The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 835
December 3, 2007
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, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4MQG, N4AA & QRZ DX, K6RIM, K8YSE, WO0Z, DX-IS News Site, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, CT3EE, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, F5NQL & UFT, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G7COD, GU0SUP, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IZ2DPX, JI6KVR & IOTA-JA News, OH5DX, PA7FM, RSGB IOTA Web Site, T93Y, VA3RJ & ICPO and YU1AA for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 25th-November, through Sunday, 2nd-December there were 232 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4U1U, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, 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, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9C, VK9L, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XF4, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, 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" (WFWL).
Just a reminder. By the time you read this, Tony, FO5RK, is expected to be here until possibly the end of January. He will be active as 3D2AG/P. Activity will be limited during the first two weeks because of his work. Full-time operations are expected to start around December 15th. Look for him to be on 80-10 meters CW/SSB and 6 meters. For updates and online log, visit:
Remco, PG0A, has once again returned here and will be active as 5R8NL until December 7th. His first operation was back in 2005. Activity will be a "holiday style" operation. He will be using a FT-857 with an amplifier using verticals and some wire antennas. Remco was heard this past week only on CW and on 40/20/17/15/10 meters at various times throughout the day; earlier as 0830z and as late as 2030z. OPDX was informed by Dennis, PA7FM, that Remco is not into QSLing at all, and effective immediately, PA7FM has taken over Remco's QSL job for this operation as well as the earlier operations. Dennis states, "There's a small backlog of direct QSL request that will be cleared after this operation as soon as possible. Apologies for that to those awaiting an answer." He also mentions that a small Web site will become available online with the possibility of online logs and more photos when the internet connection is good enough. Please remember this is a holiday style operation with just one operator, so no 24 hour around the clock operation.
CE0Z, JUAN FERNANDEZ ISLAND
Svein, LA6IKA, has been on a three month vaction in South America since the beginning of November. He has operated from Chile (CE/LA6IKA) and Argentina (LU/LA6IKA) on 20 meters CW and PSK. In late January he is expected to operate as CE0Z/LA6IKA from Juan Fernandez Island (SA-005). Svein will use an ICOM 703 with only 10 watts and small antennas. QSL via his home callsign. ADDED NOTES: He will also try to get a licence for Easter Islands (CE0Y/LA6IKA). Svein has a blog which keeps you up-to-date on his activities at:
CT9, MADEIRA ISLAND
Luis, CT3EE, will activate CT9EPC, a special callsign for the EPC (European PSK Club) members on Madeira Island, between December 3-8th and again during December 22-28th. Activity will be mainly on 40/20 meters because of propagation. The callsign CT9EPC is used only on the Digital modes, and the main objective is to have more activity on these modes. QSL direct to CT3EE (see (QRZ.com)) and not to the Bureau (he is not a member of the Portuguese National QSL Bureau). Please visit the EPC Web page at:
EA8, CANARY ISLANDS (AF-004)
Giovanni, IZ2DPX, will be active as EA8/IZ2DPX from the Island of Fuerteventura between December 30th and January 6th. Activity will be on 40/20/17/15/12/10 meters using a Kenwood TS-50 with a MFJ Tuner into a Spar I1UJX multiband vertical antenna. QSL direct to IK2DUW or by the Bureau.
INDEXA (Helping Make DX Happen)
Gary Dixon, K4MQG, INDEXA President, wants to alert fellow DXers that the recently revised INDEXA Web site now has additional features and functions. The INDEXA Web site can be viewed at:
NA-035. (Update) Operators Ray/WQ7R/HR9, Lane/KC4CD/HR2, Antonio/HR2DX, Daniel/HR2DMR, Ramon/HR7REA, Javier/HR2J, Pedro/HR2PAC and possibly more will activate Swan Island as HQ8R between March 15-23rd. They plan to be active on 160-10 meters with two stations on phone, one on CW and one on the Digital modes (RTTY and PSK31). They plan to have four stations with ten operators. QSL via HR2RCH: Radio Club de Honduras, PO Box 273, San Pedro Sula, Cortes, HONDURAS (Information from (QRZ.com)). Visit their Web site at:
J5, GUINEA BISSAU (Update)
The "F6KOP TEAM" is planning a DXpedition to Guinea Bissau on Bubaque Island (AF-020 and WLOTA 1145) between January 11-21st (2008). Their callsign will be J5C. This past week the team announced that Serge, F6AML, had to cancel his participation for some personal reasons. Jean-Marc, F8IXZ, (ex-6W1/F8IXZ, 6W4/F8IXZ, TM0GAY, F8IXZ/D44AC, 5H1C), a CW operator, will join the F6KOP team and will go in place of Serge. For up-to-date info, visit their Web pages at:
KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS (OC-086)
Operators Hiro/W1VX, Toshi/N3YS and Hide/AB2WE will be active from Saipan, December 7-10th. Look for them to sign as KH0/homecall and KH0D. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, CW, SSB, RTTY and FM. QSL W1VX and KH0D via JF1OCQ, N3YS via JE1SYN, AB2WE via JI1JPJ.
NCDXF PRESS RELEASE
At its Board of Directors meeting on November 28, 2007, in Albany, CA, the Northern California DX Foundation re-elected the following officers and directors:
President Len Geraldi K6ANP Vice President Al Burnham K6RIM Secretary Tom McShane NW6P Treasurer Bruce Butler W6OSP Director Rusty Epps W6OAT Director Dave Pugatch KI6WF Director Chuck Ternes N6OJ Director Glenn Vinson W6OTC Director Steve Merchant K6AW Director Ken Anderson K6TA Director Tim Totten N4GNInformation pertaining to the Northern California DX Foundation is available at:
NETHERLANDS ANTILLES TO NET NEW DXCC ENTITIES FOR 2008!
Over the past year much discussion has been made about the possibility of new DXCC entities happening once the break-up/disbanding of the Netherlands Antilles takes effect on December 15th, 2008. This past week, the President of European DX Foundation (EUDXF), Hans, PB2T, who visited ARRL HQ in July and had a discussion about the DXCC status of Netherlands Antilles, feels after December 15th, 2008, it looks like four new entities will be added to the DXCC list in the future (Curacao, Sint Maarten, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Bonaire).
OH0, ALAND ISLAND
Operator Ari, OH5DX, will be active as OH0Z during the CQ 160-Meter CW Contest (January 26-27th, 2008) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL via W0MM.
OH0, ALAND ISLAND
Operator Juha, OH9MM, will be active as OH0Z during the CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest (February 9-10th, 2008) as a Single-Op/All- Band entry. QSL via W0MM.
FR7BB - Marcel, F6EKB (ex-FR7BB), doesn't know anything about this callsign being reissued. It was recently heard on the air. Marcel left Reunion Island in 1976 and was 3X0HNU until 1993. By the way, he still has his logs.
MU0A - Phil, GU0SUP, reports that during the CQWW CW Contest, the callsign MU0A was very active and was spotted numerous times, and made many S&P contacts. He states, "Sadly, this call has never been issued, a fact which has been confirmed by Ofcom, the licencing authority in the UK, and therefore the operation was a pirate."
PJ4, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
Larry, Wo0Z, will be active as PJ4/Wo0Z from Bonaire (SA-006) from December 8-15th. He will be active on CW, SSB and possibly RTTY on whatever bands are open in this holiday-style DXpedition. QSL via Wo0Z (PLEASE NOTE: "Whiskey Oscar zero Zulu").
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL ROUTES by Johannes/DK8JB and Tedd/KB8NW:
SY1942G via SV2KBB or eQSL or direct
W4AVM via W4REX
XE2GG via N6AN
YB4IPY via YB4IR (direct, 2 USDs)
YB4IR (direct, 2 USDs)
VP2MNR via K9CS (NOT via YU1NR)
6W1SJ QSLS IN THE MAIL. Boris, T93Y, informs OPDX that all 6W1SJ direct QSL requests received by November 27th, are in the mail. He recommands to allow the B/H postal system sometime to deliver airmail letters (up to 4 weeks) before you start asking questions about your QSL cards at: email@example.com
NEW QSL MANAGER. Andrew, G7COD, reports that due to the sad passing of Buck, G0OYH, he now has a new QSL Manager effective immediately for his EA8/G7COD/A operation and QSLs can be sent either by the bureau or direct to G4KEE. To ensure that you receive a reply, even if you have already sent one to his previous manager, please resend another one to G4KEE.
QSLS VIA LOTW: 8R1EA, GI4NKB, HC8N, JT1T, LU6FEH, ST0RY, TZ6DX and ZS6WN
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3B7C, 3DA0VM, 4O3A, 4S7HIG, 5H3VMB, 5H3VMB/3, 5H3VMB/5, 5N8NDP, 5R8RJ, 5X1VB, 5Z4/UA4WHX, 7P8JF, 7Q7VB, 9U0A, 9X0VB, A52AM, AO9IB, BD7KLO/7, C98BWW, CN8KD, D20VB, D88S, EK3GM, F5KAQ/p, FP/K9MDO, FS/CT1BWW, KD3CQ/p, KL7HBK, P29NI, R1AND, T77C, T93J, TA4HZ, TC0DX, TK1CX, UK8OM, UT7QF, V51VV, VO1J, VY0/KH0PR, W4USI, WW2SUB, XX9TJS, YW5AS, Z2/UA4WHX, ZL7/SP5EAQ and ZL7/SP9PT
OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of the following Silent Keys:
Wolf Baron, TI2BY, was a well-known ham who started his hobby shortly after WWII and remained active until the present day. In Costa Rica and Latin America, he pioneered digital modes, especially packet. But overall Wolf Baron was known as one of the great teachers of amateur radio in Central and South America.
Dan Umberger, W8ZCQ, became a Silent Key (SK) on November 30th. He was a serious DXER and had 378 countries to his credit. An online obituary is available with a online guestbook at:
Roland, F8EN, will once again be active as TR8CR (possibly with a special callsign) from Libreville from December 7th to January 12th. Activity will be mostly on 20 meters (14005, 14125/200 kHz). There is a possibility that Roland may make a short operation from an island in the AF-043 IOTA group. QSL via F6AJA or F8EN.
Juergen, DJ3KR, is now active as YB1AQB until December 15th. He will be active on all bands using an IC-7000 into a vertical that is 10m in height. Activity has been mainly on 40/30/17 meters CW between 1100-1700z. QSL via his home callsign.
Three members of the VK Contest Club will be active from here as YJ0AX during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th, 2008) as a Multi-2 entry. Operators mentioned are Trent/VK4TI, Tony/VK3TZ and Laurie/VK4VCC. QSL routes will be announced later for NA and Europe. A Google group for discussion - YJ0AX2008, has been set up for interest and is open to all operators of contest calibre.
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