The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 846
February 18, 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, AA1M, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q, NC1L, K2ARB, K2PF, W2VU, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, W5JON, KH6BZF, N6KZ, K8PT, K8YSE, DX-IS News Site, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, CO2WF, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, EA4KD, EA5RM, F5NQL & UFT, G3SWH, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, LY4Q, M0XLT, OH1NOA, OH2BN, RSGB IOTA Web Site, VA3RJ & ICPO and VK6APK for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 10th-February, through Sunday, 17th-February there were 233 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B6, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4U1U, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, D6, 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, 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, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, 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, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T32, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TI9, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP5, VP6, VP6/d, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB,ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZK2, 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).
Carlos, EA1DVY, will be active as 3A/EA1DVY from February 23rd to March 3rd. Activity will be mainly on topband SSB, around 1843 kHz. Also, he will participate in the CQ WW 160 DX SSB Contest (February 23-24th) and ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd). QSL via EA1DVY.
Remember to look for Nick, G3RWF, to once again be active as 5X1NH from February 23rd to March 22nd. Activity will be limited because he is on holiday. Activity will be on all bands except 160m and 6 meters. Modes will be CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. He will use 100 watts and wire antennas. QSL via G3RWF.
Just a reminder that operators Phil/G3SWH and Jim/G3RTE will be active from Georgetown, Guyana, between February 22-29th. The licence has already been issued and the callsign will be 8R1PW. As there have been two operations from Guyana in 2007 which used mainly SSB, their activity will be on CW only on all bands 160-10 meters. Propagation and QRN permitting, they plan to have two stations on the air for as many hours every day as possible. Their main objective is to work as many European, North American and ROTW stations on as many bands as possible. QSL via G3SWH, either direct with SAE and adequate return postage (recommended), or by Phil's Web site using the form for a bureau reply at:
Operators Baldur/DJ6SI, Karlheinz/DK2WV and Franz/DJ9ZB are now active as 9X0X, 9X0W, and 9X0Z, respectively, until February 21st. Activity over the past week has been on 40/30/20/17 meters, CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via their home callsigns.
Members of the multi-national DXpedition team (9X0R) going to Rwanda in March (See OPDX.841 and OPDX.843) have sent out a press release expressing their "disagreement and disappointment of the three German operators" now active from Rwanda (which are listed above). Because of the length of the press release, OPDX suggests readers to please go to the 9X0R Web page and read their release at:
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, reports that the following operations are approved for DXCC credit:
VK9WWI - Willis Island; 2007 Operation
YI9PT - Iraq; Current Operation
AH0, MARIANA ISLANDS
Yu, 7K3BKY, will be active as AI4GN/AH0 from Saipan Island (OC-086) from February 17-21st. He may (or will try to) be active in the last few hours of the ARRL DX CW Contest on Sunday. QSL via his home callsign.
C6, BAHAMAS (NA-001)
Operators Tom/N1GN, Bill/NE1B and Karney/W2AFC will be active as C6ANM during the CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest (February 23-24th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via LoTW. Also, operators Tom/N1GN and Bill/NE1B will be active as C6ANM during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 1-2nd) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via LoTW.
C9, MOZAMBIQUE (Update)
Frosty, K5LBU/C91CF, reports that one of the operators from his group has dropped out of the DXpedition to Mozambique for July, and they are looking for one or two more operators to join them. They plan on arriving in Maputo on the 16th of July and be picked up by the folks from the Blue Anchor Inn where they will be operating from this July. The same group will take them back to the airport on the 31st of July for their return home. A Web site is up now for the DXpedition at:
CQ COMMUNICATIONS PRESS RELEASE
(CQ Announces Expansion of WPX Award Program - Digital Modes Added Along with New Bands).
Richard Moseson, W2VU, Editor, CQ Amateur Radio, provides the following press release dated February 14th:
"CQ magazine and WPX Awards Manager Steve Bolia, N8BJQ, have announced several changes to the WPX Award program in response to feedback from program participants. The changes, effective immediately, add new bands and create a new Digital WPX Award.EE8, CANARY ISLANDS
Under the new rules, contacts on all bands between 160 and 6 meters will count for WPX award credit. In addition, new band endorsements will now be available for 5 MHz, 10 MHz, 18 MHz, 24 MHz and 50 MHz contacts. A separate Digital WPX Award has also been added for contacts made on RTTY, PSK and other keyboard modes, with 300 confirmed prefixes required for the basic level of the award. Digital-mode contacts will also count toward the existing Mixed award, as will those prefixes worked on the newly added bands.
Details on these and other changes will be published in the March 2008 issue of CQ magazine and are posted along with the March issue highlights on the CQ magazine website at:
http://www.cq-amateur-radio.com/The WPX Award Program recognizes amateurs for making confirmed contacts with the many callsign prefixes used by radio amateurs around the world. Top achievers are eligible for the WPX Honor Roll and the WPX Award of Excellence. General information and complete rules are available on the CQ website at: http://www.cq-amateur-radio.com/awards.htmlCQ magazine sponsors a variety of operating awards and on-air competitions to encourage amateur radio operators to sharpen their operating skills and to recognize those reaching high levels of achievement."
FR5, REUNION ISLAND
Jean-Marie, F8CHM, will once again return to Reunion Island and be active as FR5EZ from February 22nd to March 21st. Activity will be CW/SSB on the HF bands and 6 meters. QSL via to his home callsign.
EU-092. Col, MM0NDX, will be active as MM0NDX/p during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) from Tanera Mor, Scotland. QSL MM0NDX direct.
OC-206. The VK6 DX Chasers Club, a sub-group of the Northern Corridor Radio Group, is pleased to announce its next island expedition to Faure Island, in Shark Bay, Western Australia. The group will be active from the island from March 26th to April 1st, using the callsign, VK6FAU. Activity will be SSB, CW and the Digital modes on 80-6 meters. They will also try 160m. Full details can be found at:
J8, ST. VINCENT
Dave, G3TBK, will once again be active from here and will sign J88DR between the ARRL DX Phone Contest (March 1-2nd) and the following week. Activity will be on all HF bands especially 30/17/12 meters, CW, SSB, RTTY and SSTV. During the contest he will be a Single-Op/ All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via G3TBK, direct or by the RSGB Bureau.
Naran, JT1BV, will be active in the following upcoming contests: ARRL DX Phone Contest (March 1-2nd), CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) and the CQ WW WPX CW Contest (May 24-25th). Activities in all contests will be Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entries. QSL via info on (QRZ.com). Checkout his Web page at:
LY90, LITHUANIA (Special Event)
Look for 11 special event stations to be active with the prefix LY90 from February 16th through March 16th, to celebrate the 90th anniversary of independence in the Lithuanian Republic. It was on February 16th, 1918, when Lithuania declared itself independent. The Act of Independence of Lithuania (Lithuanian: Lietuvos Nepriklausomybes Aktas) or Act of February 16 was signed by the Council of Lithuania proclaiming the restoration of an independent State of Lithuania, governed by democratic principles, with Vilnius as its capital. The following stations will be on the air:
LY90A Jonas(LY5A,LY2ZZ) LY90MM Albinas(LY2MM) LY90BFV Vitas(LY2BFV) LY90Q Rolandas(LY4Q) LY90BY Vilmantas(LY3BY) LY90W Rimantas(LY3W) LY90CM Bronius(LY1CM) LY90X Tomas(LY3X) LY90FW Giedrius(LY1FW) LY90Y Jurgis(LY9Y,LY2CY) LY90M Vytautas(LY3M)MD & MJ, ISLE OF MAN and JERSEY
Members of the Craven Radio Amateur Group (CRAG - MX0BCQ) will activate the WAB square SD84 YSN for the "Worked All Britain" and ISWL "Monitor" awards on February 24th. Activity will be on the HF and VHF bands using the callsign MX0BCQ/A.
In OPDX.845, under "INTERESTING WEB SITES OF THE WEEK", we added one to many "http://" to the link:
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL ROUTES by Johannes/DK8JB:
3Z10UM via SQ9UM HA800NAR via HA0NAR 9W6RHM direct HA800LP via HA0LP 9W6SUE direct HA801AD via HA1AD AT8ESP via VU2JHM HA806NF via HA6NF DM800BFD via DL3JVN HA80MRASZ via HA1DAE HA800MO via HA0MOQSL MANAGER CHANGE. Due to an illness, QSL Manager Pete, K3PD, manager for 5N0NAS, 5Z4ES, 9Z4DI, BX2/NE3H, C95WH, EL2JH, FM5WE, OX3SA, T32Z, T88RZ, TA3DD, VP2MNI, VP5FEB, W3GOP, W3UU, ZL2MAT, Z21FO, Z21GC, Z21GX, Z22JE, ZS4U, ZS6CCY and ZS9X is retiring from his QSLing chores. Pete has selected Irv, K3IRV, to take over his QSL duties.
Effective immediately Irv, K3IRV, will become the new QSL Manager for the above stations. He is also the QSL Manager for stations OD5TE, JY4NE, OD5UT, ET3VSC, ZC6A, OD5/JY4NE, E44A, DU1/W3WAZ, DU1MGA, PY5EG, PY2OMS, ZW5B, PS2T and PP5EG.
NOT MY QSL MANAGER. John/ZB2EO/G4JTC informs OPDX that RW6HS is NOT his QSL Manager. QSL route is ONLY DIRECT and as per (QRZ.com).
QSL 6Y1V via OH3RB: Kari Ahokas, Majoitusmestarinkatu 11 F 93, 20360 Turku, FINLAND. Operators were: K1LZ, YT1AD, YU1RL, YU7NU, 6Y5GC and KY1V. Web site: http://www.6Y1V.com
QSL CO2OJ, CL9C, T42D and T49C via K8SIX, direct ONLY with adequate return postage. Al, K8SIX, states that he does NOT accept bureau cards. In fact, he has told his 8-land manager to toss all of them as he will not do Bureau cards at all.
QSL CO2WF via N1KI. Operator Winty, CO2WF, was active from Habana, from Boca Ciega Beach (EL83we) in Cuba.
QSL CV5K via CX2ABC. Operators CX2DDP, CX7AT, CX9AU and possibly CX8BR, CX3AN and CX3AW.
QSL EA8ZS via EA8ZS. Activity was by the members of the "Grupo DX Gran Canaria". Operators mentioned were: EA8ZS, EA8BQM, EA8BEX, EA8AVK, EA8DP and EA8CAC. Web site: http://www.grupodxgc.com
FIRST BATCH OF FJ/OH2AM CARDS RELEASED TODAY. Jarmo, OH2BN, reported on February 11th: "Due to a printing error on the front of the full-color FJ/OH2AM card, the entire batch was rejected upon arrival of the coveted cards in Finland. Another batch of QSLs was printed and they arrived in Finland over this past weekend, February 10, and the first cards were already released today. All direct requests should be out by March 15. Sorry for any inconvenience. The ARRL will start processing St. Barthelemy cards on April 1, so we are still on top of the matter." For more details, see www.kolumbus.fi/oh2bn/barts.htm
QSL GJ2A via K2WR. Operator Rich, K2WR, was active from Jersey during the ARRL DX CW Contest. He was also active as MJ0AWR before the contest. Also, QSL via K2WR.
Adam, VP8DKF - KC4/K2ARB, reported that he has received the logs for KC4USV at McMurdo Station for the period October 2004 through February 2007. Among the operators during that period were Mike Poole/KE6ZYK and Charles Dowdell/N2TYQ. All stations wishing to confirm a QSO or submit an SWL signal report are invited to do so via Larry/K1IED at his address as found on (QRZ.com). All QSOs will soon be uploaded to LoTW as well.
Mar, ON4RU, reports that he is only the QSL Manager for the following four stations (all contacts) and NO OTHER callsigns: 4L1MA, SV9/ON4RU, YB1BAD and YE1AA. For direct QSLs, please send SASE <2 USDs/1 IRC>|2 IRC U.S. POSTAGE GOING UP AGAIN! The U.S. Postal Service has announced a postage increases in the U.S. effective 4/12/08. New first class rate will be 42 cents. New international rate will be 94 cents. See http://www.usps.com/prices/
QSLS VIA LOTW: T88RY
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3B7C, 4L/UU4JMG , 4X4BL, 5H1CM, 5R8GZ, 9H20, A45WD, AA8LL/4, C52C, C6APR, CU2A, E4/OM2DX, F8CIL, GM3POI, HK3BVD, HK3O, HQ9R, KC4AAA, S79AB, S79UU, SV9/DL6FBL, T88RY, T88YU, TR8CA, V31BH, V63LR, V73KN, V73NT, VP2MZM, WP3C, YL3FT, YN2S and YS3/I2JIN
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3D2CY, 3V5A, 3XM6JR, 4O2NT, 4U60UN, 5A7A, 5W0AA, CE1/K7CA, EA2CLU, EA8/OE2LCM, 3D2CI, EW8CM, HG6N, HP1WW, J88DR, JX7DFA, LA8PDA, LZ80R, OE9MON, OH2BH, OK6DJ, OX3KQ, P33W, PJ4/KU8E, R1ANN, RA2FT, TZ5A, TZ6MF, UA2FX, UA6GG, UA9YAB, V31BH, VP5/K4ZGB, VA3NN, XE2YWH, XF2K, XT2WP, YO9HP, YT150T, YU6DZ, YW5T and YZ200A
Willi, DJ7RJ, will be active as SV9/DJ7RJ between February 25th and March 15th. Activity will be on the low bands, 160-10 meters and CW/SSB. QSL via his CBA.
TI, COSTA RICA
Timo, OH1NOA, will be active as TI5/OH0NOA from February 24-25th. Bands and modes of activity were not provided. QSL via LoTW.
TX5C, CLIPPERTON ATOLL DXPEDITION UPDATE
The TX5C group reports this week: "Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Outfitter Satellite Inc., one of the largest satellite phone dealers in the United States, TX5C will be able to provide dxer's with rich high bandwidth content from the DXpedition including more online log updates, webcams and live video from Clipperton Atoll."
Gerd/DJ4KW and Gisela/DK9GG will once again be active as V31YN/p and V31GW/p, respectively, from Blue Marlin Lodge on Southwater Caye (NA-180), February 19-26. Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the bureau.
John/W5JON and his wife Cathy/W5HAM will be on Ambergris Caye (NA-073) from March 26-31st. Look for John to be active as V31FB on 160-6 meters SSB. He also plans to be active in the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Years ago his wife Cathy said that he could operate any contest from anywhere, "as long as it is warm and there is a beach". This will be their 6th year on Ambergris Caye operating in the contest. Equipment will be: ICOM IC-7000, RM Italy KL-400 Amplifier (400 Watts), Alpha Delta 160-10 Meter Dipoles and 3 element Yagi on 6 meters. QSL via his home callsign.
VISALIA IDXC NEWS
160M DINNER BANQUET. "Greetings Top Banders! This year's International DX Convention in Visalia will be April 25-27th, 2008, at the Holiday Inn. Convention information can be found here: http://www.dxconvention.org/ Steve, WB6RSE, announces that the TOP-BAND Dinner Banquet at the Visalia DX Convention will be at the convention hotel on Friday, April 25th, at the Holiday Inn Visalia. The tenative schedule is:
The 13th annual Islands On The Air (IOTA) Dinner will be held on Friday, April 25th, in the Birch Room of the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, 9000 W. Airport Drive, Visalia, CA 93277, in conjunction with the 58th annual Visalia International DX Convention. The event's program agenda is as follows:
1800 Eyeball discussions (drinks available)"IOTA Program Overview/Status" (G3ZAY) - Other IOTA programs The dinner will be served buffet style in the Birch Room at a cost of 25 USDs per person, payable at the door (cash only). The buffet menu will contain entree choices of beef, fish, and chicken along with selected vegetables, salad, dinner rolls, dessert, and a beverage (coffee, ice water, or ice tea). Reservations for this event are not required and will not be taken. Attendees will pay as they enter at the door. Admission is free for those wishing only to watch the programs without dining. As usual, seating will be performed using a "first come, first seated" policy. For additional information regarding this event, please contact: Jim Zimmerman N6KZ,(IOTA Dinner Coordinator), 2316 W. Dallin Street, Lancaster, CA 93536-5702, (661) 945-6539 home phone E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
1830 Welcoming/Introductions (dinner served buffet-style)
1900 IOTA Programs begin
QSL CARD CHECKING
There will be a DXCC QSL Card Field Check Session from 1 to 4 pm, on Saturday, 26 April 2008, in the Plaza Room of the Holiday Inn Hotel & Convention Center, 9000 W. Airport Drive, Visalia, CA 93277, in conjunction with the 59th Annual International DX Convention (IDC).
In addition to the DXCC QSL cards normally checked in the field, a representative from the ARRL DXCC Desk will be present at the IDC, permitting the field checking of both deleted and 160 meter QSL cards.
The IDC Field Check Session application line will begin forming in the hallway outside the Plaza Room at 12:30 pm, with applicant processing beginning promptly at 1 pm. The normal QSL card field checking session limit (150 cards) will be waived, but priority will be given to checking smaller number QSL card application packages (large QSL card check packages may have to wait a bit longer).
Field check applicants should be prepared to present full packages, consisting of: completed ARRL forms (available off the ARRL web site), all QSL cards (sorted to match order in their forms), and payment (the use of credit cards is highly encouraged to speed the application process). Hybrid applications (those involving both field checked QSL cards and Logbook of the World credits) will be accepted at this Field Check session.
Contact Jim Zimmerman, N6KZ, IDC DXCC QSL Card Field Check Session Coordinator, at (661) 945-6539 or email@example.com for additional information regarding the IDC DXCC QSL Card Field Check Session.
VP5/VQ5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
Dave, W5CW, will be active as VP5/W5CW between March 27th and April 9th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters (this will include 30/17/12m) CW/SSB. He will also be in the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry using the special callsign VQ58V. QSL via his home callsign.
VP6, DUCIE ISLAND (Update)
The VP6DX operation is very active and will continue until they leave on February 28th. As this was being written, the VP6DX Web site was reporting just under 61,000 QSOs. Online logs are now available at:
Retu, OH4MDY, will be active as XU7MDY from Sihanoukville from April 3-14th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL only direct to XU7MDY address on (QRZ.com).
As expected, Kosovo declared independence from Serbia on Sunday, February 17th. Read about it at:
UPDATE - In addition to the individual multi-national Amateur Radio operators (listed above) currently in Kosova and operating with UNMIK licenses, the group will soon begin activity as YU8/OH2R. The team currently has two stations and will begin activity on 40-10 meters on SSB and CW. For more details about the project please check the (QRZ.com) listing for OH2R. QSL YU8/OH2R via OH2BN.
ZS8, MARION ISLAND
Rhynhardt, ZS6DXB, 3Y0E Pilot station and Media Officer, announced this past week that Petrus, ex-3Y0E but currently ZS6GCM/mm, will be a team leader for a new scientific team going to Marion Island for 1 year. The arrangements for his activity from ZS8 are in progress now. Rhynhardt states, "Currently we try to collect some equipment for Petrus to make his activity more complete, delivering another most wanted DXCC entity to you at high level." Look for a new ZS8 dedicated Web site to be activate (it is now under construction). Its Web address will be published soon and more news regarding any further activity of Petrus will be announced right there.
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