The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1157
April 7, 2014
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, NC1L, NJ1Q & W1AW, K3TRM, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, WP3GW, AK4PX, N4AA & QRZ DX, WA4DAN, K5GS, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF, DL6UAA, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, EA4CWN, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HA5BWW, HB9TZA, HK3W, HP1AC, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, M0CUS, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF), YV5IAL and ZL4PW for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 30th-March, through Sunday, 6th-April there were 238 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, D6, 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, FO/a, FP, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, 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, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9M, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP6, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, VU7, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZL7, 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".
3B8, MAURITIUS (AF-049)
Mart, DL6UAA, is once again back on Mauritius as 3B8MM until the end of April (20 +/- days). Activity is usually on 80-10 meters using mostly CW. Some SSB and Digital will be possible. Mart also informed OPDX that he will operate on 6m too with a 5 element beam and 80w. QSL via DL6UAA, by the Bureau or direct. Visit his Web page at:
5J0, SAN ANDRES (Reminder)
Operators Robert/N7QT, Melanie/AB1UH, Hugh/ W4VAB and Guy/N7UN are now active as 5J0X from San Andres Island (NA-033) until April 14th. Activity will be primarily holiday style (suitcase mini- DXpedition) on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and PSK. Elecraft transceivers and amplifiers will be used. Portable antennas will be used from the Villa location and /p from nearby beaches. QSL direct to N7QT. No eQSLs. IRCs are acceptable. ARRL Bureau cards are acceptable. Direct QSLs with 2 USDs will be returned via international postage otherwise via the ARRL Bureau. Logs will be uploaded during the operation to Clublog and to LoTW shortly after the mini-DXpedition.
Jean, ON8RA, who has been active as 5T0JL (QSL via ON8RA) from Mauritania since March 1st, announced that he will activate 5T1MM (QSL via PY4WAS) with members of the "Grupo Juizforano de CW" (CWJF) between April 15-22nd and during the CQ Manchester Mineira DX CW Contest (April 19-20th) which is also sponsored by the CWJF of Brazil. The special callsign is being used to celebrate the new Ham Radio partnership between Brazil and Mauritania, and to help the Morse Code preservation Worldwide! Jean would like to invite everyone to become a CWJF member and visit their Web page at:
Operators Frosty/K5LBU, San/K5YY, Dick/K9APW, Joel/N5JR, Joel/G8APB, Marco/HB9OCR and Roger/ZS6RJ will be active as 7P8CF, 7P8YY, 7P8RL, 7P8JR, 7P8CP, 7P8MH and 7P8RJ, respectively, from Lesotho between April 22nd and May 1st. Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL via operator's home callsign or listen for operators' instructions. Look for more details to be forthcoming. Also, visit:
7Q, MALAWI (Update)
Members of the Black Mamba Contest & DXpedition Team will be active as 7QAA (yep, that is the callsign) and plan to be active this November and December (specific dates below). They plan to have around 20-24 operators, the current list mentions Chris/DL2MDU, Emil/DL8JJ, Jo/DJ3CQ, John/GW4SKA, Frosty/K5LBU, Dick/K9APW, Neil/VA7DX, Don/VE7DS, Keith/VE7KW, Bob/W5UQ, Sam/ZS6BRZ and Roger ZS6RJ. The ZS pilot station is Hal, ZS6WB. The operators will split into two sub-teams operating over different date- range periods:
* Team One will operate only SSB and RTTY on 160-10 meters as well as 6 meters (any mode that works) for the first eleven days.Suggested frequencies are as follows:
* Team Two will follow on for the next eleven days, operating on CW only, and running an M2 contest entry in the CQWW DX CW Contest for Zone 37.
** PLEASE NOTE: JA frequencies and NA license class frequencies and other country exceptions will be added into this list later.
QSL route still has not be announced yet. ClubLog will be used. Look for more details to be forthcoming. A Web page is still currently under construction at:
Carlos, CT1QP, is now active as CN2CL from Morocco until April 15th. This is a mobile DXpedition from the Sahara Desert. QSL via CT1QP.
Members of the "Radio Club Uruguayo", will be active as CW4R between April 4-6th, from the nature preserve reserve "Gorriti Island" (SA-039, WW Loc. GF25ma). Activity will be on all HF bands from 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes, as well as 6 meters. QSL via RADIO CLUB URUGUAYO : P.O. BOX 37, Montevideo 11000, URUGUAY.
CE0Y, EASTER ISLAND (Just a Reminder)
Victor, CE1WFN, will be active as CE0Y/CE1WFN from Easter Island between April 5-17th. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign direct.
CY0 PROJECT (Sable Island Press Release)
If you missed OPDX Special Bulletin OPDX.1156.2, here it is again:
"The CY0P DXpedition team recently presented Aaron, CYO/VA1AXC, a complete HF station for his upcoming return to Sable Island. Aaron returns to the island on or around April 16, weather permitting. The team has also ordered new antenna wire for his all band dipole. Gary, VE1RGB personally delivered the HF radio equipment to Aaron on March 17th. Aaron's station on Sable will now include an Icom 756 Pro 111, Heil Proset boom microphone, a Tokyo 1.1 solid state amplifier and a supply of coaxial jumpers and adapters. This is in addition to all of the antennas and coaxial cables that were used on the CY0P DXpedition. These were donated to Parks Canada at the conclusion of the DXpedition.Gary VE1RGB
Aaron wanted to personally thank the team for this unique opportunity and the true spirit of Amateur Radio."
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following operation is approved for DXCC credit:
If anyone had this rejected in a recent application send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org for an update to your record. Please include the date of your submission to help expedite recovery of the information.
To mark the 400th anniversary of the death of El Greco, the famous Cretan painter, the Local Section of the URE in Toledo will use the special callsign EH4GT (Echo Hotel 4 Greco Toledo) between April 14-24th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via EA4TE, by the Bureau (preferred) or direct.
FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Stan, EI6DX, will be active as FO/EI6DX from Bora Bora (OC-067) between May 7-18th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. Equipment is a K3 transceiver with an ACOM 1000 amp into a CrankIR vertical. QSL via RX3RC, by the Bureau or direct. For more details and updates, watch:
HB9, SWITZERLAND (WWF Op)
Thomas, HB9DRM, announced that he will be on the air as F/HB9DRM/p from a French Réserve Naturelle des Marais de Mullem- bourg Park for the FFF and WWFF Awards. Activity will be on Thursday, April 9th, between 0730-10:30z. Operations will be on 40 and 20 meters SSB. All QSOs will be automatically confirmed via eQSL (authentication guaranteed). For “direct” QSLs, see QRZ.com.
HC8, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (SA-004)
As this was being typed, World-Traveler Vladimir, UA4WHX, was active as HC8ART from Isabella Island in the Galap- agos Islands. As always, the length of his stay is unknown. Activity is on CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign (See details posted on QRZ.com).
HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Mike, W0MU, is planning to be active from here during the last two weeks in November which includes the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th). This will be a low power operation using a Hex beam and wires. More details will be forthcoming.
Roberto, YV5IAL, will be active as HP1/YV5IAL between April 29th and May 9th. This will be a QRP, portable, holiday style operation. Activity will be on PSK31 digital mode on 14070.15 KHz from 2200-0300 UTC, and also on 40/30/15/10 meters. QSL via home callsign.
INTREPID-DX GROUP (Press Release)
Paul, N6PSE, President of the Intrepid-DX Group, send out the following on April 3rd: The Intrepid-DX Group is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2nd annual "Intrepid Spirit Award". We are pleased to have received so many worthy nominations to consider.
This year's award goes to a notable Dxer and DXpeditioner that we have come to respect and admire greatly, Mr. Eric Hall-K9GY/T6MO. This award is to recognize Eric's outstanding efforts to activate Afghanistan during his tour of duty as a U.S. Army reservist, making over 41,000 contacts.
We acknowledge Eric's pursuit of operating excellence and his quest to activate the rare and often dangerous entities. It is for these reasons that we honor him with our Intrepid Spirit Award, to be presented by David Collingham-K3LP at the Dayton Hamvention DX Dinner on May 16th, 2014. A picture of Eric-T6MO operating from Kandahar, Afghanistan:
IOTA CONVENTION NEWS. RSGBIOTA.org reports [edited]:
The key event at IOTA's 50th anniversary Convention, to be held between July 4-6th, will be the announcement of 10 new IOTA groups, the first new tranche to be added since year 2000. Two of these 10 will be left for final decision at the Convention on the basis of evidence-supported representations made in person by delegates. All additions to the list will conform with IOTA rules amended in a minor way in the new IOTA Directory to be published in early May. It is envisaged that much of the discussion between DXpeditioners attending the Convention will be on their plans to activate these new groups and achieve that NEW ONE badge. Join this exciting occasion by enrolling for the Convention on
AS-046 Victor, R6AF, is now active as 9M2/R6AF/P from Tioman Island until April 10th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW. QSL via his home callsign. An OQRS is available, see QRZ.com.
AS-145 Operators Kriangkrai/E20HHK, Teerawat/HS3NBR and Damrongsak/ HS8GLR will be active as E20HHK/p from Nu Island (Koh Nu) between April 18-20th. QSL route TBD.
EU-047 Fred, ON6QR, and possibly others will be active as DL/ON6QR from Langeoog Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). QSL via ON6QR. Look for more details to be forth- coming.
EU-136 Operators Pista/HA5AUC and Ed/HA5BWW will be active 9A/HA5AUC and 9A/HA5BWW from Rab Island (CI-096), Croatia, between April 8-14th. Activity will be on the CW mode. QSL via the Bureau (preferred).
NA-029 Robert, VY2XDX, will be active as XO2C from Prince Edward Island (Gris FN76) between August 20-25th. Activity will be holiday style between 1900-0300z. This is a special station celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Con- ference. For more details, see
NA-079 Dan, AK4PX, will active from the Dry Tortuga Islands (WW Loc. EL-84) between June 14-16th. He uses an Icom IC-703 into an EARCH end fed antenna and Buddistick antenna. QSL via LoTW or direct (see QRZ.com).
OC-177 Budi, YF1AR, will be active as YF1AR/0 from Payung Besar Island and lighthouse (ARLHS IDO-236) between April 18-20th. Activity will be mainly 40m (night time) and 20m (daytime). He plans to operate with a 43 ft. vertical antenna on top of the lighthouse (40m ASL). QSL via N2OO. For more details and updates, see:
Brian, GW4DVB, will once again be active as J88PI from Palm Island (NA-025) between April 13-23rd. Activity will be mainly SSB between 2000-2300z. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.
KP4, PUERTO RICO (Special Event)
The Puerto Rico Field Day Group will once again be active on the air as KP4FD to celebrate "World Amateur Radio Day 2014" on April 18th. It is the day when the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) was founded in 1925. For this 89th anni- versary, the theme for this year is "Amateur Radio - Your Gateway for Wireless Communications". Operations will start at 0000 UTC. An electronic certificate is available as per request. Information at:
PJ5, ST. EUSTATIUS
Frank, K3TRM, will again be active as PJ5/K3TRM from St. Eustatius (NA-145) between April 12-20th. Activity will be on the HF bands using SSB, CW & RTTY. Real-time logging will be available on ClubLog. QSL is to his home callsign direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or ClubLog OQRS. Additional information is available at www.k3trm.com or @k3trm on Twitter.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (April 7-13th)
Apr/07th AN Apr/10th AN Apr/12th AN Apr/08th AN Apr/11th AN Apr/13th AN Apr/09th HN SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS/INDEXES AND GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE ====================================================== NORMALITY GEOMAG K Values Alpha ----------------- ------ -------- ------ AN - Above Normal Quiet K=0-1 0-7 HN - High Normal Unsettled K=2 8-15 LN - Low Normal Active K=3 16-29 BN - Below Normal Minor Storm K=4 30-49 DIS - Disturbed Major Storm K=5 50-99 VRY DIS - Very Disturbed Severe Storm K=6-9 100-400QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (March 30th & April 6th) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3Z50AYP via SP7DQR EE5T via EA5URT (d/L) MS0OXE via M0URX 4H1T via DU1IVT EG5SSC via EA5DDK OU4ZZ via DL4ZZ 5E5E via W7EJ EI30T via EI3CTB OZ/DC7VS via DC7VS 5J0X via N7QT G8DX via G8DX (d/L) PC73X via PC1EMR 8J1MTD via (B/L) GM3W via GM3W (L/O) PH65PH via PA7HPH 8P5A via NN1N GM5X via N3SL PQ5B via PP5JD 9A73P via 9A2NA HB0/DJ7GS via DJ7GS PX5E via AI4U 9M2SM via 9M2GET (d) HB2T via HB9EE (L) SN150SZ via SP7PCA A35V via N3SL HC8ART via UA4WHX SP8R via SP8YB A41OO via A61BK (d) HG140JLO via HA8KW SX8PSR via SV8GXQ (d) B4L via BA4EG HK1X via EA7FTR SX9C via SV9FBG (L) C6A/9H5G via NI5DX HR2WW via KD4POJ T32AZ via KH6QJ C7A via 4U1VIC IB1B via IW1QN (d) TC3D via TA3D CW4R via CX1AA IB3C via I3FIY (d/L) TM850CS via F6FNA D44TEG via HB9EBT IB9T via IT9TQH UA0SR via W3HNK DA2C via DL8OBQ II5P via IZ5ICH (d) UA5B via RL3DV DK40BOSCH via DL3GA IO5O via IK5RLP UP2L via UA9AB (d/B) DK40ECH via DL4MDO IR5A via IK5AFJ UZ2M via US0LW DL2014DKT via DL5RDI IY1GMS via IK1SPR VP2EC via N5AU DP7D via DF1QR J400EG via SV2HTI VP2VAK via SP9FIH DQ5X via DK4MH J43TR via SV3DCX WP2Z via KU9C E77A via 9A2AA J52HF via I3LDP ZF1A via K6AM E7A via E77E JW8G via LA8G ZV2K via PY2SHF EA8/RA1A via RN3RQ (L) KH9/WA2YUN via K2PF ZV5WPX via PP5JR (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only (O) OQRS onlyQSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 9K2MU, C82DX, CN2AA, FT5ZM, HB9CQL, HB9DAX, HH2/N5JR, JW/DL5CW, RK3DXW, RV6LX, S79WDX, T6DD, TX6G, US7IZ, VA7KO, W1AW/KH2 and YC9WIC
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: JF3BFS, OD5ZZ, OH/SP7VC, V44KAO, XR0ZR, XZ1J, YJ0ZZ, ZB2CN and ZD8UW
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: AI5P/CYO, CP4BT, CY0P, EA6/DJ4MZ, EA6/DL1QQ, EA6/DL5KUT, EA6/DL7LIN, EA6/E73DX, EA8/DJ9BN, EA8/DL2DXA, EA8/DL8JJ/M, ED6A, HB0/DL4AAE/P, HP1/AI5P, HP1/IQ6CC, PZ5MM, T2YY, TA4/DL5CW, TB4/DJ7RJ, TK/DF6ZY, V31ME, V31ML, V55V, YN2PX and YS1/AI5P
Pascal, F5JSD, to be active as S79SD from Mahe (AF-024) between April 15-25th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters, possibly 6 meters if open, using mainly CW, and during the morning and evening hours.
PLEASE NOTE: On the 40m band, Pascal will be sending CW on 7050 kHz (according to the local regulations 7050-7100 kHz), and listening probably under 7030 kHz. Pascal will operate with 100w into a vertical antenna. QSL via LoTW (after his return home), or via the French REF-Bureau (Please only this Bureau), preferred.
Tony Monteiro, AA2TX, VP of Engineering of AMSAT became a Silent Key "SK" on March 26th. Details are on QRZ.com and AMSAT.org.
He was the guy at the top of the Fox Satellite design. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family and friends of AA2TX.
TM29, FRANCE (Special Event)
Members of the Union Francaise des Tele- graphistes UFT (The French CW Society) will be active using the special callsign TM29UFT between April 6-20th. Operations and callsign are for the 29th UFT annual meeting which will be held in Aubagne, South France. This will be a CW only operation on 160-6 meters. All the QSOs will be confirmed via the French REF Bureau (Only this Bureau will be used). SWL cards should go via this Bureau also. QSL Manager is Gerard, F6ICG.
VK9L, LORD HOWE ISLAND (Update to OPDX.1147)
If you missed OPDX Special Bulletin (OPDX.1156.2), the members of Lagunaria DX Group will be active as VK9DLX from Lord Howe Island in October 2014 (tentative October 12-29th). Feel free to visit their Web site at:
VK9M, MELLISH REEF
It has been a rough week for the VK9MT team. Storms have hampered their operation and they were on the verge of leaving at any time most of the week. The weather was extremely windy, with occasional heavy rain, the antennas were taking a severe beating. The operating tents were shaking and very noisy, the operators were having trouble hearing callsigns.
The VK9MT team is now QRT. They were planning to operate until April 9th, but QSNs show activity ended around 1330z, April 4th. An update sent out by Gene, K5GS, on April 5th states: Due to the ever worsening weather associated with an impending tropical storm, the team decided in the interest of safety to end the operation early. The last night on the island was extremely difficult. With continued heavy rain and wind, radio operations were nearly impossible. We have set sail for the Australian coast and seek a course to keep ahead of the storm that caused us to leave the reef. Expect 2.5 - 3 days of sailing prior to reaching our port destination.
While the team is disappointed, we realize that you are even more disappointed.
We gave one elderly ZS amateur his last one for Top of the Honor Roll, a PP1 his Honor Roll position and many all time new ones. Based on the logs there were many band fills.
We would like to acknowledge the generosity of the clubs, foundations, individual donors and our corporate sponsors. And a special thanks to Steve Kafka and the Evohe crew for their endless runs to the island, help with every logistical task during the trip, and the strong backs of his young crew doing the heavy lifting.
73, Team Mellish Reef 2014
The following is actually old news (from the Vietnamese Amateur Radio Club Web page), but it was now made official. Following the new national radio band plan published in November 2013 and signed by the President, several changes are noticeable. See the PDF file at:
YJ0, VANUATU (Excerpts from Press Release #1)
Members of "The Quake Contesters" will be active as YJ0X from Vanuatu for a DXpedition between October 3-15th. Operators mentioned are Phil/ZL3PAH (Team leader), Paul/ZL4PW, Geoff/ZL3GA and Gordon/G3USR. They announced that flights have been booked and they have secured a seafront villa. The team will have 2 stations (K3s + amplifiers) plus a reserve (K2), operating on CW, SSB and RTTY. Antennas are foldingantennas.com Hexbeam(s), 6 element 6m yagi and verticals for 30/40/80m on the edge of the sea. They are investigating the cost/benefit of operating 160m.
Phil, ZL3PAH, is their QSL Manager. Logs will be on ClubLog, and OQRS will be available. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW within 3 months. They do mention the following: "Phil's, Geoff's and Gordon's XYLs will be along with us but this is NOT a 'holiday style' expedition so whilst there will be some down time for the ops, we are looking to make a high total number of QSOs. We will be operating in both SSB and CW weekends of the 'Oceania DX Contest'
Father and son operators Franck/F4DTO and Patrick/F4GFE will once again be active from from Elbasan as ZA/homecall between October 18-27th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters SSB only using a Yaesu FT-450 with 100w into a dipole and vertical for 10m. QSL via their home callsign, direct or by the REF Bureau. No eQSL.
Operators Jacek/SP5EAQ and Marcin/SP5ES plan to be active from Nukunonu Atoll starting October 8th, for a period of three weeks. However, the dates may change due to the unpredictability of transport. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. They expect to receive the callsigns ZK3Q (SP5EAQ) and ZK3E (SP5ES) -- callsigns to be confirmed. QSL route TBD. For more details and updates, see:
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