OPDX Bulletin 975 September 6, 2010

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 975
BID: $OPDX.975
September 6, 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, NG3K & ADXO, K4ZW, N4AA & QRZ DX, N7DF, K8YSE, ND8L, W8GEX (60m News), N0TG, Algarve STAR DX Team, AT International, DL1SBF, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World.Net, F5PFP, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK7JWX, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, PA7DA, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, RN1CW, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF), VK2IR, VK3PC and VK3QB for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 29th-August, through Sunday, 5th-September there were 202 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C9, CE, 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, FH, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J8, 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, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, 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).

3D2R, ROTUMA
Tommy, VK2IR/SV0XBF, informs OPDX that he is heading up a team of 10 operators to activate Rotuma in July 2011 (with the help of 3D2AA). Team leader Tommy, VK2IR, states details will be forthcoming as plans progress.

8P, BARBADOS (Update)
John, G0OPA, will be active as 8P9LJ from Holetown, St.James Parish, Barbados (NA-021, WLOTA 0999), between September 12th and November 8th. Activity will be on all HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

CQ COMMUNICATIONS PRESS RELEASE
Richard Moseson/W2VU, Editor, sent out the following on September 1st:

"CQ Magazine Launches Streamlined Website - Celebrates With Special Web-Only Offer (Hicksville, NY) -- CQ magazine has launched a new, easy-to-navigate website, and is celebrating with a special web-only discount offer. The updated site, which features a clean new look and a streamlined user interface, completes a company-wide website upgrade for all four magazines published by CQ Communications, Inc.

The site features highlights of the current issue and links to selected content, as well as hamfest & special event listings, easy links to the CQ Writer's Guide, award and contest information, a comprehensive links section, special information for new and prospective hams, and direct links to advertisers' websites, as well as a direct link to CQ's Facebook page. Callsign lookup and a link to the online CQ archive are also included.

New material posted includes September issue highlights, expanded results of the 2009 CQWW CW Contest (as well as complete SSB results), a link for pre-ordering CQ's 2011-2012 Amateur Radio Calendar, and a special web-only offer for 5 USDs off any order of 25 USDs or more, including subscriptions (new or renewal) to all CQ publications.

'We have always had a tremendous amount of valuable information on our website,' said Editor Rich Moseson, W2VU. 'But because it has been added bit-by-bit over the years, some of it had become hard to find. Our new design makes it much easier for readers and prospective readers to access this treasure trove of ham radio information.'

CQ Amateur Radio is the world's #1 independent amateur radio magazine, serving active hams since 1945. In print for more than 65 years, it is one of the longest-running magazines in publication today. CQ is published by CQ Communications, Inc., which also publishes Popular Communications, CQ VHF and WorldRadio Online magazines.

The new CQ website may be accessed at http://www.cq-amateur-radio.com."

CR6, PORTUGAL (WWF Op)
Members of the Algarve STAR DX Team will be active as CR6A from Natural Reserve St. Andre e Sancha (DPRN & WFF CTFF-19) as an all time new one on September 19th. Activity will be on 40-15 meters using CW and SSB. Operators mentioned are: Luis/CT1CQK, Toze/CT1GFK, Al/CT1GPQ and Mike/CT1IUA. QSL via CT1GFK. For more details and updates, vist the Algarve STAR DX Team Web page at:
http://algarvedx.com

D2, ANGOLA
Craig, MM0SSG, is now active as D2SG from a beach 1 mile from the capital Luanda. He expects to be there for the next 6 months (on 6/2 rotation). Activity will be during most days on the HF bands, 80-10 meters including 30/17/12 meters using CW, SSB and PSK31. He is using a Yaesu FT-897 with either 100 or 10 watts (depending on circumstances) into a small vertical antenna for most bands and a 20m dipole for 20m. QSL via ONLY DIRECT to his P.O Box in Glasgow which will be set up by the 10th of September or sooner. He requests a SAE (Self Addressed Envelope) with 2 green stamps (USDs). No IRCs please. QSL cards will be returned approxi- mately every 2 months when he returns to the UK.
LAST MINUTE UPDATE: QSL via GM4FDM.

EM0, UKRAINE
Look for the club station of Ukrainian State Centre of Radio Frequencies (Ukrchastotnaglyad - UGTSR) to be active during the period of September 6-10th using the callsign EM0ITU. Activity is in connection with an ITU workshop "Spectrum monitoring/Task Problems and Solutions" by the ITU Centre of Excellence in Kiev, Ukraine. Operations will be on all amateur bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via UT3UZ: Alex Arbuzov, P.O. Box 7, Kiev-232, 02232, Ukraine.

IOTA NEWS
AF-018. Emilio, IZ1GAR, will be active as IH9R from Pantelleria Island (African Italy - CQ Zone 33, IIA TP-01, WAIP TP, WLOTA LH-0041) during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) as a Single- Op/Single-Band (40m) entry. QSL via IZ1GAR, direct or by the Bureau. He will be on the island between November 23-30th.

AF-097. Members of the Sahara DX Radio Club (7X3WPL) will be active as 7V2PI from Pisan Island between September 16-20th, weather permitting. Operators mentioned are Afif/7X2RO, Ahmed/7X2EB, Sofiane/7X2GX, Youcef/7X2HF, Ahmed/7X2DF and Yves/7X0MT. QSL via EA5FL.

AS-039. Sergey, US0IW, is now active as R0/US0IW from the rare Beringa Island (as R0/US0IW), in the Komandorskiye Islands Group. His length of stay is not known. Activity has been on 40/20 meters CW. QSL via his home callsign.

EU-037. Operators Fred/SM7DAY and Jan/SM7NGH will be active as home- call/p from Oland Island (WLOTA 0588) between September 5-11th. Activity will be on all bands using CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau.

OC-137. Ray ("Lucky"), K9LUK, will be active as K9LUK/VK4 from North Stradbroke Island between October 816th. Activity will be sporadic, but look for him on 14260 kHz. QSL via his home callsign, direct only.

SA-059. Members of the Caracas DX Group will be active as YW5LF from Los Frailes Islands between November 1822nd. QSL via DM4TI. More details are forthcoming.

IR7, ITALY (WFF Op)
Fred, IK7JWX, announced that he will be activating National Parks/Reserves in the Italian Provinces of Lecce (LE), Brindisi (BR), Taranto (TA) and Bari (BA), for the "World Flora Fauna" Award between October 1st and December 31st. He will use the special callsign IR7WFF. QSL via his home callsign.

K3, UNITED STATES (VHF and USI Op)
Charlie, K3NXH/4, will be on vacation on Topsail Island (NC004S [for the U.S. Island Award], Pender County, North Carolina) between September 8th and October 9th. He plans to be active during the ARRL September VHF Contest (September 11-12th) from Kure Beach (Grid Sq. FM13) and Topsail Island (Grid Sq. FM14), North Carolina. Activity will be on 6 and 2 meters. If time and conditions permit, Charlie will try to activate Grid Squares FM03 and FM04. QSL via his home callsign.

KX9, UNITED STATES (Quick USI Op)
Sean, KX9X, will be making a qualifying run for Eastman Pond Island (NH-018) near Grantham, New Hampshire on Monday, September 6th. This run will be relatively short, only 2 hours or so. He hopes to make the needed QSOs in that time to qualify. Rig will be a Yaesu FT-817 with 5 watts to a dipole up as high as he can manage. Look for him on SSB, 14260 and 7260 kHz (+/- QRM), and if that fails, he will also be on 14064 and 7064 kHz CW. Sean states, "I have to canoe to the island. Estimated time QRV will be 1600z to 1800z."

KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (For September 6-12th)

 Sept  6    AN          SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS
 Sept  7    AN          --------------------
 Sept  8    AN          BN - Below Normal
 Sept  9    AN          AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET
 Sept 10    AN          LN - Low Normal
 Sept 11    AN          HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED
 Sept 12    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
OJ0, MARKET REEF (EU-053)
Pasi, OH3WS/OG3A, will be active as OJ0W between September 12-22nd. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign.

PG6, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event)
Look for special event station PG6N to be active during the International Hertage Day on September 11th. Activity will from the Noordwijk Lighthouse Station (ARLS NET019). The team will try to be active after 1100z after setting up the station. The Noordwijk Ligthouse will be open for public on this day between 11.00-17.00 local time. PLEASE QSL via the Bureau. For more details see:

http://www.qrz.com/db/PG6N --or-- http://pg6n.jouwweb.nl/english

PJ5 & PJ7, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
With the strong possibility of two new DXCC entities to be created on October 10th, David, AH6HY, plans to activate St. Eustatius (NA-145) between October 6-15th, as PJ5/AH6DX, followed by Sint Maarten (NA-105) between October 15-22nd, as PJ7/AH6DX. QSL via his home callsign.

QSL INFO AND NEWS


  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated September 5th)
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  5B/OM2AQ via OM3XX             EN1IFF via UR3IBV      OZ/DL1BWU/P via DL1BWU
  CO6WD via 8P9NX                EO65QM via UR7QM       R1000YR via RM3M
  D2SG via MM0SSG (direct only)  FO8RZ via F8BPN        R3TT/UF6V via R3TT
  DT0DWAC via HL0KHQ             HB0/PC5A via PC5A   RU5D/0 via RU5D (ex RD3BN)
  EA8/EA5BYP via EA5BYP          HF10TMZC via SP2ZCI    SN0NA via SP6OPZ
  EA9EU via EA5KB                HF440W via SP7KED      SN50SA via SP9PSJ
  ED1HLH via EA1HLH              IA5/IQ5LV via IZ5ENZ   SV8/HA1YA via HA1YA
  EG1SDC via EA1AUM              IA5/IZ5GST/P via IZ5GST T6LR via SP8PRL
  EG1VCE via EB1FGO              II3PAN via IV3IUM      TK/F5MCC via F5KCC
  EG3LH via EA3GHZ               JT1PX via HA8PX        TK/OE9SBD via OE9SBD
  EG3SDC via EA1AUM              LU7YZ via EA7FTR       TM32CDXC via F5CWU
  EG5VCE via EA5HJY              LU7YZ via EA7FTR       UE0RFF/0 via RN0QQ
  EG8SDC via EA1AUM              LX/PA5WT/P via PA5WT   VE9MY/VO1 via VE9MY
  EH4VCE via EA4DCU              OE50VIE via OE4VIE     VO2/NF6J via DL7RV
  EM65M via UR5MID, no QSL needed OE50XCL via OE4RGC    ZG2FX via G3RFX
TS8P QSL STATUS. Alfredo, IK7JWX, reports that some 1000 QSLs for TS8P were sent out last week and he expects to send out another 500 cards this week.

QSLS VIA LoTW: KL5DX, LA1J, NH7O, OH0X, OL1C, UA2FF, V31UB, ZL1BYZ and ZL6LH

QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3D2M, A7/M0FGA, CE4WJK, E4X, FW5F, FW5M, GW3YDX, PJ4/OK5MM, TL0A and V21ZG

QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: None reported this week!

RUSSIAN PREFIXES (Are You Confused?)
In 2010, Russia started new structure prefixes for hamradio callsign and some of them are confusing. Vladimir, RW2L, in Smolensk, European Russia (not Kaliningrad), has put together an interesting table/list of the new prefixes at:

http://www.qrz.com/db/rw2l

RZ1, RUSSIA (WCA & COTA Op)
Members of the Sosnovyj Bor Radio Club (RZ1CWC) will be active as RZ1CWC/P from Ivangorod Fortress (WCA UA-00006, COTA-RU C-106, RDA LO-26) on September 11th. Operators mentioned are: Andrew/RN1CW, Victor/UA1CBN and Vlad/UA1CIO. Activity will be on 40/30/20 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via RN1CW, by the Bureau or direct. For more details on the Castle and Fortress awards, visit the following Web sites:

World Castles Award (WCA) at: http://www.wcagroup.org
Castles On The Air Russia (COTA-RU) at: http://www.rz1cwc.qrz.ru

SV5, DODECANESE
Members of Aegean DX Group will be activating Arkoi Island (IOTA EU-001, GIOTA DKS 058 [for Greek Islands On The Air Award http://www.greekiota.gr] as SV5/homecall/p between now and September 7th. Operators mentioned are Alexandros/SV8CYR, Vassilis/SV8CYV, Giorgos/ SV8IJZ and Dirk/ON5CT. Activity is planned for 80/40/20/17 meters using SSB and the Digi modes mainly on the IOTA frequencies. Their portable stations will be fairly simple with power limited to 100 watts and antennas being verticals and dipoles. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau.

T6, AFGHANISTAN
Radek, SQ8HNB, is now currently active as T6LR. His length of stay is presently not known. Activity has been on 40/20/17/15 meters SSB. QSL direct to: Radoslaw Mos, Poniatowskiego 10/23, Zamosc, 22-400, Poland. Also, QSL via the Bureau to SP8PRL.

TM32, FRANCE (Special Event)
Look for special event station TM32CDXC to be on the air between now and September 18th. Activity is to celebrate the 32nd Convention of the Clipperton DX Club. Operations will be on all bands and modes. A special QSL will be printed at the end of the operation. QSL via F5CWU. The log will be uploaded to LoTW.

TS7, TUNISIA (Update/IOTA Op)
An Italian team of operators will activate the Tunisian Islands of Plane (AF-091) and Kuriat (AF-092) as TS7TI and TS7TI/p between September 13-23rd. Operations will be from the fixed base at Raf Raf and Monastir using the club stations 3V8ST, 3V8SA and 3V8SQ. Operators mentioned are: Alfredo/IK7JWX, Leopoldo/I8LWL, Simon/IZ7ATN, Paolo/IK7UXW, and Ivo/9A3A (CW op). Activity will be on all bands HF, WHF, VHF and 6m, using CW, SSB, PSK31 and RTTY. During their activity they will also activate some wanted WFF/VFF and lighthouse reference numbers, and the most wanted grid square JM57 as well as other grid squares. They are currently seeking sponsors/supporters for this DX- pedition.

VK0H, HEARD ISLAND
It was announced this past week that Heard Island, ranked the number 6th world's most wanted DX entities, will once again be activated in February of 2013. This uninhabited sub-Antarctic island, in the Southern Indian Ocean, was last activated in January 1997 (VK0IR). The planned 2013 Dxpedition is being organized by co-leaders Chris/VK3FY and Steve/VK6IR. The co-leaders are proposing to be on the island for two weeks with a 13 member DXpedition team. This is expected to be a very expensive operation costing around 500,000 USDs. Discussions has already taken place with the relevant Australian Government Minister and an application has been submitted for approval. Also, negotiations have begun to appropriate a ship for the journey to Heard Island. Once all the above items are approved and set, a callsign will be sought from the Australian Communications and Media Authority, and Web site will be set up to keep everyone informed. Stay tuned! By the way, Jim, VK3PC, has been named the Publicist for the Heard Island 2013 DXpedition, and he will keep OPDX and its readers informed.

Mehdi/F5PFP and Michel/F6DWQ provided the following interesting Web pages on Heard Island:

http://www.french-polar-team.fr/VK0_Atlas_Cove_Heard_Island.php
http://www.antarctica.gov.au/science/cool-science/cool-science-archive/2007-articles/exploration-of-heard-island-between-1947-and-1971
http://www.heardisland.aq/

VP9, BERMUDA
Operators Ray/ND8L and Jamie/WW3S will be active as VP9I from Ed/VP9GE's QTH for the CQWW RTTY DX Contest (September 25-26th). QSL via N1HRA. They plan to arrive on September 23rd and leave on the 27th. Outside of the contest, look for them to be active as VP9/WW3S and VP9/ND8L. QSL via LoTW or SASE to their CBA.

WRTC WEBINAR #2
Ken, K4ZW, reports that another Webinar will be available on Tuesday, September 7th, at 1800z, and it is called "A Look at the 2010 WRTC Competition - European Teams". This is the second and final look at WRTC 2010. Presenters will be the European teams S50A/S57AW, ES5TV/ES2RR, and the winning team of RW1AC/RA1AIP. The event is free but you must register at:

https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/920852130

XW1, LAOS
Bruce, XW1B, will be active during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Lower-Power (possibly Single-Band 20m) entry. QSL via E21EIC.

YJ0VK DXPEDITION WRAP-UP
Chris, VK3QB, reports (edited): "The four members of the YJ0VK team (Chris/VK3QB, Allan/VK2CA, Luke/VK3HJ and Brenton/VK3CBV) returned from Vanuatu on September 2nd, after 6 days of operation. A quick summary of operation follows:
     * Almost 4,000 qsos
     * 69 DXCC entities
     * Approx 500 digital qsos (RTTY and PSK31)

Overall the team had a lot of fun and regards the expedition as a success. Conditions were a bit disappointing, especially into EU, with barely 300 QSOs to that part of the world. We listened, we called EU but conditions did not favor that path; we worked EU as much as possible when the conditions were there. Obviously, lots of NA and JA. More detailed statistics can be found on our Web site (under the 'News' tab) at:

http://yj0vk.vkham.com
We have also posted a few pictures under the 'Gallery' tab.

The QSL card is currently being designed, and we hope to start QSLing in the coming 4-5 weeks. Many thanks to all the patient operators who sat on the side as we worked the pileups, and also those who persevered with the poor conditions. And sorry to those who we know were chasing us but we were unable to work especially on 12 and 30 meters. We did try!

A more detailed report will be published in the coming weeks when we recover from the trip and get our equipment unpacked, cleaned and ready for the next trip.

On behalf of the team, I would like to offer a special thank-you to the following:
       * ODXG as principle supporter
       * Chris, VK5CP, for the loan of equipment
       * Phil, VK3YB, for the loan of equipment
       * Allan, VK2CA, and vkham.com for our internet presence.
       * Individual amateurs who made donations
       * Brian, VK3BSN, (NBS Masts and Antennas) who manufactured our vertical antennas

Thanks again to one and all, and I think we are already considering another trip next year. Very 73 to all...es gud dx. Pls drop me an E-mail vk3qb@wia.org.au if you have any questions about the trip. On behalf of the YJ0VK Team, de Chris, VK3QB"

ZS8, MARION ISLAND (Update)
Pierre, ZS1HF/ZS8M, continues to be active most days on 20 meters SSB (various frequencies) between 1230-1730z. He has also released another newsletter from Marion Island which he provides more pictures, along with more details about his set up and activities on the island. His newsletter can be found online at:

http://www.iz8epy.it/html/zs8m.html

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