OPDX Bulletin 926 September 21, 2009

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 926
BID: $OPDX.926
September 21 2009
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, AA1MI/HB9DST, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, NJ1Q, W2CG, W2VU, NG3K, N4AA & QRZ DX, KH6BZF, K8YSE, 9M6XRO, AT International, DJ8NK, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World of Ham Radio Web Site, F5NQL & UFT, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IN3VZE, M0URX, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3EXY, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and YO3HJV for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 13th-September, through Sunday, 20th-September there were 218 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FR/g, FS, FT5W, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, JA, JD/m, JD/o, 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, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T30, T31, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZK2, ZL, ZL7, 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).

3D2/C, CONWAY REEF (Update)
Jan, DJ8NK, informs OPDX this past week "all is prepared for our DXpedition to Conway Reef (3D20CR), the rigs, antennas and gear are all packed and a pre-shipment by air will leave Hamburg tomorrow (September 15th). The crew will fly out on September 24th, and we plan to start operation on October 1st." The DXpedition is still looking for sponsors. The total amount of the operation is estimated at 64,000 USDs. For details/updates and how to donate funds for this operation, please visit their Web page at:


3W, VIETNAM (Update [VERY RARE IOTA - #2])
An international group of operators will be active as 3W6C from Con Co Island (AS-185), Vietnam, in April 10-18th, 2010. This multi-national project, being coordinated by Swiss ham-radio operators, consists of roughly 20 individuals including one woman with members not only from Switzerland but also from Vietnam, Germany, USA and Japan. Operators mentioned as of today: Team Leader Hans-Peter/HB9BXE, Jan/DJ8NK, Hans/HB9BHW, Rene/HB9BQI, Christine/HB9BQW, Markus/HB9DIZ, Hans-Jurg/HB9DKZ, Paul/HB9DST/AA1MI, Leo/HB9DWL, Hans- Peter/HB9EHP, Matthias/HB9JCI, Peter/HB9PJT, Eddy/XV1X and Michal/XV9DX.

During their stay, they plan to have 4 stations on the air. Their goal is to make contacts on as many different frequencies as possible, even on the 80 meter and 160 meter bands, which makes this DXpedition very special. But this goal also means that the group must transfer considerable amounts of equipment including radios, antennas, power generators, computers, and various ancillary supplies with them to the island. The team is looking for sponsors (whether individuals, ham-radio clubs or commercial) to help offset the costs. Complete details are available at:

ADDED NOTES: Con Co Island, with a land surface of just 2 square kilo- meters, is 32 km off the central coast of Vietnam in the Gulf of Tonkin. The island has a population of approximately 400 people. For many years it was a restricted military zone, but today the Vietnamese government is working to turn this idyllic location into a tourist and vacation destination.

Barrie, G4AHK, will once again be active as 7Q7BJ between September 23rd and October 12th. Activity will be on all HF bands, mainly CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

Ely, IN3VZE, informs OPDX that he will be active once again as 7Q7CE from the southwest shore of Lake Malawi from the shack of his good friend Harry, 7Q7HB, between October 2-20th. Activity will be holiday style with planned operations on all bands using SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

Tony, KM0O, will be active as 9M6/KM0O during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL route TBA.

Steve, 9M6DXX, from the Island of Borneo (OC-088) plans to busy from East Malaysia over next two months. Look for Steve to be active as 9M8Z from Sarawak, East Malaysia (OC-088), between October 22-26th. Activity will be SSB only but will also include oper- ations in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All- Band/High-Power/Unassisted entry. QSL via LoTW, or QSL direct or by the Bureau to M0URX (or request direct or bureau cards on-line

[see info at: http://www.m0urx.com/direct-a-bureau-instructions.html ]).
In early November, Steve/9M6DXX will be joined by John/9M6XRO and the operators will activate Pulau Labuan Island (OC-133) between November 6-8th (and possibly for one or two hours on November 9th after 0000z). The callsigns and operations will be as follows:
9M6DXX/P - On 80-10 meters; SSB only.
9M6XRO/P - On 160-10 meters; CW and RTTY.
Each stations will be using amplifiers to a multi-band vertical and a 160m inverted-L, both mounted very close to the ocean. Operators hope it will be possible to operate on 160m CW at the same time as SSB on the other bands. QSL both 9M6DXX/P and 9M6XRO/P via M0URX, either direct, by the bureau or LoTW.

Yasuo, JA1FJJ, will be active as A52FJJ between October 8-20th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK31. He plans to use 500 watts into a G5RV antenna. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

Hugh, K6HFA, announced that he hopes to activate the following IOTA groups:
NA-236 - (New) Sanak Islands
NA-222 - South Alaska Peninsula West Group
NA-216 - North Alaska Peninsula West Group
NA-087 - Shumagin Islands
He plans to be in the area between September 21st and October 5th. Callsign will be K7A. Activity will be on 40/30/20 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via K6HFA.
PLEASE NOTE (per Hugh): He states, "Due to the very high cost of transportation in this area, I will reluctantly require 3 Green Stamps, Three Dollars, for each direct QSL request for each IOTA group. This applies to all direct requests - USA and NON-USA, EXCEPT members of IREF. All others will be sent via the Bureau."

Marco, IK1RAE, will be active as C91VM between October 5-23rd. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using SSB and running 100 watts into a vertical. Marco plans (if possible) to activate IOTA groups AF-061, AF-066, AF-072 and AF-088. QSL only direct.
PLEASE NOTE: All proceeds will be donated to a charity project in the village of Malangute - check (QRZ.com) for the official QSL info.

CQ NEWS (CQ Announces 75th Anniversary Worked All Zones Award)
The following is a news release from Richard Moseson/W2VU, Editor CQ Amateur Radio, dated September 18th: "The November, 1934, issue of [R/9] magazine announced a new operating award for radio amateurs, designed to encourage the growing popularity of contacting stations across the globe, what we know today as DXing. The award was called Worked All Zones and was to be granted for making confirmed contacts with hams in each of the 40 zones into which the world had been divided by [R/9's] editors. Today, 75 years later, [R/9] has been succeeded by [CQ] magazine and WAZ - Worked All Zones - sponsored by [CQ] since 1945, continues to be one of amateur radio's most prestigious operating awards.

In celebration of the WAZ's 75th anniversary, [CQ] magazine is announcing a limited-term 'Diamond Jubilee WAZ' award. A special certificate will be issued to amateurs who make contacts in all 40 CQ Zones of the World between November 1, 2009 and December 31, 2010. Certificates will be numbered but there will be no endorsements. Confirmations will not be required. However, it is expected that applicants will continue to uphold amateur radio's long-standing tradition of honesty and self-regulation. Standard WAZ application fees will apply.

Complete details on the Diamond Jubilee WAZ Award will be in the October 2009 issue of [CQ] and are posted on the CQ website,

with a link from the October issue highlights page.

WAZ is the second-oldest amateur radio operating award still offered today. The only current award that is older is the International Amateur Radio Union's Worked All Continents award. The ARRL's DX Century Club (DXCC) award was introduced in 1936. To date, more than 8,600 basic WAZ awards have been issued. More information on the WAZ award program is available on the CQ website at http://www.cq-amateur-radio.com/awards.html"

* Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following operations are approved for DXCC credit:
TX3A - Chesterfield Island; 2009 Operation
T6AB - Afghanistan; 2008 and 2009 Operation
T6AF - Afghanistan; Current Operation

* Awards Branch E-mail Change. "There has been a change in one of the awards branch E-mail addresses. This address is no longer accepting E-mail: awards@arrl.org
The address has been changed to: award@arrl.org
Anyone sending an E-mail to awards@arrl.org will get a return message noting this and advising you of the new address. This address mostly affects the Worked All States awards program.

E-mail to dxcc@arrl.org and any of the other e-mail addresses that come to me are not affected by this.",
73 es DX! Bill Moore, NC1L,
ARRL Awards Branch Manager

Heinz, DL7HKL, is expected to be active as EA8/DL7HKL from La Gomera Island (AF-004) until September 28th. This will be a holiday style operation on SSB with activity on 20/15/10 meters during his evening hours. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.

Jyrki, OH6CS, will be active as EA8/OH6CS during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Single-OP/Single-Band (TBA) entry. He will be in the Canary Islands (AF-004) between October 21-27th. QSL via LoTW or to his home callsign direct. Visit his Web site at:


Val, RD3AF, will be active as EF8M from Santa Maria de Guia, Las Palmas Gran Canaria (AF-004, DIE S-005, WLOTA L 0969) during the CQWW RTTY DX Contest (September 26-27th). QSL via UA3DX.

Phil, F5PHW, who will be in Tahiti for the next two years (see OPDX.920 and OPDX.921) and active as FO8RZ, has reported that he has installed the 160 meter kit on his HF6V antenna. It is suggested to start looking for him on 160m. Over the past week Phil has been on 40/30/20 meters CW, with some RTTY. QSL via LoTW. QSL is also 'OK' via F8BPN, either direct or via the French Ref-Union Bureau.

The FT5GA team is now active. The team had some antenna problems at first due to windy weather conditions and a faulty contact on a WARC Spiderbeam (which was fixed). Indications seem that all three stations are now on the air. Most stateside stations report that the FT5GA signals are very weak and propagation is not helping. Activity has been on all bands and the CW/SSB modes with some RTTY. Operations will last until October 5th, per the Web page at:

Bob, N6TV, has reportedly put on his Web site some propagation tables (by bands and area) calculated by Dean, N6BV, and they are available at:
QSL Manager is F5OGL: Didier Senmartin, P.O. Box 7, F-53320 LOIRON, FRANCE. Online log is available at:

AS-014. Operators San/VU2CEO (A45WH) and Manoj/VU2MCJ, along with two SWLs, will be active as A45WH/p from Masirah Island, Sultanate of Oman, between September 22-24th. Activity will be on the top bands, 40/30/20 meters. QSL via A45WH, direct or by the Bureau.

EU-050. Operators Gerry/IZ1DSH and Pasquale/IZ1MLQ will be active as IL7T from San Domino Island (IIA FG-001, MIA MI-085, WLOTA L-1284) between September 24-27th. Using two stations, they will be active on 40-10 meters CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via IZ1DSH, direct or by the Bureau. More information is available at:


EU-123. Ken, G0ORH, will be active as GM0ORH from Aran Island in the Scottish Coastal Islands until September 27th. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

Operators Arne/LA7WCA, Maurits/LA3XIA and John/G4ATA will be active as JW7WCA, JW3ZIA and JW/G4ATA, respectively, between October 8-13th. Activity will be on most bands using SSB and RTTY. QSL via the operator's home callsign.

The Desecheo video is almost ready according to the K5D Web page. The Web page reports: "Bob/K4UEE and Ed/W4ZSB will produce yet another exciting DXpedition video. In the tradition of previous video productions, the K5D Dxpedition video, entitled, 'Desecheo---so near, yet so far' will be full of exciting footage of the helicopter trips, the island from the air, camp set up and takedown, pileups you won't believe and of course an inside look into the logistics of a big DXpedition, interviews with key team members and of course, humor. The video should be ready by October 2009 and will sell for 25.00 USDs. But by ordering now you reserve an early copy of this collectors' item at a discounted price of 22.00 USDs. As always, this includes shipping and handling." For complete details on how to order, go to:



 Sep  21    AN         SOLAR REFERENCE
 Sep  22    AN         ---------------
 Sep  23    AN          AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET
 Sep  24    AN          HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED
 Sep  25    AN          LN - Low Normal
 Sep  26    AN-HN
                        QUIET - The "A" index is expected to be between
                                0-7 and the "K" index will be 2 or less
                    UNSETTLED - The "A" index is expected to be between
                                7-16 and "K" index will be 3 or less
Philippe/LX2A and a team of operators will be active as LX7I during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 26-27th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via LX2A. Visit the LX2A Web page at:

Marty, W2CG, will once again vacation and operate in Aruba between January 5-26th, 2010. Look for him to use a special callsign, either P40C or P40CG (awaiting approval). Activity will be primarily CW/RTTY on 80-6 meters, usually between 1200-1400z and 2000-2400z, other times as schedule permits. QSL is via the LoTW (prefers), or via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct (U.S. stations, if not LoTW then SASE via CBA).

PIRATE ALERT. The infamous "YL 40m CW Pirate", ZK3T, was active again. Operator was Tanya, on 7007 kHz at 1626z. Save your green stamps.

VC1W QSL STATUS. Nenad, VE3EXY, reports, "QSL cards received from UX5UO. Processing in progress. Check your mail boxes in the next week or two. Requests received with insufficient funds will be responded via the bureau."

VK9NI QSL STATUS. It was announced this past week that the VK9NI Norfolk Island DXpedition (July 2009) QSL cards have finally arrived. Expect to receive your cards in your mailbox soon.



QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: None reported this week!

Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, advises: "Please note the following update regarding the ARRL U.S. Virgin Islands Incoming QSL Bureau:
For all USVI callsigns:
V.I. QSL Bureau

Virgin Islands QSL Bureau
P.O. Box 25782
Christiansted, St. Croix
U.S. Virgin Islands 00824

Comments or questions on this bureau's operation may be directed to: Ann Keegan, KP2YL at: kp2yl@arrl.net

VC, CANADA (Special Event)
Look for OPP officer Bob Cooke/VE3BDB and other current or retired uniform or civilian members of the OPP, to activate the special callsign VC3COPP between October 2-31st. Activity is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Ontario Provincial Police Force (OPP). Since its formation on October 13, 1909, the OPP has grown to become one of the largest deployed police forces in North America. Activity will be on the HF bands, possibly 6 meters, and using CW and SSB. QSL via VE3BDB only direct. Visit the special VC3COPP Web site at:


Operators Tom/DL2RUM (as VP2MUM), Rudi/DM2XO (as VP2MXO) and 3D20CR op Jan/DJ8NK (as VP2MNK) will operate from Montserrat between November 3-15th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via their home callsigns per the QRZ.com address or by the Bureau.

Nick, LZ1NK, will be active from Asian Turkey (Zone 20) as YM3A during both the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th) as a Single- Op/Single-Band (40 or 20m) entry and the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m) entry. QSL via LZ1NK.
ADDED NOTE: Look for Nick as TA3/LZ1NK before each contest.

YR550, ROMANIA (Special Event)
Members of the Romanian Society of Radio Amateurs will activate the special callsign YR550BU between September 18th and October 5th. According to the "Societatii Romane a Radioamatorilor" (SRR - Romanian Society of Radio Amateurs) Web page, activity is to celebrate the 550th anniversary of the first written mention of "Bucharest", the capital city of Romania. SRR states, "Bucharest was mentioned by Vlad Tepes (a.k.a "Vlad - Dracul") in a donation receipe issued at 20th of September, 1459. Vlad Tepes is the character that inspired Bram Stoker's 'Dracula'." The Romanian Society of Radio Amateurs will issue a special QSL card for this occasion. Look for activity on the HF bands, 80-10m. For more information, visit the SRR Web page at:


Operators Gregor/DF7OGO, Tom/K3WT, Ron/N0AT, Vlad/N0STL and Bill/W0OR will be active as YS4U during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via N0AT. Look for activity outside of the contest. Operators will be in YS-land between November 20th and December 1st.

Joe, W6VNR, will once again be active as ZF2AH from Grand Cayman Island. Activity will include the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th). QSL via his home callsign.

Operators Lee/ZL2AL, Stan/ZL2ST, Peter/ZL2LF, John/ZL2QM, Mike/ZL2CC, Gary/ZL2IFB and Wayne/ZL2WG will be active as ZM2M from Napier, New Zealand (OC-036, also counts for WLOTA LH-0069) for the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th), as a Multi-2R entry. QSL via ZL2AL, direct or by the bureau.

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