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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1102

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1102
BID: $OPDX.1102
March 4, 2013
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters
Network, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q & W1AW, W2VU, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The Daily
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MHz DX News, ON6OM, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia
Weekly, UN8GC, VA3RJ & ICPO, and the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the
following DX information.

** EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTICE: This week's bulletin was sent out earlier
than normal to accommodate the late ARRL DX SSB Contest announcements.
Also, we wanted to provide the readers with a consolidated listing
of the ARRL DX SSB Contest participants.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Saturday, 23rd-February, through Friday, 1st-March there were 231
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O,
4S, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8Q,
8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9,
AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, CE, 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, ET, EU, EX, EY,
EZ, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4,
HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3,
J5, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, 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, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV,
SV5, SV9, T30, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2,
UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V,
VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL,
YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZC4, 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" (WFWL).

3V, TUNISIA. SWL Ashraf "Ash", 3V4-002 (KF5EYY), will be active as 3V8BB
from the "Institute Superieur de L'Animation Pour la Jeunesse et la Culture"
station in Tunis, during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Single-
Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or to LX1NO. Read about Ashraf
on the following Web page at:

3V, TUNISIA (Op/Web Update). An Italian group, along with the Association
des Radio Amateurs Tunisiens (ARAT) and the Engineering University of
Gabes, who are planning a second IOTA DXpedition to Djerba Island (AF-083,
WW. Loc. JM53KT, WFF 3VFF-007, WLOTA L-1394 and ARLHS TUN-022), as TS8TI
(will receive license in March) between April 29th and May 6th (see
OPDX.1100 & OPDX.1101), have announced that they will now be active on
all HF bands, including the 30/17/12/6 meter bands using CW, SSB, RTTY
and PSK31/63/125 modes. The team is still in need of sponsors and individ-
ual contributions. Contact:
For more info and updates, watch the following Web pages:

8Q, MALDIVES. Wolfgang, OE1MWW, will be active as 8Q7WK between March
9-23rd. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands. QSL via his
home callsign.

9X, RWANDA (Update/Reminder). Look for Nick, G3RWF (5X1NH), to be active
from Rwanda between March 4-12th. He has requested the callsign 9X0NH, and
the license should be valid for 2013 because he could return later in the
year. Activity will be from Kigali on most HF bands and will be mainly CW
with some SSB using 100 watts and wire antennas. There will be no 160m,
but he will be on 6 meters. QSL via G3RWF. Nick will upload his log daily
on LoTW.

CQ NEWS. Richard, W2VU, Editor of CQ Amateur Radio, sent out the following
press release on February 28th: CQ Launches Online Photo Gallery (Hicks-
ville, New York) -- CQ magazine today announced the launch of the online
CQ Photo Gallery to supplement photos published in the magazine.
"We shoot photos at many events, and receive many photos from readers,
that we don't have space to put in the magazine," said CQ Editor Rich
Moseson, W2VU. "But we still want to share them with our readers. The
new CQ Photo Gallery allows us to do that."
The photo gallery resides on the web site and is organized
into albums called "sets." Initial sets include CQ cover images; the "CQ
Garage," featuring ham radio license plates from all over; news photos
from the FCC's field hearing on communications lessons from Superstorm
Sandy, and reader-submitted photos. Moseson recommended that readers
check into the gallery site frequently, as new photos will be added
regularly. The CQ Photo Gallery may be accessed at:
CQ <> is the world's leading independent
amateur radio magazine, serving the amateur radio community worldwide
since 1945. It is published in three languages (English, Spanish and
Portuguese) and in both print and digital editions.

EF8, CANARY ISLANDS. Carlos, IK1HJS, will be active as EF8U from Las
Palmas Contest station during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd)
as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via LoTW or by the Bureau.

HOLYLAND CONTEST 2013. Mark, 4Z4KX, wants to remain everyone that the
"Holyland Contest 2013" starts at 2100z on April 19th, and ends at 2100z
on April 20th (24 hours!). This year's contest goal will be to have as
many Israeli mobile stations activating many different and rare squares
for the "Holyland Award". Complete contest details and last year's results
are available at:

HC8, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS. "" reports that Adam, K7ST, is
currently operating from a moored boat at the Galapagos Islands. This
does not count for DXCC. However, during the weekend he will be on land
for the ARRL SSB DX Contest (March 2-3rd) as K7ST/HC8 where it will be
good for DXCC.

HR, HONDURAS. After being active from the 5X8C DXpedition, Gerard, F2FD,
is now again active as HR5/F2JD from Copan between now and May 20th.
He states that he will be active as much as possible on CW, SSB and
RTTY. QSL via F6AJA or LoTW. QSOs will be on ClubLog. Also, visit his
Web page at:

IOTA DXPEDITIONS (Corsican). Operators Vincent/F4BKV, Gil/F4FET, Christian/
EA3NT and Laurent/TK4LS will activate the following Corsican IOTAs between
March 23-28th, with individual callsigns:
EU-100 - Between March 23-26th; Callsign TK0INT; Cerbicales Islands;
10th most wanted IOTA in Europe; Reference numbers DIFM
TK-032 and WFF FFF945. The island is a natural reserve and
the group only has access during the daytime at this time
of year. Island was activated 7 years ago.
EU-104 - Between March 24-25th; Callsign TK1INT; Sanguinaires
Islands; 5th most wanted IOTA in Europe; Reference numbers
DIFM TK-002 and ARLHS COR003.
EU-164 - Between March 27-28th; Callsign TK2INT; San Ciprianu and
Lavezzi Islands; 27th most wanted IOTA in Europe; Reference
numbers DIFM TK-037 and WFF FFF253; DIFM TK-011 and WFF
Operations will be limited to daytime hours only with up to 3 stations
on the air. Activity will be on any band that is open; 40/30/20/17/15/12/10
meters using verticals and vertical dipoles. QSL Manager is EA5KA. A OQRS
will be available on their Web site. The group is looking for sponsors/
donations for this project. For more details and updates, visit their
Also, a Twitter Page at:

IOTA NEWS..............
EU-038. Marcel, PD5MVH, will once again be active as PD5MVH/P from
Vlieland Island between March 2-16th. Activity will be on
40/20/10 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by
the Bureau. NO LoTW or eQSL.

EU-038. Dirk, DL5DCL, will once again be active as PA/DL5DCL from
Ameland Island for 5 days starting April 1st. Activity will
be CW only on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign, direct
or by the Bureau.

EU-137. Lars, SM6CUK, will be active as SA6G/7 from Ven Island (WLOTA
0780) between June 10-17th. Activity will be holiday style on
the HF bands. QSL via SM6CUK, by the Bureau or direct.

EU-172. Ric, DL2VFR, will be active use a special callsign, OU1RAEM,
from Samso Island (DIA JY-008, WLOTA 0726) between May 18-24th.
While there Ric will activate a new WFF reference number for
the World-Wide Flora and Fauna program (OZFF-new, to be
decided). Activity will be on the HF bands and mainly CW.
QSLs will automatically be sent for all QSOs via the Bureau.

NA-034. Lou, W0FK, will be active from Longboat Key (USI FL053S,
Sarasota County, FL) between March 2-16th. Activity will be
on or near the usual island and IOTA frequencies on the HF
bands. QSL vai W0FK, direct or by the Bureau. Also via LoTW.

OC-042. Operators Jose/DU1BP, Torsten/DL2KGS and Rag/LA6FJA will be
active as DZ1B from Luzon Island during the CQWW DX SSB Contest
(October 26-27th) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via DU1BP.

OC-161. (Update) Members of the Indonesian Amateur Radio Organization
of North Sumatra Area will be active as YB6N from Nias Island
between March 8-13th. The following operators will also sign
homecall/6: Ady/YB6VK (Team Leader), Alex/YB0SAT, Hendra/YB1HK,
Imam/YB4IR and Anton/YB5QZ. Activity will be on the HF bands.
QSL via YB4IR (see

KH0/AH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. Operators Sam/JE1XUZ (KH0XH) and Tama/JQ2WTT
(KH0XW) will be active from Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands (OC-086),
between March 10th and April 1st. Both operators are undergraduates at
a JA university. QSL via the operator's home callsign, by the JA Bureau
or direct. Also, the duo plans to be active as AH0BT (Saipan BBQ Contest
Club callsign) during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 30-31st). QSL
via 7L1FPU, LoTW, by the JA Bureau or direct. Do NOT send to the W0
Bureau and the KH0 address.

KH2/NH2, GUAM. Operators Masanori/JA1OZK/W6LJ, Ryuji/JG1ITH/NY8A, Aki/
JR3QFB/W3JH, Masaru/AI2K and Masatoshi/AH6KY/JA1MFR will be active as
NH2KY (Ibaraki Net Amateur Radio Club callsign) between March 29th and
April 2nd. QSL via JR3QFB. The team will use the callsign KH2KY (Guam
Japanese DXer Club callsign) during the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March
30-31st) as a Multi-2 entry. QSL via JA1MFR.

Mar/04th AN Mar/07th AN Mar/09th AN
Mar/05th AN Mar/08th AN Mar/10th AN
Mar/06th AN

----------------- ------ -------- ------
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

KP4, PUERTO RICO. Angelo, KP4EU, will be active during the ARRL DX SSB
Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/Low-Power entry.
QSL via KP4EU.

LX, LUXEMBOURG. Philippe/LX2A will be active as LX7I during the ARRL DX
SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via LX2A.
Visit the following Web page at:

NAURYZ DX CONTEST. The contest is organized and conducted in order to
promote amateur radio on high frequency bands in countries of Central
Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan)
and is dedicated to the spring celebration of Nauryz (Nowruz) included
in the representative list of UNESCO List of the Intangible Cultural
Heritage of Humanity, declared as the International Nowruz Day. Contest
is held on March 23rd, between 0200-0759z. Bands are 80/40/20/15/10
meters, and modes are CW and SSB. Complete details are available at:

QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (dated March 1st)
3D2NB via W7YAQ EG7DA via EA7RCS PJ2/K8LEE via K8LEE (d)
5W0W via NR6M EH7DAM via EA7URM PQ7M via PS7HD

(e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only

QSL C6AVA via N6AWD. Activity was from IOTA NA-048 and NA-054.




S2, BANGLADESH. Vadym, UT6UD, will be active as S21XV from Dhaka between
March 1-7th. Activity will be on all HF bands with a focus on NA. QSL
via UT6UD.

S7, SEYCHELLES (Update). Nobby, G0VJG, will be active S79VJG from the
Seychelles (AF-024) between April 4-16th. Activity will be on the 40-10
meters using SSB only and HF verticals on the beach (QRO). QSL via G4DFI.

SN3, POLAND. Operators Bogdan/SP3RBR, Rod/SP8GQU and Jakub/SQ8J will be
active as SN3R during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Multi-
Single entry. QSL via SP3KEY.

TX5, CLIPPERTON ISLAND (Update). The TX5K team arrived at Clipperton Island
at 0430z, February 27th, in the dark (and even with a full moon they can
only just make out the island), so offloading onto the island did not
start until day break. The TX5K Blog page states, "No one got sick on the
way down ­ all are doing well and have enjoyed the wonderful food and
hospitality of the Shogun Crew." Excerpts from the blog state that the
team will need a whole day and part of the next day to offload and set
up. This means do not expect the start of the DXpedition until late in
the day (Pacific Time) on February 28th (it will most likely be March
1st in some time zones) ­ which is as planned. The team sends their
thanks to everyone for your support of this DXpedition and send their
love to their families. Then on February 28th, it was posted, "after
spending hours circling the island looking for a suitable and safe
place to land" the team began landing at 1300z. Later in the day, they
posted "they have all life support, 2 out of 3 tents up, 20 members of
the team on the island and that they have generators and lights that
they can use to do some work into the night. They will set up radios
tomorrow ­ so this is all great news. All are tired ­ but in very good
spirits and doing well. It is hot there."
By the time you read this, the TX5K activity will probably have started
and it will be on 160-6 meters using using CW, SSB and RTTY. Frequencies
were listed in last week's bulletin (OPDX.1101). Just a reminder that
they will also have a quality QRO 6m station with a dedicated operator
(Lance, W7GJ, - <>) ready to do
EME and terrestrial QSOs. Needless to say ­ this is huge news for the 6m
QSL via the OQRS by ClubLog (Highly Recommended). This is the preferred
method to use for your QSL confirmation. After the DXpedition ends you
can order either a direct or Bureau QSL card using the OQRS online QSL
service provided by ClubLog. Using this convenient online method you can
easily apply for their QSL card to be sent directly to your home or via
the Bureau....without having to send your QSL card at all. Direct QSLs
are via Bob Schenck N2OO and the SJDXA QSL team: QSL Manager for TX5K,
PO Box 345, Tuckerton, NJ 08087-0345, USA. Also, remember to use the DXA
Web site <> which allows DXers to view the QSO log,
and the status and activities of the DXpedition in near-real-time. The
TX5K's Web page is at <>. For updates, use the BLOG at:

V3, BELIZE (Update). Operators Lee/N8LJ, Stan/AC8W and Jim/KB8TXZ will
be active as V31LJ, V31AC and V31VJ, respectively from Belize between
now and March 5th. The trio will be in the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March
2-3rd) as a Multi-Single entry. The contest callsign was not provided.
Activity outside of the contest will be on 160-6 meters using CW and
RTTY. QSL V31LJ via K8ESQ. QSL V31AC and V31VJ via KB8TXZ.

VK9C, COCOS KEELING ISLANDS (Update/New Callsign). Operators Chris/GM3WOJ
(ZK2V) and Keith/GM4YXI (ZK2X) will be active from Cocos Keeling Island
(OC-003), using a new callsign that was issued, VK9CZ (not VK9C/GM2MP),
between March 30th and April 13th. Activity will be on SSB and CW, with
some RTTY. It is hoped to have a real-time logging system and daily LoTW
uploads if possible. More details to follow. A new Web page will be
available soon at:

VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS (Update/Change). A team of operators
(mentioned Geoff/W0CG, Scott/K0MD and possibly more) will be active as
VP5H from Providenciales Island (NA-002, WLOTA 2003) during the ARRL DX
SSB Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Multi-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL
via his home callsign and LoTW.

WP3, PUERTO RICO. Jamie, WP3A, will be active during the ARRL DX SSB
Contest (March 2-3rd) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via

XE, MEXICO. Brian, N3IQ, will be active as XE3/N3IQ from Cancun during
the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3nd) as a Single-Op/All-Band/QRP entry.
He will use a KX3 and little vertical. QSL via N3IQ. By the way, Brian
is celebrating his wedding anniversary on this trip.

XU, CAMBODIA. Eddy, ON4AFU, will be active as XU7AFU between March 3-14th.
Activity will be CW using 100 watts and wire antennas. QSL via home
callsign, direct or by the Bureau. Visit his Web page at:

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Chris, HB9ELV, will be active as ZF2EL from the
Grand Cayman Island during the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd). QSL
via LoTW.

The following stations are expected to be active in the
ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 2-3rd, 2013)
Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following
consolidated listing of the participants in the 2013 ARRL DX SSB Contest.
For a more detailed listing (and up-to-date changes/corrections) in HTML
format, please visit Bill's Web page at:
Contest DXCC Class QSL
Callsign Entity Route
3V8BB Tunisia SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via LX1NO
8P1V Barbados SOAB LP W1VE
8P5A Barbados SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via NN1N
C6ANM Bahamas M/M LoTW
C6AZZ Bahamas SOSB 20M KQ8Z
ED1R Spain M/S EC1KR
EF8U Canary Islands SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via (B)
FM5FJ Martinique SOSB 20M KU9C
FY5KE French Guiana SOSB 15M LoTW; QSL via REF (B) or FY5KE (d)
GJ2A Jersey SO LoTW
HC2/RC5A Ecuador SOAB LP RC5A; QSL via (B) or (d)
HK1NA Colombia M/M K6IPM
J88DR St Vincent SOAB LP G3TBK; QSL via RSGB (B) or (d)
KP2MM Virgin Islands SOAB LoTW; QSL via N2TTA
KP4EU Puerto Rico SOSB 20M KP4EU
LA7H Norway M/S LA7H (B)
LX7I Luxembourg SOAB LX2A
NH7A Hawaii SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via F5VHJ or REF (B)
NJ2BB USA M/2 KB2BRR; fm Battleship New Jersey
OH0X Aland Island SO OH2TA
P49Y Aruba SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via AE6Y
SN3R Poland M/S SP3KEY
T6MO Afghanistan SOU LP K9GY
TI8M Costa Rica M/? TI2KAC
TO1A French Guiana SOSB 10M LoTW
TO22C Guadeloupe M/? F6HMQ
V26M Antigua & Barbuda SOAB W3HNK
V31?? Belize M/S V31LJ (K8ESQ), V31AC & V31VJ (KB8TXZ)
V47JA St Kitts & Nevis SOAB LoTW; QSL via W5JON
VP2V/KE2VB Br. Virgin Island SOAB LP NR6M
VP5H Turks & Caicos M/S W0GJ
VP9I Bermuda M/S WW3S
WP3A Puerto Rico SOAB LP NP3O
YN5Z Nicaragua SOAB LoTW; QSL via K7ZO

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President of the "Northern Ohio DX Association" (NODXA)
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