The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 665
June 21, 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, AD1C, K1XN & GoList, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4WX, WA4AA, WA4PGM, W4VQ, KH6BZF, K8YSE, CT1END, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, DL5MO, EA8CAC, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK4RUX, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, JJ1BDX, LZ1PJ, PA7FM, SM0DTK, UA0MF, UT3UZ, VA3RJ & ICPO, YT1HA and Z36W for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 13th/June, through Sunday, 20th/June there were 200 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, 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, PZ, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZF, ZK1/s, ZK2, 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).
EDITOR'S COMMENTS: Looks like DXing is on a summer decline. There were 200 DXCC entities reported this past week, and 212 and 215 the weeks before. Interesting, will it hit below 200 next week?
3Y0, PETER I ISLAND. It seems everything is a go for Peter I. Activity will take place in January 2005 according to their Web page at: http://www.peterone.com "The Daily DX" reports that the team has found new transportation to the island - a newly refurbished icebreaker formally in service of the Chilean Navy (no name provided). Just a reminder that this operation is a very expensive undertaking, and the team is looking for additional financial support and sponsors. More details on the upcoming DXpedition can be found on the Web page listed above.
4W, TIMOR LESTE. Peter, 4W3CW, was heard this past weekend on on 20/15/10 meters CW. Activity was between 0100-1500z. QSL via 4W3CW (QRZ.com).
ARRL FIELD DAY PROPAGATION. Propagation Guru Lee, KH6BZF, reports the following: "Since we have had some doldrums in propagation, there is some light at the end of the tunnel! Forecast data indicates that the 27.5-day solar cycle may peak close to ARRL (FD) Field Day! Flux levels upward toward 100+ level may be expected just prior to the FD. Event on June 25-27, 2004. However, some short skip on 6mtrs and 10mtrs may occur. Let 10mtrs dictate what may be expected on 6mtrs. For HF--both 20 and 17 meters seem to be where the dawn to dusk action will be, pending any solar perturbations which may always occur. Meanwhile, both 80/75 and 40 meters will be the bands to observe from grayline to night to grayline. The 30 mtr band is expected to be open to somewhere during the 24-HR period. Happy hunting." Lee, KH6BZF REPORTS.
CE0, EASTER ISLAND. Scott, AC3A, is expected to be active until June 24th as CE0/AC3A. He does plan to concentrate on 6 meters if the band cooperates. However, Scott will also be on HF during his evenings. QSL via his home callsign (QRZ.com).
GET WELL QUICK! OPDX and its readers would like to wish well-known "QRX DX" Editor Carl Smith, N4AA, a speed recovery. Carl informed his readers that after "failing" a stress test on Monday last week, he was sent directly to the hospital where he was given a heart catheter. This test revealed the main artery in the front part of his heart was 99% blocked. The doctor immediately performed the "baloon/stint" procedure to open up that artery. He is pleased to say that it apparently was a complete success, and he was allowed to come home on Wednesday evening. Once again, OPDX and its readers are glad to hear Carl is doing well and hope to see him back in print after a good rest and recovery.
KH0, NORTHERN MARIANAS (Update). Jim, KG8RP/KH0, Nao, NA8O/KH0, Yutaka, KH0/JQ2GYU, Koko, KH0/JM1MAC and Tomi, WH6CZC/KH0, will be active from Saipan, from July 9-12th. The operation will be on 40-6 meters including the WARC bands, but no 6m EME. Yutaka states, "We are planing to bring a 4-element Yagi for 6m band, 2-element HB9CV for 20/15/10m bands, a Zepp for 30m band, and an ATU + Long Wire for 160/80/75/40/17/12m bands with several barefoot radios, such as FT-897D, TS-480SAT, and so on." QSL info is as follows: KG8RP/KH0 via 7K4QOK, NA8O/KH0 via JK1FNL, KH0/JQ2GYU via JQ2GYU, KH0/JM1MAC via JM1MAC, and WH6CZC/KH0 via JF1UMK. QSL all direct or via the JARL bureau. Please do not send the QSLs to the U.S. QSL bureaus.
KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. The Pina Colada Contest Club will be active as KP2AA from St. Croix during the ARRL Field Day, June 26-27th. Activity will be on 80-2 meters, including Satellite. QSL via K7JA. PLEASE NOTE: Stations not involved in the Field Day competition are reminded of the exchange needed by Field Day stations. If you are at home on commercial power, your report is "1D DX" and if mobile you send "1C DX" to FD stations. More details may be found on the ARRL Web site at: http://www.arrl.org
LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVITY. A team consisting of Dima/RA0LQ, Oleg/RW0LL and Mike/UA0MF are preparing to visit Askold Island's Lighthouse (AS-066, LH-2159, RDA:PK-39) and operate as UE0LLH from July 2-5th. They will participate in the WLH Contest operating barefoot and a R7 antenna. They will be looking for ARLS and RRC/RLH numbers. More exact details and QSL info will be announced at the end of June.
MIA CONTEST. The Mediterraneo DX Club (MDXC), organizer Mediterranean Islands Contest, would like to invite Contester/DXers to join in on the contest which takes place from 1200z, September 18th to 1200z, September 19th. The complete set of rules can be found on the MDXC's Web page at: http://www.mdxc.org/contestmia/rules.htm
OH0, ALAND ISLAND. Operators OH3BHL, OH6JHU, OH6XX, OH8GCW and OH9MM will be active as OH0I during the CQ/RJ DX RTTY Contest (September 25-26th) as a Multi/2 entry. QSL via OH3BHL. They plan on using multiple beams and vertical arrays on the low bands.
P3, CYPRUS. Skobelkin, RA3AMG, will be active as P3B in the CQ/RJ DX RTTY Contest (September 25-26th). QSL via his home callsign.
QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
SPECIAL EVENT. Look for the special event station ED8ERC to be aired between July 3-10th to celebrate the 2nd Canarias HamRadio Meeting (II Encuentro de Radioaficionados de Canarias). Activity will be on all HF bands SSB/CW, possibly PSK/RTTY and one APRS station on air. QSL via the info on QRZ.com. The special station will be operated by EA8ZS, the Gran Canaria DX Group members and others EA8 operators.
SPECIAL EVENT. To celebrate the Formule 1 French Grand Prix in Magny-Cours, a group will be signing TM0GP from June 20th to July 4th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters as well as 2 meters on the modes of CW/RTTY/PSK31/SSB. QSL to F5KCH via the bureau.
ST, SUDAN. OPDX was informed by Dennis, PA7M, that Michael, ST2DX, will be leaving the country on Saturday the 10th of July. So his last day of activity prbably will be on the 9th. The 10 element log-periodic antenna does a real good job from 30m through 6m. There is also a long wire for 40-160m, but daytime operation on those bands is of no use off course. Problems with his keyer forces him to do more SSB then CW. But he'll try again when it's possible. It's difficult to work stateside during daytime, while during nighttime there's no time to operate because the normal work days are from 6.30 a.m till 6.30 p.m. (but most of the times this is even longer). However, Michael will keep on trying - also on the longpath. The online log and also real audio of the recent 6m openings can be found on the following We page at: http://www.pa7fm.nl Anyway, Michael has been heard over the past week on 30/17/10 meters. Watch around 10106, 28465 (+/- 30 kHz) and 18153 kHz between 1300-1900z. QSL to PA7FN (direct cards from outside EU with 2 USD or 1 IRC).
TK, CORSICA. Operators OK1FKL, OK1PGS, OK1JFH, OK1TIC and OK1MCS (not sure yet) will be here between June 24th and July 5th. The group of Czech hams will be active from the northest part of Corsica called Cap Corse (GRID LOC JN42QX, about 600m ASL). Details on the operation and their QTH position can be found on the Web site at: http://www.qsl.net/ok1ofm/ Their main activity will be to focus on the July VHF/UHF Contest using the callsign TK/OK5DX/p. They will also be active (not during the contest) on HF with a FT100D and vertical antenna. There will NOT be any 6 meters operations. 50 MHz is prohibited in TK. The group will use the following during the contest:
144 MHz: PA 750W out, ANT 2x11 element Yagi ZACH ZZ 211 432 MHz: PA 130W out, ANT 20 element Yagi Skeds can be made until the evening of June 22nd via E-mail at: email@example.com -or- via PR, during their holidays in Corsica SMS: +420 603 703 722 (OK1MCS) or +420 603 269 296 (OK1FKL)
USI NEWS (UNITED STATES ISLAND AWARD). Members of the Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club (RVARC), W4CA, will activate Christmas Tree Island (USI VA-New). This is a new island for the USI, and it is located on Smith Mountain Lake in Virginia. Activity will be on 80, 40 and 20 meters starting 1100z, August 28th and ending 2300z, August 29th. Look for the station on or about 14270, 7270 and 3860 kHz. QSL via CBA for a nice color QSL card from the RVARC.
V44, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS (Special Activity/Event). Andrei, EW1AR, will be active as NC2N/V44, July 5-12th, from the island of Nevis (IOTA NA-104. Activity will be on all bands - RTTY, CW and SSB including participation in the HF IARU Contest. QSL via W3HNK. SPECIAL NOTES: Do NOT send QSL via EW1AR please, this will delay QSL confirmation. Andrei states, "I devote this DXpedition to the 60th anniversary of the Liberation of my home country BELARUS from the faschists occupants on 3rd of July, 1944. I will transmit as NC2N/VICTORY-44 (on SSB). Special Awards will be issued to those hams who make SIX or more QSOs/SWLs on different Bands/Modes. (Applications and shipping fees of 2 USD should be sent direct to NC2N). For those who made Eight or more contacts, no fee required. The Three Special Prizes will be sent for free for those five hams who make most of the QSOs on different Bands/Modes......73s Andrei NC2N/EW1AR (ex NP3D)"
VK9C, COCOS-KEELING ISLAND. Bernd, VK2AI, has announced that he will be active as VK9AA in the CQ WW DX SSB Contest (October 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via DL8YR. He will also be active in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 27-28th) (See OPDX.648 for details.).
VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. Dave, AH6HY, will be going back to VP5 in the fall on another scuba diving trip. So, look for him to sign VP5/AH6HY from Salt Cay, Turks Island (NA-003), September 23rd to October 2nd. Activity will be on 20-10 meters SSB only. QSL to AH6HY direct or via the bureau. His Web page can be found at: http://www.qsl.net/ah6hy/
VP9, BERMUDA. Kyle, WA4PGM, will be active from Bermuda (NA-005, FM72) as VP9/WA4PGM from July 9-19th for the upcoming IARU and NAQP RTTY Contest. Activity is planned for CW, SSB, RTTY, 160-6 meters and maybe 2 meters. QSL direct to: P.O. Box only, please do NOT use street address.
WANTED: Retired Military for DXPeditions. Bill, W4WX, is looking for some individuals that are retired from the Military living near the Jacksonville, FL, area that might want to go on some "Space A DXPeditions". If you are retired and willing to make some trips, Bill wants to talk you about it. E-mail him at: firstname.lastname@example.org He is only interested in locals within a couple of hundred miles so they would be able to meet and chat.
ZK1, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Victor, ZK1CG, has been active on 160 meters the last couple of weeks. He states that since his roomate Dr. Elisabeth is on an around the world trip until the first part of July, he will try and listen and call every night on the sked times (using the following schedule below). Here are the times Victor will try to be on 160 meters and 40 meters:
Please note that Victor may be delayed going to 40 meters if he is working stations on 160 meters.
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