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Главная » 2010 » Март » 22 » Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #952
Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #952
The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 952
BID: $OPDX.952
March 22, 2010
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, K1LZ, K1XN & GoList, NJ1Q, W2VU, NG3K & ADXO, N4AA & QRZ DX,
N0TG, A35A, AT International, DL2VFR, DL6UAA, DL7MAE & The DX News Letter,
DX World.Net, F5NQL & UFT, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX
News, JA1MFR, JA1XGI, MM0DFV, ON4ZD, ON5NT, OZ6OM & 50 MHz DX News, Pete's-
DX-Newsdesk, RSGB IOTA Web Site, VA3RJ & ICPO, VHF-DX-Portal (MMMonVHF) and
VE8EV for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 14th-March, through Sunday, 21st-March there were 235
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W,
4J, 4L, 4O, 4S, 4U1U, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q,
7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6,
A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C5, C6, CE, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3,
CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER,
ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, G, GD, GI, GJ,
GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J2,
J3, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH2, KH6, KH9,
KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX,
OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, R1FJ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST,
SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T32, T7, T8, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT,
TU, TY, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9W,
VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU,
XX9, YA, YB, YI, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8,
ZF, ZK2, ZK3, 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).

3B8, MAURITIUS (AF-049). Mart, DL6UAA, will once again be back in Mauritius
as 3B8MM beginning April 4th; duration will be 3 weeks. Activity will be
on 160-10 meters mostly CW. Some SSB and Digital will be possible. QSL via
DL6UAA, by the Bureau or direct.

3B8, MAURITIUS (AF-049). Slavo, SP2JMB, will once again be active from
here between April 7–14th, but as 3B8SC this time. Activity  will be on
all HF bands using CW. QSL via his home callsign. View photos of Slavo's
2008 trip and operation as 3B8/SP2JMB at:

5D, MOROCCO. Operators Stefano/IK2QEI and Matteo/IK2SGC will be active
with the special callsign 5D5A from CN3A contest station during the CQWW
WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via I2WIJ
or LoTW.

8P, BARBADOS. Tom, W2SC, will be active as 8P5A during the CQWW WPX SSB
Contest (March 27-28th) as Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via
LoTW or direct to NN1N.

8Q, MALDIVES. Bodo, DL3OCH, will be active as 8Q7QX from North Ari Atoll
(AS-103) between March 21st and April 4th. Activity will be mainly on
40-12 meters (depending on conditions), mostly on CW and possibly some
RTTY and PSK31, using an IC-7000 (w/100 watts only) into a vertical
antenna. Bodo will also try some 80 meters, but there will not be any
160 meters activity. QSL via his home callsign. Look for the log to be
uploaded to the LoTW after DXpedition. ADDED NOTE: Bodo is also part
of the crew that will be active on 6m, 2m, 70cm and 23cm EME. This EME
crew consists of Hermann/DL2NUD (8Q7HP), Bodo/DL3OCH (8Q7QX), Dan/HB9CRQ
(8Q7RQ) and Pierre/HB9QQ (8Q7QQ).

9H, MALTA . Steve, G0SGB, will be active as 9H3/G0SGB/p from Malta (EU-023,
MIA MM-001, WLOTA LH-1113) between June 12-25th. He will also be active
from Gozo Island (EU-023, MIA MM-004, WLOTA LH-0046) as 9H4/G0SGB/p. (No
specific dates were provided). His activity will focus on lighthouse
activations from Malta.  QSL via his home callsign, direct only.

9Q, DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO. Ghis, ON5NT (ex-9Q1NT), reports that
Georges, VE2EK, will once again be active as 9Q1EK from Kinshasa very soon
and will be the ONLY radio amateur station left in the DRC with a VALID
LICENSE. According to George's BLOG <> (edited):
"Soon... ! After several months of standby, I will be again on air.
  Due to a QSY of my QRA (in flat now..!!!). I'm going to install very
  soon my station on my prof. radio broadcast site. The available hours
  will be reduced. Station will be FT2000 with a OM2500HF. Dipoles for
  160, 80, 40 + Delta loop + beam on 45m tower. Major activity will be
  on CW."
Georges states that he has a second project (which will be later) on
EME (144 MHz with 4 x 16 elements + 8877 and 432 MHz with 4 x 21 element
+ 8938). QSL direct via SM5DJZ. Also, by the LoTW or eQSL.

A5, BHUTAN. Steve, W7VOA, is scheduled to be active again as A52SW next
month in Thimpu from about April 23rd until, at least, May 1st. Activity
is planned for CW and SSB, primarily 80-10 meters. RF output is limited
to 100w, and his planned antenna is a full-length G5RV. Steve informs
OPDX that he will be the sole operator. This is a work trip, so his
activity will be limited mainly on the weekends and during the evening
weekday hours.  Paper QSLs go to his QSL Manager K2AU and e-QSLs via
the LoTW only. Steve states (edited), "Although my goal is to complete
DXCC for the A52SW callsign. I'll be happy to work as many North American
and JA stations as I possibly can."

A7, QATAR (Special Event). Look for special event station A71RCAR to be
active during the "2010 Regional Conference on Amateur Radio" in Doha,
April 4-6th. This year's event is being hosted by the "Qatar Amateur
Radio Society (QARS - A71A) in collaboration with the International
Amateur Radio Union (IARU) in Region 1. A special QSL card will be
available to commemorate this event. QSL via QARS Bureau: Qatar Amateur
Radio Society (QARS), PO Box 22122, Doha, Qatar.

CQ NEWS. Richard Moseson, W2VU, Editor for CQ Amateur Radio, sent out
the following press release March 16th: "Cam Hartford, N6GA, Named CQ
Magazine QRP Editor -- Cam Hartford, N6GA, of Claremont, California, has
been named QRP Editor of CQ Amateur Radio magazine, Editor Rich Moseson,
W2VU, announced today. Hartford succeeds Dave Ingram, K4TWJ, who passed
away in January. Ingram's final bi-monthly QRP column appears in the
April issue of CQ. Hartford's first column will be in the June issue.
  QRP is the art of low-power ham radio communication. QRP enthusiasts
typically use 5 watts or less to make contacts around the world. Many
also enjoy building their own portable low-power gear and/or communicating
from remote, temporary, locations.
  Hartford, who works for book publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, has
been a ham since 1961, when he was originally licensed in Ohio as WN8DJX.
After moving to California, he was issued WA6PTX; then on upgrading to
Extra Class, was able to choose his current callsign of N6GA.
  Cam has been active in low-power operating for more than 20 years.
From 1989-1991, he served on the Board of Directors of QRPARCI, the QRP
Amateur Radio Club International. He also served as that organization's
Contest Manager from 1993-1999. Since then, Hartford says, he has spent
his ham radio time "building and operating little radios" and trying to
find 'the perfect combination of radios, logging computers, power sources,
wire antenna arrays and hot chocolate for a very excellent QRP Field Day.'
  CQ Editor Rich Moseson said, 'I am looking forward to the opportunity
to work with Cam, who comes highly recommended by well-known QRPers and
CQ columnists Richard Fisher, KI6SN, and Rich Arland, K7SZ. Cam will have
large shoes to fill, following in the footsteps of the late Dave Ingram,
K4TWJ. Yet, one of Dave's strengths was his ability to draw on the talents
and experiences of our readers, and I am sure that they will continue to
provide the same sort of input to Cam as he continues our QRP column.'"

CY0, SABLE  ISLAND. Randy, N0TG, informs OPDX: "Planning is continuing
and we have identified MID-October for the operation. Commitments of
support continue to come in, most recently from the German DX Foundation
(GDXF), Tokyo 610 DX Group, 59-Magazine( Japan Ham Radio), Mississippi
Valley DX/Contest Club, The Danish DX Group, JA1ELY, and loan of the
Battle Creek Special antenna by W8UVZ and group. All sponsors' LOGOs are
displayed on the Web site:
Our thanks and appreciation to advisors and information providers:
K1FK, K9LA and NA5U."

DXCC NEWS (8 year old receives DXCC certificate!). Bill Moore, NC1L,
Awards Branch Manager, reports that 8 year old William Ferguson, KJ4EYZ,
was formally presented his DXCC certificate at a Virginia DX Century Club
meeting by the club's Vice President, Ron Young, W8RJL, on March 16th.
William is the son of Rich, N2XQM. His achievement makes him the youngest
full member of the VaDXCC, and one of the youngest members of the DX
Century Club. On a added note, William's 10-year old sister Carissa,
KJ4EZA, has 82 countries worked - The DXCC expect to be be hearing from
her shortly! To see William's presentation, go to:

FSDXA'S PLANS FOR 2011. Members of the Five Star DXers Association (FSDXA)
are planning something in 2011 and will be heading to the Pacific Ocean
this time. Specific destination has not been released yet. This group is
well known for their great operations to: Comoros (D68C), St. Brandon
Island (3B7C), Rodriguez Island (3B9C) and Spratley Islands (9M0C).

GB8, SCOTLAND (WFF Op). Members of the GMFF team have applied for official
permission to visit Rum National Nature Reserve (GMFF-058) located on the
same name Isle of Rum (IOTA EU-008) and are planning to activate it between
April 30th and May 3rd. They have applied for the special callsign GB8RUM
to be used from the island during the DXpedition. More details are forth-
coming on this WFF (New One) DXpedition. More information is available at:

GW9, WALES. Operators Steve/MW0ZZK and Mike/GW6NLP will be active as GW9T
during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as a Multi-Op entry. QSL
via GW6NLP.

HB0, LIECHTENSTEIN. Marc, OZ1MDX, will be active as HB0/OU4U between
June 22-27th. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB, RTTY and
possibly PSK31. Direct QSL for HB0/OU4U is via Tim, M0URX (United Radio
QSL Bureau). For Bureau QSL by E-mail requests, please visit:

IOTA NEWS....................
  AS-118.  Members of the Kuwait Amateur Radio Society (KARS - 9K2RA)
           will be active using a special callsign 9K2F from Failaka
           Island between April 1-5th. QSL via 9K2HN. Visit KARS Web
           page at:        

  EU-068.  Operators Thomas/F4BCG, Patrick/F4FCS, Antoine/F5RAB, Christian/
           F6AXN, Didier/F6DXE, Francis/F6DPD and Jacky/F8AEJ will be
           active as TM5EL from Sein Island (DIFM AT007) between April
           7-14th. Activity will be on the HF bands, as well as 6m, 2m,
           70cm and 23cm, using CW, SSB and the Digital modes. QSL via

  EU-121.  Olivier, ON4EI, will be active as EJ8GQW on a solo expedition
           to Bere Island, Ireland, between March 21-28th. Unfortunately,
           he does not operate CW, but will be active mainly on SSB and
           sometimes on RTTY. PLEASE NOTE: He has never managed a pile-up
           on RTTY, so be kind if you try to work him in this mode. Also,
           Olivier plans to be in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th).
           Look for additional info to be on:

  NA-085.  If you worked K9RR/4 and K8GI/4 this past weekend, you worked
           Bill and Rick, respectively, from St. George Island, FL. Using
           two stations, they were expected to be on CW, SSB, RTTY and
           possibly some satellite operations. QSL via their home callsign
           using the addresses.

  NA-177.  Operators Louis/VE2EZD and Jean-Pierre/VA2SG will be active
           as VA2SG from Bonaventure Island (CISA QC002) during the RSGB
           IOTA Contest on July 24th. Activity will be on 40 and 20
           meters CW only, and operating QRP. QSL direct via VE2EZD
           using the address.

  NA-182.  (Update) John, VE8EV, informs us that contrary to what was
           reported in the last edition, a second operator for the
           expedition to Greens Island has been ruled out due to cost
           and logistical concerns. The trip is now scheduled to go ahead
           as a solo operation from April 15-20th, using the callsign
           CK8G (rare prefix as well!). Donations are still being sought
           to help cover the costs of travelling to this very rare Arctic
           IOTA. Full information can be found at:

JD1, OGASAWARA (Update). Just a reminder that the "JD1 PROJECT 2010" will
take place next weekend between March 28th and April 12th. Operators and
their callsigns are: Ted/K8AQM (JD1BNM), Kirk/JF3MYU (JD1BNN), Brian/KG8CO
(JD1BNJ), Stan/AC8W (JD1BNK) and Steve/K8KQY (JD1BNQ). Activity will be
from Chichi-jima Island (AS-031), on 160-10 meters using CW, SSB and RTTY
(JD1BNJ only on RTTY). QSL JD1BNN direct to JF3MYU. QSL JD1BNM, JD1BNJ,
JD1BNK, JD1BNQ direct to K8AQM, by the Bureau or LoTW. PLEASE NOTE to JA
Operators: Do NOT send QSL to the JARL Bureau. Send SASE direct to K8AQM,
except QSL request for JD1BNN. A web site is now up and will have online
logs. Visit the "JD1/o Ogasawara 2010" Web page at:

KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. Nine years old Yoshiki, JF1UCV, is planning to be
in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as KH0UA, from the Aquarius
Beach Tower Contest Club's radio shack (AH0BT), as a rookie Single-Op/
All-Band/High-Power entry. Yoshiki has just upgraded his licence to
Amateur Extra, and it will be his first experience as an entry in this
DX contest. QSL via JF1UCV.

Mar  23   LN-HN        --------------------
Mar  24    AN          BN - Below Normal
Mar  25    AN          AN - Above Normal/Geomagnetic Level is QUIET
Mar  26    AN          LN - Low Normal
Mar  27    AN          HN - High Normal/Geomagnetic Level is UNSETTLED
Mar  28    AN          DIS  - Disturbed
                        VDIS - Very Disturbed

   QUIET - The "A" index is expected to be between
           0-7 and the "K" index will be 2 or less
   UNSETTLED - The "A" index is expected to be between
           7-16 and "K" index will be 3 or less

LX, LUXEMBOURG. Matt, DJ8OG, will be active as LX7I during the CQWW
WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via
LX2A. Visit the following Web page at:

P4, ARUBA. Stefan, DK1MM, will be active as P4/DK1MM between March 19th
and April 1st. Activity will include the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March
27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry using the callsign P41M. QSL
both callsign via DK1MM.

PJ2, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES (Also P4). Seppo, OH1VR, Chairman of the
Organizing Committee of GAREC [Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communi-
cations] will be in Curacao (SA-006, WLOTA LH-0942) for some meetings
with VERONA (IARU Member Society in the Netherlands Antilles) and hotel
etc.. between March 23-30th. If time allows, he plans to be active
as PJ2/OH1VR. ADDED NOTE: Seppo may also have a one day operation as
P41CW from Aruba on March 25th or 29th.

PJ4, NETHERLANDS ANTILLES. Andy, W9NJY, will once again be active as
PJ4/W9NJY from Bonaire (SA-006 and WLOTA L1279) between now and April
2nd. Activity is usually casual on 40-10 meters and mainly CW. QSL via
WD9DZV or by the LoTW and eQSL.

(along w/co-leader Joe/AA4NN) that plans are in the works to activate
St. Eustatius this autumn when it becomes a new country. Their plans
include 10 days of operations, with an international crew of operators,
and at least four stations on the air 24/7. Look for more details to
be forthcoming.

QSL INFO AND NEWS.....................
  MM0DGR/p via MM0DFV. Activity this past weekend (Saturday, March 20th)
  was from Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve (GMFF-011).  The station
  will be located at the Caerlaverock Castle south of Bowhouse on the
  north coast of the Solway Firth (NY018651). Reference numbers: WAB
  Square NY06, QRA Locator IO84GW, EU Area SC06 (Dumfries and Galloway),
  IOTA EU-005 and WLOTA LH-1234. More information is available at:

  QSLS VIA LoTW: None Reported This Week!

  VP8DMN, XR0Y and Z21DXI

  J3/DL7CM, K9FD/KH6, NP2B, RK2FWA, T94B, TM9R, S79NS, UA6LV and VP6PR

ST, SUDAN. Robert, S53R, will be active as ST2AR from Khartoum during
the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry.
QSL via S53R.

SZ1, GREECE. Members of the Technological Educational Institute of Athens
will be active as SZ1TEIA during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th)
as a Multi-Single entry. Operators mentioned are: Tom/SV1BFW and Yiannis/
SV5FRI. Listen for a QSL route.

T30, WESTERN KIRIBATI. Haru, JA1XGI/W8XGI, informs OPDX that he will be
active once again from Western Kiribati as T30XG or T30/T32XG between
June 3-9th. Activity will be on 40-6 meters, including 30/17/12m, using
CW and the Digital modes. QSL via JA1XGI, direct or by the Bureau.

T32, EASTERN KIRIBATI (Update). Operators Nils/SM6CAS, Steve/G4EDG,
Mike/K9AJ, Derek/G3KHZ and Steve/9M6DXX are now on their way sailing to
Malden Island (OC-279) as of March 20th; the first of 4 uninhabited IOTAs
to be activated in the Southern Line Islands group. As per their Web
page (dated March 21st, 08:15), the team sailing boarded the "S/V Kwai",
did not have favorable wind at present and their estimated time on the sea
is "at least 3 more days". Watch their Web page for an accurate arrival
time. The callsign to be used on Malden Island will be T32MI. Their
length of stay is not known. The team wants to remind everyone that this
is "primarily an IOTA operation". They will be "concentrating on providing
a contact with as many different stations as possible irrespective of
band or mode". Activity will therefore be 80-10 meters using CW and SSB,
"whichever is providing the best propagation conditions at the time."
There will be no operations on 6m moon bounce, RTTY, PSK, low band SSB,
160m etc, etc. For more details and updates, visit the T32 Southern Line
Islands DXpedition's Web page at:

TM8, FRANCE (Special Event). Members of the Radio Club Haut-Rhin (REF68)
will activate special event station TM68X between April 5-18th. Activity
is to celebrate "World Amateur Radio Day" on April 18th. The club will
also organize a special exhibit at the MJC Fernand Anna de Wittenheim
in Upper Rhine. QSL via F8BUO. Visit their Web page at:
For details on the IARU's "World Amateur Radio Day", see:

V2, BARBUDA AND ANTIQUA. Randy, WD8MGZ, will be active as V25WV from
Codrington Village on Barbuda (NA-100) between April 24th and May 1st.
For frequencies and schedules, use and search wd8mgz. Also,
contact Randy via echolink (V21RW-R). He will be using a Icom 706 and
a Yaseu 2 meter mobile. For more information, use the Web site:

VP5/VP50, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS. Dave, W5CW, will once again be active
as VP5/W5CW between March 23rd and April 6th. Activity will be on 160-6
meters (this will include 30/17/12m) using CW and SSB. He will also be in
the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry
using the special callsign VP50V. QSL via PO Box 88, Morris, OK 74445-0088.

VP8, FALKLAND ISLANDS. Iain, M0PCB, is now active from the RAF Amateur
Radio Club Station located at Mount Pleasant Airport using the callsigns
VP8FIR or VP8RAF until April 7th. QSNs show that he has been on 15 meters
CW. QSL via his home callsign. QSL cards will be printed once Iain is back
in the UK.

WH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. Eri, JF1VGZ (10 year old YL OP), will be active as
WH0/WH7ZJ during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as a Single-Op/
10m-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via JF1VGZ.

WH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. Kuro, AL5A (JH0MGJ), will once again be active as
WH0/AL5A from Saipan Island (OC-086), Northern Mariana Islands (KH0),
between April 24-26th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW and SSB.
He plans to listen especially for "weak" European stations. QSL direct
to JA7JEC. Send Bureau QSLs to the JARL Bureau to JH0MGJ.

WRTC 2010 (Russia). Krassy Petkov, K1LZ, U.S. Fundraiser for the WRTC 2010
Organizing Committee, reports: "I am writing to you today to ask for your
financial support of the upcoming WRTC Championship Competition that is
being held in Moscow, Russia, this coming July 2010. As you may already
know, this event is the 'Olympics of Amateur Radio' and about 50 teams
from all over the world will compete for Gold, Silver and Bronze in the
fields near Moscow.
  This time, teams will be set up in tents with generators supplying the
power and special new rules will allow both operators to make contacts
in a modified form of SO2R with interlocked radios – meaning only one
signal at a time is permitted on the air.
  Our Russian friends have laid on what sounds like a wonderful week of
amateur competition for competitors and spectators alike! There will be
some side-trips for visitors and, of course, WRTC week always provides
wonderful opportunities for socializing and just 'hanging out' with some
of the very best amateur radio contesting operators in the world. This
will be 'the place to be this July' – no doubt about it!
  Putting on an event of this magnitude is no small effort both in terms
of time and monetary expense. If you are a competitor or plan to be a
spectator, I ask that you please consider making a donation to this worthy
effort. If you are potentially a corporate sponsor, I also ask for your
support in the name of international brotherhood and radiosport com-
petition. Contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by
law for USA taxpayers and can be made as follows:
  Please make your check payable to 'NCDXF'. In the lower left corner,
write 'For WRTC 2010'. Kindly mail it to Mr. Rusty Epps, W6OAT, 651 Handley
Trail, Emerald Hills, CA 94062 USA. For Pay-Pal or credit card donations,
please use the NCDXF website ( Click on the Join/Renew
button, enter your call, write in the comment box 'For WRTC 2010' and
follow the Pay-Pal or credit card instructions. All contributors will be
prominently listed in the WRTC program literature – so please give as
generously as you can.... thanks! 73, Krassy K1LZ"

XV2, VIETNAM. Retu, OH4MDY (OX3RZ/XU7MDY/XV2MDY), will once again be
active as XV2RZ from Southeast Vietnam between March 26th and April
6th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters using the "normal modes". QSL
only direct via OH4MDY with a SASE and 2 USDs.

YI, IRAQ (Update). Plans for the YI9PSE DXpedition to Kurdistan is
progressing and the operation will take place in about two weeks. The
YI9PSE team reported this past week that they shipped 1600KG of radio
gear to IRAQ. Their equipment consists of five Icom IC-7600s, four
Acom amps, numerous antennas and over 5000' of coax. For more details
and updates, visit:    
Also, you can now follow their activities (as well as regular updates)
via Twitter at:     

ZK3, TOKELAU. Operators Bill/N7OU and Bob/W7YAQ continue to be active as
ZK3OU and ZK3YA, from Te Mahina (The Moon) guesthouse on the six-mile
wide Nukunonu lagoon, until March 25th, unless the boat schedule changes.
Bob states, "Te Mahina is owned by Zak, the General Manager of Nukunonu
atoll. We occupy one upstairs bedroom facing the lagoon as the ham shack,
and use another upstairs room to sleep. There is a large eating area
downstairs. Zak’s sister Lydia cooks our meals and does our laundry. A
DXers paradise!!! The U.S. is straight across the lagoon to the northeast,
Europe north, Japan northwest, and South America east. It's a great radio
QTH. We have one HF9V on the neighboring property to the east. It is
great — no noise, and away from tin roofs. The other HF9V is on the
seawall directly in front of the house — more manmade noise, and about
an S-unit poorer on the higher bands. Our 160 antenna to the left, among
the palms about 75 feet from the water — not an ideal spot, and we had to
move it once because the palm fronds were banging into it during a windy
2 day period. 160 condx have been very poor, and we are trying to figure
out what to do to improve our signal. We would like to get it out near
the water and away from the palms, but there is lots of wave action in
the lagoon and the villagers use the beach for their boats. We are getting
out well on the other bands, especially on the east HF9V. We have been
able to work into Europe on 12/15 meters — eastern EU at our sunset,
western EU at our sunrise." The duo's activity has been on CW, SSB, RTTY
and the lower bands. QSL via their home callsigns.

ZL7, CHATHAM ISLAND. Operator Kaz Oya, ZL3JP, will be active from here
between April 28th and May 3rd. He will use ZL7J, a special and temporary
callsign issued only to ZL3JP for this operation from Chatham Island.
Kaz is planning to arrive on Chatham Island (OC-038) on April 27th, and
will be leaving on May 4th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using CW
and SSB. His QSL Manager is JH1HRJ. QSL by the Bureau, direct (w/SASE)
and/or e-QSL is also planned.

ZS8M PIRATE? Pierre, ZS1HF, reports this past week: "Hi All, Yes, in
true tradition, we will have an idiot pirating my callsign - ZS8M. Shame
on you! Please note....ZS8M will only be operational from approx 15 May
2010. Before I get operational, I will notify you all via once
I am ready. Please do not entertain any idiot pirating my call sign
before I make the announcement. My technical training is progressing
well. The complete team gathers on Tuesday 23 March in Cape Town to
start team training - fire fighting, first aid and cooking.
73 for now..... Pierre ZS1HF"
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