The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1023
August 15, 2011
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
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DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 7th-August, through Sunday, 14th-August there were 211 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, ST0, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V8, VE, VK, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS
* 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).
2 METER DXCC ACHIEVEMENT
Lee, ZL2AL, reports that Bob McQuarrie, ZL3TY, has just achieved the first and only 2 Meter DXCC in ZL and the Oceania region. Only 62 2M DXCCs have ever been awarded world-wide, so it is an amazing achievement to confirm 102 countries on this band from this part of the world. Lee had the pleasure of checking Bob's cards before sub- mission and was astounded to see so many rare QSLs from AF and EU.
Excerpts from a press release from Acim, YT3W, informs OPDX that "a team of experienced amateurs and friends prepared a serious amateur expedition to the far island Rotuma, which belongs to the state Fiji". Their goal is to activate the beautiful island of Rotuma on all amateur frequencies from 1.8 MHz to 144 MHz and all amateur modes. Their team will operate on CW, SSB, FM, RTTY, SSTV, PSK, etc... Operators mentioned are: Hrane/YT1AD, David/K3LP, Krassimir/K1LZ, Aleksej/UA4HOX, Atilano/PY5EG, David/WD5COV, Vangelis/SV2BFN, Joe/AA4NN, Paul/N6PSE, Vel/YT3WW, Victor/UA4HBW, Victor/RU4SU, Chuck/JT1CO, Badruun/JT1DO, Danail/LZ1VVV, Choi/HL5FUA, Vasily/RW4NW and Acim/YT3W. They have the landing permit and the amateur radio license for the callsign 3D2R.
The team of experienced amateur and friends will gather in Fiji on September 24th, and expect a departure from the port of Suva on the 25th of September around noon. The journey takes 36 hours. They expect the first activity on the amateur radio frequencies on September 27th, and will be active the next 10 days. Return to Fiji is expected on October 8th, in the morning. QSL via YT1AD, direct or by the Bureau.
Peter, EI7CC, will once again be active as 7P8PB from Lesotho between August 18-30th. Activity will be limited because he will be on a family holiday and will operate when circumstances permit. QSL via EI7CC, by the Bureau or direct. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW immediately upon his return to Ireland. If possible, Peter may try to upload them while in Lesotho.
Jasper, PB2JJ, will once again be active as 9H3JN from Maseru, Malta (EU-023), between September 2-14th. Activity will take place during the 24th "VRZA Malta Expedition" organized by the Dutch Society of Radio Amateurs (VRZA). Operations will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via PB2JJ by the Bureau. Online log will be available at:
Gert, ZS6AYU, will be active as A25/ZS6AYU from Jwaneng between September 9-11th. Activity will probably be on 40-10 meters including the 17/12 meters using CW only. QSL via ZS6AYU (see (QRZ.com)).
Craig, KI0SO, has been active as A35CT from Lifuka Island in the Ha'apai IOTA group (OC-169, Grid Loc. AH20te). Activity will be on 20-6 meters mostly SSB. He is using an Elecraft K3 and a Yaesu FT-450 into Force-12 C-3 antenna and an M2 6m antenna operating mostly 10 watts. He has been heard on 20 meters SSB between 0830-1030z. The length of his activity is unknown. QSL via KI0SO CBA (probably a lengthy delay in response).
CW, URUGUAY (Lighthouse Op)
Members of the "Radio Club Uruguayo" will be active as CW1R, the special event callsign for the Punta del Este Lighthouse (ARLHS URU-008, ILLW UY0005, Grid Loc. GF25ma), during the upcoming International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (August 19-21st). Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes with at least two stations on the air. QSLs for this activity is via Bureau or direct to: Radio Club Uruguayo, P.O.Box 37, 11000, Montevideo, URUGUAY, SOUTH AMERICA, with a SAE and 1 new IRC or 2 green stamps.
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports "In accordance with Minute 29 of the July 2011 ARRL Board of Directors meeting, the DXCC award for RTTY is now changed to Digital. Digital will now replace RTTY on these certificates effective July 25, 2011."
E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS
Andy/AB7FS (E51AND, ZK1AND and ZK2AND) and his XYL Kathy/KB7SCH (ZK1SCH) will once again return to Arorangi Beach on Rarotonga Island (OC-013) between August 15th and September 3rd, and December 19-31st. Andy will be active as E51AND. As a member of the Straight Key Century Club (SKCC #7723), he plans to operate straight key CW at or around 14050 kHz, and he will be looking especially for SKCC members. Andy states,
"This is NOT a DXpedition - just a vaction with some hamming -- so frenetic issuing of signal reports will be a low priority though I'll try to make contact with those who want them. I often check into the ANZA net which meets at 0515z daily at 14183 kHz -- so that's a good place to find me for a sked or to QSY down to the CW part of the band --- or you can try E-mailing me - we'll have limited connectivity but I'll check at least every second day...and..... band conditions are MUCH improved from last December."QSL via AB7FS. Andy's E-mail address is: Kiaorana@minetfiber.com
E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS
Ron, ZL1AAO, will once again be active from Rarotonga Island (IOTA OC-013), South Cook Islands, beginning August 19th, for 10 days. He will sign as E51AAO. Activity will be holiday style, and he will be operational on SSB only, 40-10 meters, using 100w to a dipole or 1/4 wave GP antennas. QSL via LoTW, eQSL and direct only; sorry no Bureau cards. He will upload the log when he returns home.
HP, PANAMA (Lighthouse Op)
Members of the "Radio Club de Panama" will be active as HP2TP from Toro Point Lighthouse (PAN-021, Grid Loc. FJ09ai) during International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (ILLW), August 20-21st. Activity will be on CW and SSB. QSL via HP1RCP. ADDED NOTE: Toro Point Lighthouse was built by the French in 1894 and designed by Gustav Eiffel and was called Pointe le Taureau. Today it still marking the Northside entrance of the PANAMA CANAL in the Atlantic side of the Isthmus of PANAMA.
AF-040. By the time you read this, Simon, IZ7ATN, will be active as 5Z4/IZ7ATN/p from Lamu Island until August 15th. Activity will be on SSB only. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
AF-068. (Update). Operators Ruggero/IK2PZC (5C2P), Leo/I8LWL (5C2L), Fred/IK7JWX (5C2J), Simon/IZ7ATN (5C2SG), Ampelio/IS0AGY (5C2B), Mounaim/CN8QY and Belkaid/CN8QX will be active from Herne Island between September 22-29th. Activity will be on all HF bands and modes and 6 meters.
EU-020. Hans, DK3PZ, will be active as SM1/DK3PZ from Gotland Island (WLOTA 2969) between now and August 20th. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.
OC-223. Members of the Hellenic Amateur Radio Association of Australia (HARAOA) will be active as VK2CL from Montague Island's light- house (ILLW AU0071, Grid QF53CR) during the 2011 International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (August 19-22nd). Operators mentioned are Tom/VK2IR, Raffy/VK2RF, Binu/VK2BNG, Al/VK2VEC and possibly others. QSL via VK2IR. Visit the HARAOA Web page at:
SA-045. (Update) A press release by Fred, PY2XB, states that the Brazilian team will start their trip to Macapa, capital city of Amapa State, on Sunday, May 14th, to head towards Parazinho Island in the Balilique archipelago to activate it. Fred/PY2XB and Orlando/PT2OP will use PQ8XB and PQ8OP callsigns, respec- tively, between August 17-25th. They plan to be active on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. The island is located in the mouth of the Amazon River where it encounters the sea. Life in this region is governed by tides; and therefore, dates and boat schedules are tide dependent. They will stay at the Parazinho Environmental Reserve. There are links for 2 shorts videos about the reserve at:
When returning home, they will stop over in Macapa for a couple of days. They may activate São José de Macapá fortress using their callsigns /PQ8, if possible. QSLs for PQ8XB will be handled by PT7WA and for PQ8OP by PT2OP. Additional information when available will be posted at:
KH5, JARVIS ISLAND (Update to OPDX.974.1)
It was reported this week - "Due to a scheduling conflict with the Braveheart, the Jarvis DXpedition has been postponed to 2012 November-December." For updates, visit the N3E Web page at:
Aug 15 HN SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS Aug 16 HN -------------------- Aug 17 HN BN - Below Normal Aug 18 HN AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET Aug 19 HN LN - Low Normal Aug 20 AN HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED Aug 21 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 lessOJ, MARKET REEF (Update/Reminder)
P2, PAPUA GUINEA
Renzo, I2KRR, a volunteering technical support person to the Catholic mission in Vanimo, on the north coast of the main island, will be active as P29FR in Papua New Guinea (PNG) until March 2012. Activity will be on 40/20/15 meters SSB. Operations will be limited to the local evenings, plus Saturday and Sunday afternoons. QSL via I2RFJ, direct or by by the Bureau. PLEASE no IRCs. For more details about P29FR, see (QRZ.com).
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated August 14th) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3V/9A1MB via 9A1MB HS0ZEX via DL9MDZ PA2011DYK via PA3RGH 4J8VHF via RW6HS (direct) IC8L via IZ8EGM PF29CAVENTE via PA7HPH 4O/YU1EA via YU1EA IG9/IZ0FYL via IZ0FYL PJ7/AF6WU via AF6WU 5B/RV1AW via RU1AE IH9/I0KLV via I0KLV R10RTRS/0 via R7AA 5Z4/IZ7ATN/P via IZ7ATN II1L via IQ1GE RA/JA8BMK via JA8BMK 9A/DL9BBE/P via DL9BBE II4LXV via IZ4OUL RI1FJA via RX3MM 9A/IZ2OAR via IZ2OAR IM0/I2KQE via I2KQE SM/PE1BTV via PE1BTV 9A/OK1DSM via OK1DSM IR1DCI/P via IK1QFM SM1/DK3PZ via DK3PZ 9A/S51JS via S51JS IS0/IW1RGS via IW1RGS SN9Y via SP9UOP 9A/SQ6NLN via SQ6NLN J8/PE1IGM via PA3C SQ8SET via SP8WQX A61K via EA7FTR J48AL via DM3CW SV8/DM3CW via DM3CW A71CT via EA7FTR JW/OE9SDV via OE9SDV TC2X via OH2BH CO8LY via EA7ADH (direct) KH2/N2NL via W2YC TF/G4ODA via G4ODA CP6/DF9GR via DF9GR KH6/OE6MBG via OE6MBG or NR1R (Bureau) CT9/IZ2DPX via IZ2DPX LU/IW1FC via IZ1MLQ TK/DL2RMC via DL2RMC CW5W via CX6VM (direct) LY/RU5A via RU5A TK/F5OZF via F5OZF DL/HB9AGO/P via HB9AGO LY2011USCARS via ES2TT TK/F5RXL via F5RXL EA9/EC7DZZ via EC7DZZ LZ/HA0HW via HA0HW TK/IZ5NFD via IZ5NFD ED4FXF via EA4FXF MJ0CTR via M0CTR TM0COL via F6FMT EN1IFF via UR3IBV N0B via N7UN TM5SM via F5RJM EO18IKF via US6IKF N6L via K6LSN TM89YON via F5KCC EO60RUL via UZ9RR OE/DJ5RE/P via DJ5RE TY1KS via IZ7KHR HB0/DJ9CB via DJ9CB OH0/WS4T via WS4T UA1PBA/0 via RK1PWA HB0/HB3YDL via HB3YDL OH5/DG2SBL/P via DG2SBL UP1ASTR via UN0GL HB0/PA3FYG/P via PA3FYG OJ0UR via M0URX W2T via N2OO HI3/KB2MS via KB2MS ON18CS via ON4RSX YB0ECT via W2FB HI3/W1JNZ via W1JNZ OZ/AL3T via DL7ET YE50S via YF0JZS YP2WFF via YO2MAB (Bureau) ZP6VLA via EA5KBQSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 4O3A, D2SG, FJ/OS1T, J7A, J45K, JT1DX, R1MVA, R1MVI, SV9CVY, V47KP, V48M, VK9HR, VK9LA, VP6BR, YJ0HA, Z2/UA4WHX, Z21BB, ZD8D, ZP6CW and ZS8MI
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3D2A, 5N6/YL2SW, 5Z4KI, 8R1AK/P, 9H4JX, 9H5PF, 9Y4D, C6AGU, CN8SG, CO2WF, FJ/OH2YL, HA5JI, HK4CZE, LA4UOA, LY2SA, PJ2/N0VD, S21YZ, SV2ASP/A, TE8X, UK8UWG, VK9NN, YB0AKM, YL2UZ, YU3AA, YW5M and ZD7XF
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: NONE REPORTED THIS WEEK!
RI1, FRANZ JOSEF LAND
Victor, RI1FJL (ex-R1FJM, UA3ME), will be the new replacement for the August 2011- September 2012 research season at Kheysa Island in the Franz Josef Land Island group (EU-019). Victor replaces Eugeny, RI1FJ (ex-R1FJT, UA4RX), who left FJL on August 9th, onboard the "MV Somov". QSL RIFJL via RX3MM only direct (see QRZ.com for details). By the way, RX3MM is also the QSL Manager for Andrey, RI1FJA, (also on Kheysa Island).
Sam, DL5RDO, will be active as S79DO from the Seychelles (AF-024) between August 21st and September 6th. Activity will be on 40-10 meter mainly on CW using a Elecraft K2 w/100 watts and a vertical, and possibly some dipoles, depending on the location. Sam states, "Please note, that on Seychelles, 40m starts at 7050 kHz. So please look for me at 7055 kHz +/- on CW, somewhat higher in SSB." QSL via DL5RDO, by the Bureau or direct. Also via LoTW.
ST0, SOUTH SUDAN (Wrap-up)
The ST0R team is now QRT (as of August 10th). Totals as of 0701z, August 10th, are 121,286/QSOs with 27,994/Unique callsigns. The breakdown is: 55458/CW, 47696/SSB and 18,1320/RTTY (New world Record). By continent: 15.52%/AF, 20.11%/AS, 34.48%/EU, 14.94%/NA, 5.75%/OC and 9.20%/SA. For more details and updates watch:
Christo, LZ3FN, will be active as SV9/LZ3FN from Crete (EU-015, GIOTA KRS-005, MIA MGC-005, WLOTA 1400) between September 15-24th. Activity will be on all bands using CW and SSB. QSL via LZ1PM.
Only a few more days to work TC2X from the Asiatic side of Istanbul until August 16th. The operator is Pertti, OH2PM. He did partic- ipate in the WAE DX CW Contest this past weekend. QSL via OH2BH.
UM20, UZBEKISTAN (Special Event)
Look for special event station UM20Y between August 25th and September 10th. Activity is to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Republic of Uzbekistan's independence. Activity wil be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via UK8AR.
V4, ST. KITTS
Jon, W5JON, will once again be active as V47JA from the Calypso Bay, St. Kitts (NA-104, WW Loc. FK87SG), hillside QTH located 300 feet from overlooking the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, between October 10th and November 5th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters (including 60m) using a Kenwood TS-590S, Yaesu FT-857D, and SB200 Amplifier. Antennas include: a 80-10m Multi-band Dipole, and metal roof mounted S9, 18' and 31' Verticals and 3 element Yagi for 6m. His operations will include the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. XYL Cathy (W5HAM) will occasionally operate as V47HAM. ALL QSLs go to W5JON.
A German team of operators will activate Namibia between early December and mid-January (2012) as V5/homecall. Operators mentioned are Mathias/DJ2HD, Wolfgang/DH3WO, Ulmar/DK1CE and Ewald/DJ2BQ. Their tentative schedule is as follows:
V5/DJ2BQ Decemeber 2nd-January 16th (2012)Activity will be on all bands 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Mathias, DJ2HD, states that he will focus on 160/80/40m and on RTTY on each band as well. QSL via the operator's home callsign, except QSL both V5/DH3WO and V5/DK1CE via DH3WO.
V5/DJ2HD December 26th-Janusry 16th (2012)
V5/DH3WO December 26th-January 5th (2012)
V5/DK1CE - December 26th-January 5th (2012)
VU9, INDIA (Lighthouse Op)
Members of the Bangalore Amateur Radio Club (VU2ARC) and Lions Clubs International Amateur Radio Club Station (VU2LCI) will be active as VU9LHA from the Alleppey Lighthouse (F 0706, WLOL 071, ILLW IN0004, Grid Loc. MJ89dl) in Alappuzha - Kerala between now and August 22nd, during the International Lighthouse/Lightship Week. Their activity is also celebrating the 150th anniversary of the lighthouse. QSL info and more details about the event can be found on (QRZ.com).
Ignatius, IW7DZJ, will be active as ZA/IW7DZJ between now and August 22nd. Activity will be on the HF bands, and he plans to activate a few lighthouses. QSL via IW7DZJ.
ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND (Early Contest Announcement)
Jim, N6TJ, will once again be active from Ascension Island (AF-003) as ZD8Z next year. Activity will be during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 18-19th, 2012) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via his new manager AI4U, direct or by the Bureau.
ZF, CAYMAN ISLAND
Bill, K9HZ, will be active as ZF2HZ from Rum Point, Grand Cayman Island (NA-016, WLOTA 1042, WW Loc. EK99II) in December. QSL via his home callsign.
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