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The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 482
BID: $OPDX.482
October 23, 2000
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF-80 BBS Cleveland, Ohio
Online at 440-237-8208 28.8k-1200 Baud 8/N/1

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AA1AC, KF2HC, N2OO, W2GR, WB2YQH/WB2RAJ & The 59(9) DX Report, W3LEO, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4VUD, KJ4UY, W4SO, KG6AR/4, W1HIJ/6, K8YSE, 9K2HN, BA1DU, BD7NQ, CE6TBN, CO8LY, CT1EWA, DF6EX, DJ5AV & DX News Letter, DJ5JH, DL5XL, ER1LW, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, FK8GM, FK8HC, G3XTT, GM3WOJ, HA0HW, I4UFH, RN3RQ, RN6AH, SQ9LR, TA3YJ, UK9AA, UR7GG, YO3FWC, YS1RR, ZL1DD and ZS5BBO for the following DX information.

WOW! What a week for DXing. A lot of exciting activity is expected in the coming week and weekend due to the CQ World-Wide DX Phone Contest, October 28-29th. Also, do not forget about the Kingman Reef DXpedition and the German DXpedition to Eritrea. Have fun! P.S. If someone wants to put together a nice CQWW SSB Contest List of all the operations for me (ASCII format, no graphics, keep it under 80 characters wide), I will send it out before next weekend to all OPDX InterNet Subscribers.

"The DX News Letter" reports that Ron, ZL1AMO/3D2RW, is once again active until October 30th. He is expected to activate Mana (OC-121) for one week, but this may be over with by the time you read this. QSL via ZL1AMO.

3D2, CONWAY REEF (Update)
Another press release by Hrane, YT1AD, was sent out with more details on their DXpedition. The list of operators are as follows so far: Hrane/YT1AD, Rasa/YU1RL, Miki/YU1AU (or Ratko/YU1NR), Rale/YT6A, Dragan/Z32AU, Mome/Z32ZM and Ray/YS1RR (still not confirmed). Earlier in the week there were some concerns raised on the group's operation during the hurricane season. Hrane reported the following: "This year the huricane season will be starting 10 to 15 of Nov. 2000 and will finish at about 1 Jan. 2001 so later on, in the middle of January the sea is in calm again. The captain told me that after the Christmas season the weather is ok for dx epedition." Anyway, the press release states that the team will fly from LA to Fiji in the first days of February and expect to arrive in Fiji earlier in the morning. They will depart in their boat from the Fiji Port "Pacifik Harbour" on the afternoon of February 5th. The team will all join together at the airport Nanadi. They will then take a boat trip at sea, which is quite long, for about 40 hours. They expect to arrive on Conway about 4:00 to 6:00 AM (local time) on February 7th in the morning. Hrane states that the boat "is big, 20 meters long and has 10 sleeping places, and we will have profesional kitchen." They will then start to assemble antennas, towers, tents, generators..etc... etc., and will try very quickly to have the first station on the air. They plan to have all 3 stations active and working at all times around the clock until February 15th. After the operation, they will return to Fiji where they will stay for 3 days on the island to operate. They will return to L.A. on February 19th. All the operators, with exception of YU1RL and YT1AD, will go back to Europe from L.A., and YU1RL and YT1AD will go to El Salvador to operate in the ARRL Contest from YS1RR QTH.

Scott, W4SO, will be active from here as 4M5X for the CQWW CW Contest as a Single Band 20 meter entry. Hhowever, he states there is a slight chance that it will be a Single Band entry on 15 meters, but he is leaning towards 20. QSL via W4SO.

In the CQ World Wide DX Contest 2000 (SSB), the Rhein Ruhr DX Association (RRDXA) will again join the competition from 4U1VIC in Vienna, Austria, with a multi-operator team. 4U1VIC is a separate country on the DARC's WAE list, and thus a multiplier in the CQ's contests. QSL cards will be sent via the OE bureau. If you need a direct reply, please send your card with SAE and return postage to: Vienna International Amateur Radio Club (VIARC), Vienna International Centre, P.O. Box 200, A-1400 Vienna, Austria.

Hamad, 9K2HN, will be signing 9K9X in the CQWW SSB Contest as a Single Op/All Band entry. QSLs are "OK" via Bureau.

Peter, G4MJS, will be active as 9M6BAA from October 17-31st, from Hillview Gardens Amateur Radio Club, Keningau, Sabah, East Malaysia. IOTA Reference is OC-088, Island of Borneo. The QTH Locator (Grid) is OJ85CH. Operation will be mostly on 50 MHz with occasional activity on HF as time allows. The 50 MHz operating frequency will be 50.115 MHz, with a CW beacon running when not in QSO. QSL 9M6BAA via G4SHF. More info can be found on the 9M6BAA Web page at:


A5, BHUTAN (Update)
Both Yani (9M6US, YB0US) and Charly (K4VUD, HS0ZCW, 9N7UD, V26V, XW1UD) have paid all their fees and airplane tickets in advance to travel to and stay in Thimphu, Bhutan, arriving December 1st and depart- ing about December 9th. Charly states that he has paid the extra fee for permission to run 1 kw on all bands. The two operators will have a tribander (and maybe 2 more and a WARC-bander depending on repairs) and wire antennas. Charly states, "These are totally self-financed trips, so no web site, no huge 160 meters antennas, no E-mail, and so on, but we plan to have a lot of fun." Charly's callsign will be A52UD (Yani's was not mentioned). Charly will be on SSB and CW, emphasizing the low bands, and Jani plans RTTY. QSL requests for A52UD go to K4VUD (direct with SASE is faster, bureau replies will be very slow); Jani will announce his separate QSL address and policy. Anyone still wanting to join the group must act very fast as a month lead time is likely needed for this kind of trip. OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive Charly's complete press release as an additional bulletin.

A6, U.A.E
Frank, DL2CC, will be active from the United Arab Emirates as A61AJ from October 24th through November 1st. Activity will include an entry in the CQWW SSB Contest on all bands. Activity before and after the contest will include 6 and 160 meters. QSL only via W3UR.

A group of hams from "The Beijing DX Club" will participate in this upcoming CQWW SSB Contest as Multi-Single category. Their callsign will be B1Z. QSL via JA4HCK.

A groups of Hams in the Guangdong Province will be active in the CQWW SSB/CW Contests using the special callsign B7K. QSL via BD7NQ: P.O.Box 599, Foshan GD 58000, P.R. CHINA.

Marco, CE6TBN, Team Leader for the San Ambrosio Island DXpedition 2001, informs OPDX that the following operators will be active from here: CE6NE, CE6SAX, CE3AQI/NP4IW, OH1EB, OH2BH, OH2RF, DJ9ZB, K0EU and himself CE6TBN. They will be on the air as CE0XT from San Ambrosio (IOTA SA-013). CE0X is ranked #34 on the ARRL DXCC Most Needed List. Activity will begin the second full week of Februry 2001 on 160, 80, 40, 30, 20, 17, 15, 12 and 10 meters on SSB, CW, RTTY and PSK. There will be three or four 1kw stations. QSL Managers is CE6TBN: Marco A. Quijada, P.O.Box 1234, Temuco, Chile. Any support is welcome. Please visit the DXpedition's Web site at:


Eduardo, CO8LY, will participate in the CQWW SSB Contest as Single Op/Multi Band/Low Power entry. QSL direct to his Manager EA7ADH.

Paulo, CT1EWA, states that he will be active in the CQWW DX SSB Contest with the special callsign CS7EWA. QSL via CT1EWA by bureau or direct.

Another bulletin was released this past week on the forthcom- ing D68C DXpedition to the Comoros. OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive the complete release as an additional bulletin. In short, you will have heard Don, G3OZF, operating as D68/G3OZF while on a survey trip for the D68C operation doing some invaluable work in getting everything lined up for the upcoming operation. Also announced was the D68C Web Page which is now up and running at:

Yaesu was announced as the a major sponsor, however, further sponsorship is being sought, especially from DX groups and foundations, to help with the high cost of shipping some 3 tons of equipment to D68. Since their last bulletin, the following have joined the DXpedition team: Tim/G4VXE (a technology wizz), Yoichi/JP1NWZ (an all-rounder), and Rob/PE9PE. Rob will be especially welcomed to 6 meters, VHF and satellite operators. He will be ensuring that D68C is available via the current range of amateur satellites. The expedition itself will take place over the period of roughly 8th to 28th February 2001.

Chris/DL5NAM and Dieter/DF4RD are now active as E30TA through November 1st. Activity is all over the bands with nice signals. QSL to DL5NAM.

Look for Pekka, OH1RY, to be active from the EA8AH/ EA8BH contest station through the CQWW SSB Contest.

OPDX was informed that the following stations will be active in next weeks CQWW DX SSB Contest. Look for EM3J to be active as a Single-Op operation and EN5J will be activated by the Crimea Contest Club as a Multi-Single operation. QSL both to KG6AR/4: Chris Williams, 220 Woods Landing Ln., Callaway, VA. 24067.

Slawa, ER1LW, will be using the callsign ER6A in the CQWW SSB/CW/RTTY Contests. Please send QSL cards to his home address at: P.O.Box 112, Chisinau, MD-2012, Moldova.

Alex, EZ8CQ, will start being active on RTTY in early November. He has also begun to be active on 160 meters. Look for him around 1830 kHz at 2000z. Skeds are welcome, send E-mail to: ez8cq@qsl.net QSL via W0FS (USA only) or I2JSB (rest of the world, direct only).

Franck, FK8HC, informs OPDX that he will be active in the CQWW DX SSB Contest this month on 80 meters and a Mono Operator/Mono Band as FK8HC. He hopes this band will run well during this contest weekend. QSL via VK4FW, P.O. Box 929, Gympie 4570 QLD, AUSTRALIA. Also, look for Eric, FK8GM, to be active on 40 meters as a Single Op/Single band entry in next week's CQWW SSB DX Contest.

The "Les Nouvelles DX" reports that after some delay, Gerard, F2JD, is in Martinique. He will stay there for 6 months, at least. Look for him to be active as FM/F2JD.

Look for FO0WEG to be operated by Janusz/SP9FIH and Rafai/SQ9LR who are active from Tubuai Island in the Austral Island group (IOTA OC-152) from now until November 4th. Activity will be on 80-6 meters. They will be active on SSB and probably RTTY near the usual DXpedition and IOTA frequencies or 10 kHz down, for example (14185, 21285, 28485) using two 100w transceivers and vertical + 3 element tribander + 5 element on 6 meters. Their minimum plan is 20000 QSOs. A longer operation or an operation on another country is possible if they receive additional donations. For donations and QSLs, send to SP9FIH: Box 480, 44-100 Gliwice, Poland.

Bill, W1HIJ/6, will be active as FO0SCH from the Mai Moana Resort at Bora Bora (OC-067) between October 31st and November 8th. Plans are for mostly CW operations with some phone and PSK31/MFSK, assuming that the computer stays in operation. There will definitely be activity on 20/15/10 meters, but he will try 40 meters if the wire gods cooperate (he hopes to be on 80/75 meters as well). QSL via W6UFT either CBA or via the bureau.

Members of the North Jersey DX Association (NJDXA), Brass Pounders Club of Bucks County, and the West Essex Amateur Radio Club (WEARC) will be on the air from French St. Martin December 5-12th. They will operate Multi-Op/Mixed Mode in the ARRL 10 Meter Contest using the call sign FS/W2JJ. Operators Mike/WA2VUN, Jay/WB2BHC, Gene/K2KJI, Maryann/K2RVH, Bob/W5GJ, Ann/W2AZK, and Brian/KF2HC should be on the air by 2300z on December 5th. Plans are to have 2 stations covering SSB and CW on all HF bands as well as a station for 2 and 6 meters. A 6 meter beacon and satellite activity may also be part of the operation if conditions at their QTH allow. Efforts will be made to operate in the U.S. general bands as pileups and conditions permit. Individual callsigns may be used at times, but the majority of the operating will be with the callsign FS/W2JJ. QSL via the callsign worked.

The North of Scotland Contest Group is proud to announce that they will be using a new prefix in next weekend's CQWW SSB Contest. They will be signing GZ7V (not GS2MP as previously announced). Thanks to the RSGB and the UK Licensing Authority, the R.A., holders of UK Special Contest Callsigns, they can now use the prefix GZ or MZ when operating from Shetland in major contests. The 'Z' refers to the old name for Shetland which is "Zetland". For more information, send E-mail to: gm3woj@talk21.com Or visit their Web site at:


A group HA ops will be active from here from November 1-8th and take part in the HA-QRP Contest which is organized by "The RADIOTECHNIKA and its publisher The RADIOVILAG Ltd." The members of the group are Laci/HA6NL, Zsolt/HA6PS, Csaba/HA6PX and Tibor/HA6ZV. The operators will work on all other bands, CW and SSB with their own HBo callsigns, however, during the contest they will use HB0/HA5RT/p. Look for them to be on 3511 kHz (+/- QRM) with a QRP transmitter. QSL HB0/HA5RT/p via HA6NL, all others, please send via the operator's own callsign via HA bureau or direct.

Fabio, I4UFH, states that the IG9A crew will be active from Italian (African Island group, IOTA AF-019) in next week's contest, but BEFORE and AFTER the contest the IG9A crew will be reading their E-mail at the following address: ig9a2000@libero.it For any information, update please check their Web site at:


EU-179. Mykola, UR3GA, will again be active from the Island of Orlov, October 24-27th. Activity is expected on or about 14260, 21260 and 28460 kHz. QSL via UR7GG: Victor Tkachenko, P.O.Box 73, Kherson 73000, UKRAINE

OC-201. Dr. Barry, ZL1DD, will be active on 80-10 meters from his home on Waiheke Island in the New Zealand North Island Coastal Island Group. He states that he is willing to make skeds via E-mail for island hunters at: bjk@ihug.co.nz QSL via Barry Kirkwood PhD ZL1DD, Signal Hill Homestay, 66 Cory Road, Palm Beach, Waiheke Island 1240, NEW ZEALAND. Check the Web page at:


The "Les Nouvelles DX" reports that David, F5THR, is signing J28EX and has been here since May 2000. He will be there for 2 years. We could not find any QSNs on this station to report.

Wolff, DJ5JH, informs OPDX that he will once again be active from here during the CQWW SSB Contest using the special callsign J43J.

As this was being written Sunday morning, the KRPDXG team is active as "K5K". The team arrived on Palmyra October 19th to pick up Mike, KH6ND, and some equipment that was left from visits by various team members earlier this year.. They decided to stay a few hours and operate on Palmyra before heading to Kingman Reef on October 20th. The team arrived at Kingman Reef, have transferred all equipment safely to the reef, but high winds did hamper their efforts. Look for them to be active until November 1st.

Leo, W3LEO, will once again be active from Portpatrick in southwest Scotland from about October 24th through November 16th. However, Leo states that this is again a vacation and not a DXpedition and "time on the air will depend on the antennas, on propagation, and on when the nearby pubs are open, HI..." He will use his new Scottish callsign MM0LEO and plans to be in the CQWW SSB Contest. He will use an Icom 706 (100 watts), an R-5 vertical [10, 12, 15, 17, 20 meters], and a Cheltenham Communications HFV-1 helical wound vertical for 40 & 80 with Slinky radials. He "may" try and get on PSK-31. QSL to W3LEO via his CBA (with SASE) or via the U.S. bureau. ADDED NOTES BY W3LEO: IOTA: EU-005 [Great Britain]; CQ Zone: 14; ITU Zone: 27; Grid Square: IO-74ku; Worked All Britain [WAB] Square: NW-95. WEB NOTES: The nearby pub is 27 steps from the front door of the cottage. Some URLs to check:
Cheltenham Communications - http://www.chelcom.com/html/hfv1.html
Moir Cottage [MM0LEO's QTH] - http://www.moir-cottage.co.uk/
Harbour House [the pub's location] - http://www.harbourhouse.co.uk/

An excerpt of a press release from Martti, OH2BH, provided/sent out by Tim, N4GN, reports a lot of activity will take place by OH operators during next week's contest. (OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive the complete OH2BH press release as an additional bulletin.) Martti is calling this year's operators approach to the CQWW DX Contest as a "FINLAND FORMULA ONE RACING TEAM". The team has been working hard to build competitive sites for the current racing season. Ilkka Korpela, OH1WZ, will be piloting the OH0BH site on Aland Islands, targeting a new European all-band record, while Timo Klimoff, OH1NOA is going to be at the controls at OH2BH, aiming for an all-time high from mainland Finland. However, due to a cancelled Far East operations, both Martti, OH2BH, and Pekka, OH2TA, will be participating in the CQWW SSB contest by joining the JW5E team on Svalbard and making a double multiplier available for this year's event together with Mathias, LA5NM/JW5NM, and Ragnar, LA7FD/JW7FD, and their team.

Jukka, OH6LI, will be active in both the CW and SSB CQWW DX Contests as OH0V on 10 meters. QSL via Jukka Klemola, Aarontie 5, 31400 Somero, FINLAND.

Updated October 16th. The file is available at:

http://www.winqsl.de -or- http://www.qrz.com/qsl.html

Ciprian, YO3FWC, reports that nice pictures, a searchable log and the story about the recently DXpedition on IOTA EU-183 (YP1W), Sacalinu Mare Island is available at the Romanian Amateur Radio Federation Web site at:


4W/K7BV and 4W/N6FF logs are now updated and posted on the following Web page:


Andy, RW3RQ, will be active as a Single OP/All Band entry in the CQWW SSB Contest from Zone 16. All stations who work RW3RQ on 6 bands (Europe) or 5 bands (DX) will be presented by the "Michurinsk Contest Groupe" a medal/trophy free of charge. However, please, send 2 IRCs for postal expenses. Other information is available via E-mail: mcg@pub.tmb.ru Send QSLs via Jack Yatskiv, RN3RQ, P.O.Box 30, Michurinsk 393760, Russia

SPECIAL EVENT (Extinguishing of "Last Oil Well")
On August 2, 1990, the Iraqi forces brutally occupied the state of Kuwait. Baghdad refused all worldwide appeals to withdraw. Consequently, the world waged a just war against Iraq. Upon their overwhelming defeat and retreating from Kuwait, the Iraqi forces set fire intentionally to over 600 Kuwaiti oil wells. After several months of firefighting, day and night, the catastrophe came to an end leaving behind an environmental devastation from which Kuwait is still suffering. The extinguinshing of the last oil well marked a great event for which the nation celebrated in November 1991. On November 4-6th, the State of Kuwait will celebrate in commemoration of this national event. KARS will participate by operating actively during these three days and it is pleased to invite all licensed radio amateurs around the world to take part. The callsign allocated for this event is 9K2LOW (LOW: Last Oil Well). Contacts will be made on any band and any mode. There will be special QSL cards, the requests of which should be addressed directly to 9K2RA.

Look for special event station from Yugoslavia using the callsign YU130Z to be active until November 20th to celebrate the 130th Anniversary of Fire Brigade "Matica". QSL via YU1AVQ.

There will be plently of activity from here durin the CQWW SSB Contest. Look the following station on the following bands:
TA3D - From Asiatic Turkey, CQ Zone 20, SOSB on 160 meters low power. QSL via TA3D to the Bureau or Direct to: Yasar GOCET, P.O. Box 963, 35214 Izmir-TURKEY. QTH is Fokai-IZMIR (KM38OG) using a Delta Loop and dipole antennas for 160 meters. E-Mail is: ta3d@yahoo.com

TA3J - From Asiatic Turkey, CQ Zone 20, SOSB on 40 meters low power. QSL via TA3J to the Bureau or Direct to: Berkin Aydogmus, P.O. Box 987, 35214 Izmir-TURKEY. QTH is Manisa, Spylious Mountain, Turgutalp Village (1,000 Meters above sea-level) (KM38OG) using a Delta Loop, Dipole and Vertical for 40 meters. Web-Site:

E-Mail: ta3j@yahoo.com

TA3YJ - Asiatic Turkey, CQ Zone 20, SOSB on 15 meters low power. QSL via TA3YJ to the Bureau or Direct to: Nilay Mine Aydogmus, P.O. Box 876, 35214 Izmir-TURKEY. QTH: Manisa, Spylious Mountain, Turgutalp Village (1,000 Meters above sea-level) using Mini Beam Yagi for 15 Meters.
Web-Site: http://clubs.yahoo.com/cubs/contestclub=20
E-Mail: ta3yj@yahoo.com

Christian (ex-6W1QV, D2SA, FH/TU5AX, TT8SA, TR8SA etc... ) is now active for the next 16 months as TT8DX from Moundou (south of the country) close to Cameroun and Centrafrique. Activity will be 80-6 meters SSB. He will use a TS690s (all bands HF w/6m) with a 1500 watts linear for HF and 400 watts for 6m, HF2V and 7 element beam for the upper bands. QSL via F5OGL bureau or direct.

Fedor, UK9AA, states that he may be the only station active from Uzbekistan in the CQWW SSB Contest. He will use the callsign UK0A as a Single Op/All bands entry in the contest. QSL via UK9AA: P.O. Box 58, Tashkent, 700000, Uzbekistan.

Larry, KJ4UY, will be going to St. Kitts. His daughter will be going to Ross Vet. School in St. Kitts starting next year. He will be arriving December 10th in the afternoon and leaving the afternoon of the 18th. Karl, V44NK is loaning Larry an A3 tribander and he is taking a R-7 vertical with an Icom IC-706. His callsign will be V47UY. QSL via KJ4UY.

Look for Bruce, AC4G, to sign V73CW once again from Kwajalein Island, the club station, from Oct 23-28th. The QSL via AC4G.

Mark, AA1AC, will operate as AA1AC/VP9 from Hamilton Parish, Bermuda, from December 8-12th. Operations will include 10-80 meters CW/SSB, with an emphasis on the ARRL 10-meter Contest. QSL to CBA: 15 Coral Lane, Tiverton, RI 02878.

Doug, W0AH, will be operating the CQWW Phone Contest as XE3/W0AH as a Single Op/All Band entry, either QRP or LP. He will use an IC-706 and old Hygain 18AVQ on a small dock over the Carribean Sea plus some loop antennas for 10 and 15 meters. There will be some 6 and 2 meters operations as time permits. QSL via W2GR direct or Bureau. Send direct with SASE or SAE and GS or IRC to: Mike Benjamin, 1064-99th Street, Niagara Falls NY 14304.

Steve, K3SA will be active as ZF2SA for the CQWW CW Contest and the ARRL 160 Meter Contests. Also, look for him (on CW) on all bands between contests. QSL via homecall.


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Martti asked me to pass this along . . .


Tim Totten, n4gn@n4gn.com

Watch out for OH0BH and OH2BH,
plus JW5E firing up from Svalbard
Surely you're familiar with Formula One, the world's premiere motor sport. Thus, you will no doubt recall our 1999 F1 racing approach in CQWW SSB, with Jeff Steinman, N5TJ piloting EA8BH to new heights in single-op, all-band scoring http://www.qsl.net/oh1noa/ccf2000/formula1.htm.

Martti J. Laine, OH2BH, spokesman for the team, informs the contesting community of the following:

"In the wake of last year's success, we are adopting the same approach to test the F1 concept at continental and sub-regional levels while returning to the world arena only for CQWW CW."

Here, the team has been working hard to build competitive sites for the current racing season. Ilkka Korpela, OH1WZ will be piloting the OH0BH site on Aland Islands, targeting a new European all-band record, while Timo Klimoff, OH1NOA is going to be at the controls at OH2BH, aiming for an all-time high from mainland Finland.

Ilkka Korpela, 32, is no stranger to serious contesting. His skills and strategic thinking are well recognized in Finland, and he has scored well in several domestic races. He has studied and experimented with several dual-station configurations; hence the OH0BH site now features a full-fledged dual-radio/beam setup under Ilkka's command.

See Ilkka's homepage at http://www.helsinki.fi/~korpela/amateur.htm.

Timo Klimoff, 32, secretary and editor-in-charge of Contest Club Finland, scored extremely well (placing 5th) in WRTC-2000. He is used to racing at OH1AF/OH1F, and he has a sharp eye for goodly multiplier runs. Timo is really looking forward to the contest from the OH2BH site with multiple-direction arrays, and is determined to take full advantage of the F1 team experience.

Check out Timo's homepage at http://www.qsl.net/oh1noa/.

Martti further comments: "The contesting community is encouraged to call in and provide these runners with a meaningful playing ground by giving our pilots full support for their projected QSO and multiplier levels. Both stations are fully equipped for quick band change following your check-in".

It will be interesting to see how this approach works on continental (Europe) and national (Finland) levels.

This year's support team features OH1MA, OH1RY, OH2BE, OH2BK, OH2DT, OH2HE, OH2MM, OH2PM, OH2QM, OH2TA, OH3QK, OH5LF, OH6RM, OH7HAL, OH7MA, OH7NA, OH8QD, OH8SR, Yaesu Musen Co. Ltd. and our site people: Bengt (OH0), Ilkka, Lauri and Touko.

Due to a cancelled Far East operation, both Martti, OH2BH and Pekka, OH2TA will be participating in the CQWW SSB contest by joining the JW5E team in Svalbard and making a double multiplier available for this year's event together with Mathias, LA5NM/JW5NM and Ragnar, LA7FD/JW7FD and their team.

From: "Don Field" {g3xtt@lineone.net
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Subject: Fw: Five Star DXers go to D68 - Bulletin No.2
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Site Survey
Firstly, many of you will have heard Don G3OZF operating as D68/G3OZF while on a survey trip for the D68C operation. Don did some invaluable work in getting everything lined up for our operation, and also reported that the pile-ups were huge, despite the fact that he was running barefoot to a simple vertical. We can only imagine how things will be when we are there with high power and Yagis plus phased verticals and four-squares! It was quite clear to Don that there is lots of demand for D68 throughout the world on all bands; there is also great interest in the low bands in particular, which is echoed in many of the e-mails we have received since the first bulletin went out.

Web Page
The D68C Web Page is now up and running, and looking great. Check the site at www.dxbands.com/comoros

You will see that the site also sports our DXpedition logo, a coelacanth which, of course, is a rare fish, thought to have been extinct for millions of years, but rediscovered some years ago in this part of the Indian Ocean.

We are delighted to have Yaesu on board as a major sponsor. This will allow the group to take six state-of-the-art high power Yaesu stations (FT-1000MP Mk.Vs plus Quadra VL-1000 linears) as the basis for the group's operations. We will also take two FT-920s and two FT-900s. In addition, we are pleased to say that Force 12 antennas will be used on most of the high bands. The D68C team chose Force 12 for their combination of light weight, ruggedness, and excellent on-air performance. Similarly, Titanex vertical antennas will be used on the low bands, based on their ease of assembly and light weight combined with first-rate performance. Nevada, one of the UK's leading amateur radio dealers, has also weighed in early, with help with a number of ancillary items of equipment.

Further sponsorship is sought, especially from DX groups and foundations, to help with the high cost of shipping some 3 tonnes of equipment to D68, along with a number of other logistical matters. Sponsorship is being co-ordinated by the following:
US: Wes W3WL (blamboley@aol.com)
Japan: Taizo JA3AER (arakawa@sakuranet.co.jp)
Rest of the World: Steve G4JVG (g4jvg@cwcom.net)
Our treasurer John G3WGV (g3wgv@aol.com) will be pleased to accept donations.

Six Metres
We will be making a major effort on 6 metres with two stacked 5 element beams located very close to the sea with an excellent take-off to all parts of the world. Mike G3SED, Kazu JA1RJU and Rob PE9PE are all six metre specialists. We hope for great results on the magic band.

As with our 9M0C DXpedition, we will again have pilot stations, who will act as our channel to you, the world's DXers, passing information both ways. Once again, we are delighted that Martin G3ZAY will act as chief pilot, with particular responsibility for Europe and Africa.

New Team Members
Since the last bulletin, the following have joined the DXpedition team: Tim G4VXE, a technology wizz, Yoichi JP1NWZ, an all-rounder, and Rob PE9PE. Rob will be especially welcome to 6 metre, VHF and satellite operators. He will be ensuring that D68C is available via the current range of amateur satellites.

Key Dates
The next key date is 24 November, when a sea-going container leaves the UK for Moroni. The container will be filled with all the antennas, co-ax, masts, tools, radios, computers etc.

And, to remind you, the expedition itself will take place over the period of roughly 8th to 28th February 2001.

Look out for ... Future bulletins will be issued at roughly monthly intervals until our departure. Look out for further information on team members, a competition for those working D68C, details of some significant technical innovations which we plan to have up and working for the DXpedition, and much more. If you are not on my mailing list and wish to be, then please send me an e-mail.

Don Field G3XTT, NK1G (g3xtt@lineone.net) 13th October 2000 (D68C Publicity Officer)

"DXpeditioning Behind the Scenes", edited by Neville Cheadle G3NUG and Steve Telenius-Lowe G4JVG offers, in the words of Wayne Mills N7NG, "A comprehensive view of virtually all aspects of a major expedition for the traveler and DXer alike. From early planning through QSLing, this book offers a variety of thoughts and suggestions on every facet of the DXpedition. It is by far the most complete 'how to' reference available". The book is available in the USA for $28 plus $3 shipping from IREF Inc, 118 Oak Ridge Drive, New Braunfels, Tx 78132. E-mail: ad5a@sat.net Elsewhere the book can be obtained for 16.95 plus postage from Nevada (www.nevada.co.uk/book-DX.html), Unit 1, Fitzherbert Spur, Farlington, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO6 1TT, England (Tel: +44 23 9231 3090). Ordering can be by credit card. All surpluses from the sale of the book will be used to sponsor future DXpeditions.

From: "Ric, DL2VFR" {dl2vfr@online.de}
To: kb8nw@barf80.nshore.org
Subject: special activity " 80 Radio " by DL0KWH
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2000 19:39:53 +0200
MIME-Version: 1.0

80 years ago ......

The first radio broadcast transmission in Germany took place on the 22nd December 1920 . The station transmitting as the first an official radio broadcast to the public ( instrumental concert ) was " Koenigs Wusterhausen " - located about 15 km southeast Berlin. Since 1997 the Radio Club K=F6nigs Wusterhausen ( OV "Y07" - chapter of = the DARC ) issues the award "Sender K=F6nigs Wusterhausen".

From 1st December until 23rd December 2000 the Club Call DL0KWH will be active from the QTH of the old radio station using the special DOK ( for DLD award ) " 80 Radio ".

"80 Radio " is good for the DLD AWARD issued by the DARC. DL0KWH is good for the AWARD "Sender K=F6nigs Wusterhausen". Contacts will be confirmed by QSL-card showing the area of the old radio station .=20

For details look www.qsl.net/dl0kwh


Path: barf80!news
From: "Charles Harpole" {k4vud@hotmail.com}
Subject: Bhutan op in December
Date: Tue, 17 Oct 2000 10:53:59 GMT
Sender: news@barf80.nshore.org

Hello DXers...
Two hams plan to activate Bhutan A5 in early December 2000.

Both Yani (9M6US, YB0US) and I (K4VUD, HS0ZCW, 9N7UD, V26V, XW1UD) have paid all our fees and airplane tickets in advance to travel to and stay in Thimphu, Bhutan arriving December 1 and departing about December 9. I have paid the extra fee for permission to run 1KW on all bands. We will have a tribander (and maybe 2 more and a WARC bander depending on repairs) and wire antennas. These are totally self-financed trips, so no web site, no huge 160m ants, no e-mail, and so on, but we plan to have a lot of fun.

My call will be A52UD. I will be on SSB and CW, emphasizing the low bands, and Jani plans RTTY, too. I will try calling upper bands SSB out of the American phone band, listening up into the Am. band so that all Am. jammers must at least also xmit out-of-band in order to police or jam me. Also, this strategy should make it absolutely clear THAT I AM LISTENING UP. Of course, 40m SSB will be split op, too. I have 160m path data and will make special efforts to comply with that and also call on the hour on dear ole 160m CW. No sked requests, pse.

QSL requests for A52UD go to K4VUD (direct with sase is faster, buro replies vy slow... hint hint); Jani will announce his separate QSL adr and policy. Anyone still wanting to join me must act very fast as a month lead time is likely needed for this kind of trip.

Pse don't forget ham radio is a hobby. Joy to all,
de K4VUD Charly

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