Ohio/Penn DX Special Bulletin #1360.1

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    Ohio/Penn DX Special Bulletin No. 1360.1

    The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
    DX Special Bulletin No. 1360.1
    BID: $OPDX.1360.1
    April 16, 2018
    Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
    Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
    Written/Sent From Strongsville, OH

    Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX
    Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet
    Clusters Network K5GS, W5UE and N7NG for the following DX information.

    VP6D DUCIE ISLAND DXPEDTION NEWS (Press Release # 4). For Immediate
    Release -- April 16, 2018 -- VP6D Ducie Island 2018 DXpedition (OC-182)
    We are now in the implementation phase of the project; equipment is
    being consolidated in Fremont, California. Customs brokers in the USA
    and New Zealand have been selected, and the New Zealand Government issued
    us an import / export license to ship the equipment to and from the
    Manufacturers and distributors of amateur radio equipment are critical
    to the success of DX-peditions to rare entities. We are happy to have
    received significant support from DX-Engineering. They have furnished
    coax cable, guy ropes, a 40 meter four square system, coax connectors,
    ground anchors and other accessories. DX-Engineering has been a long time
    supporter of our projects and many other DX-peditions to rare entities;
    we very much appreciate their continued commitment to the hobby.
    Joining our list of corporate sponsors is SteppIR Communications Systems.
    We will add to our antenna lineup two 2 element Yagi antennas. These
    antennas proved to be indispensible during our TX3X Chesterfield Island
    project; we’re happy to have them for VP6D and appreciate SteppIR’s ongoing
    A Garmin InReach Satellite Communicator will be used during the DX-
    pedition. You will be able to follow our journey on the web, details to
    be announced. This handheld unit also provides 2 way SMS messaging similar
    to that of a traditional mobile phone, and one way messaging to Twitter
    and Facebook. We will use this technology to communicate with family, the
    pilot team and to update you via social media, as required. We’ll also
    have an Inmarsat BGAN terminal for log uploads and e-mail with the pilot
    Our budget for this project is ~$175,000(USD). Our current fundraising
    campaign is underway; you may see the progress at our website. We appreci-
    ate the donations and equipment support we’ve already received. With the
    final payment for the Braveheart due on September 1st, the next most
    expensive line item is equipment shipping budgeted at $20,000. Please
    remember, we have to pay these expenses whether or not you make a contact.
    We need your help to keep our DX-pedition team’s investment at a reasonable
    level. You may help by donating at: vp6d.com
    Members of the VP6D team will be attending the International DX Con-
    vention, Visalia, California April 20 – 22, 2018. We hope to meet many
    old friends, and make new ones at the convention.
    Team Ducie – 2018
    Website: vp6d.com, Twitter and Facebook
    Please direct questions to: info@vp6d.com

    VK9X, CHRISTMAS ISLAND. James Brooks, 9V1YC/N1YC, and Wilbert Knol, PE7T,
    are now active from Christmas Island (OC-002) until approximately April
    21st. They will be active as VK9X/N1YC and VK9X/PE7T on 80-10 meters
    using SSB and CW. They have no specific plans for Digital modes. QSL
    via W5UE for VK9X/N1YC and via PE7T for VK9X/PE7T.

    Z60A DIRECT QSL MAILING -- Following the LoTW upload of April.01, the
    first Kosovo, Z60A QSL card arrived in the U.S. during the past week to
    92-year old Frank, K4BVQ, allowing him to reach the DXCC sticker #385.
    Former INDEXA president Gary Dixon, K4MQG made a special personal delivery,
    delighting Frank, a serious DXers and supporter of the DX segment of
    Amateur Radio. Following this special delivery, all U.S. direct requests,
    whether ClubLog or through direct mail will be released locally in San
    Francisco at the end of this week.
    The donor QSLs for the rest of the world are in process, while other
    direct requests will start surfacing during the week of May.01. The card
    is a 4-page full color affair, giving a detailed description of this unique
    DX is not simply collecting LoTW points. The QSL card is also an ed-
    ucational piece aimed at the wide world and the issues behind the radio
    contacts. Better yet, you may meet three representatives of the Z60A
    activation; Vjollca, Z61VB, Jim, K9JF and Martti, OH2BH at the Visalia
    DX Convention over the weekend of April 20/22 and hear their fascinating
    stories. DX Conventions typically offer these personal and emotional
    meetings. While in California they may also visit some young DXers who
    were successful in contacting Z60A.

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