The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Special Bulletin No. 1467.1
June 2, 2020
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent from Strongsville, Ohio
Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, the AB5K's AR Clusters
Network, K4ZW, EI9FBB, OH2BH and VK5GR for the following DX information.
EIDXG SUMMER CHALLENGE (Exciting NEW Ham Radio Summer event for DXers).
Beginning June 1st through August 30th, simply accumulate as many DXCCs,
CQ WAZ, Participating EIDXG members and EI/GI Counties as possible. Each
one only counting once regardless of which Band or Mode you work them on
(SSB, CW or DIGI):
* Easy Downloadable / Printable check-sheet to tick off each time you
work a new counter.
* Use your own logging software, all we need is your log sent to us no
later than September 6th in order to be scored.
* Plaques awarded to Leaders in EI/GI, Europe and Rest of World.
(In the event of a tie (equal score) the winner will be the one who
worked their last counter in the shortest length of time)
* ***Bonus Prizes***
* Open to all, so why not join in the fun and get DXing again?
* Full information and downloads available on www.eidxg.com/sc2020
IOTA NEW (VK5KI OC-139 Rescheduled). Grant, VK5GR, reports: I am very
pleased to announce that the VK5KI Expedition to Kangaroo Island (IOTA
OC-139) has been rescheduled, although it has also been scaled down. It
will not be coinciding with the IOTA contest for 2020 and instead will
be held during the South Australian school holidays between July 13-18th.
It is also being converted into a holiday style expedition with myself
(VK5GR), Andrew (VK5AKH) and my family. Bands and equipment are to be
finalized but it will likely be only one station covering all bands from
80m to 10m. (it remains to be seen if 160m can be activated - we will see).
We are thankful here in South Australia that the authorities have
successfully managed my home state's way through the COVID-19 crisis so
far. There are no active cases here and havent been (apart from some
controlled travel imports) for over a month. They therefore were able to
reopen intra-state travel over a week ago, including ferry travel to
Kangaroo Island. We are being encouraged to get out into the regions and
help our battered hospitality and tourism sectors begin the long road to
recovery while continuing to observe social distancing etc. Consequently,
many of the other holiday spots locally will be potentially quite busy
as people try to overcome cabin fever from the lock-downs.
Kangaroo Island, which requires that extra amount of effort and cost
with the ferry crossing, should be much quieter, with fewer people and
plenty of serenity. We now have a different venue confirmed on the island
also, which is quite isolated from the main community. All in all, it
should be a great week with some family time, amateur radio and a chance
We therefore hope to see you on the air as VK5KI from Kangaroo Island
OC-139 in July after all!
MARKET REEF, OJ0A/OJ0JR WILL BE ACTIVATED AS PART OF THE CODIC-19 EVENT.
From Helsinki, Finland, June 02, 2020, by Martti, OH2BH [edited]: First
entry group to Market Reef remains on hold in Aland Islands, waiting for
better weather. If all works well Henri, OH3JR, will land on the rocks
on Friday prior to the event and with no further delay he will hoist an
assortment of wires to make the OJ0A callsign QRV as an event multiplier
on CW, SSB and FT8. Many things need to fit in place to have OJ0A
appearing from the sea-washed lighthouse. Henri will remain in OJ0 for
the whole week and operate as OJ0JR. QSL via OH3JR.
STAYHOME MESSAGES WILL HOPEFULLY SOON TURN TO STAYSAFE MESSAGES. From
Helsinki, Finland, June 02, 2020, by Martti, OH2BH [edited]: Be ready to
roll this coming Saturday, June 6th, at 1000 UTC with the following rules:
New STAYSAFE callsigns: VC3STYSAFE by Bill, VE3ES, VK20HOME by Lee,
VK3GK and W8I/STAYSAFE by Dave, K3ZJ.
While the Covid-19 pandemic is still causing major issues in many parts
of the world we are now working on two opposite fronts: while welcoming
many countries to the new world with the message of STAYSAFE, we are at
the same time giving our thoughts and sympathy to those who still suffer.
We welcome all COVID-19 related special callsigns to participate in
the June 6-7th event and their efforts will be credited for full contest
multiplier value. You are all welcome to this unique worldwide event.
YASME FOUNDATION SUPPORTING GRANT TO SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAMS AND EXCELLENCE
AWARD (Press Release, May 31st). The Board of Directors of The Yasme
Foundation announces that it has made the following grant at its May 20,
2020 board meeting:
* $5,000 each to the Foundation for Amateur Radio (FAR) and ARRL
scholarship programs for 2020.
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The Yasme Excellence Award is presented to individuals and groups who,
through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication, have made
a significant contribution to amateur radio. The contribution may be in
recognition of technical, operating or organizational achievement, as
all three are necessary for amateur radio to grow and prosper. The Yasme
Excellence Award is in the form of a cash grant and an individually-
engraved crystal globe.
The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce
the latest recipient of the Yasme Excellence Award:
Joe Eisenberg, K0NEB -- For his contributions to amateur radio through
his kit-building seminars, as seen at the Dayton Hamvention and other ham
gatherings. He is also editor of the Kit-Building column for CQ magazine.
Joe exemplifies the "give back" and "self-teaching" spirit of ham radio,
especially in training youngsters.
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The Yasme Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organized to
support scientific and educational projects related to amateur radio,
including DXing (long distance communication) and the introduction and
promotion of amateur radio in developing countries. For additional
information about The Yasme Foundation, visit our website at www.yasme.org.
Ward Silver, N0AX, President The Yasme Foundation
Board of Directors:
Ward Silver, N0AX, President and Director
Ken Claerbout, K4ZW, Vice-President, Secretary and Director
Rusty Epps, W6OAT, Treasurer and Director
Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, Director
Martti Laine, OH2BH, Director
Fred Laun, K3ZO, Director
Robert Vallio, W6RGG, Director
Marty Woll, N6VI, Director
James Brooks, 9V1YC, Director
YOUNG LINE-UP OF NEW YORK OPERATORS WILL AIR MAMMOTH W2I/STAYHOME SIGNAL.
From Helsinki, Finland, June 02, 2020, by Martti, OH2BH [edited]: A group
of four young operators from the NYCDXA - New York City DX Association
(https://www.qrz.com/db/w2ndx/), Chris/KE2A, Alain/K1FM, Jason/WF2N and
Neil/N5EIL will be operating for 24-hours as W2/STAYHOME from a top of
the line remote station located in the easternmost city of USA, Eastport,
ME, during the weekend of June 6-7th, 2020.
The team is thankful to the RHR team and Ray Higgins, W2RE, for sponsoring
this event and for allowing the young operators to access the station to
support this unique event, which otherwise would be difficult to do from
their apartments in New York City. (https://www.remotehamradio.com/)
The young team will add some extra high tech flavor to the operation
by setting up a server for live updates on ClubLog and real time streaming
on YouTube. The YouTube link will be available on the W2I QRZ.com page: