The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 778
October 2, 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, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, NJ1Q, KA2AEV, N2OO, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4WX, WC5N, N6LF, K8YSE, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, 4X1VF, DJ5AV & The DX News Letter, DK8JB, F5NQL & UFT, G1VDP, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IZ8EDJ, OH5DX, RSGB IOTA, SM6CVX, T93Y, VE2TKH, VA3RJ & ICPO, VK4AAR, VU2PAI and YZ5W for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 24th/September, through Sunday, 1st/October there were 217 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU, E4, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, 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, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YU6, YV, Z2, Z3, Z7, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, 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).
3RD STRANGE RADIO EVENT
This event is held yearly, however, the Strange Radio Team changes the goal every year. The Strange Radio Event will take place this year between 0000z, October 20th through 2400z, October 22nd. S.R.T. stations are worth 3 points, the special callsigns are worth 5 points and the special station is worth 10 points. These stations can be contacted once every day per single band. To obtain the Strange Radio Event Certificate, a minimum 30 points are requested. More details and rules are available on the SRT Web page listed below. Look for the following special SRT stations and special ARI (Ostia) station to be on the air during the event:
ED8SRT QSL via Oreste, IZ8EDJ IO5SRT QSL via Max, IZ5BTC EF8SRT QSL via Oreste, IZ8EDJ IO6SRT QSL via Mirko, IZ6FZS L30BST QSL via Oreste, IZ8EDJ IO7SRT QSL via Fulvio, IZ7FLT V55SRT QSL via Oreste, IZ8EDJ IO8SRT QSL via Franco, IK8WEJ YI0SRT QSL via Oreste, IZ8EDJ IR0SRT (Sardinia Island) QSL via IO0SRT QSL via Simone, IZ0BTV Franco, IS0LFZ IO1SRT QSL via Maurizio, IZ1GJK IR3SRT QSL via Stefano, IN3JJI IO2SRT QSL via Augusto, I2JJR IU8SRT QSL via Salvatore, IZ8GGF IO3SRT QSL via Maurizio, IV3ZXQ * The special station will be * IQ0OS (A.R.I. Ostia)Use the following Web pages for updated info/news and a list of SRT members at:
Operator Vaho, 4L8A, will be active in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry. QSL via DJ1CW.
4Z0, ISRAEL (Special Event)
The Holyland DX Group will operate as 4Z0J from the "Jesus Boat" located near the Sea of Galilee in Yigal Alon's Center on November 3-4th starting at 0700z and ending on Saturday at 1500z. Operators will be Shalom/4Z4BS, Mark/4Z4KX, Ilya/4Z1UF, Ros/4Z5LA, Ruben/ 4Z5FI, Yuli/4X6HP and Jan/4X1VF. Activity will be CW/SSB on all bands 80-10 meters. The square for the Holyland Award is M05KT. The group also plans to operate mobile from several squares around the main location for the HOLYLAND AWARD program. QSL Manager is Shalom, 4Z4BS. For more info on the "Jesus Boat", visit the Web page at:
Sigi, DL7DF, will be active as 5B4/DL7DF from October 5-12th. This will be a holiday style operation, but look for activity on CW, SSB, RTTY and SSTV. QSL via his home callsign.
The FCC Office of Engineering and Technology has recently granted a Part 5 experimental license to the ARRL on behalf of a group of radio amateurs interested in investigating the spectrum in the vicinity of 500 kHz. Rudy, N6LF, is one of several who has now begun experimental operations on 600m (505-510) kHz. He reported this past week that he is on the air at 506 kHz operating in the beacon mode. The message is:
After each transmission there is a 40 second pause and then the message repeats. Rudy's planned operating times will be from 0100-0430z every day if possible. He states, "No doubt there will be some exceptions, but I will do my best to be regular for the next 3-4 weeks." Rudy is using a 130 ft. vertical with a 300 ft. top loading wire running the maximum allowed power, so he should be audible over much of the western USA. Rudy would appreciate any signal reports. Please send them to him at: email@example.com Rudy believes this will be a very interesting experiment and hopes it will result in a new MF band for hams. He states, "That of course is very much for the future. Right now we need to see what we can accomplish with this experimental license." For more information about 600m, visit the ARRL Web Page at:
Andy, G7COD, will be active as 8Q7AK from Embudu Island, South Male Atoll, Maldives, between October 3-15th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters mostly SSB with some CW. He will use an Icom IC-7000 w/100w into a MFJ Auto Atu and G5RV antenna 15 meters high. QSL direct to G7COD or by the bureau with cards marked via "G7COD". Cards will be returned via the bureau, or if you do not have access to the bureau, then he will send you an EQSL.
AT6, INDIA (Special Event)
Look for special event station AT6MYL to be active during the 2006 World Wide YL Meeting in Mumbai between October 15-29th. QSL only via VU2SWS. Visit the following Web page for more info at:
C6, BAHAMAS (Change of Plans!)
Operators Ken/K2KW, Tom/N6BT and Fredrick/ KE7X will be active from Eleuthera Island between November 19-27th. The original plans were to go to Jamaica (See OPDX.771). Activity will include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as Single-Op/Single-Band entries. QSL via WA4WTG. Operations outside of the contest will be on 160-20 meters, but they will focus on the low bands. More details are forthcoming (such as individual contest callsigns).
CT3, MADEIRA ISLAND
Operator Jose, CT1BOH, will be active as CT3NT during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW. Visit CT1BOH Web page at:
CT9, MADEIRA ISLAND
Operators Stefan/DL5XX, Detlef/DK3QZ, Nicolas/DK5DQ, Kai/DL3HAH, Marus/DL1EKC and Hans/DL1EMH will be active as CT9L during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as Multi/2 entry. QSL via DJ6QT.
CU2, AZORES. Operator Toni, OH2UA
will be active as CU2A during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via OH2BH. ADDED NOTE: He will also be in the CQWW DX CW Contest (See OPDX.777).
Operators Roberto/DU6BG, Joel/WJ1P, Billy/WE6DX, Leo/ WA6LOS, EnriqueUE/WB6RJP, Vhodick/W6BOO, Ramon/DU1KBE, Marlon/DU1KXR and DU7RJA will be active as DX6M during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via W6PDX.
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager reports:
Reminder -- Applications containing Swains Island credits are not being accepted until October 1, 2006. We are receiving many applications with Swains cards. These applications cannot be logged into the DXCC system and placed in the processing queue (or appear in the DXCC "Applications Received: list on the Web site) until October 1. Note: This will not affect anyone's DXCC Challenge numbers since the cutoff date for the Challenge is now December 31, 2006. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.orgHI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC
A team of Russian speaking hams from New York will be going here between October 22-30th. Operators mentioned are: Andrei/EW1AR/NP3D (team leader), Boris/UU5SY/N3SY, Alex/K2PAL (ex-UB5XAZ) and Joel/KB2PDW. The group will activate Tigre Island (NA-060) together with Javier/HR2J and other HR operators from October 22-25th. The callsign (HQ4?) is TBA. QSL via W3HNK. Activity will be on 80-6 meters, RTTY, CW and SSB. During the CQ WW DX SSB Contest they will be active and on as Single-Band entries. The callsigns and bands are to be announced later.
AS-151. Operators BD1DRJ, BG2QMP and BD2RI will be signing homecall/2 from ChangXing Island between October 1-6th. This will be a holiday style operation while visiting with friends and family. Planned activity is for 40/20/15 meters CW/SSB. QSL all callsigns via BD1DRJ (QRZ.com).
EU-028. Operators Valeriano/IK5ABG, Giovanni/IK5BCM, Oliviero/IK5BQW, Giuseppe/IK5CBE and Giovanni/IK5CRH will be active from the Island of Montecristo (I.I.A. LI-015), October 1-5th. The team has asked for a special callsign, but at moment they may use IA5/homecall since the special callsign has not been issued yet. This island is rather rare, and the last solid operation took place 15 years ago. It is a protected island in the Northern Thyrrenic Sea in the Tuscanian Archipelago. It is impossible to land without permission and usually it is only for 24 hours. It is not allowed to be close to the island (500 meters) with a boat floating. However, the team has received permission to camp on the island for 7 days (September 30th to October 6th). A Web page is under construction at:
EU-055. Operators Tom/DL1DVE and Mike/DL3VTA will be active from Sotra Island as LA/homecall, October 9-14th. Activity will be on the HF bands CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31, maybe also SSTV. He will use only 100 watts and several wire antennas. Tom will also activate JP20 on 2m WSJT. QSL via his home callsign.
NA-112. Remember that some Tennessee Valley DX Association members will be active this week as W4PL from Emerald Island between now and October 6th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters, CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via K4KWK.
OC-153. Operators Derek/G3KHZ, Vincent/G0LMX and Hans/SM6CVX will be active on all bands on the IOTA frequencies from two planned IOTA locations. Look for them on the following:
OC-115 - Signing P29NI from Trobriand Islands between October 2-10th. QSL via G3KHZ.
OC-153 - Signing P29CVX from PNG Coastal Islands South Island Group between October 11-14th. QSL via SM6CVX.
Bill, VE3EBN, will be active from here between October 19th and November 26th. Callsigns to be used are J37LR and J37T. Activity will be on the HF bands, CW, SSB and PSK31. QSL via the address on (QRZ.com).
JERSEY SHORE DXPO
Bob Schenck, N2OO, President SJDXA, announces that the South Jersey DX Association and the Old Barney ARC are co-sponsoring "The Jersey Shore DXPO and Dinner" on Saturday, November 11th. This "show" will be held at the Ocean Acres Community Center in Manahawkin, NJ. Doors will open at 11:00 AM. Seating is limited. First come, first served. There will be an assortment of presentations and forums all afternoon starting at 12:00 noon. They have also arranged for DXCC card checking at the show. So, gather up your QSL cards for DXCC and bring them along. Food and beverages will be available throughout the afternoon. There will be a DX Dinner Buffet in the evening after which K4UEE will give the 3Y0X DX Experience Show. There will be door prizes, and you must be present to win. A separate raffle for a special 3Y0X world map autographed by the entire 3Y0X TEAM. Proceeds benefit "DX Expeditions, LLC" for future DXpeditions. Tickets cost 20 USDs each and cover the entire show and the evening buffet dinner. Contact Bob Pantazes, W2ARP, for tickets at:
KH8S, SWAINS ISLAND
At the end of last week there was an announcement stating that Hrane, YT1AD, with a team operators (K1LZ, K3LP, N6TQS, RA3AUU, RZ3AA, UA3AB, RK3AD, YZ7AA, YU1EA, KD7RCD and other potential members of the team: YU7NU, YZ1BX, YU1DX and YZ1EW), will be head of a DXpedition to Swains Island between September 12th to October 3rd, 2007. Team will stay on Swains Island 10 days and will operate with 6 stations on the air at the same time. The announcement also stated that more info will be available soon on a WEB site. HOWEVER, Larry, AH8LG, President of the American Samoa Amateur Radio Association (ASARA) and friend of the family that owns the island, states, "There is no planned trip to Swains Island by anyone at this time. I do not know where this info came from but they had better check with me before they give out any info on going to Swains Island." As President of the ASARA, Larry was asked (by the Jennings Family) to screen all Amateurs that apply to go to Swains Island.
OH0, ALAND ISLANDS
Ari/OH5DX, and others will once again be active as OH0Z during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Multi/Multi entry. QSL via W0MM.
Tim, WD9DZV, will be active as P40D from October 30th through November 9th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via his home callsign WD9DZV.
Rick, AI5P, will be finishing his activity as E51APX this week from from Rarotonga, South Cook Islands. Look for him next from Niue as ZK2PX between October 6-20th. From Niue, he will travel to New Zealand and be active as ZL/AI5P between October 25th and November 2nd. Rick has been working mostly on CW on 40-17 meters running an IC-706 into wire antennas. This past weekend he was really active on 40/30 meters CW. QSL via AI5P.
PJ4, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
Peter, PA3CNX, will be active as PJ4/PA3CNX from Bonaire (SA-006) between now and November 3rd. Activity will be on all bands 80-6 meters CW/SSB. However, his operating times will be limited due to his holiday activities and wife (mainly between 2000-0200z). Look for him to be an entry in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest. QSL via the bureau or direct (QRZ.com).
QSL INFO AND NEWS
OK3R via OK1DVM TI8II direct PC650ENK via PI4WFL V31TN via K9DUR R40VAZ via RX4HJ YE1AA via ON4RU RU2FP via ER3GS XE3RBA via XE3RCC SJ2W via SM2HWG YB1GJS via N5FTR SP5EWX/AM via SP7IXT ZS3OBE directBarry, WC5N, informs OPDX that he has recently received the LoTW certificates for his VK9WB (1990; Cocos-Keeling) and V63BW (1992) operations. He states that he would be glad to check the log and confirm QSOs through the LoTW for anyone that may still desire a confirmation from those operations. Send and E-mail to email@example.com requesting LoTW confirmation. Barry also would be glad to send a bureau card for those DX stations who would like a "paper" confirmation. Again, just send him an E-mail with the contact info so he can check the log.
YU6AO QSL UPDATE. Team YU6AO, with team leader Hrane, YT1AD, finished their activities with 75000 QSOs. They had 35 hams participate and operators from 9 different countries. As of September 29th, they received 8000 requests and confirmed more than 25000 QSOs for all QSOs between June 28th (2006) and August 15th (2006). All info with photos and on-line logs can be found at:
SPECIAL EVENT (ISWL)
The International Shortwave League (ISWL), continues with their 60th (Diamond) anniversary celebrations throughout the month of October. Look for the following to be active this month:
GB6SWL - Activity will be October 7-8th from Towcester, in Northamp- tonshire. Phil, G4DMS, will be the main operator.The ISWL Club's callsigns GX4BJC/P and MX1SWL/P will also be active throughout October. The ISWL Awards Program is open to non members for a very small fee to cover postage to any country in the world. Please visit the following Web page for all the details, including QSL information and the Special Diamond Anniversay Awards etc... at:
GB6SWL - Activity will be October 14-15th from Braintree, in Essex. Keith, M0CLO, will be the main operator.
GB6SWL - Activity will be October 21-22nd from Dagenham, in Essex. John, M0HEM, will be the main operator.
GB60SWL - Activity will be on Sunday, October 22nd, for 1 day from the Cudmore Grove, Country Park in Essex. The Station is being run by the Colchester ARS. (A Club Affiliated to the ISWL).
GB6SWL - Activity will be October 28-29th from Walton on the Naze, in Essex. Herbie, G6XOU, will be the main operator.
QSL Manager, Boris, T93Y, reports that after ST0RM license expired, Jovica, T98A (ex. T94FC), will continue his activity from Sudan with his new callsign ST2A. Jovica will continue to operate mostly CW (with some SSB, RTTY and PSK31) on all bands and will do his best to be active on 160m during the coming winter season. Over the past week, Jovica was very active on 40 meters CW between 1900-0200z. QSL via T93Y: Boris Knezovic, P.O. Box 59, BA-71000 Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Visit the Web Page at:
TIME FOR A REMINDER (Only 3 months left!)
Alan, VK4AAR, states, "ATTENTION ALL DXers!! This is a reminder about IRCs. The Universal Postal Union (UPU) has decided that the current style of IRCs will NOT be exchanged for stamps after the expiry date, 31-12-2006 (31st December 2006). I can not accept this type of IRC after that date because the post office will not give stamps in exchange. YOU CAN SEE THAT DATE ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE, ABOUT HALFWAY DOWN. The new style of IRC looks similar but shows two hands with fingers touching and these are already on sale ... valid until 31-12-2009. Please use THIS type or U.S. dollars. Time to use up these older ones and stock up with the newer ones."
Team Antigua, V26B, will once again be in action for the Fall 2006 running in the CQWW SSB Contest. Most of their operators will be arriving the week before and will be active on any and all modes using their own callsign listed below until a few days after the contest. The Team Antigua will be activating V26B for the 13th consecutive year and would love to thank everyone for their continued support over the past years and looks forward to many more years of operating from the fun in the sun from their Island Paradise in the Caribbean Sea, Antigua. The 2006 V26B operator lineup and QSL routes are as follows:
V26B QSL via KA2AEV V26MH QSL via HB9OCR V26BZR QSL via W2BZR V26OC QSL via N3OC V26G QSL via N2ED V26R QSL via KA2AEVAlso WX3B will be active, but his Antiguian callsign is unknown at this time.
Look for Bill/W4WX and Jan/K4QD to be active as VP2MHX and VP2MQD, repsectively, between October 23-31st. Both operators will enter the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Single-Band entry. Look for activity before and after the contest on 80-10 meters, CW, PSK-31, RTTY and SSB. QSL VP2MHX direct to W4WX and VP2MQD by the Bureau or direct to K4QD. Bill informs OPDX that baggage limits via WinAir between Antigua and Montserrat is only one check-in at 44 pounds, so antennas will be limited.
VU7, LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS
Pai, VU2PAI, informs OPDX that he is part of an Amateur Radio Society of India (ARSI) group that has obtained permission to operate from Lakshadweep Islands in December 2006. The DXpediton will consist of Pai/VU2PAI, Sarla/VU2SWS, Basappa/VU2NXM, Manohar/VU2UR, Milind/VU2IZO, Gopal/VU2GMN and Rajaram/VU3KKZ. Operators will be signing with the callsign VU7LD. The team will operate on SSB/CW and the Digital modes. More details will be forthcoming. The group is looking for funding and equipment. ADDED NOTE: Pai also mentioned to OPDX that he has been extrememly busy with his office duties and has not been active on the air for more than 1 year. He does have some pending outgoing QSLs but will send them out soon. He states that if anybody needs a QSL from him for any of his previous activations (such as AS-096 and AS-161) or for a regular contact, please E-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org Pai will be happy to send you a card via direct if you provide him with your QSO details and mailing address.
WORKED ALL BRITAIN (Special Event Station Award)
Chris, G1VDP, WAB Awards Publicity Officer, reports: "The intention of this award, apart from that of giving members something to aim for, is to raise awareness of WAB amongst those who activate special event stations. This award will run from 1st January until 31st December each year, commencing 2007. In common with all WAB awards, this is open to SWL’s also. Only contacts with special event stations using a ‘GB’ prefix will be valid. The WAB area of the Event Station should be ascertained during the contact with them. Certificates may be endorsed for any band/mode. A station may only be claimed once during each 12 month period for any particular endorsement. A certificate will be awarded for working/hearing 10 stations, with endorsements for each subsequent 10. On working/hearing 100 stations, a further certificate will be awarded. A claim sheet is available for this award, but if using your own or any logging program, the WAB area of the station should be recorded. The usual cost of WAB awards applies i.e. only £1 per certificate and 50p for each endorsement." Further details and sample certificate may be viewed on the WAB web site at:
Tony, KM0O, will be active as XU7MWA during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL route will be announced later.
Members of the Macao Amateur Radio Association will be active as XX9C during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 28-29th) as a Multi/Multi entry. Activity will be on 160-10 meters. Please QSL via the Macau Bureau: Macao Amateur Radio Association, P.O. Box 6018, Macao SAR, CHINA.
Hrane, YT1AD, will be active from here during the month of October with his Montenegrin callsign YU3AD. QSLs for this operation is via YT1AD.
ZONE 2 (Operation Cut Short!)
Steve, VE2TKH, informs OPDX that his VY0ICE activity from Baffin Island (NA-047, CISA NT001) in the heart of CQ Zone 2 (Iqaluit, Nunavut), will be cut short. His VY0ICE operations will end on October 11th for many personal reasons. "Steve his going back home south to reunite with the love of is life, and is so missing his girlfriend Lyna." However, he also reports that the 2000 QSLs cards from UX5UO are in the hands of his QSL Manager VE2AWR and Serge is replying fast to all direct requests he receives each day. They accept BUREAU cards, but please be aware to send your VY0ICE request to the VE2AWR manager (via the VE2 BUREAU only). To see what the front of the QSL card looks like, visit:
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