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Thursday, December 19, 2013

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Ohio/Penn DX Special Bulletin No. 1141.2

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Special Bulletin No. 1141.2
BID: $OPDX.1141.2
December 19, 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 OH2BH and W6SZN for the following DX information.

From the Offices of Santa Claus
Lapland - The North of Finland

December 19, 2013


Santa always appears on short notice every year, and so does OF9X from
the Land of Santa Claus. There is one thing that we cannot skip and that
is Christmas. It is because of all those wonderful children of the world
who persuade us busy people to settle down and remember that Christmas
is after all for children - for whose who truly believe. So, take a moment
and join us - welcome your children or grandchildren on a trip to Christmas
world with the dedication it deserves.

Last year Santa became a figure in Amateur Radio with thousands of
followers, and more than 800 Santa Awards were issued throughout the
world. Santa Radio (OF9X) established itself also through the pages
of QST, DL-QTC and Japanese CQ Magazine. Santa is here to stay.

Starting yesterday, Santa has been loading up his sleigh and will soon
begin his journey across the world. It all starts from Finnish Lapland
and ends up on Christmas Day in the United States. The main activity will
be over this coming weekend before Christmas and, as Santa is busy, his
elves will be much of the time at the controls of Santa Radio, OF9X.
Just stop by and say hello. Santa should be around 25KHz up the band
edge (CW) and 14.225 KHz or thereabout.

But something new has happened since last year - Santa has become a pro
on Morse code.

In addition to SSB QSOs from a year ago or this year, you should now
contact Santa also on CW to qualify for the 2013 Santa Cold Winter (CW)
Award. You should track your two (2) QSOs on ClubLog at
and send your request by email to One of the QSOs should
be from this year - 2013.

If you don't manage to work Santa on CW or SSB, or you only make one QSO
this winter? No problem - not everything is lost as you have the option
of compensating for the missing QSO by solving the Christmas Puzzle. Just
send the details of your one 2013 QSO together with the two mystery words
from the Puzzle, and you will qualify.

In case you need any assistance in filling in the puzzle, you may ask
Santa for help - talk to OF9X and just point out the question line number
and Santa will whisper to you the needed word. But only two lines at the
most. On CW please just send "QSC NR". (Q-Santa-Claus)

While Santa Cold Winter Awards will be sent free of charge by email to
those eligible, many have requested the Santa Award by post. Such a feature
(OQRS)is now introduced as part of the log checking procedure on the OF9X page.

Santa's elves this year include Olli, OH0XX, Ville, OH1JD, Jaska, OH1TX,
Rami, OH2BCI, Pertti, OH2BEE, Martti, OH2BH, Kati, OH2FKX (YL), Mari,
OH2FPK (YL), Pekka, OH2TA, Pertti, OH2PM, Olli, OH6CT, Veijo, OH6KN, Kim,
OH6KZP - and even the busy old man Santa himself with all the gifts he's
got, now CW included.

Tap the Video and Audio button on the OF9X page at
and you can occasionally see Santa and hear how your own signal sounds
in the Land of Christmas.

Merry Christmas to all Amateur Radio operators and their children and
grandchildren the world over. Enjoy your Christmas and share the joy
of being together. Always!

Santa Claus, OF9X


YASME PRESS RELEASE (Dated December 18th) [edited]. "YASME FOUNDATION
EXCELLENCE AWARDS -- The Yasme Excellence Award is awarded to individuals
who, through their own service, creativity, effort and dedication, have
made a significant contribution to amateur radio. The contribution may
be in recognition of technical, operating or organizational achievement,
as all three are necessary for amateur radio to grow and prosper. The
Yasme Excellence Award is in the form of a cash grant and an individually-
engraved crystal globe.
The Board of Directors of The Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce
the award of the Yasme Excellence Awards for 2013 to the following
* Tom Roscoe, K8CX: Tom is recognized for his dedication to collecting
and publishing current and historical photos and other documents on
his Hamgallery Web site at <>. Hamgallery is an
excellent amateur radio resource provided free of charge to the
online community. Tom is also the manager of the W3 QSL Bureau,
contributing many hours to ensuring cards are delivered properly
and promptly.

* Lee Sawkins, VE7CC: Lee's software is widely used to manage and filter
DX cluster spotting output. Without such filters, the output of the
spotting network would be overwhelming and unusable. Lee's filtering
software enables logging programs to integrate with the spotting
network for contesting and general-purpose operation around the world.
Lee supports the local DX and contesting community in British Columbia
and will be representing Canada in WRTC 2014 as the Team Leader from
the NA-12 region.

* John Devoldere, ON4UN: Along with building one of the premier amateur
stations in the world, John's contributions to the DXing community
have been extensive. Beginning with "80 Meter DXing," published in
1978, his book expanded to "Low-Band DXing," which in its fifth edition
has become the most widely used handbook for operating and building
antenna systems on the bands at 7 MHz and lower frequencies. The book
contains important advances in HF amateur technology and encourages
operation on these bands.

* Michael Carroll, N4MC; Eldon Lewis, K7LS; Dean Gibson, AE7Q; and
Joseph Speroni, AH0A: These gentlemen have been instrumental in
providing convenient access by amateurs to information maintained
in FCC databases. In the case of N4MC, his Vanity HQ site became
the single most popular resource for U.S. amateurs seeking to obtain
a desired call sign, on-the-air identity being a fundamental element
of amateur radio. He continues to maintain the National Silent Key
Archive at <>. K7LS and AE7Q have created similar
online services that can be found at <> and <>.
AH0A was a pioneer in accessing the FCC databases and providing useful
summaries of licensing information. The services made freely available
by these four individuals have greatly enriched and educated U.S.

* Ken Claerbout, K4ZW: Ken is recognized for his work in support of the
series of video seminars and lectures produced in association with the
Potomac Valley Radio Club. Initially focused on contesting, the scope
has broadened to include a variety of operating and technical topics.
More importantly, the videos have encouraged others to publish similar
"webinars" and archive them for viewing at any time.

* Ashraf Chaabane, 3V/KF5EYY: Ashraf has become an energetic represent-
ative on all fronts of amateur radio in Northern Africa and globally.
He presents a positive role model for amateur radio across the entire
Arab world with his enthusiasm and competitive spirit. His mission is
to see the day when the administration in Tunisia issues him the first
personal license in that country. Ashraf will also be representing
Africa as the Team Leader for the African team in WRTC 2014.

The Yasme Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organized to conduct
scientific and educational projects related to Amateur Radio, including
DXing (long distance communication) and the introduction and promotion
of Amateur Radio in developing countries. For additional information
about The Yasme Foundation, visit our website at <>.

Ward Silver, N0AX, President
The Yasme Foundation

Board of Directors: Fred Laun, K3ZO, Director and Vice-President
Rusty Epps, W6OAT, Director and Treasurer
Kip Edwards, W6SZN, Director and Secretary
Martti Laine, OH2BH, Director
Mac McHenry, W6BSY, Director
Robert Vallio, W6RGG, Director"

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Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW - E-mail addresses:
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Editor of the Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin (OPDX - DXer's Tool of Excellence)
President of the "Northern Ohio DX Association" (NODXA)
DX Chairman for the "Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society
ARRL Assistant Director of the Great Lakes Division
Sysop of the "Basic Amateur Radio Frequency BBS" (BARF80.ORG)

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