The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1220
June 29, 2015
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 & W1AW, WO2N, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N5TIT, K7TD, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m News, W9ILY, CO2AME, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G0CKV, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete Rayer (ISWL), RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3JK, VA3RJ & ICPO, and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 21st/June, through Sunday, 28th/June there were 206 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5R, 5T, 5W, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D4, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, 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, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V4, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, 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".
13 COLONIES (Special Event)
Once again the annual "13 Colonies Special Event" will take place between 1300z, June 30th and 0400z July 5th. The theme for 2015 will be "Founders and Patriots of the Republic". The certi- ficate is printed on heavy card stock. Stations working one state or, as many as all 13, will be eligible for the certificate. A "Clean Sweep" indicator will be affixed, for those lucky enough to "Q" all 13. A special endorsement will be attached for stations contacting their sister oper- ation, WM3PEN, in Philadelphia, PA, where independence was declared.
New for 2015, the 13 Colonies have added a second sister event station GB13COL will operate from Durham, England. The 13 Colonies certificate will have a Liberty Bell added for a contact with WM3PEN. They will also offer a special QSL card printed just for this event. There should be at least two stations from each on the 13 colonies on the air, as well as Super contest stations, multi-operator Club stations and OM and XYL teams.
The U.S. original 13 colonies are CT-DE- GA-MA-MD-NC-NH-NJ-NY-PA-RI-SC-VA. Special events stations mentioned are: K2A (NY), K2B (VA), K2C (RI), K2D (CT), K2E (DE), K2F (MD), K2G (GA), K2H (MA), K2I (NJ), K2J (NC), K2K (NH), K2L (SC), and K2M (PA).
All HF bands will be in play except the WARC bands and 60 meters. 2 meters and 6 meter simplex are encouraged. All modes of operation should be represented - SSB, CW, RTTY, Digital, and the Satel- lites. The mode of operation is up to the individual colony state station. For more details on the stations, suggested frequencies, QSL info and on how to obtain the special certificate, see:
3B9, RODRIGUEZ ISLAND
Olof, G0CKV, will once again be active as 3B9HA from Rodrigues Islands (AF-017). Activity will take place during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW.
5H, TANZANIA (Update)
Chas, NK8O/VE3ISD, will once again return to Tanzania, but from a different area between September 1st and October 1st. Activity will be from a pediatric hospital at Zinga, between Bagamoya and Dar es Salaam. He believes the callsign will be 5H3DX. He states that he will use a simple wire antenna and his KX3 with a KXPA100 amp. QSL via EA7FTR, LoTW and eQSL.
The European Radio Amateurs' Organization (EURAO) will celebrate its 10th anniversary until July 15th with the callsign AO10EURAO. In addition, all Spanish radio amateurs may use the special prefixes by adding the number 10 behind their own district figure and keeping the suffix of their own callsign (e.g. EA3RKF would be AM310RKF). EAs may use the AM prefix, EBs may use the AN prefix, and ECs may use the AO prefix.
CARIBBEAN TOUR CONTINUES
By the time you read this, Howard, WB4WXE, should be active as J79XE from Dominica (after being active as J68HS from St. Lucia this past week) until July 10th. Activity will be mainly 6 meters with some HF activity. He will then return to St. Lucia and once again be active as J68HS until July 14th. QSL both callsigns via WB4WXE.
Members of Grupo DX de Cuba will be actives on all HF bands and modes between July 2-5th, using the callsign CO2FRC. The activation will be held during the celebration of the 8th Congress of Federación de Radioaficionados de Cuba (FRC) at the city of Santa Clara. FRC is the Cuban Amateur Radio organization. QSL via the address on QRZ.com.
Sharon Taratula, Awards Manager, reports that the following operations have been recently approved for DXCC credit:
5J0B - 2015 Operation FO/K8PGJ - 2015 Operation 9N7JX - 2014 Operation T6/IV3FHA - 2015 Operation 9N7TB - 2015 Operation TT8ES - 20122014 Operation 9Q0HQ - 2015 Operation TT8CY - 2015 Operation CE0Y/RW3RN - 2015 Operation YJ0MT - 2015 Operation E41WT - 2014/2015 Operation ZD9ZS - 2014 Operation E41MT - 2014/2015 OperationIf you have had cards for these operations rejected in a recent appli- cation, please send an E-mail to the ARRL DXCC Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or Sharon Taratula at email@example.com and you will be placed on the list for an update.
Olivier, ON4EI, will once again be active as EI8GQB and EI1A between July 4-13th. He plans to operate from his caravan using green energy. Olivier will activate the EI1A callsign during the IARU HF World Championship Contest (July 11-12th) as a Single-Op/2- Radio (SO2R)/Low-Power entry. You can follow his activities and antenna experimentation on:
18m top loaded vertical monopole for 160-80m-40m bands + 32 radials.Also, live video streaming will be provided on:
3 elements East-West directional inverted V beam for 40m band.
200m long beverage RX antenna East-West directional.
2 Spiderbeam antennas for 20/15/10m bands.
Rigs are Elecraft K3+P3 & Kenwood TS2000 100W.
500Ah battery bank + 180W solar panel and 400W wind generator.
FS, ST. MARTIN
If you missed John's, K9EL, activity this June, he will once again be active as FS/K9EL from St. Martin (NA-105, DIFO FS-001, WLOTA 0383, WW Loc. FK88) between October 21-28th. Activity will probably be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. He will be running 500 watts into a 3 element yagi on 6m, dipoles for 10-30m and a vertical for 40-80m. John usually will operate on 60m if there is interest. There will be daily uploads to ClubLog and LoTW. QSL via his home callsign or on ClubLog's OQRS. His operating frequencies (except during contests) will be announced in real time via Twitter at:
HC8, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
Just a reminder that Geoff, G8OFQ, will once again be active as HC8/G8OFQ from Isabella Island (SA-004) between July 1st and September 30th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using SSB only. Geoff is working as a volunteer for the Galapagos National Park at the Giant Tortoise Breeding Center (see pictures on QRZ.com) on Isabela Island. QSL via HA3JB.
Terry, K7TD, will be operating "holiday style" from July 3rd through July 13th, from various locations within Haiti using his re-issued callsign from the late 70's, HH2TD. Operation will be mostly CW on 30 through 10 with a focus on the 30/17/12 meter bands. QSL via LoTW or direct to K7TD. Also, Terry will be using the special callsign 4V0HQ during the IARU HF World Championship Contest (July 11-12th) from Radio Club d'Haiti.
EU-008. Members of the Cockenzie & Port Seton Amateur Radio Club will once again activate GM2T from the Isle of Tiree (IOSA NH04, SCOTIA DI10, WLOTA 2232, WAB NM04), the most westernly part of Scotland's Inner Hebridean Islands, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Multi-Op/DXpedition entry. Operators mentioned are: Brian/G3UJE, Cambell/MM0DXC, Bob/GM4UYZ, Robin/ MM0VTV, Geoff/MM5AHO, Brian/M0RNR, Steve/MM0GTA, Adrian/MM0GTU, John/MM0JXI, Paul/MM0VPR, Cephas/MM0INS, Al/MM0XAB and Ellis/ GM4GZW. QSL via GM4UYZ, direct or eQSL and LoTW.
ADDED NOTE: Activity depends if the CalMac ferries are operating. For more info, see:
EU-009. Col, MM0NDX, will once again be active as MM0NDX/p from Orkney Island (IOSA OR01, SCOTIA OI14, WLOTA 1652) between July 3-5th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL via IW7EGQ.
EU-034. Operators Harald/ES1LS, Arvo/ES1QV, Toivo/ES2DJ, Jueri/ES2EZ, Juri/ES5GP and Roy/ES8DH will be active as ES0U from Muhu Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Multi-Op/Multi-Band/DXpediton/Low-Power entry. QSL via ES2DJ, by the Bureau.
EU-054. Ignazio, IT9AGZ, will be active as IT9AGZ/p from Levanzo Island (IIA I006, MIA MI-050, WLOTA 1918) between July 4-17th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.
EU-064. Fraser, G4BJM, will be active as F/G4BJM/P from Noirmoutier during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op/ Low-Power/Unassisted entry. See QRZ.com for QSL info.
EU-090. Operators Goran/S52P, Dragan/S55Z, and Kugler/S51TP will be active as 9A/homecall from Palagruza Vela Island (IOCA CI-084, MIA MC-284, WLOTA 0057) between July 19-31st. They plan to be active during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) using the callsign 9A8ZRS. QSL 9A8ZRS via S57L, direct or by the Bureau. QSL all other callsigns via their home callsign.
EU-105. Five Belgian operators from the Radioclub Grimbergen (ON6NB) will be active as F/ON6NB or F/homecall from Île-de-Batz between September 14-18th. Operators mentioned are Erik/ON4ANN, Philippe/ON4ACP, Erik/ON4CCV, Paul/ON5PDV and Walter/ON8CW. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB, PSK and RTTY. QSL via the Bureau, LoTW or direct via ON4ANN. For more details and updates, see:
EU-120. Members of the Addiscombe Amateur Radio Club will be active as G4ALE/P from Isle of Wight during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Multi-Op/DXpedition/Low-Power entry. Operators mentioned are Peter/G3SJX, Steve/G3UFY, Mike/G3VYI and Dave/G7RAU. They will be using wire antennas. QSL via G4ALE.
EU-132. Adam, DJ0IF, will once again be active as SN0RX from Wolin Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via SP8BXL.
EU-170. Operators Detlef/DK3QZ, Kai/DL3HAH, Andy/DL3YM and Stefan/DL5XX will be active from Isle Kaprije between July 24-26th. Activity will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as 9A/DK3QZ and a Multi-Single entry.
EU-172. Andreas, DL5CW, will be active as OZ/DL5CW from Hjarno Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via DL5CW.
EU-172. Rene, DL2JRM, will be active as OZ/DL2JRM from Hjarno Island during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via DL5CW.
EU-174. Gabor, HA1YA, will once again be active as SW8YA from Thassos Island (GIOTA NAS-037, MIA MG-124, WLOTA 4186. WW Loc. KN20HS) between July 2-13th and Samothraki Island (MIA MG-100, WLOTA 4166, GIOTA NAS-032) between July 13-22nd. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands, as well as 50-70-144-432 MHz, but with a focus on tropo, MS, Es and EME on 2m. QSL via his home callsign, direct only (see QRZ.com). Visit his Web page at:
SA-025. Members of the Teresina DX Group will be active as ZW8K from Santa Isabel Island (DIB PI-01), off the coast of the state of Piauí, northeastern part of Brazil, between July 23-26th. Operators mentioned are Joselito/PS8BR, Milton/PS8HF and Nelson/PS8NF. Activity will be on 160/80/40/20/17/15/12/10 meters using CW, SSB, PSK and RTTY. The team will also be in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). QSL via LoTW and eQSL. QSL Manager is PS8HF. NO Bureau. Log will be uploaded to ClubLog (OQRS). For more details and updates, see:
ISWL CALLSIGNS (For July)
The following ISWL club callsigns will be used throughout the month of July 2015:
GX4BJC/A - Operated from Walton-on-the Naze, in Essex, by Herbie/G6XOU. (/A WAB Square TM22 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841). Herbie will also operate as GX4BJC/P from various locations. His WAB information will be given if requested.ALL QSLs will be handled by Herbie, G6XOU, and NOT the individual operator. The I.S.W.L. is a member of the European PSK Club. All QSL info is on
MX1SWL/A - Operated from Great Missenden, in Buckinghamshire, by John/G8XTJ. (/A WAB Square SP80 - England, IOTA EU-005, WLOTA 1841).
KH5/P DXPEDITION NEWS (Press Release #2): [edited]
Lou (N2TU) and Craig (K9CT) previously announced a DXpedition to Palmyra Atoll at the Inter- national DX Convention in Visalia, California. Palmyra (KH5) ranks #9 on the Most Wanted List and #2 in Europe.
The Pacific Islands DXpedition Group has been awarded permission to activate Cooper Island in the Palmyra Atoll, January 11-26th, 2016.
A team of highly experienced operators and veterans of many DXpeditions has been assembled. Team members include Craig/K9CT, Lou/N2TU, Jerry/WB9Z, Tom/ND2T, Mike/K9NW, Ralph/K0IR, John/K6MM, Bob/K4UEE, Hal/W8HC, Dick/W3OA, Jim/N9TK and Glenn/W0GJ.
The Team plans to operate five stations, 160 to 6 meters on CW, SSB and Digital modes, using a callsign to be announced at a later date. Antennas dedicated to working Europe will be deployed due to the high need and propagation path difficulty.
Critical to major DXpeditions are the immediate, up-front commitment costs. For instance, most of the equipment (antennas, coax, wire, con- nectors, and site material) has already been purchased, tested and shipped to Palmyra. These procurement and shipping costs are a significant portion of the overall DXpedition costs. It is estimated this DXpedition will incur costs of over 200,000 USDs plus individual and personal expenses.
We are pleased we have received support from so many Foundations, Clubs and Individuals already. We are about $30,000 USDs short of our need for the next payment November 1st. So please donate as soon as possible to help with the upfront costs.
Our website, Palmyra2016.org, has a “Donate” link to facilitate your
generous contribution. Without your support, this DXpedition would not
....Lou N2TU and Crain K9CT
KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
Members of the East Mississippi Field Unit (WE5DX) will be active from the lovely U.S. Virgin Islands (NA-106) between September 23-30th. The team will be active in the CQ Worldwide RTTY DX Contest (September 26-27th) as KP2/WE5DX. Outside of the contest Jim (KP2/AD5OW), Jeffrey (KP2/N5TIT) and Debbie (KP2/KF5MEG) will be active on 80-10 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSLs can be sent to the individual callsigns via Bureau, LoTW, eQSL or direct via their home callsign with a SASE for USA or 1 IRC for DX.
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (June 29th-July 4th)
Jun/29th AN Jul/02nd AN Jul/04th DIS Jun/30th AN Jul/03rd AN Jul/05th HN Jul/01st AN 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=6-9 100-400REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (June 28th) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3Z70RWP via SP5ZRW EE5O via EA5URO OH0/F6CTF via F6CTF 5B4AAB via G8CLY EF0F via EA4URE ON700VAART via ON5JE 5B4AAB via G8CLY ER150ITU via ER1FF OV5O via OZ9XU 5B4AHJ via M0URX ES0/F6CTF via F6CTF (e) PJ5A via M0URX 5B4AIF via EB7DX (d) HB0/SM0T via SM0DZB SC80SM via SM5ELV 7X2JV via SM4VPZ HB9/LZ2CWW via LZ2CWW SE5L via SM5ALJ 9N7CW via ZL3CW (d) HF10PAT via SP5PAT SF3A via SM3CER AM310KX via EA3KX HF1ROMEK via SQ1KSL SF90IARU via SM7HZK AM310RKM via EA3RKM (L/e) HF5TYTUS via SO5MAX SN1956PC via SP3PGR CO8LY via EA7ADH (d) IQ9ZZ via 9A8AOT UM100RU via UK8AR DA300CFG via DL3JRA IS0/IZ8SAR via IZ8JFL UN1L via W3HNK DL/G8OFQ via G8OFQ K1B via K1BKE VE2/DJ8QP via DJ8QP DL/JA4DND via JA4DND KP2/AA1BU via AA1BU (d) WU1ITU via KA1R DL/N2WB via N2OO MC0SHL via M0URX YL390GAZ via YL3GAZ EA5/ON4CAU via ON4CAU MX0WFF via M0WFF (B) ED1R via EC1KR OE/DJ6OI via DJ6OI (e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (*-B) DX's- Bureau (O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only (L) LoTW onlyNO LONGER QSL MANAGER. Ron, AC7DX, reports, "As QRZ.com doesn't seem to be able to remove my call properly from LS1D and LP5D.. and the operators do not answer numerous E-mails to them, please be advised I am no longer their manager. Tnx and 73"
QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: DJ4EL, DL1HRN, J68HZ, ON4IQ, V63DX, V6A, YB4IR/9 (OC-147), YB4IR/9 (OC-239), YB8RW/P (OC-070), YB8RW/P (OC-246), YB8RW/P (OC-271), YB8RW/P (OC-272), YB8RW/P (OC-273) and YB8RW/P (OC-274)
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 4W/N1YC, 5Z0L, 7P8LS, DS2GOO/4 (AS-084), EX8M, EX8MLE, FY/F5UII, HA1XY, K1N, PH70MG, S79RPS, SU9IG, T88XX (OC-296), TI9/3Z9DX, V6Z and YB4IR/7 (OC-268)
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3DA0ET, 3DA0PW, 5C2C, 5Z4/EA4ATI, 6Y9V, 6Y9X, A5A, A35YZ, C50C, C82DX, CR2X, CS2W, CT8/HB9CQL, CU8FN, CY0P, D44TEG, DJ6QT, E44PM, EA8/IK1PMR, EX/HB9DUR, GB8MD, HB0/DJ9CB/P, HB0WR, HD2M, HP2CTM, HP500OP, IK2AGN, J87GU, KH0/HB9BCK, LY2KW, MU0FAL, MJ0UOO, PB12XMAS, PJ2/PA1CC, PJ4/SP9FIH, PJ5/K1XM, PJ5/K5WE, PJ6/N7QT, PJ7/N7QT, PJ7/K1XM, S79GM, TT8PK, TX5D, V26Y, YL2GC, YL3FT, YT40E, OE2LCM and ZD8X
S5100, SLOVENIA (Special Event)
Look for special event station S5100WW to operate between July 1st and August 31st, to commemorate the beginning of the 100th anniversary of the Soca( Isonzo) Front Battles of World War I. These were the largest mountain battles in human history. The American writer Ernest Hemingway wrote about his experiences there in his book "Farewell to Arms." Activity will be on all HF and VHF bands. Operations will take place from actual sites where radio stations were used during this time period. Please QSL to: Radioklub Krn - S59DAJ, Muceniška 5a, Kobarid SI-5222, Slovenia.
Goran, S55OO, will be active as SV9/S55OO from Rethymno, Crete (EU-015, GIOTA KRS-005, MIA MGC-005, WLOTA 1400), between July 8-19th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-6 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. He will be using his FlexRadio 3000 into wire antennas. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. Log will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL.
T32, EASTERN KIRIBATI
In honor of his 60 years of ham radio, Bill, KH6OO, and his two sons Will/W0ZRJ and John/N0PJV will go to Christmas Island in the Republic of Kiribati and operate as T32DX between October 27th and November 3rd. The trio plans to put up two 100 watt stations with vertical antennas on the island. Watch QRZ.com on the T32DX page for updates. QSLs will be via an OQRS.
Akira, JH0CKF/DU1CKF/AF1Y, is once again active as T88MZ from the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room) on Koror Island (OC-009) between July 1-3rd. He is there on business, so activity will be limited to his spare time on the HF bands. QSL via DU1CKF, direct or by the Bureau, eQSL or LoTW. For more details about the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room), see:
Look for IARU President Tim, VE6SH, to once again be active as V29SH Jumby Bay Island, Antigua (NA-100), between July 28th and August 8th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands with a focus on 30/17/12 meters using a Elecraft KX3 with an amp into a CrankIR. QSL via VE6SH, direct or by the Bureau and LoTW.
VK9W, WILLIS ISLAND (Update to OPDX.1214.1/OPDX.1217)
It was announced that the small team of 6-8 operators who planned to activate Middle Cay Islet using the callsign VK9WA, will now be active between November 14-23rd. This is due to a schedule change with their charter vessel. They will now be on the air for two full weekends.
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