The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 866
July 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, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q, K2ZD, K3IXD, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, W3ZQI, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4MM, N5UR, KG6QJJ, N7OU, K8YSE, W9NGA, DX-IS News Site, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, CO2WF, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, EI4GK, F5NQL & UFT, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK0EFR, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Island News, OH2BN, ON4ATW, ON5TN, PA1AW, RSGB IOTA Web Site, VA3RJ & ICPO and VE3ZIK for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 6th-July, through Sunday, 13th-July there were 220 countries active. Countries available: 1A, 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D4, 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, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, JA, JT, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, 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).
30th CLIPPERTON DX CLUB HAMVENTION
This year's event will be in the Poitou-Charente area and more particularly the town of Chasseneuil du Poitou. The meeting will be held on September 19t-20th at the Campanile Poitiers-Futuroscope Hotel. For more information about forum activities including dinners, please visit:
Terje, LA3OHA, is expected to be active as 4L7OA until September. He reports that he is working in Georgia and plans to take tours in the Caucasus mountains but will operate on the HF bands during his time there. He welcomes any QSOs with either English, Norwegian or Scandinavian radio amateurs. QSL direct to 4L7OA: Terje Hovde, P.O. Box 58, 0102 Tbilisi Republic of Georgia.
Mike, PA5M, is now active from here as 4W6AAB for about 5 weeks. Activity will be limited to his spare time. Using only a 100 watts and a vertical, he was heard on 20 meters around 14047 kHz between 0530-0615z this past Sunday. His QSL Manager is PA7FM.
Hideki, JA2IVK will be active as 8Q7SH between July 18-20th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters CW/SSB using an FT-897 (w/100 watts) into an HF7V. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 3505, 7004, 10104, 14024, 18074, 21024, 24894 and 28024 kHz
SSB - 3795, 7065, 14195, 18145, 21295, 24945 and 28495 kHz
QSL via JA2IVK, by the bureau or direct to his QRZ.com address.
Stefan, DL5XX, will be on a business trip in Ghana and plans to be active during his free time as 9G5MM between July 15th and August 10th. Activity will be on all bands CW. QSL via DL5XX. More info is available at:
Zik, VE3ZIK/DO7ZZ, will once again be active from here with the callsign 9A/VE3ZIK between July 23rd and August 23rd. Activity will be on the HF bands only, CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31, PSK63 and 10m FM if there are some CONDX. There is a chance to be active for one day from Bosnia- Herzegovina with the callsign E7/VE3ZIK (July 27th or 28th). QSL via DO7ZZ, bureau prefered. QSL request at: firstname.lastname@example.org
All logs will be uploaded into:
AN8, CANARY ISLANDS
A group of Spanish and German operators will be active as AN8L from Lobos Island (AF-004) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Multi-Op/High-Power/DXpedition entry. Operators mentioned are: EA8AUW, EA8BGO, EC8AMI, EC8ADW, DH1TW, DL5RMH, EC4DX, EC4JD, EA4DRV, EA4TD, EA4ATA, EA5FX, EA5KM and EA5AER at the moments. Their Web site is at:
ATTENTION JCC COLLECTORS
Individuals who are interested in collecting Japanese cities for the JCC award (Japan Cities-Century Award) will be very interested and happy to hear that the very rare JCC 4614 will be on the air August 9-11th. OPDX was informed that Koh, JH3LBD, will be active from Nishinoomote City during this time. This is also IOTA AS-032. Koh is expected to be on 7021 kHz at 1100z each day. For more details on the JCC, see the following Web pages:
C6, BAHAMAS (IOTA Ops)
Operators Pete/W2GJ, Ed/K3IXD and Dallas/W3PP will be active as C6APR from Crooked Island (NA-113), Bahamas, as a Multi- Operation/DXpediton entry in the RSGB IOTA contest (July 26-27th). Before and after the contest C6APR (between July 25-28th) will be on 80-10 meters including the 30/17/12m, on CW and SSB. Also before and after the IOTA Contest the callsign C6AXD will be used on 6m and HF RTTY. Both callsigns are good for Bird Rock Lighthouse (ARLHS BAH-005, TWLHD WLHC6-002, WLOTA LH-0118, Admiralty J4792) as well as IOTA NA-113 and Grid Locater FL22tt. All QSLs go to K3IXD, direct with SASE or SAE with 1 USD or 1 new IRC; or via bureau.
C9, MOZAMBIQUE (Update/Reminder)
Just a reminder that Frosty's, K5LBU, team will be active this week from Mozambique. They should be on the air starting the night of July 16th through the 30th. They will have 2 complete stations; one for CW and one for SSB. The updated C9 team now consists of the following operators:
Charles F. Frost (Frosty) K5LBU - C91CF, QSL via home callsign. Tom Kramer NQ7R - C91TK, QSL via home callsign. Jay Sewell W5SL - C91SL, QSL via home callsign. John Plenderleith 9M6XRO - C91XO*, QSL via M3SDE. Bill Dzurilla NZ5N - C91BD, QSL via WA4WTG. Hal Lund ZS6WB - pending*, QSL via M3SDE only Bob Novak K0OK - C91OK*, QSL via home callsign. Ben Pyfer DJ0YI - C91YI*, QSL via home callsign. * Callsign pendingActivity will be on all bands from 160-6 this trip. They will have a log search on the Web some time after their operations start at:
Operators Arlindo/CT1EGW, Luis/CT1EEQ, Herm/CT3FN (HB9CRV), Tony/CU2HJA, Antonio/CU8AS, Lutz/DL9DAN and Rudi/HB9CQL will be active as CU1F from the Goncalo Velho Lighthouse (DFP FAZ-013, ARLHS AZO-009, WLOTA LH-2978, Admiralty D2632) on Santa Maria Island (EU-003, DIP AZ-001) between July 21st and August 1st. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. They will also be on 6 meters using the callsign CU1B. Look for a beacon on 50.113 MHz. In case of openings, SMS reports can be sent to a cellular telephone. Number will be communicated after arrival on Santa Maria. The group will also participate in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as CU1T, as a Multi-Single/24hr entry. QSL CU1F and CU1T via CT1GFK, direct or by the bureau. More information is available at:
CY0, SABLE ISLAND (Update)
The 6 meter DXpedition to Sable Island did not go QRT as expected on July 7th due to fog which prevented their airplane from landing. This actually made many DXers happy which gave them four more days of working them on 6 meters. Operators Pete/VE3IKV, Dick/K5AND and Chris/W3CMP did not leave the island until July 12th. Their Web site reports that almost 4,000 QSOs in 60 DXCC entities are in the log for 6 meters. QSL via VE3IKV (please include two green stamps). For details/updates, visit their Web page at:
E51, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS
Bill, N7OU, informs OPDX that he will again be operating from Rarotonga as E51NOU between September 15th and October 11th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using low power and CW only. Bill states, "For most of my stay I'll be operating around a work schedule, but I'll make a special effort to be on at grayline times to Europe." QSL via N7OU.
Yuki, JH1NBN, is currently active as EP3BN. The length of his stay is unknown. He was heard on 20 meters SSB this past week between 1330-1600z. QSL via his home callsign.
Remember that Alain, F6BFH, will be active as FH/F6BFH from now until August 9th. Activity will be on all bands, CW and SSB, but he will pay particular attention to the lower bands.
FRENCH SUB-ANTARCTIC ISLANDS (Attention DXpeditioners)
According to Mehdi, F5PFP (FT5ZH), you may be able to activate FT5X, FT5W and FT5Z. He states (edited), "... it is possible to accompany the French staff members to Crozet (FT5W), Kerguelen (FT5X) and Amsterdam (FT5Z) Islands, 4 times per year. The oceanographic and supply ship 'Marion Dufresne' (110 meters long, 110 passengers + 35 crew members) is used to take 10-20 tourists. Each archipelago is supplied and visited (3 to 8 days per island). An amateur radio license can be issued by TAAF administration to any citizen belonging to one of the CEPT countries. They are allowed to operate under FT5X, FT5W, FT5Z /(own callsign) without submiting any request. That trip costs 6500 Euros, of course it is expensive but it's a trip to paradise....flying over Amsterdam and Kerguelen by helicopter is unforgetable, beleive me..... Next rotations, from Reunion Island, then returning back to Reunion Island are: November 3th to December 1st (2008) and December 3th to December 31th (2008). The 2009 calendar will be soon available."
GI, NORTHERN IRELAND (IOTA/Lighthouse Op)
A group of Irish operators will be active as GI0MPG from Rathlin Island (EU-122) in the upcoming IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). Operations will be from the Rathlin East Lighthouse (ARLHS NTI-011). Operators mentioned are: Declan/EI9HQ, Joe/EI7GY/GI0MPG, Sean/EI4GK, Pete/EI4GZB and Peter/GI4VIV. QSL direct or by the Bureau to GI0MPG.
EU-008. Members of the Kilmarnock and Loudoun ARC will be active as GM7A from Kerrera Island, Scotland, during the upcoming RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th).
EU-052. Luc, OT6T, will be active as SV8/OT6T/p from Kerkyra Island (Corfu Island, MIA MG-055, also counts for WLOTA LH-4132) between July 19th and 28th. Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign, by the bureau or eQSL.
EU-120. Charlie, M0OXO, will be active as GB0LMI from Holy Island/ Lindisfarne (WW Loc. IO95CQ, WAB NU14) from July 18-20th. This operation will also count for Lindisfarne Castle (CASHOTA reference G-142). Look for activity on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign.
EU-123. Operators Andre/GM3VLB and Col/MM0NDX plan to activate Bass Rock (CS-02) on Saturday, August 16th, from early to late. They plan to have two stations on the air (Battery power) using vertical and Inverted V antennas. Bass Rock hasn't been activated since 2004.
EU-133. Operators Victor/RN1AW and Nick/RV1AQ will be active as RN1AW/p and RV1AQ/p, repsectively, from Krepysh Island, July 21-27st. They plan to be in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). QSL via their home callsigns.
EU-146. Members of the NOL contest team will be active as PB2M/p from the harbor of Stellendam on the Island of Goeree during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). They plan to have two high power stations on the air. Operators mentioned are: ON3DX, ON4ATW, ON4AHF, ON4AXU, ON4HIL, ON4IA, ON4TTT, ON6LEO, ON6NL,ON6ZG and ON8PH. A nice full color QSL card will be sent to every station making a QSO with them automatically via the Bureau.
EU-174. Tomas, HA0NAR, will be active as SX8R from Thassos Island, Greece, July 21-29th. Activity will be on 160-2 meters using CW, SSB and FM. QSL via HA0NAR, by the Bureau or direct.
NA-029. Art, N3DXX, will be active as VY2/N3DXX from Prince Edward Island (CISA PE-001) in the ARRL 160-Meter Contest (December 5-6th), as a Single-Op entry. QSL via his home callsign.
NA-126. Operators VE1FA, VA1YL, VE1MR, VA1CHP, VE1DHD, VO1NO, VY2OX and VE1ENT will be active as VC1T from Bon Portage (Outer) Island (NS-128, ARLHS lighthouse CAN-360) in southwest Nova Scotia, July 24-30th. Grid Square FN73dk. Activity will be on 80-6 meters during non-contest operation. The group plans to be in the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a DXpedition entry. QSL via VE1RGB, For direct QSLs, please enclose TWO "green stamps". All others will go via the bureau.
NA-168. Members of the Delta DX Association and the Texas DX Society will put Grand Isle, Louisiana, on the air as N5I from July 25-27th. The operation will include the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). Activity will be on the usual IOTA frequencies on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and possibly Digital. They will have two Yaesu rigs and a Steppir 2 element beam and a Big Steppir IR Vertical. Operators mentioned are: N5UR, W5KFX, K5PP, N5ET and W5ZPA. QSLs for N5I go via N5UR, CBA with SASE, IRC, or via the bureau. For more details and updates, check the Web page at:
OC-143. Adhi (Bimbo), YB3MM, will be active as YB3MM/5 from Sumatra Island, Indonesia, during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m)/Mixed-Mode entry. QSL via the LoTW. QSLs are also "OK" via IZ8CCW, by the Bureau or direct.
Members of the Cretan Amateur DX Team are planing to partic- ipate in RSGB IOTA CONTEST (July 26-27th) from the Eastern Part of Crete Island (Grid Loc. KM35DH - "cape SIDERO" - IOTA EU-015) using the special callsign J49A. Operators mentioned are: Manos/SV9JI, Manos/SV9ANJ, Nikos/ SV9BGE, Kostas/SV9BKZ, Manos/SV9BMJ, John/SV9CJO, Dimitris/SV9COL, George/ SV9DJO, George/SV9GPV, Michalis/SV9GPY, Manos/SV9IOI and George/SV0LB/9. QSL via SV9GPV.
An Italian team will be active as J49W from here between November 26th and December 1st. Look for activity before and during the CQ WW CW Contest on 160-10 meters, mainly CW.
Stefan, ON6TI, will be active as JW/ON6TI between July 15-20th. Activity will be limited to part-time, mostly evening. His bands/modes of operations were not provided. QSL via ON6TI.
KG6/KI6, UNITED STATES
Operators John/KG6QJJ and Kevin/KI6OCK will be active from several locations on Mt. Lassen in California, August 1-7th. Climbing the mountain, the duo plan to be active on 80-10 meters SSB. The equipment that is expected to be used are: ICOM Portable HF Radios, Cushcraft R7 Vertical (40-10m), Buddistick Antennas (40-10m Vertical), MFJ Tuners, Trap Dipole ( 80-40m) and a Dipole Antenna (20m). For details, visit their blog Web page at:
LIGHTHOUSE/LIGHTSHIP ACTIVITY (ILLW - August 16-17th)
Members of the Kungalv Radio Club (SK6NL) will once again activate 7S6LHT from Vinga Island (EU-043, ILLW SE0028, WLOTA LH-1517) during the International Lighthouse Weekend (ILLW), August 16-17th.
Look for the following Danish lighthouses to be activate during the
International Lighthouse Weekend (ILLW), August 16-17th:
5P0MF/LH - From Nordborg, Isle of Als (Not IOTA). The grid locator is: JO45UC. Lighthouse reference numbers: JY-001, DK0006 and DEN-029. QSL via DH1LAO, direct (see QRZ.com) or by the DARC Bureau.
5Q3R/LH - From Romsoe Old, Romsoe Island (EU-172). The grid locator is: JO55JM. Lighthouse reference number: DK0008. QSL via OZ Bureau.
OZ0MF - From Nordborg, Isle of Als (Not IOTA), The grid locator is: JO45UC. Lighthouse reference number: DEN-029 and JY-001. QSL via DH1LAO, direct (see QRZ.com) or by the DARC Bureau.
Members of the Kerry Amateur Radio Group will be active as EI1KARG from the Cromwell Point Lighthouse (ARLHS IRE-077, ILLW IE0001, WLOTA LH-2484), Ireland (EU-115), for the International Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (ILLW) (August 16-17th). QSL via EI9FVB, direct or by the bureau.
Peter, MM5PSL, will be active as GB2ELH from the Eshaness Lighthouse on Shetland Islands (EU-012, ARLHS SCO-075, ILLW UK0058, TWLHD WLH GM-026, WLOTA LH-0867, Admiralty A3838) during the International Lighthouse Weekend (ILLW), August 16-17th. QSL via MM5PSL.
Operators Loet/PJ2LS, Andre/PD1DRE and Mark/PJ2GT will activate PJ2LS/LH from "Light Punt Kanon" (ARLHS NEA-009, WLOTA LH-0942, WW Loc. FK52PB) on the Island of Curacao (SA-006) during the International Lighthouse Weekend (ILLW), August 16-17th. The grid locator is: FK52PB. The light- house is solar powered, no electricity is available in the area; there- fore it will be a fully "self supporting" activation by using generator power. A special lighthouse event QSL card will be available by sending your QSL to PD1DRE. For Bureau QSLs, please write "PD1DRE QSL Region Number R23" on the backside of the card. This will allow an easier sorting of the cards by the Dutch QSL Bureau.
MAGIC BAND COMING ALIVE!
John, N4MM, announced on one of the DX mailing lists that (edited) "On the evening of July 10th, I noticed stations in the midwest working JAs on 6m but could not hear the JAs. At 2247z, I heard JA7QVI come out of the noise and after several tries, I worked him. The first JA on 6m in 19 years. Hearing and working JAs from this far east and north is very difficult at best. The JA7 was the only station I heard. Hope there is more of this to come on 6m this year."
N3, UNITED STATES
Look for special event stations N3G and N3G/AM to be on the air October 18th. Activity is to commemorate the 69th anniversary of USCG Auxiliary. Suggested frequencies are: 7.0035, 14.055, 50.135 and 146.520 MHz. Look for N3G/AM to be on 6 meters between 1300-2200z on 50.135 MHz. Equipment is an IC-706MKIIG and wire antenna. QSL via N3CJM: Robin M. Begley, 3 Pancoast Ave, Aston, PA 19014-2109.
Members of the Oudenaardse Amateur Club (ON4OB), a section from the U.B.A, will use the special callsign ON1708M between July 11th and until end of the year. Activity is to commemorate the battle held in their region on July 11, 1708. This conflict is known as the War of the Spanish Succession which lasted from 1701 until 1714. QSL via ON5TN. For more details, see:
PJ2, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
Hans, PB2T, will be active as PJ2/PB2T from Curacao (SA-006) during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th) as a Single- Op entry. QSL via PB2T.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL ROUTES by Johannes/DK8JB and Tedd/KB8NW:
9A0HQ via the bureau or LoTW
CO2WF via N1KI
OG0A via OH2BH
OH0R via OH2PM
OH0B via OH2BH
OH0/W6RGG via W6RGG
P33W via RA3AUU
ZF1A via K6AM
QSL EF8U via EA4URE. This was a URE HQ station in the IARU Contest this past weekend. Operators mentioed were: EA8AH, EA8ZS, EA8BVX, EA8CMX, EA8KK, EA8CAC, EA2EA, EA5BM and possibly others.
QSL PH6Q via PA3CAL. The special callsign PH6Q was issued to PI4HQ, the HQ station off the VERON Traffic Bureau. Using this special PH6Q callsign, The Netherlands' National Society VERON was represented in this year IARU HF Championship Contest as a Multi-Multi Headquarter entry. Apart from the competition, it was an unique team effort by major contest stations from The Netherlands who normally compete with each other. In total 12 stations were on the air during the entire contest, CW and SSB simultaniously on each band.
The 2008 PH6Q signals came from the following stations of PI4CC, PI4ZI, PA0IJM, PA3GCV, PI4D and PI4COM. A special PH6Q Award is available for stations working PH6Q on six (6) bands, 10/15/20/40/80/160 meter, on any mode you want. More info is available at:
LOTW NETS. Neil, W3ZQI, reports, "The first weekly 'Logbook of the World Net' (LOTW-Nets) is now in operation. Meeting each Monday evening at 2359z (i.e. Monday evening 7:59pm. EDT), this net meets on 14.270 MHz (increment +5 as required if QRM). Additional frequencies and dates are proposed. The LOTW DX and WAS nets are to help awards chasers find needed DX and WAS stations that are willing to QSL via the ARRL's 'Logbook of The World' system. This net and E-mail group are open to all amateur radio operators that are willing to QSL via LoTW. Netlogger is used (optional)." The whole purpose of the nets are: "Work those needed band/entities and have confirmations usable toward ARRL awards in hours, not months or years." Reference Web pages are:
QSLS VIA LOTW: 9X0R and JX/G7VJR
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 9A2AJ, FO/KHOPR, OA4BHY/3, T88CQ, TC2T, UE6MAC/1, VP6PR YC7IPZ, YC8RSW/P and ZK2CC
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: NONE REPORTED THIS WEEK!
SV9, CRETE (EU-015). Tomas, OK2PTZ, will be active as SV9/OK6Y during the RSGB IOTA Contest (July 26-27th). QSL via OK2PTZ.
Nicolas, F5TGR, will be active as TK/F5TGR from Porto Vecchio, August 9-23rd. Activity will be on 40-10 meters CW/SSB. Also, look for some possible activity from some coastal islands. QSL direct or by the bureau.
V2, ANTIGUA (NA-100)
A team of operators will once again activate the V26B super station at Gunthroppes, during the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via LoTW, or direct to KA2AEV.
Bob, VK2MRP, announced this past week that he will be active at the Antarctica Davis station during the 2008-2009 summer. He states, "I do not have my VK0 callsign yet but am hoping to have it organised in the next couple of weeks as well as a new home call (I just upgraded my licence)."
VK9C, COCOS (KEELING) ISLANDS (OC-003)
The "425 DX News" is reporting that Giovanni, I5JHW, will be active as VK9CJW from here between August 22-29tht. His operation will be holiday style but with activity on 40/20/17/15/12/10 meters using SSB and RTTY. He will be using an amplifier and a multi-band vertical antenna. QSL via home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
VK9D, WILLIS ISLAND (DXpedition Update)
There is a new press release (#4) dated July 10th, on the new VK9DWX Web site at: http://www.vk9dwx.de It is fairly long, but in short it states that the team plans to install 2 camps on the island with 2 stations each. There might be an additional 5th station for spare and for Pactor connection to upload the online log, pictures and news to their Web site. By the end of July, they will be sending their first pile of equipment via sea cargo. The team has decided to take 6 meters. They state,
"As we don't have enough people to man a separate station on 6m, we plan to install CW Skimmer on a separate radio which is always on stand-by. If there will be any signal on the band, we will get notice of it via our network and can easily man the 6m station."They have also mentioned that they have decided to charter a second boat which will deliver some more fuel to the island, necessary for continous operation during their planned extended timeframe. The only purpose of this second boat until now is to bring fuel, fresh food, drinks and maybe needed equipment to Willis Island. As there is a place for 16 people on this boat they thought: "Why not offer a a four day trip to visit VK9DWX?" Yep, you can have a chance to see the guys operate during their October VK9DWX DXpedition. Complete details are available on the above Web page.
VK9X, CHRISTMAS ISLAND (OC-002)
By the time you read this, the "DXciting Group" should be active from here until July 21st. Operators and their callsigns are as follows: Marq/CT1BWW (VK9XWW), John/EA3GHZ (VK9XHZ), Henry/EA5EOR (VK9XOR) and Dina/EC5BME (VK9XME). The group plans to have 3 stations operational (1 high-power and 2 barefoot at 100w) on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and SSTV. They plan to be on 6 meters using CW, SSB and FM. Listen to 50.115 MHz. Pilot stations for the following regions are:
Africa - ZS1AU Oceania - ZL2AL and VK2CZ Asia - JA8BMK, North America - K4SV Europe - EA4TDQSL via EA4URE, direct or by the bureau. The official VK9X Web site is at:
ZF2BI/ZF2ZD 6 METER DXPEDITION WRAP-UP REPORT
Mario, K2ZD (ZF2ZD), informs OPDX readers:
"Summary totals from our 6M DXpedition from Grand Cayman Island before dupes, 750 QSOs with 29 DXCC. First ZF 6M EME contacts with W7GJ ( 2 ), W1JJ and VK4ABW. Heard JR6EXN, G4IGO and K6MYC via 6M EME but did not complete the QSO. First ZF JT6M QSO with W5UWB and First ZF FSK441 QSO with N5SIX. Longest Sporadic E QSO was with Hungary at 5700 miles. Hope we gave a new one on 6 meters to many stations, thanks for all the fun. 73, Mario ZF2ZD ( K2ZD )"
ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS
Operators Don/W4YCH (ZF2DF) and Jim/W4JO (ZF2JO) will once again participate in the CQ WW RTTY DX Contest (September 27-28th) as ZF2DF from the ZF1A club station on Grand Cayman (NA-016). Look for activity outside of the contest. They will be using their own callsign. QSL all contacts via W4YCH.
ZK2, NIUE OC-040
David, N1EMC, will be active as ZK2DF from October 24-31st. Activity will be on 40 meters, 20-6 meters. He plans to be in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via N1EMC.
ZS8, MARION ISLANDS (New Update!)
There is still no activity reported. However, Rhynhardt, ZS6DXB, ZS8T Press Officer, reports (edited), "We are all patiently awaiting Petrus to activate ZS8T. We are not in the position to promise any dates currently and are crossing fingers that we will be able to bring a full report soon. For the time being, guys, please be patient as we all await the activation of ZS8T. 73" 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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