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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1377
The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1377
August 20, 2018
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, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters
Network, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, W4DTA/YV5DTA,
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& The DX News Letter, DxCoffee.com, DXNews.com, DX-World.Net, ES1CW,
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& DX Italia News, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Sixitalia Weekly, and VA3RJ &
ICPO for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 12th/August, through Sunday, 19th/August there were 205
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L,
4O, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H,
9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3,
CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E6, E7,
EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, F, FG, FK, FM, FO,
FO/a, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK,
HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J5, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JY, K, KG4, KH2,
KH6, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK,
OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PY0F, S0, S5, S7, SM, SP, SU,
SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK,
UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VP2E, VP2M, VP5, VP8, VP9, VR,
VU, XE, XU, XX9, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z6, ZA,
ZB, ZD7, ZF, 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".
3E/HP1, PANAMA (LH Op). A groups of amateur radio operators from "Radio
Club de Panama" and "GREMPA" were expected to be active during the Inter-
national Lighthouse and Lightship Week End [ILLW] (August 18-19th), from
two lighthouses in the Panama Canal:
HP1RCP -- Miraflores Lighthouse PAN 030
3E1FD -- Flamenco Lighthouse PAN 024.
QSL both operations via HP1RCP.
4U1UN NEWS (Closer to being on the air!!!). James, K2QI, President of
the United Nations Amateur Radio Club (4U1UN), posted the following on
FaceBook, Thursday, August 16th [edited]: "It's been a while since the
last update, but I have some news to share. We're one step closer to
being back on the air. As some may know, Dmitri Zhikharev, RA9USU, along
with Adrian, Ciuperca, KO8SCA, have been working with me behind the scenes
to get the station operational again. Through the generous donations of
Dima and his associates (notably Ed Kritsky, NT2X), we were able to get
a rack mounted K3, Acom 2000 linear amplifier, and associated network-
enabled control hardware. We were also granted another K3 to act as a
remote head from Tony, N2UN/SK, via his widow, and delivered to us by
Andrew Bodony, K2LE. Finally, Adrian has been doing a lot of behind-the-
scenes networking and legwork with his counterparts to help get things
done from within the United Nations.
Yesterday represents an additional milestone for the club as Adrian
(who did most of the work) and I, finally erected a brand new SteppIR
BigIR vertical antenna on the Secretariat's roof. All that remains is
to connect and lay the ground radials, fine-tune the rack mounted devices,
and setup and configure the remote K3. Once done and after almost a decade
off-air, we can finally call CQ 20 de 4U1UN..... 73! James, K2QI"
ADDED NOTE: See the following URL FaceBook links to see the pictures
of the new vertical antenna:
4U1UN FaceBook page: https://www.facebook.com/United-Nations-Amateur-Radio-Club-4U1UN-169357566427247
CR3, MADEIRA. Members of the Slovak Contest Group and the OM8A Contest
Team will be active as CR3DX from Porto Moniz, Madeira Island, during
the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 29-30th) as a Multi-2 entry. The
operators mentioned are Antonio/CT3EN, Jose-Antonio/CT3DZ, Jose-Antonio/
CT3BD, Jose-Miguel/CT3IA, Jose-Duarte/CT3KY, Eusebio/CT3KU, Miguel/CT3FW,
Rastislav/OM3BH, Jozef/OM3GI, Tibor/OM3RM and Peter/OM7LW. QSL via OM2VL,
direct or by the OM QSL Bureau (Don't use the CT Bureau).
EF9, CEUTA AND MELILLA. Haru, JA1XGI, will be active as EA9/W1XGI from
Melilla between October 16-22nd. Activity will be holiday style on various
HF bands (probably 40-10m) using mainly CW and FT8. QSL via his home
callsign, direct, by theBureau, ClubLog's OQRS or LoTW. For more details
and updates, see: http://island.geocities.jp/ea9melilla
HS, THAILAND. Sandy, DL1QQ, will be active as HS0ZNW from Bangkok between
November 17th and December 7th. Her Thai Intermediate Amateur Radio Operator
License is valid from August 14th 2018 until August 13th 2023. QSL only
AS-065. (Update/Reminder) Operators Victor/UA3AKO, Yuri/UA0KBG and
Aleksandr/RA3AV are now active as RT65KI from Chukotka, Idlidlya
Island (RDA: CK-08, RRA: RR-11-06, RLHA: RLA-035, WLOTA:
LH-2266), Asiatic Russia, in the Chukchi Sea Coast East Group
until August 25-26th. There has been no activity from this IOTA
group in the last 26 years. Activity will be on 40/30/20/15/10
meters using CW and SSB, with an Elecraft K3 and Yaesu FT-897
transceivers and amplifiers. QSL via UA3AKO (OQRS, direct or by
the Bureau). Activity is to commemorate the 25th anniversary
of Russian Robinson Club (RRC).
PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new <www.iota-world.org> have
decided NOT to post or dedicate a Web page to announce upcoming IOTA
operations, PLEASE send your IOTA operations information to the OPDX,
and we will post it here in an upcoming bulletin......
OJ0, MARKET REEF (Press Release). Wayne, N7NG, sent out the following on
August 16th [edited]: OJ0C — YOUTH ON THE AIR WITH INTERNATIONAL TEAM --
August 18-25th -- LOCATION 60.18.06N & 19.07.89E -- The Market Reef light-
house is located low-to-the-sea, where waves are often rolling over the
entire DXCC entity. With no jetty, landing can be hazardous, with small
zodiacs often being pushed hard by the sea. Life at the lighthouse is
plain and simple, with all participants sharing the daily duties.
The first week in July was an outstanding success, while the youth were
managing the remote Market outpost. With lots of experience with life at
sea, they also made 4634 QSOs with 89 countries and definitely came home
with another rich experience under their belt. Now the second group of
Pieter/ON3DI, Florian/OE3FTA, Ilie/YO3IMD and Elias/OH2EP will try their
landing on the early morning of Saturday, August 18th.
The weather is expected to be a challenge again, with a weather window
from 9AM to 12 noon. The wind is expected to be up to 9m/s, which is very
near the limit of 10m/s. All this requires a zodiac landing at its best.
You can follow the WX at following link:
The Finnish Lighthouse Society (FLS) and Amateur Radio League of Finland
(SRAL) in conjunction with OH-DX-Foundation (OHDXF) and the DX University
(DXU) are organizing the — INTERNATIONAL YOUTH AT SEA (IYAS) – cultural
exchange-based radio activity. The event is supported by the organizers
as well as the YASME Foundation Inc.
These young operators will be participating in daily hands-on workshops
of safety and survival at sea at the remote lighthouse. In addition, they
will become familiar with how to operate the radio efficiently. Their
first welcome workshop will be in Aland Islands (OH0) by Martti/OH2BH,
Henri/OH3JR, Keijo/OH2BOZ and Pasi/OH3WS prior their departure.
QSL OJ0C via OH3JR
*** UPDATE/Press Release (Saturday, August 18t) [edited]: ECKERÖ, ALAND
ISLANDS -- OJ0C GROUP GATHERED IN ALAND ISLANDS FOR A KICK OFF SESSION
-- On Friday evening the group gathered at the Eckerö Hotel (OH0) for
OJ0C briefing and setting up the strategy for a variety of the elements
for their week at sea in the remote Light House. For the youngsters it
was the very first of this kind thus sharing the game plan was important.
The DX University had provided them a detailed road map to success.
The group left OH0 at 06 UTC with very favorable weather, and they
should be QRV later today, Sunday.
Picture (from left); OH2BE, EL1NA, YO2FTA, OE3FTA, ON3DI, OH3JR, OH2BH
PROPAGATION FORECAST/REPORT (August 20-26th).......
Aug/20th HN Aug/23rd AN Aug/25th AN
Aug/21st AN Aug/24th AN Aug/26th AN
SOLAR REFERENCE KEYS/INDEXES AND GEOMAGNETIC REFERENCE
NORMALITY GEOMAG K Values Alpha
----------------- ------ -------- ------
AN - Above Normal Quiet K=0-1 0-7
HN - High Normal Unsettled K=2 8-15
LN - Low Normal Active K=3 16-29
BN - Below Normal Minor Storm K=4 30-49
DIS - Disturbed Major Storm K=5 50-99
VRY DIS - Very Disturbed Severe Storm K=6-9 100-400
REALTIME BAND CONDITIONS WEB SITE <http://www.bandconditions.com>:
The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual
(REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for
Contesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be of
benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets
and casual QSO's. This information is NOT based on any software pre-
dictions or any kind of satellite based readings. It is based on a
new Ionospheric sounding method called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry"
which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.
Also, check out the VOACAP predication Web page at:
A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:
Also on Twitter: https://twitter.com/@GiellaW4hm
QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF <www.qslinfo.eu> [August 19th]
3V8CB via LX1NO GB6NT via M0MGP & (L) PA6SCH/LH via PI4DHG
4O/HA7NB/P via HA7NB (L/e) HA/YO6EVA/P via YO6EVA PI4ET via PE1DUG (B)
5Q5W via DL2SWW HA/YO6PIB/P via YO6PIB SE7M/LH via SE7M/LH
7S5A via SM4DDS (O/B/L) HB0/IK3TND via IK3TND SK7BORE via SK7DX
9A200S via 9A2MF HB9ILLW via HB9FVR SN100POL via SP1PMY
AT3LH via VU2YQ (d) HF0ZHP via SP2ZCH SP100N via SP9MA
CS2LH via CS5LX HF73RIESE via SP6PWS SP663PAF via SP5KCR
CT7/EA4SG via EA4SG HF800W via SQ6ILG SU9JG via EA5GL (d/L)
CW1R via CX1AA HF9D via SP9UXB SV9/SM7PXS via SM7PXS
CX1T via IK2DUW IT9/IK4RSR via IK4RSR T45FM via RW6HS (d)
D73G via HL4CEL(d)/6L0NJ(B) K1S via WS1SM (d) T6TM via W2GR
DL0MFH/LH via DM1BM LU/EA8DE via LU/EA8DE (e) TA2/DL2JRM via DL2JRM
EA3/PA5VEN via PA5VEN LY/SN0WFF via SP5C (d) TK/DJ0TO via DJ0TO
ED2FPA via EA2RCA LY765KM via LY3X TK4QL via TK4QL (d)
EG1FSR via EA1UVR LZ30STM via LZ1ZF TM0BSM via DL0AD
EG1MHM via EA1DOO MJ/SP7VC via SP7VC (d/L) TM60GW via F5PCX (B)
EG7SCC via (EA-B)/EA7HBC(d) MW5R via MW0EDX TM89SRY via F5KCC
EG8HKT via EA8TK (d/e) OE23HABC via OE3PFS (B) TX5T via M0URX (O)
EH1LHA via EA1RKA OJ0C via OH3JR V31VP via WB0TEV (O)
EH1MCP via EA1AUM OK8BT/P via PB2T XE1/N4DMH via N4DMH (d/L)
EH7FDA via EA7URI & (L) OL100CSR via OK1MP (O/L) YT600WCA via YU1CA
F/EA2WX/P via EA2WX OM100CSR via OM2FY (O/L) ZL6LH via ZL1VK
FG8OJ via F4AVX & (L) OZ0IL via DL1UWE ZS9V via M0OXO (O)
GB2SL via G1TDN PA6FUN via PA3HHT
(e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (*-B) DX's- Bureau
(O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only (L) LoTW only (N) No QSL needed
(I) No IRC (P) PayPal
LOGS ONLINE AT CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK......
QSLS RECEIVED VIA LoTW: 3C0W, 3C3W, 5A1AL, 9G5AR, E51LYC (OC-098),
JE1RMI, PH2LB, PY3DX, TX5T and VO1SO
QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 5C5AF (AF-065), H40D (OC-179), H44R (OC-168),
H44R/P (OC-158) and VO1SIX
QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: NONE REPORTED THIS WEEK!
SILENT KEYS (SK).......
* It has been reported that Jose Armando Alikandu, YV5AJK, became a
Silent Key (SK) on August 11th. Jose was one of the first in YV to
make DXCC and also achieve Honor Roll for YV (only needing Scar-
borough [BS7] and Kosovo [Z6] to make Top of Honor) with a total
of 381 confirmed countries.
* Robert S. “Bob” Morris, W4MYA, of Goochland, Virginia, became a
Silent Key (SK) on August 14th, at the age of 72. Morris was a member
of the Potomac Valley Radio Club, and was active as a Contester and
* OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the
family and friends of the above SKs.
TA7/TC2, TURKEY. Members of the 2018 Turkish Ankara Youth Contest Team,
Golkem/TA7AZC and Furkan/TA7AOF (both 20 years of age) will be active as
TC2F between August 29th and September 4th. They will also be in the All
Asian DX SSB Contest (September 1-2nd). QSL via LoTW, direct or by the
TM70, FRANCE (Special Event). Phil, F5PTA, will be active as TM70ONU
from Lyon, France, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations'
Universal Declaration of Human Rights. QSL via eQSL only.
V3, BELIZE (Cancelled). Jose, EC5AC, has cancelled his activity as V31FT
from Maya Hill between October 29th and November 8th. He states, "Due to
my new job in EA6 (Balearic Islands) I must move there in October and
I will not be in Belize this year..."
VP2V, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS. Dave, WJ2O, will be active as VP2V/WJ2O
from the British Virgin Islands (NA-023) between November 21-27th. Activity
will be mainly on the 30/17/12 meter bands. He will also be in the CQWW
DX Cw Contest (November 24-25th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry.
QSL via N2ZN or LoTW.
VP6D DUCIE ISLAND DXPEDITION NEWS (Press Release #8, dated August 19th).
VP6D has reached another significant milestone.
After a short delay the VP6D equipment is on its way to Braveheart in
New Zealand. The shipment was consolidated on to 5 pallets, with a total
weight of 1,615 kg (3,553 pounds) and released to Cathay Pacific Cargo
airlines by our customs broker in Hayward, California.
The shipment was trucked to San Francisco International Airport for
delivery to Cathay Pacific’s cargo hub in Hong Kong. From there it goes
to Auckland, New Zealand where it will clear Customs and Bio-security,
then taken to our customs broker in Tauranga, New Zealand for delivery
to Braveheart. We built in plenty of buffer to meet the contracted date
to load Braveheart and manage any unexpected delays.
It’s been a busy several weeks to get all the equipment consolidated,
integrated, tested and packed for shipment. The short delay allowed us
to add a few late arriving items: SPE high power amplifiers, a spare set
of band pass filters and a drone, we think you will agree the delay was
justified. At Braveheart’s warehouse the pallets will be unwrapped and
inventoried. The shipping cases will not be opened unless visibly damaged.
The next major milestone will be in October when team members begin
their journey to meet the Braveheart at Mangareva, French Polynesia.
It's been a long 16 months of detailed planning and coordination - the
target is now in sight.
In case you missed the latest Clublog update, VP6/D is shown as #19
With donations at 78% of target we’re looking forward to additional
DXers joining the project’s donor list on VP6D.com
73, Team Ducie 2018
Website: vp6d.com, Twitter and Facebook
Please direct questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org
W9DXCC NEWS (Less than a month away!/Press Release, dated August 12th).
The W9DXCC DX Convention and Banquet in suburban Chicago is just a month
away -- Sept. 14-15th -- but there's still time to register and secure
discounted hotel rates to enjoy the program and win a shot at a prize
kitty that's grown to more than 12,000 USDs thanks to our generous donors.
Prizes and raffles will include an FT DX 3000 and IC-7300.
Scheduled presentations for the 66th annual gathering include the
recently completed Baker Island DXPedition, how Kosovo became a new
DXCC entity, emergency communications in Puerto Rico and the epic tale
of the attempt to activate Bouvet Island for the first time since 2008.
The banquet's keynote speaker is Bob Schenck, N2OO, a veteran operator,
DXpeditioner, QSL manager, CQ magazine DX editor and current president
of the International DX Association (INDEXA).
Sponsored by the Northern Illinois DX Association, W9DXCC will again
offer Contest University and DX University on Friday. The daylong session
on Saturday will feature speakers, exhibits, QSL card checking, a CW
pileup contest, as well as the evening reception and banquet. The venue
remains the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg. If you haven't already, now is the
time to get registered.
For more information and registration: http://w9dxcc.com
73, John/K9KE (K9KE@arrl.net)
XT, BURKINA FASO. Al, F8FUA, will once again reactivate his old callsign,
XT2BR, used back between November 1983 and June 1986. Look for him to be
active from Ouagadougou between August 21-29th. He will use an Elecraft
K3 with 100 watts into a hexbeam and dipoles, operating on CW, SSB, RTTY
and FT8 (DXpedition mode) if possible. He states, "Please remember, I have
no sponsor, no QSL Manager etc... I am alone so I will not be QRV 24h a
day." Log will be updated when possible depending on his Internet access.
QSL direct (with SAE and 2 USDs) or via the REF QSL Bureau. After his
operation, Al will upload his old and new logs to LoTW. Al does mention,
"Unfortunately, most of the log (his old log) has been lost except a small
part of around 4300 QSOs."
Z6, KOSOVO (Reminder). Franco, IZ5YHD, will be active as Z6/IZ5YHD/P from
the Republic of Kosovo between August 20-26th. Activity will be holiday
style on various HF bands using SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct,
by the Bureau, ClubLog or LoTW.
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