[GOLIST] Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin #1457

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Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 1457

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 1457
BID: $OPDX.1457
March 23, 2020
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Send From Strongsville, Ohio

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, the AB5K's AR Cluster
Networks, NJ1Q & W1AW, NG3K & ADXO, W3OA, W3UR & The Daily DX, WB6RSE,
K8YSE, W8GEX & 60m DX News, W9ILY, DL1SBF, DL7UXG & The DX News Letter,, DX-World.Net, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425
DX News, RN3RQ, Sixitalia Weekly, and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the
week of Sunday, 15th/March, through Sunday, 22nd/March there were 222
countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L,
4O, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 9A, 9G,
9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV,
BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE0X, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4,
DL, DU, E4, E5/s, E7, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU,
EX, EY, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FS, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4,
HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, JA,
JD/o, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH4, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU,
LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2,
PJ4, PJ5, PJ7, PY, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9,
T33, T5, T7, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TT, TU, TZ, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN,
UR, V2, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VR, VU,
XE, YA, YB, YI, YL, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, Z6, Z8, ZA, ZB, ZD7, ZD8, ZF,

* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or
more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work
First Worry Later".

6E, MEXICO (Special Event). A group of Ham Radio operators from Southern
Mexico will once again be operating from some Mayan archaeological sites
from the Mexican States of Merida/Yucatan, Champoton/Campeche, Museo de
Antropologia Regional/Tabasco, Chiapas and Quintana Roo using the callsign
6E3MAYA between March 19-23rd. Activity is to commemorate the Mayan Equinox
which was so important for the Mayan culture. Activity will be on 80-6
meters on CW, SSB, the satellites and the Digital modes. QSL via the FMRE

CQ NEWS (View FREE March & April Issues!). On March 19th, CQ Magazine
announced the following: In view of the "stay at home and flatten the
curve" recommendations from the health experts during this worldwide
pandemic, CQ would like to give everyone the opportunity to escape the
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Take advantage of this opportunity to read CQ - free of charge - and
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Stay home . . stay well!

D4, CAPE VERDE. Massimo "Max", IZ4DPV, is now active as D4F from Sao
Vicente Island (AF-086) until March 31st. Activity has been on the lower
bands using SSB and in the Russian DX Contest this past weekend. Look
for him in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 28-29th). QSL via his home

DXPEDITIONS (Cancellations). Over the last few weeks there has been many
present and upcoming cancellations of DXpeditions due to the coronavirus
or travel restrictions caused by it. Many of the DXpedition have post-
poned, rescheduled for later in the year or planned to be active next
year in 2021. The current list of cancellations is as follows (as of
print time):
3B8XF Mauritius (cut short) T30ET West Kiribati
4V5H Haiti T88HS Palau
9A1A Croatia T88SM Palau
9K2F Failaka Island (AS-118) T88UW Palau
CE0Y/VE7ACN Easter Island TG9BBV Guatemala
CP6/R7AL Bolivia TO7BP Martinique
CP6/RW9JZ Bolivia TU2R Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)
CP6/RK8A Bolivia V62P Polap Atoll (OC-155), Micronesia
CP6/RZ3K Bolivia V62S Satawal Atoll (OC-299), Micronesia
CQ3W Madeira Island VP2V/KB9DPF British Virgin Islands
CT9/DF7EE Madeira Island VP2V/K0NR British Virgin Islands
D4C Cape Verde VP5/AF3K Turks and Caicos Islands
DU2/SP5APW Calayan Island (OC-092) VP5/W2TT Turks and Caicos Islands
FK/C Chesterfield Island VP5P Turks and Caicos Islands
HS0ZME (cut short) W8S Swains Island
JW/DF3TS Svalbard XR8RRC/p Riesco Island (SA-091)
JW/DC8TM Svalbard XW4XR Laos
KH7M Hawaii ZA/HG2DX Albania
NH7A Hawaii ZC4MK U.K. Sovereign Base Areas on Cyprus
PJ2/DK5ON Curacao ZD7VJ St. Helena Island
PJ7AA Sint Maarten (cut short) ZF2PG Cayman Islands
PZ5G Papegaaien Island (NA-092)

* DAY-XENIA HAMVENTION. If you have not heard by now or read OPDX.1456.1
HAMVENTION 2020. In a press release posted by Henry, W8HJR, the Media
Chairman, dated March 15th, it states: The Hamvention Executive
Committee has been monitoring the COVID19 pandemic. We have worked
very closely with our local and state health Departments. It is with
a very heavy heart the Hamvention Executive Committee has decided to
cancel Hamvention for this year. This decision is extremely difficult
for us but with around two months until the Great Gathering we felt
this action necessary. More specific details regarding the closure
will soon be posted here**. Thank you for your understanding in this
time of International Crisis.
Jack Gerbs
General Chairman HV2020

ADDED NOTE: Also read:

* The Contest University, Dayton Contest Dinner and Dayton Top Band Dinner
are canceled. Tim Duffy, K3LR, Chairman of Contest/Top-Band Dinners
and Contest University, reports that the refund procedure is now live
on the following three Web sites:

that lists all hamfests and conventions that have advised the League
that they are canceling scheduled events due to the concerns over the
coronavirus (currently there are 31 listed; up from 17 last week):

* ADDED NOTE: ARRL Suspending Tours and Guest Visits to Headquarters, W1AW:

ET, ETHIOPIA. Ken, K4ZW, will be active as ET3AA again from Ethiopia
starting March 27th for a week; if all the flights are maintained at the

FM/TO7, MARTINIQUE. Miguel, EA1BP/TO7BP, had to cancel his trip to Martin-
ique because of COVID-19. Instead, Laurent, FM5BH, will replace him in the
CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 28-29th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power
entry. QSL via W3HNK or LoTW.

FM/TO7, MARTINIQUE (Reminder). Miguel, EA1BP, will be active as TO7BP from
Martinique during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 28-29th, 2020). Outside
of contest Miguel will be signing FM/EA1BP and will be on various HF bands.
QSL via his home callsign by the Bureau.

GS0, SCOTLAND. Members of the Scarlett Point Club (GT0SP) from the Isle
of Man are now active from Scotland (EU-005, WW Loc. IO77DT, WAB NG88)
using the callsign GS0SP. The length of their stay is unknown at this
time. QSL via LoTW ONLY.

IARU NEWS (How is IARU adjusting to COVID-19?). On March 20th, the IARU
posted the following at:

INDEXA NEWS (Special Announcement, dated March 20th -- JH1AJT Amateur of
the Year). INDEXA is especially proud to have one of its members and
principal donors named as the 2020 Amateur of the Year by the Dayton
Hamvention. This honor was bestowed upon Yasu "Zorro" Miyazawa, JH1AJT,
for his charitable work in education and his humanitarianism.
Zorro began his mission in 1984 and has since quietly established and led
multiple educational and humanitarian programs, especially focusing on dis-
advantaged children. Through his work he has built educational bridges of
hope stretching from kindergarten to post graduate programs and touched the
lives of children in multiple countries and cultures. Many of his missions
brought a taste of amateur radio and DXing to the lands he visited.
Through his generous endowment, Zorro brought the INDEXA Humanitarian Aid
Fund, "Hams With Hearts", into existence, and linked DXing and DXpeditions
with service to humanity.
Now DXpeditions visiting disadvantaged areas can use funds provided by
INDEXA and carry with them Zorro's high-reaching optimism and faith and his
ability to feel the needs of others and seek out solutions rather than
fixate on problems.
Through INDEXA's Humanitarian Aid Fund "Hams With Hearts", DXpeditions
have helped schools, hospitals, villages and individuals by focusing on
high impact low cost projects. People are empowered to overcome their
adversities while respect and appreciation of amateur radio grows. Zorro,
JH1AJT, was the catalyst who made this possible.
Congratulations, Zorro. Your generosity, humanity and humility are an
example for all of us.
Bob Schenck, N2OO, President of INDEXA
Ralph Fedor, K0IR, Chairman, BOD
EDITOR'S NOTES: For a picture of Yasu "Zorro" Miyazawa, JH1AJT, see:
For more details about JH1AJT, visit the HamVention Web page at:

IOTA NEWS..............
NA-070. Members of the Russian Robinson Club team will be active as
KL7RRC from Kiska Island between June 10-15th. Operators
mentioned are Vyacheslav/OK8AU, Yuri/N3QQ, Yuri/UA9OBA and
possibly Tim/NL8F and Alexey/NW7M. Activity will be on 40/30/
20/17/15/12/10/6 meters using CW, SSB and FT8(FH), with three
stations. The frequencies will be published on their Web page
QSL via N7RO. All donors will receive QSL direct.

NA-149. Col, MM0NDX, reports that the 4V5H team will not activate one
of Haiti's IOTA coastal islands in May as planned, but will
postpone their operation for sometime later this year.

SA-091. Members of the Russian Robinson Club, who were active as XR8RRC
from Wellington Island (SA-032), will not be active from Riesco
Island (SA-091) nor Bolivia (CP) because Chile has closed all
their airports due to the coronavirus.

PLEASE NOTE: Since the Webmasters of the new <> have
decided NOT to post or dedicate a Web page to announce upcoming IOTA
operations, PLEASE send your IOTA operations information to the OPDX,
and we will post it here in an upcoming bulletin......

JW, SVALBARD. Operators Thomas/DC8TM and XYL Martina/DF3TS who were expected
to be active as JW/DC8TM and JW/DF3TS, respectively, from Svalbard between
April 10-13th, have canceled their Russian led scientific drift ice camp
expedition due to the global Coronavirus pandemic. They hope to be active
from JW and the North Pole next April 2021.

K9, UNITED STATES (Special Event). Jonathan "Jon", K5DVT, announced that
he "will be operating K9V, a special event station for 'awareness' of
the Corona Virus. The point of this is not to make fun of the seriousness
of the situation, but gives us all a little fun while we are cooped up in
the shack!" Activity started March 20th through March 29th. Operations will
be on 80/40/20 meters as well as Echolink/Allstar, as available. He will
QSL on, but paper QSLs w/SASE will get you the K9V QSL card via

NH7, HAWAII (Canceled). Al, F5VHJ, is stuck in London and cannot get
to Hawaii for WPX (as NH7A) because of the virus restrictions. He hopes
to be there next year for the contest.

OPDX MAILING LIST (Just A Reminder). Details on how to subscribe and
unsubscribe from the "OPDX Mailing List" are at the bottom of this
bulletin. PLEASE pass the word around.... Thanks and 73 de Tedd KB8NW

PA75, THE NETHERLANDS (Special Event). Operators Harm/PA0HPG, Michel/PA0VCC,
Ad/PA2PCH, Nico/PA3ADU, Gerrie/PA7TT, Harm/PD0GIB, Bert/PD2B and Gerard/
PD2VW will activate special event station PA75ASN between April 1st and
May 7th. Activity is to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation
of Assen City. Operations will be on 80/60/40/30/20/17/15 meters using
CW, SSB and FT8/FT4. QSL via PA0VCC, direct or by the Bureau. NO eQSL.

Mar/23rd AN Mar/26th AN Mar/28th AN
Mar/24th AN Mar/27th HN Mar/29th AN
Mar/25th AN

----------------- ------ -------- ------
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

Meanwhile, check out the following Web sites for propagation:
* VOACAP predication Web page at:
* DX.QSL.NET Propagation page:
* A daily HF radio wave propagation forecast can be found at:
* SolarHam Web page:
* Radio Propagation/Space Weather/Sunspot Cycle Information at:
* News and Information About The Sun-Earth Environment:
* Monthly propagation charts between four USA regions and twelve
overseas locations are at:
* Information and tutorials on propagation are at:
* Graphic propagation tool by DR2W:
* Point to point propagation at:
* Real-time propagation at:
* Also on Twitter:

QSL INFO AND NEWS...................
QSL-INFO from DB0SDX by Lothar, DL1SBF ( (March 23rd)
9A63AA via 9A2AA EM1754V via EM1754V (L/e) OP5T via ON4DS
DA2X via DL3DXX II8ICN via 9A5URI OT4A via ON4AEK (L/e)
DO70DARC via DG2FDE J42L via SV2DCD (d/L) PI75ZUT via PA2PKZ
EA5/PA3FOC via PA3FOC MX0SNB via G3SVK & (L) SN25EBM via SQ5EBM & (L)
ED8M via EA8DIG (L) OP2A via ON5CD & (L) VP5/W1BDH via W1BDH
EE5O via EA5HOX OP4K via ON4JZ & (L)

(e) eQSL only (d) direct only (B) Bureau only (*-B) DX's- Bureau
(O) OQRS only (C) ClubLog only (L) LoTW only (N) No QSL needed
(I) No IRC (P) PayPal (NB) No Bureau

LOGS ONLINE (New/Updated) AVAILABLE ON CLUBLOG.ORG THIS WEEK...... (Updated) (Updated) (Updated) (Updated) (Updated)

and ZS1C

JI5RPT/8 (AS-147), TC0F (AS-099), TM5ACL, YP0H (EU-183) and ZK3A

--- We would like to see more QSL Bureaus (such as AS/US/SA/AF.. etc)
send in their info....

TC10, TURKEY (Special Event). Members of the Turkish Radio Amateur Club
(TRAC)[YM3KB], have activated special event station TC105GL since March
1st and will be on the air until March 30th. Activity is to commemorate
the Gallipoli (GELIBOLU) campaign (March 18, 1915) of World War I. Activity
will be on various HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL via the info on

VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS. Operators John/AF3K and Ross/W2TT, who were expected
to be active as VP5P, VP5/AF3K and VP5/W2TT, from Providenciales Island
(NA-002) between March 26th and April 2nd, had to cancel their operation
due to the coronavirus situation.

reported on Tuesday, March 17th [edited]: "Thanks for the pileups! We
have all left Punta Arenas and are either home or another location of
Several of us left Punta Arenas sooner than planned because of the
Coronavirus situation and possible airline chaos. Fortunately, of those
I've heard from, we had no problem buying a new ticket and getting to
our final destination.
On Sunday when Rob and I arrived at LAX the Immigration and Customs
area was empty, so no delays. All our flights were uneventful and on
After being away for 5 weeks we need to get our personal affairs in
order and will work on DX-pedition related tasks as time is available.
So please be patient, we have all have other life responsibilities.
If you have a Not in Log or suspected busted call, Do 'not' send
e-mails, and please 'don't' send screenshots or log files unless requested.
Follow the Not in Log procedure:
Sending unsolicited e-mails slows the process, Tim works the Not in
Log queue in the order received, unsolicited e-mails waste our time and
will not be processed.
I'll be posting some photographs on the website. We're disappointed
that the major conventions have been canceled, and hope that the worst
of Coronavisus comes to an end soon. We're still planning Friedrichshafen
in late June, maybe that one will happen.
Last I talked with Tim he's making good progress with Not in Log issues,
and is regularly uploading LoTW, although I did see he had a computer
failure and acquired a new machine.
We appreciate the kind words from the Group and in personal e-mails
from the community.
Many of you have 'suggested' the next DX-pedition location, we've
already had those discussions before and during VP8PJ.
73, GS K5GS"
EDITOR NOTES: QSL VP8PJ via M0URX, direct or OQRS (direct and Bureau).
LoTW will be uploaded 6 months after DXpedition. Online log is available
Also, details about the log, "Not In Log", LoTW, QSL Request questions
can be answered here:
The OQRS has now been activated. The following are VP8PJ media pages to
watch: The VP8PJ Web page is at:
The VP8PJ Twitter page is at:
The VP8PJ group is at:

XR0, EASTER ISLAND (Update). A Polish team will be active as XR0YSP from
Easter Island (SA-001, WW Loc. DG52GU) between September 15-30th. Operators
mentioned are Jan/SP3CYY, Jurek/SP3GEM, Wlodek/SP6EQZ, Janusz/SP6IXF,
Roman/SP9FOW and Piotr/SP9RCL. Activity will be on 160-10 meters using
CW, SSB and FT8. Suggested frequencies are:
CW - 1814.5, 3530, 7030, 10110, 14030, 18085, 21030, 24905 and 28030 kHz
SSB - 1840, 3793, 7180, 14265, 18125, 21280, 24970 and 28445 kHz
FT8 - 1840, 3573, 7074, 10136, 14074, 18100, 21074, 24915 and 28074 kHz
FT8(F/H) - 1908 (JA), 3580, 7080, 10139, 14090, 18095, 21090, 24910
and 28090 kHz
QSL via SP6IXF, ClubLog's OQRS (recommend), LoTW or by the Bureau. LoTW
and e-QSL: All logs will be uploaded within 6 months after the DXpedition
ends. There is now a Web page available at:

YJ, VANUATU (Reminder). Chris, VK2NYA/VK2YUS, will once again be active
as YJ0CA from Port Vila, Efate Island (OC-035), between March 22nd and
April 1st. Activity will be on 40/20/15 meters (possibly 10m) SSB only.
He also plans to be in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 28-29th) as a
Single-Op entry. QSL via his home callsign direct.

Z6, KOSOVO. Operators Erik/ON4ANN and Erik/ON4CCV will be active as Z68AN
and Z68EC (callsigns pending), respectively, from Kosovo between April
27-30th. They are there scouting out and making arrangements for a later
trip between September 21-29th, with a much larger team of operators.
During this trip, activity will be limited to 40/20 meters. The September
trip will focus on the low bands. Look for more details and a Web site
to be forthcoming.

Z6, KOSOVO (Update). A German team will be active as Z66DX from the capital
city of Prystina in Kosovo between October 15-28th. Operators mentioned
are Werner/DJ9KH, Rainer/DL2AMD, Günte/DL2AWG (Co-leader), Peter/DL3APO,
Franz/DL9GFB and Wolf/DM2AUJ (Team Leader). Activity will be on 160/80/
40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and FT8, with three
IC-7300 stations on the air running 800 watts into Spider-Beams and
vertical antennas. QSL via ClubLog's OQRS (direct or Bureau; recommended)
or via DL2AWG, by the Bureau or direct. LoTW will be activated 6 months
after DXpedition. No eQSL! QSL requests with insufficient return postage
will be answered via the Bureau. For more details and updates, see:

ZA, ALBANIA (Canceled). Joe, HG2DX, who was expected to be active as
ZA/HG2DX from Orikum between June 21st and July 3rd, had to cancel due
to the COVID-19.

ZF, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Pete, K8PGJ, who was expected to be active as ZF2PG
from the Sunny Isle of Grand Cayman (NA-016) between March 25-30th, has
canceled his operation due to the coronavirus. He now plans to be active
as KV8O (Oakland County Contest Club) in the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March
28-29th). LoTW will be utilized and direct QSLs go to his home callsign.

ZZ4, BRAZIL. Members of the Serra Lopo DX Team will once again be active
as ZZ4A during the CQWW WPX SSB Contest (March 28-29th) as a Multi-Single
entry. Possible operators are Fabio/PY2RMZ, Marcio/PU4MDO, Eger/PY2EX,
Sandro/PY2SR and Tony/PY2DX (OA4DX). QSL via PY2RMZ.

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