The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 995
January 24, 2011
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, K3IRV, NG3K & ADXO, K4PG, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4FC, KH6BZF, N6AWD, N7UN, NN7A, K8YSE, W8GEX (60m News), K9EL, W9AEB, 4L5O, AT International, DL1SBF, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, EA1PP, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HI8LAM, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF), VK3QB, VK3WM and ZL2TZE for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 16th-January, through Sunday, 23rd-January there were 225 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3C, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, 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, FP, FR, 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, J6, J7, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T33, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VK9X, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, 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).
2010 DX MARATHON REMINDER (Deadline Nears)
John, K9EL, CQ DX Marathon Administrator, reports: "Just a reminder that log submissions for the 2010 DX Marathon must be in by 2359Z, 31 January 2011. Please visit
Please note that the DX Marathon E-mail server crashed and was down from 0500Z to 2200Z on January 19th. Any logs sent during that period are unfortunately lost and will need to be re-submitted. If you are not sure, a complete list of all logs received is posted on the website. If you do not see your call, please re-submit. We now have a backup E-mail server in place to prevent future problems. We apologize for any inconvenience caused.....73"
2011 DX PREFIX AND 10 BAND CHECKLISTS
Pete, G-13038, from Pete's DX Newsdesk, reports: "As you know the DXCC country total has recently increased from 338 to 340 countries. So, I have updated the various prefix and 10 band checklists on my DX Newsdesk Web page. If you go to the Web page at
Operator Omari, 4L5O, will be active during the CQ 160- Meter CW Contest (Janaury 28-30th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via N3SL.
The Israel Amateur Radio Club (IARC) is proud to announce a special 3 month activity for the Holyland Contest's 20th anniversary, starting February 1st, through April 30th, 2359z. Look for the following honorary activations of two special prefixes/callsigns, 4X20HC and 4Z20HC. Activity will be used on CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via 4Z4TL. For more details about the Holyland Contest, see:
Nick, G3RWF, will once again be active as 5X1NH from Fort Portal in western Uganda, and will be there between February 20th and April 14th. Usually he is there to do voluntary work, so his activity is usually outside the work hours. He prefers to operate CW but plans to also be on the Digital modes with some SSB. Activity will be on all bands except 160m (no room for an antenna). His rig is a K3. QSL via his home callsign and LoTW.
Nathan, KA1YMX, will be active and on vacation from here between February 26th and March 5th. Activity will be on CW and SSB using an Elecraft K2. No other details are available. QSL via his home callsign.
Andrew, G7COD, is once again active as 8Q7AK. This time from Embudu Island on the South Male Atoll, Maldives (AS-013), between February 5th and approximately February 18th. He states that this trip is a holiday and plans to be active on 80-10 meters, including 30/17/12 meters, using CW and SSB. The following are suggested times of operations: 0730-0830z, 0900-1030z, 1300-1500z and 1730-1800z. Suggested frequencies (+/- QRM) are:
CW - 3503, 7003, 10103, 14003, 18073, 21003 and 24893 kHz
SSB - 3795, 7063, 14190, 18133, 21253 and 24953 kHz"
He also hopes to have limited operation on the 160m band but this is not confirmed. QSL via his home callsign, direct (see Web page) or by the Bureau. Andrew now has a dedicated Web page at:
Operators Kees/PE1KL and Lisa/PA2LS will be active as 9G5LK from a local clay beach house located near the village of Ampenyi, close to Cape Coast and Elmina, between April 28th and May 6th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using SSB, PSK31 and RTTY. QSL via PA2LS. Visit their DXpedition Web site at:
9K50, KUWAIT (Special Event)
Look for amateur radio operators in Kuwait to use the special prefix "9K50" between January 26th and February 28th. Activity is to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Kuwait's independence. Also, 9K50NLD will be on the air between February 24-28th. Activity will be from the members of the Kuwait Amateur Radio Society (KARS).
Lindsay, VK3WM, Team Boss for the "Australia, New Zealand and Africa DX Net" (ANZA), would like to bring the readers of the OPDX up-to- date on the operation of the ANZA net. He states, "The net runs every day on 20m on 14.183 kHz with a different net controller each day, and all nets start at 0515z and run for about one hour depending on the DX. Also, there is a 15m net on 21.205 kHz on Saturdays starting at 0445z. The line up is: Friday - John/VK4LJ, Saturday - Morris/ZL1ANF, Sunday - Col/VK4CC, Monday - Jamie/NH7U, Tuesday - Lindsay/VK3WM, Wednesday - Ray/VK4NH, Thursday - Rob/ZLIRD for 20m, and 15m Alan/VK3HGN. We also have a Web page at http://anzadx.net."
AO1, SPAIN (AAW Op)
Spanish operators Fernando/EA1GHT, Gil/EA1HFM, Dani/EB1LA, Javi/EC1KV, Juan/Carlos EA1AUM, Juanjo/EA1WX, Carri/EA1CUB and Luis EA1CS will activate AO1AWW during the "8th Antarctic Activity Week" between February 21-27th. Reference Number is WAP-203. Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL via EA1GHT. A full list of AAW participating stations can be found at:
Operators Bob/N4BP (C6AKQ) and Kevin/K4PG (C6APG) will once again be in Freeport, Lucaya, Bahamas, for the ARRL International DX CW Contest (February 19-20th) as individual entries (Bob/C6AKQ on 80 meters and Kevin/C6APG on 40 meters). A third operator "may" join them to operate on 160 meters, but that is not known at this time. Bob is expected to arrive early on February 15th and stay through February 22nd. While Kevin will arrive on February 17th and stay through February 21st. Prior to the contest, they will be operating on the 30/17/12 meter bands, HF bands using CW and probably the Digital modes. QSL direct to their home callsigns with SASE and/or LoTW.
Spanish operators Marcos/EA1PP, Oscar/EB1HF and Recio/ EC1DPM will be visiting two islands in the Caribbean during the first half of February. Activity will be holiday style from the following locations:
Bonaire (PJ4) - Callsign PJ4/EA1PP; February 5-10th
Curacao (PJ2) - Callsign PJ2/EA1PP; February 11-16th.
Operation will be on SSB and RTTY (bands not provided). Look for PJ2/EA1PP to be active during the CQ WPX RTTY Contest (February 12-13th). QSL both callsigns via EA1PP.
Operators Ahmed/CN8WK, IK1QBT, Stefano/IK2QEI, Matteo/IK2SGC, Flavio/IK1SPR, Fabio/IV3BAZ, Gianfranco/IV3JCC, Maurizio/IV3ZXQ and Saaid/CN8WW will be active as CN3A from Safi during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 19-20th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via LoTW or via I2WIJ. Visit their Web page at:
CQ NEWS (Press Release)
Richard Moseson, W2VU, Editorial Director, sent out the following on January 18th: "WorldRadio Online Analysis Shows Ham Activity, Code Use, Both Up Since End of Code Testing -- An analysis by WorldRadio Online columnist Randall Noon, KC0CCR, suggests that levels of on-air ham activity and Morse code usage both have increased since the FCC dropped the requirement for Morse code testing in early 2007. Noon is the magazine's FISTS columnist. FISTS is an organization that promotes the use of Morse code among hams.
Writing in the February issue of WorldRadio Online, Noon based his analysis on a combination of FCC licensing statistics and published results of ARRL Field Day activity from 2005 to 2009. He used Field Day data on the assumption that 'people who participate in Field Day are at least minimally active hams.'
Comparing statistics for Field Day activity with the total number of licensees, Noon determined that both the raw number and the percentage of licensed hams operating in Field Day had increased since 2007. In addition, he found that the number of Morse code (CW) contacts in Field Day had increased as well, hitting an all-time peak in 2009. This is significant, he says, 'because it is assumed that hams will use the same modes on Field Day that they do when operating at other times.'
Since the FCC stopped requiring code tests, Noon concluded, 'it appears that the use of CW has gained in absolute usage because the newer hams licensed since 2007 appear to be more actively engaged in the hobby, as evident by the higher levels of participation in Field Day.'
Noon's complete analysis appears in the February 2011 issue of World- Radio Online, which will be posted on or about January 20 on
WorldRadio Online is an advertiser-supported publication of CQ Communica- tions, Inc., which also publishes CQ Amateur Radio, CQ VHF and Popular Communications magazines. Richard Fisher, KI6SN, is the Editor."
CTU (2011) WEBINAR
On Monday, February 7th, at 8:30 PM EST (Tuesday, February 8th - 0130z), Tim Duffy, K3LR, will present a look at Contest University (CTU) 2011, including the course line up and list of professors. Tim will review past years and tell you what makes CTU 2011 the best yet. You will find out what previous students have had to say about CTU and why you should attend this year. Registration for this Webinar can be done at:
D4, CAPE VERDE
John IK5CRH, Operators John/IK5BCM, Beppe/IK5CBE and Andrea will be active as D44TBE from Sal Island (AF-086) between February 2-9th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, possibly 160m (depending on the space), using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via IK5CRH.
EA8, CANARY ISLANDS
Operators Andrea/IK1PMR and Claudia/PA3LEO are now active as EA8/homecall until March 8th. Activity will be holiday style on 160-6 meters. QSL via PA3LEO or to the LoTW.
Bruno, DH1BL, is currently active as FH/DH1BL from Mayotte (AF-027) for the next 3 years. He hopes to get "FH" callsign in the near future. He uses a FT-920 w/100 watts into a 5-band antenna (20/17/15/12/10 meters) mounted 9m above the ground. Bruno was spotted this past week on 20 meters SSB around 14225 kHz after 1430z. QSL via his QSL Manager DL7BC, by the Bureau or direct. Cards will be printed once a FH callsign is issued to him, so please be patient when sending QSLs to his manager.
FJ, ST. BARTHELEMY
Daryl, W7TAE, will be active as FJ/W7TAE from St. Barthelemy (NA-146) between January 23-28th. Activity will be on 40/20/17 meter mainly SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
Rene, F5LGE, is now active FM/F5LGE until January 30th. Activity is 160 and 80 meters only and on CW. Operations seem to take place between 2330-0730z. QSL via F5LGE, by the Bureau or direct to: Courgibet Rene, 13 Ruelle Crepion, 51240 ST Germain la Ville, FRANCE.
Bernard, F5LBG (UFT member), is now active as FM/homecall from Rivière Salée until February 3rd. Activity will be holiday style, QRP and using 5 watts. Look for him daily around 1000z and 1800z. The suggested frequencies are: 10106, 14060 and 18096 kHz. QSL via F5LBG when he is back home, direct or by the Bureau.
FS, ST. MARTIN
Members of the Castalia Island DX Association, George/W4LW and Fred/K4FMD, will once again be active as FS/K4UP from St. Martin (NA-105) between January 28th and February 5th. Activity will be on 20/15/12/10 meters SSB, depending on the propagation. QSL direct to K4UP.
HI0, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Members of the Radio Club Dominicano Inc. invite you to celebrate the "Month of the Patria" beginning 0000z on January 26th, and ending at 2359z on February 27th, by working their special event station HI0RCD. Activity is to commemorate the birthday of their father of the Patria, Juan Pablo Duarte, and to celebrate their 167th anniversary of independence. A special QSL card will be sent to all the stations that have a contact with their 9 different circuit affiliate stations. QSL via Bureau. Activity will be on 160/80/40/20/17/15/10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. Look also for HI0RCD to be active on the AO-51 Satellite. For more details, see (QRZ.com) or visit Luis's, HI8LAM, Blog page at:
HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Claudio, HB9OAU, will be active as HI7/HB9OAU from Bayahibe, Dominican Republic (NA-096), between February 6-18th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using SSB. Claudio may possibly activate Saona and Catalina Islands, both IOTA NA-122 as HI2/HB9OAU. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
Voravut, HS8JYX, from Paknum Muang Krabi, is planning to be in the CQ 160-Meter CW Contest (January 28-30th) as a Single-Op/Low- Power entry. QSL via HS8JYX, LoTW or eQSL. He states he will use an inverted L antenna and transmit the power limit at about 50 watts. Visit his Web page at:
AS-069. Sergey, US0IW, hopes to activate the rare Iony Island in the Sea of Okhotsk sometime in July. Operation is in the early planning stages. More details are forthcoming.
NA-008. Jay, VY1JA, will once again be active as VY0JA from the CFS Alert Arctic base on Ellesmere Island for the last time starting February 26th. Operation will last about 5 weeks. Using a FT-990 at power and dipoles at 15 feet, look for Jay to be active on 30 meters, 40 meters, and 20 meters (in that order) during the evenings and weekends. The mode will be mainly CW, but Digital will be used and SSB can be requested by using the E-mail address at the top of the VY1JA (QRZ.com) page. QSL via N3SL; JA stations to JA3JM. This activity is also valid for the Arctic Challenge program.
NA-067. Operators Amanda/KI4IWS and Bill/KG4CXY will be active as W4OTN from Core Banks Barrier Island (USI NC033S, WLOTA 0596, Pamlico County, North Carolina) between July 29th and August 1st. Activity will include an entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st). Outside of the contest, they will be active on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL W4OTN, by the Bureau or direct (QRZ.com).
NA-091. Christian, F5IDM, will be active as VE7/F5IDM from Quadra Island (CISA BC006, WLOTA 1757) between January 29-30th. Activity will be on the HF bands on or near the usual IOTA and island fre- quencies. QSL direct or KH6 bureau to F5IDM.
SA-046. Members of Casa do Radioamador de Pernambuco (CRAPE) will be active as PY7CRA from Itamaraca Island (DIB-018) between February 11-13th. Operators mentioned are Cris/PY7GK, Luiz/ PY7LZ, Ben/PY7VI, Jim/PY7XC, Ciro/PY7ZY and Luiz/PU7RLM. Activity will be on all HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via PY7CRA, direct or by the Bureau.
SA-055. Operators Ezequiel/LU1EEZ and Mark/LU7CAW will be active as homecall/D from Martin Garcia Island between February 23-28th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters. QSL LU1EEZ/D direct and LU7CAW/D by the Bureau.
J7, DOMINICA (Update)
Guy, N7UN, reports in "DX News Release #2": "The 'Buddies in the Caribbean' DXpedition (Team #1) which specializes in 100 watt or less low power radios and the Buddipole portable antenna systems will be on Dominica (J7), February 1-9th, 2011. We plan to stay at the Calibishie Cove hotel
With J7 licenses, the eight operators are: Budd/J79FF (W3FF), Chris/J79HFP (W6HFP), Dan/J79ZP (WZ1P), Paul/J79AVO (KB9AVO), Mike/J79VG (KC4VG), Steve/J79AT (wG0AT), Wey/J79EA (K8EAB), and Guy/J79UN (N7UN). There will be 3 hotel stations in operation at various times on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, and RTTY. During the day, several teams will be battery-only, field portable either from Dominica beaches, scenic mountain tops, or national parks. 160m and 80m CW operations are planned, conditions permitting. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, or mail to the operator's home callsign (SASE required)."
Lars, SM0CCM, will be active as J73CCM from Dominica (NA-101) between February 21st and March 28th. Activity should be on all bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. Look for Stig, SM3PHM, to join him in Dominica on March 14th, and be active as J79M. Stig's favorite band is 160 meters and CW. He will stay with Lars until March 28th, where both will travel back to Sweden together. QSL via their home callsigns. Bureau is preferred. Also QSL via LoTW.
KG4, GUANTANAMO BAY (60m Op)
Tip, N4SIA (KG4AS) and a group of operators plan to activate this country as an all time new one on 60 meters between February 22nd and March 8th.
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (For January 24-30th)
Jan 24 AN SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS Jan 25 AN -------------------- Jan 26 AN BN - Below Normal Jan 27 AN AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET Jan 28 AN LN - Low Normal Jan 29 AN HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED Jan 30 AN-HN 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 lessKH8, AMERICAN SAMOA
Operator Marcus, DL1EKC, will be active as LX7I during the CQ 160-Meter CW Contest (January 28-30th) as a Single-Op/High-Power entry. QSL via LX2A. Logs will be put on the LoTW.
Peter, DF7DQ, is now active as PJ2/DF7DQ from Curacao (SA-099, WLOTA LH-0942) for the next two months primarily on business, but also relaxation and ham radio. Activity this past week was mainly on 40 and 30 meters PSK. Peter plans to apply for a local PJ2 callsign. QSL PJ2/DF7DQ via EA5GVH by the Bureau or direct to: P.O.Box 651, Willemstad - Curacao - Netherlands Antilles. For pictures and updates:
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated January 23rd) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3B9/F6HMJ via F6HMJ DU1/IZ7ATN via IZ7ATN LY13E via LY3NX 5R8HL via SM1ALH DU1/SM0MDG via SM0MDG LY13H via LY2H 7P8JW via N6JW DX1HBC via DU1HBC LY13J via LY3J 9M2/R6AF/P via R6AF EV85DOSAAF/2 via EW1WA LY13Q via LY4Q 9M6RHM via NI5DX GB2HLS via M0HFC LY13T via LY2QT A41PB via EB7DX HG1DX via HA1XR LY13W via LY3W BN100 via BM2JCC HG2W via HA2QW LY13X via LY3X CE6/F6DXE via F6DXE HG3DX via HA1DAE PT2ZXR via DJ0XR CE9/PA3EXX via VE3LYC HG3IPA via HA3JB R3/DL5EBE via DL5EBE CO8LY via EA7ADH (direct) HG3X via HA3IN UK8GK via RW6HS (direct only) CS7/PD0HNL via NL13565 HG4F via HA4FF XE3TT via EA5KB DL1JAM via OZ4ADP II7CL via IQ7MU XT2RJA via K3QFQSL 4V1 via the QSL Manager N3OS.
HH/PA5M QSL STATUS. "DX-World.net" reports that Michael, PA5M, states, "The HH2/PA5M QSL cards finally arrived from printer after the first lot got lost in the mail. All who have sent direct cards with sufficient postage will have their cards answered soon! All Bureau cards will be answered soon after."
PIRATE ALERT (ZL9BS/ZL9BI). Phillip, ZL2TZE, would like to bring to the attention of the readers of OPDX News that this Pirate Station is active again on the CW section of 40 meters. This station has been heard over the last 2 or 3 weeks and is a Pirate .. 7008 to 7010 last worked 14th Jan @ 1442z 7010.. Please report any activity or better capture a 20 second MP3 audio file and post it to: IntruderWatch@googlegroups.com Please do not send green stamps etc for QSL cards. Phillip states, "We need to catch this person so please help us out....73"
RI1ANR QSL STATUS. Nick, RK1PWA, reports that after the termination of the DXpedition of the RI1ANR operation, he will begin mailing QSL cards. Approximately in April-May of 2011.
V31JZ QSLS. Please note that Art, NN7A, is the only QSL Manager for V31JZ. He states that "ONE" logbook for the year 1996 is not available but all other logbooks between 1989-2010 are available.
PLEASE NOTE: Bob, W5KNE, has been getting questions about being the QSL Manager for the current VK9XN operation by a JA group. Bob states that he can only confirm QSOs for his 1992 VK9XN operation and NOT the JA group's operation.
YJ0VK QSL STATUS. Chris, VK3QB, reports that QSL cards arrived January 10th, from the printer. QSL Manager Allan, VK2CA, has confirmed that QSL requests are now being processed. For details visit the Web site at:
QSLS VIA LoTW: 6W7SK, 9A4RX, C6ANM, D2EB, DF2UU, DP4T, EA1DR, G4IIY, I0MWI, SV2FPU/8, TC03W, VE3OI, VP9/WW3S and YO3JF
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 5N7M, 9L5VT, AT10BP, C5A, C50C, C56E, LA2GRA, MU/F5CWU, OH9AA/p, OX/DF9TM, OX/DL2SWW, PJ2/N2MF, PJ4A, PJ4D, PJ4W, PJ6A, PJ7/K1GI, PJ7E, PZ5T, S79K, VP9HE, YJ0HA, YJ0VK, Z21BB and ZD9AH
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 5B/UT0U, 5N0OCH, CT9/DJ0JE, DA0HC, DF0ESA, DG6HD, DK0DAN/LH, DL0FTP, DL0THR, DL1JEN, DL4JS/6W, DL6OO, DR4X, DR9P, DR2010L, EA1SB, EG5FUV, GI7AXB, HB0/OE9SDV, HF100ZHP, HF680TAR, IK4RUX/4, IK6CLD, IQ5FI, IZ4JMA, IZ8FRH, K3NEM, LZ1NK, MS0ZET, OL80OK, ON9DAMIAN, ON50RN, PA1EJ, PG3N, PI4NAF, RD3AF, RL6YXX, SN51OGP, SP3EWP, SP6VWX, SP7HJJ, SQ80MKW, TA3SA, TF3AO, TF4M, TP60CE and YP1WFF
Members of the UA2 Contest Club will be active as RW2F during the CQ 160-Meter CW Contest (January 28-30th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via DK4VW.
It was reported that Sigrid, DL7CN, became a Silent Key (SK) on December 24th, after a short illness. She together with Frank/DL7FT (SK 2004) had some DXpeditions in the Pacific area. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of DL7CN.
SPECIAL EVENT (Ronald Reagan Centennial)
Look for two amateur radio clubs in California to activate special event stations in honor of the 100th birthday of former President Ronald Reagan on February 6th.
* The Ventura County Amateur Radio Society will operate N6R from Thousand
Oaks, California, from 1600z on Sunday, February 6th, through 0200z
Monday, February 7th, and intermittently at other times on Saturday
(February 5th) and Monday (February 7th). Suggested frequencies are
CW - 3545, 7045, 14045, 21045 and 28045 kHz
SSB - 3820, 7260, 14255, 21320 and 28490 kHz
* As well as local repeaters and FM simplex.
The Santa Barbara Amateur Radio Club will operate W6R at various times and from various locations on Friday, February 4th through Monday, February 7th. Main operation will be on February 5th, from 0300-2100z. In addition, a rover operation from the Reagan ranch is scheduled on February 7th. For updates and QSL information, see the following Web page at:
TC2011, TURKEY (Special Event)
Look for special event station TC2011EWU to be active during the 2011 World University Winter Games being held in Erzurum, Turkey, between January 27th and February 6th. Members of the Turkish Radio Club Station (TRAC Bursa Subesi - YM3KB) will be active on all bands using CW, SSB, PSK and ROS. Station's scheduled activity on bands, frequencies and modes, will be available online at:
Operators Dave/W9DR, Dave/K9UK and Tom/W9AEB will operate holiday style from Antigua (NA-100, Grid Square FK97BD) between June 14-28th. Look for W9DR to be active as V25DR and concentrate on 6 meters SSB/CW on 50.115 MHz. Look for K9UK to be active as V25DD and W9AEB as V25TP and operate on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and PSK31. Additional information will be available on the TBA Web site. QSL via their home callsigns.
VISALIA DX CONVENTION (IOTA Dinner Banquet)
The 16th annual "Islands On The Air" (IOTA) Dinner will be held in conjunction with the 62th annual Visalia International DX Convention on Friday, April 15th, in the Plaza Room of the Holiday Inn Hotel, 9000 W. Airport Drive, Visalia, CA. Program will be presented by Martin/G3ZAY, Dominic/M0BLP and Mike/K9AJ. For further information contact N6VR at: firstname.lastname@example.org
VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS
Karol, G0UNU (ex-ZD8KR), will be active as VP5/G0UNU from Grand Turk (NA-003) between January 31st and February 6th. Activity will be holiday style (because he is on a tour group). Operations will be on 40-10 meters between 1200-1400z, and possibly other times. He will use a TS-480 and a vertical antenna near the edge of the ocean. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. No eQSL.
VP8O, SOUTH ORKNEY ISLANDS
Members of the Microlight Penguins departed Ushuaia, Argentina, on board the "RV Braveheart" on Friday, January 21st, to head to South Orkney Islands (AN-008). If all goes well, VP8ORK should be active between January 27th and February 8th. They expect to be on the air with 7 stations on all HF bands 160-10 meters using SSB, CW and RTTY. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1826.5, 3504, 7004, 10104, 14024, 18074, 21024, 24894 and 28024 kHz
SSB - 3799, 7078, 14200, 18145, 21295, 24945 and 28475 kHz
RTTY - 7040, 10140, 14080, 18100, 21080 and 28080 kHz
If you want a QSL card, there are three ways available to receive one: OQRS direct (on the VP8O Web page), OQRS Bureau (on the VP8O Web page) and direct by mail via VE3XN [w/SASE/Green Stamps/IRC(s)]. For more details and updates, visit the VP8O Web page at:
XT, BURKINA FASO
Jon, K3QF, is now active as XT2RJA from Ouagadougou for the next few weeks. QSNs show that he has been on 40/30/20/17/15 meters using CW, RTTY and PSK. There is a report that he will also try to be on other bands too, including 160m. QSL via K3QF.
Operators Yon/YB1CCF, Gus/YB1ALL, Nyoman/YB1NWP, Terry/ YC1KAF, Jo/YC0LOW, Danu/YD1GCL and Joz/YD1JZ will be active as YE1C during the CQ 160-Meter CW Contest (January 28-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL YE1C to: West Java DX Association, PO. Box 1042, Bandung, 40010 Indonesia. Visit their Web page at:
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