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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 790

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 790
BID: $OPDX.790
December 25, 2006
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, W1BYH, KF2TI, W2IRT, K3PD,
NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4VUD, N4AA & QRZ DX, K8YSE, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk,
CT1EAT, DJ5AV & The DX News Letter, DK8JB, DL4KQ, DL7JAN, F5NQL & UFT,
UA9LP, UX0FF and VA3RJ & ICPO 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 I (KB8NW) would like to wish all DXers, Contesters and OPDX readers
a very "Happy Holiday and Season's Greetings". Thanks to the individuals
who sent holiday wishes to my family and me. I tried to answer all of
them this time around....... 73 and Have a Great Holiday de Tedd KB8NW

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 17th-December, through Sunday, 24th-December there were
214 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W,
3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X,
8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4,
A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6, C9, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT,
CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP,
ER, ES, EU, EX, EY, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM,
GU, GW, HA, HB, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, J7,
JA, JT, JX, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA,
OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P4, PA, PJ2, PY, PZ, R1FJ, S0,
S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV/A, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG,
TI, TK, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V7, VE, VK,
VK9L, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, VU7, XE, XU,
XW, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YU6, YV, Z2, Z3, Z7, ZA, ZB, ZC4,
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" (WFWL).

3B6, AGALEGA (DXpedition Update). Witek, SP9MRO, informs OPDX that members
of Polski Zwiazek Krotkofalowcow (PZK)(the Polish Amateur Radio Union) and
SP-DX-Club will NOT be active on 6 meters during their planned March 2007
Agalega Dxpedition. They have recently learned that 6 meters is not allowed
because of the regulations (since October 2002) by the local telecommunic-
ation authority.

3 STEVES & W1AW. Here is your chance to work the "3 Steve's" again. The
trio will be guest op'ing at the ARRL station, W1AW, Wednesday, December
27th, from 1700-2045z. Operators are Steve/KF2TI, Steve/N2IFA, Steve/KB2ENF
and Kurt/W2MW (aka Steve). This is the group's 14th annual WAS (Worked All
Steve's) DXpedition to Newington and they will be operating the following
bands: 30m CW (Kurt/W2MW aka Steve)
15/20/40m SSB (Steve, Steve and Steve)
6m SSB The 4th operator Andrew-N2IFB will try his hand on this band.
Depending on conditions, they will try 10 meters SSB as well and listening
for contacts outside the U.S. Packet spots will be posted. ADDED NOTE:
If you work any 3 operators, they will send you a beautiful, full color
WAS (Worked All Steve's) certificate (suitable for framing). No QSL is
needed, as they will have copies of the log and send out a certificate to
all those who qualify. The logs will be posted after January 1st on their
Web site:
This is not an officially sanctioned ARRL event. It is run for fun by the 3
Steve's and a Kurt Amateur Radio Association - WK3SS (all rights reserved),
and they are responsible for the printing and sending of the 3 Steve's and
a Kurt Worked All Steve's certificate (suitable for framing). ANOTHER
NOTE: They hope to have the 3 Steves/KP2 certificates and cards out very
soon. They apologize for the delay.

3V, TUNISIA. Alex, GM0DHZ, will be active as 3V8SS for five weeks starting
January 7th. This will be a holiday-style operation with activity on 80-10
meters and possibly 160m, CW and SSB.

4S, SRI LANKA. Ben, DL7UCX, will be active (possibly as) 4S7UCG from
December 26th and January 5th. This will be a holiday style operation
with activity being focused on 160-30 meters CW. QSL via DL7UCX, by the
bureau or direct.

5H, TANZANIA (Update/IOTA Op). Serge "Sam", F6AML (TX6A), a member of
the "F6KOP Provins ARS Team", will be active as 5H1Z from Zanzibar Island
(AF-032) between January 18-29th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters CW/SSB
with 400 watts and verticals. Sam will pay special attention for west coast
NA and JA (Asia) stations. QSL is OK via the French REF Bureau (only this
bureau) or direct with SAE + 1 IRC or with 1 USD for Europe or 2 USDs for
the rest of the world.

5U, NIGER. Christian (ex-TZ9A and other African calls) has had a 5U licence
since December 5th. Look for him to sign 5U5U during a one month activity
starting January 3rd, and he intends to repeat this several times during
the coming year. Operations will be on all bands and SSB. QSL direct to:
Christian Saint-Arroman, Chemin de Mousteguy, F-64990 Urcuit, France.

6W, SENEGAL. Bert, PA3GIO, will be active as PA3GIO/6W between January
3-10th, from the 6W7RV DX Shack in Somone, Senegal:
Activity will be on 160-10 meters SSB only, using 100w, V80 Titanex for
low bands, 3 element monobanders for 10/15/20m and a Doublet for 12/17m.
Bureau QSLs can be confirmed by using the QSL request form on his Web site,
and for direct QSL, please use the info on his Web site, PA3GIO DXpeditions:

9Q, DEM. REPUBLIC OF CONGO. Georges, VE2EK, who works for the United
Nations as a Senior Broadcast Technology Officer, continues to be active
as 9Q1EK. He has been very active on 40 and 30 meters CW usually beginning
around 2130z. Georges states that 80% of his activity is mainly CW. It
was announced this past week that he now has a QSL Manager - Osten, SM5DQC.
See details at:
Also, visit Georges's interesting blog Web page at:

A3, TONGA (OC-049). Just a reminder that Mark, VK2GND, will be active
as A35GN from December 25th to January 3rd. Suggested frequencies a
7050, 14195 and 14273 kHz. QSL via VK2GND.

A3, TONGA. Nag, JA7GAX, is currently active as A35TN from Tongatapu Island
(OC-049), the main island of Tonga. Activity has been mainly CW on
40/30/20/17 meters. He is expected to leave the main island on December
26th, and operate as A35TN/N from the rare Island of Niuatoputapu (OC-191).
It has been reported that he will be there until January 2nd before moving
on to the Island of Vava'u (OC-064) for a few days and operate as A35TN/V.
Nag will leave for Fiji on January 4th and once again be active as 3D2CX.
QSL via JA7GAX, direct only (

ANTARTIC NEWS. Henry, LU4DXU, announced this past week that the base
"Almirante Brown" on Graham Land will be open between January 12th
and March 10th. This very rare base is located 64.5°South, 62.5°West.
No details were provided about a ham operator on base but more details
are forthcoming.

C6, BAHAMAS. Operators Peter/W2IRT and Tom/N2YTF will be active as W2IRT/C6A
and N2YTF/C6A, respectively, from Nassau (NA-001) between February 24th
and March 2nd. Look for activity on SSB/CW/RTTY, mostly on 17/20/40 meters,
but they will try the higher bands if propagation allows. N2YTF may be
doing some satellite and HF-QRP work as well. This is a part-time vacation-
style operation. QSL via W2IRT (see Their logs will also be
uploaded to LoTW upon their return.

HI3, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Norm. W1BYH, will be active from here between
January 6-12th. His activities, which will include the ARRL RTTY Roundup
Contest, will be on all bands including the WARC bands, but emphasizing
RTTY and PSK31. Operations will be limited since this is a vacation/mini-
DXpedition. QSL by LoTW, e-QSL, DIRECT or by the Bureau to W1BYH.

IOTA NEWS..........................
AS-079. Operator Take, JS6RRR, will be active as JS6RRR/JS6 from Miyako
Island (WLOTA LH-0249), December 28th through January 9th.
Activity will be on CW, SSB and RTTY, on the HF bands. QSL
via his home callsign, direct or by the bureau.

EU-048. Operator Fred, F5OZK, will be active as TM0ZK from Belle Ile
en Mer (DIFM AT-015) between December 26-30th. Look for activity
on all bands with an emphasis on the digitals modes. He will
use a FT1000 and G5RV antenna. QSL via F5OZK (CBA).

NA-061. Operator John, VE7JZ, will be active as VE7JZ/p from Kaien
Island (BC-005 for the Canadian Islands Award), January 7-20th.
Activity will be on 40/20 meters only, on the usual IOTA
frequencies (+/-10 kHz). QSL via his home callsign, direct
is preferred, but the bureau is "OK".

NA-110. Operator Rich, K4FCP, will be active as K4FCP/p from Hunting
Island (USI SC-003S, Beaufort County, South Carolina), December
27-30th. Activity will be on 20 and 15 meters throughout the
day. QSL via K4BMS (

OC-244. Francisco, CT1EAT, will be active as DU1/CT1EAT from Romblon
Island, January 1-17th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters, SSB
and RTTY. QSL via his home callsign, direct or LoTW only.
More info available at:

SA-023. (Update/Reminder) Just a reminder that a group of operators
will activate Itaparica Island between December 27-30th, as
as ZY6T. Operators a PY7GK, PY7RP, PY7VI and PY7XC. For more
details see:
QSL via PY7GK.

IS0, SARDINIA (50/144 & EME Op). Look for Giancarlo, I0JU, to be active
as IS0/I0JU between December 27th and January 2nd. From Grid Square JN40DN,
he will have two stations with sufficient power (600 and 1k watts on 6 and
2 meters) on the air. Main activity will be focused on EME and MS.

LZ2007, BULGARIA. On January 1st, 2007, Bulgaria will become a full member
of the European Union, and to commemorate this event, look for the HQ
of the Bulgarian Federation of Radio Amateurs to air the special event
callsign LZ2007EU between January 1st and April 30th, 2007. QSL (preferably)
via the LZ QSL Bureau to LZ1BJ.

QSL INFO AND NEWS.......................
EO15YW via US0YW
TA1HZ direct Dr T A Kazancioglu,
Cilekli Caddesi No.24 Levent
34330, Istanbul, Turkey

QSL STATUS OF 7P8JF, 7P8DJ and 7P8WO. Jan, DL7JAN (aka 7P8JF), informs
that all direct cards that were received as of December 16th, have been
mailed out as of December 18th. You should get your cards within the next
few days.

QSL ROUTE CHANGES for Georgian stations effective immediately:
QSLs for 4L0G, 4L0HQ and 4L2M now go via UA9LP (for European and
Asia radio amateurs..
QSLs for 4L4BBC and 4L0ABC are now direct only, and they will not
accept bureau cards.
PLEASE NOTE: K3PD is no longer manager for any Georgian stations.

NEW PERMANENT ADDRESS. Charly, K4VUD/HS0ZCW, states that the following
QSL address is now permanent for HS0ZCW, VU4AN/VU3CHE, 9N7UD and A52UD:
Charly Harpole, P. O. Box 1, Nakhon Chaisi, Nakhon Pathom, THAILAND 73120.
He adds, "All previous addresses you may have are still operational...
good... for at least the next year, so if you mailed to me prior to
today, I will still get your letter. Only my K4VUD Florida address is
NO good now."

QSL special event station EO15FF via UX0FF, direct or by the bureau.
QSLs (new version) are already printed. Activity is to celebrate the
15th anniversary of UARL (Ukrainian Amateur Radio Leagaue). Activity
will end December 25th. QSOs are good towards the special commemorative
“UARL-15 Award" (See OPDX.787 for details).

SOLAR CYCLE 24 (Good News for DXers!). Scientists are predicting that
the next solar cycle (24) will be BIG. Solar Physicist David Hathaway
of the Marshall Space Flight Center states solar cycle 24 is due to peak
in 2010 or 2011, and "looks like its going to be one of the most intense
cycles since record-keeping began almost 400 years ago." He also states
that the geomagnetic storms may be so extreme, it could "cause power outages
and make compass needles swing in the wrong direction." Their analysis
shows the next Solar Maximum should peak around 2010 with a sunspot number
of 160 plus or minus 25 making this the strongest solar cycle in the past
fifty years — possibly one of the strongest in recorded history. For the
complete story, please visit the founding Web page at:

SV/A, MOUNT ATHOS. Monk Apollo, SV2ASP/A, was active early Sunday morning
on 20 meters (14250 kHz) SSB around/after 0900z. He is expected to be
active over the next two weeks. QSL direct.

V2, ANTIGUA. Operators Mark/W9OP and Bob/W4OWY will again be on from
here possibly as V25WY (W4OWY) and V25OP (W9OP), March 19-25th. Activity
will be on 160-10 meters, CW, SSB and RTTY.

* The following press release is from the VU7LD Web site dated December
22nd (edited): "VU7LD PRESS RELEASE - 11: Just a few days left for VU7LD
to complete their work on Kavaratti Island in Lakshadweep. After VU2LX,
VU3ELR, VU3SPQ and VU2GMN returned to the mainland yesterday, there are
VU2NKS, VU3IZO, VU3RGP, VU3RSB, VU2PJP and VU2RCR left to work the
remaining days, wind up and transport the equipment back to the mainland.
In spite of propagation not being at its best, several solar flares
and multiple power outages, the team has managed almost 50K QSO’s and we
hope to up the number during the last few sessions, especially in digital
modes. There was also a huge lightning strike on the island a few days
ago that destroyed several television sets, refrigerators etc and the
team is very fortunate that we were not affected and no damage to
equipment took place.
The transfer of logs to the mainland for updating the webpage has been
a problem but VU2ZAP and VU2SJD have been working very hard to sort out
the many errors and partials that have been brought to our notice and
updating the online logs. VU2ZAP has also been diligently answering all
mail regarding errors and we expect that most of the issues will be
sorted out completely. There will be more releases later.
Stay tuned...." 73, de Gopal VU2GMN

* VU7LD PRESS RELEASE 12 (dated December 23rd): "We have found that several
times when one of our operators, especially CW operators go QRT, some
other station starts operating with the same call sign and gives reports.
These are obviously pirates and so the QRG station thinks it has worked
VU7LD when in fact it was a pirate. Obviously then the contact will not
reflect on the on line logs. Please bear this in mind."
Stay tuned, de Gopal VU2GMN

* Currently, the online logs are available for the period between December
1st through part of December 14th, at the following URL address:
Next log update is expected on December 26th. Remember to QSL via W3HNK.
For more details and updates, the ARSI Web page is available at:

VU7, LAKSHADWEEP ISLANDS (VU2RG News)................
* The following press release is from the VU7RG Web site and Frank/DL4KQ
dated December 22nd (edited): "VU7RG permitted to operate on 30m Band!!!
Today special permit was granted by WPC (Indian Govt.) thanks to
relentless efforts of the National Institute of Amateur Radio (NIAR),
namely well known Mrs. Bharathi VU2RBI. Due to the current poor
conditions 30m will have high priority for the VU7RG operations since
it will be one of the few bands to serve the most difficult regions,
especially North America.
First freights, including efficient 30m antennas, has already been
shipped a few days ago. The first advance teams will enter the islands
on January 9th to start with the setups so that the public can expect
the start of operations on time.
More details can be found on which should be visited from
now on on regular base since there might be more breaking news possible
within the next days! VU7RG will be a full-fledged operation of ex-
perienced Hams with good equipment taking care of your needs! We need
your support!"
ADDED NOTE:"You now have a comparison from the area we are going to,
and this gives us the opportunity to benefit from your monitored band-
openings; hence providing us with your observations and valuable sug-
gestions so that we can analyze and consider them for a well-planned
operation of 15 stations! Get part of the team and use the VU7RG Blog
Log to tell us your observations."

* SPECIAL NOTE: Dov, 4Z4DX/M0DOV, will be active from VU7RG on 160m, 80m
and RTTY on 17m from January 18-25th. SKEDS ARE WELCOME BEFORE JANUARY
15th via:

* As this bulletin was being written, the VU7RG Web site released the
following suggested operating frequencies and modes for the three
islands to be activated:
Band Agatti Bangaram Kadmat
----- ------- -------- ------
160m 1820-1832 CW - 1832-1845 CW
1820-1832 SSB - 1845-1860 SSB
- - 1905-1915 QSX

80m 3500-3520 CW - 3520-3540 CW
3640-3670 SSB - 3670-3700 SSB
- - 3775-3825 QSX

40m 7020-7030 CW 7010-7020 CW 7000-7010 CW
- - 7040-7050 DIGI
7050-7060 SSB 7070-7080 SSB 7080-7090 SSB
7225-7250 QSX 7250-7275 QSX 7175-7225 QSX

30m 10100-10110 CW 10120-10130 CW 10130-10140 CW
10100-10110 DIGI - 10140-10150 DIGI

20m 14000-14015 CW 14030-14045 CW 14015-14030 CW
14070-14085 DIGI - 14085-14100 DIGI
14200-14230 SSB 14235-14265 SSB 14150-14180 SSB
14230 SSTV - 14233 SSTV
14313-14331 SSB 14331-14350 SSB 14295-14313 SSB

17m 18088-18098 CW 18068-18078 CW 18078-18088 CW
18158-18168 DIGI - 18108-18118 DIGI
18148-18158 SSB 18128-18138 SSB 18118-18128 SSB

15m 21000-21015 CW 21030-21045 CW 21015-21030 CW
21070-21085 DIGI - 21085-21100 DIGI
21230-21260 SSB 21320-21350 SSB 21290-21320 SSB

12m 24910-24920 CW 24890-24900 CW 24900-24910 CW
24976-24990 DIGI - 24930-24940 DIGI
24976-24990 SSB 24940-24952 SSB 24964-24976 SSB

10m 28045-28060 CW 28015-28030 CW 28000-28015 CW
28070-28085 DIGI - 28085-28100 DIGI
28475-28500 SSB 28500-28550 SSB 28450-28500 SSB

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