Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 706
April 18, 2005

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 706
BID: $OPDX.706
April 18, 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, AD1C, K1XN & GoList, W1EBI, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, W3YY, K4VUD, N4AA & QRZ DX, K8YSE, NE8Z, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, DU1EV, EA5KY, EA7FTR, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, F8DQZ & HFDX, G3SWH, HA0HW, I1HYW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2YSB, IT9DAA, IZ8BRI, IZ8CCW, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, M1BYT, PA7FM, PY5EG, SP5UAF, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3BDB, VK2YJS and VK4FW for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 10th/April, through Sunday, 17th/April there were 224 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E4, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, 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, R1FJ, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, 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, VK9N, VP2E, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XX9, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK1/s, ZK2, ZK3, ZL, ZL7, 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).

3D2, FIJI. Look for Nao, JK1FNL, to be active as 3D2NA from Mana Island (OC-121), April 24-28th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters CW/SSB/RTTY. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

6W, SENEGAL. Al, 6W1RY (NH7A when stateside), reports that he will be active in the CQ WW SSB Contest (October 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/ High-Power entry. QSL via F5VHJ or LoTW.

A5, BHUTAN. A report from Sebastien, F8DQZ, indicates that there are two new club stations in Bhutan as per Wangpo Dorji, A51WD. No QSNs have been reported yet, but the callsigns and QTHs were provided as:

  1. Shingkhar Amateur Radio Club (A50E)
    Shingkhar Primary School, Shingkhar, Zhemgang, Bhutan
  2. Bardo Amateur Radio Club (A50F)
    Bardo Primary School, Bardo, Zhemgang, Bhutan

ANTARCTIC NEWS................

BX3, TAIWAN. Juergen, DJ3KR, is now active as BX3/DJ3KR until June 5th. He was spotted this past week on 30/17 meters CW. Watch these bands between 1100-1700z. QSL via DJ3KR.

DX0, SPRATLY ISLANDS (QRT). Eddie, DU1EV, informs OPDX that Gil, 4F2KWT, took down the antennas at DX0K on Tuesday, April 12th. Eddie states, "It is nice to know that six meters finally opened up last week and Gil was able to work HL and JA stations on the magic band. So now, officially, it is a 160 to 6 meter DXpedition. We did not have any luck with the 6 meter EME attempt." He also states, "What better way to end a DXpedition than by attending the town fiesta. The Municipality of Kalayaan at Pag-Asa Island celebrates its fiesta this week. Gil is a guest of honor at the town fiesta. He shall be taking the ship from Pag-Asa (Thitu) Island to Puerto Princessa, Palawan. Hopefully, he will be back in the mainland by Tuesday or Wednesday next week."

EX, KYRGYZSTAN. Look for Jaak, ES1FB, to be active as EX/ES1FB from April 19-29th. Also, look for Oleg, ES1RA, to be active as EX/ES1RA from April 19th to May 17th. Activity from both operators will be a holiday style operation. QSL EX/ES1FB direct to ES1FB: Jaak Meier, Box 2907, 13102, Tallinn, Estonia. QSL EX/ES1RA direct to ES1RA: Oleg Mir, Box 806, 11702, Tallinn, Estonia.

FT5XO UPDATE. The Microlite Penguins DXpedition Team arrived in Australia at 0000z, Monday April 11th. Robert, SP5XVY, sent Tom, SP5UAF, some pictures from the Kerguelen Island DXpedition and some 24 images can be viewed at: http://www.sn0hq.org/foto/view_album.php?set_albumName=ft5xo.

HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN. Remember to look for Gherardo/IZ1DSH, Giovanni/IK1WEG and Riccardo/IZ1GDB to be active as HB0/homecall, April 22-26th. Activity will be on 80/40/30/20 meters CW/SSB. QSL via their home callsigns, direct (QRZ.com) or via the ARI bureau.

HC1, ECUADOR. Dr. Rick, NE8Z, will be active as HC1MD from Tumbaco, April 25th to May 11th. He mentions that Tumbaco is located "just over the hill" from HCJB's massive antenna complex in Pifo, Ecuador. Rick will be using a Kenwood TS-850s/SB200 + Carolina Windom antenna on 80-10 meters CW/SSB. He will be paying special attention to the WARC bands on this trip. Also, look for Rick to be active on 6 meters CW/SSB with a FT-857 and a two element Par Electronics loop. QSL via K8LJG: John Kroll, 3528 Craig Drive, Flint, MI 48506 USA. Rick also suggests to please view the HC-DX Awards at: http://www.octavia.com/qsl/awards.htm.

HQ2, HONDURAS. Dan, HQ2DMR, announced this past weekend that anyone needing a QSO and a QSL card from Honduras on 40 meters to look for him during the weekends in April. Watch for him between 2300-0200z, transmitting on 7095 or 7098 kHz and listening on 7225 or 7235 kHz.

HS0, THAILAND. Charly, K4VUD, informs OPDX that he will be active from here as HS0ZCW from April 28th to May 14th. This is a family visit, so his operations will be casual. ADDED NOTE FROM CHARLY: Also note that Charly's Thai wife, Somjit, loves answering QSL cards and has done over 2,000 backlogged bureau cards for K4VUD, HS0ZCW, 9N7UD, A52UD, XW1UD, and KG4FPK. He states, "Gotta love her! She has promised to do the remainder this summer and get all caught up!"

HZ, SAUDI ARABIA. Thomas, HZ1EX, has been very active on 40/17 meters CW. Watch 40 meters (around 7002 kHz) between 2130-0200z and 17 meters (around 18075-18085 kHz) between 1330-1730z. He will be here until June. QSL via SM0BYD.

INTERNATIONAL MARCONI DAY. The International Marconi Day (IMD) is a 24 hour amateur radio event held annually to celebrate the birth of Guglielmo Marconi on April 25, 1874. The IMD event is not a contest. It is an opportunity for amateurs around the world to make point-to-point contact with historic Marconi sites using HF communications techniques similar to those used by Marconi and to gain an attractive Award for achieving the requisite number of Marconi stations worked (5 awards for transmitters, 2 for SWL). The International Marconi Day is usually held on the Saturday closest to Marconi's birthday, when amateur radio stations are established and operated from or near original historic sites. This year, the event will take place on April 23rd. These stations are known as the "Award Stations" and are listed on the IMD Web site at: http://www.gb4imd.co.uk/awardstns.htm. The list is regularly updated as the various stations confirm their availability to operate. For more information, please visit the Cornish Radio Amateur Club (CRAC) Web page at: http://gb4imd.co.uk.

INTERNATIONAL MARCONI DAY (Station in VK2). From New South Wales, Australia, the Hornsby & Districts Amateur Radio Club and the Wahroonga Amateur Historical Radio Association will be operating a special event station for this day since Wahroonga was the location of the first contact between Britain and Australia - between Marconi in Conarvan, Wales, and Ernest Fisk at Wahroonga, New South Wales. Listen and work VK2IMD the full 24 hours (GMT) on April 23rd, on all bands from 80 to 10 meters as propagation permits.

INTERNATIONAL MUSEUMS WEEKEND 2005. The fifth "International Museums Weekend" (IMW) special event will be taking place this year on the weekend of June 18-19th. Everyone is welcome to join in from their local museum for this very enjoyable and friendly event. The organizer, Harry, M1BYT, asks that all those intending to join in should register their museum. Registration is free of cost via the IMW Web site at: http://ukradioamateur.org/imw/.

IOTA NEWS....................

J2, DJIBOUTI. Yves, F5PRU/J20FH, is now QRT from Djibouti and is heading to Metropolitan France. All his antennas were dismantled last week. He would to thank all of the hams who made a QSO with J20FH, sometimes in very bad conditions. QSL via his French callsign F5PRU, either by the bureau or direct. He hopes to make another trip to J2 in the near future.

J3, GRENADA. Dick, K5AND, will be active as J3/K5AND during the end of June. Activity will be on 6 meters with a single long yagi and kw and 2 meters with a single 5 element yagi or a group of 4 yagis combined with a kw amp on CW/SSB and 500w on the digital modes. There will be a 2m EME operation. No skeds will be taken. The location is on the far north point of the island giving an excellent take off to Europe and the USA on 6 meters. Several other operators will join, including one YL. More details are to be forthcoming.

JT1, MONGOLIA. Nicola, I0SNY, is expected to be active again as JT1Y between April 21st and May 10th. He also expects to operate as JT1Y/4 from the Gobi Desert. His bands/modes of activity were not provided. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

LX, LUXEMBOURG. Remember to look for Guido/ON4BAG, Frans/ON4LO, Rob/ON6QX and Ivo/ON6UM to be active as LX/homecall, April 22-25th. Activity will be on 160-10 meter CW, SSB and digital modes. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the bureau.

NEW ISLAND AWARD. Corrado, IT9DAA, MIA Awards Manager, has announced a new Mediterraneo DX Club project called the "Mediterranean Islands Trophy". The "Mediterranean Islands Trophy" can be earned by contacting stations operating from islands located in the Mediterranean Sea between the period of June 1st and September 30th. For details and rules, visit the Web page at: http://www.mdxc.org/mia/.

NEW OFFICERS FOR 2005................

  NODXA - On Monday, April 4th, the members of Northern Ohio DX Association
          elected the following to serve as officers between May 2005 and
          April 2006:  President:         Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
                       Vice President:    Dwaine Modock,   K8ME
                       Secretary:         Al Moriarty,     N8CX
                       Treasurer:         Mary Michaelis,  N8DMM
                       Newsletter Editor: David Autry,     WD8IOU
          For more information about NODXA, check out the club's Web
          site at:       http://www.papays.com/nodxa.html.
  YCCC  - On Saturday, April 9th, the Yankee Clipper Contest Club held
          its annual election meeting. The following were elected to
          serve as officers for the April 2005-March 2006 club year:
                       President:           K1RX, Mark Pride
                       Vice President:      N1IK, Brian Lambert
                       Treasurer:           K1EP, Ed Parish
                       Secretary:           W1EBI, George Harlem
                       Activities Manager:  K1NQ, Dave Jordan
          For more information about YCCC, check out the club's Web
          site at:               http://www.yccc.org.

PIRATE ALERTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

QSL INFO AND NEWS.................

S0, WESTERN SAHARA. Luis, EA5KY, Chief Editor of "El mundo del DX", informs OPDX that activity by S09A last month was legitimate and was NOT A PIRATE as some individuals have suggested. QSL via EA1BT (by the bureau or direct).

S7, SEYCHELLES (IOTA Activity). Frederic, HB9CQK, will be active as S79QK from April 27th to May 8th. His activity will include the activation of Denis Island (AF-024) and Alphonse Island (AF-033). Operations will be on the 20/17/15/12/10 meters SSB on the IOTA frequencies. He will use an IC-706MKIIG with 100 watts, and a 40 meter delta loop antenna. The log will be uploaded to LoTW. If you want a QSL card, you can QSL via HB9CQK, direct or by the bureau.

SPECIAL EVENT (Interesting Callsign Of The Week). To celebrate the first flight of the A380 Airbus a special callsign will be activated. Look for TM380 (Tango Mike three eight zero - no suffix) to be active from the following cities: Toulouse-Blagnac, Nantes and Saint-Nazaire et Meaulte. These cities are the different places of production of this big plane (south-west France). Activity will be on all modes and bands. Listen for activity on April 18th, the date planned for this flight. QSL via the bureau or direct to F5GNY: 1 rue des Mimosas, F- 31850, BEAUPUY, France.

SPECIAL EVENT. Members of the F6KIF ARC will activate TM8MAI from May 3-17th, to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the treaty signed in Reims on May 7th, 1944, (published on the 8th), ending WWII. Activity will be on HF/VHF/UHF and on CW/SSB/FM. QSL via F4DRC.

SPECIAL EVENT (Update On Dates). Bob Cooke, VE3BDB, reports to OPDX that "operating dates for historic special event station CF3VEDAY have now been confirmed. The station will operate from May 5-12th, inclusive to celebrate the opening of the new Canadian War Museum in Canada on May 8th, a date which coincidentally is the 60th anniversary of Victory in Europe Day (VE-DAY). In addition, 2005 has been declared Year of the Veteran. All Radio Amateurs are asked to observe these important events by working the special event station and inviting Veterans into their radio shacks. This is the first time that a 5-letter suffix has been issued for Amateur Radio in Canada." For more information, including operating schedules, check the CF3VEDAY Web site at: http://www.qsl.net/cf3veday/.

SV5, DODECANESE. Tomas, LY1DF, will be active as SV5/LY1DF from April 28th to May 4th. Activity will be on 80/30/20/17 meters. QSL via LY1DF, by the bureau or direct.

SV9, CRETE. Rosel/DL3KWR and Hardy/DL3KWF will be active as SV9/DL3KWR and SV9/DL3KWF, respectivelly, now through April 29th. Activity will be mostly on the WARC bands, 80 meters and on CW during their evenings. QSL via their home callsign. E-mail requests for bureau cards can be sent to: dl3kwr@darc.de --or-- dl3kwf@darc.de.

T32, EAST KIRIBATI (New IOTA Op!). During the 1st Mediterraneo DX Club Convention held on April 9-10th, plans for a DXpedition to two unnumbered IOTA groups in the Line Islands (East Kiribati) were announced by MDXC members Nando Rubino/IT9YRE (T32Y), Claudio Scaglia/I1SNW (T32SNW) and Alfio Bonanno/IT9EJW (T32EJW). They will operate SSB and CW first from Flint Island (if unable to land there, they will move on to Vostok Island in the same group); the second new one will be Caroline Island (aka Millennium Island). The expedition is scheduled to take place between September 28th and October 15th. QSL direct to their home callsigns (separate envelopes for each operation, please). Donations to help offset the high costs of the expedition will be gratefully accepted and can be sent to IT9YRE: Nando Rubino, P.O. Box 30, 96012 Avola -SR. Italy.

TK, CORSICA (Possible IOTA Activity). Laci/HA0HW and Tomi/HA4DX will be active as TK/HA0HW and TK/HA4DX from Corsica (EU-014) on May 22-29th. They plan to operate on all HF bands on CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31 with two radios, DunaX and home-made verticals, dipoles on 160/80m. If they find time to go out to one of the small coastal islands (EU-100, EU-104 or EU-164) to operate, they will do it. QSLs are "OK" via the HA QSL Bureau or direct according to the details on QRZ.com.

TM, FRANCE (Special Activities).........................

TT9, CHAD. Pierre, TT8AMO (aka HB9AMO, 9Q5BQ and some more...), pleased the "Top-banders" over the past weekend. He replaced his 80 meters dipole with an inverted Vee antenna for the top-band (160m). The apex of this antenna was only at 14 meters high. He used a TS-50 with only 100 watts. NOW FOR THE BAD NEWS. After his top band weekend, there will be no more 160/80m operations. The 80m antenna will be replaced with a 17m antenna. Look for an online log at the following Web page and Pierre said that he will also try to publish a list of the stations he heard on 160m. QSL via PA7FM. The online log is available at: http://www.pa7fm.nl/logs/tt8amo/logsearch.php.

VU, INDIA. Bob, W3YY, will be in Bangalore, India, from April 29th through May 5th, and has received a kind invitation from Miku, VU2WAP, to operate from his station. This is not a DXpedition, so Bob will have to depend on the availability of Miku's station and his own business schedule. Bob hopes to be able to have some significant operating time during the weekend of April 29-31st, and perhaps some brief periods during the remainder of his trip.

WARD 2005. AWARD (Just A Reminder!). Monday, April 18th, is World Amateur Radio Day. There is a World Amateur Radio Day 2005 Award (WARD) available and designed to commemorate the World Amateur Radio Day celebrated by IARU which is on April 18th each year. This year's award celebrates the 80th anniversary of the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU). The AWARD 2005 is issued by the MK QTC, "The Polish Radio Amateurs'Journal", with support of PZK, "The Polish Amateur Radio Union". The WARD 2005 will be issued for the following numbers of contacts: either 10 QSOs on HF bands, or 5 QSOs on VHF bands. All contacts must be made between 0000 and 2400z on April 18, 2005. Send a standard application form (log extract), including the list of QSOs, to: MK QTC, The Radio Amateurs' Journal, Suchacz-Zamek, Wielmozy 5b, 82-340 Tolkmicko, Poland (on or before June 31st, 2005). The price of the WARD 2005 Award is 5 USD or 5 EURO. The full-color award's size: 210 x 297 mm. The WARD 2005 Award is also available to SWLs for the same numbers of reports. Also, visit the following Web pages for more details: http://ward.radio.org.pl/ and http://ward-award.prv.pl/. Also, you can send (for more details) via an E-mail to: qtc@post.pl.

WRTC 2006 (Update). Oms, PY5EG, informs OPDX that the "REFEREES SELECTION CRITERIA" for the next WRTC 2006 is now in place. Interested parties can view the details on the following Web page at: http://www.wrtc2006.com.

ZL7, CHATHAM ISLANDS. Rick, AI5P, is now active as ZL7/AI5P until April 26th. Activity will be mainly on CW on 40-10 meters. Activity over the past week has been on 30 and 20 meters CW. There has been some 17 meters CW and 20 meters SSB. QSL via AI5P.

ZW6, BRAZIL (Fort Activity). Look for ZW6FSM to be active from Fort Sao Marcos (DFB reference BA-05), April 20-21st. Activity will be SSB only, and on 80/40/20 meters. QSL via PY6KW, direct or by the bureau.

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