OPDX Special Bulletin 1351.1 February 11, 2018

The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Special Bulletin No. 1351.1
BID: $OPDX.1351.1
February 11, 2018
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)
Written/Sent From Murfreesboro, TN

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, W8HC and OH2BH for the following DX information.


 "Now less than 700 miles to Capetown!!
Seas are starting to be friendly again to make 6+ kn.. 73 de Hal W8HC"

LATEST FROM THE REPUBLIC OF KOSOVO (February, 11th). The weather has
been warming up in Kosovo lately and is currently above the freezing
mark. Many are wondering why it isn’t possible to eliminate the noise
by setting up camp in the quiet open field. The underlying fact is that
Pristina is more that 650m above the sea level, and this winter has been
particularly cold with -13C temperatures experienced during the acti-
vation period. There are prospects in place for the final and upcoming
week to operate from a better place. Driton, Z61DX, has been testing
the location and reception is dramatically better than at Z60A.
  Considering that Kosovo will stay on the DXCC map and that this is the
very first activation, not all noise and other challenges are expected
to be resolved. However, a remote location for RX/TX is underway and the
first tests may be done this week.  Bill, AA7XT, has donated an XR9
antenna to this application and it is now used at a temporary location
by Z61DX - soon to be moved to the remote site. The project seeks a
reasonably priced pair of second-hand TS590 rigs for remote implemen-
tation. Please contact N7NG or OH2BH.
  The purpose of this first activation was to bring in delegates from
as many countries as possible. This helps Kosovar hams in expanding
their network of friends into many interesting countries ­ something
that had not happened over the past years of “none” status.  During
this coming week Toivo, ES2RR, will boost the number of delegate
countries to ten (10).
  The departing German/Slovenian team of DJ5IW, DM5TI, DD2ML and S57AW
did a fantastic job while introducing the data modes (RTTY & FT8). They
made up to 10,000 digital QSOs (some 4000 in the WPX RTTY) , with the
Z60A project total now reaching 70,000. Driton, Z61DX, and his brother
Agim, Z61AS, were also QRV all day Saturday on FT8 as a result of the
past week’s work by Ulli, DD2ML, and others.
  During this RTTY weekend the SHRAK HQ location was exclusively activated
on 20M SSB by locals: Z61VB, Z61FF, Z62FB and Z63DBB.
  The DX community has been generous to their fellow hams in Kosovo. All
donations are temporarily marked for SHRAK needs and will be managed by
the Yasme Foundation directors Martti, OH2BH, and Hans, PB2T, together
with Pertti, OG2M, and SHRAK president Vjollca, Z61VB. The “early LoTW
with fast paper QSL” concept will continue to March 15th, 2018. Thanks
also to Jyri, OH2KM, for managing all related data operations.
  The final jubilee week is now starting. An international delegation
will participate in the ceremonies celebrating the 10th anniversary of
Independence. In addition, they will give out new DXCC contacts to those
who still have an “ATNO” need and be active in the ARRL DX CW contest.
The team includes Z61DX, ES2RR, OG2M, OH1MA, OH2BH and others.
  Regards from the vibrant city of Pristina, with many new prospects

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