The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 861
June 9, 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, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, NJ1Q, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N5FG, KH6BZF, K7GK, KH7C, NM7H, AA8EY, K8CX, K8YSE, WB8FSV, WB8YJF, DX-IS News Site, ORARI, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, 9A3FO, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, E21EIC, F5NQL & UFT, HR2DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JA1BPA, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Island News, ON4ZD, PA4JJ, RSGB IOTA Web Site, RW3GW, TA1HZ, TA0U, UA6JD and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Monday, 2nd/June, through Monday, 9th/June there were 203 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, BV, BY, C3, C9, CE, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, JA, JD/m, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, 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, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2V, VP6, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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 that members of the Union de Radio- aficionados Espanoles, URE, (The Spanish Amateur Radio League) will be active as 4W6R this week between June 10-24th. Operators mentioned are: Angel/EA1QF (CW/Digital), Txema/EA5BWR (CW/SSB/Digital), Eugene/EA4KA (CW), Pere/EA3CUU (CW), Jose/CT1ERC (SSB/Digital) and Jose/EA4DB (CW/ SSB/Digital). Activity will be on 160-6 meters, using CW, SSB and RTTY.
They plan to have two stations on the air. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1824/1832, 3508, 7008, 10118, 14018, 18078, 21018, 24898 and 28018
SSB - 1824/1845, 3785, 7065, 14185, 18135, 21295, 24945 and 28485
RTTY - 3615, 7038, 10145, 18105, 21085, 24925 and 28085
6m - CW/50098, RTTY/50300 and SSB/50155 kHz
QSLs will be via EA4URE, by the Bureau or direct to: P.O. Box 220, 28080 Madrid, SPAIN. For more info and updates, visit:
A team of operators will use the special callsign 7Y46ND during the month of July from the city of Djelfa. Look for activity to be on 80-10 meters. QSL via 7X2DD: Mohamed Djaballah, P.O. Box 467, 17000 DJELFA, Algeria. A special certificate will be available for an extra fee of 5 Euros or 7 USDs, if requested besides the normal QSL card.
The JARL will establish 10 HQ stations in various regions of Japan during the 2008 IARU HF Championship (July 12-13th). Each station may be heard on other bands than specified below outside of the Contest during the week of July 7th. All QSOs will be QSLed automatically via the Bureau. Here are the details of the 10 stations:
Call Band & Mode Location ----- ------------ -------------- 8N1HQ 15m-SSB Kimitsu City, Chiba 8N1HQ 160m-CW/10m-SSB Minato Ku, Tokyo 8N2HQ 80m-CW Chita Gun, Aichi 8N2HQ 80m-SSB Nakatsugawa City, Gifu 8N2HQ 15m-CW Susono City, Shizuoka 8N3HQ 40m-CW Kobe City, Hyogo 8N3HQ 20m-CW Miki City, Hyogo 8N3HQ 10m-CW Nara City, Nara 8N4HQ 40m-SSB Okayama City, Okayama 8N8HQ 20m-SSB Iwamizawa City, Hokkaido9A, CROATIA
A7/G0MKT HEADING HOME
OPDX received the following report (edited) from Bill, NM7H, on Saturday, June 7th, as he prepares to head home to Nebraska:
"Hello, I am Bill Flint, A7/G0MKT, and in the states my call is NM7H. I packed up my gear today and will be leaving Qatar soon. I was active from around late April till 6 June 08. I made about 500 contacts total while here, I picked up 8 or 9 new countries that I had not gotten on my previous trips out here. I think my country count just for this trip as about 60-70 (not sure).
Propagation was generally poor for me, during the local day CW activity was sparse much of the time. I worked from about 4pm to midnight local (1300Z-2100Z). After work 20m was seldom open for me, so I would get on 30m or 40m. Conditions were tough much of the time on 30m and 40m due to QRN.
My gear: Yaesu FT-857D and a High Sierra HX-900 (older model 40-6m screwdriver antenna). The antenna was on a mag mount on the A/C unit that sticks out of the metal building I lived in. I had two ground leads, one short lead with an alligator clip to the metal building, and one 5m lead that I let hang down to the ground.
I will be sending out QSLs in a few weeks to all QSOs that were not part of the WPX contest, the QSLs will go via the bureau. I will also respond to all QSL requests that I receive direct. For the WPX contest contacts, I will send out QSLs for the countries I need confirmed. I think my total DXCC number from Qatar is 125 and I need about 30 more countries confirmed so I can apply for DXCC from Qatar.
I sent my log to LoTW and have already started getting confirmations there. The website for eQSL does not work from here for some reason, it always times out. So when I get home I will load my log to eQSL.
This was probably my last trip to Qatar....
73, Bill (A7/G0MKT, NM7H, YI9WF, G0MKT)"
ADDED NOTE: It is suggested to visit Bill's "A7/G0MKT Web Page" which has his complete A7 story with pictures at:
Jack, WB8FSV, informs OPDX that he will be vacationing in Qingdao, China, again this June. He is expected to be there between June 10-30th. This will be his fifth trip to China. Jack will operate as "WB8FSV/BA4IT" during his spare time. His XYL Lily is from Qingdao and they will be staying with her family. On the way home they will stop at Hong Kong to check out Hong Kong's Disneyland and to see his friend Charlie, VR2XMT. He doesn't plan to operate from Hong Kong. QSL direct or by the bureau. The BA4IT station runs 100 watts to an Inverted Vee up 80 feet, one block from the Yellow Sea. Jack states that he will be surprised to work many North Americans. He tells OPDX that he can operate from the BA4IT's station on 80-10 meters, SSB and CW. However, Jack states that he has had the most luck working 15, 20 and 40 meters from BA4IT in the past, so he will emphasize those bands. CW is his mode of choice, although Jack will venture onto SSB at times.
CROATIAN TELEGRAPHY CLUB
Chairman of the Croatian Telegraphy Club (CTC) Den, 9A3FO, invites you to become a CTC member and welcomes membership applications from telegraphy lovers from all parts of the world. He states,
"If your membership application is submitted by E-mail then no fee is required and membership is gratuitous because it is the Club's principle of supporting CW which is far more important than any financial consideration."
Take a look at their Web page at: http://www.hamradio.hr/ctc
Their E-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Their mail address is: Croatian Telegraphy Club, Franjevacka 5, 42220 Novi Marof, Croatia - Europe.
Toni, OH2UA, will be active as CU2A during the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) and the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band Power entry. QSL via OH2BH.
D4, CAPE VERDE
Cortesi, IZ4DPV, will be active as D4C during the IARU HF Championship Contest (July 12-13th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power/ SSB entry. QSL via IZ4DPV. Visit the D4C Web page at:
HQ5, HONDURAS (Special Event)
Members of the "Radio Club de Honduras (RCH) DX Team" will activate the special callsign HQ50RCH from June 21st through July 31st, 2008. Activity is to celebrate the 50th aniversary of the Radio Club de Honduras. Visit the RCH Web page at:
HS91, THAILAND (Special Event)
The HS91LIONS special event station marks the 91st Lions Clubs International Convention held in Bangkok, Thailand, between June 23-27th. Lions are an international network of 1.3 million men and women in 202 countries and geographic areas who work together to answer the needs that challenge communities around the world; it was established in 1917. Since then the association of Lions clubs has provided millions of people with the opportunity to give something back to their communities. The station is managed by officers and members of the Radio Amateur of Thailand under the royal patronage of "His Majesty the King" and is located in the convention's exhibit hall at the IMPACT Convention Center, Muang Thong Thani. QSL information is via HS1CHB: P.O. Box 73, Bangkok, 10900, Thailand.
II7, ITALY (Special Event)
Members of the ARI section Lecce will be activating II7PBS throughout the month of June. Activity is to celebrate Pope Benedict XVI visit to the city of Santa Maria di Leuca on June 14th. Look for operations to be on all HF bands SSB and PSK31. Santa Maria di Leuca is said to be the origin of the mission of St. Peter. The QSL manager is I7PXV.
AS-008. Operators Yasuko/JF1IZM, Youichi/JO1IRO and Noboru/JR1WEB will be active as homecall/1 from Mikura Island (JIIA AS-008 -005) in the JA1 North Izu Group between June 15-17th. Their activity will be on the HF bands, and they will look for E-skip openings on VHF. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the bureau.
ADDED NOTE: Visit the JIIA Award page at:
EU-008. Douglas, GM0ELP, will be active as MM3T from the Isle of Islay (IOSA NH22, SCOTIA CS25, WLOTA LH-1826), Inner Hebrides, during the IOTA Contest as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power/Expedition entry for a period 12 hours. QSL via MM3T at eQSL.
EU-028. Matt, IK2SGC, will be active as IA5/IK2SGC from the Island of Elba (IIA LI-001, MIA MI-022, WLOTA LH-0609) between July 30th and August 29th. Activity will be on all bands. QSL via LoTW is preferred.
EU-030. Heinz, DL4AO, will be active as OZ/DL4AO from Bornholm Island (BO-001 for the Danish Islands Award, WLOTA LH-2203) between June 10-26th. He will operate in his early morning and late afternoon hours, mostly on 20 meters. While on Bornoholm he will also operate on 6 meters using CW and SSB. All of the QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the bureau.
EU-049. Barry, G4BUD, will be active as SV8/G4BUD/P from Samos Island (MIA MG-099, WLOTA LH-0609) between now and June 11th. Activity will be holiday-style, operating 20 meters QRP (5 watts) with a dipole, using CW, PSK31, RTTY and SSB. He will try to get on most evenings around 1600z and again at 2000z. QSL via his home callsign, direct only (QRZ.com).
EU-051. Peter, DJ2OS, will be active as IE9/DJ2OS from the Island of Ustica (IIA PA-001, MI-116, WLOTA LH-0848), June 27-30th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters. QSL via his home callsign, direct(QRZ.com) or by the bureau.
EU-055. Andy, DL7AT, will be active as LA/DL7AT from Bomlo Island between July 19th and August 3rd. Activity will be on 40-10 meters with 100 watts and a vertical GP. He will also be an entry in the RSGB IOTA Contest. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
EU-057. Heinz, DL4AO, will be active as DL4AO/p from Ruegen Island (O-07 for the German Islands Award) between June 10-26th. He will operate in his early morning and late afternoon hours, mostly on 20 meters. All of the QSOs will be confirmed auto- matically via the Bureau.
EU-109. Jon, M0OVL, will be active as M0OVL/p from Longstone (WLOTA LH-0234), July 26-27th, for the RSGB IOTA Contest. He will later be joined by Harold/G8JUZ and Charles/M0GAX operating under their own callsign. Jon will also use another callsign, 2E0OVL/p, during his non-contest operating times to give as many stations as possible a chance to work the island, but NO contest serial number will be given. In the event of bad weather on the morning of the contest, an alternative operation will take place from Lindisfarne (EU-120). QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the RSGB Bureau. More information is available at:
EU-146. Operators Jeroen/PD5CW, Will/PE1OPM and Manfred/PE1OXV will be active as PD5CW and PE1OPM/p from the Island of Schouwenduiveland and Goeree Overflakkee, July 30-31st. Activity will be SSB only on 80-10 meters. Look for them to sign PE1OPM/p during the RSGB IOTA Contest. QTH is Zonnemaire, Zeeland (WW Loc. JO11XQ). QSL all callsigns via PD5CW, direct or by the bureau. More information available at:
EU-171. Operators Netti/DO6XX and Rene/DL2JRM will be active as OZ/homecall/p from Vendsyssel-Thy/Nordjylland (NJ-001 for the Danish Islands Award) between July 26th and August 9th. QSL via their home callsigns, bureau preferred.
NA-067. Jon, WB8YJF, will make his yearly trip to Ocracoke Island (USI NC001S, Hyde County, NC) this year earlier than most times due to a scheduling conflict. He informs OPDX that he will not be in the IOTA Contest from there this year, but will be active as WB8YJF/4 from July 6-13th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, using CW, SSB and RTTY. Please QSL direct for a FASTer QSL; Bureau is "OK" but takes a lot longer. His address is on (QRZ.com).
NA-102. JUST A REMINDER. Members of the Radio Club ACRA Guadeloupe (FG5KC) will activate the Island of Petit-Terre (Small Island Earth) for a day as FG5KC/p on June 8th. Activity will be on the 40-10 meters, CW, SSB and VHF bands. Operators mentioned (at the moment) are: FG5BC, FG5DN, FG1JD, F8BIH, FG1AR, SWL-05 (Issac) and SWL-16 (Jacques). Suggested frequencies are: Listen to the IOTA frequencies. This expedition is granted by the NFB because it is a natural reserve. Visit their Web page at:
KH7, ALASKA (IOTA Op)
Hugh, K6HFA, will be active as K7A from the Neragon Island (NA-241, USI AK194S, WW Loc. AP71AU), Alaska, from June 12-18th. Using an IC 7000s w/Amp into a vertical dipole array, Hugh's suggested frequencies (-/+) are:
CW - 7016, 7041, 14018, 14041, 10112 and 18082 kHz
SSB - 7078 (Split per operator), 14153 an 18122 kHz
QSL via K6HFA: Hubert "Hugh" Clark, 545 West Vassar Ave., Fresno, CA 93705 USA. For direct QSL reply, please include a SASE (Self Addressed Stamped Envelope) or SAE (Self Addressed Envelope) and IRC or green stamps. If no return postage is sent, QSL will be sent via the bureau. Your donations now will make possible more rare Alaskan island activations sooner in the future.
K8CX's 2008 DAYTON HAMVENTION PHOTO GALLERY
Tom's, K8CX, 2008 Dayton Photo Gallery is now up at:
PJ6, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
Kenny/K2KW and his XYL Stephanie/KD8GKM will be vacationing on Saba Island from July 1-7th. Activity will be casual operations signing PJ6/K2KW with a focus on 6 meters, and activity on 40-17 meters. They will use only 100 watts into a 2 element 6m yagi, and a dipole for HF. Their QTH is 370m high, looking over the ocean just about 900m away. Kenny states, "Great water shot to North-East and Mid-West USA, EU and AF." IOTA is NA-145 and grid square is FK87. Possible operation from PJ7 on Dutch St. Maarten may take place July 8-10th. QSL via WA4WTG.
PNW DX CONVENTION
This year's Pacific Northwest DX Convention will be held between August 1-3rd, in Portland, Oregon, by the Willamette Valley DX Club. The event might be of particular interest to the contest community. Speakers will include well-known West Coast contesters. Tom, K5RC/W7RN, 2007 CQ Contest Hall of Fame inductee, will be the Saturday banquet speaker. His presentation "Building Your Dream Station Without a Divorce" will be as useful as it will be entertaining. Also, Ward, N0AX, in his presentation plans to address the hot topic in contesting from ARRL's perspective, you guessed it - skimmer. More information on the talks and other details can be found at the Willamette Valley's Web site at:
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL ROUTES by Johannes/DK8JB and Tedd/KB8NW:
4U1WED via 4U1VIC or eQSL only (due to World Environment Day)
9K2/SP4R via SP4GFG
EO80UA via UY2UA
QSL TC17GS via TA0U, direct or by the Bureau. The log is now available at:
Leon, ON4ZD (OS0S), informs OPDX that the log and updated information about the recent TM0G IOTA DXpedition to Groix Island (EU-048) between May 24-30th, are now available at the following Web pages at:
QSLS VIA LOTW: 4U1UN, 4X60ISR, 4X60UU, 5B4AHJ, 8P9TS, CT9EPC, DH5WB, LA6JFA, LZ08KM, R245GS, RN6BY, ST2LA, SV9AHZ and ZF2JO
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3A/G3RTE, 3D2AG/P, 6W1SJ, 7P8FC, 9X0W, A92GR, A92WHD, BD1NNI, C31LJ, CE6TC, CQ7P, EA9IE, EL2PM, FM/FM5LGE, J20RR, OA4O, PJ5NA, SU1SK, SU60WW, SU8IOTA, TI9KK, TO5A, VK1AA/2, VP8/MM0TJR/P and YI9PT
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: None reported this week...
S7, SEYCHELLES (AF-024)
Peter, DH3NB, will be active as S79GB between June 14th and July 4th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters. QSL via his home callsign, by the DARC Bureau or direct.
TC1, TURKEY (Special Event)
Members of the Turkish group called SWAT (Special Wireless Activity Team) will be active as TC1MR during June 6-8th from the Kirklareli area. The team will operate from the UMKE National Medical Rescue Team's camp grounds. Operators mentioned are: Leonardo/TA1FR, Tevfik/TA1HZ, Erhan/TA2DJ, Mert/TA2RA, Bekir/TA2RX, Muharrem/TA2SK and Onur/TB2MYE. Activity will be mainly on 40/20/2 meters. For more information, visit (QRZ.com) or the TCSWAT Web site at:
TO4G, GLORIOSO ISLAND (Update/Correction)
Floyd, N5FG, informs OPDX that the report for the postponed TO4Gxx (TBA) operation to Glorioso Islands will take place between September 20th and October 15th, is NOT CORRECT. He was told by Didier, F5OGL, the team is waiting for the completion of the anti-cyclonic shelters to be built on the island. Look for updates at:
TO5, ST. BARTHELEMY
Operators Joe/AA4NN, Jay/K4ZLE, Janet/W8CAA (YL), Joe/W8GEX, Jim/K0RH and possibly others will be active as TO5DX between October 16-28th. The group plans to have three stations on the air on all HF bands, using CW and SSB. They will also be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL route will be announced later.
TOKYO DX BANQUET (Need Help?)
Do you need help in getting to the "2008 DXers Banquet in Tokyo" that will be held on August 23rd, and in conjunc- tion with the 2008 Ham Fair in Tokyo? Katsu, JA1DXA, has offered to help DX visitors. His E-mail address is: email@example.com
VIY 2008 AWARD
The "Visit Indonesia Year 2008 and 40th Anniversary Of ORARI Award" is a short term award issued by Organisasi Radio Amatir Indonesia (ORARI) Headquarters in commemorating the 40th anniversary of ORARI in 2008 and participating in the Indonesia government's tourism program called "Visit Indonesia Year 2008" (VIY). The aim of the tourism program is to introduce Indonesia's various kinds of culture which will be found in the award. DX stations only have to make contact with 10 Indonesian amateurs and send NO QSLs to earn the award. For more details go to the following link at:
WFF ACTIVITY WEEK
The "World Flora Fauna" (WFF) activity week will be held between July 2-8th, in corporation with the worldwide program for Nature Reserves and National Parks of International Tourist/DX Association "National Card", and International Amateur Radio Travelers Club "Russian Robinson" (RRC). The WFF Committee welcomes radio hams to take part in the Global Activity Week from their homes or the National Parks and Nature Reserves territories listed in the WFF List.
The WFF is a new movement and a new area in Radio Amateur world of DXing. The WFF is a young innovative international award program which they hope will become a popular one for the worldwide community of expedition participants and "hunters" along with already well-known and popular DXCC, IOTA and WABA award programs. Look for stations during the WWF Activity Week to use special callsigns with the letters FF in their suffix giving out reference numbers. For more details on the WFF, please visit the Web page at:
XT, BURKINA FASO
Michael, F1IQH, will once again be active as XT2WC from BoboDioulasso starting June 9th, for two weeks, possibly three. Activity will be mainly 20 meters with only 100 watts and a G5RV. Skeds arrangements are available at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael is hoping 6m is allowed, if so, he will use 50 watts in a dipole. QSL via F1IQH.
A couple of sources report that Jose, CT1FKN (aka 4W6FK and T98FKN) is in the Portuguese Army and has been in Kosovo with the NATO peacekeeping force "KFOR" for a while. Jose has received permission to be active as YU8/CT1FKN until September 20th. There has not been any QSNs reported, but Jose's activity will be on the HF bands only. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
ZS8, MARION ISLANDS
There is still no activity reported. For updates and the first offical announcement of ZS8T being on the air, please visit the official ZS8T Web site at:
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