Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1205
The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
March 9, 2015
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
* PLEASE NOTE: The report «could» contain «Pirate/SLIM» operations or
more likely a «BUSTED CALLSIGN». As always, you never know – «Work
First Worry Later».
3V, TUNISIA. SWL Ashraf «Ash», 3V4-002 (KF5EYY), will be active as 3V8SS
from the «Radio Club Station of Tunisian Scouts» in Sousse, during the
ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) possibly as a Single-Op/
All-Band entry. QSL via LoTW or to LX1NO. Read about Ashraf on the following
Web page at: http://www.kf5eyy.info
6Y, JAMAICA. Sam, LY5W/VE8DX, will be active as 6Y5/VE8DX between now
and March 11th. Activity will be on the HF bands but limited because this
is a family vacation. Look for him to sign 6Y2M during the ARRL Inter-
national DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL
via LY5W direct only (He is not LRMD member).
7Q, MALAWI. Joe, G3MRC, is once again active as 7Q7BP and is planning
to participate in the RSGB Commonwealth CW Contest (BERU) between March
14-15th, as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. He will be using a Kenwood TS-480HX
with 200 watts, and several antennas, including a 5 bander Spider beam
up 45 feet, an R-8 vertical on a 20 foot pole, and a commercial multi-band
dipole in an Inverted Vee configuration, center at 45 feet, ends at 25
feet, running East/West. The length of his stay is unknown. QSL via LoTW
or via home callsign.
9M2, WEST MALAYSIA. Members of the North of Peninsular Malaysia ARA Boys
Contest n’ DXers will be active as 9M2M (old call 9M2SM) during the CQWW
WPX SSB Contest (March 28-29th) as a Multi-1 entry on 80-10 meters. QSL
via direct. Operators mentioned are Hairil/9M2GET, Han/9W2SBD, Mohamad/
9W2SBL, Ahmad/9M2AGC, Syed/9M8SYA, Rizal/9M2RDX, Zaki/9M2ZAK, Mohd/9W2MNW,
Afiq/9W2AHU and Oja/9M2OUR.
AM890, CANARY ISLANDS (Special Event). Jose, EA8CNR, will be using the
special callsign AM890CNR from Gran Canaria (AF-004) between April 1-30th.
Activity is to celebrate the 90th anniversary of the IARU. Operations
will be on SSB, RTTY, PSK, and JT65. QSL only via LoTW and eQSL (No
BUREAU – No DIRECT).
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME (DST). Remember to change your clocks this weekend.
Countries in the Northern Hemisphere (most of N. American and some of
the Caribbean) who observe Daylight Saving Time, should change their
clocks on Sunday, March 8th at 2:00 AM, and should move their «local
clocks» forward 1 hour to 3:00:00 AM local time. Daylight Saving Time
will end on Sunday, November 1st at 2:00 AM. European countries will
switch to DST on March 29th. For the history and details about DST,
as well as an interesting map of the world (showing the countries who
observe DST), see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daylight_saving_time
ADDED NOTES: Hopefully, all amateur radio operators know not to change
their GMT/UTC/ZULU clocks. However, since most operators usually set their
computers to local time, some may have to change their settings on «some»
ham radio software (ex. logging, propagation, DXTelnet, etc..) programs.
E5, SOUTH COOK ISLANDS. Nick, ZL1IU, will be active as E51IOU from Vaimaanga,
Rarotonga Island (OC-013) between March 9-21st. Activity will be holiday
style on the HF bands. QSL via his home callsign.
E3, ERITREA. Members of the SEISA/Foundation for Global Children are now
active as E30FB [Same callsign as before-new license] until March 17th.
The «Eritrea Project 2015», is conducting their DXpedition from the
capital of Asmara in Eritrea. They were heard around 1500z Friday, March
6th, on 10 meters SSB. Activity (during the ARRL International DX SSB
Contest) will be focus on 40/30/20/15 meters CW, and 17/12 meters SSB.
There will be operations on the other bands later. The multi-national
team of nine operators will use four transceivers consisting of two
Elecraft K3 radios with the KPA500 amplifiers and two Kenwood TS590
transceivers with the ACOM 1010 amplifiers. They are using beam antennas
for the high bands (10-20 meters) and four verticals for the low bands
(30-160 meters). They will try to work every area as much as possible.
QSL Manager is Tim, M0URX.
E4, PALESTINE (Update). Members of the «PALESTINE 2016 TEAM» will be active
as E44Y from the village of Sebastia in the Mosaic Guest-house sometime
during March of 2016. Also, Palestine telecoms authority has approved
the callsign E49Y to be used for 48 hours during 2016 CQWW WPX SSB Contest.
Current operators listed are Romeo/S59M (Co-Leader), Marco/HB9OCR (Co-
Leader), Jorge/HK1R, Santos/EA4AK, Col/MM0NDX, Miran/S50O, Salim (Sal)/HK1T,
Kaspars/YL1ZF, Peter/PD1RP, Mariano/LU8EOT, Rodrigo/EA7JX, Fulvio/HB9DHG,
Tim/LW9EOC and Manu/LU9ESD. Pilot stations are Lee/ZL2AL (VK/ZL), Michele/
IW7EGQ (EU), Mark/N1UK (USA East Coast), Jonathan/W6GX (USA West Coast),
Andre/V51B (AF), Roberto/HK3CW (SA) and Harumi/JR4OZR. Activity will be
on 160-6 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY. Suggested frequencies are listed
QSL via direct, by the Bureau, LoTW or ClubLog’s OQRS; direct cards via
EB7DX. NO eQSLs. Visit the following URLs for more details and updates:
Web page — http://palestine.ig9y.com
FaceBook — https://www.facebook.com/pages/Palestine-Dxpedition-2016/729525207130528
Twitter — https://twitter.com/PALESTINE_DXped
FP, ST. PIERRE AND MIQUELON. Ariel, NY4G, will be active as FP/NY4G from
St. Pierre and Miquelon Islands (NA-032) between June 15-21st. Activity
will be holiday style on 80-10 meters using CW and RTTY. QSL via LoTW or
direct to NY4G or ClubLog’s OQRS. For more details and updates, see Ariel’s
Blog page at: http://ny4g.blogspot.com/p/st-pierre-miquelon-dxpedition.html
HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Franky, HI3TT, will be active during the ARRL
International DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th) as Single-Op/All-Band entry.
QSL via W2CCW.
HI, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. Members of the Union Dominican de Radioaficionados
(UDRA) in conjunction with the Loma del Toro DX Contest Group will be active
as HI0UD during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 28-29th) as a Multi-Single/
All-Band/Low-Power entry. Operators mentioned are Edwin/HI3K, Franky/HI3TT,
Tino/HI3CC, Lor/HI3LFE, Alfredo/HI8K and Jim/WP3A. QSL via W2CCW.
I0, ITALY (Satellite Op). Clayton, W5PFG, will be active as I0/W5PFG/P
from Italy between March 7-12th. He will operate the satellites from
Rome (WW Loc. JN61et). He states, «Due to my work schedule, I will only
be available to work satellite passes in the late evening or early morning
hours. If you would like to schedule a contact, please send an E-mail
to w5pfg at arrl.net.
AS-118. (OP Cancelled!) Members of the Kuwait Amateur Radio Society
have announced that they have cancelled their 9K2F operation
from Failaka Island between March 11-16th. Reason given was
an unscheduled maintenance to the island port.
AS-145. Choon, E20HHK, will lead a team of operators to be active as
E20HHK/p from Maeo Island between March 13-15th. The team
includes: CW – Noi/HS3NBR, Ray/HS4RAY and Choon/E20HHK
SSB – Tommy/HS0FVS, Nuk/HS7BHK, Boy/HS8GLR,
Abdulloh/HS9ZKE and Sumet/E22WWZ
Activity will be on all bands using mostly the IOTA frequencies.
QSL via E20HHK, direct or by the Bureau.
EU-125. Dieter, DF2SD, will be active as OZ/DF2SD from Fano Island
between July 4-18th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-6
meters using SSB and RTTY. QSL via LoTW, eQSL, and ClubLog
(preferred) or via the his home callsign, by the Bureau or
K1N NAVASSA DXPEDITION WRAP-UP INTERVIEW (Press Release by DokuFunk).
Wolf Harranth, OE1WHC, sent OPDX the following Press Release, dated
March 2nd [edited]: Sum-up interview with Glenn Johnson, W0GJ, co-team
leader of the K1N Navassa DXpedition — In an exclusive interview for
Vienna-based Documentary Archive Radio Communications (DokuFunk),
Glenn reviews and comments about the team’s experience operating from
the world’s rarest DX spot. Audio file at: http://www.dokufunk.org/navassa-e
K1N NAVASSA DXPEDITION VIDEO (Short 4 min.). A very short video of the
recent K1N DXpedition was posted on YouTube by Valerie, NV9L, at:
KH6, HAWAII (Update/QSL). Fred, NA2U, will operate from the Volcano on
the Big Island [Hawai’i Island – OC-019] between March 4-8th. His activity
prior to and following the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th),
will be as KH6/NA2U. During the ARRL International DX SSB Contest, Fred
will operate as KH7M. QSLs for KH7M for U.S.A./Canada direct to KH6ZM.
QSLs for KH7M from all other countries to I0MWI direct. NO BUREAU CARDS.
KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Bill, K8ZBY, will be active as KP2/K8ZBY from
the Radio Reef DX’ers KP2M Station/QTH (St. Croix) between March 18-23rd.
Activity will be holiday style on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and some
RTTY. He will be looking especially for Asia and Pacific. QSL via his
PACIFIC TOUR (E51 & CE0Y). Joe, LA5UF, is now active as E51UFF from
Manihiki Atoll (OC-014), North Cook Islands, until March 17th. Activity
will be on 40-10 meters, mainly on CW and PSK31 using wire antennas.
After his Manihiki operation, look for him to be active as CE0Y/LA5UF
through the end of March. QSL via LA5UF direct with 1 IRC or three U.S.
greenstamps. NO Bureau QSLs.
PJ5, ST. EUSTATIUS. Operators Rich/K5AND, Chris/W3CMP and Terry/K4RX will
be active from St. Eustatius between June 25th and July 6th. Callsign has
not been announced yet (possibly PJ5/homecall or special callsign). Activity
will have an emphasis on 6 meters, but with some HF and Low Band operations.
QSL via K5AND. There will be ClubLog updates.
PQ0, TRINDADE AND MARTIM VAZ ISLANDS (Update). Fábio, PP5BZ, informs OPDX
that the Navy has given authorization to go with a full team to Trindade.
Instead of just three operators, the PQ0T operation will have five members:
Fábio/PP5BZ, Jaime/PP5JD, Jacobus/PY3FJ, Miguel/PY3MM and Claudio/PY3OZ.
The team is made-up of 100% members of the PQ5B Contest Team! The PY1
team will leave for Trindade on March 31st, and arrive at Trinidade on
April 3rd, when they expect to start the operation. They expect that their
operation will last for three days, but this period is still unknown.
NORMALITY GEOMAG K Values Alpha
—————– —— ——– ——
AN – Above Normal Quiet K=0-1 0-7
HN – High Normal Unsettled K=2 8-15
LN – Low Normal Active K=3 16-29
BN – Below Normal Minor Storm K=4 30-49
DIS – Disturbed Major Storm K=5 50-99
VRY DIS – Very Disturbed Severe Storm K=6-9 100-400
QSL INFO AND NEWS…………………
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX (March 6th)
3Z20PMU via SP5PMU H91T via HP2BWJ (d) SE2I via SA2BRN
4K7Z via RU3SD HB125FMS via HB9OCR VI8ANZAC via VK1WIA
6Y5/VE8DX via LY5W (d) HG21IAS via DL2JTE VK8NSB via M0URX
9A15P via (9A-B) HP3/NL8F via K8NA XV2RZ via OH4MDY (d)
C35RP via C31RP LZ137LO via LZ1KZA YP10EURAO via YO9KYO
CM8AKY via RW6HS (d) LZ386SKI via LZ1KCP YT45CW via YU1MM
CT9/DJ6QT via DJ6QT OR5T via ON4ALY YT6T via YU7CM
CT9/DK7YY via DK7YY PJ2/ON4BCV via ON4BCV ZF2BH via OH2BH
CT9/DL5LYM via DL5LYM PJ4/DG1SGW via DG1SGW ZL1SLO via EA5ZD (d)
DK60ZAB via DK0ZAB PJ7C via EB7DX
E51UFF via LA5UF (d) PQ450RIO via PY1AA
(e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only
(O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only
SX9, CRETE (EU-015). Members of the Cretan SV9 DX Team will once again
be on air with the special callsign SX9C during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest
(March 28-29th) as a Multi-2 entry. Operators mentioned are Dimis/SV9COL,
Georgios/SV9DJO, Giannis/SV9FBG, Yiannis/SV9FBK, George/SV9GPV, John/
SV9QCF and Giannis/SV9RGI. All QSOs will be uploaded to LoTW. Visit the
SV9 DX Team’s Blog page at: http://www.sv9dxteam.blogspot.com
V5, NAMIBIA. Nigel, G3TXF, is planning to be active as V5/G3TXF from Omaruru
during the RSGB Commonwealth CW Contest (BERU) between March 14-15th. His
length of stay is not known. QSL via his home callsign or use ClubLog’s
OQRS. For more details and possible updates, see: http://www.g3txf.com
V5, NAMIBIA. Tom, DM4TK, will be active as V5/DM4TK from Namibia between
March 21st and April 9th. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands,
SSB only. QSL via his home callsign.
VR, HONG KONG. Alberto, VR2XAN (aka-IV3TAN), will be active from Peng
Chau Island during the ARRL International DX SSB Contest (Mar 7-8th)
as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m)/High-Power entry. QSL via info on
VU, INDIA. Geo, HB9CPS, will be active as VU3LYT from India between
March 7-20th. Activity will be holiday style on 40-10 meters using CW.
QSL via his home callsign.
XV, VIETNAM. Mats, RM2D (SM6LRR), will be active as XV2D between November
23rd and December 5th. Activity will be holiday style, but will make a
serious effort for the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 28-29th). Entry category
will be defined later. Activity before and after the contest will be mainly
on CW, SSB, and possibly some Digital modes. QSL via LoTW or direct to
SM6LRR. NO Bureau QSLs.
YASME NEWS (Press Release–Two New Directors). Dated March 5th: The Board
of Directors of the Yasme Foundation is pleased to announce that it has
elected Ken Claerbout, K4ZW, and Hans Blondeel Timmerman, PB2T, to the
Board, effective with the forthcoming Annual Meeting at Visalia, California.
This action brings the number of Directors to nine.
Mr. Claerbout was first licensed in 1977 and is an active DXer and
contester. He was the founder of the popular webinar program, initiated
while he was serving as President of the Potomac Valley Radio Club.
Mr. Claerbout has been instrumental in working with the students of the
ET3AA club station who regularly activate Ethiopia on the HF bands.
Mr. Blondeel Timmerman was first licensed in 1980. He served as IARU
Region 1 President for six years beginning in 2008 and is President and
Board Member of the European DX Foundation. Mr. Timmerman is an active
DXer and contester and has operated from 80 DXCC countries.
The Yasme Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation organized to
conduct scientific and educational projects related to amateur radio,
including DXing (long distance communication) and the introduction and
promotion of amateur radio in developing countries. For additional infor-
mation about The Yasme Foundation, visit our website at .
Ward Silver, NØAX, President
The Yasme Foundation
Board of Directors:
Fred Laun, K3ZO, Director and Vice-President
Rusty Epps, W6OAT, Director and Treasurer
Kip Edwards, W6SZN, Director and Secretary
Martti Laine, OH2BH, Director
Mac McHenry, W6BSY, Director
Bob Vallio, W6RGG, Director
ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS (Note from ZF2BH). Martti, OH2BH, has now arrived in
the Caymans and is ready for the ARRL SSB Contest. He has decided to run
single-band 80M during the contest weekend and look for U.S. states and
VE provinces. We all have our dreams and so does Martti. He has always
wanted to run loud on 75M into USA. Now all this comes together nicely,
and so he can salute his U.S. friends domestically. Please tune into 75M
SSB and say hello to Martti as he plans to be there exclusively. Life is
good on the Caymans, and it adds another destination where to appreciate
the world along with his annual USA/VE contest entries. ZF2BH via OH2BH
…. 73 – Jarmo OH2BN
The following stations are expected to be active in the
ARRL International DX SSB Contest (March 7-8th, 2015)
Thanks to Bill, NG3K, for providing OPDX readers with the following
consolidated listing of the participants in the 2015 ARRL International DX
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/adxs2015.html (By callsign)
http://www.ng3k.com/Misc/adxsd2015.html (By entity)
Contest DXCC Class QSL
Callsign Entity Route
3V8SS Tunisia LoTW; QSL via LX1NO
5Z4LS Kenya G3RWF
6Y2M Jamaica SOAB LY5W (d)
8P5A Barbados SOAB HP LoTW; QSL via NN1N
C6ANA Bahamas M/S N5NHJ
C6ANM Bahamas M/M LoTW
C6ATF Bahamas M/? LoTW; QSL via K4OV
DL65DARC Germany SO DF1QR (d); QSL via DARC (B)
EE8Z Canary Islands SOAB N4AO
EI1A Ireland SO LP LoTW
FP/KV1J St Pierre & Miquelon SO HP LoTW
FY5KE French Guiana SOSB FY1FL
GM4O Scotland SOSB 20M GM4O
HI3TEJ Dominican Republic SOAB LP HI3TEJ (d)
HI3TT Dominican Republic SOAB W2CCW
HR2WW Honduras SOAB KD4POJ
KP3Z Puerto Rico SOAB LoTW
LO5D Argentina SOSB 10M LU8EOT
LQ4D Argentina M/S LoTW; QSL via LU4DQ
LU8YE Argentina M/2 LoTW
LX7I Luxembourg SOAB LX2A
NP2P US Virgin Islands SOAB LoTW
P49Y Aruba M/2 LoTW; QSL via AE6Y
PJ2T Curacao M/S W3HNK
PX2B Brazil SOSB PY2LED
T88HZ Palau SOAB LoTW; QSL via TA1HZ (B)
TI5M Costa Rica M/? TI2JCY
TI5W Costa Rica M/2 N3YIM (d)
TM6M France M/S F4DXW
TO1A French Guiana SOSB F5HRY
TO5A Martinique SOAB LoTW; QSL via F5VHJ (B/d)
TO66R Guadeloupe M/S F6HMQ
V26M Antigua SO W3HNK
VP2MLL Montserrat SO N4OX
VP9/W6PH Bermuda SOAB LP W6PH (d)
VR2XAN Hong Kong SOSB 15M VR2XAN
WP2AA US Virgin Islands SOAB WD9DZV
YC8ROP Indonesia SOSB 15M LoTW
YN2AA Nicaragua SOAB LoTW
YU0T Serbia SOSB 160M YU1WS
ZF2AH Cayman Islands W6VNR
ZF2BH Cayman Islands SOSB 80M OH2BH
ZV2V Brazil SOSB PY2LED
(e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (L) LoTW only
(O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only