The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 961
May 31, 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, NC1l, NJ1Q, NG3K & ADXO, N4AA & QRZ DX, KH2AR/W4, KL7JR, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX (60m News), AT International, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World.Net, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, F6FQK, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK7JWX, MM0DFV, ON9CDR, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's-DX- Newsdesk, RN1CW, RSGB IOTA Web Site, TA0U, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3ZIK, and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.
EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTICE
This week's bulletin was sent out earlier than normal to accommodate the late CQWW WPX CW Contest announcements. Also, we wanted to provide the readers with a consolidated listing of the CQWW WPX CW Contest participants.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 21st-May, through Friday, 28th-May there were 208 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, 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, J5, J6, J8, JA, 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, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V5, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/o, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS, ZS8
* 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).
3C9B AND 3C0C DXPEDITION
As of press time, no word on these operations has been reported on their Web page. We would have thought that the 3C9B operation to Bioko Island (AF-010), Equatorial Guinea, would have started by now. For more details and updates on the 3C0C and 3C9B DXpeditions, visit the Web page at:
SWL Ashraf "Ash", 3V4-002 (KF5EYY), will be active as 3V8SS from the "Radio Club Station of Tunisian Scouts" in Sousse, during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via IZ8CCW. Read about Ashraf on the following Web page at:
Charles "Frosty" Frost, K5LBU, will lead another DXpedition to Africa. This time to Botswana between October 20th and November 4th. Operators mentioned are: Scasciafratti/I0ZY (A25ZY), Lor/IK1MDF (A25DF), Giannarelli/IZ5MMB (A25MB), Frosty/K5LBU (A25CF), Irish/K5ZOL and Lehman/KD5TAN (A25AN). They plan to have three stations on the air operating 160-6 meters, depending on conditions. The group will also be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) using the callsign A25HQ. Each operator, using their own callsign, will handle their own QSL cards by the Bureau or direct ((QRZ.com) address). QSL for A25HQ go via K5LBU. The logs will be uploaded via CLUBLOG daily (depending on the InterNet connection). The group is looking for sponsors. For more details and update, visit their Web page at:
Bhagwati, AT10BP, is looking for contacts with the USA and JA stations. He writes: "Propagation on HF is still very poor; I can just make good contacts on 20 meters with South Africa and when conditions are better I can work some EUs. Very few US and JA in my log, and I'm wondering what is the best opening from JA and USA through Antarctica. Feel free to send me an E-mail to schedule skeds, I'll be pleased to do so. My E-mail adress is: firstname.lastname@example.org
....73 Bhagwati Prasad Semwal VU3BPZ/AT10BP, Communication Officer MAITRI, ANTARCTICA."
BORDER LINE DX (KL7-VY1)!
Members of the North Country DX Association (WP2JR) will be active on HF from the Alaska-Yukon border between June 27th and July 2nd, or maybe even earlier in June. Yukon John, KL7JR, informs OPDX that the operating position will be from the KL7JR motor home on the international border, with antenna legs in each country and the transceiver "on the line"! Suggested frequencies are: 14250 kHz +/- QRM (main), and 7240 kHz plus 30/17/12m (secondary). Imagine, both Alaska and the Yukon on together. One contact counts for both countries! Lon/Lat: 140.97W and 62.51N (BP92MM... John thinks!). QSL KL7JR CBA.
DXCC NEWS (2009 DXCC Yearbooks are in!)
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Manager, reports: "The 2009 DXCC Yearbooks have arrived from the printer. There are close to 4,500 to be mailed so after a brief preparation period they should start appearing in mailboxes in the next 2-3 weeks."
E4, PALESTINE (Update)
The E4X operation is now on the air until June 6th. The operators mentioned (as of print time) are: Antonio/EA5RM (Team Leader), Roberto/EA2RY, Fernando/EA5FX, Manuel/EA7AJR, Jose/EA7KW, Florent/ F5CWU, Alain/F6ENO, Bernard/F9IE and Fabrizio/IN3ZNR. Pilot stations are: William/K6GNX and Richard/W6ENZ. Operations will be on 160-6 meters including 30/17/12 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY with at least 3 stations on the air at the same time on different bands and modes. QSL via EA5RM: Antonio Gonzalez, P.O. Box 930, E-03200 Elche, SPAIN. For updates visit the E4X Web page at:
AS-067. Members of the Tokyo Dental College ARC (Kanichi/JE1SCF, JF1QQR, JG4IQC and possibly others) will be active as JA1YUC/6 from Uji Island for the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th). QSL via JA1YUC, by the Bureau is preferred.
EU-010. Operators Ray/M1REK and Andy/M1LOL, members of the South
Cheshire Amateur Radio Society, will be active as GM6TW/p
from some of the Outer Hebrides Islands between June 12-17th.
Their tentative schedule is as follows:
June 12-13th - Lewis and Harris Islands (IOSA OH01, SCOTIA HI21).
June 14-15th - North (IOSA OH02, SCOTIA HI13, WLOTA LH-3287) and South (IOSA OH03, SCOTIA HI06, WLOTA LH-2972) Uist, Benbecula (IOSA OH04, SCOTIA HI08) and Eriskay Islands.
June 16-17th - Barra (IOSA OH11, SCOTIA HI02, WLOTA LH-3126) and Vatersay Islands.
Bands and modes of activity were not provided. To find out the latest information go to Twitter at:
EU-128. Holger, DL5XAT, will once again be active as homecall/p from Fehmarn Island (O-01 for the German Islands Award) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) as a Single-Op/24H/CW entry. QSL via his home callsign.
NA-014. Members of the Halifax Amateur Radio Club (VE1FO) will be active as VE1FO/9 from Campobello Island (CISA NB001) between May 28-31st. Operators mentioned are: Beckie/KB1IRZ, Cory/N1URA, Dick/VE1AI, Howard/VE1DHD, Ella/VE1PEI, Scott/VE1QD, Gary/VE1RGB and Ken/VY2RU. QSL via VE1FO, direct (w/SAE or SASE + sufficient postage [1 IRC or 2 USDs]) or by the Bureau. No U.S. stamps on SASEs please (They are no good in Canada).
NA-141. (Special Event) Just a reminder! Members of the Jupiter Tequesta
Repeater Group will be active as W4K to celebrate John F.
Kennedy's birthday from Peanut Island (USI FL-479, Palm Beach
County, FL), May 29-30th. Operations will be from "JFK's old
Cuban missile crisis bunker". Activity will be focused on HF
(mainly 40/20m), 6 and 2 meters using CW and SSB. This will be
the first time Peanut Island will be activated. The QSL cards
have been designed for the event and can be viewed on their
Web page at:
SA-041. (Update/Callsign Change) Members of the Araucaria DX Group will activate the 2nd most wanted IOTA group (Maranhao State West Group) in South America as PX8J (not PW8J as first announced) between June 9-15th. This IOTA group consists of 23 islands, one of these islands is called "Ilha dos Lencois" and it is the location for this DXpedition. According to the group's Web page, 4 experienced DX operators will be on the air around the clock. Operators mentioned are: Ciro/PY7ZY (Team Leader), Fred/PY2XB, Jim/PY7XC and Andre/PY0FF. Lencois Island will be activated for the first time. Likewise, a new DIB and a new Grid Square will be activated (GI78nq). Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via PY7ZY, by the Bureau or direct. For more details, visit their Web page at:
Operators Sergio/IS0SSY, Daniele/IK2SND, Sauro/IK5EKB, Salvatore/IK8UND, Mauro/IN3QBR, Walter/IN3XUG and Gabriele/IZ3GOM will be active as IS0B from Sardinia Island (EU-024) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) as a Multi-Mix/Resident entry. QSL via IK2SND.
K0, UNITED STATES (Special Event)
The Tri-City ARC is sponsoring a special event operation commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Pony Express. Activity will take place between June 6-26th, using the callsign K0BLT. These dates are the same as the annual Pony Express reride. Operations will be on the HF bands (in both the General and Extra portions of the band), using both CW and SSB. A special QSL card (see image on QRZ.com) has already been printed. To receive this QSL, send your QSL with QSO details to K0BLT (via (QRZ.com) address) with an SASE (REQUIRED). Any DX cards received by the Bureau will also be answered 100%. For more info, Google Pony Express.
Mat, MJ0ASP (aka-F5SHQ), will be active during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via MJ0ASP.
ON44, BELGIUM (Special Event)
Members of the "Radio Club de Binche" will activate the special event callsign ON44WAR from La Gleize between June 19-20th. The timetable of transmissions will be as follows: at the hour up to the hour and a half, transmissions on CW on 7.025 or 3.560 MHz (Paraser MK VII); at the hour and a half up to the next hour, transmissions on SSB on 7 and 14 MHz. QSL via ON7RY.
Jim, PG4DX, will be active P4/PG4DX from Aruba (SA-036, WLOTA LH-0033) between July 18th and August 6th. Activity will be on all HF bands, mainly around the usual island and IOTA frequencies. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.
PACIFIC ODYSSEY 2010 TOUR (Update/Operation Cancelled)
On May 27th, members of the Ukrainian DXpeditioners Team (UDXT) announced the following:
"We apologize to the world radioamateur community for the reasons independent of us, we are not able to carry out the expedition.For more information and updates, please visit the DXpedition's Web site at:
On the 25th of May at 10 p.m. local time the engine of our ship "Southern Cross" fell out when we were 120 nm from Kanton island. The captain Paul Green decided to turn the ship and go back to the port of Apia, Samoa, under sails. Such decision was determined by the fact that the entry to the Kanton's cove without engines would be impossible, and the repair of engine in the ocean is impossible too.
The way to Apia, Samoa, will take approximately 8-10 days with favorable wind under sails. The food and water must suffice. Our main task at the moment is to come back safe to Apia."
QSL INFO AND NEWS
UA4WHX QSLS RECEIVED. Les, WF5E, of the WF5E DX QSL SERVICE, reports: "I just received my second shipment of 865 QSLs from UA4WHX. They will be distributed ASAP...... Thanks Vlad."
YI9PSE QSL STATUS. According to their Twitter page (dated May 17th): "The YI9PSE DXpedition QSL cards have arrived from the printer and will be in the mail over the next 4-6 weeks."
QSLS VIA LoTW: 5C5W, CN8KD, F4FFH, I5RFD, IZ5JMZ, IZ5NRF, JA6LCJ, MI0SAI, OH2BCK, RU3EJ, SP7HOV, TN5SN, UN1L, V31MU, VA3MJR and YI1RZ
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3B8CF, 4B2ANT, 5W0YA, 6W2SC, 9Y4/DF8AN, CK8G, IF9ZWA, IK8TWV, J5UAP, LZ1ND, ST2AR, TM7CC, TM7F, V63DQ, Z33A and
ZK3YA QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: LX7I, OC1I and OC6I
Juan Carlos, EA2RC, will be active as S79SAL from Mahe between July 1731st. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct. ADDED NOTE: Look for S79SAL to join Marq, CT1BWW/S79BWW, during his first official WFF (World Flora Fauna) DXpedition on Seychelles -- reference number WFF004. For more details, see OPDX.957 or the Web site at:
Max, IZ4JMA, will be active as SV5/IZ4JMA from the Island of Karpathos (EU-001) between June 6-20th. Max states, "As far as I know, the island rarely appeared "on the air" (last spot on cluster is dated 12 June 2001)." The island holds a reference for the Greek Islands Award (GIOTA) as DKS-016. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via IZ4JMA direct.
Darren, G0TSM, will be active as SV5/G0TSM from Kos Island (IOTA EU-001) between now and June 2nd. Activity will be on the HF bands and 6 meters. QSL via his home callsign.
TC2010, TURKEY (Special Event)
Members of the Turkish group called TCSWAT (TC Special Wireless Activity Team) will once again activate the special callsigns TC2010CCE (European side), TC2010CCA (Asian Side) and TC2010CCI (Island side) between May 28-30th. For more detailed information on these special events and their relevant awards, please see the following Web pages:
TI, COSTA RICA
Olli, OH0XX, will be active as TI5N during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via W3HNK.
TP60, FRANCE (Special Event)
Francis, F6FQK, reports that members of the "Council of Europe Radio Amateur Club" (CERAC) will be active as TP60CE between June 4-6th. 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:
Andrew, RN1CW, wants to remind everyone that June 26th and 27th, is the 2010 "United activity Days of Castles and Fortresses" (UDCF). This will be the first time for the international days of activities. The purpose of the event is to visit, work and air the many historical places, monuments and architectural constructions. For more detailed information on UDCF, as well as info on an international award program "WCA - World Fortresses", visit the Web page:
VK9C, LORD HOWE ISLAND
Tomas, VK2CCC (aka LY1F), is now active as VK9LL until May 31st. Activity will be limited to his spare time on 160/80 meters, and he plans to participate in CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th). Tomas has indicated that he has concentrated on 160m at the moment but may be working on 80m two nights during the contest. He is only running 100w. His antenna system is:
TX ant. inverted L with 51 ground radial
RX ant. K9AY, beverage 220m to EU/JA, and semi vertical loop (50m long).
He also reports that conditions at the moment are very difficult in VK9L-land with heavy wind of up to 80 km/h and heavy rains every day and every night. It's not very easy to work on antennas. The QRM is very bad for the low bands. 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:
GREENDAY 2010. Radio amateurs of the whole world are invited to help protect nature and environment, and to participate in the GreenDay 2010 event by working from the territories of the national natural parks and reserves of the world Especially Protected Nature Territories (EPNT) included into the WFF Directory. See the WFF Directory at:
GMFF-024 - For the first time GM4FFF will be working from Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve (GMFF-024) between May 29-30th. Flanders Moss National Nature Reserve (NNR) is one of the largest areas of relatively undisturbed lowland raised bog in the European Community. Because of its natural heritage importance, it has been designated a European Special Area of Conservation (SAC) and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Quite simply, it is probably the biggest and best remaining raised bog in Western Europe. It is one of the last remaining natural landscapes in Scotland and is home to many plants, insects and birds. It also tells a fascinating story of the social and cultural history of people living in this part of Scotland. There is much to interest people.
The team consists of MM0DFV, GM0WRR, and GM0EZP. They are going to contact the reserve's manager to make sure that they can have a place to stay overnight. The most important location references are - WAB Square: NS69; Grid Locator: IO76VD; Latitude: 56°09'12''N; Longitude: 04°10'39''W; IOTA: EU-005; EU Area: SC30 (Stirling). QSL Manager is MM0DFV.
Operators YD1JZ, YD1DCF, YD1GCL, YD1ORZ, YC1KAF, YB1ALL, YB1CCF, YB1KAR and YB1NWP will be active as YE1C during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via YE1C.
ZL8, ZERMADEC ISLANDS (Update)
Announced on May 10th, the Zermadec team finally signed the charter contract to sail with the "MV Claymore II" to Raoul Island in November 2010. Nigel Jolly, owner of the well-known Braveheart, purchased this ship in 2009. Originally built in 1966 in Wilhelmshaven, Germany, she now mainly serves the route between Mangareva and Pitcairn Island to deliver cargo supplies to Pitcairn Island and to carry passengers between the islands.
While the Braveheart will carry out another DXpedition at nearly the same time, the team is proud to be the first DXpedition to use the "MV Claymore II". Though the ship isn't used to the special needs and habits of amateur radio expeditions, the crew definitely knows what they are doing. Nigel and his son Matt have access to several experienced seamen who all took part in demanding expeditions (of course also DXpeditions like ZL8R, ZL9CI, FT5XO, VP8GEO/THU or VP6DX).
ZS8M, MARION ISLAND (Update)
Pierre, ZS1HF, on Marion Island (AF-021), was mainly active on 20 meters this past week. Best times to watch are between 0630-0730z and after 1230z. Frequencies he has been on are: 14245-14250 kHz. QSL Manager is Dirk, ZS1X. See (QRZ.com) for details.
-------------------------------------------------------------------------- The following stations are expected to be active in the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th, 2010) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following consolidated listing of the participants in the 2010 CQWW WPX CW Contest. For a more detailed listing (and up-to-date changes/corrections) in HTML format, please visit Bill's Web page at:
http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/wpxc2010.html (By callsign) http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/wpxcd2010.html (By entity)------------------------------------------------------------------------ Contest DXCC Class QSL Callsign Entity Route ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 3V8SS Tunisia SOAB LP IZ8CCW 4L8A Georgia SOSB 20M LoTW; QSL also OK via K1BV 4L0A Georgia SOAB HP LoTW B7P China M/S BD7IXG CD1R Chile M/S CE1KR CE3AA Chile SO XQ4CW CQ3L Madeira M/? DJ6QT DR1A Germany M/M DL6FBL E20YLM/4 Thailand SO LP E20YLM E21EIC Thailand SOAB HP E21EIC EE2W Spain M/S EB2BXL EF8E Canary Island SO LoTW EF8M Canary Island SOAB HP UA3DX EG8GCA Canary Island SO LP EA8TH ES0DJ Estonia SOSB 15M ES2DJ G1A England SOAB HP M0DXR HS8JYX Thailand SO LP LoTW; QSL also OK via eQSL IU9T Sicily M/S IT9GSF J48HW Greece HA0HW; QSL OK via HA Buro or direct KP2B Virgin Island SOAB LP EA7FTR KP3Z Puerto Rico SOAB HP N4AO LN5O Norway SOAB HP LoTW LN9Z Norway SOSB 20M LoTW LS1D Argentina M/S LW9EOC LU3DKV Argentina M/S LU3DKV LX7I Luxembourg M/2 LX2A LY7A Lithuania M/M by the BUREAU OR DIRECT LZ9W Bulgaria M/M LZ1PM MJ0ASP Jersey SOAB MJ0ASP NG3R USA SO HP NQ4I USA M/M LoTW; QSL also OK via K4PK OG0Z Aland Island SOSB W0MM OP4K Belgium M/S OP4K; QSL OK via Buro or direct OQ3R Belgium SOSB 40M ON4RU OZ5E Denmark M/2 OZ1XJ P49Y Aruba SOAB LP AE6Y PJ2T Netherlands Antilles SOAB HP N9AG PJ4A Netherlands Antilles SOAB HP K4BAI PX2C Brazil SOSB 15M LoTW; QSL also OK via PY2MTV, direct or eQSL RG3K Russia (Europe) SOAB HP UA3QDX RW2F Kaliningrad M/M DK4VW S65Q Singapore 9V1QQ SN30J Poland SOAB SP5JXK Buro ST2AR Sudan SOAB S53R TA2LM Turkey SOSB TA2LM TC3A Turkey M/2 LZ44WFF TM33E France M/? LoTW; QSL also OK via F5GGL TM77M France SOAB QRP eQSL UU7J Ukraine M/? UU0JM V26E Antigua SOAB HP LoTW; QSL also OK via AB2E, direct VC2W Canada SOAB VA2WDQ VK6HZ Australia SOAB LoTW; QSL also OK via VK6NE VK9CLH Lord Howe Island SO LoTW; see Web for QSL details VQ90JC Chagos QSL via ND9M, direct or by the Bureau XQ1IDM Chile SOSB 20M XQ1IDM XU7ACY Cambodia SO LP W2EN XV2W Vietnam LoTW; QSL also OK via W6NWS, Buro or direct YE1C Indonesia M/S YE1C YN2GY Nicaragua SO LoTW; QSL also OK via K9GY direct ZS9X South Africa SOSB LoTW ZW5B Brazil M/M K3IRV
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