The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster DX Bulletin No. 1185 BID: $OPDX.1185 October 20, 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, 12th-October, through Sunday, 19th-October there were 224 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FO/a, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J5, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PZ, S0, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VK9X, VP2E, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK3, 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".
3B8 & 3B9, MAURITIUS AND RODRIGUEZ ISLANDS. Olof, G0CKV, will be active from both Mauritius (AF-049) and Rodrigues Islands (AF-017) starting mid-week through late November. His tentative schedule is as follows: October 22nd-November 12th -Mauritius; callsign 3B8HA November 16-22nd - Rodrigues Island; callsign 3B9HA Olof will use a basic setup (dipoles for 20/15/10m) at Mauritius, operating mainly CW, but will be active in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a a Single-Op entry before he heads to Rodrigues Island. QSL via G0CKV, direct, LoTW or eQSL. On Rodrigues Island, he will take a different approach and use his K3 radio into SpiderBeam poles and beverages for the lower bands. Activity will be holiday style. He will return to Mauritius to be part of the 3B8MU team for the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 29-30th) in a Multi-Op entry. The 3B9MU operators mentioned are Olof/G0CKV, Kazu/JK3GAD, Seppo/OH1VR, Jorma/OH2KI and Olive/W6NV.
3Y/B, BOUVET. The DX-WORLD.net is reporting, "Last Wednesday (a well known op) received word from the Norwegian Polar Institute, that: 'It's a go for a one man DXpedition for 3 months, time frame half January 2016 through half April 2016 to Bouvet Island.'" Bouvet Island (AN-002) is ranked number 3 in the DX Magazine's 2013 Most Wanted Countries Survey (the results of the 2014 survey will not be known until January 2015). The last two operations from Bouvet took place: December 2007 - By Petrus, ZS6GCM, as 3Y0E. December 2000 - Chuck, N4BQW, as 3Y0C. Both operations were one man operations. The last large DXpedition that took place there was 3Y5X (December 1989). Stay Tuned For Updates!
4X, ISRAEL. Arthur, 4X4DZ, will be active as 4X2M during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (80m)/High-Power entry. QSL via his home callsign.
4W, TIMOR LESTE (Reminder). The same group who was active as VK9X/K7CO will be active as 4W/K7CO between October 19-31st. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB, as well as participate in the CQWW SSB Contest (October 25-26th). The current team of operators are Jon/K7CO, Christian/K7CXN, Ed/VE4EAR and John/9M6XRO. Four other operators are checking their schedules and finalizing plans in order to commit to the team. QSLs will be available via an OQRS on ClubLog. For more details and updates, watch: http://www.nielsen.net/4w/
5B, CYPRUS. Hellmuth, DG1BH, will be active as 5B/DG1BH from Cyprus (AS-120) between October 19th and November 9th. Activity will be holiday style using a FT-817 on 20 meters on PSK and some SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.
5R, MADAGASCAR (5R8M Press Release #001). Mediterraneo DX Club reported on Friday, October 17th [edited]: "In less than few days, 5R8M, Nosy Be Island (AF-057) the DXpedition organized by the Mediterraneo DX Club, in Madagascar from October 21st to November 4th, will be on air. Recently we have had new great arrivals and now our complete team, with so many well know and experienced guys, is the following: Antonio/IZ8CCW (Team Leader) Jean-Jacques/F5NKX Gabriele/I2VGW (Team Co-Leader) Marco/IZ2GNQ Francois/ON4LO Michele/IK5ZUI Eric/ON7RN Mario/IK4MTK Alain/F6ENO Fabio/IK4QJF Patrick/F2DX Karl/OE3JAG Michel/F5EOT Ovidio/YO9XC Henri/F1HRE Feri/YO5OED
The whole team is very motivated and so ready to work hard 24/24 hours each day to give the greatest number possible of DXers from all over the world the greatest number of possible new ones, bands/modes, with four stations (2 CW-1 SSB and 1 RTTY) plus maybe a mixed station more and really daily time monitoring the Six MEters Propagation. If, as all of us wish, the internet connection will allow it on our official Web-site <www.mdxc.org/5r8m/> , we'll keep in touch every day with the DX community and we'll update our log in real time. During our permanence on Nosy Be, we kindly ask you to send any question only to our pilots IK7JTF (for Europa), N1DG (for USA) and IK0FTA for Six MEters. We'd like just to remind you that any help and donations will be very very appreciated because all the planned costs are already increased at the check-in for the luggage weight and the severe rules of the airline. We suggest that you spend a minute time to time visiting our Web site <www.mdxc.org/5r8m/> to stay tuned and to insert your comments, suggestions, etc. We are waiting for you on air.... 73's de 5R8M team"
AFRICAN TOURS (Update). As mentioned last week, Nick, G3RWF, is heading back to Southern Africa for a 5 week holiday starting in Lesotho and being active as 7P8NH between December 11-14th. Nick informs OPDX that this is "real holiday" with the entire family coming to Southern African between Christmas and the New Year. However, he will be there longer with his wife, Liz. Nick states [edited], "I shall be on the air from South Africa from about December 18th to January 5th as ZS1/G3RWF, and then from Namibia from about January 6-13th as V5/G3RWF. All CW only (taking my K2)." Listen for him on the higher bands on CW (no SSB). He "doesn't anticipate any 80m or 160m (and not 6m for those who always ask)." Nick also mentioned one other thing to OPDX that his 7P8 license is good for a year and he may well return there sometime not too far off. QSL via G3RWF.
C3, ANDORRA. Members of the "Andorran Amateur Radio Union (URA)" will once again be active as C37NL during the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 25-26th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via C37URA.
C6, BAHAMAS (IOTA Op). John, 9H5G (KK4OYJ), will be active as C6ATS from the Bahamas's IOTA during winter 2014 and spring 2015. He informs OPDX [edited], "Largely the operation will be similar to last year's 9H5G/C6A operation. This year we intend to be in the Bahamas from about Thanksgiving time through the end of April. We are traveling by sailboat but all operations (except the /MM) shall be from land and will therefore count for DXCC and IOTA. However, we will be subject to the weather and I shall be operating beach-side and 'vacation style'. There are therefore no hard and fast dates. However, I shall endeavor to operate from all the IOTA groups and on the bands in my blog. Obviously on contest weekends, I shall operate on the WARC bands. I intend to operate a number of modes including RTTY, PSK, SSB and perhaps even even some JT-65. To keep abreast of what's happening, I recommend subscribing to my Twitter feed (@KK4OYJ) and my blog. I prefer to post there rather than writing E-mail to many addressees since its immediately available for all to see. I will endeavor to keep the blog updated as we travel around!" On John's Blog, he mentions the following IOTA groups: Great Bahama Bank group (NA-001), South Bahamas group (NA-113), Berry Islands (NA-054) and Bimini Islands (NA-048). John states, "Some of these are rarer than others, but since I will be traveling by boat, I am required to validate NA-054 and NA-048 through the IOTA Committee. I also hope to activate some islands that are not on the list, even although they seem to qualify (Hogsty Reef)..... I hope to have more information on this soon." He will be using a TS-480HX or K3 with Vertical dipoles on 17/15/12/10m and maybe 20m. Power from a deep-cycle 5035Ah battery recharged daily. Logs will be uploaded to LoTW, Clublog and to NI5DX as time and available internet permits. He will not always be able to update the Grid Square there remotely - you may have to enter the information in your software manually. QSL direct to Buzz, NI5DX. An OQRS on ClubLog is active for this callsign - if you need a bureau card, please request it through the OQRS and he will sent it when he can -probably also once per year. For a more responsive paper QSL, please QSL via NI5DX who operates a very timely service. For more details and possibly updates of his activities, visit his Blog or Twitter page at: http://kk4oyj.wordpress.com https://twitter.com