The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 977
September 20, 2010
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, N3SL, NG3K & ADXO, W3AWU, N4AA & QRZ DX, NN4AC, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX (60m News), K9EL, 4J5T, AT International, DL1SBF, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World.Net, EA5RM, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I8UZA, IK7JWY, IQ2CJ, OH2BN, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, UA6JD, VA3RJ & ICPO and VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 12th-September, through Sunday, 19th-September there were 211 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, JA, JD/m, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH2, KH6, 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, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V5, V6, V8, VE, VK, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZF, ZL, ZL7, ZP, ZS, ZS8
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).
SWL Ashraf "Ash", 3V4-002 (KF5EYY), will be active as 3V8SS from the "Radio Club Station of Tunisian Scouts" in Sousse, during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or to IZ8CCW. Read about Ashraf on the following Web page at:
4J, AZERBAIJAN (Contest and WFF Op)
Members of the "Safari DX Activators Club of Azerbaijan" will be activating two different Nature Reserves between September 20th and October 3rd. The operators/participants are representatives of the countries of Latvia, Russia and Azerbaijan. There will be two different teams, callsigns and QSL routes:
4K3FF Team - Activity from the Natural Reserve "Turyanchay" (4JFF-014, see http://www.qrz.com/db/4K3FF/1284621334 ) between September 20th and October 3rd. Activity will be on 40/20 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Operators mentioned are: Yuris/YL7A, Natig/4J5T, Boris/4K4K and Leonid/4J8VHF. Operation is valid for the AzeDA (Azerbaijan Districts Award; index of territory - AH). The team will be equipped with Elecraft K3 transceiver plus a 200w amps and 40m Loop antenna. Also, look for Yuris, YL7A, to be in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m)/Low-Power entry. QSL all activity via YL7A direct.5H, TANZANIA
4J0WFF Team - Activity from the Natural Reserve "Ag Gel" (4JFF-001, see http://www.qrz.com/db/4J0WFF/1284620268 ) between September 25-27th. Activity will be on 40/20 meters using CW, SSB and PSK31. Operators mentioned are: Sergey/RA6FPL (4K3FPL), Vladimir/RL7KT (4K3QQA), Natig/4J5T, Boris/4K4K, Alexander/ 4J7WMF, Serge/4J5A and Igor/4K6OF. Operation is valid for the AzeDA (Azerbaijan Districts Award; index of territory - AI. The team will be equipped with a UW3DI transceiver plus a 200w amp and a 40m Loop and Inverted-V antennas. QSL via 4J5T: Parvana Hasanova Fornati, 12584 Eden Court Ct, Apple Valley, MN 55124, USA.
5R, MADAGASCAR (5R8X and Low Bands)
Jarmo, OH2BN, sent out the following press release on September 14th (edited): "The group of Martti/OH2BH, Pertti/OH2PM, Veijo/ OH6KN, Antti/OH7EA and Juha/ OH8NC will escape the Nordic ice and snow to provide you with a 5R8 on the low bands and a Zone 39 multiplier.
Their destination will be Antananarivo, the Republic of Madagascar, and the callsign 5R8X will hit the bands from October 26th-November 10th, including the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st). OH2PM and OH6KN will dedicate their efforts to 160m and 80m.
This activity is primarily targeted to satisfy the global demands on the low bands. The team will be using a large field and a setup of vertical antennas on all low bands. WARC activity will also be provided.
The 5R8X team will be using lightweight K3 radios by Elecraft and appreciate their support and cooperation.
This operation will be conducted in cooperation with Ake, 5R8FU. More details to follow shortly."
5V7, TOGO (Update)
The Italian DXpedition team to Togo (that takes place between October 10-23th) announced some new QSL info this past week. For the upcoming operation, the Bureau service will now also be used. The Bureau QSL manager will be G6BMY. To manage QSLs via the Bureau, the Global QSL Service will be used through G6BMY. So, if you want to send your request of confirmation via the Bureau, send it to G6BMY. If you want to send your request of confirmation via direct, send it to I2YSB. They also announced that a OQRS (Online QSL Request System) will be used on their Web page to request direct QSLs without the need to send yours at:
6V, SENEGAL (Update)
Enrico, IK2FIL, will be active as 6V7X from Le Calao during the last two weeks in September. Main activity will be for the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. Operations will be on 80-10 meters. Outside of the contest, Enrico will be on 30 meters RTTY only after 2100z because he is on holiday. All QSOs will be confirmed automatically via the Bureau, LoTW and eQSL. Direct requests should be mailed to IK2FIL (QRZ.com). For more details/update and a log search, visit his Web page at:
BX5, TAIWAN (AS-020)
Jimmy, BX5AA, from Changhua City, Taiwan (WLOTA 0022), will be active during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. Jimmy states that BX5 is a rare prefix for Taiwan (CQ 24). QSL via BX5AA, direct (see (QRZ.com)). Visit his Web page at:
CG3, CANADA (Special Event)
Operators of the Canadian Coast Guard Station/VBA (VE3VBA) will activate the special callsign CG3MUG during the month of November. Activity is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of "Thunder Bay MCTS Centre (Canadian Coast Guard Radio Station)" located at the western end of Lake Superior. They plan to be active on VHF and HF bands using CW, SSB, PSK, RTTY and FM, as well as VoIP (CQ100) and perhaps other Digital modes. There will be several options for amateur radio stations and SWLers to obtain a special 100th anniversary CG3MUG QSL card (a certificate may also be designed). As it gets closer to the event, and they make the final preparations, they will update the CG3MUG listing on the (QRZ.com).
CR3/CT9, MADEIRA ISLANDS
German operators Walter/DJ6QT, Peter/DJ6XV, Horst/DK1QH, Dieter/DK4QT, Hans/DL1YFF and Thomas /DL6LK will be active as CR3L during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 25-26th) as a Multi-? entry. QSL via DJ6QT. Operators will probably be active as CT9/homecall before and after the contest.
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports that the following operation is approved for DXCC credit:
If you've had cards rejected for this operation send an E-mail to email@example.com for an update to your DXCC account. Please refer to your LoTW account or the live daily listings for confirmation that an update has been done.
DX MARATHON (Update)
John, K9EL, DX Marathon Administrator, reported on September 17th: "Just a few months left to build your country count for the 2010 DX Marathon sponsored by CQ Magazine. In addition to the two plaques for the winner in each category, attractive certificates are awarded for the top score per country, top score per single mode submission, top score per single band submission and top low power (10 watts or less) score.
Certificate winners and their scores for the 2006 through 2009 Marathons are listed on the DX Marathon Web site at:
In addition, the DX Marathon score sheet is now available as a template on Google Docs which eliminates any need to have Excel or equivalent on your computer.
Updates for the DX Marathon due to the upcoming changes in the Nether- lands Antilles will be announced by CQ Magazine."
FREE BOOKS TO DOWNLOAD
Vlad, UA6JD, informs OPDX that he has FREE books to download about Web designing: "Bells and Whistles for HAM RADIO Web Design", "CLUB LOGO", "SCROLL BOX" "BACKGROUND" and "WWII MEMORIAL". For more info on downloading these books (FREE), visit:
Rene, HP1DCP, will be active during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via HP1DCP.
AF-018. Tony, IK1QBT, will be active as IG9/IK1QBT from Pantelleria Island (IIA TP-001) between November 23-30th. Activity will also include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (80m) entry and signing as IH9X. QSL via IK1QBT, by the Bureau or direct (see (QRZ.com)).
AF-019. Genny, IZ8TDP, will be active as IG9D from Lampedusa Island (IIA AG-001, MIA MI-126, WLOTA 2312) in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (??) entry. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-045. Members of the A.R.I. Sezione di Cinisello Balsamo (IQ2CJ) will be activating two islands from the IOTA group EU-045 as IB0/IZ2ACD between September 25th and October 2nd. Activity will be from Ponza Island (WAIP LT, IIA LT002) and Zannone Island (WAIP LT, IIA LT012). Operations will be on 80/40/20/ 17/15/10 meters. QSL via IZ2ACD direct ((QRZ.com)). NA-066. Tom, AB6Z, will be active from San Clemente Island (USI CA008S, WLOTA 2332, Los Angeles County, CA) between October 1-30th. Activity will be limited due to his work schedule, but look for him on 40/20 meters using mainly CW (with some SSB). He will operate with only 100 watts and a vertical antenna. QSL via K5OAZ (w/SASE/SAE). Logs will be uploaded to LoTW and eQSL.
OC-261. Andy, VK5MAV, will be active as VK5MAV/5 or possibly a special callsign or prefix from Flinders Island between September 21-27th. Activity will be on 40/20/15/10 meters mainly using CW. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
Freddy, F5IRO, who has been active as J28RO since July, is planning to be active in both the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) and CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High- Power entry. He is expected to stay here for about another 22 months. His normal activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. His QSL Manager is F8DFP. QSL direct (w/SAE + valid IRC PLEASE NO MONEY AT ALL), or by the French REF-Union Bureau. The direct cards without the above mentioned will be answered by the Bureau. For updates and more info, visit his Blog at:
Dave, N2NL, will be active as KH2/N2NL from Barrigada on the Island of Guam (IOTA OC-026, USI GU003S, WLOTA 0064) during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or W2YC (QRZ.com).
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (For September 20-26th)
Sept 20 HN-AN SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS Sept 21 LN-HN -------------------- Sept 22 HN BN - Below Normal Sept 23 AN AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET Sept 24 AN LN - Low Normal Sept 25 AN HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED Sept 26 AN DIS - Disturbed VDIS - Very Disturbed GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE --------------------- 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 lessLX, LUXEMBOURG
OH0, ALAND ISLANDS
Members of the Storstockholms Radioamatörer Club (SK0ZA) will be active as OH0/SK0ZA from Aland Island (EU-002) between September 24-26th. Activity will be on all bands and modes. Visit their We page at:
John, W2GD, will be active as P40W from Santa Cruz, Aruba (SA-036, WLOTA 0033), during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st). Entry category is undecided at this time. QSL via LoTW or N2MM (QRZ.com).
PJ5 & PJ7, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES (Update)
With the strong possibility of two new DXCC entities to be created on October 10th, Will, AA4NC, plans to activate St. Eustatius (NA-145) between October 9-15th, as PJ5/AA4NC, followed by Sint Maarten (NA-105) between October 15-18th, as PJ7/AA4NC. Activity will be a portable operation with low power on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via LoTW, and by the Bureau or direct to AA4NC.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated September 19th) ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 3G1TUW via CE1TUW EZ7V via RW6HS (direct only) SX25HQL via SV2HQL 3G200AA via CE3AA KP4ED via EB7DX (direct only) TA4/DJ5MN via DJ5MN 3Z2010CY via SP4NDU LA/DG1RUG via DG1RUG TK/DL4FF via DL4FF 5B4AIF via EB7DX MJ/K3PLV via K3PLV TK/F4FGJ via F4FGJ 7S6S/0 via M0XXA OE50SPW via OE8SPW TM2NN via F5KTU 7V2PI via EA5FL OX3XR via OZ3PZ VP9/DL1YAF via DL1YAF 8Q7SO via JK1KSB R630KB via R3PW W6E via WA6TST A61AB via IZ8CLM RK3AWL via W3HNK W6K via AE5MH AH2DV via JJ1QXG SI5I via M0XXA W6O via K0DEW AO2GPA via EA2AK SP66PW via SP5KCR W7S via AC7DX AO5HPX via EA5HPX SV8/GM3YOR via GM3YOR YB9/DJ7XJ via OZ7XJ EA8/DL2DXA via DL2DXA SV9/DL1TX via DL1TX YP2GEO via YO2KAR EK3SA via DJ1CW SV9/LZ1JZ/P via N7RO YW200T via YV5JBIQSLS VIA LoTW: 3D20CR, 4O3A, 6W2SC, 9A2IH, 9K2MU, 9A5ZM, BH4QAK, CN8KD, D4C, DL1XX, E74A, E75MC, EA3GHZ, EA7AJR, EB5CS, EF1A, EI3GC, EM5HQ, FW5RE, G3TXF, GR2HQ, HB9TQL, J39BS, J5UAP, JA1BOQ, KH2L, KH0/KT3Q, LY2IJ, MD0CCE, NP2KW, OE3GCU, OH0X, OK1CF, OK1HRA, OQ5M, OZ2TF, P33W, PY2DEL, RV6LO, SO9Q, SP1F, SV2BFN, UR4EWT, UZ0U, VK7ZE, VP9/W4OV, WP4WW and YL5T
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3C9B, 3C0C, 4S7ULG, 5R8GZ, 8P3A, C6AMS, FR5ZL, GJ6YB, J6/W0SA, JD1BMH, JD1BMM, JT1FDB/7, K7BX/p, RW2F, T30XG, T32CI, T32MI, T32SI, T32VI, TL0A, TR8CA, UN7QX, V44KP, V51AS, YI9PSE, ZS8M, ZV8S, ZX8C and ZX8W
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: None reported this week!
Mike, RW1AI (ex-UA1AFM), currently active as R1ANP from the Progress Antarctic station, is planning to activate the Chinese's Zhongshan Antarctic Base for the first time ever. Look for him to be active as R1ANP/A from Zhongshan station in October and November. He will be using 100 watts into vertical antenna. If you would like to see pictures of the base, visit the French Polar Team's Web site at:
Robert, S53R/ST2AR, will be active in next weekend's CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 25-26th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Lower-Power entry. QSL direct to his home callsign.
T30, WEST KIRIBATI
Operators Jacek/SP5EAQ and Jacek/SP5DRH will once again head to the Pacific next year, but this time to activate Tarawa Island (OC-017) as T30AQ and T30RH, respectively, between March 1-17th (2011). Activity will be on all bands 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Jacek, SP5DRH, will focus mainly on 160 meters and 30 meters RTTY, with some 80 meters. Jacek, SP5EAQ, is a SSB operator and will operate on the remaining bands. They will have two separate stations using Elecraft K3/100 with 600w amps. Antennas are: 18m high Spiderbeam poles (few 9m long poles) and a GP5 antenna by SP7GXP. They will try to operate at the same time. Rys, SP5EWY, will be their pilot station for this operation. QSL via their home callsigns. For more details and update, visit their Web site at:
T7, SAN MARINO
Members of "Tifariti Gang" will be active as T70A in the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 25-26th) and the CQWW DX SSB Contest using the contest station of the "Amateurs Radio Republic of San Marino" (ARRSM). Operators mentioned are:
CQWW DX RTTY - Antonio/EA5RM (Team Leader), Juan/EA1CJ, Alberto/EA1SA, Agustin/EA1KY, Javier/EA2ABI, Roberto/EA2RY, Manolo/EA7AJR and Francisco/EA7HHV.QSL T70A via A.R.R.S.M. Radio Club, P.O.BOX 77, 47890 Rep. San Marino, SAN MARINO. For more info, see:
CQWW DX SSB - Antonio/EA5RM (Team Leader), Flo/F5CWU, Fabrizio/IN3ZNR, Giorgio/IZ4AKS, Mike/UA9KGH, Valery/UT7CR and Dimitri/ UY7CW.
VC1, CANADA (Special Event)
Members of the Westcumb ARC in Amherst, NS, will activate the special event callsign VC1J on October 24th. Activity is to celebrate the 65th anniversary of the United Nations (UN) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Operations will be from the "Joggins Fossil Cliffs" which became a UNESCO site last year. Look for them on many different modes. A special event QSL card will be available. Listen for QSL instructions.
VE2, CANADA (Zone 2)
Operator Yuri, VE3DZ, will once again be active as VE2IM from Sept-Iles, QC (Zone 2), during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via VE3DZ, direct or by the Bureau.
VP5, TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS
Peppe, I8UZA, informs OPDX that he will be active as VP5/I8UZA from Turks and Caicos Islands (NA-002, WLOTA 1476) almost all of October and November. Activity will be on all bands (except 30/17/12m) using mostly SSB and possibly RTTY. He will also be active as VP5I during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Single-Op/ Single-Band (15m) entry. He will be using a K3 radio with an AL 1500 amp into the following antennas: 3 element 153BA yagi (20m ASL), 2L vertical right on the beach and maybe 2L Quad. QSL both callsigns via his home callsign.
VP8/O, SOUTH ORKNEY ISLANDS (Update)
Members of the "Micro-lite Penguins DXpedition Team" are expected to be active from here next year between January 27th and February 8th, 2011. Two new members have been added to the VP8ORK team: Steve/K6AW and Nodir/EY8MM. For details about the South Orkney Islands, bios on all the operators and possible updates, visit the DXpedition's Web page at:
Steve, N3SL, informs OPDX that "The Bret Favre of ham radio is back! (I knew he wasn't serious....)." Jay "J", VY1JA, has obtained permission (from the Canadian Forces CFS Alert) to set up a station at his work assignment in the Nunavut territory and will be active as VY0JA between October 6th and November 9th. He will be taking a FT-990 and wire antennas, and activity will be barefoot on CW (preferred) and perhaps some RTTY and SSB. "J" has updated his (QRZ.com) page to indicate the new QTH, which is the northernmost permanently inhabited site on Earth. Also, look for him to be in the California QSO Party (October 2-3th) as VY1JA to test the equipment before he leaves for Nunavut. He says that once this VY0 operation is over, he'll be "back into retirement" vis-a-vis ham radio. "(Go Bret!)" QSL both callsign via N3SL (JA ONLY to JA3JM).
WP3, PUERTO RICO
Operators Al/WP3C, Rafael/KP4WW, Jim/WP3A and James/ KP2BH will be active as WP3C during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via W3HNK.
Bruce, XW1B, from Vientiane, will be active during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Single-Op/Lower-Power entry. QSL via E21EIC, direct or by the Bureau.
ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS (NA-016)
Robert, K5PI, will possibly be active as ZF2PI from the Little Cayman Island as early as November 18th, but more likely from Grand Cayman Island (WLOTA LH-1042) between November 23-26th. His activity will also include the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) as an operator with the ZF1A contest team. Robert mentions, "ZF now has 60m privileges, effective March of this year. I am happy to operate 60m if anyone needs ZF." QSL ZF2PI via LoTW or K5PI. QSL ZF1A via LoTW, and by the Bureau or direct to K6AM.
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