The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 993
January 10, 2011
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, N1DG, NJ1Q, N2ZN, NG3K & ADXO, AA4NC, N4AA & QRZ DX, KH6BZF, K7CU, N7NG, K8GI, K8YSE, W8GEX (60m News), W0GJ, AT Inter- national, DL1SBF, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DX-World.Net, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G7COD, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2YSB, LY4Q, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, SM3CVM, 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, 2nd-January, through Sunday, 9th-January there were 219 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, 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, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, 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, PJ4, PJ7, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VK9N, VP2V, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, ZL, 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).
Operators Joesp/EA3BT and XYL Nuria/EA3WL will be active as 3B8/EA3BT and 3B8/EA3WL from Mauritius between January 23-29th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, mostly SSB and the Digital modes, with some CW. QSL both calls via EA3BT. Their Web site is currently under construction and can be found here at:
An international team of operators will activate Revillagigedo Archipelago (IOTA NA-030) as 4A4A sometime in March. Operators mentioned are Mark/XE1B (team leader), Javier/EA5KM, Elmo/EA5BYP, Javi/EC4DX, Fernando/EA5FX, Vicente/EA5AFP, Santos/EA4AK and John/N5NTP. QSL via EB7DX. The operation's Web page is:
Look for members of the Radio Club d'Haiti (RCH) to activate the special callsign 4V1 between January 10-20th. Activity is in remem- brance of those who lost their lives during the earthquake that struck Haiti (NA-096) on January 12th, 2010. Operations are expected to take place from different locations on the island at various times. Frequency and times will be announced on 14300 kHz (Inter-Con and MM Net Frequency) in recognition of the assistance the nets provided for months following the massive earthquake. It is suggested to check 14300 kHz for operation times and frequencies often. QSL via N3OS.
5C/CN, MOROCCO (IOTA/WFF Op)
Italian operators Leopoldo/I8LWL (5C2L), Alfredo/IK7JWX (5C2J), Ruggero/IK2PZC (5C2P), Simon/IZ7ATN (5C2SG) and Toufelaz/CN8QY will be active as CN2LWL from Herne Island (AF-068), located in the large bay of Dakhla, between February 1-5th. QSL Manager for CN2LWL is I8LWL. The team "may" also activate the WFF Natural Park of Dakhla (Ref. No. CNFF-007) using the callsign 5C2J, 5C2L and 5C2P. QSL via their home callsigns. For updates and an online log search after their DXpedition, visit the Web page at:
Operators Frosty/K5LBU (7P8CF) and Wayne/W5KDJ (7P8KDJ) will be active from the "Trading Post Lodge" in Roma between March 11-20th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK. They plan to have 2 full time stations on the air for the entire period using a Tennadyne T6 at about 40 feet, a R7 vertical along with a Tennadyne TD-160 which is a folded Dipole that is 126 feet overall in length. QSL 7P8CF via K5LBU, direct or LoTW. QSL 7P8KDJ via W5KDJ, only direct with SASE, LoTW and eQSL (No Bureau cards please). Visit their Web page at:
Andrew, G7COD, is once again active as 8Q7AK from the small island of Adaaran Select Hudhuranfushi, on the North Male Atoll, until January 16th. He states that his operating time is limited to his spare time because of work (he is not on holiday this time). According to his Web page (edited): "Working conditions are an Icom IC7000, 100 watts output to a 135 ft. multiband doublet and a 9m high Rybakov vertical. I will be QRV on 80 to 12 meters including the WARC bands using SSB and CW. I will be transmitting on the following times and frequencies +/- 10 kHz to allow for QRM: 0730-0830z, 0900-1030z, 1300-1500z and 1730-1800z. Suggested frequencies (+/- QRM) are:
CW - 3503, 7003, 10103, 14003, 18073, 21003 and 24893 kHz
SSB - 3795, 7063, 14190, 18133, 21253 and 24953 kHz"
QSL via his home callsign, direct (see Web page) or by the bureau. Andrew now has a dedicated Web page at:
The WAP is also thankful for what the Nations and Research Foundations are doing to protect this still uncontaminated corner of the planet and to share a message of peace among the world. The AAW is a unique event world-wide where Hams (in any corners of the world) sign up and help promote the special attention given to the Antarctica. This year 2011, the AAW is at its 8th edition and as usual, is open to all radio amateur wishing to join them using a special callsign which help promote the Antarctica. All SES with a WAP reference number will qualify for WAP ASEA (Antarctic Special events Award). The WAP Ref. number for any special callsign requested/issued for this occurrence can be provided upon request by sending a E-mail to I1HYW (QRZ.com). The list of partici- pants is still open and is available at:
John, G8HWI, will once again be active as 9H3JS between January 18-30th. Activity will be holiday style mainly on 20 meters PSK31 using a "Small Wonder Labs" PSK-20 transceiver at 3 watts, or with an ICOM 703, usually at 8-10 watts. John states that almost all his operating will be either 6 feet above the sea, right at the edge, or about 20 feet above it, and 60 feet back from the edge. His antennas will be a wire dipole, an inverted Vee or a end fed half wave, strung vertically up a fiberglass fishing pole. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
A6, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Gerry, VE6LB, will once again be active as A6/VE6LB from Dubai between January 12th and February 8th. Activity will be limited (holiday style) using 100 watts into a G5RV antenna (40-10m) and mainly on CW. QSL direct via his home callsign (QRZ.com address) or LoTW. Bureau QSLs can be requested via E-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org Visit his Web page at:
AO1, SPAIN (AAW Op)
Operators Fernando/EA1GHT, Juanjo/EA1WX, Jose/EA1CUB, Javier/EC1KV, Daniel/EB1LA, Juan/EA1AUM and Jose/EA1CS will activate AO1AAW (WAP-203) during the 2011 Antarctic Activity Week (see 8th AAW above). Activity will be on 160-10 meters, including the 30/17/12 meters, using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via EA1GHT, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.
Didier, F6DXE, is currently here traveling throughout Chile. He is expected to be active as CE(?)/F6DXE using 100 watts into a vertical antenna. Didier is trying to be active at least one hour per day mostly when the propagation is good for Europe on CW (7025 or 14025 kHz) and SSB (7140, 14205, 21250 or 28450 kHz). He is travelling from CE7 to CE6, CE4, CE5 and CE3 until January 20th. QSL via his home callsign.
CQ3/CT9, MADEIRA ISLANDS
Helmut, DF7ZS, will be active as CT9/DF7ZS between March 22-29th. Activity will be holiday style and will focus on the WARC bands. QSL via DF7ZS. Also, he will be active as CQ3L during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL CQ3L via DJ6QT and CT9/DF7ZS via DF7ZS.
CW5, URUGUAY (Special Event)
Members of the Centro Radio Aficionados Montevideo (CRAM) will use the special callsign CW5RV throughout the year 2011 in memory of Mr. Louis Varney (SK), ex-2ARV/G5RV/CX5RV, who invented the world-famous G5RV multi-band antenna. QSL via: P.O.BOX 6000, 11000 Montevideo, URUGUAY.
DXCC NEWS (PJ Certificates)
It has been reported that Kathy Allison, KA1RWY, LoTW Specialist, states, "At this time, there will be no new PJ certificates or credits being accepted for the new PJ DXCC entities by LoTW. This is due to the large backlog of DXCC applications that were received for the December 31, 2010 deadline. It is anticipated that the backlog should be completed by mid to late February. We should be accepting new PJ certificates and credits for LoTW by March 1, 2011. We understand the anticipation for certificates and credits for the new PJ DXCC entities and are working hard to make this available as soon as possible."
DX0, SPRATLY ISLANDS
It seems that this operation has been delayed somewhat. As this was being typed, a report states that all the team members were still in Puerto Princesa (Palawan) Sunday morning and waiting in several hotels. The group is awaiting the last authoriza- tions to leave DU-land to DX0DX and hope to receive it on Monday. It is recommended to watch their Web site for updates at:
H4, SOLOMON ISLANDS
Tom, VK4FTDX, will be on holiday in Vavaya Ridge, Honiara, on Guadalcanal Island (OC-047), between now and January 18th. Tom states that "this is not a DXpedition will have radio equipment with me and will be active" sometime on the HF bands. He will use the callsign H44FT. QSL via VK4FTDX, by the Bureau or direct.
OC-139. Andrey, VK5MAV, will be active as VK5MAV/5 from Kangaroo Island between February 15-21st. Activity will be holiday style and mainly on 40 and meters CW and some possible SSB. Suggested frequencies (if not in use or QRM) are 7012 kHz and 14012 kHz, listen up 1-2 kHz. SSB frequencies no idea at the moment. Suggested operating time: 0900z until propagation ends, starting on 20m with later migration to 40m. He will use an IC-7200 w/100 watts into 2 element vertical phased on 40m and a G5RV for the rest of bands. For direct QSLs, read details on QRZ.com. If you are not in a rush, all QSLs will be sent via the QSL Bureau 6-7 months later. Free of charge!
OC-165. Operators John/9M6XRO and Steve/9M6DXX will be active as 9M6XRO/8 (CW) and 9M8Z/P (SSB), respectively, from Pulau Satang Besar, between February 25-28th. They plan to use two stations with amplifiers into a Hexbeam and verticals located on the beach. QSL both 9M6XRO/8 and 9M8Z/P via M0URX, by the Bureau, direct (w/SAE plus 1 IRC / 2 USDs) or LoTW. QSL requests can be made using M0URX's OQRS form at:
SA-031. By the time you read this, operators Cezar/VE3LYC and Johan/ PA3EXX will be active as CE9/VE3LYC and CE9/PA3EXX from Wollaston Islands. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17/15 meters using CW and SSB. The length of their stay is unknown at this time, but the duo is expected to also activate Diego Ramirez Islands (SA-097). It was announced earlier that they were expected to be active between approx. January 7-22nd. QSL via VE3LYC, by the Bureau or direct (mail or PAYPAL; see Web page for details). For updates, check the following Web page at:
Jon, LA8HGA, and possibly others will be active as JW8HGA from the JW5E club station in Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen Island (EU-026) between February 48th. This will be a CW only operation on the HF bands. QSL via LA8HGA, by the Bureau or direct (see (QRZ.com)).
PLEASE NOTE: Jon states, "I will need 2 USDs for Europe and 3 USDs for outside Europe in return postage. (I have absolutely NO intention of making money on my hobby, but unfortunately, the postage rates in Norway is this high.) All direct cards without sufficient postage will be answered via the Bureau."
Hisashi, JF2SKV/NH0S, will be active as NH0S/KH2 during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 19-20th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High- Power entry. JF2SKV accepts QSL cards via JARL (JA QSL Bureau). Please DO NOT send your cards to his Saipan address or KH2(KH0) QSL Bureau. Visit his Web page at:
KH6BZF PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (For January 10-16th)
Jan 10 AN SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS Jan 11 AN -------------------- Jan 12 AN BN - Below Normal Jan 13 AN AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET Jan 14 AN LN - Low Normal Jan 15 AN HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED Jan 16 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 lessLY13, LITHUANIA (Special Event)
LY13A op. LY5A LY13J op. LY3J LY13V op. LY3V LY13B op. LY3BY LY13M op. LY3M LY13W op. LY3W LY13E op. LY3NX LY13O op. LY8O LY13X op. LY3X LY13G op. LY1G LY13Q op. LY4Q LY13Z op. LY2GV LY13H op. LY2H LY13T op. LY2QTMJ, JERSEY
NCDXF PRESS RELEASE (Northern California DX Foundation 2010 Report)
Glenn, W0GJ, Vice President of NCDXF, reports: "NCDXF sincerely appreciates all of the contributions we receive annually from many Radio Amateurs and DXer's. Contributions may be designated to the General Fund, the W6EEN Memorial Scholarship Fund, and/or the NCDXF Beacon Fund.
We particularly want to recognize those major contributors who were extremely generous in 2010:
THE NEW DXER'S HANDBOOK (Free!)
Curt, K7CU, President of the Utah DX Association (UDXA), informs OPDX that a free small document (44 pages) is available online at:
OK, CZECH REPUBLIC (60m)
According to the "W8GEX 60m News", operators OK1RP, OK1HAS, OK1IF, OK1KT, OK1FBH, OK1DOH and OK1DSS have been issued a license to operate on 60 meters. Their current license states it is valid until the end of 2011. Their 60m band is limited to: 5258.5 - 5261.5 MHz. They request that the U.S. hams please listen on 5258.5- 5261.5 only, as there is some low activity from other countries working in that range. They will be listening on Channel 5.
P29, PAPUA NEW GUINEA (IOTA DXpedition/Update)
Operators Luis/CT1AGF, Derek/G3KHZ, Mike/G3JKX, Martyn/G3UKV, Hans/SM6CVX, and non-ham Stig, will be going on another P29 DXpedition during the month of April. This is the tentative schedule for the following IOTA islands:
April 2-7th - Feni Island (OC-101); callsign P29VCX; QSL via SM6CVX.
April 8-14th - Nuguria Island (OC-257); callsign P29NI; QSL via G3KHZ.
April 15-18th - Green Island (OC-231); callsign P29VLR; QSL via SM6CVX.
Hans, SM6CVX, will activate the following himself:
April 22-25th - Misima Island (OC-117); callsign P29VCX; QSL via SM6CVX.
April 25-27th - Loloata Island (OC-240); callsign P29VCX; QSL via SM6CVX.
The team will use the M/V Barbarian to travel between the islands. Activity from all locations will be on all HF bands, including 6 meters, using CW, SSB and RTTY. They plan to have at least 4 stations on the air at all the time. For updates and more details, watch the Web page at:
YL Gayle, K6GO, will be active as PJ2/K6GO from Signal Point Station on Curacao Island (SA-099, WLOTA LH-0942) between March 18-21st. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL via her home callsign.
Members of the Caribbean Contesting Consortium (CCC) will once again activate Signal Point Station on Curacao (SA-099, WLOTA LH-0942) between March 22nd and April 6th. Operators mentioned are: Geoff/W0CG (PJ2DX), Jack/N4RV, Marty/K2PLF and possibly others. Look for them to sign PJ2T during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Multi-Single or Multi-2 entry. Outside the contest, operators will use PJ2/homecall or their personal PJ2 callsigns. QSL via their home callsigns. QSL PJ2T via N9AG or LoTW.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated January 9th) ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 3Z5WOSP via SP5PMD EA8/DL3KVR via DL3KVR P4/WA2CAM via WA2CAM 5N5K via LZ1CL EN1QFF via US3QQ PD30GWF via PD1GWF 5T0JL via ON8RA HI9/IZ4AFW via IZ4AFW T88AQ via JH6WDG 8Q7AK via G7COD HZ1FS via EA7FTR UN9GD via DL8KAC D2AM via OM5AM IO7DAI via IK7JWX V85TX via W3HNK DR1050EB via DL2VM IQ9MK via IT9AKB VK5CP/VK9L via VK5CP DU1/K3LP via K3LP OE1KIDS via OE1XIC W6KNH/KH0 via JQ1KNH EA6/OE6MBG via NR1R OM3R via OM3CFR ZL3FRI via JA3FRI ZL50VK via ZL1VKQSLS VIA LoTW: 4B2S, 5I3A, 5X1NH, 9X0TL, 9X0TL, A25HQ, C91DL, DL3YA, DL4NAC, DL4NN, DL9RDM, E51NOU, EA3AIZ, EA3AJW, EA6UP, EN220FI, FM5CD, GJ6YB, GM4YXI, IS0GQX, JS1IFK, M0BZH, MD0CCE, MU0ASP, OG4X, OK1DG, ON4WW, OP4K, OR2M, PU8TEP, RA6LW, RN0SS, RU3UR, S50PTUJ, SE6Y, SN7Q, SV1EBV, TO5DX, TO7ZG, UA3KW, UU7JM, YV5OIE and ZL8X
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 3DA0TM, 8R1RPN, 9U0A, 9X0SP, AH0BT, C6ATA, ER1DA, ER650M, JY5HX, LU/F5AHO/p, LU1ZA, PJ2/N2MF, PJ4D, PJ5/SP6EQZ, PJ6A, PJ7E, PX8J, PX8L, TO7ZG, XX9TLX, YE0A and YI9PSE
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: A07AJR, D68BT, IM0/IK0FMB, JW/CT1BWW and OL7R
SI9, SWEDEN (Special Event)
Special event station SI9AM from the King Chulalongkorn Memorial in Ragunda, Sweden, the largest Thai Pavilion in the world outside Thailand, will be active between January 26-31st. Operators will be Raf/ON5RZ, Dirk/ON7DS and Fons/ON4AWT. The trio plan to be an entry in the UBA DX Contest (January 29-30th). Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and FM. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1817, 3517, 7017, 10117, 14017, 18077, 21017, 24897 and 28017 kHz
SSB - 1840, 3760, 7060, 14210, 18160, 21310, 24960 and 28510 kHz
FM - 145.550 MHz and repeater RV49 - 145.612.
QSL via SM3CVM, direct or by the Bureau. For more information, visit the SI9AM Web page at:
T70, SAN MARION (Party/Special Event)
For its first year, "DxCoffee.com" is organizing a full weekend of radio and friendship in the San Marino Republic between February 11-13th. You can visit an amazing country, meet other Hams from around the world and operate the special event station T70DXC. The special event station will be on the air between February 1-13th. Activity will be on the HF bands and 6 meters. QSL Manager for T70DXC is Pasquale La Gamba, IZ8IYX. QSL is available by the Bureau, LoTW or direct at: Pasquale La Gamba, Via Affaccio 68, Vibo Valentia 89900, Italy. For the complete details on "DxCoffee's 1st Birthday Party" and operating from T70DXC, visit:
Tsutomu, JA1VND, will be active as T88TF from Palau Islands (OC-009) between January 14-18th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
Brazilian operators Jose/PT9ZE, Ric/PY2PT, Anderson/PY2TNT, Alex/PY2WAS and Fernando/PY4BZ depart from Brazil on April 15th, and head to Paris and then onwards to Mayotte on the 17th. The group will use the special callsign TO2FH between April 18-25th. Their plans are to have three stations active simultaneously on 160-10 meters using CW and SSB. More details and the QSL route is forthcoming.
Gerd/DJ4KW and Gisela/DK9GG will once again be active as V31YN and V31GW, respectively, from Belize between January 6th and February 27th. They will also once again be active as V31YN/p and V31GW/p, respectively, from Blue Marlin Lodge on Southwater Caye (NA-180), between February 2-8th. Operations will be on all bands and modes. Activities will also include the following contest: CQWW 160m CW, FOC Marathon, CQ WPX RTTY, ARRL DX CW and CQ 160m SSB Contest. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau or LoTW. For more details about their operation, see:
Ken, N2ZN, will be active as V31AM from Placencia (V31MD QTH) between March 2-8th. He plans to be in the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 5-6th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. Activity before and after the contest will be mainly on CW or possibly some Digital modes and on the 30/17/12 meter bands. QSL via N2ZN, direct or by the Bureau.
PLEASE NOTE: Ken states that Bureau cards could take a very very long time because the NJDXA Bureau has stopped forwarding cards to the "Z" hams in the second district. He mentions that he will also get the logs on LoTW sometime after the contest.
V4, ST. KITTS
Mike, W1USN, will be in St Kitts from February 12-24th. Callsign will probably be V4/W1USN like last time he was there. He will try to get on 60 meters while there. QSL via his home callsign.
Operators John/9M6XRO and Steve/9M6DXX, will be active from Brunei (OC-088) for 2 days between February 22nd and March 2nd, while travelling to and from IOTA OC-165 (see above). Their callsigns are yet to be confirmed, but they may be signing V85/GD3OOK and V85/G4JVG or V85/9M6XRO and V85/9M8Z. QSL both callsigns via M0URX, direct (w/SAE plus 1 IRC/2 USDs), by the Bureau, or LoTW. Alternatively, QSLs may be requested using M0URX's OQRS form at:
VP8/O, SOUTH ORKNEY ISLANDS
A "VP8ORK Press Release #4" was sent out this past week by James Brooks, 9V1YC, and states: "The VP8ORK DXpedition is fast approaching and all systems are go for an on-time sailing. Our container of cargo is already in Southern Argentina, and the Braveheart is ahead of schedule to meet us when we all arrive in a few weeks. We expect to be on the air with 7 stations, including the 80m and 160m, no later than January 27. Our operating frequencies are now listed here:
VQ5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
Operators Stan/AC8W, Jim/KB8TXZ and Lee/ N8LJ will be active as VQ5D from the Turks and Caicos Islands during the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 19-20th) as a Multi-Single entry. Activity is in remembrance of Hank, K8DD. QSL via AC8W.
YASME EXCELLENCE AWARDS
Wayne Mills, N7NG sent out the following press release on January 4th, to announce the "Yasme Excellence Awards": "The Yasme Excellence Awards are given to individuals who through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication have made a significant contribution to amateur radio.
* Ramón Santoyo V, XE1KK, who is recognized for his work in advancing Mexican ham radio and representation within the international radio community. In addition, Ramón serves as IARU Region 2 Secretary. He has been a tireless advocate of amateur radio in Central America and a strong proponent of radiosport and the World Radiosport Team Champion- ships. Voices like Ramón's help the amateur community work together worldwide, strengthening our position and reputation as important members of the wireless community.
* Makoto (Mako) Mori, JE3HHT, who deserves much credit for popularizing RTTY by writing the MMTTY software modem and making it available for integration into logging software. He also wrote MMVARI, which imple- ments other popular digital modes, and several other digital mode software products. MMTTY is a great product and Mako has exhibited great ham spirit with a huge effect as can be observed as RTTY operation continues to be the fastest growing mode of HF digital operation.
* Bruce Horn, WA7BNM, who continues to generate useful and innovative web sites including a complete upgrade of his excellent contest calendar Web site. Bruce supports contesting with a web site that enables con- testers to convert paper and other forms of contest logs to Cabrillo format. His 3830 score reporting and compilation service has changed the nature of radiosport. Bruce was also a key player in the initial efforts to develop methods of exchanging scoring information in the web-friendly XML format.
* Rick Meuthing, KN6KB, for developing the new WINMOR sound-card digital mode software now gaining wide use in the worldwide Winlink 2000 system. Many attempts at approaching the performance of the proprietary PACTOR III protocol and hardware failed before WINMOR, attesting to the diffi- culty of the problem. Rick also invented an improved 'channel busy' detector that senses many different types of modulation and will dras- tically reduce the inter mode QRM common from other semi-automated digital protocols.
* Mikael Styrefors, SM2O, who has developed the Remote Radio Interface. The ability to connect radios and operators transparently and robustly over the Internet is a key technological element of putting top-grade remote HF stations on the air - something more common every day. Remote stations will undoubtedly be important and popular in making and keeping amateur radio available to urban and suburban amateurs as they deal with mounting antenna restrictions and an increasingly noise- filled and interference-prone electromagnetic environment.
* Alex Shovkoplyas, VE3NEA, for developing DX Atlas, Morse Runner, HAM- CAP, CW Skimmer, Rocky and other innovative software. Alex's products are making a remarkable impact on the competitive HF operating environ- ment. The quality of the software is remarkable, and having it avail- able to the amateur community at little or no cost demonstrates excel- lent ham spirit. Programs like these are rapidly expanding the tech- nological frontier of radio in general and are prime examples of how amateurs can continue to make contributions.
* Pepe Ardid, EA5KB, who makes it possible for many Latin American DXers, who are in many cases saddled with deficient postal services and QSL Bureaus, to confirm contacts with attractive and unique QSL cards. Confirmations are rapid and he confirms not only direct but via bureau as well. Pepe contributes countless hours of service in support of his fellow amateurs so they can continue to participate in one of amateur radio's most cherished traditions.
For additional information about the Yasme Foundation see:
ZS8, MARION ISLAND (Update)
Pierre, ZS1HF/ZS8M, is reportedly active from the new base on Marion Island. One reports that he is using the emergency antenna there to avoid the heavy QRN problems, and he sounded somewhat weaker than on the Stepper IR vertical. QSNs show this past week that Pierre has been on 40/20/17/15 meters.
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