The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 646
February 2, 2004
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF-80 BBS Cleveland, Ohio
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, ARRL DX Bulletin, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, AI2Q, K2PF, W2NDP, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4SV, N4AA & QRZ DX, W5UE, KI6T, W6SJ, K7BV, K7RE, K7YMA, K8YSE, WE9V, CE6TBN, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, DK7PE, DL7AFS, DU9/N0NM, EA7FTR, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, G3OAG, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, OZ8ABE, PY8AZT, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3EXY and ZP6CW for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 25th/January, through Sunday, 1st/February there were 223 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4U1U, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9U, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/m, 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, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK1/s, ZL, ZP, ZS
* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations. As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later" (WFWL).
4S7, SRI LANKA
"OOPPSS! It is my fault!", states Rudi, DK7PE. Members from Lufthansa Amateur Radio Club(LARC) will be here from February 3-8th (not March as first announced). So, look for the team to be active this week on all bands on SSB and CW. Operators will be Frank/DJ3FK, Bernd/DK7TF, Karl/DL4FP and Rudi/DK7PE. If possible, Rudi, DK7PE, will try some 160m, depending on the antenna's possibilities. Rudi tells OPDX that callsigns are not known yet, but they should be: DK7PE (4S7PEG), DK7TF (4S7DLG), DL4FP (4S7**G not known) and DJ3FK (4S7**G not known).
7Q, MALAWI (Update to OPDX.644)
Steve, G4EDG, has joined the team of operators going to Malawi to be active between April 18th and May 1st.
9M2 & 9M6, EAST AND WEST MALAYSIA
Rich, PA0RRS, will be active as 9M2/homecall, from Kuala Lumpur, West Malaysia, February 6-9th. He will then be active as 9M6/homecall from Keningau, East Malaysia, February 9-20th. Rich will also activate a West Malaysia IOTA between February 20th and March 2nd. Look for him to sign 9M2/homecall from Penang Island (AS-015). QSL via his home callsign, direct or via the bureau. 9Y, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO
Chad, WE9V, will be active as 9Y4/WE9V from Tobago Island (SA-009) from February 29th to March 10th. He plans on operating on all HF bands on CW, SSB and RTTY. He will participate as Single-Op/All Band/High Power entry in the ARRL DX SSB Contest using the station's call, 9Y4ZC. QSL 9Y4/WE9V and 9Y4ZC (ONLY ARRL DX SSB Contest 2004) to WE9V.
Ivars, KC4PX, will again be active as C6APX in the Bahamas (FL15, IOTA NA-001). Activity will consist of 40, 20, 17, 15 and 6 meters from February 7-13th. QSL via his home callsign.
Randy, W6SJ, will be active as C6AWS in the ARRL CW DX Contest (February 21-22nd) as a Single-Op/All Band/Low Power entry. Between February 17-21st he will operate as C6A/W6SJ, with an emphasis on the WARC Bands. He will be active primarily on CW. QSL via his home callsign.
Operators Brian/K7RE, Bob/N4BP, Kevin/K4PG and possibly other stateside hams will be journeying to Freeport in the Bahamas to do about a 6 day operation prior to, and including the ARRL International DX CW Contest in mid-February. They will arrive and be setting up on Tuesday, February 17th, and will probably be on the air that late afternoon up until the contest begins, the weekend of February 21st. Brian, K7RE, will sign C6ALK and plans to operate as much 30 meters CW as possible before the contest. When 30m isn't open, he will be on the highest WARC band that is open and not being used by one of the other 2 stations in their shack. Look for Bob, N4BP, to sign C6AKQ and be active on RTTY on the WARC bands, and the regular bands if he runs out of QSOs on the WARC segments. He will also do some WARC band CW. Kevin, K4PG, will be signing C6APG and will not be at the site very long, but he should be an easy catch on 10 meters during the contest, possibly he will be doing some CW prior to the contest on the WARC bands. PLEASE NOTE: Preference will be given to stations OUTSIDE the U.S. mainland PRIOR to the contest, as they wish to work ONLY U.S. stations during the contest itself. During the contest, they plan to operate in the following categories:
C6ALK - Brian/K7RE, Single-Band 160m. The 160m antenna will be a
dipole at 125 feet.
C6AKQ - Bob/N4BP, Single-Band 80m. The 80m antenna will be a dipole at 65 feet.
C6APG - Kevin/K4PG, Single-Band 10m. The 10m antenna will be a 3 element monoband yagi at 50 feet.
They will be running the maximum allowable power in the Bahamas that is allowed for the most part in the contest, but will play with QRP before the contest if conditions allow. Radios will include the Elecraft K-2. QSL direct or via Bureau to their home callsign, BUT PLEASE PLEASE send an SASE or equivalent. Their home addresses are current on the QRZ.COM Web site, as well as their C6A callsigns.
Jon, DU9/N0NM, from Davao City, Mindanao, Philippines, reports that he is on regularly on 160 meters once again. Look for him to show up on 1828.3 during the U.S. East Coast sunrise and his own sunrise. He states the noise is still high and has worked many EU dupes. QSL via W4DR.
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, wants to remind everyone that the deadline to be shown in the next DXCC Honor Roll list is March 31, 2004. Submissions must be postmarked March 31, 2004, for your submission to count for this listing. The DXCC Honor Roll list will appear in August 2004 QST. There are 335 entities on the DXCC list, and you must be within the numerical top 10 DXCC entities to qualify. The current minimum requirement for Honor Roll is 326 current entities.
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, states that the following operations are approved for DXCC credit:
Juan de Nova/Europa - TO4E and TO4WW (from November 25, 2003 to December 21, 2003)
Iraq - YI/N2OBM - Starting January 2004
YI9ABL - Starting December 2003
YI3Q - Starting January 2004
YI9YMA - Starting January 2004
YI9ZF - Starting January 2004
Look for Jacques, F5TRC, to be active as FM/F5TRC from the Martinique main island (IOTA NA-107, DIFO FM-001), until March 5th. This will be a vacation style operation, and his activity will be CW only on 40-10 meters. QSL via the French REF Bureau. For direct QSLs, please send a SAE with 1 IRC or 2 USD.
Fabrice, F5FUA, will be active as FM/F5FUA/p from Sainte Marie, Martinique, (IOTA NA-107, DIFO FM-001) from February 3-24th. His daily scheduled operation is as follows: 1100-1300z and 2200-2400z. His activity will be on 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters (no modes provided), using an IC-706 MKIIG and a Double Dipole Multipbande Diamond W-8010. QSL via the French REF Bureau (preferred).
FO, CLIPPERTON ISLAND
Dave, K4SV, informs: "A DXpedition to Clipperton Island will take place on or about March 8th, 2004. A multi-national team of experienced operators will leave San Diego, California aboard a ship bound for Clipperton Island and will be operational for 8 to 10 days. A WEB site and callsign will be announced just prior to leaving for Clipperton. Clipperton Ranks high on the most wanted DX lists worldwide. Activity will be on all bands 10-160 meters on CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK and also AO-40 (CW and SSB) using five stations with amplifiers and beam/ vertical antennas. ICOM America has agreed to sponsor the DXpedition and will be providing transceivers. Donations from DX clubs and individuals for the DXpedition would be welcome to help cover costs." The team is led by Dave Anderson, K4SV, and the group consists of an International team of operators from several countries. Operators are: Dave Anderson, K4SV; Neil King, VA7DX; Gerard Jobcot, F2JD; Bob Grimmick, N6OX; Arnie Shatz, N6HC (team doctor) and Hiro Miyake, JF1OCQ (Several more checking on availability). For more information or if you would like to make a donation, please contact Dave at his E-mail address at: K4SV2@Charter.net. QSL via K4YL.
HI3, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
Nunez, HI3NR, is expected to be active in the CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest (February 28-29th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL via KB2MS.
CHILEAN IOTAS MOST WANTED. Marco, CE6TBN, informs OPDX and its readers that he is planning 2004-2005 IOTA DXpeditions, but he needs your help. What IOTAs are needed? He states he can put several of the following IOTA (below) on this year like SA-018, SA-043, SA-061 and SA-070. But only one IOTA like SA-031, SA-083 or SA-053, can be put on this time. Please E-mail Marco and help him decide what IOTAs to operate from at: email@example.com
SA-001 Easter Island CE0Y SA-053 San Pedro CE7 SA-005 Robinson Crusoe CE0Z SA-061 Mocha CE6 SA-008 Tierra del Fuego CE8 SA-064 Huichas CE7 SA-013 San Felix CE0X SA-069 Santa Maria CE5 SA-018 Chiloe CE7 SA-070 Santa Maria CE1 SA-031 Wollaston CE9 SA-083 Salas y Gomez CE0Y SA-032 Wellington CE8 SA-085 Pan de Azucar CE1 SA-043 Ascencion CE7 SA-086 Damas CE1 SA-050 Navarino CE9 SA-091 Riesco CE8
NA-034. Members of the Hillsborough County (FL) Sheriff's Tactical Amateur Radio Club, the Long Island DX Association (NY) and The Brandon Amateur Radio Society (FL) will be active from Honeymoon Island (NA-034) in FL on Saturday and Sunday, February 7th and 8th. Plans are to have 2 stations on the air continuously during daylight hours (in FL) on 10, 15 or 20 meters and 1 station on 40 meters during evening hours (in FL). Antennas will be yagis and verticals for 10 thru 40 meters. IOTA frequencies will be used. They will be using the callsign of the team coordinator, Dan, W2NDP/4. QSL to his home callsign, W2NDP, at CBA.
J6, ST. LUCIA (Update/Reminder)
Gary, KI6T, will be with the J6DX group operating from St. Lucia for the ARRL CW Contest. Outside of contest, Gary will operate J68GS. Gary likes the WARC bands. He will be here between February 11-25th. QSL via KI6T.
Look for Lars, SM0CCM, to be active as J73CCM between February 5th and March 4th. Activity will be on 160-6 meter CW with some RTTY and PSK. QSL via his home callsign, preferably through the bureau. For direct cards, please include 2 USD or 1 IRC.
Look for L20H to be active in the CQ WPX RTTY Contest (February 14-15th). This will be a new prefix to be on the air for the RTTY mode. QSL via EA7FTR.
The Metro Amateur Radio Club, K9Y, will activate the Chicago Harbor Breakwater South Lighthouse (ARLHS reference USA-1185) next weekend between 1600z, February 7th and 2359z, February 8th. Activity will be on 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters CW and SSB. QSL via N9TN, direct to: Bill Borgstrom, 1330 W Columbia Ave, Chicago, IL 60626 (with #10 SASE for U.S. stations and for DX station a SAE + IRC or sufficient funds for postage).
Look for Steve, G0SGB, to be active as EA/G0SGB/p and CT/G0SGB/p, between March 19-25th from various lighthouses in Spain and Portugal. Activity will be mainly on 14.264 MHz or on other bands around **.264 MHz (+/-) as conditions permit. QSL via his home callsign (QRZ.com). Steve will also be active as ZB/G0SGB/p, between March 20-21st from the Europa Point Lighthouse (ARLHS GIB-001, WW Loc. IM76hc), Gibraltar. Activity will be on all bands as conditions permit. QSL via his home callsign (QRZ.com).
Rich, M5RIC, will be active as MU2Z during the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as Single-Op/All Band/High Power entry. He will be active before and after the contest as MU5RIC/p. QSL via M5RIC.
NP2/WP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLAND
Tony, N2TK, will be at St. Croix from February 25th to March 10th. He will be active as WP2Z during the CQ WW 160M SSB Contest and the ARRL SSB Contest. QSL via KU9C. Before and after the contests, Tony will be using N2TK/NP2. QSL via N2TK.
OH0, ALAND ISLAND
Operators Raimo/OH3BHL, Perti/OH7WW and Juha/OH9MM will be active as OH0I during the CQ/RJ WW RTTY WPX Contest (February 7-8th) as Multi-Single entry. QSL via OH3BHL.
OX2, GREENLAND (Special Event)
Look for Allan, OX3KV (OZ8A), to use the special callsign OX2KAN during the rest of the year to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the Kangaatsiaq municipality. Activity will be on all HF bands (mainly CW). Allan is only using a G5RV antenna right now, but once the snow is gone, he'll put up some more antennas. OX2KAN will also be active from NA-134. QSL via the OZ Bureau or direct to: BOX 551, 3955 Kangaatsiaq, Greenland.
Operators Paolo/I2UIY and Jacobo/P43P will be active as P40G in the CQ/RJ WW RTTY WPX Contest (February 14-15th) as a Multi-?? entry. Also, look for Paolo to be active as P40G in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 20-21st) as a Single-Op/?? entry. QSL both operations via I2EOW (bureau or direct).
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL the last week's 4U1UN operation to: 4U1UN, Grand Central Station, P.O. Box 3873, New York, NY 10163 USA. Operators were Bernie/W3UR (The Daily DX Editor), his daughter Christa/KB3JIU and well known QSL Manager Steve/KU9C.
QSL HC1AJQ/HC4 via EA7FTR. Operator was Alex, HC1AJQ, from Canoa on the Pacific coast.
QSL PR8/PS8NF via PS8NF. Operators PS8NF/Nelson, PS8DCA/Dalton and PS8DEL/Glauber activated Sao Luis Island (SA-016) this past weekend. This operation is valid for the Brazilian Island Award (DIB-007) and the Brazilian Lighthouse Award (DFB 007).
NEW QSL MANAGER. Fran, EA7FTR, informs OPDX that he is now the new QSL Manager for ST2NH and ST2YL. Send QSLs to EA7FTR at: Francisco Lianez Suero, Asturias 23, 21110 Aljaraque HUELVA SPAIN.
NEW QSL MANAGER. Ralph, K2PF, reports that effective immediately, he is the QSL Manager for Ado, T94OM.
NEW QSL MANAGER. Nenad, VE3EXY, announced this past week that he is now (effective immediately) taking over all QSL business for Nick, VK1AA (ex.VK2ICV). This includes the following callsigns VK9LX, H44XX, H40XX, VK9LX/9, VK1AA/2 and VK1AA/4. This will probably include Nick's future DXpeditions as well. At the moment, Nenad has blank QSL cards for VK9LX, H44XX, and H40XX, while VK9LX/9, VK1AA/2 and VK1AA/4 are still in the process of being printed. Nenad states direct requests are more or less answered immediately, and there is a huge backlog of bureau requests. Nick was not a member of the VK QSL Bureau, and your QSL cards probably never made it through the system. From now on, he will handle bureau requests, but via Canadian (VE) QSL bureau.
NOT THE QSL MANAGER! Steve, G3OAG, wants to remind OPDX readers that he is NOT, never has been, and certainly do not want to be the QSL Manager for 5H3RK. He is still getting a few cards via the bureau for 5H3RK, and they are being sent back to the senders.
Randy, W5UE, reports that he has uploaded the following logs to LoTW, January 26th: W5UE, W5UE/C6A, C6ARB, PZ5UE and PZ5A.
Doug, ZP6CW, informs OPDX that all 120,000 ZP5XDW, ZP5XDW/6, ZP6XDW and ZP6CW log entries are now on the LoTW (Logbook of The World). He will continue to honor direct QSL requests, and will do so probably forever. ZP6CU continues to be the QSL Manager for: ZP6CW, ZP6GG and the previous ZP callsign noted above.
Operators Markus/SM4XIH, Charlie/SM4RGD and possibly others will activate the "Borderstation between Sweden and Norway" from Morokulien as SJ9WL in the CQ/RJ WW RTTY WPX Contest (February 14-15th) as a Multi-Op/ Single entry. QSL via SM5DJZ.
TI8, COSTA RICA
Operators Carlos/TI2KAC, Eddie/K4UN, Robert/W4BD, William/K4WPM, Van/N5VI and Robert/NA4BW will be active as TI8M in the ARRL DX Phone Contest (March 6-7th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via TI2KAC, direct or via the Bureau. Look for activity before the contest on 160-10 meters.
VK9L & VK9NB, LORD HOWE AND NORFOLK ISLANDS
Babs/DL7AFS and Lot/DJ7ZG will be active as VK9LB from February 16-27th. They inform OPDX that they currently have a problem with transportation to Lord Howe Island as they are limited to only 14 KG per person. This means that they will have to leave some antennas and equipment at Brisbane. They state, "Of course to charter a private flight is a possibility. That is, however, too expensive for us." Activity will be on 80-6 meters on SSB, RTTY and PSK. Starting on March 1st, they will be active for 2 weeks as VK9NB from Norfolk Island. They hope their activity will be without restrictions from there. All QSLs are via DL7AFS. For more information, please visit their Web page at:
VP5, TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS
Operators David/W5AO, Connie/K5CM and Pamela/N5KW will be active as VP51V from North Caicos (NA-002) in the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as as Multi/Single entry. Look for the operators to be active outside of the contest signing VP5/homecall. QSL VP51V via Box 88, Morris, OK 74445-0088. QSL VP5/W5AO, VP5/K5CM, and VP5/N5KW via their home callsign (Call Book Addresses).
VP5, TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS
Dennis, K7BV, will travel here February 19-26th, to operate in the ARRL DX CW Contest using VP5M (approval pending). Look for VP5/K7BV to be used outside the contest with operating emphasis placed on the WARC bands and the 6/2 meter bands. Watch for updates on the following Web page:
VP5, TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS
Operators Elza/K4ISV and Donnie/K4CN will be active from North Caicos, February 24th through March 17th. They will be active as VP5B in the CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest (February 28-29th) as a Multi/Single entry. They will also be active as VP5B in the ARRL DX Phone Contest (March 6-7th) as a Multi/? entry. Callsigns before and after the contest will be VP5/K4ISV and VP5/K4CN. QSL both contest operations and activity outside of the contests via N2AU.
YV0, AVES ISLANDS
Reports indicate that the upcoming DXpedition to Aves Island is now delayed until late February or (possibly) March.
Remember to look for Peter, NO2R, to be active as XU7ACY from Sihanoukville, February 2-8th. He plans to be active mainly on 160 meters and 80/40 meters. QSL via K2NJ, direct.
George, K7YMA, informs OPDX that he will be operating from Iraq as YI9YMA now through April 15th. He will be operating on 10, 15 and 20 meters SSB only as duties permit. QSL is via the W7 Bureau or his home callsign K7YMA. The K7YMA and YI9YMA information has been updated on QRZ, Buckmaster and the WM7D websites. George states that he will submit the log to LoTW upon his return home. He also mentions that his operation has been accredited by ARRL DXCC Desk.
Dwayne, KE4RVT, is currently working here and is active as YI9RVT. However, Alex, AI2Q, received and E-mail from Dwayne stating he has developed a problem with his Radio Shack 22-510 PS and blew the electrolytic capcitors. He is currently looking for a copy of the schematic and is running/operating by battery and minimal antenna. He is still waiting on antennas to arrive. There were two QSNs reported as this was being typed. Dwayne was spotted on 10107 kHz at 1953z and 28025 kHz at 1153z.
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