The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 721
August 8, 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, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, WA2VQW, K3TRM, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, NA5U, K6RIM, W6SZG, K8YSE, WØMM, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, DL1EKC, EC8AUA, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, G6LVB, G0PSE, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK7JWX, IZ6FUQ, IZ8CCW, IF9ZWA, IZ0FKE, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, ON6UQ, VE3LWC, VA3RJ & ICPO and VU2RBI for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 31st/July, through Sunday, 7th/August there were 205 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3DA, 3V, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, 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, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1MV, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TT, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VK9N, VP2E, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, 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).
5R, MADAGASCAR (IOTA Op). Dino, IZ4AKV, plans to be active as 5R8HS from Nosy Be Island (IOTA AF-057) between August 25th and September 8th. Look for activity on all HF bands. QSL via IZ4AKV (QRZ.com).
DXCC NEWS. Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Branch Manager, announced that the following operation has been approved for DXCC credit: T6EE - Afghanistan; Operation from September 19, 2004, to October 16, 2004
FY, FRENCH GUIANA. Members of the Cayenne ARC will be active as FY5KAC from the city of Sinnamary (on the road from Cayenne to Kourou, West French Guiana), August 13-15th. They will have two HF stations on the air; one on CW and the other on SSB. This is a three days exhibit to show "How to become a ham". QSL via the French REF Bureau or direct via QRZ.com.
GD, ISLE OF MAN. Hein, DL2OBF, was invited by Alex, GD3UMW, and the Manx Radio Club to operate GD6IA during the CQ WW DX CW Contest (November 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. High/Low-Power will be decided shortly before the contest depending on the conditions. Do not expect much activity before or after the contest. QSL for GD6IA is via PO Box 1, Peel City, Isle of Man, British Isles. More information about the station can be found on the Web page at: http://www.gd6ia.com.
GREEK IOTA TOUR. Tony, IK8VRH, will begin his IOTA summer tour in Greece this week as SV/IK8VRH. Activity will be on 20/17/15 meters CW/SSB/RTTY. QSL via his home callsign, by the ARI Bureau or direct (QRZ.com). His schedule is as follows:
HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN. Members of the Eindhoven Student Radioamateur Club (ESRAC) will be active from Sareiser Joch now through August 16th. They will be signing as HB0/PA6TUE (QSL via PI4TUE) and possibly HB0/homecall. Activity will be on 160-6 meters and UHF, with an emphasis on the lower bands, 6 meters and the digital modes (RTTY, PSK31, SSTV, JT6M).
HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN. Roger/ON7TQ and Marcel/ON6UQ will be active as HB0/ON7TQ and HB0/ON6UQ, September 17-24th. Activity will be on all HF bands on CW/SSB/RTTY/SSTV and maybe PSK31. QSL via their home callsigns. They will put up a 3 element 3-band yagi, a R7, an inverted L (AKI) 40m and dipoles for 80/160m. Rigs are: FT1000MP and TS850S with about 400W.
J7, DOMINICA. Mike, WA2VQW, informed OPDX that "While it is really too early to be making a full, detailed announcement of our future return-trip to Dominica, we are so excited about going BACK to J7 that we thought that we would give everyone a 'heads-up'. The RZS Amateur Radio Club had such a wonderful time last March (2005) in Dominica, that we have made plans to return and reserved several cottages at Sea Cliffs for the March 2006 WPX. Last March we made 75 people very happy on 160 meters and several hundred on 80 meters. Our total QSO number exceeded 6500 for all HF bands, all with wire antennas that 'came out' of a suitcase! We will give full details on our upcoming trip next February."
JW, SVALBARD. Operators Mathias/JW5NM, Ragnar/JW7FD and Peter/JW7QIA will be active as JW5E during the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via JW5NM: Box 498, 9171 Longyearbyen, Norway. PLEASE NOTE: Postage to Norway-USA = 1.70 USD and Norway-Europe = 1.5 Euro
JW, SVALBARD. Howard, G6LVB, will be travelling to Svalbard in the next few weeks (current plans, August 26-28th) to do some minor upgrades to a satellite station at: http://www.svalsat.com. He is intending to take some LEO satellite gear with him, so if you'd like to add JW to your DXCC list let him know at: email@example.com Howard states,"Despite its northerly location, it has coverage to Canada and the North Eastern U.S. as well as Japan. I will definitely be active on AO-51, SO-50, AO-27, PO-28 (let's hope) and if I have room for SSB equipment I will operate FO-29, VO-52 and possibly AO-7. The ISS never travels far enough North for me to take a shot at it. There are no plans to take any HF gear, whatever that is ;-)."
LX, LUXEMBOURG. Marcus, DL1EKC, will be active as LX/DL1EKC/P from August 10-26th. Operation is planned on the classic bands from 80-10 meters. Marcus will enter the WAEDC as a Single-Op/Low-Power station. There might be some 6 meters activity after the contest.
MICROLITE BALTIC TOUR (2005). Vincenzo, IZ0FKE, informs OPDX that it is getting too hot in Italy during the summertime, and it is time take a break (holiday) and maybe cool off in Scandinavia. He plans to activate a couple of islands and rent cottages very close to the Baltic Sea (just meters of coaxial from the radio to the antennas). This will be a microlite setup (Yaesu FT-857 and wires antennas). His current schedule is as follows:
August 8-13th - Active as OH1/IZ0FKE from Parainen-Pargas Island (Turku Group), IOTA EU-096 (Number 4 on the Top 10 Most Wanted European Islands). August 13-20th - Active as OH0/IZ0FKE from Aland Islands (Aland Main Island), IOTA EU-002.
Acivity will be on HF SSB and 6 meters with "Live Media Coverage by MMS Pictures 1,2 Megapix." Visit his interesting Web page for more details and maps and photos at: http://www.iz0fke.com. His operations are supported by some DX Clubs in Italy: Strange Radio Team, http://www.strangeradioteam.com. and ARI Frascati Crazy Demon DX Group, http://www.arifrascati.it. Also, Scandinavia support: Alandia Contest Team, OH0AZ; Mr. Peter OH0JFB; TURKU Contest Club, OH1AA; and Mr. Markus. OH1MN. Chief Operations Supporter and QSL Manager is Alberto, IZ0FMA. QSL via the Italian Bureau or direct. His Web page is: http://www.iz0fma.info.
NCDXF ELECTION (Press Release by: Al Burnham, K6RIM, NCDXF VP). At its Board of Directors meeting on August 5, 2005, in Corte Madera, CA, the Northern California DX Foundation re-elected the following officers and directors:
President Len Geraldi K6ANP Vice President Al Burnham K6RIM Secretary Tom McShane NW6P Treasurer Bruce Butler W6OSP Director Rusty Epps W6OAT Director Dave Pugatch KI6WF Director Chuck Ternes N6OJ Director Glenn Vinson W6OTC Director Steve Merchant K6AW Director Ken Anderson K6TA Director Tim Totten N4GN
Information pertaining to the Northern California DX Foundation is available at: http://www.ncdxf.org.
P4, ARUBA. By the time you read this, operators Gerard/KE9I (P40QX), Eric/K9GY (P40GY), Mike/AJ9C (P40C), Nancy/KB9NSC, and Phil/N9LAH (P4/N4LAH) should be active until August 20th. They will be active in the WAE CW Contest (possibly as P40QX in remembrance of Leo/N9QX who passed away this year [father of KE9I]).
P5, NORTH KOREA. The following was sent out early in the week by Mike, NA5U, on August 2nd.
The Lone Star DX Association in conjunction with Dr. David Borenstein announces the following:
Dr. David Borenstein, KA2HTV, will be traveling to Pyongyang, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, "North Korea" during the month of August. He has received written permission from the "North Korean" government to operate as P5/KA2HTV during his stay. While radio operating is not the primary reason for his visit, Dr. Borenstein hopes to be able to operate 1-2 hours a day and will stay an additional three days devoted entirely to radio operation. For security reasons, he will only operate SSB and primarily 20 meters. Dr. Borenstein will arrive on August 9th and depart on the 23rd. QSL requests should be sent to KK5DO. Operation from P5 is at the pleasure of the host country, so the DX community should keep their collective fingers crossed that all goes well.
The ARRL has reviewed the Dr. Borenstein's plan, and if and when P5/KA2HTV occurs, it will likely count.
Dr. Borenstein notes that while his operating time will be limited, the success of this operation will lead to further P5 operations in the near future. Much of the equipment being taken will remain there, pre- positioned for subsequent operations.
The Lone Star DX Association (LSDXA) is the sponsoring DX organization for this operation. For information about the LSDXA, visit the Web page at: http://www.dxer.org/lsdxa/index.html.
ADDED NOTES: Bruce, KK5DO, reports (via his Web page) that Dave, KA2HTV, will operate as P5/KA2HTV from North Korea on August 9-23rd. Online logs will not be avialable during the operation, as Dave uses paper logs and the data will have to be entered into a computer when he gets back. QSL via KK5DO: Bruce Paige, P.O. Box 310, Alief, TX 77411-0310, USA. "Please limit your contacts to one", Bruce says. "Many hams were not able to work Ed, P5/4L4FN. Please allow those that did not get P5 before a chance to work P5 now. If you are in the P5/4L4FN log, do not send for a QSL card from this operation". The KK5DO Web page is: http://www.amsatnet.com/p5a.html.
As this bulletin was being written/prepared, word was released on Friday, August 5th, that Dave was now enroute to North Korea. Reports from Dave's neighbor is that he left for China Friday morning at 5:00 AM where he will spend 5 days before taking the next leg to North Korea. Once Dave enters North Korea, he will no longer have internet or cellphone usage. He will be able to operate from 1 hour before sunset until 1 hour after sunrise. Remember that the last 3 days of the trip are extra days that Dave will use for as much operating as possible.
PJ2, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES. Here is an early announcement! Look for Jeff, K8ND, to be active as PJ2T from from Signal Point, Curacao, during the CQ WW 160 CW Contest (January 28-29th) as a Single-Op/High-Power entry. QSL via N9AG or LoTW. Visit the Caribbean Contesting Consortium at: http://www.pj2t.org.
PJ2,NETHERLANDS ANTILLES. Operators Jonathan/K9JS, Ian/K5ZM, Lewis/WW4LL and Darrell/K9MUG will be active as PJ2B during the CQ/RJ WW DX RTTY Contest (September 24-25th) as a Multi-Multi entry. Look for the operators to be active before the contest on 160-10 meters CW/SSB/RTTY, September 20-23rd.
QRP MOUNTAIN DXPEDITION. Alain, F6ENO, will be active portable and QRP from the Condamine Summit in the French Alps, August 15th or 16th, weather permitting. Activity is scheduled to start around 1200z until his power cells run out of power. He will be QRP on 40 meters using a HM 2 watts CW transceiver powered by a pack of two 2Ah cells, and a 2X10 meters dipole at 1.5 meters above ground (but at more than 3000 meters ASL). He is limited to 15Kg of gear that he can carry in his rucksack which is prepared for a two day journey (included food, tent and pegs, ice axe, cords, snap hooks etc....). The second rucksack, which is his wife Odile's, is devoted to photography gear. The callsign to be used is the French CW Society (the Union Francaise des Telegraphistes'): F8UFT/p. All QSOs will be confirmed with a special QSL. QSL via F6ICG.
QSL INFO AND NEWS............................
SPECIAL EVENT. The Parry Sound Amateur Radio Club will operate special event station, VE3CGPS, on August 20th, from 1400z to 2100z from the Canadian Coast Guard Base located in Parry Sound, Ontario, Canada. Activity is to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Base. The station will also operate at unscheduled times between August 21-25th.
SPECIAL EVENT. The special callsign TM2QP will be aired to commemorate 20 years of ATV DXpeditions led yearly by F2QP at the pass of Pailheres, in the Pyrenean mountains, (2000m ASL, WWL: JN02XR), between the Ariege and Aude Departments. There will be two activities conducted for this commemoration.
QSL both activities via F5GNY, by the bureau or direct (w/SASE + postage or IRC) to: Michel Valette, 1 Rue des mimosas, F31850 BEAUPUY, France. PLEASE NOTE: Qne U.S. dollar is not enough to cover the return of a card from France to outside of Europe and Africa.
SV5, DODECANESE. Hubert, DK9NCX, will be active as either SV5/DK9NCX or J45R from the island of Rhodes (IOTA EU-001, MIA MGD-028), now through August 20th. Look for activity on 160-10 meters, with an emphasis on the lower bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.
SV5, DODECANESE. Giannis, SV5FRI, will be active from Symi Island (MIA MGD-030), August 15-24th. Activity will be on 40/20/17/15 meters. QSL via address on QRZ.com.
V73, MARSHALL ISLANDS. Jeff, KA1GJ (aka V73GJ), informs OPDX that he will be leaving the Marshall Islands after "four great years of DX." Jeff also mentions that all QSL requests should now go to his new mailing address: Jeffrey Parker, 19 Old Forge Lane, Sudbury, MA 01776, USA.
VP9, BERMUDA. Frank, K3TRM, will be active as K3TRM/VP9 while on vacation from August 20-28th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters, including the WARC bands using SSB, RTTY, and PSK31. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau. Additional information is available on his Web site at: http://www.k3trm.com/.
VP9, BERMUDA. Kyle, WA4PGM, will be active as VP9/WA4PGM from September 9-13th. His activity will include entries in the WAE SSB, ARRL VHF and NA SPRINT CW contests. Outside of the contests, look for him on 160-6 meters CW/SSB. QSL direct with return postage to his PO Box address only: Kyle Chavis, POB 127, Farmville, VA 23901. His Web page is: http://www.wa4pgm.us.
VP9, BERMUDA. Operators Al/K7AR, Robert/W7YAQ, Scot/K9JY and Will/N7OU will be active as VP9/K7AR, from VP9GE's QTH, during the CQ/RJ WW DX RTTY Contest (September 24-25th) as a Multi-2 entry. By ops: K7AR, W7YAQ, K9JY, N7OU.
VU4, ANDAMAN ISLANDS (Hamfest in Portblair!). The editor of the "Daily DX" received a letter from Mr. S. Suri, VY2MY, Chairman of the National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR), informing him of a possible hamfest in Portblair, Andaman Islands, during the Christmas and New Year holiday between December 25, 2005, and January 10th, 2006 (any 3 days in between). This will also include possible foreign amateurs radio activity from VU4-land. The reason: It seems that the Indian Government was quite impressed with the VU4 Dpedition and Tsunami relief operations, as well as the operators, government and NAIR officials favorable welcome at the USA's 2005 Dayton HamVention and the 2005 German Hamradio (Friedrichshafen). NIAR is now conducting a dialogue with the government of India on a regular basis. The officials are interested in knowing how many foreign Hams would be serious in attending a Hamfest, as well as granting them special permission to operate their amateur radio stations during Hamfest and possibly thereafter. If interested in attending and operating, NIAR suggests to E-mail Prof. Ram Kapse, Lieutenant Governor of Andaman & Nicobar Islands, at Port Blair, India, via : firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com. Please send a copy to NIAR for follow-up and further action at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Bharathi, VU2RBI, also suggests to send an E-mail to the following address for more information at: email@example.com.
XQ, CHILE (COTA Op). Sergio, IZ6BRN, C.O.T.A. member, will be active as XQ3/IQ6CC now through December 2005. Activity will be mainly on SSB 17/15/12/10 meters. QSOs are good towards the C.O.T.A. (Carabinieri On The Air) award. QSL via IZ8DDG, by the bureau or direct to: Orlando Balisciano, Villa Bisignano 5°Traversa, 21 80147 Napoli - Italy.
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