The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster DX Bulletin No. 1181 BID: $OPDX.1181 September 22, 2014 Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
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DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 14th-September, through Sunday, 21st-September there were 225 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5V, 5W, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, D4, DL, DU, E3, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VK9X, VP2E, VP5, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, 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".
4O, MONTENEGRO. A very large international group of operators will be active as 4O3A during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-Single entry. Operators mentioned are Ranko/4O3A, Richard/9A1TT, Ivo/9A3A, Kresimir/9A5K, Braco/E77DX, Arvo/ES2MC, Andy/ES2NA, Toivo/ES2RR, Toomas/ES5RY, Tonno/ES5TV, Kristjan/ES7GM, Zoli/HA1AG, Denny/KX7M, Sinisa/YT1NT, Kele/YU1AO, Dusan/YU1EA, Zoran/YU1EW and Acim/YU1YV. QSL via LoTW. For more info about the 4O3A station, see: http://www.4o3a.com
4W, TIMOR LESTE (Reminder). Operators Sei/JA7LU and Hiro/JA2VWG will be active as 4W6LU and 4W6DD, respectively, from Dili (OC-148, WLOTA 0019) between September 22-29th. Activity will be on 40/30/20/17/15/10/6 meters using SSB and RTTY. QSL via their home callsign direct only. ADDED NOTE: Hide, JI1AVY, will join Sei and Hiro in the middle of the week as CW operator possibly as 4W6AV (callsign pending).
7Q, MALAWI. Karl, DK2WV, will once again be active as 7Q7VW from the Radio Dinosaur FM - Karonga Museum in Malawi between October 1-21st. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Suggested SSB frequencies: 1827 (1817 JA only), 3507, 7007 and 50105 kHz (QRM permitting). QSL via DK2WV for direct (see QRZ.com).
8Q, MALDIVES. George, KQ8Z/GM0IIO, will be active as 8Q7OO from Kuredu Island, Maldives (AS-013), between October 29th and November 11th. Activity will be on the HF bands. QSL direct (w/SAE 2 USDs) only to GM0IIO. (No eQSL, LoTW or Bureau).
9N, NEPAL. Knut, DK5AD, is now active as 9N7AD from Banepa until October 4th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using a KX3 and a vertical antenna. QSL via his home callsign. For updates, watch QRZ.com under DK5AD or 9N7AD.
A5, BHUTAN (Reminder/Update to OPDX.1176/OPDX.1177/OPDX.1178). Pekka, OH2YY (ex-A52YY), and his good friend Pekka, OH1TV, will be returning to Bhutan and will be active as A52O between September 26th and October 6th. They will be staying close to the city of Paro. This time they have no other activities in Bhutan and they will focus 100% on amateur radio! The QTH will be up on a hill facing to north and it should give a good take off to North America, most of South America, northern Asia, Middle-East and whole Europe. Pekka informed earlier, "We will have two K3 radios. We are planning to have three 2-element yagis: a tribander 14/21/28, a duo-bander 17/24 and one that can be manually tuned to any band 18/21/24/28 MHz. In addition we will have a dipole/vertical for 7 MHz. We will also have a 3-element yagi for 6 meters. We will operate both SSB and CW." Remember, QSL checking will be on QRZ.com and on LoTW. QSL cards directly to his home address (OH2YY) or via SRAL QSL Bureau.
C3, ANDORRA. Members of the "Andorran Amateur Radio Union (URA)" will be active as C37NL during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 27-28th). QSL via C37URA.
C6, BAHAMAS. Phil, G3SWH, will be active as C6AYS from New Providence Island (NA-001) between September 30th and October 10th, while en route to and from Grand Turk Island (NA-003) in the Turks and Caicos Islands [see OPDX.1166 and VP5 below]. There will be a log search facility on the following Web page <http://www.g3swh.org.uk/c6ays.html> which is subject to a decent Internet connection, and it will be updated daily. The log will also be uploaded to the ARRL's "Log Book of the World" (LoTW) and Club Log upon his return to the UK. Proper QSLs will be available via the OQRS facility on the above Web site (preferred), direct via snail mail with adequate return postage or via the RSGB bureau. Please note that IRCs are NOT accepted.
E3, ERITREA (Update). By the time you read this, Zorro, JH1AJT, should be finishing up on 10 meters and going QRT as E30FB. He was using a Kenwood TS-590 transceiver into a amp (which failed, as well as his PC interface [keying trouble], thus no more CW/RTTY), and he used a small IR vertical antenna on 40/30/20/15/10 meters. As of early Sunday morning (0230z), Zorro reported that he made 2,868 contacts. It was reported earlier in the week that "Due to the tight schedule of Zorro, QRV time will be very limited and could not expect a large number of QSOs this time, however, FGC Radio team will conduct a team DX-Pedition to E3 – Eritrea in near future."
E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Before their participation in the VK9DLX Lord Howe Island DXpedition, operators Mathias/DJ2HD and Gerd/DJ5IW will be active as E51HDJ and E51XIW, respectively, from Rarotonga (OC-013) between September 31st and October 6th. Activity will be holiday style from a friend's ham radio station on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via their home callsigns.
E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Bill, N7OU, will once again be operating as E51NOU from Rarotonga (OC-013), South Cook Islands, between October 13th and November 9th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters, CW only, in his spare time as work allows. QSL via N7OU.
ED9, CEUTA AND MELILLA. Jorge, EA9LZ, will be active as ED9Z during the CQWW DX RTTY Contest (September 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All or Single-Band entry. QSL via LoTW or EA5KB direct. No Bureau.
FT4T, TROMELIN (Press Release, August 26th). Flo, F5CWU, sent out and posted the following on the FT4TA Web page: "One more thing… by Flo --In just a month, we'll leave Europe for Tromelin. Except for a major event, this communication should be the last before departure. It seems important to us to point out the objectives to you that we fixed ourselves. Initially, we will seek to maximize the number of contacts to give everyone a chance whatever their geographical position. To achieve this goal, we should be active quite often on the most prolific bands. Our operators will make their best to exploit the propagation windows towards certain areas. The collaboration of all will be essential not to waste time, stupidly. Our second priority will be activity on the low bands, with all the difficulties that it generates. Let's hope that our equipment and effort will provide good results. Once a day, the logs of FT4TA will be uploaded on ClubLog by a satellite data connection. The leaderboard will not be activated. (to discourage unrestrained race). 'In addition, we point out that neither the pilots, nor the QSL Manager will have access to the log during the operation. Useless to drown them under e-mails. In case of doubt, please reiterate the contact.' The dates of our operation will be concomitant with those of the phi-latelic exhibition of Paris. In addition to a presentation of our activity, the stamps celebrating the 60 years of the 1st amateur radio activity from Tromelin will be presented and put on sale by the TAAF. We are really happy to have taken part in its development and proud to see our activity highlighted. We are pleased to announce that all the QSL cards requests (direct -OQRS - donors) will have this stamp applied. Envelopes will be then entrusted to the TAAF which will have the responsibility to convey, cover and affix the philatelic marks from the island of Tromelin, these stamps being valid only from the French Southern and Antarctic lands. It may slightly lengthen the answer time but it offers the opportunity of having your QSL and a wonderful philatelic envelope. Lastly, keep in mind that the conditions under which the expedition will be realized will be testing, more especially as the team is small. We will be lodged by the TAAF