The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 753
March 27, 2006
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 Letter, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, N2OO, NG3K, W3JJ, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4VUD, N4AA & QRZ DX, WW5L, WC6DX, KD7WPJ, K8YSE, K9EL, Brian Boschma, 9A7K, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, DL2GG, EA5RM, F5NQL & UFT, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, HA5X, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IZ8EDJ, JI6KVR, LZ1BJ, MØOXO, OK1DOT, PA7FM, SP5EWY, VA3RJ & ICPO and VE1VOX for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 19th/March, through Sunday, 26th/March there were 222 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, 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, PZ, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD8, ZF, ZK1/s, 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).
3D2, FIJI ISLANDS
Brian, N6IZ, is now active as 3D2IZ on the Island of Namotu (OC-121) until April 1st. Namotu is a small island in the Mamuca Island chain in the Fijian waters. Reports from Bonnie, KQ6XA, indicate Brian is using ALE (Automatic Link Establishment) on 20 meters. Brian will try "HFL" Netcalls using a portable HF system (IC-706+PCALE+laptop) manual tuned antenna on the HFLINK channels. ALE monitor freq: 14109.5 kHz (no auto RX scanning). Also, he is active on 14342.5 kHz and 18157.5 kHz. When not playing on ALE, look for him on 80-10 meters CW/SSB and the digital modes. QSL via N6IZ. More information on his operating schedule is available at:
9M6, EAST MALAYSIA
Operators Peter/DJ8XW and Heinz/DL2QT are currently operating from 9M6AAC at the Hillview Gardens Resort in East Malaysia. Bob, N2OO, reports to
"Please QSL via N2OO. They have announced QSL via DL2QT which is incorrect, however, they will answer whatever cards do go via that route if they have already been sent there. N2OO is the permanent QSL Manager for all operations from 9M6AAC over the past 10 years. To all QSL Manager databases, please do not change your QSL Manager listings. Sorry for the confusion. QSL 9M6AAC via N2OO."9Q, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
CQ MAGAZINE DX MARATHON WEB SITE
John, K9EL, reports: "The CQ DX Marathon is a cross between an award and a contest. It runs for a full year at a time with competitors trying to contact as many countries and CQ zones as possible within the year. There are no carryovers from year to year, however, and everyone starts fresh each New Year's Day. The year-long DXing competition began on January 1. A new Web site has been established and dedicated to the DX Marathon -
EI90, IRELAND (Special Event)
Members of the South Dublin Radio Club (SDR) will activate a special event station over the Easter weekend (April 16-17th) to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. "The Easter Rising was a militarily unsuccessful rebellion staged in Ireland against British rule on Easter Monday in April 1916. Nevertheless, despite its military failure, it can be judged as being a significant stepping-stone in the eventual creation of the Irish Republic", from the Wikipedia Web page at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Easter_Rising The special event station will run from the SDR club QTH using the callsign EI90GPO. Activity will be on all HF bands from 80-10 meters. QSL via EI2SDR.
FS, SAINT MARTIN
John, K9EL, will be active as FS/K9EL from April 3-11th. He informs OPDX that he will be using an IC-735 barefoot and vertical antennas for 80-10 meters. No PSK or RTTY. QSL to his home callsign.
HA, HUNGARY (6M BAND)
As of March 29th, 2006, HA amateurs can start using the 50-52 MHz band on a secondary, non-interference basis as a new frequency allocation plan has appeared in the official journal of the Republic of Hungary. The same government order also opens the 7100-7200 kHz segment of the 40m amateur radio band for Hungarian radio amateurs.
On 6m, the frequency allocation for amateur radio is 50-52MHz, with a power limit of 10W ERP. All known modes occupying less than 12 kHz bandwidth are allowed. There are no restrictions on the design or polarity of antennas, but the 10W ERP limit has to be obeyed. As the amateur radio band is now contained in the National Frequency Allocation Plan, no separate licences are required, all stations holding a CEPT-equivalent licence are automatically granted access. No mobile operation on 6m is allowed however. The two television transmitters in Hungary remain operational in the band for the time being.
Early access to the 7100-7200 kHz segment of the 40m amateur radio band is also granted for those holding CEPT-equivalent licences, with 150W or 250W of power depending upon the licence class. As this band is under 30 MHz, a CW proficiency exam is still necessary. Hungary is expecting new amateur radio regulations within a few months that will revise - among other things - the Morse requirement and the national licence/exam classes.
AF-018. (Early announcement!) Operator IT9BLB and a International team will be active as IH9P from Pantelleria Island during the CQWW CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Multi-Multi entry. QSL via KR7X. Visit the IH9P Web page at:
AF-078. Fidier, F6ELE, plans to be active from Carabane Island (6W) sometime between June 9-19th.
AS-113. Photos of TA3J/0's recent activity from Sican Adasi (Rat Island - MIA MTC-099) on March 24th are now available at:
EU-051. Operators Davide/IW9GUR, Angelo/IW9HLM, Riccardo/IT9CVO, Andrea/IT9RKR and Andrea/IW9HQP will be active as IE9/homecall from Ustica Island (IIA PA-001, MIA MI-116, WLOTA LH-0848) from March 31st to April 2nd. They plan to have three stations active on all bands except 30 meters, plus 6 meters.
EU-124. Members of the North Wakefield ARC will be activating Caldey Island, Wales, from Monday, July 24th until Monday, July 31st, inclusive of the IOTA Contest. Operators mentioned are: Charles/MØOXO, Nigel/MØNJW, Chris/M1TRC, Steve/2EØJTI and Barry/2EØJRZ. The callsign to be used outside of the contest will be GB4CI, and during the IOTA Contest the callsign will be GW5X. Contacts will also count for the "Caldey Island Lighthouse" (WAL-004) and for the TWLHF Award (GW-002). QSLs for ALL contacts are via Charles, M3ZYZ, direct (QRZ.com) or by the Bureau. Everything concerning this DXpedition can be read on the following Web pages at: http://www.twlhf.com
EU-148. Bernard, F5XX, and some other operators will activate the French island of Brescou in the Languedoc-Roussillon Region Group, May 25-29th.
NA-026. (CORRECTION) In last week's OPDX.752, we stated that Staten Island (USI NY-004S, Richmond County, New York) is NA-026. OPDX was informed that Staten Island was removed from IOTA NA-026 on February 1, 2005. It is still good for the USI Award.
NA-031. (Update) John, NY6DX, will be operating as NY6DX/1 from Block Island (USI RI-001S - NOT A NEW ONE as first announced, Washington County, Rhode Island), from April 11-14th. Look for activity on, or near the usual IOTA frequencies. QSL via his home callsign, direct only (QRZ.com).
NA-081. Dana, VE1VOX, will be active as VE1OTA April 14-16th. He will decide which islands to operate from upon his arrival to the area. Activity will be on 15, 20, and possibly 40 meters SSB. QSL to VE1VOX, direct preferred. Reminder, international postage requires an IRC or 2 USDs.
J6, ST. LUCIA (Update)
Oleh, KD7WPJ/UR5BCP, informs OPDX that he is planning to operate from here (NA-108) from March 30th through April 5th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters CW/SSB. His visitor's radio amateur licence has been approved and most likely he will use the callsign J6/KD7WPJ. QSL via KD7WPJ.
A German team consisting of Walt/DJ0FX (JS6QFP), Joe/DL2DX (JA1PPB), and YL Karin/DL9DYL are expected to be active between April 4-18th. The group is trying to obtain JD1 callsign and currently does not know their callsigns. Activity will be on all bands on CW, SSB, PSK31 and RTTY. QSL via their home callsigns.
LZ80, BULGARIA (Special Event)
Members of the Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs (BFRA) will activate the special event callsign LZ80R (LIMA ZULU EIGHT ZERO ROMEO) from their HQ through the end of 2006. Activity is to commemorate 80th anniversary of the first radio amateur club in Bulgaria. QSL preferably via the LZ QSL Bureau to LZ1BJ.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL CQ9K via: P.O.BOX 19, 9001-901 FUNCHAL, MADEIRA ISLAND - PORTUGAL. Operators were the Madeira Team Members (CT3BD, CT3DL, CT3DZ, CT3EE, CT3EN, CT3HK, CT3IA, CT3IQ, CT3KU and CT3KY) and DK7YY. Visit their Web page at:
Antonio, EA5RM (5H2AG - S01R) informs OPDX that he has received the 5H2AG QSLs from the printer. All direct QSLs should be in the mail by the time you read this.
NEW QSL ROUTE. Yarub, HZ1YB, reports that effective immediately his new QSL Manager is DK7YY. DK7YY prefers the Bureau, but direct QSLs are also OK.
QSL KH7X via K2PF. Activity was during this past weekend's CQ WPX Contest. Operators were KH6ND, KH6TO, KH6YY, KH7U, AH6OZ and AH6NF.
QSL TM9R via F5GGL, either direct (SAE + 1 IRC) or via the French REF-Bureau. Operators were from the Gironde division of the French National Postmen ARC, the "AOMPTT", RADIOAMPT33/F6KNB.
QSL VP2E via N5AU. Activity was during this past weekend's CQ WPX Contest. Operators were KC5EA and N5AU.
OK7, CZECH REPUBLIC
Petr, OK1DOT, informs OPDX that he will be using a new callsign for special occasions such as contests. Look for him to use OK7DX in upcoming contest.
Reports indicate that individual Belgian amateurs can now apply for a secondary 2x1 vanity callsign with all possible ITU prefixes for Belgium. However, the prefixes OT5x and OR5x are reserved for club stations. It is quite possible that callsigns like ON1A, OP2Q, OS7Z, OO0O .... etc may/will show up on the bands. The primary focus for this change is contesting but also applicable to every day DXing. So don't be confused or think they are pirates, these callsigns are 100% legal. They fall under CEPT agreement.
SPECIAL FRENCH ACTIVITIES
To celebrate the 90th anniversary of the "Battle of Verdun" (1916-2006) look for special event station TM7BV to be active from different locations throughout the 2006 calendar year. QSL Manager is F5NPS. The tentative schedule is as follows:
April 15th - Fort of Moulainville; DFCF55036; JN29RE 382m May 6th - Verdun Citadel; JN29QD 201m May 20th - Destroyed Village of Beaumont; VD5501; JN29QG 350m - Destroyed Village of Cumieres; VD5503; JN29PF 188m - Destroyed Village of Haumont; VD5506; JN29QG 250m July 8th - Fort of Souville; DFCF55010; JN29RE 389m July 15th - Crest of Les Eparges; JN29TB 305m August 5th - Destroyed Village of Louvemont; VD5507; JN29QF 321m September 2nd - Destroyed Village of Bezonvaux; VD5502; JN29RF 257m - Destroyed Village of Ornes; VD5508; JN29RG 250m October 21st - Fort of Douaumont; DFCF55005; JN29RF 395m November 4th - Fort of Vaux; DFCF55011; JN29RE 351m - Destroyed Village of Vaux; VD5509; JN29RF 250m November 11th - Douaumont Ossuary; JN29RF 347m - Destroyed Village of Douaumont; VD5504; JN29RF 345m November 18th - Fleury Memorial; JN29RE 335m 18th - Destroyed Village of Fleury; VD5505; JN29RE 340mOther activities are possible, and updated information will be forth- coming. The DFCF references count for the French Forts and Castles Award. The VD References count for the short term award Destroyed Villages Award (rules to be published). For details on the Battle of Verdun, visit the following Web page at:
Operators Muriel/F0CXD (YL) and Arno/F4DCG will air the special callsign TM4BFL between April 9-19th, in memory of Arnaud Smeulders, F4BFL, who died several months ago at the aged of 29. Activity will be on 160-2 meters. QSL via F4DCG, by the bureau or direct (QRZ.com).
SR 2006 MEETING
The 3rd International Strange Radio Meeting will take place in the Province of Taranto, April 22-23rd. There will be two days of forums on DXing, Contesting, DXpeditions and the Antarctica. Complete details and the schedule for programs are available at:
Jean Louis will sign TK/F5NHJ from Corsica (EU-014), between March 29th and April 4th. Activity will be from the Ajaccio area, and he states this will only be a QRP CW holiday style DXpedition. QSL via F5NHJ. Visit his Web page at:
The TY DXpedition continues to be active until March 30th. The four DXpedition members are now fully operational on 160-10 meters. During the second week of operations they will try to focus on lower bands when possible. QSL Manager Dennis, PA7FM, reported that the team unexpectedly found an internet cafe and has been able to send logs and photos to Dennis on the following Web pages. Remember to QSL TY4TW via GM4FDM. QSL TY5LEO and TY5MR via IK1PMR and QSL TY5WP via PA7FM. More details/updates and a log search will be availble at the following Web sites:
VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS (Early Announcement!)
Operators Rodger/W7VV, Ralph/VE7XF, Dick/K7BTW and possibly others will be active as VP5W during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via W7TSQ.
VU4, ANDAMAN ISLANDS (Update)
Frank, DL4KQ, reports that he now has a total of 10 operators for his team to be active from VU4. Operators mentioned are: VU3FRK/DL4KQ, VU3RSB, DL5OAB, K3LP, N6TQS, VU3TLY/IK1PMR, VU3PLM/K2LEO, F4RGD, F5CWU and VU3JLW/AA4NN. They plan to have 3-4 stations on the air for CW/SSB and 1-2 for the digital modes. Activity will be on 160-6 meters. ADDED NOTE: Check out the list of participants heading to the Andaman Islands at:
VU4, ANDAMAN ISLANDS
Charles, K4VUD, mentioned this past weekend that he has a ticket to go to the VU4 Hamfest. He currently holds an Indian callsign, VU3CHE, and hopes to get a VU4 callsign. Charle states, "I am taking only 100 watts and a Cushcraft roto-dipole gismo for the 3 WARC bands. I plan mostly 30m CW if I can get on."
W5DXCC (Ham-Com 2006)
The Lone Star DX Association in conjunction with Ham-Com 2006 will host this year's W5DXCC. Along with the venue and schedule change of Ham-Com, this year's W5DXCC will have some changes as well. The main event will be a dinner affair at the Southfork Hotel near the Plano Convention Center on Friday evening, June 9th. Tickets are 35.00 USDs each and can only be purchased online via the Ham-Com Web site. Only 125 tickets will be available so order NOW! Tickets WILL NOT be available at the event! To order tickets or read about additional DX program information, go to the Ham Com web site at:
WAS IS NOW AVAILABLE ON LOTW!
The ARRL Letter announced this week:
"Users of the ARRL's Logbook of the World (LoTW)YU500, SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO (Special Activity)
http://www.arrl.org/lotw/now may apply their LoTW credits to applications for the League's Worked All States (WAS) award. Once registered and logged in, users may set up a WAS account on the Logbook Awards page, configuring the account to automatically select QSLs to use or selecting them manually via the Your QSOs page. LoTW is a repository of logbook records submitted by users from around the world. When both participants in a contact submit matching QSO records to LoTW, the result is an electronic "QSL" that can be used for award credit. As part of this addition, administration and maintenance of all WAS awards is now perfomed using an LoTW module. US Amateur Radio licensees must be ARRL members to apply for the WAS award. In addition to WAS, LoTW supports the ARRL DX Century Club (DXCC) award. Since its inauguration in September 2005, LoTW has more than 95 million QSO records on file, with nearly 5.15 million QSL records resulting. The system boasts just over 12,000 registered users, and there are more than 18,100 certificates--each representing a particular user call sign--on file."
YX0, AVES ISLAND
Look for members of the Association of Radioamateurs of Venezuela (ARV) and the Grupo DX Caracas (GDXC) to activate Aves Island (Isla de Aves), April 19th. The team will depart from La Guaira on April 17th. They will use the callsign YX0A and plan to be active on 160-2 meters on CW/SSB. Special emphasis will be made on the lower bands. Operators are Ramon/YV5EED (group's leader and MD), Edgar/YV2IF, Jose/YV5ANT, Victor/ YV5IQJ, Pablito/YV5IVB, Antonio/YV5LMW, Eduardo/YV5MHX, Federico/YV5NCZ, Gregorio/YV5OHW, Jig/AD6TF, Ray/DL2GG and possibly anothers to be announced later. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1822.5, 3523, 7023, 10103, 14023, 18073, 21023, 24893 and 28023 kHz SSB - 1842.5, 3750, 7093, 14190, 18145, 21295, 24987 and 28475 kHz 2 meters - 146.520 MHz (FM) 6 meters - 50.110 MHz (listening for openings)Visit the YX0A Web (still under construction) at:
ZV0, FERNANDO DE NORONHA (Update)
Operator Orlando, PY2TJ/PT2OP, will be active as ZV0F between March 30th and April 4th. His activity will be limited because he will be on holiday. He states, "The Fernando de Noronha Achipelago is a ecological paradise in where I will be on vacation with my wife. I intend to operate every night after 2200z, and eventually, during the day time hours, SSB, on the bands of 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters, depending on the propagation conditions and the possibilites of installing the antennas." His equipment will be an Icom 706MKII, Kenwood TS-50 and half-wave dipole antennas. QSL via PT2OP. He will accept QSLs by the bureau, but prefers direct (with SASE/SAE + 2 IRCs or 2 USDs) at: Orlando Perez Filho, SHIGS 706 - Bloco L - Casa 22, 70350-762, Brasilia - DF, BRAZIL.
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Subject: W5DXCC June 9-10 at Ham Com 2006] Message-id: <441E1D43.email@example.com> MIME-version: 1.0 W5DXCC Ham-Com 2006 The Lone Star DX Association in conjunction with Ham-Com 2006 will host this year's W5DXCC. Along with the venue and schedule change of Ham-Com, this year's W5DXCC will have some changes as well. The main event will be a dinner affair at the Southfork Hotel near the Plano Convention Center on Friday evening, June 9, 2006. Tickets are $35.00 each and can only be purchased online via the Ham-Com website. Only 125 tickets will be available so order NOW! Tickets WILL NOT be available at the event! To order tickets or read about additional DX program information go to the Ham Com web site at http://www.hamcom.org There will be additional DX events on Friday and Saturday at the convention center (see schedule posted below). This years featured speaker and program at the dinner event will be Bob Allphin, K4UEE and the amazing 3Y0X DXpedition to Peter I Island. Come hear this world-class DXer and accomplished speaker tell the 3Y0X story. The most expensive DXpedition in history that resulted in 86,891 QSOs will be a fascinating story and one every DXer will want to hear. Get your tickets early to be sure you get a seat. Tickets can be purchased on the HamCom website. This years menu will be TexMex fare featuring grilled breast of Emperor Penguin on a mirror of Antarctic chili sauce. Served with two walrus tusk enchiladas and Arctic Krill rice with Orca onion sour cream, refried Sea Stars and Blue Whale de Gallo topped with tri-colored Arctic Tern strips. Following the dinner, the Lone Star DX Association and the North Texas Contest Club will host the ever popular DX/Contest hospitality suite for a time of fellowship and renewing old friendships. K4UEE has visited eighty three (83) DXCC entities and operated from forty four (44). He has participated in twenty six (26) DXpeditions, including six from top 10 DXCC entities, i.e. Heard Island, Bhutan, Kingman Reef, South Sandwich Islands, South Georgia Island and most recently, Peter I Island. He has been an operator on 4 of the top 7 DXpeditions with the highest QSO totals. In addition, Bob has the honor of having participated in five DXpeditions of the Year. Bob is also an active contester and has participated in twenty-eight contest DXpeditions. Six (6) of these efforts resulted in new World Records. Further evidence of this operating skill was his participation as a competitor in the 1996 WRTC (the Amateur Radio Olympics of Contesting), placing 5th along with his teammate N6IG. He also participated in the 2000 WRTC in Bled , Slovenia . Bob is a member of the FOC (First Class Operator Club), A-1 Operator club, the SouthEastern DX Club Hall of Fame, Board of Directors of INDEXA, a member of the ARRL DX Advisory Committee (DXAC) representing the Southeastern Division, and the CQ DX Hall of Fame. In addition to the dinner event on Friday there will be a DX Forum with a panel of world-class DXer and DX authorities. Saturdays programs at the convention center will begin with Jeff Steinman, N5TJ. This world-class contester has operated from many DX locations around. Jeff will provide an interesting presentation on DX contesting and his exploits from around the world. Come learn how to plan and execute your own contest DXpedition. The next presentation will be Bob Schmieder, KK6EK and the very successful and innovative K7C DXpedition to Kure Island . Bob is an accomplished DXer and prolific author of books chronicling many expeditions. Bob is the founder and Expedition Leader of Cordell Expeditions, a nonprofit research group begun in 1977. The group is responsible for the creation of the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary, which was designated entirely on the basis of results from Cordell Expeditions. Creator and Expedition Leader of the Rocas Alijos expeditions 1990, 1993. Participant in the 1994 expedition to Peter I Island, Antarctica , 3YØPI, where in addition to radio operations, he carried out a program of sampling and chemical analysis of the environment. Co-organizer and Leader of the 1995 expedition to Easter Island/Salas y Gómez, XRØY/Z, which included 32 participants for 3 weeks. Co-Expedition Leader of the highly successful 1997 expedition to Heard Island , VKØIR, with 20 participants. Participant in the 2002 expedition to San Felix Island ( Chile ) XRØX. He is the owner and operator of a research vessel, the Cordell Explorer. Licensed since 1962, he holds Extra Class radio license KK6EK. He has been active in Islands on the Air (IOTA), having activated five "New Ones": Farallons, NA-178; Guadalupe, NA-179; Roqueta, NA-183; Northern California Group, NA-184; and Central California Group, NA-187. Other calls he has held are XF1/KK6EK, VP8CPK, 4K1/KK6EK, CEØ/KK6EK, and VK6EKK. The final presentation will be Robert Wood, W5AJ and the recent ARRL DX SSB Contest as TI1C. Robert is a very accomplished DXpedition contest operator. His DXpedition contest awards include: CQ WW SSB Caribbean Island award at VP2E -1995 and 1996, CQ WW SSB South American (mainland) as HC5C-1997, ARRL DX SSB and CW #1 USA Single Band 28 MHz -1997, ARRL DX SSB #1 North America at 8P9P-1998, CQ WW SSB #1 World Low Power-2000 at P40P. This remains an Aruba record. CQ WW SSB #1 World Assisted-2002 at P40P, a new record. ARRL DX SSB #1 World Low Power at P40P-2002, ARRL DX SSB #1 World Low Power at V26P-2003, ARRL DX SSB #1 North America Low Power at TI5A-2005. As usual, card checking will be available and of course WW5L--Tom Anderson will attempt to send everyone home with at least one door prize. Come join us for great weekend of DX camaraderie and fun.