The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1465
May 18, 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 Cluster
Networks, NJ1Q & W1AW, W2VU, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, K5GS,
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& 425 DX News, IK6QON, OH2BH, PY3DF, PY8WW, RN3RQ, Sixitalia Weekly,
VA3RJ & ICPO and ZS4BS for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 10th/May, through Sunday, 17th/May there were 211 countries
active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I,
4U1U, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G,
9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY,
C3, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7,
EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM,
FP, 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, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4,
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, PJ4, PY, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM,
SP, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TT, TZ, UA, UA2,
UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP8, VP9,
VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z6, Z8, ZA,
ZB, ZD7, ZF, 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".
2020 CTU. Those who missed DX Engineering's 2020 Contest University (CTU)
webinar on May 14th, you can now view it on YouTube.com. The webinar is
a little over 10 hours long and can be viewed at:
The CTU's course-outline and PDF files used are available at:
3Z100, POLAND (Special Event). Members and guest of the Harcerski Klub
Lacznosci Gornica (SP9ZKN) will be active as 3Z100KW from Wadowice the
the birthplace of Karol Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) until May 31st.
Activity is to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Karol Józef Wojtyla
birth. QSL via info on QRZ.com.
4L, GEORGIA. Operator Vaho, 4L8A, will be active frpm Tbilisi during the
CQWW WPX CW Contests (May 30-31st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m) entry.
QSL via M0OXO OQRS or LoTW.
5Q6, DENMARK. Henning, OZ2I/OZ1BI, will be active as 5Q6EE from the EDR
HQ station in Odense during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as a
Single-Op/Low-Power entry. QSL via OZ2I, LoTW, eQSL or ClubLog's OQRS.
For more details and updates, see: http://www.oz2i.dk/index.html
7Q, MALAWI (Postponed). Pista, HA5AO, who was expected to be active as
7Q7AO from Malawi during the second half of September/early October 2020
(see OPDX.1451), has postponed his operation. He states on May 15th:
"Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and travel restrictions I have to postpone
my planned operation from Malawi. New date will be announced." For updates,
watch his Web site at: https://www.ha5ao.com/index.php/news
9J, ZAMBIA. Time is running out to work Mario, IZ3KVD, as 9J2MYT from
Lusaka (WW Loc. KH44DO). He is expected to go QRT at the end of May.
Activity has been on 20/17/15/10 meters SSB using a Yaesu 897D into a
long wire antenna. QSL via IZ3KVD direct only.
A60, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Members of the Emirates Amateur Radio Society
(EARS) will activate eleven stations with suffix WTIS (World Telecommun-
ication and Information Society) on May 17th, to celebrate World Tele-
communication and Information Society Day. The following stations will
or were on the air:
A60WTIS/1 - Op A61BK; QSL via A61BK A60WTIS/7 - Op A61FJ; QSL via direct
A60WTIS/2 - Op A61Q; QSL via EA7FTR A60WTIS/8 - Op A61RJ; QSL via direct
A60WTIS/3 - Op A61NN; QSL via A61NN A60WTIS/9 - Op A61HA; QSL via A61BK
A60WTIS/4 - Op A61FK; QSL via A61BK A60WTIS/10 - Op A65GC; QSL via direct
A60WTIS/5 - Op A61DD; QSL via A92AA A60WTIS/11 - Op A61AY; QSL via direct
A60WTIS/6 - Op A61QQ; QSL via A61BK
A60, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Members of the Emirates Amateur Radio Society
(EARS) will activate twelve stations with suffix NMT (National Medical
Taskforce) during the COVID-19 pandemic crisis. This is recognition of
the efforts of all medical teams and cadres, and all health workers in
the country, including doctors, nurses, paramedics, administrators and
technicians, who work around the clock, in light of the conditions and
challenges that the world is currently experiencing due to the outbreak.
Length of their activity is not known at this time. Look for the following
A60NMT/1 - Op A61M; QSL via A61BK A60NMT/7 - Op A61FJ; QSL via direct
A60NMT/2 - Op A61Q; QSL via EA7FTR A60NMT/8 - Op A61RJ; QSL via direct
A60NMT/3 - Op A61NN; QSL via A61NN A60NMT/9 - Op A61HA; QSL via A61BK
A60NMT/4 - Op A61FK; QSL via A61BK A60NMT/10 - Op A61GC; QSL via direct
A60NMT/5 - Op A61DD; QSL via A92AA A60NMT/11 - Op A61AY; QSL via direct
A60NMT/6 - Op A61QQ; QSL via A61BK A60NMT/12 - Op A61BK; QSL via A61BK
AX, AUSTRALIAN. You may have seen several Australian amateurs using the
prefix AX on May 17th. Activity is to celebrate "World Telecommunication
and Information Society Day."
BI4, CHINA. Members of the ZhangJiaGang Amateur Radio Association will
be active as BI4WXD during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as a
Multi-2/High-Power entry. Operators mentioned are Weihai/BD4SS, Gu/BD4TS,
Xinrong/BI4SCC, Dale/BA4TB, Xingang/BH4TVU and Yun/BH4QBV. QSL via BI4SCC.
CQ COMMUNICATIONS, INC. NEWS (Press Release by Rich, W2VU, dated May 14th).
Announcing: 2020 Inductees, CQ Contest Hall of Fame -- CQ magazine
today announced the induction of three new members to the CQ Contest Hall
of Fame, which honors those contesters who not only excel in personal
performance but who also "give back" to the hobby in outstanding ways.
CQ Contesting Editor David Siddall, K3ZJ, conducted a virtual induction
ceremony at the conclusion of the daylong 2020 Contest University webinar.
The 2020 inductees to the CQ Contest Hall of Fame are:
* Geoffrey Howard, W0CG/PJ2DX, who purchased and restored the PJ9JT
contest station in 2000 that had been owned by CQ Contest Hall of Famer
John Thompson, W1BIH/PJ9JT. The location was named "Signal Point" and
the PJ2T callsign pays homage to PJ9JT. Geoff established the Caribbean
Contest Consortium to help manage and maintain the station, and has
consistently made the station available to guest operators over the
years, including serving as host station several times for young oper-
ators participating in the Dave Kalter Youth DX Adventure program. He
has also worked closely with VERONA, Curacao's national ham radio
society. Geoff served for more than 25 years in the United States Air
Force, retiring as a colonel; worked for RCA and the Federal Aviation
Administration, and taught in the Graduate School of Management at Kent
State University in Ohio.
* Willard "Bill" Myers, K1GQ, a pioneer of computer-based systems for
designing and switching antennas at contest stations, designed the
Cushcraft "Skywalker" series of monoband Yagis, helped build the early
PacketCluster network and served as mentor to several of today's most
prominent contesters, including K1AR, K1DG, K1JX, and others. Bill was
also a major behind-the-scenes force at the 2014 World Radiosport Team
Championship (WRTC) competition in Massachusetts, and is currently
providing support and refinement of the SkookumLogger contest logging
program for Apple computers.
* Gene Zimmerman, W3ZZ (SK), was a major force in VHF contesting as well
as an accomplished HF contester. He was a member of both ARRL's and
CQ's contest committees at various times between 1972 and 2012, was
QST magazine's VHF Editor for nearly a decade, and was CQ Contest
magazine's VHF columnist as well. Gene took over the struggling CQ
World Wide VHF Contest in 1999, reinvented it as a 6- and 2-meter
only event and sparked its growth into a truly worldwide competition.
He was also instrumental in organizing the mid-Atlantic VHF contesting
group that became known as the K8GP Grid Pirates.
Registered participants in the virtual Contest University webinar were
able to view the induction ceremony live. It was also "simulcast" on
DX Engineering's YouTube link, where it is also stored for later viewing.
The recording of the ceremony may be accessed at:
The CQ Contest Hall of Fame was established in 1986 to recognize those
amateurs who have made major contributions to the art of radio con-
testing. This is the 37th annual induction and the first to be con-
CQ COMMUNICATIONS, INC. NEWS (Press Release by Rich, W2VU, dated May 15th).
Announcing: 2020 Inductees, CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame -- The CQ
Amateur Radio Hall of Fame has seven new members for 2020, CQ magazine
announced today. This brings to 333 the total number of members inducted
since the hall's establishment in 2001.
The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honors those individuals, whether
licensed hams or not, who have made significant contributions to amateur
radio; and those amateurs who have made significant contributions either
to amateur radio, to their professional careers or to some other aspect
of life on our planet.
The 2020 inductees (listed alphabetically) are:
* Chet Atkins, W4CGP (SK), legendary musician known as "Mister Guitar,"
and music producer; ushered in "the Nashville sound" on RCA Records
(Note: Chet's call has subsequently been re-issued)
* Les Barclay, G3HTF (SK), propagation expert, leader of International
Telecommunication Union propagation study groups and Chairman of the
ITU's first Radiocommunication Assembly in 1993; top official in the
UK's telecommunication regulatory agency
* George Laurer, K4HZE (SK), developer of the UPC (universal product
code) or "bar code" on merchandise, permitting items purchased at
stores to be scanned on checkout rather than manually rung up
* Yasuo "Zorro" Miyazawa, JH1AJT, whose Foundation for Global Children
helps fund educational and medical programs for children around the
world; FGC also works with several countries to help them organize
and train teams for the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games
* Champ Muangamphun, E21EIC, is a DXer and DXpeditioner who has been
a sparkplug for growing interest in ham radio in Thailand and through-
out Southeast Asia; Champ also accompanies JH1AJT on many of his
humanitarian missions and operates DXpedition-style ham stations
while Zorro works with government officials and non-governmental
organizations on behalf of the Foundation for Global Children.
* Sultan Qaboos bin Said, A41AA (SK), Sultan of Oman from 1970-2020;
transformed impoverished country into a modern and prosperous state
with influence throughout the Middle East
* Tom Roscoe, K8CX, a champion of amateur radio history who collects
and makes available online his "Ham Gallery" of old QSL cards and
other historic photos
New members are also being inducted into the CQ DX and Contest Halls of
Fame in separate online ceremonies, due to the cancellation of the Dayton
Hamvention and related DX and Contest dinners. Contest Hall of Fame
inductees were announced on May 14th; new members of the DX Hall of
Fame will be announced on May 20th.