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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 911

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 911
BID: $OPDX.911
June 8, 2009
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, N2OO, NG3K, N4AA & QRZ DX,
W5UE, KG6D, WA6ITF, WA6TLA, W7TSQ, K8CX, K8YSE, KK0M, A35RK, CT1BOH,
CT1GFK, DK8JB, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX World of Ham Radio Web
Site, F5NQL & UFT, F5PFP, F5PHW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, IK7JWX,
ON4ZD, JI6KVR & JA IOTA News, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site,
SM5LWC, SP5UAF, UT7WZ, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF), VK4AN,
YT3W and ZL4HU for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 31st-May, through Sunday, 7th-June there were 215 countries
active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1I,
4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K,
9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, 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, E7, EA, EA6,
EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO,
FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H2, H3, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH,
HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, JA, JD/m, 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, PJ7, PY, PZ, S2,
S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK,
TL, TN, TR, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK,
VP2V, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU,
YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZF, ZK2, 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).

5H, TANZANIA. Frans, PE1ABQ, is expected to be active as 5H1FF from
Stone Town city on the Island of Zanzibar (AF-032). His equipment is
a FT-950 w/100w into 3.5m vertical at 20m A.S.L. No QSNs have been
reported yet. QSL via the address on QRZ.com.

5J0, SAN ANDRES ISLANDS (Update). Dennis, K7BV, will once again return
to San Andres (NA-033) and be active as 5J0BV (not 5J0M as first announced)
between June 18-29th (not June 19th-July 5th). He will again be concentrating
on 6 meter Sporadic Es. HF bands will be activated as well. QSL direct to
K7BV (not W1JJ as first announced) via the QRZ.com address. For more details
and updates, visit the following Web page at:
                    http://www.qth.com/k7bv/caribe2009

8R, GUYANA (Update). The 6 Meter Beacon Project, Inc., (HF-50 MHz DX-
pedition between June 16th and July 6th) has announced the callsigns
for their operation to Guyana. According to their Web page the callsigns
are:
   8R1DB - Team One: Chris/W3CMP and Dave/N3DB; between June 16-26th
   8R1TO - Team Two: Terry/K4RX and Ken/AC4TO; between June 27th-July 6th
QSO information is just "Signal report please, no grid squares!!!!!!"
QSL via N3DB: David Craig, 4931 Mariners Drive, Shady Side, MD 20864
(2.00 USDs & SAE [or equivalent U.S. postage] for outside US; SASE for
U.S. Stations). Bureau QSLs are "OK", but slow. For updates, visit the
Web page online at:   http://6meterbeaconproject.org/8R2009.html
Operating frequencies will to be posted soon.

A35, TONGA. Paul, A35RK, continues to be active as A35RK/p from Vava'u
Island (OC-064). He informs OPDX that there is "no definite departure
date." He has also mentioned that he submitted the April/May A35RK/p
log (OC-064) to Bob, W7TSQ. This log includes activity in the CQ WPX
CW Contest this past weekend. As far as LoTW submissions, Bob, W7TSQ,
informed OPDX that since LoTW does not show/give credit for IOTA, Paul
is combining his /P log with the regular A35RK log as he is still Tonga.
He also mentioned that there is a possibility that some QSOs between
May 20-24th, have an error in the time. Most are probably CW contacts.
Paul also informed us of the problem and states, "There appears to be
a problem with the 'QSO time' element in the computer logbook entry.
Some contacts appear to be exactly 'one hour off' the actual time of
QSO." So, anyone with a LoTW problem or needing an IOTA card, showing
OC-064, can contact Bill at:            W7TSQ@AOL.COM
He can supply cards that will show the IOTA information if needed. As
usual an SASE/SAE with postage (green stamps) will be answered direct.
Bill states, "Bureau cards will be awhile as I probably will not send
again before fall. LoTW is preferred as it is less work for me!"

ANTARCTICA WEB PAGE (Sites and Sounds). The French Polar Team's Web site
continues to add a great collection of information and pictures (added with
music) of the many polar stations and sub-Antarctic regions. Check out
the following URLs (recently added FT5YJ--VP8DLM--CE9XX):
 * Station Machu Picchu - Ile du Roi George:
   http://french-polar-team.fr/OA_Machu_Picchu_Station_King_George_Island.php
 * Station B - Ile Deception:
   http://www.french-polar-team.fr/VP8_Station_B_Deception_Island.php
 * Station O - Ile Danco:
   http://french-polar-team.fr/VP8_Danco_Station_O_Danco_Island.php
 * Station Gabriel Gonzales Videla - Cote Danco:
   http://french-polar-team.fr/CE9_Videla_Station_Antarctica.php
 * Station Almirante Brown - Cote Danco:
   http://french-polar-team.fr/LU_Almirante_Brown_Station_Antarctica.php
 * Station F Wordie Hut - Ile Winter:
   http://french-polar-team.fr/VP8_Wordie_Hut_Station_F_Winter_Island.php
 * Port-Charcot - Ile Booth (Wandel):
   http://french-polar-team.fr/FT5Y-P_Port_Charcot_Booth_Island.php
 * Station A Port Lockroy - Ile Goudier:
   http://french-polar-team.fr/VP8_Port_Lockroy_Station_A_Goudier_Island.php
 * Bahia Dorian Refuge - Ile Wiencke:
   http://french-polar-team.fr/LU_Bahia_Dorian_Refuge_Wiencke_Island.php
 * Station L Damoy Point Hut - Ile Wiencke:
   http://french-polar-team.fr/VP8_Damoy_Point_Hut_Station_L_Wiencke_Island.php
 * Le voilier l'Ile d'Elle:
   http://french-polar-team.fr/Polar_Ship_L_Ile%20d_Elle.php
 * Davis station: http://www.french-polar-team.fr/VK0_Davis_Station_Antarctica

CT, PORTUGAL (Field Day). The ARVM group will be operating their "Field
Day" for 24 hours beginning at 1200z on Saturday, June 13th. Operations
will be from Montemor Park near the city of Loures. Activity will be on
CW, SSB, RTTY and TVA. For more info, go to:
                    http://www.arvm.org/index_fd2009.html

CT, PORTUGAL. Members of the Algarve STAR DX Team will be active as
CT7/CU8AT during "Green Days", June 13-14th. Operations will be from
"Parque Natural SW Alentejano e Costa Vicentina" which is valid for:
DPRN FF-12 and WFF CTFF-12. Operators mentioned are: Toze/CT1GFK,
Al/CT1GPQ and Mike/CT1IUA. One of the operators (to be decided later),
will be active during the "Portugal Day Contest" on June 13th, from
the same QTH. Look for more details on:      http://algarvedx.com

DAYTON HAMVENTION FCC FORUM (Audio Available Online). Bill Pasternak,
WA6ITF, Producer of ARNewsline, Inc., reports: "To our valued listeners,
In response to a number of requests we have uploaded the entire 71 minute
Dayton Hamvention FCC Forum hosted by Bill Cross, W3TN, and Laura Smith as
an MP3 audio file to our Amateur Radio Newsline website front page. You
can download it by going to http://www.arnewsline.org, then scroll down
to "Click HERE to download the entire 70 minute Dayton Hamvention FCC
Forum" and follow your normal download and save procedure for your web
browser. This recording was made using a Senheisser microphone at the
speakers podium connected to an M-Audio Microtrack II professional digital
audio recorder.  Audio processing and conversion to MP3 was accomplished
using Goldwave Editor Ver 5.52.  We believe you will find the audio quality
superior to various other recordings of this important forum available
at various Web sites across cyberspace. We hope that you will find it of
value."

DXCC NEWS...............................
 *  Bill Moore, NC1L, Awards Branch Manager reports that the following
  operation is approved for DXCC credit:      HZ1EA - Saudi Arabia
  If you have had this operation rejected in a recent submission, please
  send a note to dxcc@arrl.org to be placed on the list for an update.
  Also, once completed, if you have an account in LoTW, the update will
  be posted to your account.

 *  2008 ARRL DXCC YEARBOOK. Bill Moore, NC1L, announced this past week on
  June 2nd: "The 2008 DXCC yearbooks have arrived from the printer. The
  ARRL mail room will prepare them for shipping and they should start
  going out the middle of next week. You will receive the free copy if:
    * A submission was received during the 2008 calendar year.
    * If you did not make a submission during the calendar year, but you
      were "current" on the DXCC Honor Roll for this period. (329 current
      DXCC entities).
  ARRL Membership is also required for the free edition. Copies are
  available for purchase for 7.00 USDs (USA) and 11.00 USDs (Non-USA).
  This fee includes postage."

 * DXCC CARD CHECKING at the 2009 "Ham Radio" in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
  Please read the complete details on how to prepare your cards and forms
  at:        http://www.arrl.org/blog/Century%20Club%20Awards

EM0, UKRAINE (URFF Special Event). Members of the Lviv Branch of the
Ukrainian Amateur Radio League (UARL), UR4WWE, will activate the special
callsign EM0WFF from Roztochchia Nature Reserve (URFF-020, URDA LV-32)
between June 12-14th. QSL via UT7WZ, by the bureau or direct. Information
on the "W-UR-FF" Award can be found at:
              http://www.islands.org.ua/wurff/index_e.html

FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA. Phil, F5PHW, informs OPDX that he will be in Tahiti
for two years starting August 2009. Activity will be on CW/RTTY and SSB
(sometimes) on 80-10 meters. For the moment, his callsign will be FO/F5PHW.
Phil is trying and hoping to get a FO5 callsign, but he has to negotiate
it with local authorities when he is in Tahiti. Phil will be in a small
house very close to the airport. He will operate with 100 watts into a HF6
and dipole, but hopes, if possible put up a 3 elements beam in the garden.
QSL will be OK via LoTW. QSL are also "OK" via F8BPN, by the bureau or
direct. More information is available on:    http://f5phw.chez.com

FP, ST. PIERRE AND MIQUELON. Operators Eric/KV1J and Tom/W8TOM will be
active as FP/KV1J from Miquelon (NA-032) during the CQWW DX SSB Contest
(October 24-25th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via KV1J, direct, by the
Bureau or LoTW. Operators will be there between October 20-27th. Activity
outside of the contest will be on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and
PSK31, generally on the highest frequency band that is open (no permission
for 60M). Visit Eric's Web page at: http://www.kv1j.com/fp/october09.html

H4, SOLOMON ISLANDS (Rare IOTA). Operators Mike/KM9D (H44MY) and Jan/KF4TUG
(H44TO) are now active as H44MY from Stirling Island (OC-162) for about
a week. Mike was heard this past weekend on 40/20 meters CW. Jan was
heard on 20/17 meters SSB. QSL via OM2SA.

IOTA NEWS........................
  AS-017.  Operators Mitsu/7N4AGB, Hase/JK1EBA, Shoji/JJ1JGI, JA1XEQ and
           Nakayama/JA1KJW will be active as homecall/6 from Tokashiki
           Island, Okinawa Prefecture, between July 7-10th. Activity
           will be on 160-6 meters, but mainly on the lower bands using
           CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsign, direct or by the
           bureau.

  AS-047.  Operators Mitsu/7N4AGB, Hase/JK1EBA, Shoji/JJ1JGI, JA1XEQ and
           Nakayama/JA1KJW will be active as homecall/6 from Daito Island,
           Okinawa Prefecture, between June 25th and July 5th. Activity
           will be on 160-6 meters, but mainly on the lower bands using
           CW and SSB. QSL via their home callsign, direct or by the
           bureau.

  AS-117.  Operators JJ2JQF and JH9UYZ will be active as homecall/0 from
           Awa Island, Niigata Prefecture, between June 26-30th. Activity
           will be on 160m through 70cm using CW, SSB, AM, FM, RTTY and
           Satellite (1200 MHz). QSL via their home callsigns, direct or
           by the Bureau.

  EU-005.  Members of the Bittern DX Group will once again be active as
           G2B from the cliff tops in the village of Trimingham, Norfolk,
           East of England region (WLOTA 1841) for the RSGB IOTA Contest
           (July 25-26th). QSL via M0CNP, direct or by the Bureau.

  EU-042.  Harald, DF6BL, will be active as homecall/p from Langeness
           Island (N-19 for the German Islands Award, WLOTA 1245) between
           July 6-13th. Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL via
           his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

  EU-067.  Operators Elizabeth/K4KTG, Michael/KC6ZUS and Jonathan/KI4UOU
           will be active as SV/K4KTG from Thira Island [aka Santorini]
           (GIOTA SAS-102, MIA MG-125, WLOTA 0658), June 15-30th. QSL via
           K4KTG.

  EU-095.  Operators Robert/F5HTR and Roger/F5LKW will be active as
           homecall/p from Riou Island (DIFM ME-006) on June 8th. They
           will travelling by kayak and will be active as QRP on 7032
           kHz. QSL via their home callsigns, direct or by the Bureau.

  EU-120.  Members of the Wakefield and District Radio Society will be
           active as GB1HI from Holy Island [aka Lindisfarne] (WAB NU14,
           ARLHS ENG-224, TWLHD WLH G-011) off the Northumbrian coast,
           July 10-13th. QSL via M3ZYZ, direct, by the Bureau or E-mail
           QSL requests (Bureau). More details are available on QRZ.com.

  EU-122.  Members of Kilmarnock and Loudoun ARC will be active as GI0ADX
           from Rathlin Island (WLOTA 0039), Northern Ireland, in the
           RSGB IOTA Contest (July 25-26th). Operators mentioned are:
           Allan/GM3OZB, Barry/GM3YEH, Steve/GM4OSS, John/GM0DJG and
           Gordon/MM0BIM. QSL via MM0DHQ, by the Bureau is preferred.

  EU-127.  Operators Gerd/DK8NT and Horst/DL8NBM will be active as
           homecall/p from a smaller neighbor island called "the Dune",
           Helgoland Island (German Island Award # N-15), between June
           11-17th. They state that their activity will be "something
           between a vacation-style and a 'serious' DXpedition". Operations
           will be mainly on CW, but some SSB or PSK. Using only 100
           watts, they will experiment with simple wire antennas: A
           triple leg for 30m and up, a 40/80m double dipole for Europe,
           and a 40m (and maybe 80m) vertical for DX. QSL via their
           home callsigns, by the bureau or direct (no e-QSL).

  EU-145.  Nuno, CT2FPE, will be active as homecall/p from Barreta Island
           on June 13th between the hours of 1000-1900z. Activity is also
           valid for: ARLHS POR-141, Fa-14, Ai-003, DPRN FF-07, CTFF-07,
           DMP-0805, FAR-05, DMA-FARO and Day of Portugal Contest. QSL
           via his home callsign, direct or by the Bureau.

  EU-165.  Massimo, I0PNM, will be active as IM0/I0PNM from San Pietro
           Island (IIA CI-007, MIA MIS-050, WLOTA 2989), June 8-16th.
           Activity will be mainly PSK31 on 20 and 40 meters. QSL via
           his home callsign.

  NA-027.  George, WW4GA, will be active as WW4GA/VO1 from Newfoundland
           (CISA NF-001) between June 17th and July 9th. Activity will
           be on all bands and modes. QSL direct only to WW4GA.

  NA-067.  Rick, N5EYT, is expected to be active from Cape Hatteras
           (USI NC005S, WLOTA 3913) in Salvo, NC, no earlier than 2000z,
           June 7th and will finish no later than 1200z, June 15th. His
           activity will only be 20 meters PSK31 with a dipole (trying
           out his new Small Wonder Labs PSK-20). Rick mentions that he
           will be operating at a beach house on the west side of island.
           This is actually a vacation/wedding trip where his daughter's
           wedding will take place on June 13th, so most of his operating
           will be limited to earlier in the week. QSL via N5EYT, by the
           Bureau, direct or LoTW.

  NA-079.  Operators Bill/WD2E, Dave/KI4KQU and Paul/AA2C will be active
           as WD2E/4 from the Dry Tortugas Islands (WLOTA 0274) between
           June 24th and July 1st. Activity will be on all bands and modes.
           QSL via WD2E.

  NA-112.  Brian, KB9BVN, will be active from Bird Island (USI NC-012S,
           WW Loc. FM03RU, Brunswick County) on Sunset Beach, North
           Carolina, between now and June 12th. Activity will be QRP on
           40 and 20 meters using CW only. His equipment is a Elecraft
           KX-1 and PAC-12 portable vertical antenna. He will QSL all
           contacts and states eQSLs are available if that is what you
           prefer. His son Andy, N9AWM, will be with him as well.

  NA-142.  Jim, AD5ZA, will be active as homecall/4 from Santa Rosa Island
           (USI FL-003S), Florida, on August 1st. Activity will be on 20
           and 15 meters using PSK31. This activation is for PODXS 070
           Club. QSL via his home callsign, direct only.

J2, DJIBOUTI. Once again members of the F6KOP Provins Club and Clipperton
DX Club are planning a major operation this time to Djibouti in 2010.
The callsign announced is J20C. More details are forthcoming.

IY7, ITALY (Special Event). Alfredo, IK7JWX, is now active as IY7NGM
(and possibly as IY7NGM/p) through December 31st. Activity is to celebrate
100th anniversary of Guglielmo Marconi receiving the Nobel Prize in 1909.
Activity will be on all HF bands and 6 meters using all modes. Alfredo
was heard this past week on 40 meters CW and 20 meters RTTY/PSK31. QSL
via IK7JWX.

K8CX's 2009 DAYTON HAMVENTION PHOTO GALLERY. Tom's, K8CX, 2009 Dayton
Photo Gallery is now up at:    http://hamgallery.com/dayton2009/
This is Tom's 13th consecutive year for the gallery, and it contains 293
photos taken at Crowne Plaza at various events and hospitality suites.

LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVITY AND NEWS....................
  Operators Gabriel/LU5FZ and Juan Carlos/LU9DO will be active as CX/LU9DO
  from Punta del Este Lighthouse (URU-008) in Uruguay during the Inter-
  national Lighthouse/Lightship Weekend (ILLW), August 15-16th.

  Look for La Cana Lighthouse (WLOTA 2802, Loc. FK68MK) in Guanica,
  Puerto Rico, to be on the air as K4G during the WLOTA Contest (July
  4-5th). Activity will be on CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via WP3MW.

MAJOR PACIFIC DXPEDITIONS (Update). After his recent trip from the Pacific,
Team leader, Hrane/YT1AD confirms that an international team of 14
individuals are organizing DXpeditions for amateur radio activity from
Tokelau (ZK3), Canton Island (T31 - Central Kiribati) and Wallis Island
(FW) over 22 days next year (in 2010). The tentative schedule is as
follows:
   September 25-29th - Traveling by boat from Fiji (3D2) to Samoa (KH8)
   September 29th    - Loading in Apia; departing Apia to Fakaofo Atoll
                       in the Republic of Tokelau Island group
   September 30th    - Arriving Fakaofo Atoll
   October 1-3rd     - Activity on the air from Tokelau
   October 3rd       - Afternoon departure from Fakaofo Atoll to the
                       Island of Canton (Central Kiribati)
   October 4th       - Traveling to Canton Island
   October 5th       - Arriving at Canton Island
   October 6-10th    - Activity on the air from Canton Island
   October 10th      - Afternoon activity/departure from Canton Island
   October 12th      - Arriving at Wallis Island (FW)
   October 14th      - Departure from Wallis Island
   October 16th      - Arriving at Fiji Islands
More information will be forthcoming.

PA09, NETHERLANDS (Special Event). Fred, PA0FAW, will activate special
event station PA09SHAPE between June 6th and July 3rd. Activity is to
celebrate Mode Biennale, fashion month in Arnhem. QSL via PA0FAW, direct
or by the Bureau. SWL cards welcome.

PORTUGUESE PREFIX CHANGES. The Portuguese local regulatory agency for
the amateur radio service (Anacom) has published new legislation. There
is a part in the legislation that will impact the callsign structure
of Portuguese (Portugal, Madeira and the Azores) callsigns. As of June
1st, the following will be the prefix blocks allocated to each area:
  Each area will have four blocks (old calls under old legislation,
  new calls under new legislation, club calls and special calls)

    Portugal                            Madeira
    --------                            -------
    Block 1 - CT1, CT2, CT4, CT5        Block 1 - CT3
    Block 2 - CR7, CS7, CT7             Block 2 - CR9, CS9, CT9
    Block 3 - CQ0, CS5                  Block 3 - CQ2, CS3
    Block 4 - CQ7, CR5, CR6, CS2        Block 4 - CQ3, CQ9, CR3

          Azores
          ------
          Block 1 - CU1, CU2, CU3, CU4, CU5, CU6, CU7, CU8, CU9, CU0
          Block 2 - CR8, CS8, CT8
          Block 3 - CQ1, CS4
          Block 4 - CQ8, CR1, CR2

  ADDED NOTES:
   Callsigns from block 1. (CT1, CT2, CT4, CT5. CT3, CU#) will no longer
   be issued. Current hams will keep these calls if they like or submit
   to a new exam to have the new prefixes (CR, CS, CT, 7,8,or 9).

   New hams will have block 2 and will be issued prefixes according to
   category. Category 1 will have CT 7, 8 or 9, category 2 will have
   CS 7, 8 or 9, and category 3 will have CR# 7, 8 or 9.

   Club stations will have call in block 3 (CQ0, CS5, CQ2, CS3, CQ1, CS4).

   Special occasion and contest calls will have block 4 (CQ7, CR5, CR6,
   CS2, CQ3, CQ9, CR3, CQ8, CR1, CR2).

   SPECIAL NOTE FOR CONTESTERS:
    Portugal - No new prefixes. Several lost.
    Madeira  - One new prefix (CQ2).
    Azores   - New prefixes (CR8, CS8, CT8, CQ1, CS4, CQ8, CR1, CR2).

   For more info, see: http://www.anacom.pt/render.jsp?contentId=944999

PACIFIC TOUR. Karl, DL2FAG, is going on another "holiday-DXpedition",
this time to the Pacific and plans to operate from three locations later
in the year. His tentative schedule and callsigns are as follows:
  Island of Niue - He will operate as ZK2DL from Namukulu, between October
                   19th and November 7th. Activity will be holiday style
                   on 80-10 meters, mainly on RTTY, PSK and SSB. IOTA is:
                   OC-040. QSL via DL2FAG.

  New Zealand  - Karl states he will operate sporadically from the South
                 Island of New Zealand, as ZL4/DL2FAG between November
                 8-18th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters, mainly on RTTY,
                 PSK and SSB. QSL via DL2FAG.

  Western Samoa - Karl will end his trip as 5W0KH from Upolu between
                  November 18-30th. Again, activity will be on 80-10
                  meters, mainly on RTTY, PSK and SSB. QSL via DL2FAG.

 Karl states that he will be operating from all locations on the usual
DX frequencies. Watch Karl's Web page for possible updates, and he will
have a log search on the site (not sure if it will be active during his
operations). His Web page is at:    http://www.qsl.net/dl2fag

QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
  With all the changes going on in the postal systems, it is time to
  check out Bill's, W9OL, great IRC Chart Web page. It is a great place
  to see who takes IRCs, green stamps and who does not. Give it a look
  at:                http://www.qsl.net/w9ol/IRC_Chart.htm

  K5D QSL STATUS: QSL Manager Bob, N2OO, reported on June 2nd, the
  following update:
    "OQRS - We finished OQRS requests received through about May 4th.. We
    will resume OQRS QSL processing again shortly, and we will post the
    dates on the QSL Information link found at the K5D Web site www.k5d.us
    when we do resume. OQRS continues to be available for QSL requests.
    Info for OQRS can also be found on the QSL Information link.

    DIRECT MAIL: We are now focusing on the direct mail in the same order
    as the mail was received.  We are answering donors first just to be
    fair to those who added a little something with their QSL.  We also
    TRY to catch notes that tell us that you contributed in advance of the
    operation, but we don't always catch those notes.  If we miss yours,
    we apologize. The DIRECT MAIL processing trudges forward.  So, we
    appreciate everyone's patience. I continue to do the log processing
    after which the QSLs will be mailed gradually by members of my QSL
    processing team. We are not doing larger bulk mailings in order to
    keep the cards flowing into the mail. It will surely be a few months
    before we can become current.  It's hard to get ahead when you are
    still receiving some 50 pieces of mail on average every day.

    As of June 2nd we have confirmed 26,353 QSOs.

    LoTW UPDATE: After careful consideration, and cautious investigation
    into the LoTW process, I have decided that we will be able to upload
    CONFIRMED QSOs ONLY to LoTW. This will be done in larger sized batches
    as time allows while we continue to process QSLs. When the first batch
    is uploaded, I will post the information on the QSL Information link
    found at the K5D Web site www.k5d.us. I expect to do it within the next
    week.  QRX

    In the past, we just uploaded to LoTW one time about one year after the
    DXpedition. This was done for obvious reasons. Now that I have become
    familiar with how to do partial log uploads to LoTW, we should be able
    to satisfy those who want their QSOs in LoTW. By only uploading confirmed
    QSOs (in batches), we think that this is a fair compromise that is a
    win/win for everyone involved.  We are considering other options for the
    "next one". But for THIS one, this is what we will be doing. We will
    upload the balance of the full log in early 2010.

    I ask you all to be patient! Since cards are going out in the mail
    frequently and in much smaller batches, you can expect to hear of people
    getting their cards continuously. Be assured that we are continuing the
    QSL operation on a daily basis.  It is just going to take time.

    PLEASE DO NOT CONTACT THE QSL MANAGER ABOUT QSL ISSUES. IF YOU DO, YOU
    WILL ONLY BE REFERRED TO THE K5D WEB PAGE FOR CURRENT QSL STATUS. WHEN
    THINGS CALM DOWN, I WILL BE HAPPY TO ADDRESS ANY CONCERNS. QRX. Visit
    www.k5d.us for all information!"
         73 Bob Schenck, N2OO QSL Manager K5D Desecheo 2009

  1652 INFO. Over the past weekend (June 5-7th), special callsigns were
  active on several different bands that were good towards the "Roskilde
  1658 Award". For information on the callsigns, and upcoming operations
  (times and frequencies), please look at the activities calendar on
  the award Web site at:         http://www.sk7bq.com/roskilde

  QSL for OZ5FYN will be sent for all QSOs via the EDR bureau. This
  was a special event station active for the annual Summer Rally at
  Egeskov Slot (Castle) on June 7th. OZ5FYN grid locator was JO55FE,
  and the island reference number is EU-172. There is no Danish CASOTA
  reference number (for the first Castle activation).

  NEW QSL MANAGER. Randy, W5UE, is now the new QSL manager for 9V1YC,
  9V9HQ and N1YC/VK9X. After many years of excellent service as James'
  QSL Manager, Joe, N5ID, is handing over duties to Randy in order to
  recuperate after an extended illness in hospital. W5UE has all the
  logs, blank cards and pending QSL requests for all of James' callsigns,
  so feel free to check his Web site for periodic updates and status of
  QSL requests at:            http://w5ue.net/qsl-w5ue.html

  ADDED NOTE. Randy, W5UE, states, "It was brought to my attention that
  many QSL Manager Data Bases still contain entries for some of James'
  old calls to N5ID. Both Joe and James indicate a request hasn't been
  received for any of these for years, but we will continue to honor
  any requests that may be needed in the future... so, please update
  your QSL Manager Data Bases for any of the following calls from N5ID
  to W5UE: 9V0YC, 9V8YC, KB1CM/VR2, KB1CM/VS6, KB1CM/ZS, KH8/KB1CM,
  VR2/KB1CM and VS6/KB1CM. Please bear in mind all of these logs are on
  paper only and will require extra processing time since I'll probably
  have to manually print cards as well."

  NOT THE QSL MANAGER. Don, N1DG, reports that he is NOT the QSL Manager
  for A71A. QSL A71A via A71AN ONLY.

  R1FJT QSL STATUS. Jack, RW0BB (ex-R1FJT), reports that new QSL cards
  are being printed and you will have to wait until he receives them.

  TM0M LOG ONLINE. Logs for the recent operation TM0M from Molene Island
  (EU-065), May 23-30th, now available at: http://users.belgacom.net/cdxg

  QSLS VIA LOTW: 9M6XRO, A61AD, A61X, A61AO, D44TXI, LY8O, LY9Y, OH0Z,
  S58MU, T33C, TN5SN, TR8CA, UN6J, UT7UJ, VK9GMW, XE1EE, YL7X, YW4D,
  ZF1A and ZK2V

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 4S7DA, 4U1UN, 5H1X, 5H3RK, 5K0T, 5N/LZ1QK,
  7Q7VB, 7X0RY, 8Q7SC, 9J2FM, 9J2VB, 9K2YM, 9U0VB, A71MA, A92GR, BG4TRF,
  BH4QAK, C91FC, CU3AD, CW6V, D2BB, D20VB, D60VB, DV5PO, E71DX, EA8BMG,
  EA9CF, EA9PY, EL2AR, FM5BH, GJ0KYZ, GT4BRS, GT6BRS, H40FN, HI9/EA3BT,
  HI9/EA3WL, HP1AC, HV50VR, JH9FNB, K3J, K5D, KG4AS, KH6BB, KP2/K3TEJ,
  KP4KE, LX8RTTY, LX9SW, PY0FF, R1ANB, R1ANC, R1ANP, T32YY, T33ZZ, T8CW,
  T8NF, T88CI, TO5A, TR8CA, UK9AA, UN7BEW, V63PR, VK7ZE, VK0BP, VP5DF,
  VP8/LZ1UQ, VP8DLJ, VP8YLI, XE2HWB/XF1, YB2ECG, Z36A and Z36W

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: BY4AEE, BA4ALC, BA4CH, BD4AHW, BD4ALC/4,
  BA4DJ, BD4DM, BD7BW, BD7YK, BT4ECNU50, BY4BHK, BY4CA, BY4HAM, CE0Y/SM6CUK,
  CT1DWT, CT1HIX, DL2ARD, E20WXA, EM10U, EM5HQ, FK/JK1FNL, FO5RU, HA800NAR,
  HB9LH, IB0CW, IK0FMB, IK1JIM, IM0S, LA6KOA, LN3C, LZ130JA, MM/DH5JBR/P,
  OE8XHQ, OH0/OH2DZ, OH60BH, OY/DL6RAI, R450WA, RA3CM, RA3XEV, RU3FF,
  SY8DX, TM0C, TM2RWC, UE3FFF/3, UE9WFJ, UN8LW, UT4EK, UT5UGR, VA7AAW,
  VP2MPL and ZL1BOS

SILENT KEY. Ken Holdom, ZL4HU, informs OPDX that Russell Baird, or Russ
as he was commonly known, ZL4DJ, became a Silent Key (SK) on the evening of
June 4th. He was a well-known DXer and fellow ham radio enthusiast. OPDX
and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to the family
and friends of ZL4DJ. Messages can be sent to: The Baird Family,
87 Ventry Street, Alexandra, Central Otago, New Zealand. ADDED NOTE:
Ken Holdom, ZL4HU, states: "WE don't have an E-mail address for messages
at this time, but I am more than willing to receive messages and personally
hand them to the family.

SP50, POLAND (Special Event). Memebers of the SP DX Club (The Long
Distance Radio Communication Club of Poland) have activated the special
event station SP50DXC through June 30th, to celebrating 50th anniversary
of the SP DX Club. The station is expected to be active on all bands/modes.
Operators mentioned are: Andrzej/SP7ASZ, Jerzy/SP7CVW, Krzysztof/SP7IIT,
Pawel/SP7LFT and Jerzy/SP7TF. QSL via SP7DQR. All QSOs will be uploaded
to LoTW. SP50DXC will also be active again later in the year at the end
September during their annual meeting of the SP DX Club.

SPECIAL EVENT (13 Colonies "On the Air"). Look for special event stations
from all the thirteen 1776 original colonies to be on the air between
1300z, July 1st and 0400z July 5th. A full color certificate printed on
heavy card stock or parchment paper (with a map and the state flags of
all the 1776 colony states) will be available to each station who works
one or more or ALL of the special event stations. The thirteen 1776
original colonies (their special event callsign) are: CT (K2D), DE (K2E),
GA (K2G), MA (K2H), MD (K2F), NC (K2J), NJ (K2I), NH (K2K), NY (K2A), RI
(K2C), PA (K2M), SC (K2L) and VA (K2C). Activity will be on all bands
(except 60m and the 30/17/12m). The Colony stations will be operating on
or near the "13" of each band (Eg. 14213, 14313, 7213, et.). Also, 2
meters and 6 meters simplex frequencies are encouraged. For this event 2
meter repeater contacts WILL be allowed. For more details and picture of
the certificate, please visit their Web page at:
         http://home.comcast.net/~dzabawa/ThirteenColonies.htm
Each station is to send a contact log stating the Date, UTC, Band, and
callsign of each contact, along with your QSL card and 4.00 USDs (check,
Money Order or Cash - to help defray printing costs). NO SASE required.
They will furnish postage, certificate and 9"x12" envelope. No QSL cards
will be issued - just the certificate. All award requests and payment
are to be sent and made out to the KU2US-Award Manager. Address and Log
Forms are available at the above Web site. Those stations submitting
contacts for ALL thirteen colonies will have their certificate marked
with a "Clean Sweep" in recognition of their efforts.

T30, WESTERN KIRIBATI. David, N1EMC (ex-ZK2DF), is expected to be active
from here as T30DX. Complete details are forthcoming. Stay tuned.

TO4G, GLORIOSO ISLAND (Update). Didier, F5OGL, announced this past week
as indicated several weeks ago, no civilian will be included in the crew
which is going to Gloriosos, next month. He states, "It had been confirmed
that it will be first a military mission. Nothing was possible to do to
make changes in this Forces Authorities decision." He also announced the
final crew/operators list:  Yves Michel/F5PRU, Jean Marc/F5RQQ, Freddy/
F5IRO, Philippe/F4EGS and Sylvain/F5TLN. Didier thanks the F6KOP Provins
ARC for the loan of three stations to be active on the air and a fourth
that will be set up and could be used on no particular modes or bands.
Didier ends his press release by saying, "Mission permitting, the crew
will appear in the two major July contests, the IARU HF and the RSGB
IOTA. Know that the crew, instead of maintenance jobs, has another
assistance mission by the Armies Information and Public Relation group
which will go to Glorioso along with us. This group is composed of an
Officer, a director and a cameraman. The callsign is not known yet, but
it is expected in the next days." More information is forthcoming. Look
for updates on their Web page at:     http://glorieuses2008.free.fr

VK, AUSTRALIA (4 LETTER SUFFIX). Eddie, VK4AN, (Father of VK4FRAJ) reports:
"There is still much reluctance and confusion amongst contesters regarding
VK 4-letter suffix calls... especially in CW contests! My son is probably
the ONLY VK with a 4-letter suffix that operates on CW, and is VERY
frustrated when contesters keep asking if his call is 2-letters or
3-letters... and one even accused him of being 'a commercial station'
and refused to work him! 4-letter suffixes are issued to 'Foundation-class'
hams (similar to the US novice-class). ALL Foundation class suffixes begin
with an 'F' plus 3 more letters. They have a maximum of 10-watts power on
80-40-15-10m CW-SSB only and must use commercially made equipment. My son's
call is VK4FRAJ. He really enjoys CW but is ready to stop contesting due
to the frustration of others NOT knowing that Australia issues 4-letter
suffixes!! PLEASE SPREAD THE WORD THAT VK issues 4-LETTER SUFFIXES... and
that the only one that we know of that is on CW is VK4FRAJ (not VK4FJ,
not VK4RAJ, not VK4FRA, not VK4FR, not VK4FRJ... etc...).  'Raj' said he
would appreciate it if contesters would listen for his QRP CW signal and
to please realize that he has a 4-letter suffix (VK4FRAJ)."

VP2M, MONTSERRAT. Bill, W5SJ, will be active from here possibly as VP2MSJ
(TBA), July 14-21st. Activity will be on 80m, 60m and 6 meters using CW,
SSB and possibly JST. However, he will concentrate on the CQWW VHF Contest
(July 18-19th) on 6 meters. His equipment is an ICOM 7000, w/250 watts,
into a 5 element yagi (for 6m) and a Carolina Windom (for 80/60m). QSL
via his home callsign direct with current IRC or SASE.

ZY0, FERNANDO DE NORONHA. Just a reminder that operators Anderson/PY2TNT,
Fabio/PY2AAZ/AC2AC, Alex/PY2WAS and Bob/N6OX will be active as ZY0F from
Fernando de Noronha Island (SA-003), from June 10-15th. Activity will be
on 160-10 meters including 60/30/17/12 meters (60m under temporary licensed
granted by the Brazilian Government) using CW and SSB. QSL via PY2WAS, by
the bureau or direct. This DXpedition is sponsored by Spiderbeam Antennas.
Also, see ZY0F on QRZ.com.

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Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 6/8/2009 4:09:25 AM

 
 
 
New Solar Cycle Prediction - 29th May 2009
 

FEATURE

New Solar Cycle Prediction

05.29.2009

 

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May 29, 2009: An international panel of experts led by NOAA and sponsored by NASA has released a new prediction for the next solar cycle. Solar Cycle 24 will peak, they say, in May 2013 with a below-average number of sunspots.

"If our prediction is correct, Solar Cycle 24 will have a peak sunspot number of 90, the lowest of any cycle since 1928 when Solar Cycle 16 peaked at 78," says panel chairman Doug Biesecker of the NOAA Space Weather Prediction Center.

Right: A solar flare observed in Dec. 2006 by NOAA's GOES-13 satellite.

It is tempting to describe such a cycle as "weak" or "mild," but that could give the wrong impression.

"Even a below-average cycle is capable of producing severe space weather," points out Biesecker. "The great geomagnetic storm of 1859, for instance, occurred during a solar cycle of about the same size we’re predicting for 2013."

The 1859 storm--known as the "Carrington Event" after astronomer Richard Carrington who witnessed the instigating solar flare--electrified transmission cables, set fires in telegraph offices, and produced Northern Lights so bright that people could read newspapers by their red and green glow. A recent report by the National Academy of Sciences found that if a similar storm occurred today, it could cause $1 to 2 trillion in damages to society's high-tech infrastructure and require four to ten years for complete recovery. For comparison, Hurricane Katrina caused "only" $80 to 125 billion in damage.

Above: This plot of sunspot numbers shows the measured peak of the last solar cycle in blue and the predicted peak of the next solar cycle in red. Credit: NOAA/Space Weather Prediction Center. [more]

The latest forecast revises an earlier prediction issued in 2007. At that time, a sharply divided panel believed solar minimum would come in March 2008 followed by either a strong solar maximum in 2011 or a weak solar maximum in 2012. Competing models gave different answers, and researchers were eager for the sun to reveal which was correct.

"It turns out that none of our models were totally correct," says Dean Pesnell of the Goddard Space Flight Center, NASA's lead representative on the panel. "The sun is behaving in an unexpected and very interesting way."

Researchers have known about the solar cycle since the mid-1800s. Graphs of sunspot numbers resemble a roller coaster, going up and down with an approximately 11-year period. At first glance, it looks like a regular pattern, but predicting the peaks and valleys has proven troublesome. Cycles vary in length from about 9 to 14 years. Some peaks are high, others low. The valleys are usually brief, lasting only a couple of years, but sometimes they stretch out much longer. In the 17th century the sun plunged into a 70-year period of spotlessness known as the Maunder Minimum that still baffles scientists.

Above: Yearly-averaged sunspot numbers from 1610 to 2008. Researchers believe upcoming Solar Cycle 24 will be similar to the cycle that peaked in 1928, marked by a red arrow. Credit: NASA/MSFC

Right now, the solar cycle is in a valley--the deepest of the past century. In 2008 and 2009, the sun set Space Age records for low sunspot counts, weak solar wind, and low solar irradiance. The sun has gone more than two years without a significant solar flare.

"In our professional careers, we've never seen anything quite like it," says Pesnell. "Solar minimum has lasted far beyond the date we predicted in 2007."

In recent months, however, the sun has begun to show timorous signs of life. Small sunspots and "proto-sunspots" are popping up with increasing frequency. Enormous currents of plasma on the sun’s surface ("zonal flows") are gaining strength and slowly drifting toward the sun’s equator. Radio astronomers have detected a tiny but significant uptick in solar radio emissions. All these things are precursors of an awakening Solar Cycle 24 and form the basis for the panel's new, almost unanimous forecast.

 

According to the forecast, the sun should remain generally calm for at least another year. From a research point of view, that's good news because solar minimum has proven to be more interesting than anyone imagined. Low solar activity has a profound effect on Earth’s atmosphere, allowing it to cool and contract. Space junk accumulates in Earth orbit because there is less aerodynamic drag. The becalmed solar wind whips up fewer magnetic storms around Earth's poles. Cosmic rays that are normally pushed back by solar wind instead intrude on the near-Earth environment. There are other side-effects, too, that can be studied only so long as the sun remains quiet.

Meanwhile, the sun pays little heed to human committees. There could be more surprises, panelists acknowledge, and more revisions to the forecast.

"Go ahead and mark your calendar for May 2013," says Pesnell. "But use a pencil.

 

Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 5/31/2009 4:41:33 AM

 
 
 
Portuguese Regulations for the amateur services
 

Portuguese Regulations for the amateur services in English

ICP-ANACOM, the radio spectrum manager and regulator as well as the supervisor and representative for the telecommunications sector in Portugal, have recently made public translations in English of a significant number of documents regarding the amateur and amateur-satellite services, at the institutional website.

As new procedures are released, it is expectable that shortly other important documents will be also translated and become accessible as well.

For the moment you can find already the following releases:

Decree-Law nº 53/2009, of March the 2nd:
This Decree-Law rules the amateur and amateur-satellite service in Portugal, and defines the regime for granting certificates, application procedure for foreign amateurs and especial permits to amateurs and licenses to non-proprietary stations.
URL: http://www.anacom.pt/render.jsp?
contentId=931329&languageId=1

Procedures governing the amateur service:
Amateur and amateur-satellite service's governing procedures, as set out by Decree-Law nº 53/2009 of March the 2nd.
URL: http://www.anacom.pt/render.jsp?contentId=945080

Procedures for the amateur service:
By determination of April, 23rd 2009, approved procedures set forth by Decree-Law nº 53/2009 of March the 2nd (rules applicable to the amateur and amateur-satellite services).
URL: http://www.anacom.pt/render.jsp?contentId=944999

Without translation, but also currently available, there is also the ambitioned information about amateur radio and amateur-satellite service's license fee government due for the regular acts ( Decree-Law nº 53/2009, of March the 2nd, article 19, nº 1 and 4 ).

Normative Rule n.º567/2009

1 - Administrative regular expenses fees

153101 Amateur ability examination - 50,00 €

153102 NAC ( National Amateur Certificate ) release -
15,00 €

153103 NAC as well as CEPT or ITU license replacement ( duplicate ) - 15,00 €

153104 NAC, CEPT or ITU license revision - 15,00 €

153105 Non-proprietary station ( communal use station ) license release - 15,00 €

153106 Non-proprietary station ( communal use station ) license replacement ( duplicate ) - 15,00 €

153107 Non-proprietary station ( communal use station ) license revision - 15,00 €

153108 International Certificate replacement ( duplicate ) - 15,00 €

153109 Additional fixed station call sign (AFSCS) consignation - 15,00 € 153110 Occasional call signs ( OCS ) consignation - 15,00 €

153111 Annual occasional call signs (AOCS) consignation - 15,00 €

2 - Common operation fees

154101 Annual occasional call signs (AOCS) use fee -
120,00 €
154102 Annual radio spectrum use by NAC holders fee - 20,00 €

2 - The annual radio spectrum use for NAC holders fee shall be reduced by :
a) 50 % for below than 25 years of age;
b) 50 % for over than 65 years of age;

("Diário da República ", 1st series - nº 102, May 27th, 2009)

c) 70 % for disabled persons who suffer permanent disability at 60% or above, calculated pursuant to Decree-Law nº 352/2007 of October the 23rd, which must be duly evidenced, according to Decree-Law nº 53/2009, of March the 2nd, line c) nº 4 from article 19.

 

73's

CT1ETL - Miguel

 

Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 5/30/2009 7:58:24 AM

 
 
 
DX News from the ARRL
 

DX News from the ARRL

29 May, 2009

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by KX9X, NC1L, QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, DXNL, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

AZERBAIJAN, 4K. A group of operators are QRV as 4K3K and 4J0K from the Nagorno-Karabakh region until June 1. This includes being entries in the CQ WPX CW contest. QSL both calls direct via RW6HS.

GEORGIA, 4L. Andrey, UU0JM is QRV as 4L/UU0JM and will be a Single Op/All Band entry in the CQ WPX CW contest. QSL via EA7FTR.

TANZANIA, 5H. Win, DK9IP is QRV as 5H2WK from Arusha until June 5. He is active holiday style. He may also be an entry in the CQ WPX CW contest. QSL to home call.

SENEGAL, 6W. Al, F5VHJ will be QRV as 6W1RY as a Single Op/All Band/High Power entry in the CQ WPX CW contest. QSL to home call.

MALDIVES, 8Q. Nobby, G0VJG will be QRV as 8Q7CQ from Kuredu Island, IOTA AS-013, from June 1 to 15. He will be active holiday style on all HF bands and 6 meters. QSL via G4DFI.

BAHAMAS, C6. Operators NA6M, N5RNA, W5TSN, K2CK and K9OWQ will be QRV as C6AMS from Nassau, IOTA NA-001, from June 1 to 14. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL direct via NA6M.

AZORES, CU. Look for CU2X to be a Single Op entry in the CQ WPX CW contest. QSL via OH2BH.

JERSEY, GJ. Dez, G0DEZ is QRV as GJ3WW until June 5. This includes being an entry in the CQ WPX CW contest. Outside the contest, he is active mainly on the newer bands, as well as sporadic-E on 6 meters. QSL to home call.

VATICAN, HV. A group of operators from Saronno will be QRV as HV5PUL on June 1, 3 and 4. Activity will be on all HF bands and 6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL direct.

MARIANA ISLANDS, KH0. Hiromitsu, JR2SCJ will be QRV as AH0AA from Saipan, IOTA OC-086, as a Single Op/Low Power entry in the CQ WPX CW contest. QSL to home call.

US VIRGIN ISLANDS, KP2. Operators K3VX, W3WH, W3WN, W9UK and K9CS are QRV as homecalls/KP2 until June 2. This includes being QRV as NP2SH as a Multi/2 entry in the CQ WPX CW contest. QSL W3WN/KP2 to home call and all others via K9CS. In addition, Carl, K9CS will also be active on 6 meters on May 28 and 29 and June 1 and 2.
QSL to home call.

CZECH REPUBLIC, OK. In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the OK QRP Club, look for special event station OL25LP to be a Single Op/QRP Power entry in the CQ WPX CW contest. QSL via OK2FB.

SWEDEN, SM. Jan, SM5DJZ will be QRV as SD40JZ in the CQ WPX CW contest. QSL to home call.

TURKEY, TA. Berkin, TA3J is QRV as TA3J/7 and TA7KI from Erzincan City until June 2. Activity is on all bands using CW, SSB and digital modes. QSL via TA3YJ. In addition, look for TC4X to be a Single Op entry in the CQ WPX CW contest. QSL via OH2BH.

ICELAND, TF. Icelandic Radioscouts Club station TF1SS is active until May 31 during the 8th European Radio Scouting and Internet Seminar in Ulfljotsvatn. Activity is on 160 to 2 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL direct.

COSTA RICA, TI. A group of operators will be QRV as TI5N as a Multi/2 entry in the CQ WPX CW contest. Outside the contest, they will be active on all HF bands and 6 meters. QSL via W3HNK.

UKRAINE, UR. Members of Rivne DX Club will be QRV as EN50KSR from June 1 to July 5 in celebration of 50 years of the Rivne speedway. QSL via UT1KY.

NICARAGUA, YN. Eric, K9GY is QRV as YN2GY until June 1. Activity is on 160 to 6 meters using CW and SSB. This includes being a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry in the CQ WPX CW contest. QSL to home call.

NEW ZEALAND, ZL. Operators ZL1AIH, ZL1GO and ZL3CW will be QRV as ZM1A as a Multi/2 entry in the CQ WPX CW contest. QSL via ZL1AMO.

OPERATION APPROVED FOR DXCC CREDIT
The following operation is approved for DXCC credit: Saudi Arabia, 7Z1CQ, current operation.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The CQ World Wide WPX CW Contest, NCCC Sprint, Kids Roundup and the ARCI Hootowl CW Sprint will certainly keep contesters busy this weekend. The RSGB 80-Meter Club Data Championship is scheduled for June 1. The ARS Spartan CW Sprint is scheduled for June 2.

Please see May QST, page 80 and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details.

 

Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 5/30/2009 7:56:03 AM

 
 
 
Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 910
 

Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 910

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 910
BID: $OPDX.910
June 1, 2009
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, N1RJ, NC1L, NJ1Q, NG3K, W3UR & Daily DX,
N4AA & QRZ DX, W4VQ, K8YSE, K9EL, N0TG, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter, DX
World of Ham Radio Web Site, F5NQL & UFT, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX,
F6FQK, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, OH2BH, Pete's-DX-Newsdesk, PY2SEX,
RSGB IOTA Web Site, TA3YJ, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE3VHB, VE3ZZ, VHF-DX-Portal
(MMMonVHF), ZL1AAO and ZL1CT for the following DX information.

** EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTICE: This week's bulletin was sent out earlier
   than normal to accommodate the late CQWW WPX CW Contest announcements.
   Also, we wanted to provide the readers with a consolidated listing
   of the CQWW WPX CW Contest participants.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Friday, 22nd-May, through Friday, 29th-May there were 207 countries
active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4O, 4S,
4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K,
9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, C6,
CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6,
EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FR,
FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR,
HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J8, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JX, 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, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, SU,
SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9,
UK, UN, UR, V2, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP2V, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE,
XU, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7,
ZD8, ZF, ZK2, 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).

3V, TUNISIA. Hrane, YT1AD, will be active as 3V9A during the CQWW WPX CW
Contest (May 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via
YT1AD.

4L, GEORGIA. Gia, 4L4WW, will be active as 4L0A during the CQWW WPX CW
Contest (May 30-31st) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL
via EA7FTR.

7P8, LESOTHO. Ivan, UR9IDX, is expected to be (or is) in Lesotho and has
received the callsign 7P8R. His length of stay is unknown, as well as
his plans for operations (bands/modes) as this was being written. QSL
direct only to: Ivan Borzenko, P.O. Box 85, Mari, Mariupol-31, 87531,
UKRAINE.

8P, BARBADOS. Tom, W2SC, will be active as 8P5A during the CQWW WPX CW
Contest (May 30=31st) as Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL
via NN1N.

8Q, MALDIVES. Just a reminder that Nobby, G0VJG, will be active as 8Q7CQ
between June 1-15th. This will be a limited operation because Nobby will
be on his honeymoon (and he thanks his wife for putting up with him and
the QRM). Activity will be from Kuredu Island (AS-013) mainly HF SSB but
some 6 meters. QSL via Owen, G4DFI. Visit his Web page at:
                    http://g0vjg.piczo.com/?cr=5

8Q, MALDIVES. Tom, PF4T, will be active as 8Q7TB from the Island of
Embudu between June 8-24th. Activity will be on 40 and 20 meters using
SSB with a FT-897 and G5RV antenna. QSL direct to PF4T or by the Bureau
via PA0LEY. For more details on QSL info, see QRZ.com. Also, visit his
Web page at:                 http://8q7tb.pf4t.nl

C4, CYPRUS. Look for Andy, LZ2HM, and possibly others to be active as
C4I during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as a Multi/? entry.
QSL via LZ2HM.

C4, CYPRUS. Operators Valentin/5B4AGM, Alex/5B8AD and Oleg/UA9CDV will
be active as C4N during the CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as a Multi-
Single entry. QSL via W3HNK. Visit the contest station's Web page at:
                          http://www.c-4-n.com

CY0, SABLE ISLAND (Attention Topbanders). Randy, N0TG, informs OPDX that
the CY0 Sable Island Dxpedition team will incorporate the famous "Battle
Creek Special" antenna for 160 meters as well as 80/40m. This was made
possible by the generous loan program coordinated through George, W8UVZ.
The team thanks this special group for their support for not only for
their CY0 operation, but for the many DXpeditions down through the years.
The dates of the DXpedition are October 19-26th. operators are Randy/N0TG,
Ron/AA4VK and Murray/WA4DAN. Visit their Web page at:
                        http://www.cy0dxpedition.com

DX BULLETIN READER PROGRAM. An interesting program written by Alex,
VE3NEA, called "DX Bulletin Reader 1.0" (for Windows 95/98/ME/NT4/2000/XP)
is a tool for viewing, archiving and searching the DX news bulletins.
The following publishers/bulletins are currently supported:
    Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin           DX Newsletter
    425 DX News                     The Daily DX
    425 DX Calendar                 WAP Antarctic Bulletin
    ARRL DX Bulletin                I.C.P.O. Bulletin
Bulletins not listed above and non-periodical publications can be added
as "Other". The software is FREEWARE and is available at:
                         http://www.dxatlas.com/BullRead/

DXCC NEWS. Bill Moore, NC1L, Awards Branch Manager, reports that the
following operation is approved for DXCC credit:
     7Z1CQ - Saudi Arabia; Current Operation
  If anyone had this operation rejected in a DXCC application, send an
E-mail to dxcc@arrl.org to be placed on the list to have your account
updated.

E51, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Nigel, G4KIU, is now active as E51SC from the
Island of Rarotonga (OC-013). He has moved to the South Cook Islands and
is expected to be on 80-10 meters mainly on SSB, RTTY, PSK31 and with
some CW. He was heard this past week on 20 meters PSK31 between 0330-
0630z. Direct QSLs are to be sent to: Nigel Peacock, P.O. Box 880,
Rarotonga, Cook Islands (via New Zealand). Please send a SAE, plus 2 USDs
or 2 new style IRCs. Any direct cards received without the above items
will be returned via the Bureau. Bureau QSLs go to: E51SC via G4KIU/RSGB.
**IMPORTANT** There is no QSL Bureau in the Cook Islands. Cards without
G4KIU on them will NOT be received. Please "DO NOT" send direct cards
to any G4KIU address in England - they will NOT arrive. All E51SC contacts
will be loaded to LoTW about once a week. He does not use e.QSL at all.

EI09, IRELAND (Special Event). Members of the Galway Radio Experimenters
Club are now active using the special event callsign EI09VOR until June
6th. Activity is to celebrate the Volvo Ocean Yacht Race which takes
place in Galway, Ireland. Look for both CW and SSB operations. Over the
past week activity has been on 30/20/17 meters. Operators will be operating
from Mutton Island Lighthouse. QSL via EI8DD. For more info, visit their
Web page at:                 http://www.galwayradio.com

EN50, UKRAINE (Special Event). Members of the Rivne DX Club (UT1KWA)
will be active as EN50KSR between June 1st and July 5th. Activity is
to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Rivne speedway. QSL via UT1KY:
P.O. Box 85, Rivne, 33027, UKRAINE. Visit their Web page at:
                       http://radio-rivne.rv.ua/?lng=en

FS, ST. MARTIN. John, K9EL, will be here on a family vacation between
June 4-12th, and will be operating whenever possible. He will be using
an IC7000 and verticals for 80-10 meters and will be operating CW, SSB
and RTTY. Please QSL to his home callsign; Bureau cards are "OK". ADDED
NOTE: John informs OPDX, "I have already received a few E-mails asking
me to try 6m, so I will build a vertical or dipole when I get there and
try 6m as well. Next time I'll bring a yagi...."

HF70/SN70/SO70, POLAND (Special Event). Look for members of the Polish
Radio Amateur Associated (PZK) to activate the following special event
stations during the 70th anniversary of the beginning of World War II.
The "NO MORE WAR" stations will be on the air during various times between
September 1st and October 6th. The following stations are:
 HF70NMW (by SP6ZDA)            SN70N (by SP2CA)          SO70R (by SP4NDU)
 SN70NMW (by SP4JCP/SN4L)       SN70O (by SP8NFZ)         SO70E (by SP4JAE)
 SO70NMW (by SP3ZIR/SN3B/SQJPV) SN70M (by SP9KN)          SO70W (by SP5PPK/
                                SN70R (by SP2YRY/SP2UUU)         SQ5NAE)
 HF70N (by SP5KDK/SQ7HNT)       SN70E (by SP1MWF)         SO70A (by SP9YGD)
 HF70O (by SP2LQP)              SN70W (by SP2LNW)
 HF70M (by SP8MI)               SN70A (by SP2KMH/SQ2MMS)
 HF70R (by SP4ICP)
 HF70E (by SP5X)                SO70N (by SP2AYC)
 HF70W (by SP2KDS/SQ2BXI)       SO70O (by SP9KAJ/SP9CLU)
 HF70A (by SP5PSL/SP5JXK)       SO70M (by SQ9JKD)


IOTA NEWS......................
  EU-048.  Francois, F5JNE, will be active on Belle-Ile-en-Mer (DIFM
           AT-15, WLOTA L-078) between June 16-24th. Activity will be
           CW only on 40 and 20 meters, mainly in the evenings. QSL
           via F5JNE, direct or by the French REF Bureau.

  EU-048.  Jean-Pierre, F6ITD, will be active as homecall/p from Belle-Ile
           between June 20-28th. Activity will be on the HF bands (no
           17/12m) on SSB only. QSL via F6ITD.

  EU-064.  Operators Pierre/F5AAR and Alain/F5OZC will be active as
           homecall/p from Yei Island between June 3-5th. Activity will
           be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB. QSL via their home
           callsigns.

  EU-064.  The F6KOP team will defend its World IOTA Champion 1st place
           title for the 3rd time in this year's RSGB IOTA Contest (July
           25-26th) from Noirmoutier Island as Multi-Single/Mixed/24H/
           Low-Power entry. Callsign will be TM7C. Operators mentioned
           are: Bernard/F9IE, Serge/F6AML, Jean-Paul/F8BJI, Flo/F6CWU,
           Pascal/F5JSD and Maurice/F5NQL. Bruno/F5AGB and John's/F5VHQ
           participation is pending. QSL Manager is Flo, F5CWU. QSL
           either direct or through the French REF-Union Bureau (Please
           only this bureau).

  EU-090.  Operators Wolfgang/OE3WGC and Gert/OE3ZK will be active as
           9A/homecall from Palagruza Island (ACIA IC-901, CIA-33, IOCA
           CI-084, MIA MC-284) and lighthouse (CLHA CLH-100, ARLHS CRO-012,
           TWLHD WLH 9A-046, WLOTA 0057) between May 30th and June 6th.
           Activity will be on CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via their home
           callsigns, the Bureau is preferred.

  EU-095.  Operators Robert/F5HTR and Roger/F5LKW will be active as
           homecall/p from Riou Island on June 8th. They will travelling
           in a kayak and will be active as QRP on 40 meters. Listen to
           7032 kHz. QSL via their home callsigns.

  NA-029.  Operators Gregg/VE3ZZ and Noel/VE2BR will once again operate
           from Prince Edward Island (CISA PE-001) on July 15-27th, using
           the VY2TT superstation. During the IOTA Contest (July 25-26th),
           they will operate as VY2Z (QSL to VE3ZZ) and outside the contest
           as VE3ZZ/VY2 and VE2BR/VY2. QSL via their home callsigns, direct
           or via the Bureau.

  NA-129.  John, VE8EV, will use the special callsign VC8B for the Banks
           Island DXpedition, July 24-27th. Operations will be from Sachs
           Harbour, NT.  Activity will be only SSB, mostly on 20 meters
           which, aurora permitting, should be open round the clock. He
           will watch for openings on 15 and 10 meters as well. He does
           not anticipating any problems unless there is a delay for
           weather, likely fog, which is common that time of year. QSL via
           VE8EV, direct (SAE and IRC or 2 greenstamps) or by the Bureau.
           Online QSL requests and a log search will be available after
           the operation. Look for updates at:
                   http://ve8ev.blogspot.com/search/label/IOTA

  NA-223.  (Update/Date Change) Members of the Russian Robinson Club will
           be active as KL7RRC from Ogliuga Island, Alaska, between June
           14-19th. Regular suggested IOTA frequencies (14.040/14260 etc).
           Operators mentioned are: Yuri/N3QQ and Johnny/KE7V. QSL via:
           RU/EUROPE - Yuri/UA9OBA and US/JA/SA Dick/N7RO. Watch for
           updates on: http://www.na-234.com/contact_chuginadak_expedition.html

  SA-071.  (Update/Change In Callsign) Members of the Sao Paulo Association
           of Radioamadores (APRE) will be active as PR2R (not PT2T as
           previously mentioned) from Ilha da Moela (DIB SP-06, DFB SP-07,
           ARLHS BRA 043, TWLHD WLH PY-031, WLOTA 1335, WW Loc. GG65UW)
           between June 11-14th. Activity will include operations from
           blockhouses, islands and lighthouses of the State of Sao Paulo.
           Operators include Irineu/PY2IAB, Marcelo/PY2OMT, Thiago/PY2TLB,
           Joao/PY2TI, Claudio/PY3NZ, Felipe/PU2OVA, Filipe/PU2TEA and
           Thiago/PU2TJQ. Operations will be on 80-2 meters, SSB only.
           QSL via PY2OP, direct or by the Bureau. For more info, go to:
                            http://www.apre.com.br/moela


K5, UNITED STATES (Update - HF/6m/Grid/LH/USI Op). Just a reminder that
the members of the "EL58 Grid Activation Group" will be active as K5N
between May 29-31st (1700-1700z). Activity will be from the sandy beach
facing the Gulf of Mexico in Grid Square EL58hx, ARLHS USA 1101 under
the "Visual Site Rule" and a New USI Island (USI LA105S - Burwood Island,
LA) (South West Pass). The operation will be mainly 6 meters and HF. They
will have 2 stations on 6m and one on HF using SSB/CW. Operating frequencies
on 6m are: 50.100/CW, 50.150/SSB and 50.315 Meteor Scatter. QSL via: Joey
Fierro II, 1054 Cajun Ln, Magnolia, MS 39652. Operators mentioned are:
Al/WA4EWV, Bill/K5YG, Bob/WN2E, Bruce/N5SIX, Daniel/KE5KDM, Danny/N5OMG
and Marshall/K5QE. Visit their Web pages at:
      http://www.kcvhfgridbandits.com/kc_vhf_grid_bandits_018.htm
                            http://w4abc.com/K5N.html

MUSEUM SHIPS WEEKEND EVENT. The "2009 Museum Ship Weekend Event" is
sponsored by the "Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station" and will
be held next weekend, between 0000z June 6th, and 2359z June 7th. As
this was been typed, some 76 museum ships are participating. For an
up-to-date listing of participating museum ships, frequencies and details
on a certificate which is available, please visit:
                  http://www.nj2bb.org/museum/index.html
Activity will be on all HF bands, 80-10 meters, using CW, SSB and PSK31.
Some ships will also use Amplitude Modulation (AM) with either their
ships original equipment or modern equipment.

NEW AWARD AVAILABLE. Francis, F6FQK, informs OPDX that a new TP2CE Radio
Club diploma is now available called: "Council of Europe Radio Amateur
Club Award". Complete rules and photos are available on:
                              http://ewwa.free.fr

OH0, ALAND ISLAND (Possibly OJ0). Manuel, CT1BWW (SWL CT0783), will be
active as OH0/CT1BWW between July 26th and August 7th. Activity will be
on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL via CT1BWW, direct or by the
Bureau. Manuel may be active as OJ0/CT1BWW from Market Reef on August 1st.
For more info, visit Manuel's interesting Web page at:
                 http://www.geocities.com/oh0ct1bww

PA6, NETHERLANDS (Special Event). To celebrate the reopening of a 800
year old church tower (after its renovation) in Noordwijk, look for
PA6JEROEN to be active between June 4-14th on HF and VHF. The old church
is called "Oude of St Jeroenskerk" (in English: Church of St. George).
Actual operations from the church tower will take place on two Fridays,
June 5th and 12th. Pictures of this tower can be viewed on:
http://picasaweb.google.nl/jaap.pa7da/OudeOfStJeroenskerkTorenbezoekNoordwijk#
Please QSL only via the Bureau to PA7DA. ADDED NOTE: Jeroen (St. George)
was a Monk from Scotland and arrived at the Noordwijk (Nortgho) in 847.
In 857, he built a Chapel on the place of this Church and did bring
Christianity to the people in the western part of Holland and West
Friesland. Later he had been killed by the Normans!

PY2, BRAZIL. Alex, PY2SEX, from Sao Paulo, will be active during the
CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m)/
Low-Power entry. He wil use a 2 element yagi and a FT-950 w/100w.
QSL via his home callsign, by the Bureau, direct (see QRZ.com) or LoTW.

PZ, SURINAME. Mike, AJ9C, will be active from between October 22-29th.
His callsign will be announced when it is assigned. He is expected to
be active on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY, as well as an entry
in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 24-25th). QSL to his home callsign
with SASE/USD(s) for return postage.

QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
  9J2QQV INQUIRY. OPDX has been asked to inquire if anyone knows where
  Ryuji, JO7QQV, is and if anyone has received their 9J1QQV QSL.

  QSL TC098A via OK2GZ (Bureau or direct). Operators OK1MU, OK1DF, OK1FIA
  and OK1CDJ were active from Karaada Island (AS-098) for 59 hours and
  made 11,183 QSOs. More info, photos and an online log are available at:
               http://www.okdxf.eu/expedice/tc098a/en/

  QSLS VIA LOTW: 9U0A, EY8MM, HL2FDW, KH6ND/KH5, NL7Z, PY0FF, SP4K,
  YS1G, ZK2V and ZP6CW

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA MAIL: 4U1UN, 4V4JR, 5N/LZ1QK, 8Q7HN, 9L1DX, A61Q,
  BD7NWF, CS2C, CY9SS, FK/G3MXJ, J88DR, PY0FF, S51CK, SU1SK, SU9BN,
  TA1HZ, TS7C, US0KW, VK9N/G3MXJ, VK0BP, VP8/LZ1UQ, YJ0MXJ and Z29KM

  QSLS RECEIVED VIA THE BUREAU: 3V8SS, 4W6AAV, 6L0NJ/4, 8R1K, 9G5A/P,
  A5100A, C91CW, CE3BFZ, CE0Y/LA6IKA, CE0Z/DL2AH, E51WWA, ER3ZW, FJ/SP3IPB,
  FJ/SP6IXF, FO/AP2SOI, H44MS, HL0LPM/3, J28JA, MJ/F5CWU, MJ0LON,
  MM/DH5JBR/P, OX/G3TXF, P29KN, PJ6/K2KW, T32CXX, TS7C, V31XX, V73PX,
  VI5PN, VK9ALH, VP8YLB, YI9RKB, YK9SV and ZD7X

TA7, TURKEY. Operator Berkin, TA3J, will be active as TA3J/7 and TA7KI
from Erzincan City (KM99RS) between May 26th and June 2th. Activity will
be on all bands using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via TA3YJ,
QSL Service at:   http://www.aydogmus.gen.tr/ta3yj/qslservice.htm

TC2, TURKEY. Members of the Turkish group called TCSWAT (Special Wireless
Activity Team) is proud to inform upcoming operations from TC4X. The
Finnish-Turkish Friendship Consortium station operating from Alanya,
Turkey, will be once more on the air during the CQWW WPX CW Contest
(May 30-31st). Operator will be Pertti, OH2PM. QSL via Martti, OH2BH,
as usual.

TK9, CORSICA (EU-014). Members of the DXCiting Team will be active as
TK9X between July 25th and August 1st. Activity will be on 160-6 meters
using CW, SSB, RTTY and FM. Operators mentioned are: YL Silvia/EA1AP,
Alberto/EA1SA, John/EA3GHZ, Raul/EA5KA, Paco/EA5RU and Alicia/EA5EWM.
QSL via EA4URE, direct or by the Bureau. Visit their Web page at:
                          http://www.dxciting.com/tk9

U.K. TRIP. Bruce, ZL1AAO, informs OPDX that he is going on a "DXing and
nostalgia trip to the UK for ex-GM1KNP". He wants to advise DXers and
friends that he will be touring in the UK during July and August. Bruce
will be using the UK country prefixes followed by his New Zealnd callsign
(e.g. MM/ZL1AAO when in Scotland). He expects to be in Scotland, England
and Wales (as he holidays around) and hope to include some activity from
the Orkney Islands. Activity will be limited to mobile/portable operations
using a FT857D, multi-band vertical or a tuner with long-wire. Mode will
be SSB only. He will produce a special QSL celebrating his activity. Check
QRZ.com for some more details and updates when he has more specific plans.
QSL via his home callsign.

VP9, BERMUDA. Alex, W5YDX, will be active as VP9/W5YDX between June
10-24th. Activity will be holiday style (during his spare time) mainly
on 20 and 17 meters (suggested freqs. between 14140-14265 kHz) using
100 watts into a dipole. QSL via W5YDX.

WORK ALL RADIO ARCALA NETWORK STATIONS AT ONCE. Martti, OH2BH, sent out
the following press release on May 22nd (edited): "You now have an
opportunity to contact all Radio Arcala network stations at once: OH8X,
Finland; CU2X, Azores and TC4X, Turkey. During the May 30-31st, 2009 CQ
WPX CW Contest, Pasi, OH6UM, will command OH8X while CU2X will be piloted
by Toni, OH2UA, and TC4X by Pertti, OH2PM. All as single operators. You
may also hear Martti, OH2BH, active as CU2KG from his new residence in
Ribeira Grande, Northern Azores, May 25th through June 1st. Also, new
Portuguese regulations will become effective on June 1st, and this is the
last run for the CU2X callsign. Resident operators can keep their original
CU2 callsigns but special events, such as contests, will be issued with
callsigns from the new CR1, CR2 and CQ8 series. All new licenses and/or
expired residential licenses in the Azores will be issued the CT8 (1),
CS8 (2) and CR8 (3), depending their license category. QSL CU2X and TC4X
via OH2BH, OH8X via OH2UA."

ZD8, ASCENSION ISLAND. Dean, KJ4GNB, is now active as ZD8DC. His length
of stay was not known as this was being typed. Activity so far has been
on 20 meters SSB. QSL ZD8DC via KJ4GNB.

ZK2V NIUE OPERATION UPDATE. Chris, ZL1CT/GM3WOJ, provided OPDX with the
following operation update: "A quick update from ZK2V - made 6100 QSOs
in 9 days, which is a bit disappointing - conditions poor, especially
last weekend. Made only 1 QSO on 160m and 2 QSOs on 80m, so concentrating
on the higher bands. Openings to Europe are often short with weak signals,
which is lowering the QSO rate, but signals from JA and the USA have been
strong. Will be on RTTY tomorrow (28th May) for about 30 mins sometime
between 0600 and 0800 UTC (14082 approx QSX up 8) - will do more RTTY
if things work well. For the first time from Niue, I have a special
permit to operate on 60m - from 0000 Niue time (= 1100 UTC) on 1st June
2009 until 0000  Niue time (=1100 UTC) on 8th June. I can transmit *only*
on 5403.5 kHz (USB for USA, but CW for rest of world), but will listen
on 5371.5 or another channel. The website www.zk2v.com is updated nearly
every day - there is an online logsearch and all QSOs are uploaded to
LoTW every few days. ZK2V is QRV for 25 more days and hoping for better
propagation. QSL direct or via the bureau to N3SL (not ZL1CT)."

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       The following stations are expected to be active in the
                 CQWW WPX CW Contest (May 30-31st, 2009)
--------------------------------------------------------------------------
      Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following
consolidated listing of the participants in the 2009 CQWW WPX CW Contest.
For a more detailed listing (and up-to-date changes/corrections) in HTML
format, please visit Bill's Web page at:
          http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/wpxc2009.html  (By callsign)
          http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/wpxcd2009.html (By entity)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
 Contest        DXCC          Class         QSL
Callsign       Entity                       Route
------------------------------------------------------------------------
3G1C           Chile         SOAB LP        CE1KR
3V8SS          Tunisia       SOAB LP        LoTW; QSL via IZ8CCW
3V9A           Tunisia       SOAB HP        YT1AD
4J0K           Azerbaijan                   RW6HS
4L8A           Georgia       SOSB 20M       K1BV; Buro or direct
4L0A           Georgia       SOAB HP        EA7FTR
4K3K           Azerbaijan                   RW6HS
4M5IR          Venezuela     SOSB 80M       YV5KG; QSL via Buro or direct
5B4AII         Cyprus        M/S            RW3RN
5H2WK          Tanzania      SO             DK9IP
8P5A           Barbados      SOAB HP        NN1N
9A800VZ        Croatia       M/?            9A7A
AH2Y           Guam          M/S            LoTW; Auto Buro; QSL via HL1IWD
AH0AA          Mariana Is.   SO LP          JR2SCJ
AN8R           Canary Is.    M/M            EA8AY
C4I            Cyprus        M/?            LZ2HM
C4N            Cyprus        M/S            W3HNK
CS9L           Madeira       M/S            DJ6QT
CU2X           Azores        SO             OH2BH
E7DX    Bosnia & Herzegovina M/S            E77E
E21EIC         Thailand      SO LP          E21EIC; JA QSL to JR5XPG
EE2W           Spain         M/S            EB2BXL
EF8M           Canary Is.    SOAB HP        UA3DX
EJ6DX          Ireland       SOSB 40M       RX3RC
ES8/OH6CS      Estonia       SOSB           LoTW
G1A            England       SOAB HP        M0DXR
GJ3WW          Jersey        SO LP          LoTW; QSL direct to G0DEZ
IR1Y           Italy         M/S            IR1Y Direct
IO4T           Italy         SOAB           IZ4JMA
IR4X           Italy         SO             LoTW
IR9Y           Sicily        M/S            IT9ABY
IU9T           Sicily        SOAB           IT9GSF
J48HW          Greece                       HA0HW; HA Buro or direct
KP2B         U.S. Virgin Is. SOAB LP        EA7FTR
LN3Z           Norway        M/S            LA9VDA
LR2F           Argentina     M/S            LU2FA
LS1D           Argentina     M/S            LW9EOC
LY7A           Lithuania     M/M            LoTW; QSL via LY2ZO
LX7I           Luxembourg    M/2            LX2A
LZ8E           Bulgaria      SOAB HP        LoTW
LZ9W           Bulgaria      M/M            LZ9W Buro; QSL via LZ1PM direct
M7A            England       SOSB 40M
NP2SH        U.S. Virgin Is. M/2            K9CS
PA6Z           Netherlands   M/M            PA9M
OF200AD        Finland       SOSB 20M       OH5AD
OG5M           Finland       SOSB 40M       OG5M
OG50F          Finland       SO             OH1NOA
OH8X           Finland       SO             OH2UA
OH0EC          Aland Is.     M/?            DL1EKC
OH0Z           Aland Is.     M/S            W0MM
OT5W           Belgium       SOSB 40M       ON4RU
OZ5E           Denmark       M/2            OZ5E
PQ4F           Brazil                       PY4FQ; Buro or direct
PR1T           Brazil        M/S            PY1ZV
PR5W           Brazil        SOAB A         PY5FB
PT4C           Brazil                       PY4CEL; QSL OK via Buro or direct
RK3K         Russia (Europe) M/S            RK3QWW
RM3F         Russia (Europe) SOAB HP        LoTW
RL4R         Russia (Europe) SOSB 40M       RW4PL
SD40JZ         Sweden        SOAB           LoTW
SV9COL         Crete         SOAB LP        LoTW
TA3KZ          Turkey        M/S            TA3KZ Buro
TA7KI          Turkey        SOSB 20M       TA3YJ
TC4X           Turkey        SO             OH2BH
TI5N           Costa Rica    M/2            W3HNK
TM6M           France        M/S            F6KHM
UU7J           Ukraine       M/?            UU0JM
UZ2M           Ukraine       M/S            US0LW
VC2A           Canada        SO             VE3NE
VC6X           Canada                       VE6BF; Buro or direct
VE3DZ/VP9      Bermuda       SOAB LP        VE3DZ
VK6AA          Australia     SOSB 40M       DL8YR
VU2PTT         India         SO LP          VU2PTT
WI4R           USA           SOSB 160M      WI4R
WX3B           USA           M/?            LoTW; via N3YIM, Buro or direct
XU7XXX         Cambodia      SO LP          KC0W Direct
YE1ZAT         Indonesia     M/S            YE1ZAT
YM3A           Turkey        SOSB 20M       LZ1NK
YM3D           Turkey        SOAB           TA3D
YN2GY          Nicaragua     SOAB LP        LoTW; via K9GY Buro or direct
YP6C           Romania       SOAB           YO6VCB
ZW5B           Brazil        M/M            K3IRV

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Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 5/30/2009 7:54:35 AM

 
 
 
Three Amateur Radio Cubesats launched
 

Three Amateur Radio Cubesats launched

At 19:55 EDT on Tuesday May 19 three CubeSats carrying Amateur Radio payloads were successdully launched from the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.

The CubeSats are:

PHARMASAT-1 - Santa Clara University on 437.465 MHz AX.25 1200 bps

HAWKSAT-I - Hawk Institute for Space Sciences on 437.345 MHz

POLYSAT CP6 - California Polytechnic State University on 437.365 MHz
1200bps AX.25

Initial reports on the web indicate that signals have been received from Pharmasat-1 and Polysat CP6.

A 'High Quality' video of the launch titled 'Minotaur 1 (TacSat 3)' can be seen on YouTube at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEf9trI1Hf8
(click on player's HQ icon)

A lower quality version is at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEs2STSF7Lo

PharmaSat launch and beacon alert
http://www.southgatearc.org/news/may2009/
pharmasat_launch.htm

Calpoly CubeSat Page
http://cubesat.calpoly.edu/

AMSAT Bulletin Board AMSAT-BB
http://www.amsat.org/amsat-new/tools/maillist/

 

Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 5/21/2009 7:00:56 PM

 
 
 
The Tenth Bangalore Day Fox Hunt - Bangalore
 

The Tenth Bangalore Day Fox Hunt - Bangalore ARDF was held in Bangalore on Sunday, 17 May 2009. The Fox / Game Controller was VU2POP - Pratap Kumar. The event was organised as part of the Golden Jubilee Celebration of BARC and Hamfest India 2009.

The event was flagged off at 8 am by Shri Tilak Kumar, Editor, Deccan Herald and Managing Director, The Printers (Mysore) Private Limited. The flag off location was the Bharat Scouts & Guides Hq., where the BARC meets every second Sunday of the month for the monthly meeting. The Chief Guest also released a Special Postal Cover brought out marking the event. The ARDF Special Postal Cover and the Special Cancellation was brought out by extraordinary efforts of Ajoy - VU2JHM.

Once the event was flagged off, the competing teams went out to elevated locations to take the bearings with their directional antennas. The first signal was at 0900 hours.

The first team reached the fox hole at 12.33 more than 2 hours after the official deadline expired at 9.30 am. The fox was hidden off Kanakapura Road, near Kaggalipura Village, in South Bangalore. The location of the fox was a real scenic spot with lush greenery and a water fall.

The Fox Hunt Winners are:
1st Place: Hariharan Srinivasan (VU3HEA), Srinivas Shenoy
2nd Place: Balaji K. (VU3PZA) & Binu (VU3BJZ
3rd Place: H N Suresh Kumar (VU2HNS) & Vikas Kashyap (SWL)
Consolation prize for the youngest team : Deepa Girimaji & Abhay Girimaji

Once the first three teams reached the spot, the location was announced on the band to enable everyone to reach the place for lunch and fellowship. Nearly 75 hams & SWLs assembled in no time. The birthday of OM Ismail - VU2QNY coincided with this event. VU3NOI had carried in a big birthday cake for Ismail who turned 74 that day and happily celebrated the day among hams and SWLs.

The event was well covered by the print media and TV, who also made it to the fox location and covered the entire event till the end.

Like all good things have to come to an end, the event ended after lunch. The sky was dark and overcast and as the participants were leaving there came a heavy downpour which got a few on the two wheelers stranded for quite a while but never dampened their spirits. All in all, everyone enjoyed the event to the max.

The organisers, BARC & Hamfest India 2009, thank VU2POP - Pratap, for locating a fabulous spot for the fox-hole and technical coordinations, all the participants for taking part, the net-controllers for announcements, the electronic and print media, the sponsors, donors & well-wishers for making this event a great success.

73
Ramesh Kumar
VU2LU
Member, Organising Committee
Hamfest India 2009

 

Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 5/19/2009 1:54:26 PM

 
 
 
A priceless collection of Pictures from Dayton
 

A priceless collection of pictures from Dayton. http://www.hamradio.org/albums.php

 

Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 5/19/2009 1:52:19 PM

 
 
 
Propagation de K7RA
 

Propagation de K7RA

19 May, 2009
ARLP020

After weeks of little or no sunspots, it is nice to have something to report. Following multiple false starts, quick-fading spots and knots of magnetic activity which never progressed into actual darkened sunspots, new sunspot group 1017 emerged on Wednesday, May 13.

The daily sunspot number was 12, and the next day the size of the group approximately doubled, raising the sunspot number to 18. This is a cycle 24 sunspot group.

A week ago we expected active regions spotted by the STEREO mission would emerge into sunspots over the weekend, but like many others in the recent past, they faded away. The new sunspot this week emerged a few days later.

Last week's bulletin showed average daily solar flux at 68.5, and this week it was 72. The average solar flux for the last three days prior to this bulletin (May 12-14) was 73.9, indicating a further rise. On May 14, the daily predicted 45 day 10.7 cm solar flux from USAF/NOAA was raised to 75 for May 15-21. By the way, we've mentioned in the past that the link to the latest daily forecast at http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ftpmenu/forecasts/45DF.html is sometimes delayed until after the forecast is put up, and you can hack the URL (web address) to the next date from the latest available forecast.

Thursday's must be the longest delay between the forecast time and the time the link goes up on the web. Right now the forecast done at 2059z on May 14 is still not available at 1430z on May 15. But you can click on the latest link, which takes you to http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ftpdir/forecasts/
45DF/051345DF.txt
and then change the date at the end of the URL to /051445DF.txt, which takes you to http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/ftpdir/forecasts/45DF/
051445DF.txt
.

Over seventeen hours after it was written, this was still the only way to read Thursday's forecast.

There seems to be more confusion regarding the difference between number of sunspots and sunspot number. Mike Khokhlov, UA9CIR of Ekaterinburg in Asiatic Russia notes that the new Solar Cycle Prediction update for cycle 24 from NOAA (see http://www.swpc.noaa.gov/SolarCycle/
index.html
) issued a week ago said the cycle may peak four years from now ''with a maximum sunspot number of 90''. But in other reports, such as ARLS003 (http://www.arrl.org/w1aw/2009-arls003.html) this was changed to ''Solar Cycle 24 will peak in May 2013 with 90 sunspots per day on average''. Spaceweather.com got it wrong also, saying ''The panel predicts the upcoming Solar Cycle 24 will peak in May 2013 with 90 sunspots per day, averaged over a month'' (see http://tinyurl.com/qzfsyo). Update: Dr. Tony Phillips of Spaceweather.com said the error was corrected, but the link should have been changed so that it ends in php instead of htm. Edit that URL and page back and forth to see the difference.

Note that Thursday and Friday of this week had one sunspot group, but the sunspot numbers were 12 and 18. As mentioned in past bulletins, a good explanation for the arcane method for computing daily sunspot number is at http://www.ngdc.noaa.gov/stp/SOLAR/SSN/ssn.html, a NOAA page about the work of Johann Wolf.

The two references above to the ''90 sunspots'' error were actually widespread. Just Google the phrase ''90 sunspots per day'' and you will get hundreds of hits. Although NOAA was the source of the original correct information, NOAA News got it wrong at http://www.noaanews.noaa.gov/
stories2009/20090508_solarstorm.html
.

Dennis Eksten, W9SS tried to write in last week, but couldn't find our email address, which is toward the end of each bulletin. Or it should be. I was alarmed to find that it was missing from ARLP019, and I shuddered to think how long the bulletin had been coming out with no reference for contacting the author. Fortunately, it was only missing last week, and has been reinserted this week.

Dennis saw an Associated Press story last weekend titled ''Warning: Sunspot cycle beginning to intensify''. It was titled differently in different publications (see http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30644638/ and note that this also has the ''90 sunspots per day'' error) but Dennis wondered about the geomagnetic storm of 1859 and if it could happen today with the dire results mentioned in the article.

As far as I know, the tales of telegraph wires starting fires and aurora visible around the world were taken from contemporary nineteenth century accounts, and are true. I've heard this story for a long time, and seen references to 1859 newspaper accounts.

This would make an interesting subject for historical research. The query was passed from W9SS to Tom Ciciora, KA9QPN, the Illinois SM,

who commented, ''We can all pretty much agree that most newspaper accounts of natural phenomena were sensationalized back then in order to assist the fledgling newspaper industry (kind of like now.), but the question bears asking. Is the scenario described even possible?''

We really have no way to predict whether this will happen again, just as we have no way to predict another cycle 19 or a Maunder Minimum. But the NAS predictions of 4-10 years recovery and trillions in damages certainly gives one pause for reflection. We do have much more complex and concentrated infrastructure currently, and seem more vulnerable.

This reminds one of the old stories about EMP (electromagnetic pulse from a nuclear blast) in warfare, and the vulnerability of solid state vs. old vacuum tube technology. In the Cold War, one side felt that their military hardware, in fighter jets for example, with modern solid state electronics was far superior to the other side, which may have used older designs with vacuum tubes. But it was pointed out that vacuum tubes are much less vulnerable to an EMP blast. The simpler, hardier design may be superior in a real life battlefield environment that has escalated to the unthinkable level. Thank goodness it was never tested with EMP in a real battle.

Much more to write about on some other topics, but we are out of time.

If you would like to make a comment or have a tip for our readers, email the author at, k7ra@arrl.net.

For more information concerning radio propagation, see the ARRL Technical Information Service web page at, http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/propagation.html.

For a detailed explanation of the numbers used in this bulletin see, http://www.arrl.org/tis/info/k9la-prop.html.

An archive of past propagation bulletins is at, http://www.arrl.org/w1aw/prop/.

Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve overseas locations are at, http://www.arrl.org/qst/propcharts/.

Instructions for starting or ending email distribution of this bulletin are at http://www.arrl.org/w1aw.html#email.

Sunspot numbers for May 7 through 13 were 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, 0, and 12 with a mean of 1.7. 10.7 cm flux was 69.5, 70.8, 72.3, 71.8, 71.9, 73.9, and 73.8 with a mean of 72. Estimated planetary A indices were 10, 13, 6, 4, 4, 2 and 3 with a mean of 6. Estimated mid-latitude A indices were 7, 12, 6, 3, 2, 0 and 2 with a mean of 4.6.

 

Source: The American Radio Relay League

All propagation reports can be found at:
http://www.southgatearc.org/propagation

 

Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 5/19/2009 1:46:05 PM

 
 
 
ARRL News
 

DX News from the ARRL

14 May, 2009

This week's bulletin was made possible with information provided by QRZ DX, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

TOGO, 5V7. Werner, DL9MBI, is now active as 5V7PM until May 30. Activity has been on 20 meters, SSB, RTTY and PSK. QSL to his home call sign via the bureau.

ETHIOPIA, ET. Peter, DM2BBN, is active as ET3BN. Activity will be on CW and SSB on 80, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12, 10 and 6 meters. He is not active on 160 and 40 meters right now. QSL direct to: Dr. Peter Haferkorn, PO Box 150194, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

SPAIN, EE2. Members of the Ondarroa Group will be active as EE2W during the CQWW WPX CW Contest as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via EB2BXL.

U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS, KP2/WP3. Jaime, WP3A, will be active as KP2B from St. Croix during the CQWW WPX CW Contest as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL direct to EA7FTR.

LITHUANIA, LY. Members of the Kaunas University of Technology will be active as LY7A during the CQWW WPX CW Contest as a Multi/Multi entry. QSL via the LoTW or LY2ZO.

ISLE OF MAN, MD4. Operators David, G3NKC, Peter, G4MJS, Martin, G4XUM, Lionel, G5LP, Michael, G7VJR and Mark, 2E0NCG will be active as MD4K during the RSGB IOTA Contest as a Multi entry. QSL via G3NKC.

ALAND ISLAND, OH0. Operators Norbert, DJ7JC, Ulrich, DJ9IE, Detlef, DK3QZ, Marcus, DL1EKC and Rein, PA0R will be active as OH0EC in the upcoming CQWW WPX CW Contest. The team members will be individually active between May 24 and June 3 signing OH0/home call. The operation will be mainly CW with some 30, 17 and 12 meter activity. QSL OH0EC via DL1EKC, and the individual operators via their respective home call signs. All QSLs are OK via Bureau.

PACIFIC TOUR. Steve, 9M6DXX (G4JVG), will active as FK/G4JVG from Noumea, OC-032, New Caledonia, between May 22 and June 3, and as G4JVG/VK4 from North Stradbroke Island, OC-137, Australia, between June 7 and 9. Activity will be holiday style while celebrating his 25th wedding anniversary with Eva, 9M6EVA. Operations will be SSB only, on 40, 20 and 17 meters, and possibly 15 meters. QSL both operations via Tim, M0URX, direct, by the Bureau or LoTW.

TURKEY, YM3. Yasar, TA3D, will be active as YM3D during the CQWW WPX CW Contest as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via TA3D.

NIUE, ZK2. Chris, ZL1CT, (GM3WOJ), will be active as ZK2V May 17 through June 20. Activity will be mainly on 80, 40, 20 and 15 meters using CW and SSB, with some 30, 17 and 12 meter activity and RTTY. QSL via N3SL.

CHINA, BY. I0SNY, Nicola Sanna, will be operating BY1DX May 14 through 16. His operating time will be from 0700 to 1100Z each of those three days. He will sign BY1DX/I0SNY on 40 through 10 meters. QSL via I0SNY.

CYPRUS, 5B. 5B/OZ1IIL will be active until May 16. He is activating various lighthouses.

JAPAN, 8J. Ten special calls from 8J04OM to 8J94OM will be on from each of Japan's 10 call districts from May 16 to July 20. They are celebrating the 40 meter band expansion in Japan. QSL all via the JARL bureau.

ALGERIA, 7X. 7X2DD will be a special call sign for the International Algerian Sahara HAM Meeting June 15 to 21. Hosted by members of the Algerian Radio Amateurs Association, ARA and the Djelfa Radio Club (7X2VFK), this one will be all bands and modes and there will be a special diploma instead of a standard QSL card.

OPERATIONS APPROVED FOR DXCC CREDIT
The following operations are approved for DXCC credit: J20SE, Djibouti, 2009 Operation and A52DT, Bhutan, 2009 Operation.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO
The NCCC Sprint, Feld Hell Sprint, EU PSK DX Contest, His Majesty King of Spain Contest, Baltic Contest, All America Contest, Run for the Bacon QRP Contest and the Worked All Britain - LF Phone Contest are all on tap for this weekend.

Please see May QST, page 80 and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details

 

Submitted by : Sarath Babu Rayaprolu [VU3RSB] |Hyderabad | TELANGANA | 5/14/2009 1:04:29 PM

 
 
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