OPDX Bulletin 996 January 31, 2011

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 996
BID: $OPDX.996
January 31, 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, KH2AR/W4, K3BEQ, NG3K & ADXO, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4OTN, K5TR, KH6BZF, KL7JR, K8YSE, W8GEX (60m News), N0TG, AT International, CT1IUA, DK8JB, DK8ZZ, DL1SBF, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK7JWX, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, UR5EAW, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF), VK2CZ and YB2TJV for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 23rd-January, through Sunday, 30th-January there were 226 countries active. Countries available: 1A, 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, 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, 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, J7, 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, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, YV0, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).

1A0, S.M.O.M.
Another rare appearance/activity of 1A0KM from the Sovereign Military Order of Malta happened this past weekend, and operations were expected to end on January 30th. Operators mentioned were IK0FVC, G4IRN, I0JBL, I0ZY, I8NHJ, IK0DWN, IK0FTA, IK0PRG, IW0BYL, IZ0NRG and possibly some guest operators. QSL via IK0FTA direct. All QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW.

4W, TIMOR-LESTE
David, VK2CZ, will be active as 4W3A from Dili during the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. David informs OPDX that this is just a long weekend trip (fly in on the Friday and then out on Monday.... The airfares are dirt cheap right now). He doubts very much if he will be on the air outside the WPX SSB contest. QSL Manager is direct via M0OXO

(see http://www.m0oxo.comhttp://www.m0oxo.com for details).

5Z, KENYA (Update)
Sig, NV7E/ZS6SIG, who has now relocated from Pretoria, South Africa, to Nairobi, Kenya, is now signing 5Z4EE for the next four years. Sig announced this past week that he will also be in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as well as the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 19-20th) and ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 5-6th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/ High-Power entry. Activity outside of the contests will be on all bands 160-10 meters. QSL via NV7E or at the address shown for 5Z4EE on (QRZ.com).

6W, SENEGAL
Fernando, EA1BT, will be active as 6W/EA1BT between May 312th. More details are forthcoming.

8P, BARBADOS
Tom, W2SC, will be active as 8P5A during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 5-6th) as Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or direct to NN1N.

9N, NEPAL
Operators Dov/4Z4DX/9N7DX and XYL Anat/9N7YL will be active between April 13-30th. Activity will be mainly 20/15/10/6 meters using mostly CW, RTTY and PSK31. Dov is going to organize the big DXpedition in November 2011, to celebrate his 60 years birthday and 45th anniversary of being on the air. QSL via 4Z4DX. For more details and updates, see:

http://www.mdxc.org/9n7dx/<
http://www.qrz.co.il/home.php?page=9N7DX

BLACK SEA CUP INTERNATIONAL 2011
The Black Sea Contest Club (BSCC) will sponsor the "Black Sea Cup International Contest 2011" which will be held between 1200z, February 5th and 1159z, February 6th. For more information on the contest, please visit the BSCC Web page at:

http://bscc.in

C6, BAHAMAS
Operators Bill/NE1B (C6AWB) and Tom/N1GN will once again be active as C6ANM from Nassau (NA-001, FL15) during the CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest (February 25-27th) and ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 5-6th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via LoTW.

CE, CHILE (LH Op)
Hector, CE3FZL, and possibly others will be active as CE2C from the Faro, Cofradia Nautica del Pacifico (ARLHS CHI-079, WW Loc. FF46DP), Algarrobo, during the South American Lighthouse Weekend (SALW 2011), February 25-27th. Activity will be on 40/20/15/10 meters using 100 watts and a Mosley TA33M directional beam antenna. QSL direct (QRZ.com address) with 2 IRCs, or by the Bureau. No eQSL!

CE, CHILE (LH Op)
Members of the Team DX Scorpions will be active as CE1Z from Punta Tetas Lighthouse (ARLHS CHI-075) during the South American Lighthouse Weekend (SALW 2011), February 25-27th. Activity will be on 160/80/40/20/15/10 meters using 7 stations, 9 operators and 3 guests. Operators mentioned are Claudio/CA1KHF, Jose/CE1UOR, Melo/CE1TUW, Patricio/ CE1WNR, Antonio/CE1RSQ, Victor/CE1TKL, Ricardo/CE1GBE and Pedro/CE1WML. QSL via CE1WNR. For more details, see:

http://www.qrz.com/db/ce1z
http://ce1z.blogspot.com

CY0, SABLE ISLAND (Update)
Randy, N0TG, reports, "Although the two previous attempts to access the island were unsuccessful, the team is eagerly looking forward to March anticipating improved weather, propagation and a successful landing. We are pleased to note that routine supply flights to Sable for the small staff on the island have been successful and on schedule during January. Hopefully, this will be a continuing trend of improved flight conditions as we count down to an early March operation. Most of the Dxpedition equipment and supplies are stored in the aircraft hanger in Halifax, Canada---ready to be loaded onto the aircraft." The CY0 Web site will be updated as new information develops at:

http://www.CY0dxpedition.com

D2, ANGOLA
QSL Manager Mike, CT1IUA, informs OPDX that Paulo, D2CQ (aka CT1ITZ), will be back on the air very soon from Porto Amboim. He was off the air for almost 1 year after some equipment was stolen from his QTH (power supply, coax, PL's, windom...). Paulo will be on the air with a G3TXQ Hexbeam and for now he will only be active on 20-6 meters SSB. He plans to put a dipole up for 40m and 80m soon. Mike mentions that sometimes the electricity goes down for 2 or 3 hours, so it is normal that Paulo suddenly disappears once in a while!

D4, CAPE VERDE
A group of operators (not named) will once again be active as D4C from Sao Vicente Island (AF-086) for the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 19-20th) as a Multi-2 entry. Before and after contest, operators will be active as D44AC. QSL D4C via LoTW or CT1ESV by the Bureau or IZ4DPV for direct. QSL D44AC direct to Carlos Pulu, P.O. Box 398, Mindelo, Cape Verde For the latest information, check the D4C Web page at:

http://www.d4c.cc

FH, MAYOTTE (Update to OPDX.995)
Bruno, DH1BL, who is currently active as FH/DH1BL from Mayotte (AF-027) for the next 3 years, has now received a "FH" callsign - FH4VOS. He was heard this past week on 20 meters SSB. QSL via his QSL Manager DL7BC, by the Bureau or direct.

HH, HAITI
Operators Jan/K4QD and Don/AF4Z will once again be active as HH4/K4QD and HH4/AF4Z between February 18th and March 5th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters CW, SSB, RTTY and possibly PSK, as time permits. As in the past, Jan and Don will be working at the NW Haiti Christian Mission

http://www.nwhcm.org
in Saint-Louis-Du-Nord for two weeks. Jan prefers QSLs for K4QD are direct or LoTW, but the Bureau is OK. QSLs for AF4Z are direct.

HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC (Update)
Operators Yukon John/KL7JR and XYL Claire/WL7MY will be active as HI3/KL7JR and HI3/WL7MY from Hispaniola Island (NA-096) between March 1st and June. Activity will be on 80-10 meters SSB using several different wire antennas from their beach location. Main antenna will be a 40-10m vertical loop. QSL via KL7JR (QRZ.com, CBA). E-mail for skeds at: kl7jr@yahoo.com Antenna farm links:

http://www.hamuniverse.com/kl7jrhorizminibeams.html
http://www.hamuniverse.com/kl7jrslopingdelta806.html

IOTA NEWS
AF-018. Operator Raffaele, IH9YMC, will be active from Pantelleria Island (IIA TP-001, MIA MI-124, WW Loc. JM56XT), African Italy, in the CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest (February 25-27th) as a Single-Op/low-Power entry. QSL via eQSL.

AF-068. (Op Postponed!). Italian operators Leopoldo/I8LWL (5C2L), Alfredo/IK7JWX (5C2J), Ruggero/IK2PZC (5C2P), Simon/IZ7ATN (5C2SG) and Mounaim/CN8QY have postponed their operation to Herne Island, located in the large bay of Dakhla, until September. Orginally it was scheduled for between February 1-5th. Alfredo, IK7JWX, informs that the 5C2 was traveling in Morocco to reach Dakhla and Herne Island, when on the way a wheel broke on of their jeep, and it turned upside down. The impact only hurt Leo/I8LWL (5C2L), but the rest of the team is in good shape. Leo suffered a fractured shoulder and a slight head injury and is now recovering in a Marrakech hospital. For updates, please visit the following Web page at:

http://www.i8lwl.it

EU-054. Operators Raffaello/IT9ATF, Renato/IT9NPR, Pippo/IT9PPG, and Pino/IT9WDC will be active as IF9A from Favignana Island (IIA TP-011, MIA MI-025, WLOTA LH-1545) for the CQWW WPX SSB Contest as (March 26-27th) as a Multi-Single entry. Activity will be on all bands and modes outside of the contest. QSL via IT9ATF, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-146. Gerard/PD2GCM and guest operator Bertus/PD2GJS will activate the special callsign PD04ISLE starting May 1st, to commemorate the 4th anniversary of the Isle of Tiengemeten, a nature island. It is the last surviving island in the southwest part of the Netherlands as a unique nature reserve. The activation will be continued throughout 2011 until December 31st. For more details, see:

http://pd04isle.webklik.nl
http://www.qrz.com/db/PD04ISLE

NA-067. (Update/Correction) Operators Eric/W4OTN, Amanda/KI4IWS and Bill/KG4CXY will be active as W4OTN from Core Banks Barrier Island (USI NC033S, WLOTA 0596, Carteret 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)

J8, ST. VINCENT
Dave, G3TBK, will once again be active as J88DR between February 16th and March 14th. Activity will include the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 19-20th) and the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 5-6th) as a Single- Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. He will also be in the RSGB's 74rd Common- wealth Contest (March 12-13th). Activity outside of the contest will be on all HF bands, especially 30/17/12 meters, using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via G3TBK, direct or by the RSGB Bureau.

KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (For January 31st-February 6th)


 Jan  31    HN-AN       SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS
 Feb   1    AN          --------------------
 Feb   2    AN          BN - Below Normal
 Feb   3    AN          AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET
 Feb   4    AN          LN - Low Normal
 Feb   5    AN          HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED
 Feb   6    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
NP4, PUERTO RICO (NA-099)
Alfredo, WP3C, will be active as NP4DX in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 30-31st) as a Single-Op/Mixed-Mode/24-Hrs entry. His activity will also count for the WLOTA as LH-2802. QSL via W3HNK, direct preferred, but Bureau is OK. Visit his web page at:
http://www.wp3c.qth.com/np4dx.htm

OA, PERU
Fred, DL1NL, will be active as OA4/DL1NL sporadically from the Radio Club Peruano (OA4O) in Lima until February 20th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters CW only. QSL via his home callsign.

P4, ARUBA
Tim, WD9DZV, will be active as P40A from Aruba between March 8-13th. Activity will be holiday style on most bands and modes. QSL via WD9DZV.

PJ2, CURACAO
Members of the Caribbean Contesting Consortium (CCC) will once again activate Signal Point Station on Curacao (SA-099, WLOTA LH-0942) during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 19-20th) as a Multi- Multi entry. Operators mentioned are: Geoff/W0CG (PJ2DX), Bill/W9VA, Mal/NP2L, Wayne/K8LEE, Jim/W0NB, Kelly/N0VD, Dan/N1ZZ, Charles/WA9S and John/N4QQ. Outside the contest operators will use PJ2/homecall or their personal PJ2 callsigns. QSL via their home callsigns. QSL PJ2T via N9AG or LoTW.

PJ6, SABA ISLAND (Update to OPDX.985)
The six meter expedition to Saba Island (NA-145) by team Dick/K5AND, Pat/W5OZI and George/K5TR now has a Web page available at:

http://dkhanson.com/pj6
In the coming months, watch for updates and news during their operation. Callsigns are still not known.

QSL INFO AND NEWS


  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated January 30th)
  ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
  8P9UR via W3UR    EK6TA via DJ0MCZ (direct only) ON65SUSKEENWISKE via ON3OMD
  9K50RX via 9K2RX      FM/F5LGE via F5LGE            OZ2SPACE via OZ7AKT
  9K50UU via 9K2UU      GB0LB via G0BRC               PR150PLM via PR7AYE
  AX6HD via VK6HD       IT9/IK8WEJ via IK8WEJ         R20RCK/0 via RW0UM
  AX6IR via VK6IR       IX1/IZ1FUM via IZ1FUM      RI1ANR via RK1PWA or ZS1ANF
  BG3EKH via BA3AO      J46J via SV1BJW               TA4/DL6RO via DL6RO
  BV100ROC via BM2JCC   KF6ZWD/HC2 via KF6ZWD         UN8GV via RD3AY
  CN8IG via EA7FTR      KH0WW via JP1IOF              VP8ORK via VE3XN
  EA8/IK1PMR via IK1PMR KP4ED via EB7DX (direct only) WP4WW via EA7FTR
  EA8/ON5JV via ON5JV   LZ12EYAC via LZ1BJ    YB2EUZ via RW6HS (direct/Bureau)
  EF5K via EA5KB        OE/DJ1YFK via DJ1YFK          ZV150LM via PT2AA
YE2H QSL STATUS. Dani, YB2TJV, QSL Manager of YE2H (Indonesian Light- house Station) informs OPDX that the YE2H QSL cards are still in printing, and will be ready at the end of January 2011. He states, "Thanks for all stations who have made QSOs with us."

ZL8X QSL STATUS. Mario, DJ2MX, states that the ZL8X QSL cards will be printed sometime in February. They hope that the distribution of QSL cards will start at the end of February or beginning of March. In a press release by Mario, some questions came up last weeks about their LoTW policy. It is recommend to read the complete press release for more details on how they will process the QSOs for LoTW at:

http://www.kermadec.de/news/news_archives/index.php?task=shownews&id=27

QSLS VIA LoTW: 9N38 (1982)

QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 4L5O, 5R8IC, 7Z1CQ, 7Z1TT, 8R1AK/p, A45XR, C56E, EK3SA, EM75LWY, FP/AC8W, HG0GU/1, IR0LI, J48CM, KC4USV, LU/JH4RHF, MU/F4EGD, NP4A, OX/DL2SWW, PJ2/K2TQC, PJ2/W1NG, PJ2MI, PJ2T, PJ4W, PJ6A, RK2FWA, S79LR, T6MB, VK0KEV, VK4LDX/p, VK9XO, VP2E/W1UE, ZD9AH, ZF2AH, ZL7V and ZL7VR

QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 6W/IZ2DPX, 9A3XV, 9A4A, 9A7B, 9H1RZ, DM2DX, IQ6FU/P, IY4FGM, OH2HQ, OH8X, OL4A and US2IW

S2, BANGLADESH
Tom, KC0W (ex-ZD7X, XU7XXX, TO0O), is expected to be active from Bangladesh for 9 months beginning in November 2011. Activity will have a special emphasis placed on 80 and 160 meters. More details will be forth- coming.

T30, WESTERN KIRIBATI
Udo, DL9HCU, is once again active as T30HC from Tarawa Island (OC-017). Length of stay is not known. Activity this past week was on 20 meters CW (14002 kHz around 0600z). QSL via his home callsign.

TF, ICELAND
Siggi, TF3CW, has announced that he will be active in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 19-20th) as Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry. QSL via LX1NO.

TI8, COSTA RICA
Operators Keith/W4KTR, Eddie/K4UN, Bob/W4BW, Lex/W4XO, Carlos/TI2KAC, Juan Carlos/TI2JCY and TI2ZM will be active as TI8M from Costa de Pajaros, during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 5-6th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via TI2KAC, direct preferred but bureau "OK". Look for activity before the contest on 160-10 meters.

TJ, CAMEROON (Update)
An international team composed of members of the Provins ARC (F6KOP) will be active as TJ9PF (instead of TJ3C as first reported) from Kribi between February 10-20th (See OPDX.992). Also, Gerard, F2VX, unfortunately had to cancel his trip with the team, and a substitute was very quickly found. Norbert, DJ7JC, has joined the TJ9PF crew, and he is a specialist in the Digital and CW modes. For more details and updates, visit the TJ9PF Web page at:

http://www.tj9pf.fr

V5, NAMIBIA
Seven members of the Lufthansa Amateur Radio Club (LARC) of Frankfurt will operate as V55DLH from Omaruru between February 5-12th. Operators mentioned are: Georg/DD8ZX, Bernd/DF1FF, Juergen/DH0RAK, Juergen/DH6ICE, Frank/DJ3FK, Rudi/DK7PE and Bernhard/DK7TF. Activity will be on all bands and modes, including PSK and SSTV. QSL via Zik, DK8ZZ.

VK9C, COCOS-KEELING ISLANDS
Tim, NL8F, will once again return to Cocos Keeling (OC-003) and be active as VK9CF between March 19-29th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters SSB and possibly 160m. Tim hopes that this year's conditions are better than last year's conditions in March for the lower bands. He is also expected to be in the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th). QSL via K8NA.

VP8O, SOUTH ORKNEY ISLANDS
Members of the Microlight Penguins hit the airwaves as planned on January 27th, from Signy Island (AN-008) around 1730z on 20 meters SSB. Activity by VP8ORK should last until 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 were listed in OPDX.995). As this was being written, the VP8ORK log shows (at 1456z, Janaury 30th) that they have made 21198 QSOs with 7863 unique callsigns (13321/CW, 7364/SSB and 513/RTTY). The online log can now be found at:

http://www.clublog.org/charts/?c=vp8ork
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:
http://www.vp8o.com
By the way, real-time news is now available at:
http://www.vp8o.com/realtimenews.htm

ZA, ALBANIA
Franck, F4DTO, will once again be active as ZA/homecall from Elbasan between April 2-16th. Activity will be on 4010m, mainly SSB, using 100 watts and monobander antennas. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the French Bureau. For updates, watch (QRZ.com) (F4DTO) or Franck's Web page at:

http://monsite.orange.fr/f4dto

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS (NA-016)
John, K6AM, will be active as ZF2AM during the CQ 160 Meter SSB Contest (February 25-27th) as a Single-Op/High-Power entry. QSL via K6AM, direct or by the Bureau or LoTW.

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