLH - Between April 20-23rd. Will be the activation of the 6th station for the MLOTA (Marmara Lighthouse On The Air) Award; Gelibolu Lighthouse (TUR 023). This is the first activation of this lighthouse. Activity will be as usual on the HF bands, mainly on 20 and 40m SSB. For more information, see:

http://www.ta0u.com/2010/eng/PDF/TC1GLH.PDF

TC57A - Between April 23-25th. Activity is once again for remembering the 57th Regiment Martyrs who lost their lives during the WWI campaign in Dardanelles. This year the station will be located at Kocacimen Hill overlooking the battlefields. Operations will be on CW, SSB and BPSK31 modes and on all HF bands, with a special try on 2m SSB. For more information, see:

http://www.ta0u.com/2010/eng/PDF/TC57A.PDF
ADDED REMINDERS: Look for the following activity by TCSWAT stations for the "Istanbul 2010 European Capitol of Culture Award" during the year 2010. Stations still to be activated are: TC2010CCA, TC2010CCE and TC2010CCI. The Award rules and the event catalogue is on the following link:
http://www.ta0u.com/2010/eng/pdf/2010AWARDCatalogue.pdf

The next special event for the "2010 European Capitol of Culture Award" by TCSWAT will be TC2010RKM from the KOC MUSEUM. For more information, see:

http://www.ta0u.com/2010/eng/pdf/TC2010RKM.PDF

TC150, TURKEY (LH Activity)
Look for special event station TC150SLH to be active to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Sile Lighthouse between May 1-9th, July 24-25th and August 21-22nd (Lighthouse weekend). A special Sile Lighthouse award will be available. Details will be announced soon.

TK, CORSICA
Operators Alex/IW5ELA and Marco/I5KOV will be active as TK/homecall from the city of Calvi (Grid JN42JN) between May 12-16th. Activity will be holiday style on 4012 meters using CW and SSB. They plan to use verticals antennas and one loop antenna for 15 meters. QSL via their home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

V3, BELIZE
Operators San/K5YY (V31YY), Bill/W5SJ (V31SJ) and Bob/W5UQ (V31UQ) will be active from Placencia (Grid EK56) in south Belize between July 12-19th. Activity will be on the HF bands, but also focused on the CQ VHF Contest. They plan to look for EU and AS during the week of operation, but also for USA stations that might need a new band country. They will also be listening on 60m after their sunset, top of hour. QSL V31YY via K5YY at the QRZ.com address. QSL V31UQ and V31SJ via W5JAY.

VQ9, CHAGOS ISLANDS
After a successful stateside tour activating some 85 grids on the satellites, Jim, ND9M, is once again active as VQ9JC from Diego Garcia (AF-006) for 4 months. Activity will be on CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Look for Jim to use the callsign VQ90JC at the end of May through the beginning of June. He is also planning to be in the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th). QSL via ND9M, direct or by the Bureau.

YI, IRAQ
By the time you read this, a group of multi-national operators should be winding down their activities as YI9PSE from Northern Iraq (Kurdistan) and are expected to go QRT, April 12th. Their Twitter page states (around 1300z): "YI9PSE is starting the tear down process. We will have one CW and one SSB station active during the tear down. QRT is very soon." As of print time, the team has made about 45k QSO (April 11th at 0522z). 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

VE3, CANADA (CISA Activity)
Team VE3ZF will be active from Twilight Island (CISA ON-018), Manitoulin Island district, between April 17-18th, during the "Ontario QSO Party". The team will consist of Val/VE3VO, Max/VE3CCN, Evgeny/VA3ATT and Igor/VE3ZF. QSL via the home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. Details for rules on the "Ontario QSO Party" contest are available at:

http://cco.ve3xd.com/oqp/rules.htm

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS
Eden, ZF1EJ, reported they have 60m authorizations now in the Cayman Islands. It became effective March 29, 2010, and he has been very active this past week.

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