The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 980.1
October 13, 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, Bill Moore/NC1L and Rich Moseson/W2VU for the following DX information.
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports:
"The dissolution of the Netherland Antilles has caused changes to the DXCC List.---------------------------------------------------------------------
As per the DXCC rules, the two Netherland Antilles DXCC entities will be deleted and moved to the Deleted Entities List. Four new entities will be added to the DXCC List : (1) Curacao; (2) St. Maarten; (3) Saba and St. Eustatius; and (4) Bonaire. The event date and time for these changes will be 0400Z, 10 October, 2010. Confirmations for these new entities will be accepted for credit starting 1 January, 2011.
Other administrative changes and actions will be announced as they are finalized............... 73 es DX! Bill Moore NC1L"
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Rich Moseson (W2VU), Editor, reports on October 13, 2010, for immediate release:
"Former Netherlands Antilles and CQ Awards and Contests
With several groups operating this week from the "new" DX entities created by the breakup of the Netherlands Antilles, questions have arisen regarding their status for CQ DX awards and contests. This announcement updates and supplements the preliminary announcement that will appear in the November issue of CQ magazine, which is already at the printer.
CQ DX Awards
Each of the five islands involved in the change of status retains its previous PJ callsign prefix (Curacao - PJ2; Bonaire - PJ4; St. Eustatius - PJ5; Saba - PJ6; and St. Maarten - PJ7). According to CQ DX Awards Manager Billy Williams, N4UF, the previous entities of the Leeward Islands (PJ2/PJ4) and Windward Islands (PJ5/PJ6/PJ7) Islands were deleted as of October 9, 2010. Four new entities - Curacao (PJ2), St. Maarten (PJ7), Bonaire (PJ4) and Saba/St. Eustatius (PJ5/6) - became active on October 10, for a net gain of two DX entities. Confirmations for contacts made with the new entities will be accepted for CQ award credit effective immediately.
New Multipliers in the CQWW
The country multiplier list for the CQ World Wide DX Contest (SSB weekend on October 30-31; CW on November 27-28) is based on a combination of the ARRL's DXCC list and the DARC's WAE (Worked All Europe) list. Since the ARRL has also made the same changes, deleting the old Windward and Leeward Islands entities and adding PJ2 (Curacao), PJ4 (Bonaire), PJ5/6 (St. Eustatius & Saba) and PJ7 (St. Maarten) as four new entities effective October 10, these "new ones" will each count as separate country multi- pliers in the CQWW.
There is no need to worry if your own contest logging software is not updated, according to CQWW Contest Director Bob Cox, K3EST. 'In the end, the log checking software calculates final tallies anyway,' he notes, adding that the software 'is very up-to-date and reflects any status changes.'
DX Marathon Double-Dip
Competitors in the 2010 CQ DX Marathon will have a unique 'double-dip' opportunity in working the islands of the Netherlands Antilles for Marathon points. Those who worked any of the islands before 10/10/10, get credit for either the Windward or Leeward Islands, as appropriate. Hams who work them again on or after 10/10/10 will get additional credit for the new entities, providing a maximum of six country credits for working the islands in 2010."
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