The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 659
May 3, 2004
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, The ARRL Letter, K1XN & GoList, K2UO, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4ZLE, N4AA & QRZ DX, K8YSE, BD5RV, CT1END, CX3AN, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, DL5YYM, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, JJ1BDX, OH5DX, ON4AXU, ON6UM, OZ8ABE, TA3J and UR3GM for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 25th/April, through Sunday, 2nd/May there were 218 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C9, CE, CE0A, CE0Y, 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, FY, G, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J6, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, 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, PZ, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, 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, ZD8, ZK1/s, 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).
3B8, MAURITIUS. Walter, DL3LBP, will be active as 3B8/DL3LBP until May 21st from Flic en Flac. Activity will be on 40-10 meters CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign.
D2, ANGOLA. Ed, D2PFN (aka 4L4FN), continues to be very active on RTTY on 20/17/15/12 meters. Most of his activity is bewteen 1300-2130z. QSL via KK5DO.
DXCC NEWS (Logbook of The World to Inaugurate DXCC Credits Sysytem!).. Excerpts from "The ARRL Letter" (Vol. 23, No. 18, April 30, 2004), states that the ARRL's "Logbook of the World" secure contact database is to debut its DXCC credits system Wednesday, May 5th. ARRL Membership Services Manager Wayne Mills, N7NG, says the long-awaited LoTW component will permit users to apply contact "matches" in Logbook's 41.4 million QSO and growing database to their DXCC records. To date, Mills reports, more than 2.5 million QSO matches already exist in the system. "It's a pretty straightforward process," Mills said of crediting LoTW QSO matches to DXCC. "What participants need to do first is go to the LoTW site and read the instructions." Information available will include a list of frequently asked questions--FAQs. Before doing anything else, LoTW newcomers will have to obtain a Logbook of the World digital certificate and download the software. Since LoTW launched last September, it has validated nearly 10,000 digital certificates from approximately 7000 individual users. Obtaining a digital certificate, which authenticates each user under a particular callsign, is free. For more details, please read this week's "The ARRL Letter" and visit the following Web page at: http://www.arrl.org/lotw/
EO59, UKRAINE (Special Event). Operators Igor/UR3GM and Andy/UR5GAR will activate special event station EO59G from May 5-9th. Activity is to commemorate the 59th anniversary of Victory in World War II. QSL via UR5GAR: Bureau - Box 56, Kiev 01001, UKRAINE or Direct - Pulin, Box 23, Kherson 73022, UKRAINE. QSLs can be requested by sending an E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
ET3, ETHIOPIA. The E.A.R.S. club station, ET3AA, has been pretty active lately. Operators Abiy, Mima and Kokobe have been active on 20/15/10 meters SSB between 1200-1600z. QSL via Box 60258, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA. According to "La Gazette du DX", Yves, F6CTL, will be here during May and plans to activate three atolls in different island groups. Activity will be on 40-10 meters using a vertical and long wire antennas.
FO (FO/A & FO/M), FRENCH POLYNESIA, AUSTRAL AND MARQUESAS ISLAND (Update). Gerard, ON4AXU (ex-PA3AXU, 3D2XU, T30XU, C21XU, A35XU, 5W0GD, ZK1AXU [N/S]), informed the DX community that he will be active on 160 meters during his operations from these Pacific islands. His schedule for these Pacific islands were listed in OPDX.643 and operations will take place between May 13th and June 13th. Also, visit his Web page for more details at: http://www.qsl.net/on4axu/
FO/M, MARQUESAS ISLAND. Arihide, JI1WTF, is now active as FO/JI1WTF from here. His length of stay is not known yet. Most of his activity has been on CW/RTTY on 40/20/15 meters. QSL via his home callsign.
FY, FRENCH GUIANA. Didier, FY5FY, will be active in the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th) as a Multi-Op/All Band/High Power entry. QSL via FY5FY
GB, ENGLAND (Special Activities). The following list of operations will take place to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Liberation of Paris and Guam. The operations are as follows:
GM, SCOTLAND (Many Scottish Islands To Be Activated!). Andre/GM3VLB and Alex/GM0DHZ plan to activate many Scottish Island in IOTA EU-008, EU-010 EU-111 and EU-123 in the coming weeks and months. Their planned schedule is as follows.
1st DXpedition: IOTA EU-008 (Inner Hebrides):
2nd DXpedition: IOTA EU-010 (Outer Hebrides) In June they will activate another "new one", Burns Island (HI26). This will be activated, together with Scarp (HI24), Chaluim Chille (HI25), before heading to the Uist Island Group (EU-010) from where they hope to activate the Monachs EU-111 (DI22) as well as Kirkibost (HI12), Eriskay (HI05) and probably several more such as HI15, HI13, HI10, HI08, HI11, HI06 and perhaps HI03 and HI04 etc.....as in the past, plans are very much "time and WX-dependent".
3rd DXpedition: Andre and Alex will (in June? July?) "complete" the Skye area (EU-008) islands. They have the permission for Rona (DI27), Scalpay (CN18), Longay (CN19), Wiay (CN21), Soay (CN16), Crowlins (CN20), Staffin (DI28) and Flodigarry (DI29).
4th DXpedition: Andre and Alex "may" activate IOTA EU-123 where they have permission to land and to operate on Ailsa Craig (DI01) and on Lady Isle (DI02) at the end of the bird breeding season. This will be around the end of July/beginning of August.
ADDED NOTES: Andre states that they are also planning a return visit to the Shiants (EU-112) either on the Hebridean trip or the Skye expedition. Also, St. Kilda (EU-059) is looking less and less likely. Andre feels that without support, this one will become an increasingly rare IOTA. QSL all activity via their home callsigns. Full details of the islands and the "Scottish Island Award" program (SCOTIA) are available on, and can be downloaded from, the following Web site at: http://www.gm3vlb.com
HAMVENTION DX HAPPENINGS................
KH2, GUAM. Nao, JK1FNL, will be on the air as NA8O/KH2 from May 5-9th. He will operate with a portable transceiver and a simple antenna. QSL via JK1FNL (see QRZ.com for the details). PLEASE NOTE: NEVER send QSL to U.S. District #8 bureau or his NA8O address in the USA.
LX, LUXEMBOURG. Operators Ivo/ON6UM, Frans/ON4LO and Rob/ON6QX will be active from here May 15-17th. The trio of operators will sign LX/homecall. Activity will be on all bands SSB/CW/Digital. QSL via their home callsigns.
OH0, ALAND ISLANDS. Ari, OH5DX, will be active as OH0Z from May 28th through June 4th. Activity will be all bands, CW/SSB with a Single Band entry in the CQ WPX CW Contest. QSL via OH5DX (ex-OH1EH).
OJ0, MARKET REEF. Operators Ingo/SM5AJV, Peder/SM0GNS, Jonas/SM5HJZ and Anders/SM0HPL will be active as OJ0SM during the CQ WPX CW Contest as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via SM5HJZ.
OX25, GREENLAND. Look for OX stations to use the special prefix OX25 followed by their own suffix between June 1-30th. This special event is to celebrate the 25 years of home rule/goverment in Greenland.
OY, FAROE ISLANDS. Operators Kevin/ON5DRE and Erwin/ON4QJ are expected to be active now through May 13th. Activity will be on 160-2 meters, with an emphasis on 80/40/17/2 meters.
QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
TP7CE, COUNCIL OF EUROPE. Francis/F6FQK (TP2CE Liaison Officer) informs OPDX that the last valid TP7CE activity for the "Council of Europe Radio Club Challenge" will take place May 5th (for RTTY) and May 7-9th (for RTTY/SSB/CW). Deadline to send QSOs list: June 30th, 2004. Rules and details for the Challenge can found on the following Web in six different languages at: http://ewwa.free.fr
V31, BELIZE (Also, IOTA Op). An Uruguayan-Argentinean team are planning a joint DXpedition venture to Belize between May 5-14th. Operators will be Mario/CX4CR, Carlos/LU2NI and Bert/CX3AN. The team will operate from a site in Placencia South Belize (V31MD's Shack). Activity will be on 160-6 meters CW/SSB/Digital with a special emphasis on the Lower/WARC bands. On 6 meters there should be a single rig on for continous listening on 50.110 MHz. QSL Manager is LU2NI. Callsigns will be issued after their arrival. ADDED NOTE: During the team's last 4 days, they will activate South Water Cay (IOTA NA-180).
V63, MICRONESIA. Sho, JA7HMZ, will be active as V63DX from Pohnpei Island, May 24-27th. Activity will be 40-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via JA7HMZ.
XU, CAMBODIA (Update). Jaak, ES1FB (who will be active with Oleg, ES1RA, as XU7ACE and XU7ARA, respectively, between May 7-19th) states that they will be active during the IOTA Contest (July 24-25th) as XU7ACV from Koh Pas (AS-133). QSL XU7ACE and XU7ACV via ES1FB. QSL XU7ARA via ES1RA. Visit the following Web page at: http://www.hot.ee/xu7ace/
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