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Monday, March 31, 2014

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Ohio/Penn DX Special Bulletin No. 1156.2

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Special Bulletin No. 1156.2
BID: $OPDX.1156.2
March 31, 2014
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 WA4DAN, K5GS, K5ZD, DL1MGB and G3XTT for the following
DX information.

CY0 PROJECT (Press Release): "The CY0P DXpedition team recently presented
Aaron, CYO/VA1AXC, a complete HF station for his upcoming return to Sable
Island. Aaron returns to the island on or around April 16, weather per-
mitting. The team has also ordered new antenna wire for his all band
dipole. Gary, VE1RGB personally delivered the HF radio equipment to Aaron
on March 17th. Aaron's station on Sable will now include an Icom 756
Pro 111, Heil Proset boom microphone, a Tokyo 1.1 solid state amplifier
and a supply of coaxial jumpers and adapters. This is in addition to all
of the antennas and coaxial cables that were used on the CY0P DXpedition.
These were donated to Parks Canada at the conclusion of the DXpedition.
Aaron wanted to personally thank the team for this unique opportunity
and the true spirit of Amateur Radio".
Rick AI5P
Murray WA4DAN

TX6G UPDATE. Don, G3XTT, sent out the following update: "We have posted
some 'island life' pics on the website <>. We all
enjoyed our short tour of the island yesterday (Friday). There's lots
of history and some fantastic views.
With regard to QSLing, we have also posted the following:
There seems to have been some confusion about the OQRS facility on
Clublog, for which we apologise. We were intending that this should be
turned on late in the expedition, so that those who worked us would
make all their QSL requests in one go. However, many of you expected
to see it earlier, so we have now activated it. Feel free to start
making your QSL requests!

VK9L, LORD HOWE ISLAND (Press Release): "Preparations for the 2014 Lagunaria
DX Group DXpedition to Lord Howe Island are ongoing. We have booked our
flights (which was not an easy task with so many people going to such a
small island at the same time with a small plane). We finalized our station
concept, are now putting together all the needed equipment and building
also some new equipment.

While having all antennas already in our DXpedition stock, we will try
to get up the yagis higher than 10m to take advantage of the better
radiation pattern. For certain bands (i.e. 40m or 20m) where we expect
propagation in both directions Europe and North America (which are 90°
apart), we will provide a two-antenna setup combined through a stack-match
unit. This allows us to hear in both directions at the same time or switch
very fast between two directions. Additionally we want to try a setup with
two radios manned by two operators. This operating technique which already
has proven at numerous contests at DR1A, is a great way to increase the
QSO rate in a huge pile-up (at least the first days we should have such
situations). Also the two operators will be able to hear in different
directions at the same time.
If you haven't already heard of SJ2W, you should visit <>.
Besides a lot of information about this contest station, Mike, SM2WMV,
provides also a PCB service for nice accessories like antenna switches
(6 antennas - one or two radios), stackmatches or 4-Square controllers.
For our DXpedition Mike generously sent us the stackmatch PCBs for free.
Many thanks for your sponsoring!

Though the DXpedition's location can be reached by plane and includes a
lodge, the transport capacities on the flight are stricly limited to 14kg
per person. So we have to ship most of the equipment from Germany to Lord
Howe Island by sea freight. Therefore we face transport costs of over
EUR 15,000. We already have granted support from various DX clubs. Special
thanks to the German DX Foundation (GDXF; <>) for their
generous financial support! We also would like to thank the Chiltern DX
Club (CDXC), Clipperton DX Club (CDXC), GMDX Group (GMDXG), European DX
Foundation (EUDXF), LA-DX Group (LADXG) and the Danish DX Group (DDXG).
Also some individual sponsors already showed their interest and gave us
their financial support.
Working together on DXpeditions for more than 6 years now, Spiderbeam
<> has always been and still is a very
reliable and invaluable partner when it comes to antenna work. They are
supplying us with masts made of glass fiber or aluminium, with antennas
like their monoband yagis and many small accessories, but also their
technical advice whenever needed.
In the past we already were using VHF handhelds made by Wouxun
<>. These small and cheap devices were not only
reliable equipment on our last DXpeditions and enable operations on 2m
and 70cm, but also work on Marine frequencies (which was very helpful
when going on DXpedition by boat). This time we got a special sponsorship
to use some new devices.
Please visit also our sponsor site
have look at all our sponsors.

Originally planed with 15 people, our team size increased to 16 members.
Michael, DL6MHW, a professor in informatics found some time in the winter
semester 2014/2015 to join our group. Being a ham for over 30 years now,
he is mainly active from his station at home or at club stations like
DF0HQ, DR1A or DP9A. But also regularly on the road together with his
family in the small bus, you can hear him from places all over Europe.
Welcome Michael! Now we can say that the lodge on Lord Howe Island is
fully booked with radio amateurs.

Callsigns assigned
Thanks to the efforts of our team member Bernd, VK2IA, we received
confirmation of our callsigns.

For the standard DXpedition operation we will use VK9DLX. Funny suffix,
isn't it? Of course there is a story behind it. The first three DXers who
send us (please use the contact form
about the special suffix (information can be found in the internet),
will receive a foto book of our DXpedition ZL8X to Kermadec Island 2010.

For the CQWW SSB we will use the well-known callsign VK9LM. In memory of
Rudi, DJ5CQ (silent key 1995), who was active from Lord Howe Island with
this callsign several times in the 1980s and 1990s. And two of our team
members already operated with this callsign together with Rudi: Dietmar,
DL3DXX, and Joe, DL8WPX.
Feel free to visit the DXpedition website on <>
and subscribe to our newsletter to stay informed.

No idea who the Lagunaria DX Group is?
Just visit <> and learn more about the
group, the people behind it and their goals."

VK9M, MELLISH REEF (Update). Gene, K5GS, sent out the following on March
1. After 2 full days of setting up equipment - 5 stations opened for
business at 2:40PM local time, March 30th.
2. The boat is at anchor 500 meters from the reef.
3. Because of the coral heads that surround the island we can only
transit to Mellish Reef during daylight hours, 5:30AM first trip
and last trip of the day at 5:30PM.
4. Teams will alternate operating through the night.
5. We opened on 10, 15, 20 on CW and 12, 20 on SSB, working energetic
but courteous pileups from Japan, Korea, Europe, South Africa,
and the USA.
6. The temperature is in the 30s(C) during the day, with continuous
20 - 30 knot winds that required us to reset the tents and guys
first thing this morning. There are no trees on the reef, no shade.
7. No antennas were damaged during the high winds.
8. Only the 160 meter antenna and low band receive antenna remain to
be installed.
9. The team is in good spirits and happy to finally be on the air.
10. There are many sea birds nesting on the reef, they don't seem to
be bothered by our presence. We are not bothered by any other local
11. As with their other DX-peditions, the crew of Evohe is very helpful,
bringing over all the equipment, doing all the heavy lifting, and
keeping the team well fed.
12. We do have a problem with the computer used for the satellite ter-
minal, we're working on a solution. We will start log uploads as
soon as possible.

Next update in a few days...... Team Mellish Reef 2014

Windham, NH -- March 31, 2014
WRTC2014 Receives Colvin Award Grant

WRTC 2014, Inc., host of the 2014 World Radiosport Team Championship
competition, is pleased to announce that it has received a significant
financial contribution in the form of a Colvin Award Grant.
The Colvin Award is managed by ARRL and funded by an endowment established
by Lloyd D. Colvin, W6KG (SK). The Colvin Award is conferred in the form of
grants in support of Amateur Radio projects that promote international
goodwill in the field of DX.
"We are honored to receive this prestigious award," said Doug Grant, K1DG,
Chairman of WRTC2014. "More than just a radio competition, WRTC is a place
where competitors from around the world can create or renew lasting
Fifty-nine (59) teams of top amateur radio contest operators from more
than 40 countries will travel to the New England area July 10-14, 2014 to
compete in WRTC2014. Participation is based on qualifying scores posted
in major contests between 2010 and 2014. A group of referees and judges,
themselves well known contest operators, will oversee the competition and
confirm the results.
More information about the Colvin Award is available at:
For information about WRTC2014, please visit <>, or contact
WRTC Chairman, Doug Grant, K1DG, via e-mail at <>.
About WRTC2014
The World Radiosport Team Championship (WRTC) is held every four years
and consists of 50+ two-person teams of amateur radio operators from
around the world competing in a test of operating skill. Unlike most
on-the-air competitions, all stations are required to use identical
antennas from the same geographic region, eliminating all variables
except operating ability. Previous WRTCs have been held in Seattle (1990),
San Francisco (1996), Slovenia (2000), Finland (2002), Brazil (2006),
and Russia (2010). More information is available at <>
or contact WRTC Chairman Doug Grant, K1DG, via e-mail at <>.

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