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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1126

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1126
BID: $OPDX.1125
September 2, 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, NC1L, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR
& The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, W5UE, K8GI, K8YSE, NL8F, W8GEX & 60m
News, W9ILY, AT International, DK8JB & The DX News Letter, DL1SBF,, DX-World.Net, E21EIC, ES1CW, F5NQL, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles
DX, H44RK, HA0HW , I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I2MQP & DX Italia News,
JA1TRC, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site,
Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, the VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF), VK4WR,
XV4Y and YB5NOF for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 25th-August, through Sunday, 1st-September there were 229
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X,
4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P,
8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9,
AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, 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, ET, EU,
EX, EY, F, FG, FH, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4,
H40, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3,
J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KH9, 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, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/a, SV5,
SV9, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9,
UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP8, VP8/h, VP9,
VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, 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" (WFWL).

3B9, RODRIGUEZ ISLAND (Just A Reminder). By the time you read this,
members of the Verona DX Team will be active as 3B9EME from Rodriguez
Island (AF-017) until September 13th. They will have 2 stations on at
the same time on the HF bands, with an emphasis on 160/80/40/30/17/12
meters, using CW, SSB, RTTY, JT65hf and PSK31. Also, some EME activity
on 144 and 432 MHz. See OPDX.1122 for suggested frequencies. For more
details and the QSL route, visit the 3B9EME Web site at:

8Q, MALDIVES. Operators Christian/DL2MDU and his XYL Heike/DO3HDA will
be active as 8Q7CF from Biyadhoo Island Resort between September 15-27th.
Activity will be holiday style on 80-10 meters, possibly 160 meters if
they can use a long wire, and they will use an Elecraft K3. Christian will
operate mainly CW, while Heike will operate on SSB and the Digital modes.

A2, BOTSWANA. Operators Arnold/WB6OJB and Frosty/K5LBU will be active as
A25JK and A25CF, respectively, from the Lotsane Gameand Safari Lodge in
the extreme eastern part of Botswana between September 5-12th. They plan
on having two stations set up and running, but the A25JK will be the main
station. Look for A25JK to operate SSB on 20/17/15/12/10 meters and
possibly 40 and 75 meters. K5LBU will be operating some PSK on whatever
bands might be open and A25JK is not on. QSL via their home callsigns.

A3, TONGA. Masato "Masa", JA0RQV, will once again be active from Tonga,
but this time as A35JP/N and from Niuatoputapu Island (OC-191) between
September 19-24th. This operation will be depending on weather and flight
to the island, and on the air will be limited because of limited supply
of electric power. Operations will be on 80-6 meters using CW and SSB.
His rig is an IC-7000 (100w) and GP Full-size. In case his flight is
cancelled, Masa might be active from Tongatapu Island (OC-049) or Haapai
Island (OC-169) or Vavau Island (OC-064) instead. QSL via his home
callsign, by the Bureau, direct or LoTW. For more info, visit Masa's Web
page from his last trip at:

ASIAN TOUR. Pekka, OH2YY, will activate Nepal (9N) between October 2-5th.
He has applied for the callsign 9N2YY, but the final confirmation will
take place upon arrival in Nepal. After Nepal, between October 6-10th,
Pekka will be visiting the Kingdom of Bhutan (A5). He has been assigned
a Bhutanese license with a callsign A52YY. Both in Nepal and Bhutan,
Pekka will be traveling mainly during the daytime hours, but during his
evenings and nights, he will be active on 20-10 meters using SSB. He
cannot take any amplifier or yagis with him, so the operations will be
basically with a 100w transceiver and dipoles. QSL via OH2YY, by the
SRAL Bureau or direct to: Pekka Ahlqvist, Vapaalanpolku 8B, 01650 Vantaa,
Finland. or via SRAL QSL bureau. Also, he will use LoTW.

CE0Y, EASTER ISLAND. Operators Jose/CE0HYO, Gustavo/CX2AM, Humberto/CX3AN,
Gustavo/CX3CE, Mario/CX4CR, Gen/EA5HPX and Francisco/EA7FTR will be active
from Hanga Roa, Easter Island, between November 1-7th. Callsign has not
yet been announced. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and
the Digital modes. They will have 3 stations operating simultaneously.
QSL via EB7DX. They have a Web site available at:

D4, CAPE VERDE. Operators Babs/DL7AFS and Lot/DJ7ZG will be active as
D44TXT from Santiago Island (AF-005) between October 19th and November
7th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters using SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via

DXCC NEWS. Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL Awards Branch Manager, reports that
the following operations are approved for DXCC credit:
TX5K ­ Clipperton Island; 2013 Operation
XZ1Z ­ Myanmar; 2013 Operation

NOTE: If you've had this rejected in a prior application, send a note
to <> to be placed on the list for an update to your
record. Also, please note the submission date and/or reference number
where the rejection was noted to help expedite the search for any
rejected QSOs.

E6, NIUE. Operators Alan/VK4WR and Graeme/VK4FI will once again be active
as E6RQ and E6SG, respectively, from the Coral Gardens Motel, Alofi, Niue
(OC-040), between December 7-17th. Activity will be on the HF bands. Alan
informs OPDX [edited], "Our operation is primarily for 6 meters as we are
going in the middle of the southern hemisphere sporadic E season. Hopefully,
there will also be TEP into Asia and who knows what else on the magic band.
We will have some HF, am taking an OCF dipole for 40 through 10 meters and
plan to have a play in the ARRL 10meter Contest. 100 Watts only." QSL both
callsigns via VK4FI.

FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA (IOTA Tour). Yoshi, JJ8DEN, will once again be active
as FO/KH0PR between September 3-25th. He will activate the following French
Polynesian Tuamotu Islands as follows:
September 3-8th - Ahe Atoll (OC-131)
September 9-16th - Napuka Atoll (OC-094)
September 18-25th - Reao Atoll (OC-238)
Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and the Digital modes. QSL via
JJ8DEN, direct or by the Bureau.

HP0, PANAMA (IOTA Tour). Operators Christian/EA3NT, Raul/EA5KA, Vincent/
F4BKV and Col/MM0NDX, from the Invoker Team, will activate six Panamanian
island groups as HP0INT(/1,2,3,4 or 9) between September 5-19th. Activity
will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. The team tentative schedule is
as follows:
September 5-8th - Naos Island (NA-072); callsign HP0INT/1; evening only
September 6-8th - Boca Brava Island (NA-071); callsign HP0INT/3
September 9-11th - Ogobsibu (San Blas) Island (NA-170); callsign HP0INT/2
September 11-13th - Grande Island (NA-202); callsign HP0INT/2
September 13-15th - Iguana Island (NA-203); callsign HP0INT/9
September 16-18th - Colon [Bocas del Toro] (NA-088); callsign HP0INT/4

Please be careful with HP0INT/2 as it will be used from two different
IOTA groups. Listen carefully to the operator to know the exact location/IOTA.
Direct QSLs are via F4BKV (OQRS preferred) [if you use IRC, he only accepts
the new model valid until 2017]. Bureau QSLs are via F5CWU (OQRS preferred).
More details and the OQRS are available at:

IOTA NEWS..............
NA-124. Operators Manuel/XE2HUQ, Saul/XE2HQI, Craig/XE2HWJ and Jose/
XE2I will be active as XF1P from Partida Island between December
7-14th. More details to be forthcoming.

OC-109/ (POSTPONED) Operators John/YB5NOF, Anton/YB5QZ, Joni/YB9WZJ
OC-122. and YE5WM planned to activate Tambelan (OC-122) as YE5T between
August 28th and September 1st, and Natuna Selatan (OC-109) as
YE5S between September 4-9th. John, YB5NOF, informs OPDX that
this has been postponed. They hope to do all they can to try
to activate the IOTAs at the end of September or early October,
but is depends on the weather, transport and the renewal of
their licences.

IOTA PACIFIC TOUR CONTINUES (Update). By the time you read this, Ralph,
H44RK, is expected to be active as H40IOTA from Vanikolo Island (OC-163)
for only 2-3 days. Activity will probably be on 40/20/15 meters SSB.
Ralph informs OPDX that he will head to Vanuatu (YJ) and operate as YJ0RK
as well as activate a few more IOTAs. He states that he will activate
Torres Island (OC-110) first and then Banks Island (OC-104). No set dates
are known at this time. Ralph states, "We will be cruising Vanuatu waters
(on the "SV Hafskip") for about 2 months before we continue via New
Caledonia back to VK4-land. QSL H40IOTA and YJ0RK via NR6M.

ISWL CALLSIGNS (For September). The following ISWL club callsigns will be
used throughout the month of September 2013:

GX4BJC/A - Operated from Ivybridge, in Devon, by Peter, G4VFG (ISWL
Honorary Secretary). (WAB Square SX65, England; IOTA
EU-005 and WLOTA LH-1841).

MX1SWL/A - Operated from Hove, in Sussex, by George, G3VBE. (WAB
Square TQ20, England; IOTA EU-005 and WLOTA LH-1841).

ALL QSLs will be handled by Herbie, G6XOU, and NOT the individual
operator. The I.S.W.L. is a member of the European PSK Club. All QSL
info is on <> or <> or via <>.
NO LoTW. I.S.W.L. Awards are available to all Hams and SWLs, see
<> for full details. The cards ARE welcomed for
their awards.

KH9, WAKE ISLAND (Update). Tentative dates (Wake Time-Zone Dates) have
been posted on the K9W Web page <>. The team expects to
arrive on October 5th, set up on October 6th, operate on October 7th,
stop/teardown on October 18th and depart on October 19th. Also suggested
frequencies are:
CW - 1826.5, 3523, 5405, 7023, 10103, 14023, 18079, 21023, 24894 and 28023
SSB - 3790, 5403.5, 7082, 14185, 18140, 21285, 24955 and 28485
RTTY - 3580, 7035, 10142, 14080,18099, 21080, 24912 and 28080 kHz
6M - 50107/CW and 50107/SSB

OJ0, MARKET REEF (Update/Change). Pasi, OH3WS, will be on Market Reef
(EU-053) as a voluntary worker between September 7-13th, and will be
active as OJ0W during his spare time. Activity will be on 40-10 meters
mostly CW. QSL via OH3WS, by the Bureau or direct to: Pasi Bergman,
Tuulipolku 4, 13500 Finland. ADDED NOTE. A YL Mirja (not Pasi's YL)
will be there on the Reef with him and was very interested in HAM radio
in Sept. 2012. When they were there last time, she made some QSOs. Pasi
states, "I will give her a possibility to make QSOs as a second operator
on SSB. It has been a long time since OJ0 was QRV by any YL-operator.
We'll see what happens."

called "QScope" <>. is an online appli-
cation that provides statistics and charts from HAM Radio logs. While
some features are designed with contesting in mind, most of the statistics
will be useful for DXers and DXpeditions. You just import your ADIF 2 or
Cabrillo logs into QScope database and then browse the statistic and
charts pages. The application allows for exporting your results in PDF
and to share the web links to the charts you produced with your friends.
QScope permits you to create as many containers as you want and import as
many logs as you need into them, so you can classify or aggregate the
data the way you want. QScope offers informations like:
- Number of QSOs, Operating Time
- Unique callsigns worked, unique DXCCs entities, CQ and ITU Zones
- Average and Maximum QSO Rates over periods of 10, 30 and 60 minutes
- Activity Map showing which band, mode, operating position was more
productive during a contest
- Charts with number of QSOs per unique callsign, band, mode or operator
- Charts with number of Points per unique callsign, band, mode or operator
- Charts with number of QSOs per CQ and ITU Zones
- Charts showing hour by hour, the Number of QSOs and Points, Number
of new CQ and new ITU Zones worked, Number of new DXCC entities and
new Prefixes worked
- Charts with Operating Time per band, mode or operator with parameter
for pause duration
- Charts showing minute by minute how much was your QSO Rate for your
whole log, per operator or per band, with parameter for the sample
duration from 5 minutes to 60 minutes
- Charts with Maximum QSO Rates per band, mode or operator with parameter
for the sample duration from 5 minutes to 60 minutes

* Note that the informations you can display depends on the data available
in your logfile. ADIF logs containing more details than Cabrillo.

More features and statistics are planned to be included in future
versions. Suggestions are welcome. Registration and access to the
website are free.

PACIFIC TOUR (EME Op). Hermann, DL2NUD, will once again be active from
the Pacific, this time as H44HP from Solomon Islands and YJ9HP from Vanuatu
sometime in October and November (dates and specific islands not provided).
Activity will be focused on VHF Bands for EME QSOs. QSL via his home call-
sign, direct or by the Bureau.

Sep/02nd AN Sep/05th AN Sep/07th AN
Sep/03rd AN Sep/06th AN Sep/08th AN
Sep/04th 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

*** ADDED NOTE: Has anyone heard or seen from Lee, KH6BZF? Your
editor has been sending him E-mails for 3 weeks and has not
received an answer......

QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
HS4AK via E20YLM

Randy, W5UE, reports [edited], "I now have an online log search and
OQRS Web application for many of the stations I manage. Logs currently
online: 9V1YC, 9V9HQ, AK6W, EY3M, EY8ZE, HC8GR, HC8N, NA5NN and ZP5YW.
9V1YC's upcoming DXpedition to Laos (XW1YC) will also be supported.
Daily updates from James is anticipated while he is QRV from XW. The

QSL RECEIVED VIA LoTW: None reported this week!



SATELLITE ACHIEVEMENT. Congratulations to John, K8YSE, for working and
confirming all 488 USA lower 48 States grids. John states, "Satellite
operators come and go and grids come and go with them. A grid might have
a very active operator in it and then it is off the air when that person
goes away for whatever reason. Interestingly, about half of the 488 grids
that were worked were from those operating portable, not in the sense of
using a radio with batteries, but in the traditional sense of operating
away from their home station location. Once you have experienced being
on the other end of a small pileup, you will want to do it again." He
also states, "I started with satellites in June 2006 and only had 47 USA
grids by August 2008. From August 2008 till Jan 2009 I worked another
109. In 2009 199 were worked. 2010 was 76 and 2011 was 44. Only 4 new
grids were worked in 2012 and 9 were snagged in 2013." John is possibly
the first person to ever work all 488 USA lower 48 States grids (at least
in the past 10 years) on the satellites. HOWEVER, the sad part about this
is there is NOT an award for this wonderful accomplishment.

SOUTHEAST TOUR. The "" reports that operators Fusa/JR3CNQ
and Take/JS6RRR will be active from Singapore (9V1 - IOTA AS-019) and
West Malaysia (9M2) on the following dates:
September 20-21st and 23rd - Callsigns 9V1/JR3CNQ and 9V1/JS6RRR
September 21-23rd - Callsigns 9M2/JR3CNA & 9M2/JS6RRR
Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes.
In case of heavy rain or other conditions, the operation conditions may
vary. QSL via their home callsigns (see

T10, TRANSNISTRIA. Vladimir, UA4WHX, is now active as T10VB from the
breakaway territory between the River Dniester and the eastern Moldovan
border with Ukraine called "Transnistria". They declare independence in
1990 from the Republic of Moldova. You can read more about Transnistria
Currently, Transnistria is NOT a DXCC entity because it does not meet
the current DXCC Criteria. Vladimir started his activity on Friday,
August 30th, and has been on 80/40/30/20/17/15 meters mainly on CW but
some SSB. QSL via UA4WHX.

T32, EAST KIRIBATI (Update). Tim, NL8F, will be active as T32TM from
East Kiribati between November 26th and December 11th. He states that he
is bringing an IC-7000 with an ALS600, and is working on getting a CrankIR
vertical (if this does not work, it will be Butternut HFV9 vertical on
the beach). Activity during the first week Tim will be using T32TM. QSL
via K8NA. During the second week, he will join up with the T32RRC team
(4-5 guys) on Kiritimati Island (OC-024), and they will be bringing more
radios and antennas. A Web site is still under construction.

T8, PALAU. Madison, W5MJ, will be "on another sole DX adventure" to Palau
as T88TV between September 10-16th. Activity will be CW only on all bands
with an emphasis on 80 and 160 meters. He will use an inverted L, with 500
watts and a tuner. He mentions, "Palau is nine hours ahead of GMT". QSL
via W5MJ.

V5, NAMIBIA. David, BA4DW, is now active as V5/BA4DW from Windhoek until
September 6th. Reports indicate that his activity will be holiday style
with a focus on Asia on 20 meters using CW and SSB. However, QSNs show
that he has been mainly on 15 meters CW. QSL via his home callsign.

VQ9, CHAGOS ISLAND. By the time you read this, Kazeno, JO1GWT/KJ6ZHM,
will be active as VQ9KA near Diego Garcia until September 8th. Look for
his activity to be on the following specific days: September 1st, 2nd,
7th and 8th, starting at 0300z. He states that if it rains there will be
no operation. Operations will be on 40-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL
via JO1GWT, direct or by the Bureau.

YO, ROMANIA (WFF Op). A Hungarian group along with YO5AJR, will operate
from the Muntii Maramuresului (Maramarosi NP.) [YOFF-023] between September
6-8th. The members of the group are: Istvan/HA0KA (team leader), Pista/
HA0DI, Mate/HA0MT and Miki/YO5AJR (and possibly laci/HA0HW Laci). Activity
will be on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via
their home callsigns, by the Bureau or direct.

XW, LAOS. Just a reminder that operators Steve/9M6DXX and James/9V1YC
will operate as XW8XZ and XW1YC, respectively, from Vientiane between
September 5-10th. They plan to have two stations on the air. XW8XZ
activity will be on SSB and XW1YC will mainly be CW with some SSB. QSL
XW8XZ via M0URX and XW1YC via W5UE. ADDED NOTE: It has been reported
that operators George/EA2TA, Christian/EA3NT, Raul/EA5KA, Vincent/F4BKV,
Don/G3XTT and Col/MM0NDX are joining Steve and James and now plan to
operate five stations on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. OPDX has
not verified this yet.

XW, LAOS (And JARL Ham Fair Wrap-Up!!). Champ, E21EIC, informs OPDX
[edited], "I had very great time at the JARL Ham Fair 2013, and it was
very nice to attend the Japan DX meeting 2013 which had many famous hams
attending: OH2BH, NN1N, W6VNR/ZF2AH, KK6EK, DS4EOI, DF2OO and JAs hams.
All Story and pictures will show up on RAST website <>
and I operated as JH1TEQ from the best station in the world from JH1AJT
Zorro's station. I made about 400 QSOs, and QSL will be sent automatically
via the Bureau." He also states to look for XW0YJY in the All Asian DX
SSB Contest (September 7-8th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry.
QSL via E21EIC.

XZ, MYANMAR (Update). Zorro, JH1AJT, will be in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar,
between September 18-23rd, signing XZ1Z again. He has spotted a better
location on top of a 1557 ft. hill, and expects to have better signals.
He will bring a 10-15-20m tri-band Yagi in addition to the GPs used
last month. The operation will be mainly CW this time and focus on NA/SA.
In mid November, the Foundation for Global Children (FGC) will have a
multi-national team DXpedition to Myanmar for about 10 days with three to
four stations, 24 hours, 160­10 meters using CW, SSB and the Digital
modes. Stay tuned! QSL via ClubLog OQRS (preferred) or JH1AJT.

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