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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 765

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 765
BID: $OPDX.765
July 3, 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, ARRL DX Bulletin, K1XN & GoList, NG3K, W3UR & The
Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4THW, AC7DX, N7NG, K8YSE, Pete Rayer, Pete's
-DX-Newsdesk, CN8NK, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, E51CG, F5CVI, F5NQL &
VA3RJ & ICPO and YO3APJ for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 25th/June, through Sunday, 2nd/July there were 197
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S,
4X, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5V, 5Z, 6W, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K,
9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C9, CE,
CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI,
EK, EL, ER, ES, EU, EX, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FY, G, GD, GI,
GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ,
I, IS, J3, J6, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2,
KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OZ, P2,
P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, S2, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9,
T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2,
V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR,
VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB,
ZC4, ZK1/s, ZL, ZL8, 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).

5A7, LIBYA (Update). After some years of silence, an international team
will activate Libya between November 14-28th. The callsign will be 5A7A.
Activity will be on all bands with CW and SSB, and for the first time
ever, digital modes on RTTY, SSTV and PSK plus another first will be FM.
The goals of the Dxpedition a
* To support the development of ham radio in Libya
* To activate a rare country on all bands and modes including the
digital modes and FM
* To provide more than 50,000 QSOs
* To take part in CQWW DX CW Contest as a Multi/Multi entry
* To activate a new prefix - 5A7
* To set the focus on "long distance DX" like W6/7, JA, VK, etc.
* To provide lowbands contacts
The international team operators a Andy/DJ7IK (Team Coordinator),
Mustapha/DL1BDF, Dominik/DL5EBE, Gunter/DJ9CB, Ruth/IT9ESZ (YL-operations),
David/K3LP, Manfred/DK1BT, Volkmar/DF2SS, Andy/DL5CW, Andi/DL9USA, Markus/
DJ7EO, Jan/DJ8NK, Franz/DF6QV, Rein/PA0R, Willy/HB9AHL, Franz/DK1II,
Pirmin/HB9DTE, Jurgen/DJ2VO, Dieter/DL3KDV, Frank/DL8YHR, Andy/DL5CW,
Rudi/DK7PE, Mitch/VE6OH, Krassy/K1LZ and their local friends Haytem/5A1HA
(ASSAKR Club Coordinator) and Tarek/5A1TA. Current suggested frequncies
are (still under development):
CW - 1827, 3507, 7017, 10107, 14007, 18077, 21027, 24893 and 28027
SSB - 1847, 3777, 7087, 14197, 18147, 21277, 24977 and 28477
RTTY - 14087, 18107, 24928 and 28087 kHz
Frequencies for 2m, 6m, SSTV and PSK have not been chosen yet. Send direct
QSL requests to their QSL Manager DL9USA ONLY: Andreas Glaeser, PF 100 246,
D-03122 Spremberg, Germany. The Bureau QSL cards will be processed very
last after the direct requests are processed. For updates and more info,
please see the following Web page at:

5C, MORROCCO. M'hamed, CN8NK, will be active in the IARU Radiosport World
Championship Contest (July 8-9th) using the special callsign 5C8A. He
will also represent Morrocco as a headquarter station.

DXCC NEWS..........................................
New DXCC Entity -- ARLD026 Montenegro is the newest ARRL DXCC entity:
"A new ARRL DXCC entity has come into being! As expected, the United
Nations admitted the Republic of Montenegro as its 192nd member June
28, and that action automatically makes the tiny Balkan nation the 336th
current DXCC entity.
'According to the ARRL DXCC List criteria, entities on the UN list of
member-states qualify as political entities,' said ARRL Membership
Services Manager Wayne Mills, N7NG. 'Therefore, effective June 28, 2006
(UTC), ARRL has added The Republic of Montenegro to the DXCC List. Claims
for DXCC credit will be accepted immediately.'
Current Montenegrin radio amateurs reportedly may continue using their
YU/YT/YZ/4O/4N-prefix callsigns until the International Telecommunication
Union designates a new callsign block for the new country.
In anticipation of Montenegro's new nation status, the International
DX Festival Montenegro, with information on the web at,, has been set
for July 20 until August 12. That's when several international operators
will join forces with Montenegrin Amateur Radio operators from at least
three different stations using a common callsign in an effort to meet
the DX community's need to work the newest DXCC Entity. Festival
organizers have set the ambitious goal of 200,000 contacts for the event,
which will use all HF bands.
Montenegro declared its independence on June 3 following a national
referendum May 21."

ARRL Membership Services Manager Wayne Mills, N7NG, reports that the
ARRL "DXCC Dialog" blog debuted on June 26th. He mentions that the
"DXCC Dialog Weblog" -- contains news and notes about the ARRL DXCC
program. "This page will have up-to-date information about the DXCC
program," says Wayne Mills, N7NG. "It does not provide for users to
post responses, but authors and e-mail addresses are listed." The blog
will be updated as needed to inform and update the DXing community
regarding news of interest. DXCC Dialog Weblog is available at:

DXCC Fee Increase Reminder! ARRL Membership Services Manager Wayne Mills,
N7NG, wants to remind everone: "The new DXCC fee schedule will go into
effect on July first. Applications received at the DXCC Desk by Friday
afternoon, June 30th, will be processed under the existing fee schedule.
Applications which have not reached the DXCC Desk by June 30th will be
processed under the new fee schedule." The new DXCC fee schedule is
available at:

E5, NORTH AND SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Victor, ZK1CG/ZK1USA (now as of July 1st
E51CG and E51USA), reports that the callsign change from ZK1 for the North
and South Cook Islands was officially announced in the local newspaper
"Cook Islands News Daily" on Monday, June 28th: "Please be advised that
as of 1, July 2006 UTC the International Cook Islands Radio Callsign
prefix ZK (Zulu Kilo) will be replaced with E5 (Echo Five). This will
mean that if your callsign is currently ZKR (Zulu Kilo Romeo) it will
now be E5R (Echo Romeo). Please note that only the first two characters
will change, the remainder will remain as is. If you require further
clarification please contact radio licensing division at 29680 during
working hours." Paper's Web page is:
So, current callsigns ZK1CG and ZK1USA and ZK1JD will now change to
E51CG, E51USA and E51JD. Victor mentions that the local amateur radio
operators normally get a 2 letter suffix callsign, while visiting
Ham operators get a 3 letter suffix callsigns. Over the past weekend,
Jim, E51JD, was heard on 20/15 meters SSB, while Victor, E51CG, was
heard on 10 meters SSB.

FM, MARTINIQUE. Sido, F4CKP, will be here for 2 months from July 3rd
and until end of August. His activity will be on 80-10 meters including
the WARC bands on RTTY and SSB. He will use a FT-897 into a Cushcraft
vertical and a G5RV antenna. QSL direct via his home callsign or by the

FR5/E, EUROPA. Luc, FR5IZ, will be active as FR5IZ/E from Europa (AF-009,
DIFO FR-003) from July 4-6th. He will be using a FT-897 (w/100w) into a
doublet antenna. QSL via the French Bureau (REF-Union du Ref) or direct
to FR5IZ address via LAST NOTE: "The DAILY DX" reports that
Luc is here on a work assignment, and will be active only during his
free time. Look for him mainly on 20/12/10/6 meters and possibly 17 meters.

GB5, ENGLAND. The RSGB HQ station GB5HQ will be active in the IARU Contest
(July 8-9th). This year, look for ten GB5HQ stations (with 30+ operators)
to be active and located around the country. There is a series of free
GB5HQ Awards for the 2006 event available, and they are managed by John,
G3LZQ. More details about the awards and station locations can be found
at the following Web site:
QSL via G3TXF direct ( or through the RSGB bureau to GB5HQ.

HC8, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS. Trey, N5KO, and other operators will be active
as HC8N during the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 25-26th) as Multi/Multi
entry. QSL via W5UE.

HI3, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Mark, KB2MS, will be active as HI3/KB2MS from
Puerto Plata, starting July 28th until about August 23rd. Activity will
be on all bands except 160m. QSL via his home callsign.

IOTA NEWS......................
AS-076. Koyo, JA5BEX, was expected to be active as JA5BEX/5 this past
weekend from Oshima Island (JIIA AS-076-003), JA5 Shikoku
Island group, Kagawa Pref. QSL via his home callsign, direct
or by the bureau.

EU-011. Dom, M1KTA, will activate St. Agnes Island as M1KTA/p between
July 28th and August 4th. His activity will include an entry
in the RSGB IOTA Contest on all bands CW/SSB. There is also
the possibility that Dom might activate St. Mary's, Tresco or
Bryher islands during the same weekend. QSL via his home
callsign, direct or by the bureau.

EU-016. Branko/9A7YY and Antonio, 9A/K6LKH, will activate (depending
on sea condition) Brusnik Island, July 8-9th. Other reference
numbers a All Croatian Island Award ACIA-800 and Mediterranian
Island Award MC-047.

EU-030. Klaus, DJ4JI, will be active as OZ/DJ4JI from Bornholm Island
(BO-001 for the Danish Islands Award, WLOTA LH-2203), September
3-13th. Activity will be on 80/40/20 meters, SSB only with a
Swan 350 (400 watts). QSL via his home callsign, direct or
by the bureau.

EU-031. Operators John/IK8LIU, Franco/IK8WEJ, Enzino/IK8YTG, Giovanni/
IW7DOL, Luigi/IW8EQS, Orlando/IW8FCA, Simone/IZ0BTV, Marco/
IZ7DOK, Oreste/IZ8EDJ and Francesco/IZ8EQF will activate Licosa
Island (I.I.A. SA 001, D.C.I. SA 028 and ARLHS ITA 089) on
July 9th. Operators will sign homecall/P. QSL via their home
callsigns. Watch for more info at:

EU-034. Frank, DL1FT, will be active as ES0FTZ from Saaremaa Island
(WLOTA LH-1401), July 4-14th. Activity will be on 40/20/10
meters SSB. QSL via DL1FT. More information is available at:

NA-144. Six operators will activate Santa Cruz Island July 27-30th.
Their activity will include the IOTA Contest (July 29-30th).
Operators mentioned a Ray/N6VR, Jim/N6KZ, Fred/N6AWD, Jim/
WB9AWX, Vic/KI6VC and Sreven/WA6SC. They will use the callsign
N6VR/P for the IOTA Contest and their home callsigns at other
times. They will have three stations active: one on the WARC
bands and two for the other bands. During the contest they
will use a tri-band yagi for SSB and amplifier and a vertical
on CW. QSLs for N6VR and N6AWD go to N6AWD; all others go
directly to the operator's home address.

OC-130. Peter, DK2PR, reports he will operate as DU9/DK2PR from the
Island of Mindanao, between July 28th and August 15th. This
will be a holiday style operation. A side trip to islands in
the OC-235 group are possible, but it depends on the local

SA-055. Members of the Radio Club Argentino will be operating as LR4D
from Martin Garcia Island, July 6-9th. They will take part in
the IARU HF World Championship as HQ station for Argentina.
QSL via LU4AA.

IS0, SARDINIA. Simone, IW5EDI, will be active as IS0/IW5EDI from the
northeastern part of Sardinia Island (EU-024), now through July 7th.
Activity will be on HF bands (mainly of 20 meters). QSL via the Bureau.
For more info, visit:

KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. Operators Nao/JK1FNL, Jim/7K4QOK and Takky/JE1KUC
will be active from Saipan, Nothern Mariana Islands (OC-086), July 7-10th.
They will operate as NA8O/KH0 (JK1FNL), KG8RP/KH0 (7K4QOK) and N1KU/KH0
(JE1KUC), and be active on 80-6 meters. Also, look for them to participate
in the IARU HF World Championship. QSL via their JA home callsigns, direct
or by the bureau.

OP0, BELGIUM (Attention Prefix Hunters!). Look for members of the Royal
Union of Belgian Amateur Radio (UBA) to participate in the IARU Contest
(July 8-9th). Look for HQ station OP0HQ to be active on all 6 bands and
on both modes. This will be the first time that the "OP0" prefix has ever
been used. All QSOs will be confirmed with a QSL via the bureau. However,
direct QSLs can be sent to ON5ZO (UBA HF Manager). The address is OK on

QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
NEW IRCS AVAILABLE. New IRCs are now available as of July 1st. The
Universal Postal Union (UPU) has redesigned the International Reply
Coupon (IRC) again. The new design, known as "Beijing Model No. 2," was
submitted by Volodymyr Taran, a graphic artist from Ukraine. Taran's
design was inspired by Michelangelo's painting on the ceiling of the
Sistine Chapel -- "two fingers about to touch framed in a postage stamp,
representing the notions of communication and exchange." The newly
designed IRC will be valid until December 31, 2009. However, the current
IRC is valid through December 31, 2006 (ed. Depending on who you talk
to...). ADDED NOTE: The IRC will celebrate its centenary in 2007. It
was October 1st, 1907, that the International Bureau issued the first
International Reply Coupon. To mark this event, countries can ask the
International Bureau to include a special overprint that reads
"1907-2007: 100 years of IRCs"! Collectors, philatelists and future
buyers will appreciate this added feature. The coupon is certain to be
a popular collector's item at post offices next year.

Charles, S9SS, informs OPDX that his QSL Manager Gerard, N4JR, will be
out of country. He will return home in the latter part of July and will
catch up on the backlog of QSLs as soon as possible.

Nilay, TA3YJ, informs OPDX that she sent out QSL cards for TA3YJ,
TA3YJ/4 LH, TA3J, TA3J/4 LH, TA3J/60, YM3ATA, YM3SV, YM75TA, YM21TA,
YM3LZ/WPX2000, YM3LZ/WAE2000 and TC2K4J to the QSL Bureaus of Germany,
Russia, Serbia&Montenegro and Ukraine by registered mail on June 27th,

SPECIAL EVENT. The International Shortwave League (ISWL), continues with
their 60th (Diamond) Anniversary celebrations throughout the month of July.
Look for the following special station to be active:
July 5th - GB6SWL will be active for 1 day from Dagenham, Essex.
John, M0HEM, will be the operator.
July 8-9th
and 12th - GB6SWL will be active for 3 days from Walton on the Naze,
Essex. Herbie, G6XOU, will be the main operator.
July 15-16th - GB6SWL will be active for 2 days from Bagulay, Manchester.
Ron, G6BMY, will be the main operator.
July 22-23rd - GB6SWL will be active for 2 days from RAF Macrihanish,
Argyllshire, Scotland. Andy, MM0CXA, will be the main
July 29-30th - GB6SWL will be active for 2 days from Walton on the Naze,
Essex. Herbie, G6XOU, will be the main operator.
ADDED NOTE: The ISWL Club callsigns GS4BJC/P and MX1SWL/P will also be
active throughout July. The ISWL Awards Program is open to non members
for a very small fee to cover postage to any country in the world. Please
see the following Web page for all details, including QSL information and
Special Diamond Anniversay Awards etc... at:

SV5, DODECANESE. Drew, GM3YOR, will be on holiday on the Island of Halki
(EU-001) and will be active as SV5/GM3YOR from September 21st to October
4th. Activity will be CW only during his stay; bands will depend on
conditions and the times he is available. He will be taking his TS-50s
transciever and wire antennas. QSL via his home callsign.

T7, SAN MARINO. A mixed team of San Marino and Italian operators will
be active from the ARRSM Headquarters (Associazione Radioamatori Repubblica
San Marino) during the next IARU HF World Championship (July 8-9th), with
the special callsign T70HQ. Activity will be on all bands, both CW and
SSB. Operators will be: I4FYF, I4TJE, IK3QAR, IK4DCW, IK4GNI, IK4HVR,
T77GO. Also, expect some activity by operators before the contest as
T70A. QSL via T70A, via Bureau or direct. A special QSL for the event
will be printed. Further information can be found at:

VE1, CANADA (IOTA Ops). Len/VE9MY and Linda/VE9GLF will be vacationing
in Nova Scotia during the week of July 16th. They plan to activate a few
IOTAs in the Nova Scotia Island groups (NA-081, NA-126, NA-127 and NA-154)
during their week stay, but have not determined at this time the sequence
of activation. They will also try to activate new Canadian Islands whenever
possible and any lighthouses that are accessible. Operations will be
mobile or portable with 100 watts, on 20 and 40 meters. QSL via their
home callsign, by the bureau or direct.

XX9, MACAO. Members of the Associacao dos Radioamadores de Macau (ARM)
will be active as XX9A as a HQ station during the IARU HF World Champion-
ship. There will be four stations operating from Taipa Island (AS-075).
QSL via XX9BB.

YI, IRAQ. Carlos, N4THW, informs OPDX that he is in Iraq for the next
four months on a military air base. He states that he has already applied
for YI license and is expected to be on the air soon. He may sign YI/N4THW
if the military gives him approval. Carlos plans to be on all bands 80-10
meters including the WARC bands. He currently is looking (for help) to
find a good radio and antenna. Right now all he has is an old military
HF radio w/100 watts into a G5RV dipole.

YJ, VANUATU. Remember to look for Tommy, VK2IR, to be active as YJ0IR from
New Hebrides (OC-035) between July 3-15th. His activity will be on
80/40/20/17/15/12/10 meters SSB depending on conditions. QSL via W3HNK.

YR0, ROMANIA. Look for YR0HQ to participate in the 2006 IARU World Wide
Championship Contest (July 8-9th) as an IARU Member Society HQ Station
representing the Romanian Amateur Radio Federation (FRR). All the contacts
will be confimed by eQSL and LoTW. Please note, an award, free of charge,
will be issued to all those who will prove at least 3 contacts with YR0HQ
during the contest. For 6, 9 or 12 contacts, the award could be printed
for different classes (3rd, 2nd, 1st or Extra Class) in accordance with
the number of contacts, but only one single award is given. The application,
along with the log extract, should be sent to one of the following
addresses. By mail to: FRR, YR0HQ Award, BOX 22-50, RO-014780 BUCURESTI 22,
ROMANIA. By e-mail to:

Z2, ZIMBABWE. World-wide traveler Vladimir, UA4WHX, continues to be active
as Z2/UA4WHX. He was heard this past weekend on 80/40/30/20/17 meters CW.
There were a few SSB QSNs on 20/17 meters. The length of his stay or where
he goes next is unknown. QSL via UA4WHX.

ZA, ALBANIA (LH, WW Loc. and IOTA Ops). A group of four Italian operators
will be here between July 7-17th. Activity will be on all bands HF and VHF,
CW, SSB, PSK31 and RTTY. They also plan to activate lighthouses, WW Loc.'s
and be in the upcoming contests for HF/VHF (IARU HF World, Six Club Contest
and CQ World-Wide VHF Contest). Operators mentioned a Giuseppe/I2AZ,
Pino/I8YGZ, Alfredo/IK7JWX and Giancarlo/IK7QMJ. All plan to sign
ZA*/homecall. The group is currently waiting for permission to activate
Sazan Island (EU-169) plus the lighthouses on the island. QSL via their
home callsigns (via the ARI Bureau or direct using the address).

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