The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 841
January 14, 2008
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, K1ER, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, W1BYH, KA2D, K3IRV, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, W3DN, N4AA & QRZ DX, N7NG, K8YSE, N8OFS, W9OL, DX-IS News Site, Texas DX Society, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, 9A6AA, DK8JB, DL1MGB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, EA2RY, EA5RM, F5NQL & UFT, GM0DHZ, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I1HYW, JI5RPT, JT1CD, OH2BN, RSGB IOTA Web Site, SK7BQ, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3ZZ and VK2QN for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 6th-January, through Sunday, 13th-January there were 214 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3Y/b, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FO/M, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, 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, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2M, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).
Some have been inquiring about who was active from 3V8SS in November/December last year. Well, the answer is Alex, GM0DHZ. He informs OPDX that he made quite a few QSOs while there and also mentioned that he is planning to go back again, but details still have to be confirmed yet. Stay tuned!
3Y, BOUVET ISLAND (Update)
Petrus, 3Y0E, continues to be active on 14200 kHz usually between 1700-1900z daily. Look for updates and announcements on the official 3Y0E operation Web page at:
The 9X0R multinational team will be active from Rwanda in March of this year. The 10 qualified operators are: Roberto/EA2RY, Gerard/EA3EXV, Javi/EA5KM, Toni/EA5RM, Manuel/EA7AJR, Ruben/EB5ESX, Javi/EC4DX, Massimo/I8NHJ, Fabrizio/IN3ZNR and Dimitri/UY7CW. Activity will be on all bands 160-10 meters, on CW, SSB and RTTY with 3 stations at the same time on different bands and modes. QSL via EA5RM. Full details about their Dxpedition is available at:
A6, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Members of the Emirates Amateur Radio Club (A62ER) will participate in the 3rd International Scouting Gathering and UAE Scouting and Humanitarian Work event in Sharjah between January 17-24th. They will use the special event callsign A60ISG. This is the first time for UAE to activate a special callsign. QSL via IZ8CLM.
The 5th Antarctic Activities Week (AAW) will take place between February 18-24th. A lot of stations with special callsigns are lining up to participate in this year's event. Read about the details of the AAW and see the list of stations that will be active at:
CARIBBEAN OPERATION CANCELLED (FJ and PJ7)
"The Daily DX" reports that Gregg, W6IZT, who planned to be active from Sint Maarten (PJ7) and St. Barthelemy (FJ) this past week, had to cancel because of health issues. Gregg had severe abdominal pain, resulting in an emergency appendectomy. OPDX and its reader wish Gregg a speedy recovery.
CT3/CT9, MADEIRA ISLANDS
Operators Falk/DK7YY, Ulf/DL5AXX, Tom/DL5LYM and Frank/DL8WAA will be active as CT3/homecall between February 12-18th. QSL via their home callsigns. The team will be active as CT9L during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 16-17th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via DJ6QT.
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, informs that the following operations are approved for DXCC credit:
6E4LM, XF4YK and XF4YW - Revillagigedo; 2007 OperationsAnnouncement from the ARRL DXCC Desk (on the FJ/OH2AM operation):
FJ/OH2AM - Saint Barthelemy; 2007 Operation
TN6X - Republic of The Congo; 2007 Operation
TN9Z - Republic of The Congo; 2007 Operation
TT8PK - Chad; 2007 and current 2008 Operations
YK9SV - Syria; 2007 Operation
"This operation by OH2BH and OH0XX was conducted under CEPT Recommendation T/R 61-01. This Recommendation makes it possible for radio amateurs from CEPT countries (and certain non-CEPT countries) to operate in other CEPT countries without obtaining an individual temporary license from the visited CEPT country.EA8, CANARY ISLANDS (AF-004)
Complaints were received from several individuals. The main thrust of the complaints is that the operators used a club call for which Laine is station trustee, rather than their individual callsigns.
The intention of the operators in using a single callsign was to limit the number of duplicate contacts. Many DXpeditions use club or special-issue callsigns for this reason. The Recommendation makes no mention of club callsigns but says that the visiting license holder 'must use his national call sign preceded by the call sign prefix of the visited country.' Other operations using club callsigns from French territory, including in the Caribbean, have taken place under provisions of the Recommendation and have been credited for DXCC.
Since the question was raised, checking with various CEPT administra- tions and with the European Radiocommunication Office (ERO) has revealed different views regarding the use of club callsigns under the Recommenda- tion. The ERO observes that the use of a club callsign could prevent an administration from determining whether a particular operator is qualified and concludes, 'Club members, including the holder of the club callsign, should use their national personal callsigns when abroad.'
In the case of FJ/OH2AM, the two operators clearly were qualified to operate in St Barthelemy under the Recommendation. They utilized a call authorized to them by their national authority. The purpose of a radio station callsign is to identify the administration and the licensee responsible for the operation of the station. The use of FJ/OH2AM rather than FJ/OH2BH and FJ/OH0XX did not thwart this purpose. (10 January, 2008)"
FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Freddy, F5IRO (aka TO4E, FK/F5IRO, FR/F5IRO, FY/F5IRO and TO7R) on a 4 months assignment to Papeete, Tahiti (IOTA OC-046, DIFO FO-002), is now active as FO5RU until January 21st. Most of his activity has been on 40/30 meters. He is expected to be active during his spare time on all HF bands, CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via Rafik, F5CQ, either direct (SASE + Postage) or via the French REF-Union bureau (please only this bureau). Online log can be found on Rafi's Web page at:
FJ, ST. BARTHELEMY (DXCC Newest Entity!)
Operators Paul/F6EXV and Yuichi/JR2KDN continue to be active as TO5FJ until January 20th. Yuichi is scheduled to leave St. Barts on the 15th, but Paul will remain until the 20th. The operators were only using wire dipole antennas at first but are now using a cushcraft beam with a WARC band attachment on it. Again, look for activity on 160-10m, CW, SSB and RTTY. Online line logs are available at:
FO/M, MARQUESAS ISLANDS
Operators Jouko/OH1RX, Pertti/OH2PM, Veijo/OH6KN and Juha/OH8NC are active as FO/OH1RX from Nuku Hiva (OC-027) until January 22nd. Activity will be on 160-10 meters with a maximum of three stations running. However, they plan to concentrate on 160-30 meters. QSL via OH2PM, by the Bureau or direct to: Pertti Simovaara, Suomusjarventie 460, 25390 Kiikala, Finland. Martti, OH2BH, has been announced as the pilot station for their operation. Their Web site is now available with an online log search at:
FT5W & FT5X, CROZET AND KERGUELEN ISLANDS
Gildas, TU5KG, is once again heading to the Southern Indian Ocean area, around Kerguelen and Crozet Islands. No details or dates on whether he will be making stops on these islands, but he has new callsigns issued to him. They are FT5XR and FT5WN. You will probably hear them first on maritime mobile. QSL via F4EFI, by the bureau or direct.
Andrei, EW1AR/NP3D, will be active from here as H7/NP3D between February 3-11th. He is actually going there for the CQ WPX RTTY Contest (February 9-10th). As a member of the Yankee Clipper Contest Club, he will use the callsign H7/NP3D before and during the Contest. While there his focus, of course, will be on RTTY on all HF bands, then CW and SSB. For the contest he is not sure if he will be a Multi or Single Band entry. This will be determined upon his arrival. He will be joined by Demitry/AK2P and Joel/KB2PDW later on while down there. Logs will be uploaded via LoTW on daily basis if Internet does not fail him. If you want a nice paper QSL, please QSL via W3HNK. Andrei states, "If some of you have requests about a particular Band/Mode, please E-mail me privately, I will do my best." His E-mail address is: email@example.com
Tibor, HA1AH, would like to remind everyone that the HA-DX 2008 Contest is next weekend, January 19-20th. Activity will be on CW and SSB on 160/80/40/20/15/10 meters. Complete details are available at:
HC8, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS (SA-004)
Peter, DL9DAK, is expected to activate the Galapagos Islands this week (January 15-18th) before heading to Guayaquil, Ecuador (January 19-21st). Activity will mainly be on 20/17 meters (with some 40 meters) only on the digital modes (RTTY, PSK31/63, MFSK, Feldhell and Olivia500/1000) using only vertical dipoles and 50 watts. QSL via his home callsign. For more information, please visit the Web page at:
HK0, SAN ANDRES ISLAND
A group of six members of the Texas DX Society plan to operate from San Andres Island, Colombia, from March 1-6th. This will include participation in the ARRL International DX Contest (Phone) on March 1-2nd. The group will use two separate stations with beam and vertical antennas. After the contest operators will use individual callsigns on SSB, CW, and digital modes on the major HF bands. Callsign assignments are pending. W5PF is the QSL Manager for all callsigns used. After the operation logs will be uploaded to the ARRL's "Logbook of The World" (LoTW). Operators will be WF5W, W5PF, K5WAF, NM5G, W5PR, and N4AL. For more information and up-to-date news, visit the DXpedition's Web page at:
II3, ITALY (Special Event)
Special event station II3NIK has been on the air as of January 1st and will continue until June 30th. Activity is to celebrate the Nike Hercules Memorial Year. The last symbol of the Cold War left the launcher of an Italian Air Force base last November 24th, 2006. Nike Hercules missile system was a Silent Guardian of the European N.A.T.O. skys and some Asian States the all of the second half of the last century. Look for II3NIK to be active on 80/40/30/20 meters, CW, SSB and PSK31. All contacts made with the II3NIK special event station will be confirmed by the bureau or by direct to IZ3JJD: Andrea Zecchinato, Vicolo Gorizia 1/A, 35020 Albignasego (PD), ITALY.
AS-060. Chae, HL5YI, will be active as HL5YI/4 from Sorok Island (WLOTA LH-1252), January 18-21st. Activity will be on 80/40/20/10 meters, CW, SSB and RTTY. He plans to participate in the UK DX RTTY Contest (January 19-20th). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
EU-120. Operator Jon, M0OVL, will be active as M0OVL/p from Holy Island/ Lindisfarne, July 26-27th, for the RSGB IOTA Contest. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the RSGB bureau.
EU-125. Tom, DL4VM, will be active as OZ/DL4VM from Romo Island (NS-001 for the Danish Islands Award) between September 6-20th. Activity will be on 40/20/15 meters, and perhaps 10/6m depending on the conditions, using CW and running only 5 watts QRP. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct to: Thomas Scheliga, Stockenbruch 12, 66119 Saarbr, Germany.
EU-128. Operators Axel/DH8AK, Sebastian/DO6ELW, Dirk/DK4DJ and Henning/ DK9LB will be active as homecall/p from Fehmarn Island (O-01 for the German Islands Award) from March 14-21st. They will also activate two lighthouses: Marienleuchte - Old Tower (ARLHS FED-151) and Marienleuchte - New Tower (ARLHS FED-016, WLOTA LH-0637). Activity will be 80-10 meters, SSB, PSK31 and 2m SSB. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the bureau.
EU-174. Mike, DF3IS, will be active as J48IS from Thassos Island, Greece, May 23-28th. He plans to be active in the CQ WPX CW Contest. Outside of the contest, look for activity on 40-10 meters. QSL via DF3IS, direct or by the bureau (NO E-QSL!!!). For direct QSLs, please send SASE and 2 USDs or 2 IRCs. He will put the log on LoTW after the DXpedition.
J3, GRENADA (NA-024)
Gerhard, OE3GEA, is nowe active as OE3GEA/J3 until January 24th. Activity will only be CW. He was heard this past week on 40/30 meters. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
J5, GUINEA BISSAU
Members of the "F6KOP TEAM" are now active from Bubaque Island (AF-020 and WLOTA 1145) until January 21st. Activity is on all bands 160-10 meters, CW, SSB, PSK and RTTY. Pilot stations are: Thierry/ F4TTR and Bruno/F5AGB. To contact the pilot stations, use the E-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org For more details, log search and up-to-date info, visit their Web pages at:
Operators Makoto/JI5RPT (JD1BLY), Motoaki/JE1EKS (JD1BMO) and Isao/JM1WBB (JD1BMP) will be active from Chichijima Island (IOTA AS-031), February 13-28th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters with operations on the Satellites, CW, SSB, Digital modes and 2 meters WSJT EME. Makoto informs OPDX that they have, for the first time, a 2m EME 500 watts license for this DXpedition and for the first time they will be active on WSJT EME. Their activity will be focused on 2m EME, also 160m and 80m. QSL via their home callsigns. Visit Makoto's Web page at:
Just a reminder that Unni, LA6RHA, will be making her 16th trip to Svalbard and plans to be active as JW6RHA between January 18-24th. Watch 14248 kHz +/- QRM. QSL via LA6RHA. Visit her interesting Web page at:
Look for members of TIARA (Tokyo International Amateur Radio Association) to be active as homecall/KH2 between February 15-17th. Operators mentioned are: Yoshiyuki/JF1TEU (AB2ST/KH2), Toshi/KB3LTB/KH2 and Toshio/KG6WTW/KH2. Activity will be on all HF bands. QSL via JF1TEU, by the JARL Bureau or direct.
NEW OFFICERS FOR 2008
The South Florida DX Association elected the following officers and directors for 2008:
President - Ray Smolensky, N4RU Directors: Don Search, W3AZD V.President - Norm Alexander, W4QN Rich Pratt, N4XF Secretary - Gil Gillingham, W1RG Steve Morao, W4DTA Treasurer - Bill Marx, W2CQ Pete Rimmel, N8PRNP3, PUERTO RICO
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL ROUTES by Johannes/DK8JB:
4M5IR via YV5KG JA6ZPR direct EW8AF via bureau OE1XBH via OE4RGC II3NIK via IZ3JJDFJ/OH2AM QSLS. QSL Manager Jarmo, OH2BN, reports: "We are delighted to inform you that QSL cards for the FJ/OH2AM operation will start going out early next week now that the operation is accredited for the DXCC award program as of January 11, 2008. Full-color cards will be arriving from the printers in Poland on the 15th of January (Tuesday) and we will start processing direct requests immediately. The legwork is already done, all envelopes opened and sorted. Those 23,340 QSOs made by the duo represent 11,730 individual DXers and obviously that many QSL requests as well. The logbook will be included in the LoTW later this year. Because of the close DXCC Honor Roll submission date, March 31, 2008, we plan to make out all QSLs received during January to be released during the month of February. By the 20th of February we will release a status report and probably another option to bypass the queue for those who at that time still want to have QSLs received for a late March submission. We thank you for your kind words about the operation and support received through the QSL mail." OH2BN's mail address is: Jarmo J. Jaakola, Kiilletie 5 C 30, FI-00710 Helsinki, FINLAND. Read the FJ/OH2AM story and see the QSL card to be sent out at:
GS/IRC CHART. Bill, W9OL, has provided an interesting "Green Stamp/IRC Chart" to reflect some 2008 postal rate changes. Look at this excellent QSLing tool at:
"The Mongolian Radio Sport Federation (MRSF) QSL Bureau does not work any more", states Khos, JT1CD. The only QSL Bureau in Mongolia is the following: Mongolian Amateur Radio Society, QSL Bureau, P.O.Box 830, Ulaanbaatar-24, Mongolia.
NEW QSL MANAGER. Irv, K3IRV, is now the QSL Manager for PP5EG.
NO LONGER MANAGER. Emir, 9A6AA, reports that after 9 years, and being one of the founders of the Islands Of Croatia Award (IOCA), he is no longer a IOCA Manager. He states, "Nobody knows why because there is no explanation from new 9A HQ." However, 9A6AA will stay as IOTA Country Assistant and will keep the IOCA-IOTA parallel list on his Web site at:
VE NEW CANADIAN POSTAL RATES: Canadian international postal rates will rise on January 14th. The new rate to the USA will be .96 Cdn and else- where in the world 1.60 Cdn. Both rates cover up to 30 g. Sales tax is also charged by the Canadian post office on stamps which means that at the current rate of exchange of approximate par with the U.S. dollar, 1 USD is now insufficient for mail to the USA. 2 USDs has been required to cover return postage for international mail for some time.
QSL W2V via N2MUN (CBA - SASE Please). DX stations can use the Bureau. This was a special event station for the Ham Radio University (HRU)/ARRL New York City Long Island Section Convention.
QSLS VIA LOTW: E51A, E51MMM, E51NNN and GJ4FDM
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3C7Y, 6V7D, 6V7H, 7Q7BP, 8P2K, BD1BYV, C91R, CU1CB, E51NOU, ET3JA, JD1BMM, K9RR/4, NP4A, OE1A, OE4XHQ, OE50A, OE8XHQ, OJ0/SM1DTE, SJ9WL, T93J, T88PR, TX5NK, TZ6DX, VP2V/K5WAF, VP6TC, W7DX, W8XGI/KH2, YL2SM, YI9KT, ZD7X and ZK3RE
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: DL1ARJ, EA8AH, RA1OJ, OK1VRF, ON4MRI, OX3KQ and VE7TLH
John, KX7YT, will once again return to Dhaka and be active as S21YV. He will be there between January 24th and March 11th. He plans to be active in the CQ WW RTTY WPX Contest (February 9-10th) as a Single-Op/ All-Band entry and also the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Single- Op/All-Band entry. QSL via KX7YT.
Throughout the year 2008, look for six special event callsigns to be active from various former Danish parts of Sweden and in Denmark. Activity is to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Roskilde on February 26, 1658. Look for the special callsigns in the following Provinces:
Blekinge - SB1658OZ (QSL via SK7JC); valid for the very rare "laen K" WASA/HASA award issued by SSAAll stations are valid for the Swedish/Danish award: "Roskilde 1658 Award". Rules and information can be found (in English) at:
Skane (Eng. Scania) - SC1658OZ (QSL via SK7BQ); (laen M)
SK1658DK (QSL via SK6JX); (laen M)
SK1658OZ (QSL via SK7BQ); (laen M)
Halland - SH1658DK (QSL via SK6JX); (laen N)
SH1658OZ (QSL via SK6KY); (laen N)
TF, ICELAND (Correction)
There was a small typo in OPDX.840. Siggi, TF3CW, will be active during the CQ 160-Meters CW Contest (January 26-27th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (160m, not 40m as mentioned last week) entry. His QTH will be from Seltjarnarnes (EU-021, WLOTA LH-2975). QSL via LX1NO.
Norm, W1BYH, will be on a holiday here between January 12-18th. He expects to be active (callsign was not provided) on 40-10 meters with an emphasis on 30/17/12 meters, CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via LoTW, direct or by the Bureau to his home callsign.
TI9, COCOS ISLAND (Update)
A international group of operators will activate Isla del Coco (NA-012) between February 4th to possibly the 16th. They will use the callsign TI9K. The team now plans to have up to 7 stations plus one EME-station on air. Activity will be on 160-6 meters (plus 60m). Modes will be CW, SSB, RTTY and possibly PSK31.
Organizer is Gunter/TI7WGI. Operators mentioned are: Oscar/EA1DR, Carlos/ EA1IR, Andy/DH8WR/EA2CRX (co-organizer), Fred/DH5FS, Norbert/DJ7JC, Guenter/DL2AWG, Manfred/HS0ZEU/DL2EBR, Arno/OE9AMJ, Joe/AA4NN, Charles/ W4GMY, Anthony/W4OI/HK1AR, San/K5YY, Craig/K9CT, Carlos/TI2KAC and Yamini/VU2YAM. QSL via EA2CRX, direct or by the bureau. The team is still looking for sponsors because of the increasing cost of this operation. For more information, visit the Web page at:
TX5, CLIPPERTON ISLAND (Update)
The countdown has begun for the TX5C DXpedition on their Web site. The international team of operators (20) will depart February 28th, for Clipperton and plans to be active between March 7-17th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters CW, SSB and RTTY. Last week Alpha Radio Products was announced as a major sponsor of TX5C, and the TX5C team will be using Alpha HF amps exclusively. Also, TX5C's pilot stations were announced. They are: Paul/VE7BZ, Jean-Michel/F6AJA and Chris/DL5NAM. Visit the TX5C Web page for more details and updated news at:
Yuri, VE3DZ, will be active (callsign pending) February 12-18th. He plans to be active during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 16-17th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry.
VI2, AUSTRALIA (Special Event)
The Blue Mountains Amateur Radio Club will be celebrating their 50th anniversary during January 2008. The ACMA has issued the Blue Mountains ARC with a special event callsign to commemorate the club's 50th anniversary. The callsign, VI2BMARC50, will be on-air for 10 days from January 18th to January 28th, 2008. Two attractive QSL cards have been prepared for this special event: a standard sized 6" x 4" card and a larger very attractive card signed by the current club executive. QSLs can be sent via the bureau or direct to the club's PO Box. There will be a cost of $5.00 for the larger card to cover return postage. So please give VI2BMARC50 a call and help the Blue Mountains ARC celebrate their 50th anniversary in January 2008. For more information on these and other BMARC activities just point your browser to:
VK9W, WILLIS ISLAND
Chris, DL1MGB, informs OPDX: "After a very successful DXpedition to Norfolk Island in February 2007 with over 60,000 QSOs logged under VK9DNX the activation of Willis Island is planned for October 2008. The same experienced team from VK9DNX (DJ7EO, DJ9RR, DL1MGB, DL3DXX, DL5LYM, DL6FBL, DL8OH and DL8WPX) will be active with four high power stations for about 17 days from 160-10 meters on CW, SSB and RTTY. More information about the DXpedition is available at:
VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
OCARC Member Bob, K0OK, will be active as VP5/K0OK from Providenciales Island (NA-002), May 21-28th. He will participate in the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 24-25th) using the callsign VP5E. Activity outside of the contest will be on all bands. QSL VP5/K0OK via his home callsign, by the Bureau, LoTW or direct to: Robert Novak, 26502 Esteban Mission, Viejo, CA 92692-3355 USA.
VP6, DUCIE ISLAND (Update)
Some interesting news is available on the VP6DX Web page at:
VP8, FALKLAND ISLANDS
Operators Dave/G1OCN and Carol/2E1DQZ will be active as VP8CLE and VP8DKW, respectively, between January 19th and February 2nd. Activity will be on 80/40/20/17/15/10 meters SSB only. Also, look for FM activity on AO-51 and SO-50 satellites. QSL direct only to: P.O. Box 2, Weymouth, Dorset DT4 4AP, England, UK.
Reports indicate that Salvatore, IZ1BWB, is in Kabul and has been there since December 23, 2007. He is currently signing YA/IZ1BWB and is expected to remain there until August 2008. Over the past week he has been spotted on 14250 kHz afte 0800z and on or around 7005 kHz after 1700z (as late as 2100z). Salvatore is only using a FT-897D with 100 watts and a folded dipole. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
YASME PRESS RELEASE
Wayne A. Mills, N7NG, President of the Yasme Foundation, sent out the following release on January 8th: "The Directors of The Yasme Foundation are pleased to announce the establishment of the Yasme Excellence Awards. These awards will be given from time to time as the board feels appropriate.
The awards are categorized roughly in accord with FCC (USA) 'Basis and Purpose' for amateur radio as consistent with the foundation's purposes and expertise. Those areas of amateur service include noncommercial communications service, advancement of the technical and operating arts, technical training and international goodwill.
There is no application for these awards, but suggestions regarding deserving individuals will be considered. Each prize consists of a plaque and a monetary award. Suggestions of worthy recipients may be sent to the address shown on the Foundation's Web site.
This year's awards total USD 8,000. The winners for 2007 have been selected and will be announced at the end of next week.
For additional information about the Yasme Foundation, visit the Web site at www.yasme.org. On behalf of The Yasme Foundation, congratulations to the winners!"
YS, EL SALVADOR
Bob, I2JIN, is now active as YS3/I2JIN until January 27th. Activity will be CW ony. He was heard this past week on 20/17 meters. QSL via his home callsign.
ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS (6m Op)
Operators Jim/K4BI and Mario/K2ZD are planning a major 6m DXpedition to here. Tentative dates are possibly June 20th through July 8th. The will be running an ACOM amp into a 6M5X. Their beacon will be on 50.095 MHz. Callsign will be either ZF2BI or ZF2ZD. Emphasis will again be EU, AF, SA and AS, but will of course work NA. They will have HF capability but don't plan on being there very much or very often. Look for more details later.
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