The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 882
November 3, 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, KP2HC, N3SL, NG3K, N4AA & QRZ DX, N6NO, W6DXO, AA7JV, K8YSE, W9DX, DX-IS News Site, Pete's-DX- Newsdesk, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, EA6BF, F5NQL & UFT, F5PFP, F8DVD, HB9BXE, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JA3AAW, JI6KVR & IOTA-JA News, RSGB IOTA Web Site, RW3AH, RW6HS, VA3RJ & ICPO and VK4FW for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 26th-October, through Sunday, 2nd-November there were 239 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, 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, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FW, 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, J6, J8, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, 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, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T33, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/g, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, VU4, VU7, XE, XT, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, 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).
\Eric, F6ICX, will be active as 5R8IC from Ile Sainte Marie (AF-090) between November 18th and December 14th. Activity will be CW on 30-10 meters. QSL via F6ICX.
A4, OMAN (Reminder)
Members of the Lufthansa Amateur Radio Club (LARC) and the Norden District of the DARC (DOK I09), who are guests of the Royal Omani ARS (ROARS), are now operating under the following two callsigns until November 11th:
A43DLH - from the ROARS HQ A43DLH/P - from the Omani Scout campActivity will be around the clock on 160 meters and up on as many bands as possible. Modes will be: CW, SSB and the Digital modes (included SSTV). QSL Manager is Rudi, DK7PE.
Just a reminder that the members of the Clipperton DX Club, Gerard/F2VX, Alain/F5LMJ, Jean-Louis/F9DK and Vincent/G0LMX will be active from Thimphu using the special callsign A5100A between November 7-17th. Activity is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Kingdom of Bhutan. The team will met with Pradan, A51PN, in the southern part of Bhutan after this operation and plans to be active from three different regions within Bhutan signing /p. They will be using an IC-756Pro, IC-746, FT-857D, with two 1Kw amps, a Spiderbeam for 5 bands and a wire 11 element log periodic. QSL via F9DK.
Harry, W6DXO, will be active as W6DXO/C6A from South Andros Island (NA 001) between March 1-7th. Activity will be holiday style operation with focus on 30/17/12 meter bands as propagation allows. A QSL Manager is to be determined.
CE0Y, EASTER ISLAND (SA-001)
Merv, N6NO, will be operating as CE0Y/N6NO from here between November 7-16th. Activity will be mainly CW. Although amateur radio is not normally permitted on 30 meters in Chile, he has obtained special temporary authorization to use 30m for this operation. He will focus on that band but may also use 40-12 meters using 100 watts into a vertical dipole. QSL via his home callsign.
CY0X WRAP-UP REPORT
Read this interesting report/presentation on the CY0X DXpedition that took place between June 25th and July 7th. The report contains many details about the operatioon and great photos all in PDF format. The report can be found at:
D4, CAPE VERDE
\Operators Luca/IK2NCJ, Girts/YL2KL, Jurgis/LY2CY, Kaspars/ YL1ZF, Arvis/YL2LY and Vilnis/YL2BJ will be active as D4C during the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via CT1ESV by the Bureau or IZ4DPV for direct. For the latest information, check the D4C Web page at:
DXCC NEWS (End of Year Reminder)
\Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, reports: "This is a reminder that the end of the DXCC calendar year is rapidly approaching. In order to appear in the printed 'Annual and Honor Roll' listings your submission must be postmarked on or by Wednesday, December 31, 2008. The DXCC Annual List is scheduled for publication in the 2008 DXCC Yearbook. In order for your callsign to appear your total for an active award must increase by, at least, one credit. You do not have to reach the next endorsement level. Active awards are indicated by an asterisk(*). Award categories with 100 or more that do not have an asterisk will not appear. If you made a submission in 2008 and would like to have an award appear in the list that is not yet activated, you can contact DXCC to activate the award and receive the certificate. The fee to activate an award, including postage is $13.75 (USA) and $16.50 (non-USA). You will not be charged a submission fee for this action. The DXCC Honor Roll list is scheduled for publication in August 2009 QST. For the 2008 calendar year the minimum requirement to appear in the Honor Roll list is 329 current entities. The Top of the Honor Roll total is 338 for this period. Remember, deleted entities do not count towards the Honor Roll. Direct comments or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org ....73 es DX!"
\Champ, E21EIC, will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. JA stations QSL via JR5XPG and all others via E21EIC. Visit Champ's Web page at:
Members of the Ondarroa Group will be active as EE2W during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via EB2BXL.
FP, ST. PIERRE AND MIQUELON
Eric, KV1J, will once again be active as FP/KV1J from Miquelon (NA-032) between March 4-9th (2009). Activity will be on 80-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. He will also be in the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th, 2009) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. Antennas will be a N1IW off-centered fed dipole (80-10m), SteppIR vertical (40-10m) and a PAR-6 Moxon for 6m. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. Also, LoTW or eQSL. Visit his Web page at:
FRENCH SUB-ANTARCTIC ISLANDS (Update)
Mehdi, F5PFP, announced this past week that he received the callsign FT5YJ from TAAF Telecom Department to use for his 2009 (mid-February and mid-March) amateur radio expedition to Antarctica. His group plans to be active under the callsigns xxx/FT5YJ/p from several Antarctic stations. For more details, visit the following Web page at:
FT5W, CROZET ISLAND
\Great news. The number 9 most wanted DXCC entity (per "The DX Magazine's" 2006 list) will be activated by Florentin, F4DYW, from Alfred Faure Base (WAP-WADA FRA-02) on Crozet Island between December 1st and November 30th (2009). Florentin will use the callsign FT5WO, and his activity will be SSB on 40/20/15 meters using only 100 watts into dipoles. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau. Look for updates on:
Bob, GU4YOX, will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m)/Low-Power entry. QSL via GU4YOX.
Stig, HS0ZGD, will be active during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??) entry. QSL via HS0ZGD.
AF-037. By the time you read this, the German team, who is active as as 9L0W, will be active from Banana Island between now and November 10th. QSL via DK2WV.
AS-128. (Update) Reports indicate that Arkady "Ark", UA4CC, had to cancel his trip to Phu Quoc Island, Vietnam. However, Mike, RL3BM, is still going between November 5-13th. He is expected to be active as XV4BM. Activity planned will be CW and SSB on 80-10 meters. QSL XV4BM via RL3BM.
Col, MM0NDX, will be active as MM0NDX/P from St. Kilda, Scotland, between July 24-27th (2009). This will be a family holiday-style operation from the campsite in Village Bay. St. Kilda is one of only two-dozen global locations to be awarded "World Heritage Status" for both natural and cultural sig- nificance. Col will participate in the 2009 RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). More info and a possible Web site is forth- coming.
EU-169. The Italian operation to Sazan Island last week (now QRT) netted some 15,228 QSOs. The log is now available at:
NA-018. Nigel, G3TXF, will be active as OX/G3TXF from Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, between November 6-10th. Activity will be CW, and he hopes to be in the WAE RTTY Contest (November 8-9th).
NA-133. Operators George/AA7JV, Tomi/HA7RY, Pedro/HK3JJH and Fero/ HA8MT will be active as 5K0T (not 5J0T as first announced earlier in the week -- this is to avoid possible conflict with a previous operation. ) from Bajo Nuevo (IOTA NA-132) and Roncador Bank (IOTA NA-133) between November 19th and December 2nd. This four person DXpedition will focus their operation on the low band, especially 160 meters. AA7JV and HA7RY were behind last year's VK9WWI Willis Islets operation. The group will operate two stations on 160-6 meters. Look for 5K0T to also participate in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) from Zone 8. There will also be an operation with the callsign HK0/HK3JJH. Both islands were once listed on the DXCC list, but were deleted. Plans are to operate from Roncador Bank between November 18-21st, and Bajo Nuevo between November 23rd and December 2nd. Both reefs are part of San Andres region (HK0). QSL 5K0T via HA7RY. For HK0/HK3JJH QSOs, QSL via HK3JJH. For more information, visit their Web page at:
Angelo, IW9HLM, (QSL Manager for the 095DXTEAM) will be active as IR9X from Sicily during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th). QSL via LoTW.
\Operator Hans/DL7CM and Siegfried/DM2AYO will be active as J3/homecall between November 6-25th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. They plan to have two stations on the air with 750 watts, yagis and GP. QSL via their home callsign. Watch for more details at:
J6, ST. LUCIA (NA-108)
John, W5JON, will be active as J6/W5JON from Marigot Bay between March 1-11th (2009). Activity will be on 160-6 meters SSB using dipoles and 6m yagi. Also, look for activity in the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th, 2009). QSL via W5JON.
KG4, GUATANAMO BAY (Operators Needed!)
\Bill, KN4N, is looking forperators for a GITMO operation to take place next spring or sooner. He can take one or maybe two operators with him (space is limited). There are some conditions:
1. MUST be active duty or retired military, will stay at Navy Lodge, fly space "A" from NAS Jax.
2. Must have General class or higher license.
3. Prefer non-smoker to share quarters.
4. MAC flights depart NAS Jacksonville each Saturday, so you must furnish your own transportation to Jacksonville, FL.
5. You must be in good health.
6. Cost will be low on the post since the team can use the dining facility (PX).
Bill is just feeling things out now. At present, the club station is there but no HAMS. The team will have to wait until at least one ham is stationed there. Anyone who knows of a ham on a PCS to GITMO, please let him know. He will have to sponsor the team. If interested, contact Bill at 423-638-9833 or 423-552-0036 (Verizon) or via his E-mail address: email@example.com
KH2, GUAM (OC-026)
\Joel, KG6DX, will be active as KG6DX in the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power/ Assisted entry. QSL via KG6DX, CBA or QRZ.com address. Also LoTW.
KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
Operators Ann/KP2YL and Brian/KP2HC will be back to visit their island home of St. Croix, from November 2-11th. They will spend 3 days visiting their friend John, NP2B, before relocating to friend Brad's, K9BZ, home, "Radio Reef". Listen for them on CW and SSB from both locations. As always they will give special attention to openings on the 30/17/12m bands and 6m. QSL direct only via their California address which is listed in all the major callsign databases. Visit Ann and Brian's Web page at:
KP5, DESECHO ISLAND (Update)
The DXpedition team is delighted to announce that QSL processing for the Desecheo 2009 DXpedition will be handled by Bob, N2OO, and the members of the South Jersey DX Association. This is a very experienced group and the DXpedition is proud to have them on their team. Details on how to QSL will be provided later. For updates visit the KP5 Web page at:
Members of the Vestfold Contest Club (LA3Z) of Stavern will be active as LN3Z during the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 29-30th), as a Milti-Single entry. Operators mentioned are Harald/LA5UF, John/LA6UH, Paul/LA6YEA, Jon/LA8HGA and Gaute/LA9TJA. QSL via LA9VDA, direct (see details on QRZ.com) or by the bureau. Bureau QSL cards can also be requested by E-mail to: la9vda2003-at-yahoo.no Visit the club's Web page at:
\Operators Tim/LW9EOC and Daniel/LU3CT will be active as LS1D during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via LW9EOC.
Members of the Kaunas University of Technology will be active as LY7A during the CQWW DX CW Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi/Multi entry. QSL via the LoTW or LY2ZO.
NEW BAND PRIVILEGES
160m - Spanish (EA) stations (including EA6, EA8 and EA9) will be able to operate from 1810-2000 kHz, with restrictions. EA operators can use 1810-1830 and 1850-2000 kHz only during some contests and through the end of 2008-2009. Spanish stations hope to be allowed to use 1810-2000 on a regular basis.
60m - Irish stations (EI) can now receive 60m licenses. The first 60m licenses were issued on Friday, October 17th. There are three channels available (only 3 kHz wide) with their center frequencies on 5280, 5400 and 5405 kHz.
PJ2, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES
Members of the Caribbean Contesting Consortium (CCC) will activate Signal Point Station on Curacao (SA-006, WLOTA LH-0942) as PJ2/homecall during the end of November. Operators mentioned are Geoff/W0CG, Jeff/K8ND, Jim/W0NB, Jim/W8WTS, John/N4QQ, Jim/K8MR and Mark/N5OT. Their main goal is the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 29-30th), as a Multi-2 entry using the callsign PJ2T. QSL PJ2T via N9AG or LoTW. QSL all others via their home callsigns.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
4W6RU QSL STATUS. According to the Union de Radioaficionados Espanoles, URE (The Spanish Amateur Radio League) Web page (4w6r.ure.es) QSLs have started to be confirmed as of October 29th.
QSL ROUTES FOR 9X0A. Andy, RW3AH, wants to remind DXers when QSLing 9X0A to use the correct routes. This callsign was used by Andy between 1997- 2007 (QSL via UA3DX) and was reissued in late spring of 2008 (May) to Rich, KA1CRP (QSL via KA1CRP). (QRZ.com) only lists the 2008 operation.
QSL EH3MB via EA3APS, by the bureau or direct to: Albert Patau Comas, Sant Antoni, 73-79, 5-2, E-08301 -Mataro-(BCN), SPAIN. This special event station is to commemorate the 160th anniversary of the Railway line between Mataro and Barcelona.
NEW MANAGER. Steve, N3SL, reports that the QSL route for contest station GM7R is via Kim Larson (daughter of N3SL). Use the callbook address for N3SL. Cards are in hand. QSL direct or by the bureau.
PLEASE NOTE: Steve, W9DX, reports: "The Texas DX Society is getting a lot of QSL cards to K5DX for phone contacts actually made with TO5DX's recent DXpedition. Apparently 'TO' sounds like 'Kilo'. Stations in doubt as to whom they worked can check the online logs for TO5DX at www.to5dx.com. The QSL Manager for TO5DX is AA4NN."
TY6A QSL STATUS. Serge, F6AML, reports that all QSL cards received direct up to October 28th, were answered and mailed. To see the QSL cards, visit the following Web pages:
QSL UP9L via RW6HS. Activity was during the 2008 CQWW DX SSB Contest.
QSLS VIA LOTW: A22AA, EY8MM and VP5DX
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 9K2/SP4R, 9X0R, A45WG, D2NX, DT8A, EK6TA, G4DBX, HR9/WQ7R, J75KG, K7A, KL7DX, KP4/NY6X, LU4DXU/MM, R1ANR, R1FJT, RW2F, RW2FWA, TF/DJ2VO, UT5UGR, VE8RCS/VY0, VK9XHZ, YI9WV, ZA1Z, ZF1DX and ZL7/KH0PR
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 5B/LZ2HM, 7Z1UG, 9H20, 9N7BCC, 9X0R, AO5JAM, AO5KV, BW0IR, DF0GC, DR1A, EA1CFJ, EA1WS, EA3EIQ, EA5KB, EA7BB, EK3SA, EM15V, ER3R, F5PTT, F8DYD, IS0/OM3LA, JW2PA, JW9DFA, MM0LON, MS0WRC, OE6CAG/MM, OF2EI, OH1BV, OH3OJ, OM3LA, OQ5M, R70PW, RI1NU, RK1G, RK3EXA, RL3AN, RM0A, RV1CC, RV3ECW/P, SP9LJD, SU8DLH, UE6LHT, US8IM, UT8NF, UY0CA, YL4HQ, YU2A and YZ7AA
Operators Rafik/F5CQ, Flo/F5CWU, Francios/F5MYK, Didier/F5OGL, Jean/F6EKS, Pat/F6IIT, David/F8CRS and Jean-Paul/F6FYA will be active as TM4Q during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi/Single entry. QSL via F6FYA.
TO3, REUNION ISLAND
Operators Alex/RW3RN, Alekcej/UA4HOX and Harry/RA3AUU will be active as TO3R between November 25th and December 6th. Activity will be on the lower bands and a Multi-Single entry in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th). QSL via RW3RN.
Lee, K5UN, will be a guest operator from Laurent's, FM5BH, QTH during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) using the callsign TO5X. Operating category TBA. QSL via K5UN.
Ian, G3YBY/F5VKT, will be active as V8FKT from November 9-21st. Activity will be mainly SSB and RTTY on 40-15 meters using only 100 watts into elevated verticals. QSL via G3YBY.
A team of Canadian operators will activate VE6SV during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via VE6SV, by the Bureau or direct.
VK9D, WILLIS ISLAND (OC-007)
The VK9DWX Operation QRTed early on October 25th, due to unexpected heavy wind on Monday, October 27th. As this bulletin was being typed, the team's Web page reports that the last QSO was made at 1944z, October 25th. A total of 95,312 QSOs were made (53783/CW, 32904/SSB and 8625/RTTY). QSL via DJ2MX. Their "Online QSL Request System" (OQRS) is available now. Please help support them, and help to minimize their workload by using this OQRS. There you can choose between direct QSL card and bureau QSL card. For their latest update and a wrap-up of the DXpedition, visit the VK9DWX Web page at:
VK9L, LORD HOWE ISLAND (Update)
Members of Oceania Amateur Radio DX Group Inc. will spend 10 days on Lord Howe Island for the 2009 CQ WPX Contest. Bill, VK4FW, announced this past week that the operation will take place between March 24th and April 3rd (2009). Bill states, "In the last few days we have successfully obtained our accomodation needs and booked flights for the trip. To date we have 9 confirmed operators for a total of 13 actual people going. We still have room for a couple more, but you must be super quick as both the accomodation on the island is almost full and so is the plane." If interested, contact Bill at: firstname.lastname@example.org In the next week or so, Bill will send out more detailed information on the whole activity.
VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
Operators Rodger/W7VV, Ralph/VE7XF, and Brian/N9ADG will be active as VP5W from Jodi's, VP5JM, "Hamlet" QTH
Juhani, OH3SR, will be here between November 25th and December 2nd. Look for him to sign OH3SR/VP9. Activity will be limited because he will be on holiday, but look for him to be on all bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. He will be a casual entry in the CQWW DX CW Contest. QSL via OH3SR.
XV4, VIETNAM (IOTA Op)
Hans-Peter, HB9BXE, will be active as XV4BX from Phu Quoc Island (AS-128) between November 22-30th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, mainly CW, using 100 watts only into a two element vertical and windom antennas. He will also be an entry in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th). QSL via HB9BXE.
Members of the Radio Club "Nikola Tesla" (Z37M) will be active as Z37M during the CQ World Wide DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) as a Multi-2 entry. Operators mentioned are: Milosev/Z31MM, Igor/Z32ID, Ozren/Z35T, Chris/Z35X, Z35Y and Venco/Z36W. QSL via Z37M, by the Bureau or info on (QRZ.com).
ZS8, MARION ISLANDS
There is still no activity reported. For updates and the first official announcement of ZS8T being on the air, please visit the official ZS8T Web site at:
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