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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1194

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1194
BID: $OPDX.1194
December 22, 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, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q & W1AW, K2AU, K2PF, NG3K & ADXO, W3UR & The
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VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) for the following DX information.

*** SPECIAL NOTE FROM EDITOR (Tedd, KB8NW): My family (wife/OPDX's chief
proof-reader Linda, son Teddy [TJ] and his wife Jessi, daughter Katie and
her husband Kevin and son Lliam and daughter Lilly Grace), and I (KB8NW)
would like to wish all DXers, Contesters and OPDX readers a very "Happy
Holiday, Merry Christmas and Season's Greetings". Thanks to the many
individuals who sent holiday wishes to my family and me........
73 and Have a Great Holiday de Tedd KB8NW

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 14th-December, through Sunday, 21st-December there were
215 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3W, 4J, 4L,
4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 9A,
9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6,
C9, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY0, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s,
E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FK,
FM, FO, FP, FR, FW, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI,
HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o,
JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY,
LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ4, PJ7, PY,
PZ, S0, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI,
TK, TR, TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE,
VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YL,
YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, 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".

A6, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Andy, DL3YM, will be active as A6/DL3YM between
December 23rd and January 5th (2015). Activity will be holiday style on
40-10 meters using CW. QSL via DL3YM, direct, by the Bureau, eQSL or LoTW.

C6, BAHAMAS. Robert, AK4BM, will once again be active as C6AGT from Green
Turtle Cay (NA-080) between December 21st and January 3rd. He plans to
have a beacon (most likely on 10 meters) active during the day and will
be operating SSB, and possibly the Digital modes (PSK31 and JT65) during
the evenings on various bands between 40-10 meters, as conditions permit.
He may also operate from other uninhabited islands around Green Turtle Cay
using a low power transmitter (Yaesu 817nd) using wire antennas, and
probably on the 20 meter band. All QSL cards will be returned with a
photo QSL from the island upon his return. Please send them direct to
his home callsign AK4BM (w/SASE/Green Stamps appreciated, but not required).

CN, MOROCCO. By the time you read this, Dariusa "Laser", SP9DLM, will be
active as CN2DM from Agadir until January 2nd (2015). Activity will be
on 40/20/15 meters using a FT-857 and YT-100 into an end-fed wire antenna.
QSL via his home callsign.

DXPEDITION SURVEY AVAILABLE. Once again "" will be taking
your votes for the "2014 DXpedition of the Year". The top 5 votes will
receive trophies from "", working in partnership with Northern
Californian DX Club (NCDXC), who has agreed to sponsor all trophies this

E4, PALESTINE (Update). Members of the "PALESTINE 2016 TEAM" will be
active as E44Y from the village of Sebastia in the Mosaic Guesthouse
sometime during March of 2016. The team has added two operators this
past week -- Franz, DJ9ZB, and Salim (Sal) Gechem, HK1T. Franz is a well
known DXer and DXpeditioner, and Sal is very active contester on
Super M/M contest station HK1NA and was a member of HK0NA DXpedition.
Visit the following URLs for more details and updates:
        Web page --
        Twitter  --

FG, GUADELOUPE. Jean-Pierre, F6ITD, will once again be active as FG/F6ITD
from Guadeloupe and two of its islands between January 27th and March 30th
(2015). Activity will be on all HF bands using SSB and the Digital modes.
He plans to visit the following two islands in the IOTA NA-102 group:
    January 27th-February 1st - Basse Terre Island (main island); his
                                callsign FG/F6ITD.
    February 2nd-March 30th   - La Desirade Island; his callsign FG/F6ITD
                                and TO6D during contest.
QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau, direct or LoTW (preferred). Logs
will be uploaded to ClubLog and LoTW. For more details, see:

H4, SOLOMON ISLANDS. Bernhard, DL2GAC, will once again be active as H44MS
on a DX vacation to Honiara, Guadalcanal (WLOTA 0086), Solomon Islands
(OC-047), between February 1st and April 30th (2015). Activity will be on
80-6 meters SSB only. QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau or direct.

IOTA NEWS..............
  NA-178.  (POSTPONED) An operation to the Farallon Islands was expected
           this past week, but due to 8 foot ocean swells, the NA-178
           trip was unfortunately canceled. The callsign would have
           been K6F. The team will retry to operate during the week of
           January 5th (2015).

  SA-026.  John, PU2KKE, will be operating from several beaches on the
           Island of Santa Catarina (SA-026) as ZV5WSC between December
           27-31st. Activity will be on 10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL
           via his home callsign.

  SA-071.  Paulo, PY2SEI, wil be active as PS2AI from As Ilhas between
           January 23-25th (2015). Activity will be on the HF bands.
           QSL via his home callsign. LAST MINUTE UPDATE: Operation has
           been postponed until June 2015.

JD1, OGASAWARA. Take, JA1UII, will once again be active as JD1BON from
Chichijima Island (AS-031) between December 22nd and January 2nd (2015).
Activity will be on 80-6 meters with 200 watts using CW, SSB and RTTY.
QSL via his home callsign, by the JARL Bureau or direct [see]
(w/SASE+2 USDs or 1 IRC).

K1N NAVASSA DXPEDITION (Press Release - December 20th) [edited]: The KP1-5
Project Team would like to report progress in preparations for a late
January landing on Navassa is coming along very well! A container is being
shipped from Atlanta, GA, to our staging point in the Caribbean.
  Bob, N2OO, is our chief pilot and has organized an excellent worldwide
team to collect reports and suggestions from our target areas. Feedback
will be prioritized, filtered and/or condensed to pass along to the team
at least daily. We have a very special pilot, Brandon KF5NYQ. Brandon is
11 years old and one of the youngest hams ever to have achieved DXCC!!!
Brandon will be collecting feedback from young hams. On our website,
<>, check out "Our Team" and scroll down to see your
pilot. Click on their picture to see their bio and contact information.

We are now on FACEBOOK and TWITTER!!!
  -  Check out our Facebook page: Navassa 2015 K1N and invite your ham
     (and non-ham) friends to follow us!
  -  For Twitter: You can Google Twitter and open an account. Then when
     it's open within the Twitter program search for @navassa2015. Then
     follow K1N.

Team co-leader, Glenn, W0GJ, was interviewed by DokuFunk Radio earlier this
week. You can hear the entire interview (14 minutes) at <>.
DokuFunk has an extremely well documented history of amateur operations from
Navassa. Pictures and video will give you a preview of what the team will see
and experience.
  This week the team paid the first half of the nearly $200,000 helicopter
transportation contract.   The second half is due to be paid February 10th.
By the end of this month, in order to progress with the operation, we must
pay the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service $95,000 - $97,000 for the transportation
of the Law Enforcement team who must accompany us. We will know our exact
dates when our payment is due at the end of December. We will have a press
release when we know our exact dates.
  The cost of the K1N operation is very high and the time to raise the
money needed to fully fund the project is exceptionally short. Inherent
risks of a water landing on Navassa have dictated using a helicopter to
transport men and materials to avoid the risk of scaling the 5-10 meter
high cliffs during the period of rough seas (January ­ February).
  The 15 operators have collectively contributed $157,500 toward the K1N
operation, roughly half of what it will cost. DX Foundations, Radio Clubs,
and Individuals have been exceptionally generous in their financial support
of the K1N operation (see the list of donors at under the
Sponsors tab). Team members are paying all of their own expenses to and
from the staging point.
  But the K1N Team still needs to raise a significant amount of additional
money BEFORE the operation commences in late January..... to ensure payment
for the extraordinary transportation costs. Final payment for helicopter
services is due just before completion of the operation.
  Contributions by continent as of 18 Dec 14 (excludes team members):
64%/USA, 20%/EU, 14%/AS, 1%/SA, 1%/OC and 0%/AF.
 Contributions have been lagging from the Most Needed target areas of
Europe and Asia. Our North American support has been doing quite well,
where Navassa is much further down the Most Needed List.
  If you are in the U.S., consider making a generous year end tax deductible
donation. The link below explains a simple process that allows you to
achieve tax deductible status via the Northern California DX Foundation.
          Follow this link:
If you are not in the U.S. or don’t need to take advantage of a tax-
deductible contribution, you can click on the donate button on the bottom
of our home page.
  Time is short and K1N will be active within 6 weeks!
  ....thank you for your consideration and support!!!

For the KP1-5 Project:   Bob Allphin, K4UEE
                         Glenn Johnson, W0GJ
                         Mike Thomas, NA5U

KP1, NAVASSA (Press Release -- DokuFunk). Wolf Harranth, OE1WHC, from the
Amateur Radio Section of ORF (Austrian Broadcasting Corporation) and the
Documentary Archives Radio Communications/QSL Collection, has informed
OPDX [edited]: In his first of three scheduled exclusive interviews for
the Documentary Archives (DokuFunk), Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, co-teamleader
of the forthcoming K1N Navassa DXpedition explains how and under which
conditions the activation was made possible; he discloses the team's
working schedule and how they plan to cope with deliberate interference,
a great annoyance at recent DXpeditions.
  Audio file at <> where also all pervious
Navassa activations are amply documented.
  A second interview is scheduled during the operation, and a third
one, a sum-up, afterwards.

DESK OF SANTA CLAUS -- Lapland -- December 18, 2014): Our Vision for Every
Child, Life in All its Splendor - Our Prayers for Every Heart and Soul.
  Over a period of several years, Santa Claus has appeared on Amateur
Radio bands to bring cheer to the whole world, adults and children alike,
with the thrill of hamcasting from Santa Claus Land (SCL) and even talking
directly to kids of all ages all over the world.
  Santa himself at OH9SCL in the capital of Lapland, and OF9X, Santa's
communication arm, will again be active on all bands. But this Christmas,
Santa goes beyond his normal mission and welcomes you and your children
to join him in the spirit of World Vision <>.
  This is to bring Christmas also to needy children on all continents and
this year specifically in Albania. Radio Arcala and World Vision UK have
signed an agreement for cooperation aimed at increasing the value of Amateur
Radio in society at large. The worthy cause directly involves amateurs in
Albania as well. You can join the mission at <> via
a World Vision link and also find Santa’s ClubLog and spot windows.
  Additionally, contacting both OH9SCL and OF9X this Christmas will earn
you an attractive Santa World Vision Award at no cost following your email
request to
  The activity starts on Friday, December 19 and ends on the last day of
the year, December 31. All bands, CW/SSB/RTTY, will be used, typically
some 25 kHz from the band edge. When the station is operating on 20M SSB
around 14.225 kHz, Santa's audio and video will occasionally be streamed
  Those participating in the OH9SCL activity are Ynsky, OH9KL; Tuomo,
OH9JML; Jarmo, OH9EGH; Juha, OH9MM and Kimmo, OH9MDV.
  At the controls of OF9X you will find Olli, OH0XX; Ville, OH1JD; Timo,
OH1NX; Jaakko, OH1TX; Raimo, OH2BCI; Pertti, OH2BEE; Martti, OH2BH; Mari,
OH2FPK (YL); Jyri, OH2KM; Arto, OH2KW; Pertti, OH2PM; Pekka, OH2TA; Pauli,
OH5BQ; Veijo, OH6KN and Kim, OH6KZP.
  Santa will soon be at your service.
  QSL via OH2BH.

by Martti Laine, OH2BH: Back in those other years, Albania (ZA) was growing
in rarity, and at one time it was  the most wanted DXCC country in the
world. Travel was restricted and obtaining a license seemed an impossi-
bility. It took just about twenty years of hard work before ZA1A was able
to hit the airwaves and to provide the amateur radio community with a new
  We were honored to give you that opportunity and share the excitement
with you together with the locals who soon became part of our brotherhood.
Emotions were running high and made me personally adjust some of my values
- and see the world differently.
  We have returned to Albania many times, continuing with the original
charter. Albania is not rare any more but it remains dear in our hearts.
Albania has not made the progress we once hoped but many things have moved
forward. Now we have decided to travel there once again with all of you
on board through World Vision. We still have a dream!
  World Vision is the largest international children’s charity, working to
bring real hope to millions of children in the world’s hardest places. And
they do it all as a sign of God’s unconditional love. World Vision is
headquartered in the United States and they have a local presence in
  We have now agreed with World Vision in Finland, the United Kingdom and
the United States to step forth and help children in need and travel to
Albania again and make a difference. For the first time World Vision is
cooperating with Amateur Radio - understanding that we exist for society
at large. We call on our own students in ZA to be part of this worthy
cause and we will bring you another ZA with a good feeling.
  So, just check out <> and make
your donation to World Vision UK who will transfer it to their office
in Albania to be used solely for the assigned purpose. Any amount is
blessed and highly appreciated. We thank you kindly and Wish You a Merry
Christmas and a Peaceful Year 2015.
  Note for US donors: World Vision Inc. is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit
organization. All donations are tax deductible in full or in part. If you
are U.S citizen you can use the following link and receipt will follow:
In case of any difficulties, please contact <>.
  Cordially - Santa Claus with World Vision Council
 Martti, OH2BH; Juha, OH8NC; Rich, K7ZV; Wayne, N7NG; Hans, PB2T,
 Mario, S56A; Fatos, ZA1G, Jovan; ZA1H and Vjollca, Z61VB.

  MISSION STATEMENT: Through sponsoring this World Vision project in
Albania, you are helping protect the rights of children and ensuring they
are included as members of society. This program started in 2014, and
for the next two years will contribute to the protection of child rights
focusing on improving access to basic services for children. It will also
work towards ensuring children, parents and adults at all levels of society
actively include children in education services.

P2, PAPUA NEW GUINEA. Norbert, DH1NK, will once again be active as P29NK
from Papua New Guinea between January 15th and June 15th (2015). Activity
will be limited (due to work at the hospital) on 80-10 meters using SSB
and the Digital modes. QSL via DH1NK by the Bureau.

 Dec/22nd AN      Dec/25th  AN      Dec/27th  AN
 Dec/23rd AN      Dec/26th  AN      Dec/28th  AN
 Dec/24th AN

    NORMALITY               GEOMAG       K Values    Alpha
   -----------------        ------       --------    ------
   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

  The purpose of this experimental Web site is to provide 24-7-365 actual
  (REALTIME) band condition information to CW QRPp, QRPe and CW/SSB for
  Contesters interested in increasing their scores. It can also be of
  benefit to other Radio Amateurs to determine band conditions for Nets
  and casual QSO's. This information is NOT based on any software pre-
  dictions or any kind of satellite based readings. It is based on a
  new Ionospheric sounding method called "HF Ionospheric Interferometry"
  which operates very similarly to the PolSAR system used by NASA.

QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
  QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (December 21st)
  4K8F via UA9AB (d)         GX4HRC/A via G3SVK       UE55SM via (e/L)
  5Q2J via OZ2JBC            J400EG via SV2HTI        UE72L via RQ7L
  AP2TN via DJ9ZB            OF9X via OH2BH           UW3E via UR3EZ
  DR800BI via DL1YFF         ON70NUTS via ON4CFB      YC8UTI via YB3MM
  EA8/IK1PMR via HB9FKK      PB50REM via PA7DA        YT0PUPIN via YT7WA
  EA8/OH1LEG via OH1LEG      R100DA/AM via GM0WRR     ZR9C via EA7FTR & (L)
  EE1D via EA1ACP            TC9SAM via TA1HZ
    (e) eQSL only  (d) direct only   (B) Bureau only  (L) LoTW only
    (O) OQRS only  (C) ClubLog only

  NEW QSL MANAGER. Mark, K2AU, is now the QSL Manager for Juan, CO8AV.
  Mark will be able to answer all QSLs  from the previous years as well
  as the present.


  XT2AW and ZD8O

  5B/R2DX, 5B/RN3TT, 5Q1A, 6Y7W, 7S6A, 8S0DX, 9M2/R6AF/P, 9X0PY, 9X0ZM,
  P40F,  R0QA, R13CWC,R20RRC/1, R20RRC/0, RM1Q, RT0F, RV110RAEM, RW110RAEM,
  S79DX, SU9AF, T48RRC, T88VW, TC75ATA, U0AL, UF2F/P,  VK7/OZ8SW, YO900AIR,

R230, EUROPEAN RUSSIA (Republic Of Crimea). Look for special events
station R230S to be on the air between December 20-28th. Activity is to
celebrate the 230th anniversary of the founding of the city of Simferopol.
QSL via OQRS or ClubLog or direct to K2PF. A special free electronic award
will be available for contacts with Simferopol stations. See the R230S
listing at for complete information.

T8, PALAU (Just A Reminder). Ryosei, JH0IXE, will be active as T8CW from
the VIP Guest Hotel (Free Radio Room) on Koror Island (OC-009) between
December 25th and January 4th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters using CW,
SSB, RTTY, JT65 ad PSK31. QSL via JA0FOX by the Bureau, JH0IXE direct,
LoTW or eQSL. He now has a Web page at:

V2, ANTIGUA. Kei, KG2A (JJ1RJR), will once again be active as V25A from
Antigua (NA-100) between December 25-30th. Activity will be holiday style
on 40-10 meters (possibly 160/80m), including the 30/17/12 meter bands,
and using CW and SSB. QSL direct only with SASE to KG2A. PLEASE NOTE:
Kei informs OPDX that his callsign V25A is a reissued callsign. QSL ONLY
TO KG2A and not to W9NJB listed on

 * The tentative dates have been announced by Richard, KY6R, for the VK0EK
   Heard Island DXpedition - between November 17th and December 23rd (2015).
   Richard states, "Actual dates still subject to change - but will happen
   in Nov. - Dec. 2015. We are finalizing the actual weeks with the ship /
   tour operator. The shift now will only be +/- one week. For more details
   and updates, watch the following URL sites at:

 * The Local Team: Preparing for Heard Island, VK0EK - by KY6R -- On Sunday,
   December 14th, ten hearty souls showed up at the Cordell Expeditions ware-
   house in Richmond, California. This is less than a mile away from where
   Kaiser Steel and others had ship works going during WWII - building big
   ships for the Pacific Theatre of the war, and about 10 miles away from
   where Emelia Earhardt took off on her final flight.
     We prepared for VK0EK, The Heard Island 2015 DX-pedition. Since
   pictures and videos speak far louder than words, enjoy the show - the
   hard work - DX-ers talking DX, and the awesome camaraderie at:

   Read the complete press release at:

VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. Stephen, VE3OC, will be active as VP5/VE3OC
from Providenciales Island (NA-002), Caicos Islands, between December
19-26th. Activity will be holiday style (in between scuba diving) on the
HF bands using an Icom IC-7000 into a Buddiepole antenna and running on a
Lithium-Ion battery for portable use on the beach and cliff sides. QSL
via home callsign direct or LoTW and eQSL. NO Bureau.

Preview Video). The Intrepid-DX Group and Paul/N6PSE (Co-Leader, VP8
DXpedition to South Sandwich/South Georgia) has placed a "Preview Video"
of their VP8 South Sandwich/South Georgia DXpedition on their Video
Page at:

XR0Y, EASTER ISLAND (Update). A team of Japanese operators will be active
as XR0YJ from Hare Kapone on Easter Island between January 10-16th, (2015).
Operators mentioned are Tatsuo/JA3ARJ, Masumi/JA3AVO, Shozo/JA3HJI, Jusei/
JA3IVU, Kunio/JH3LSS, YL Hiroko/JH3PBL and Shima/JI3DNN. Some of these
operators are from the Lord Howe Island DXpedition last year. Activity
will be holiday style on 80-6 meters (possibly 160m) using CW, SSB and
the Digital modes. QSL via the ClubLog's OQRS (preferred) or direct to
JA3AVO: Masumi Nakade, 3-94 KOYA ITAMI HYOGO, JAPAN, Zip:664-0881.
QSL via Bureau (Global-QSL). Logs will be uploaded to LoTW after activity.
For more details and updates, watch the following:

YJ, VANUATU. Haru, JA1XGI, will be active as YJ0XG from Port Villa in
the middle of April 2015. Activity is usually on 160-10 meters,
looking for EU/NA on lower bands. Modes will be CW (mainly), SSB and
the Digital. QSL via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau. Usually
an OQRS will be available on ClubLog. Look for more details to be forth-
coming or watch his Blog at:

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