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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1140

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1140
BID: $OPDX.1140
December 9, 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, W1AW Bulletins, W2IJ, NG3K
& ADXO, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4MQG, N4AA & QRZ DX, K8GI, K8PGJ, K8YSE,
W8GEX & 60m News, WB8RFB, AT International, CO8ZZ, DJ7PR, DK8JB & The
DX News Letter, DL1SBF,, DX-World.Net, E21EIC, ES1CW, F5NQL,
F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G3SWH, G3XTT, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News,
I2MQP & DX Italia News, OH2BN, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's DX-Newsdesk,
PY2SEX/DL1NX, RSGB IOTA Web Site, Sixitalia Weekly, VA3RJ & ICPO, the
VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF), YF1AR and YV5GRB for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 1st-December, through Sunday, 8th-December there were 228
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3D2/r, 3DA, 3V,
3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q,
7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9X, 9Y, 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, E6, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, EU, EX,
EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FS, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU,
GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3,
J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, 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, PZ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32,
T5, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TN, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN,
UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9,
VR, VU, VU7, XE, XT, XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z3,
ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZL, ZP, ZS, ZS8

* 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).

that activity from 1A is planned between January 2-7th (2014). Look for
more details to be forthcoming.

5V, TOGO. Philippe, F5MVB, is planning to be active as 5V7MP from Togo
next year. Look for more details to be forthcoming in January.

5X, UGANDA. If you missed Alan, G3XAQ, as 5X1XA from the capital city of
Kampala, he is expected to return again and be active between February
25th and March 16th (2014). Activity will be CW only. He will also be in
the RSGB Commonwealth Contest (March 8-9th). QSL 5X1XA via G3SWH.

8P, BARBADOS (Reminder). Operators Mike/KI1U (8P9IU), Mike/N1TA (8P9TA)
and Bruce/K0BJ (8P9BJ) will be active from Barbados between December
9-16th. Their main activity will be the ARRL 10 meter Contest (December
14-15th) and will sign as 8P8T. QSL via KI1U. Prior to the contest,
operators will be using their own callsigns.

9H, MALTA. Leo, DJ7PR, is once again active as 9H3YQ from Malta (EU-023)
until December 11th. Activity is holiday style and has been mostly 40
meters CW this past week. However, Leo informs OPDX, "My antenna is a
small vertical for all bands built up on my balcony and I only work CW.
With 100 watts and CW, it works perfect. Also for DX. My working hours
are mostly in the evening which means 1700-2300 GMT and mostly 20m and
40m. I don't think it is a good time for USA. I also try 10m between
0900 and 1200 GMT if the band is open." QSL via his home callsign.

9Q, DEM. REPUBLIC OF CONGO. Earlier in the week there were a few reports
stating that after 3 years of negotiations with the Congolese government
and official approval from the Ministry of Telecom (ARPTC) the national
club station 9Q0AR and its special callsign 9Q0HQ were finally given
permission to operate again. This would be great and also the first legal
activity from 9Q-land in several years. On (under 9Q0AR) it
suggests to listen on 21310 kHz between 1000-1400z.

A3, TONGA. Operators Klaus-Dieter/DK1AX and his XYL Heidi/DK1MA will
be active as A35AX on a holiday style DXpedition from Tongatapu Island
(OC-049) and Vava'u Island (OC-064) between February 24th and March 7th
(2014). Activity will be on CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via the OQRS on ClubLog.

CT8, AZORES. Siegfried, DF9WB, is now active as CT8/DF9WB from (EU-009)
until December 18th. Activity has been on 20/15/10 meters SSB. QSL via
his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

HK0, SAN ANDRES. Tim, LW9EOC, will be active as HK0/LW9EOC from San Andres
Island between April 18-25th (2014). Activity will be on 80-10 meters
using CW and SSB. QSL via LW9EOC.

INDEXA NEWS (PRESS RELEASE #2 - Additional Support For The Amsterdam
Island DXpedition): "Hello fellow DXers and INDEXA Members: The officers
of the International DX Association, INDEXA, have agreed to send an
additional donation of 2,500.00 USDs to the Amsterdam Island, FT5ZM,
DXpedition team. INDEXA's financial support for this DXpedition has now
grown to 10,000.00 USDs. Our membership of worldwide DXers has been
generous to us this year with donations. Thus, INDEXA felt further support
to the FT5ZM team was appropriate.
It is now just over one month before this international team of DXpedi-
tioners leaves home for many weeks of DXpeditioning from a harsh environ-
ment. All of this to give out a new DXCC entity or band country to DXers
worldwide. Certainly many will send in a contribution with their QSL card
or required OQRS contributions, but the team could certainly use additional
funding now.
INDEXA would like to thank our members for supporting us this year. We
hope our DXpedition support has added to your DXCC account this year and
other DXpeditions that are planned next year.
Support INDEXA via the web at <> and your membership
supports many annual DXpeditions to rare locations.
Regards, INDEXA Officers:
Gary Dixon, K4MQG, President
John Scott, K8YC, Vice President
Dick Williams, W3OA, Secretary-Treasurer
Bill Jennings, W4UNP"

IOTA NEWS..............
EU-125. (Reminder) Ric, DL2VFR, will be active as OU1RAEM from Romo
Island (DIA NS-001), Wadden Sea National Park (WWFF OZFF-004)
between December 28-31st. Activity will be on the HF bands,
mainly CW and include an entry in the RAEM Contest (December
29th). QSL via DF5LW, direct or by the Bureau. Also, QSLs will
be sent automatically by the Bureau. PLEASE NOTE: Ric will also
continue to be active between January 1-3rd, but as OZ/DL2VFR.
This activity will be a CW only operation. For more details,

OC-150. Burkhard, DL3KZA, is now active as YB9/DL3KZA from Lombok
Island. Length of stay is not known. Activity has been on
20/15 meters SSB. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by
the Bureau.

OC-272. Operators Budi/YF1AR, Imam/YF4IR and Joppy/YB8XM will be
active from Kisar Island in the Barat Daya Islands IOTA Group
between December 21-25th. Look for the following callsigns:
YF1AR/8 - Radio Yaesu FT-450D with tuner FC-707 power 100W;
antennas vertical Dipole 40m band and HB9CV 20/15/10m
YB4IR/8 - Radio Kenwood FT-950 power 100W; antennas G5RV 40m
band and Yagi Mini Multi 20/17/15/12/10m
YB8XM/p - Radio Yaesu FT-845 power 100W; antennas Spiderbeam
Activity will be on 40-10 meters using CW, SSB and Digital.
A special QSL card design for DXpedition will be issued. QSL
YF1AR/8 via N2OO. QSL YB4IR/4 via his home callsign (see, by the OQRS, LoTW and QSL Bureau. QSL YB8XM/p via
his home callsign (see Donations are excepted via
the PayPal account of <>. Visit their Web site at:

SA-008. The Santana de Fora Island ZW5W operation was cancelled this
past weekend due to bad weather. No word on when or if it will
be rescheduled.

CE, CHILE. Roberto (Bob), YV5IAL, will be active as CE2/YV5IAL from Chile
between January 2-30th (2014). He plans to operate PSK31 daily on 14070.15
and occasionally on 10, 15 and 40 meters (PSK31 and SSB). QSL via his home
callign, direct or by the Bureau.

E6, NIUE (Reminder). By the time you read this, 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), until December 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/A, AUSTRAL ISLANDS. A group of six operators from the UK will operate
from the Island of Raivavae in the Australs (OC-114) between March 20th
and April 1st (2014). Activity will be on all bands using CW, SSB and
RTTY. The operators are Don/G3BJ, Chris/G3SVL, Nigel/G3TXF, David/G3WGN,
Don/G3XTT, Hilary/G4JKS and Justin/G4TSH. They plan to run up to three
stations, each consisting of a K3 plus amplifier. Antennas will consist
of various vertical systems on the beach. The team will upload logs to
Clublog, and bandwidth permitting, will also be uploading to LoTW as the
DXpedition progresses. QSL will be handled by G3TXF and requests can be
made directly or via the Clublog OQRS facility. After the DXpedition
most members of the team will be attending the International DX Convention
at Visalia. A Web site will be launched with further details once the
callsign and other details are confirmed.

J3, GRENADA. Bob, G3PJT, will once again be active as J34G from Grenada
(NA-024, WLOTA 0718) between March 3-10th (2014). Activity will probably
be holiday style using a K2 w/100 watts and vertical antennas. He plans
to also be in the RSGB's Commonwealth Contest (March 8-9th). Look for him
outside of the contest, especially on 80 and 30 meters. QSL via his home

JW, SVALBARD (Update to OPDX.1139/Callsign). Alex, PY2SEX/DL1NX, informs
OPDX that he just got permission from Norwegian Post Communication Authority
to use his home callsign as LA/PY2SEX and JW/PY2SEX. So look for Alex
to be active from Svalbard (EU-026) during Christmas (December 24-25th)
for only those two days as JW/PY2SEX. QSL via DL1NX with SAE and a valid
IRC or 2 green stamps.

LCL QSO PARTY. The Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS) invites you
to participate in the ARLHS's annual "Lighthouse Christmas Lights 2013
QSO Party" which is held between 0001z, December 21st (7:00 PM EST, Dec.
20th) and 2359z, January 1st, 2014. Rules, operating guidelines, logging
requirements, and prizes can be found at:

NEW AMATEUR RADIO VIDEO. A new educational video about Amateur Radio is
now available free to view and share. It is found here:
"It has been created for anyone who wishes to encourage youth and adults
to explore the world of Ham Radio, and it also can be found on the home
page of the project website at <>. Thank you for your
consideration. 73, Mike (Did not provide his callsign)"

Dec/09th AN Dec/12th AN Dec/14th AN
Dec/10th AN Dec/13th AN Dec/15th AN
Dec/11th 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

QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (December 8th)
3A60ARM via 3A2ARM K9FD/KH6 via K9FD SG30RM via SK6RM
4L8A via K1BV KP2/K3TEJ via K3TEJ (d) SN0YOTA via ON9CFG
6Y5/W8YCM via W8YCM (d) LO4D via LW1DTZ TF3AM via TF3MHN
DM50PCK via DL0PCK (B/e) N9NC via OM2SA V63XG via JA1XGI
E6RQ via VK4FI OL6P via OK2WTM W6/UA3TT via UA3TT
E720IARU via E70ARA PX2B via PY2LED XR150CBS via XQ7UP
ED4URQ via EA4URQ R1941MB via R2DX YB9/DL3KZA via DL3KZA
EN100ZKM via UT5ZY R1941OM via RW3FB YL95CW via YL3CW
HG85MRASZ via HA-Bureau RR110RAEM via UA9LP
(e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only

HK1/CO8ZZ QSL ROUTE. Raúl, CO8ZZ, reports: "I'm just back home from
Colombia...!!! I had the great privilege to be active as operator from
HK1NA MM effort during CQWW on CW, thanks to a kind invitation from
Jorge/HK1R. At the same time, I made several QSOs as HK1/CO8ZZ, the
QSL via for those contacts are my manager DK1WI, who is already printing
the cards."

T33A LOG/QSOS UPDATE. The T33A team has just compiled the final logs
from the island and uploaded them to Clublog on November 29th. This
upload does not reflect corrections that are presently being made via
the inquiries sent to the QSL Manager. The QSL Manager is working to
clear all the inquiries and then will upload that new file upon com-
pletion. He expects to clear all inquires by mid to late December and
will upload that file. To those with missing calls or possible busted
calls, they'd recommend patience prior to making an OQRS request and
allow the QSL Manager to complete the inquiries that he receives. Please
visit Clublog occasionally to see if the corrections have been imple-
mented for those with inquiries. The E-mail for contacting the QSL
Manager (W2IJ) is <>. To all with questions please
forward your concerns to that E-mail address. He has now begun to respond
to those inquiries. The QSLs won't be ready for at least 6-8 weeks.

ZC4LI UPDATE. Phil, G3SWH, reports: "I've at last finished importing
all the hundreds of individual log files into a single file and uploaded
it to both ClubLog and LoTW. I'm afraid that it is obvious that there
are a number of log files missing, although I have managed to recover
some 312,000 QSOs. The QSO data that is available is fully searchable
*PLEASE* check the online log before requesting QSLs, as I will be
unable to confirm any QSOs that are not in the log. Also, please note
that, following a decision by the RSGB QSL Bureau not to process out-
going cards for non members, paper QSLs for this station are *ONLY*
available DIRECT. OQRS is much preferred. Replies to QSL requests
received so far will be mailed within the next few days.
73 for now.... Phil Whitchurch, G3SWH and AD5YS"

ZF2EZ and ZM90DX



RADIO ARCALA LANDSCAPE IS ONE SHORT (Press Release dated December 6th).
Jarmo, OH2BN, reports: "While driving to the Arctic region north of the
city of Oulu at 65degrees North, you will now find the wintry landscape
more naked than before. Something is missing from the landscape, a reflec-
tion of the challenges facing the stormy and icy North. Sorrow has
descended on the population of the village of Arkala.
It was the recent storm Oskari creating gusts of up to 68 knots (78MPH)
that not only knocked down the massive 330ft (100m) 40+ ton 160/80M array
but also left 200,000 homes in Finland without electricity. The mammoth
structure collapsed peacefully, not hitting any of the other six towers,
not hurting people or damaging buildings.
As professional engineering efforts had up to now ensured the survival
of this 5-year old structure, inspectors are busy trying to evaluate the
cause of the failure. It is suspected that automation designed to enable
the array to find its most comfortable position in high winds somehow
locked up and caused the structure to corkscrew. Consequently the giant
crumbled down on its on base just like the WTC building in those other
sad years.
But life goes on at Radio Arcala at OH8X and you may soon hear Santa
Claus from the North of Finland bringing you the joy of Christmas in the
form of OF9X, beaming over the North Pole on 20 meters and capitalizing
on the famous Polar Path during the Holiday Season.
Thank you for your interest in Radio Arcala and many of its unforgettable
endeavors. In summary, we would like to share with you this short poem
and these consoling words of wisdom from the late Professor Hugh Cassidy,
WA6AUD: 'The grief we feel we cannot tell. A sad day it was as our tower
fell.'" A picture is available in the HTML format version of the OPDX at:
Also, visit the Radio Arcala Web page for possible updates and pictures
of the tower before it fell at:

RI20, SOUTH SHETLAND ISLANDS. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the
Russian Robinson Club (RRC), RRC club members/operators Alexander/RW3RN
(RRC #256??) and Oleg/UA3HK/ZS1OIN (RRC #349) will be active as RI20ANT
from the Russian Antarctic station "Bellingshausen" on the Island of
King George (AN-010) between December 17-31st. Activity will be mainly
on 20 meters using CW and SSB. Equipment is a Yaesu FT-1000MP transceiver
and an all band antenna. QSL via RW3RN. At the Bellingshausen station,
the beacon RI1ANG works around the clock on frequency 14101 kHz. If the
beacon is heard, you can then callsign RI20ANT on frequency 14160 kHz
± QRM. For more information about the Russian Bellingshausen station,
read the article written by its chief Oleg Neruchev (RI1ANU) "Antarctica,
58th RAE" in the journal "Radio" issue number 10 dated 11/2013 at:
QSOs with RI20ANT count for the "Russian Robinson Club - 20 years" Jubilee
Diploma and are worth 3 points (repeatable on different bands), and count
for the rule of having one mandatory contact with the main jubilee callsign
R20RRC. Those who did not make the contact with R20RRC have a chance to
make it before the end of the year with RI20ANT. Rules for the RRC-20
diploma can be seen on <>.

T32, EAST KIRIBATI (Update). The T32RC is currently active from Christmas
Island (OC-024) until December 11th. Activity is to celebrate the 12th
anniversary of the Russian Robinson Club. Operations are on 160-10 meters
using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (preferred) or LoTW (6
months after operation). Also QSL via N7RO, direct or by the Bureau. No
eQSL. For more details and updates, visit:

W100, UNITED STATES (Special Event). A special ARRL bulletin (ARLX013)
reports: "The FCC has authorized the Maxim Memorial Station W1AW to also
use the call sign W100AW during 2014, the ARRL's centennial year. Contacts
made from the Maxim Memorial Station in Newington, from regional Centennial
conventions, and during the IARU HF Championship will use W100AW, with
portable designators as appropriate. The "W1AW WAS" operations throughout
2014 from each of the 50 states will use W1AW, not W100AW.
Bulletins and code practice transmissions during 2014 also will still
use W1AW. Contacts with W100AW will be worth 100 points in the ARRL Cen-
tennial QSO Party. To help kick off the ARRL Centennial, special W100AW
activity will begin at 0500 UTC on January 1, 2014 (midnight in Newington),
and will include participation in ARRL's Straight Key Night; one CW station
will use Hiram Percy Maxim's straight key. Activity will continue through-
out New Year's Day."

XW, LAOS. Champ, E21EIC, will once again be active as XW0YJY from Vientiane
between December 12-17th. Activity will include the ARRL 10M Contest
(December 14-15th) as a Single-Op/Mixed-Mode/Lower-Power entry. Operations
before and after will be CW on 80-10 meters. QSL via E21EIC or OQRS
(ClubLog) and LoTW. No eQSL. Visit it his FaceBook and Web page at:

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Pete, K8PGJ, will be active as ZF2PG on the sunny
Grand Cayman Islands (NA-016) during the week of January 11-19th (2014).
Activity when not diving will occur on 10 thru 20 meters SSB during the
morning and afternoons on weekdays, and he hopes one night on 40 thru 160
meters. Pete plans to activate the Caymans for the NAQP Contest on 10
thru 160 meters. LoTW will be utilized and QSL to his home callsign.

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