The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 675
September 6, 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, K1XN & GoList, NC1L, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, W5KAU, K8YSE, W9VA, DL/VE3ZIK, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, DL6KAC, EA7FTR, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, G4OBK, G0WRE, HA3JB, HA0HW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IN3VZE, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, M5AAV, MM0DFV, ON5NT, PA2R, PA7FM, SM5SIC, VA3RJ & ICPO, VK6APK and ZS6WPX for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 29th/August, through Sunday, 5th/September there were 209 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5X, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9N, 9U, 9V, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, 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, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, 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).
135TH HPM BIRTHDAY ANNIVERSARY (REMINDER!). You have just under a week to go for this celebration. Some stations believe this is a contest and are confused what the /135 is. No, it is not a contest. Many stations are on the air to help celebrate the 135th birthday anniversary of the League's co-founder and first president Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW, who was born September 2, 1869. Look for ARRL Life members and League's elected and appointed volunteers and officials to append /135 to their callsigns. The HPM/135 celebration concludes at 2400z on Sunday, September 12th. To find out if you are eligible to sign /135, please see September's QST (page 40) or visit the following Web page for details at: http://www.arrl.org/qst/2004/09/field-positions-135.html A certificate is available by working at least 25 HPM/135 stations and submitting a log extract including date, time, band, callsign worked and exchange for each /135 contact. This certificate is endorsable in increments of 25 contacts up to a maximum of 100. Details are also available on the above mentioned Web site and QST.
3Y, PETER I ISLAND (Update). A multi-national team of 21 operators is now complete for the 2005 January/February 3Y0X DXpedition. The operators are: F2JD, HB9AHL, HB9BHW, K0IR, K4UEE, K3NA, K4SV, K5AB, K9SG, LA6VM, N2WB, N4GRN, N6OX, NK7C, NP4IW, OH2BH, OH2PM, PA5M, UA3AB, VK4GL and W0RUN. Alternates are in place for any unexpected cancellations. They plan to operate for two full weeks with nine stations on the air 24 hours a day. Most members of the team will meet in Atlanta, GA, between September 23-26th. This is a serious meeting to discuss details of the operation which include practice shelter set-up, equipment checks and seminars ( such as safety, search and rescue, emergencies and medical care, logging, propagation, equipment operation, dietary and food, environmental concerns, and operating Techniques). The voyage to Peter I Island will start from Punta Arenas on January 14th. The voyage to Peter I Island will take 6 to 7 days. The exact landing date will depend on weather. The team is still looking for contributions. If you would like to donate, please send them to K4UEE, F2JD, JA1ELY and ZL2AL. More details are available on the 3Y0X Web page at: http://www.peterone.com. They have recently setup a souvenir store to help collect funds for their operation. So vist and purchase a souvenir from the DXpedition at the "Peter I Store" at: http://www.cafepress.com/peter1store/.
7Q, MALAWI (Update). Ely, IN3VZE, reported last week he will be active as 7Q7CE from September 9-23rd. He informs OPDX this week that his friend Renato, IN3BHR, will be with him at the Resort Club Makokola, the southwest shore of Lake Malawi. The callsign Renato received is 7Q7RB. Activity will be on all bands 160-10 meters SSB. QSL 7Q7RB via his home callsign IN3BHR, direct or via the Italian Bureau. QSL 7Q7CE via his home callsign IN3VZE, direct or via the Italian Bureau.
9A, CROATIA. Zrinko (Zik), DL/VE3ZIK (also 4N1DX), will once again be active from Croatia between September 12-19th. This will be a holiday style operation from the QTH Bilice, near Sibenik (JN73WS). He will try to concentrate on WARC bands and 10m FM. If somebody wants to make a sked, send an E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org Also, there is some posibility to be active from some Croatian Islands. For those who already sent QSL card direct for his July activities, please wait until QSL cards come from printer. QSL ONLY via DL3PS, direct or by the DL Bureau (too dificult to receive bureau cards from VE3-land since he is now permanent in Germany).
C9, MOZAMBIQUE. Andre, ZS6WPX, informs OPDX that he will be in Mozambique from October 28th to November 1st on business, so his activity will be limited. He will be active as C91Z mostly on SSB, but also some CW and RTTY. Also, his XYL, Magda, will be active as C91Y. She will be active mostly on phone when time permits. Andrea will also been a Single-Op/ High-Power entry in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st). QSL via ZS6WPX DIRECT ONLY. ADDED NOTE: Andrea states that for the CQ WW CW Contest, look for Chuck/W4GMY and Joe/AA4NN to be in C9.
DXCC NEWS (Annual Deadline Comes To An End!). Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, informs OPDX of the following: "DXCC Annual List Deadline Change: Beginning in September 2004, there will be no deadline for the DXCC Annual List. We have been working toward this end for several years.
In previous years, September 30 was the cutoff point for compiling the entity totals for the DXCC Annual List published in the DXCC Yearbook. Over the years, DXCC participants tended to collect cards and submit them once a year, in September, to ensure the highest possible total for the listing. A major downside of the deadline is that we receive over 25% of our annual credit submissions during the month of the deadline. This in turn creates a huge increase in workload and a lengthy processing time.
Going forward, the lists of DXCC standings previously published in the DXCC Yearbook will be replaced by complete lists on the ARRL Web site. The new Web-based lists should be ready and on-line early in the first quarter of 2005, when the listings in the DXCC Yearbook would normally have been published. After initial publication, the new lists published on the Web will be updated regularly, perhaps weekly or even daily. They will also include the standings of all DXCC members, not just those who made a submission in the previous year (as has been the practice with the printed Yearbook due to space limitations).
A smaller version of the Yearbook will be published containing highlights of the standings, along with other features, as in the past."
EA6, BALEARIC ISLANDS. Christian, DL6KAC, will be going to EA6 again starting September 6th through probably September 28th. Activity will be from Mallorca Island (IOTA: EU-004, DIE: E-021) and will be on 40-10 meters, mainly on SSB, and maybe some digimode. Antennas will be dipoles with 350 watts of power. This will be a holiday style operation! QSL via the DARC Bureau or direct (QRZ.com).
GM, SCOTLAND. Andre, GM3VLB, will be active from Skye (EU-008) and possibly several other islands in the Inner Hebrides during the next week and a half. Depending on the weather, look for him to activate the following 8 islands: S. Rona (DI27), Scalpay (CN18), Longay (CN19), Staffin (DI28), Flodigarry (DI29), Wiay (CN21, Soay (CN16) and Crowlin (CN20). QSL direct only via his home callsign. ADDED NOTE: Andre plans to activate the Isle of May (IOTA EU-123, SCOTIA CS01) as soon as he can after his return from EU-008.
J42004/SV9, CRETE. Phil, G4OBK, will be active a few hours each day from Akrotiri, Western Crete, starting September 8th. He will have wire antennas for 30-10 meters. Phil will use the special Olympic callsign J42004Q until September 15th and then revert to SV9/G4OBK. He expects to be active on RTTY and CW and maybe a litle PSK31 and SSB. QSL is via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau. His Web page is: http://www.qrz.com/g4obk/
JT100, MONGOLIA. Yuri, UA9OBA, has been active as JT100M. This is a special callsign being used until September 13th during the Mongolian leg of the Altay-Himalaya Transasian off-road expedition. Activity has been mainly on 20 meters SSB around 14180 kHz (at various times). There have been some QSNs reported on 80/40 meters. QSL via UA9OBA. Also, visi the Web page at: http://off-road.ru.
KH7K, KURE ATOLL. It has been announced that the DXpedition to Kure Atoll by the Pacific DX Group, which was planned for mid to late October, has been postponed due to "transportation problems." The PDXG feels that the next possible opportunity for an operation to Kure will be late winter or early spring 2005. The PDXG asks that all groups or individuals who have contributed towards this operation or are thinking of contributing, to please continue to support their effort as they work to raise the necessary funding. The regional fund raisers can be contacted at:
OH0, ALAND ISLANDS. Oleg/ES1RA and Jaak/ES1FB will be active as OH0/ES1RA/P and OH0/ES1FB/P, respectively, from September 7-10th. QSL via their home callsigns.
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R1MV, MALYJ VYSOTSKIJ. "The Daily DX" reports that the R1MVI operation has been rescheduled to take place September 10-12th. QSL via RA3AMG: Denis Skobelkin, A.k. 698, LV-1010 Riga, Latvia. It is recommended to use Denis's Latvian address instead of his Russian address.
S9, SAO TOME. Jorge, CT1EFV, will be a part of "Latitude Zero Equatorial Challenge 2004". This challenge is humanitarian (they will be carrying medicines to deliver to the mission of the AMI), cultural (they will recoup a Portuguese school, deliver 6000 Portuguese books to the library of Sao Tome) and also open new roads to impassable parts of the Island. Half of the team will make use of local communications (VHF, telephones and satellite) while Jorge will be operating the HF bands as S92LZ from the Island of Sao Tome (IOTA AF-023) between September 19-26th, providing conditions and logistics allow. He will use a Kenwood TS50S mounted onboard a Land Rover and will make use of a G5RV antennas. QSL via CT1EFV (QRZ.com).
SPECIAL EVENT. Alek, VK6APK, member of the Northern Corridor Radio Group, states: "The state of Western Australia is celebrating its 175th anniversary of existence this year. As part of the celebrations, the Northern Corridor Radio Group Inc (VK6ANC) is activating the special callsign VI6175WA. The callsign will be aired for the month of October. Its first operation will be in the Oceania DX SSB Contest on the first weekend in October. After that it will be used on the HF bands by individual members of the club. We hope to have activity on all the hf bands and all modes during the course of the month. More information will be posted shortly on http://www.ncrg.org.au and also on QRZ.com. QSL cards have already been printed by UX5UO Print http://www.ux5uoqsl.com and will be available for all contacts via the manager, VK6NE, direct with return postage or via the bureau is fine."
SPECIAL EVENT. The Orkney Wireless Museum will be on the air as GB2OWM during the Orkney Science Festival now through September 11th. Probable operating times will be weekdays and Sundays between 2:30 and 4:30pm and on Saturdays from 10:00am to 12:30pm. For more details, please visit the Scottish HAM Portal Web page at: http://www.scotham.net
SU8, EGYPT. Gab, HA3JB, informs OPDX that he will operate as SU8BHI from Cairo, September 21st through December 20th. His activity will include an entry in the CQ WW RTTY DX and CQ WW DX CW Contests. Activity outside of the contest will include CW, PSK, RTTY, SSTV and some SSB. QSL via HA3JB, only direct to: Gabor Kutasi, H-8601 Siofok, P.O.Box 243, HUNGARY - EUROPE. There will be an online log at: http://www.qsl.net/ha3jb/
TT8, CHAD. Francois, F6GYV, reports that he has received his new licence and the callsign issued to him by the Tchadian Authorities is TT8FT. His station in Ndjamena consists of a FT-847 Transceiver and dipole. Francois's job is with the mobile telephone service, and he states this leaves him with very little time to operate. Look for him to be on the air only during his evening hours (Ndjamena time) and on Sundays. He states, "Some of you have asked for 160 meters activity. I'll try to build an HM antenna with my few own parts (nothing to find or buy for amateur radio gear here). More information later." QSL via the French Bureau (via F6GYV) or direct to: Francois Theveneau, Celtel Tchad, BP 5665, Ndjamena, Chad. ADDED NOTE FROM FRANCOIS: "I apologize for my past stay in Mali but, because of my job, I couldn't make a lot of traffic with my TZ8FT callsign."
TZ6, MALI. QSL Manager Dennis, PA7FM, informs OPDX that after his stay in Niger, Michael, PA5M (5U7DX), is now in Mali until September 16th (or possibly the 22nd per Ghis/ON5NT). When this was written, OPDX was informed by ON5NT that Michael was in Bamako. He will be traveling around the country, and in his spare time he will be active as TZ6M. He was spotted this past week on/or around 14190 kHz after 1900z. As usual, he has a Web site with online logs at: http://www.pa7fm.nl. ADDED NOTE: Michael, PA5M, will be one of the operators going to Peter I Island in early 2005.
WFP NEWS. Ghis, ON5NT, in Dubai, UAE, provides the following updates of amateur radio operators that are with the "UN World Food Program" (WFP) in the following countries:
W9DXCC CONVENTION (Reminder/Update!). The Northern Illinois DX Association is pleased to announce the 52nd annual W9DXCC Convention on September 18th. The convention will be at the Holiday Inn in Elk Grove Village, IL, about five miles west of Chicago O'Hare International Airport. Their banquet speaker is John Devoldere, ON4UN. John will also be appearing during the day along with John Battin/K9DX and Jerry Rosalius/WB9Z, in the Low Band Forum. Eric Scace/K3NA will be on hand with the story of the 3B9C Rodrigues Island 150,000+ QSO DXpedition. Jay Terleski/WX0B will tell us about his Fort Bragg NC military antenna farm featuring phased log periodics. Scott Robbins/W4PA will have the Ten-Tec Orion Story and Lee Finkel/KY7M has his 5U5Z African Adventure to relate. Propagation expert Carl Luetzelschwab/K9LA will be back for his fifth year as he updates our prospects in the declining years of Cycle 23. The ARRL Forum features Central Division Director Dick Isely/W9GIG, Vice Director Howie Huntington/K9KM, DX Advisory Committee Chairman Jim O'Connell/W9WU, Membership Service Chairman and Logbook of the World Guru Wayne Mills/N7NG, and BPL expert Greg Lapin/N9GL. Jim Cain/ K1TN, author of the YASME book, will present a program about Danny Weil/ VP2VB, arguably the first DXpeditioner and Lloyd and Iris Colvin, W6KG and W6QL. For the IOTA fans, Mike McGirr/K9AJ, Jim Model/K9PPY, and Gordon Bazsali/WB9EEE will have the latest Island News. Card checking will be available for DXCC, other ARRL awards, and the CQ DX awards program. Full details about the convention are available at the W9DXCC Web site: http://www.w9dxcc.com. On-line registration is available as well as a link to the hotel for on-line lodging reservations. Further information is available from the 2004 Chairman Bill Smith, W9VA, at: email@example.com.
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