The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 703
March 28, 2005
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, K1ER, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4VUD, N4AA & QRZ DX, KM6HB, WA6LIE, K8YSE, W8AUV, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, DL5AOJ, DU1EV, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, F8BBL, G3SWH, G3VOF, HA0HW, G0OIL, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IT9EJW, J6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, LU6EF, MM0DFV & Scottish Ham Portal, OZ5MJ, PS7AB, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE2TKH, VK4FW and ZS4BS for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 20th/March, through Sunday, 27th/March there were 231 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FT5W, FT5X, FT8W, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, 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, S0, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T33, T5, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VK9L, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK1/s, 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).
4U1U, UNITED NATIONS HQ. On their way to the Dayton HamVention, operators Mustapha/DL1BDF and his friends Karl-Heinz/DL1BAH, Manfred DK1BT and Stefan/DG2BDB will stop in New York, and operate 4U1UN as guests of the 4U1UN ARC. Activity will take place between May 12-15th. QSL this operation "ONLY" via DL1BDF, the DARC bureau prefered. ADDED NOTES: At the Dayton HamVention they will represent both the DARC Club NORDEN (DOK I09) and the ASTRA which is the National Ham Radio Tunisian Scouts organization. Also, from NY to Dayton and back, they will be active from their mobile home as /DK0FI/m, and the U.S. prefix according to the call area that they will be in. QSL via DL1BDF, the DARC bureau prefered, too.
5Z, KENYA (New Bands). Ted Alleyne, 5Z4NU, the Chairman and Secretary of the Amateur Radio Society of Kenya, reports that the Kenyan licensing authority (the CCK) has granted Kenyan amateurs the use of two new bands:
9A0, CROATIA. During the Preparatory Central European IARU Region 1 meeting, April 15-17th, look for the special callsign 9A0IARU to be activated from the Island of Murter (EU-136). Activity on what bands/modes was not mentioned. QSL via Emir, 9A6AA.
9G, GHANA. Sigi, DL7DF, will be active from here on a one man operation between April 18-25th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters CW only with a little SSTV. He will have a 700w amp with a beam and dipole antennas. QSL via DL7DF. Watch the following Web page for updates: http://www.DL7DF.com
9Q, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. Mike, ZR5MGK, is now active as 9Q6MGK until mid-April. Reports indicate that he will be active on SSB on the WARC bands but mainly on 20/15/10 meters. Over the past week QSNs show he was active on 20 meters between 1800-1900z. Mike is only using 50 watts into a dipole. QSL via ZR5MGK.
AC4TT (Interesting Station For The WPX). According to Charles, K4VUD, the Tibet Radio Club obtained a new callsign of AC4TT in honor of the old Tibet callsign prefix of AC4. The AC4TT callsign appear during this past weekend's CQ WW WPX SSB Contest. PLEASE NOTE that the new AC4TT callsign is a USA callsign. It was obtained in rememberance of the old Tibet AC4 prefix of eons ago, for the Tibet Radio Club of which Charles was the founder.
C21, NAURU (CW Ops Needed!). Bill, VK4FW, informs OPDX that the Oceania Amateur Radio DX Group (ODXG) will be embarking on an operation from here before Christmas. They will predominately be a CW and RTTY operation with some SSB. They are looking for more CW operators for this operation. If interested, send an E-mail to Bill Horner at: email@example.com.
C6, BAHAMAS. Dave, G4WFQ, will be active as C6AWF from Treasure Cay, Abaco Island (NA-080), April 15-29th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, including the WARC bands, but mostly CW and RTTY, with some SSB. QSL via G3SWH. Logs will be available online at: http://www.g4wfq.btinternet.co.uk.
DX0, SPRATLY ISLANDS (Update). Eddie, DU1EV, informs OPDX readers that unfortunately, they were not able to get a ride to the Pagasa Island last March 20th (there was no ride available). The next possible trip is on the 30th. They do hope this trip will materialize and that there will be transportation space for them. He mentioned that 4F1OZ has gone back to the mainland and now there are only two operators awaiting the next trip (4F2KWT and DU1EV).
DXCC NEWS. Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, informs OPDX readers: "Just a reminder that the deadline to be shown in the next DXCC Honor Roll list is March 31, 2005. Submissions must be postmarked March 31, 2005, for your submission to count for this listing. The DXCC Honor Roll list will appear in August 2005 QST. There are 335 entities on the DXCC list and you must be within the numerical top 10 DXCC entities to qualify. The current minimum requirement for Honor Roll is 326 current entities. (A submission is not needed if you already meet this requirement)."
ADDED NOTE: Do you have questions regarding DXCC program issues? Visit the DXCC Web site. A new feature has been added called DXCC FAQ's. This link should answer most of your questions on DXCC program issues. Here you will find the program rules, the current and deleted DXCC lists and all of the forms needed to participate. Also, the ARRL DX Bulletins can be found here. If, after reading the information here, you still have questions regarding the DXCC Program, contact the DXCC Desk. The DXCC Web page is available at: http://www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc/.
EI, IRELAND. Richard, G3CWI, is on holiday here between now and April 8th. While there he intends to activate some of Ireland's unactivated hills for the Summits on the Air (SOTA). Operation will be between 1100-1500z on 40 meters CW around 7030kHz. His primary radio objective is to activate Carrauntoohill, at 1039 metres Ireland's highest mountain.
FORT ACTIVITY. Ramon, PY6KY, will be active as ZW6FSM from Fort Sao Marcos (DFB-BA-05) between April 17-18th for CW and April 20-21st for SSB. QSL via PY6KW, direct or by the Bureau.
FT5W, CROZET ISLAND. Jean Paul, F5BU/FT5WJ, is now QRT. He made his last QSO on March 21st. He mentions that during his spare time he made 2114 QSOs with 1913 different stations. Jean Paul states, "I apologize for not having made more QSOs. I know that Crozet is a rare country, but I've done my best. I would thank all of those who sent me their congrats."
FT5, KERGUELEN. The FT5XO operation is expected to continue until April 1st. No updates have been reported by the operators, so we do not have much to report on. There has been activity on RTTY this past weekend. QSL via VE3XN.
LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVITY. Look for Ed, WA3WSJ, to activate a couple of lighthouses during this week. As he heads down to Atlanticon (QRP Conference), in Maryland, he will activate Turkey Point Lighthouse (ARLHS USA-857) on Thursday, March 31st. He will also activate on April 1st, the Concord Point Lighthouse (ARLHS USA-186) in Harve de Grace, MD. QSL via his home callsign, direct preferred, bureau is OK.
NEW DIA SPONSOR. Jens, OZ5MJ, reports that the Danish Island Award, which was orginally sponsored by the local branch in Odense of Experimenterende Danske Radioamatuer (OZ3FYN), will now be taken over and sponsored by the Danish DX Group (DDXG). The new awards will have the same layout as the originals and are currently being printed. The only difference is that the DDXG logo will be on the award. The profits from the award will be used to support DXpeditions. The new Award Manager is OZ1ACB: Allis Andersen, Kagsaavej 34, DK 2730 Herlev, Denmark. For more details, please visit the Web page at: http://www.ddxg.dk/awards/island.htm.
PIRATED CALLSIGN. Laurent, F8BBL, informed OPDX that his callsign is being PIRATED. The individual is using it on the PacketCluster to put out false information and also on the air (CW/SSB/RTTY/SSTV) to QRM DX operations.
QSL INFO AND NEWS......................
SPECIAL BIRTHDAY ACTIVITY. On April 25thm Tito, LU7EE, will celebrate his 60th birthday. To celebrate his birthday and his 42 years on amateur radio, Tito has set a goal to be active for 60 hours, one for each year of his life, using the special callsign L73E. His activity on the air will begin at 0000z, April 23rd and end at 1200z, April 25th. Suggested frequencies will be:
He will also QRV on local 144 MHz band repeaters. QSL via GACW, P.O.Box 9, Wilde, B1875ZAA, Argentina. For skeds, info, etc.. send E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SPECIAL EVENT. During the Rotary's International Centennial Convention this June, the Rotarians of Amateur Radio (ROAR) will operate a special event station, W9R, beginning June 18th and concluding June 22nd. This station will be based within the Lakefront parking area of Chicago's Soldier Field immediately adjacent to the McCormick Convention Center. The equipment that will be used is being loaned to ROAR by the Chicago Chapter of the American Red Cross. The station equipment is part of the Emergency Communications Response Vehicle which will also be on display. Suggested frequencies are: 3955, 7280, 14293, 21310 and 28560 kHz (as band conditions dictate). Visit the following Web site for additional information and operating schedule: http://www.ifroar.org.
ADDED NOTE: Rotary International is a worldwide organization of business and professional persons. They are united to provide humanitarian service and encourage high ethical standards in all vocations which helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Rotary International has 31,936 clubs in 159 countries.
SPECIAL EVENT. To commemorate the 60th anniversary of the "Battle of Okinawa" in WWII, the Anaheim Police ARC (W6APD) will operate special event station K6O between 1800-0200z each day from April 1-15th (2005) Suggested frequencies are: 7250, 14253, 18150, 21350, 24950 and 28450 kHz. QSL via KM6HB: Mark McMullin, P.O. Box 27271, Santa Ana, CA 92799 (send a SASE for a picture QSL card, no certificate). For more details, contact Mark McMullin via E-mail at: email@example.com. Mark states, "This is my 3rd and final World War 2 special event for the year. It has been a privilege to 'honor and remember those that have served'. Also, cards for the K6I 60th anniversary of the Battle of Iwo Jima special event are in and cards are being processed. Copies of the card can be viewed at: http://home.pacbell.net/km6hb/.NET.doc.
SPECIAL EVENT. Look for special event station CF3VEDAY to be active from May 5-11th, to celebrate the official opening of the new Canadian War Museum in Ottawa, the national capital of Canada, on May 8th, and the 60th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE Day) which, on May 8, 1945, officially ended the Second World War in Europe. Please visit the CF3VEDAY Web site for station information and QSL info. Web page will also have times, frequencies and names of operators. The CF3VEDAY Web site is: http://www.qsl.net/vc3vday/.
VE3, CANADA. Bela, HA8FW, is in Toronto until June 10th. He will be active as VE3/HA8FW. QSL via HA QSL Bureau.
VO2, CANADA (Zone 2). Steve, VE2TKH, is now in Labrador City and will operate the club station as VO2ZT until March 30th. He states that this will be a mini DXpedition in duration but with nice equipment. See his Web page for details at: http://www.qsl.net/ve2tkh/.
WINDMILL ACTIVITIES (WOTA) AND AWARD. Martin, G3VOF, informs OPDX readers that this year the Havering and District Amateur Radio Club (G4HRC) will be taking part in the National Mills On-The-Air weekend, May 7-8th. This event is for the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (mills section). The HDAR Club will be activating no less than four mills on-the-air. The windmill locations, and the callsigns of the windmills, and operators are as follows:
GB2UW - Upminster, Essex. This mill will be run by operators M0MAC, G3JSR, G3SVK, G0PIA, M3DOQ, M3DOV and help from SWL Chris Lester. The suggested frequencies are: CW - 3510, 7010, 14010, 18075, 21010 and 28010 kHz SSB - 3735, 7055, 14155, 18120, 21255, 28455 and 50160 kHz FM - 145.400 and 433.400 MHz GB0MW - Mountnessing, Essex. This mill will be run by operators M0JKA, G4UNS and G0BOF. The suggested frequencies are: CW - 3515, 7015, 14015, 18080, 21015 and 28015 kHz SSB - 3745, 7065, 14165, 18130, 21265, 28465 and 50165 kHz FM - 145.425 and 433.425 MHz GB2ARW - Aythorpe, Roding, Essex. This mill will be run by operators G3TPJ and M1MOG. The suggested frequencies are: CW - 3520, 7020, 14020, 18085, 21020 and 28020 kHz SSB - 3755, 7075, 14175, 18140, 21275, 28475 and 50170 kHz FM - 145.450 and 433.450 MHz GB5SW - Stock, Essex, this mill will be run by operators G3VOF, G3RJI and M0BOB. The suggested frequencies are: CW - 3525, 7025, 14025, 18090, 21025 and 28025 kHz SSB - 3765, 7085, 14185, 18150, 21285, 28485 and 50175 kHz FM - 145.475 and 433.475 MHz
The Havering and District Amateur Radio Club will be running its own award program for working the windmills run by the club. This will be the Essex Windmill Award. This award is offered not only in the UK, but to EU, and the rest of the world. The requirements for this award in the UK only is as follows: Work any two of the Windmills (GB2ARW, GB2UW, GB5SW or GB0MW) on any band any mode. For EU and the rest of the world, just one Windmill will qualify for the award. In future years there will be silver, and gold endorsements (once the basic award has been obtained) for achieving a more difficult operating goal. Details will be given before the next year's Windmill event. The Awards Manager for this Certificate is Fred, G3SVK (32, Elgin Ave, Harold Park, Romford, Essex, RM3 0YT). The cost of the award will be UK =A33.00 inc p&p....... Check logs is all that is nessessary. SWLs can send also send for the award on a heard basis. EU is 14 IRCs or 5 EURO. Rest of the world, 16 IRCs or 8 USDs.
XE, MEXICO. Scott, WA6LIE, plans on crusing MM/2 from Long Beach to Puerto Vallarita, Mazatland and Cabo San Lucas between April 17-24th. He will use his FT-857D and plans on some Satellite operations (no digital) along with 6 and 20 meters activity too. Scott hopes to activate a few more grid square.
ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND. Operators Carlos/EA1DGZ, Roberto/EA1DBC, Oscar/EC1KW and Fernando/EA1CNF will be active as ZD8C in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi/Multi entry. Antennas to be used are: a 6 element beam for 20/15/10m, a 3 element beam for 20/15/10m, Inverted "V" for 40/80m and a G5RV for 40/80m. QSL via the bureau or direct to EA1URS.
ZL6, NEW ZEALAND. The Quartz Hill Use Group station will be active as ZL6QH in the CQ WW WPX CW Contest (May 28-29th) as a Multi/Multi entry. QSL via ZL2AOH. Operators mentioned are: Brain/ZL1AZE, Tony/ZL2AGY, Wilbert/ZL2BSJ and Chris/ZL1CT. Visit the Quartz Hill's Web page at: http://www.zl6qh.com.
ZR, SOUTH AFRICA. Dennis, ZS4BS, SARL HF Manager, stated that with the change to the South African Radio Regulations in February 2005, all the restricted licencess now have access to the HF bands. So during the CQ WW WPX Contest this past weekend, there were plently of ZR callsigns available.
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