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OPDX 531 October 1, 2001

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The Ohio/Penn Dx 9acketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 531
BID: $OPDX.531
October 1, 2001
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, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, KF2HC, N2VW, W3HNK, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4FOA, WA4FFW, K5JIM, W5KFT, K8EP, K8IW, K8YSE, W8CNL, W9DC, 4L1DA, DJ5JH, DL1EK & DX News Letter, DL3NM, F6BFH, FM5GU, G3PJT, G3UML, Japan DX News, JF6OJX, OH1EH, OZ5AAH, PA3FDO, SM4DHF, SP9FIH, VA3RJ and VK4DX for the following DX information.

According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 23/September, through Sunday, 30/September there were 205 countries active. Countries available: 3B8, 3C, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5Z, 6Y, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9X, 9Y, A2, A4, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, D6, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EL, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FR, FW, FY, G, GI, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PY, PY0F, PZ, S2, S5, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TL, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, YB, YJ, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD9, ZF, ZK1/s, ZL, ZL7, ZP, ZS

* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations. As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later" (WFWL).

Remember to look for Bob, N4CD, to show up from here starting October 2nd through October 15th. His callsign is still unknown, but he has asked for 3W6CD. Activity will only be on 40/20/15/10 meters. QSL to N4CD direct or for overseas stations via the bureau. Please, no cards from stateside USA via the bureau.

David, 4L1DA, informs OPDX that station 4L0G will participate in the CQWW SSB Contest. Operators mentioned are: 4L1DA/David, 4L2M/Mamuka, 4L7O/Thomas, 4L7CE/Gogita and 4L4CR/Mike. QSL via DL7BO.

5B4, CYPRUS (Also Possibly ZC4)
Rick, AI5P, will be active as 5B4/AI5P from October 4-11th. Reports indicate that he may also try to operate from the club station in the U.K. Sov. Base Area on Cyprus (ZC4) for a few hours.

Johan, PA3FDO, will be active as 5B4/PA3FDO from October 13-23rd, using only a 100 watts and vertical dipoles. His focus will be on 12 and 17 meters for those who still need 5B4. QSL via homecall. Sending via the Bureau is OK.

The "Japan DX News" reports that from October 6-16th, a seven member team from the International Amateur Radio Volunteers (IARV) organization will make their annual visit to the Sahara Desert as part of a technical aid program. They expect to be permitted to operate amateur radio with individual callsigns using the format 5T5*** as well as 5T5U. The operation will be carried out mainly in the CW mode, including activity on 10 MHz band. Send your QSL to each operator's home callsign.

Bob, 9K2ZZ, reports that the positive response to the use of 9K2USA by Kuwait amateurs has been overwhelming. He states, "Thanks to all who have E-mailed the Kuwait Amateur Radio Society 9k2ra@kars.org, your support is appreciated by both the Kuwaiti Amateurs, and those of us who are guest operators in Kuwait. The 'official' 9K2USA QSL card has been finalized." It is now posted on the website at:

Bob states, "The cards are being printed this week, and logistics are now in place for a quick turnaround on cards received by the Radio Society. I would, once again, encourage those of you who have not E-mailed the Radio Society of Kuwait to please send them a message expressing your opinion on this unprecedented event. Thanks again for everyones help/support during the past weeks, Bob."

Jim Buffington, K5JIM, Publicity Chairman for the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS) announced Monday that its planned convention, which was set for November 9-11th in Brunswick, Georgia, has been cancelled. Spokesman Jim, K5JIM, said the event was apparently a victim of the terrorist bombings, at least in part, since some members who had planned to fly in from overseas opted out. "For that matter," said Buffington, "some who would have flown from distant locations in the U.S. also indicated a reluctance to travel."

"Postponed would be a better word," said Buffington, "because we're already making plans for a meeting in 2002 and expect to announce the dates soon." Those who made reservations at the Holiday Inn in Brunswick are reminded to cancel them.

Peter/ON6TT and Robert/S53R reportedly have left Afghanistan and are now staying in Islamabad. Both are expected to be active possibly on 160-17 meters. Both are expected to try to receive callsigns, however, Robert and Peter were heard using the callsigns AP2ARS. Robert has been heard on 40/30 meters over the past week.

Ed, K8EP, will be active as C6A/K8EP from November 20-27th. Activity will be on CW/SSB and an entry in the CQWW CW Contest. QSL via K8EP.

Mike, VK4DX, wants to remind everyone that the Oceania DX Contests, formerly known as VK/ZL Contests, will be held October 6-7th (SSB) and October 13-14th (CW). As of this year, the time has been changed, so the contest starts at 0800z on Saturday and ends at 0800z on Sunday. For full contest rules, please visit VK4DX's contest calendar or the NZART Web sites at:


Just a reminder that the annual DX BASH will be held next weekend, October 5-6th. There will be great programs on DXing, contesting, and all kinds of radio fun. All the info is available on the Web at:


The Pordenone Gangsters (IV3TDM/Dan, IV3JVJ/Luca and IV3BTY/Andrea) will once again be here and will operate from October 22-26th. The callsigns will be FM/homecall, and they should be able to have two stations active simultaneously on two different bands. Their activity will be mainly SSB, but Luca is expected to operate some RTTY and Andrea on CW. On October 27-28th, they will join the FM5GU team for the CQWW SSB Contest. QSLs for FM/homecall operations should go to IV3TDM's CBA. QSLs for FM5GU operation is via KU9C's CBA. All details are available on the web site:


Operators SP9FIH and SQ9LR will be on the air as FO/SP9FIH probably begining in the second half of October (depends on their job duties and airlines schedule). They plan to be active on 80-6 meters SSB and RTTY for 2 weeks from Nuku Hiva (OC-027). QSL via SP9FIH.

Look for Ann/W2AZK and Brian/KF2HC of the North Jersey DX Association (NJDXA) to be active from the French side of Saint Martin (IOTA NA-105) November 26th through December 2nd. They will operate SSB and CW on 40-10 meters using the callsigns FS/home. The bands 160/80 meters will be added if circumstances allow. Because of anticipated luggage restrictions ,they are planning a modest station which will include an IC-706, wire antennas, and possibly a Force-12 Sigma vertical dipole. Yagi antennas (including perhaps 6m), and a second station may be added if they find they have room to transport the extra equipment. QSL via their home callsign direct or via the bureau. Check "DX News" on NJDXA's Web page for any last minute announcements at:


AS-043. Operators JI1PLF/1, 7N1GMK/1, and 7N1PVR/1 plan to be active from Hachijo Island, November 2-5th. They will be on 80-10 meters, including the WARC bands SSB and CW. QSL via their home callsigns.

Jim Buffington, K5JIM, Publicity Chairman for the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS) announced Monday that its planned convention, which was set for November 9-11th in Brunswick, Georgia, has been cancelled. Spokesman Jim, K5JIM, said the event was apparently a victim of the terrorist bombings, at least in part, since some members who had planned to fly in from overseas opted out. "For that matter," said Buffington, "some who would have flown from distant locations in the U.S. also indicated a reluctance to travel. Postponed would be a better word," said Buffington, "because we're already making plans for a meeting in 2002 and expect to announce the dates soon." Those who made reservations at the Holiday Inn in Brunswick are reminded to cancel them.

Don, W9DC, informs OPDX that Ted, W8TTS, has added a current up-to-date list of WLHA to his web page for use in the "DX4Win" logging program and also a limited text version which contains only the Lighthouse names and WLHA numbers. The URL address is:


OOPPPSS (Correction in OPDX.530)
Wolff, DJ5JH (HSC #372), informs OPDX that the HSC (mentioned in last week's bulletin) is not a Hungarian CW Club, but is a German High Speed Club founded in 1951 by Richard Dargatz, DL1XA, and others with over 1000 members. To become a member, one must have at least 5 QSOs of 30 minutes at 25 wpm with 5 different HSC members and the QSL cards with the confirmation of these facts.

Ben, OZ5IPA, will be active from Kangerlussuak from October 27th through November 5th, outside of the CQWW Contest. Ben will be active on SSB/CW and on all bands including the WARC as a single operator 12 hrs/day (1000-2200z). There is a slight possibility he will be active on SSTV and RTTY October 30th. He will participate in the International Police Associations Contest the first weekend of November. His QSL is good for the "Sherlock Holmes Award" and most police awards. QSL via OZ5IPA direct only to: Ben Jakobsen, 9 Knoldager, DK-2670 Greve, Denmark. For more info, check the following Web pages:
Contest info - http://www.ipa-rc.de
Ben's Web - http://www.iparc.dk

Mac, WA4FFW, reports, as of September 28th, all 3Y0C QSLs which he has received have been processed and mailed. This includes those not found in the log, Bureau, and SWL reports. He ask that you allow 2 weeks for delivery due to slowed mail to some areas, especially International mail. Mac stated all request which did not come up in the computer database were very carefully checked against Chuck's paper log. Resposes to all cards received have been completed. Approximately 90% of those NIL in the computer log was found in the paper log. The delay in the latest mailing of cards were due to the time required to verify against the paper log, and it certainly proved to be worth the effort for most of the requests. Mac wants to thank N4OL and WJ4T who worked endlessly to help get the cards out. A special thanks also to those who sent extra financial help with the QSL expense. He will continue to process incoming cards promptly, but it will not be daily. He will now work on a backlog of cards for other stations he manages.

NOT THE QSL MANAGER. Hannes, DL3NM (ex-DL3NEO) is NOT the QSL Manager for 4U1ITU or 4U1VIC. He is receiving many direct QSLs for these calls, especially from USA. He can QSL only the following activities:
4U1ITU: August 21-26th, 1994
4U1VIC: November 20-21st, 1998.

QSL Manager, Joe, W3HNK, reported this past week, that anyone needing a JT1CO card to please send him your QSL and 1 USD ASAP, and he will get a QSL card back to you in due time!

will be held October 12-14th, at the Beaumont Conference Centre, Old Windsor, UK. A full line of programs and speakers are scheduled to take place at this year's event (OH2BH, G3KMA, G3ZAY, G3SWH, RW3GW, UA9OBA, The D68C Story, 3B6RF Agalega Dxpedition, VP8SDX Falklands, Cocos-Keeling/Chatham Island by G3SXW, ZD7K/ZD8K, Logbook of the World by N7NG and much much more). Booking details, online registration and the program can be found on the Web at:

OPDX InterNet Subscribers will receive an additional bulletin with more details.

Eric/KU6J and Ron/K6KYJ, will be active from 160 meters through 440 MHz on SSB, CW, Digital, RTTY, Satellite, and FM using the special callsign N6C. The "Special Event" callsign N6C has been assigned to the "2001 Colusa County California QSO Party Expedition". Their location will be at the Black Oak Camp (elevation 5,800 ft), in the Mendocino National Forest. This callsign will be valid only from October 4-11th. QSL via KU6J.

Eric, T30ES, a Peace Corps volunteer on Butari Tari Island (OC-17), continues to be active. He was heard on 14280 kHz usually between 1000-1200z on Thursdays and Sunday evenings (his time) and sometimes on Tuesday. He will be there for another year plus. He runs on low power (TS-430), on batteries which are charged on a solar panel which he borrows from a friend. His antenna is a dipole strung between two coconut trees. QSL via CARA: P O Box 3441, Danbury, CT 06813.

Hiro, JP1TRJ, informed OPDX that he and Takashi/ JR7TEQ and Hiro/JA1PCY will be active from Christmas Island (OC-024) from October 1-7th, signing T32RJ, T32EQ and T32CY respectively. Their activitty will be on SSB/CW/RTTY on 160-6 meters. QSL T32CY via JA1PCY, T32EQ via JR7TEQ and T32RJ via JP1TRJ.

Goram, SM4DHF, will be active as TI2/SM4DHF from the QTH of Henry TI2HMG, from October 24th to November 4th. He will be taking part in the CQ WW Phone Contest as a Single Op/Single Band/Low Power entry (10, 15 or 20 meters, which will be decided later). Before and after the contest he will also be active on CW and RTTY. QSL via homecall SM4DHF.

Begin look for Joe, K8JP, to be active and signing V31JP. He will be there until April 2002. He is mainly a CW operator.

The VP5T group will be operating from VP5JM's place on Providenciales (NA-002) in the Turks & Caicos Islands during the period of October 23-30th. Operators will be Frank/WA2VYA, Ken/K2WB and Jack/N2VW. They plan a Multi-Multi operation during the CQWW SSB Contest, October 27-28th as VP5T. QSL via N2VW. Before and after the contest the operators will operate as VP5/homecall. Their activity will be mostly on CW, the WARC bands and PSK31. QSL to homecall.

Ari, OH1EH, reports that the following experienced contesters have been nominated to represent their countries in WRTC2002:

   CANADA : VE3EJ John Sluymer            SWEDEN: SM5IMO  Dan Hultgren
            VE7ZO Jim Roberts                     SM3SGP Gunnar Widell

   FINLAND: OH1MDR Timo Pohjola          UKRAINE: UT4UZ Yuri "Jerry" Onipko
            OH1MM    Pasi Alanko                  UT3UA Sergey Vasilenko

   GERMANY: DJ6QT Walter Skudlarek    YUGOSLAVIA: YU7BW Robert Homolja
            DJ2YA Ulrich Weiss                    YU1ZZ  Milanovic Milan
            DK3GI   Roland Mensch
            DL1IAO Stefan von Baltz

Alan, F6BFH, informs OPDX that a French team (from the Presence Radioamateur) will be here between October 22nd through November 10th. The following will be involved with this operation as well as their specific duties:
Yves, F5TYY - Radio Op and video.
Alan, F6BFH - Radio Op and video. His XYL Danielle will take pictures, be narrator on the video and give "Moral Support".
Jacqueline, F6EGG - YL Radio Op and medical person in charge.
Bernard, F9IE - Radio Op and Logistic transmissions. His XYL Micheline will take pictures, design the QSL and give "Moral Support".

Alan/F6BFH has received his callsign, XU7ABW, the others will go to the Telecom Ministry in Phnom Penh to receive their lisences. The team will have two IC-706MK2 radios with a dipole for 80-6 meters and plan to be active on CW and SSB. They will be travelling like backpackers with only knapsacks, including the radio equipment. They will try to activate Koh Poah Island (AS-133) in the Shianoukville archipelago. QSL via home callsigns, and the bureau is 100%. Alan states this operation would not be possible without the help of Franck, DL4KQ (XU7ABR). Also, a special thanks goes to Mister Christian Pichon, Logistic and Technical Advisor for the Cambodian- German Health Project, and the team of Paul/F2YT, Josiane/F5MVT (Honor Members of Presence Radioamateur), for special technical support. ADDED NOTE: Alan states that a special cup will be awarded to the station having the maximum number of QSOs on the maximum number of bands. Send your request by E-mail to: f6bfh@wanadoo.fr

Ed, K8EP, will be active as XX9TEP from October 11-17th. Activity will be on CW/SSB and probably on all bands. QSL to K8EP.

Laurie, G3UML, informs OPDX that station YN2EJ will be activated from the city of Granada, Nicaragua, for the CQWWDX Phone Contest at the end of October. Operators will be Eddie/W5GCX, Laurie/G3UML and Frosty/K5LBU. QSLs for EU/AF are via G3UML, all others go to W5GCX. All cards will be answered. This is a relatively modest Multi-Op/Single-Tx operation, using Icom transceivers, a small amplifier, a mini-quad and wire antennas. Last year the two U.S. Ops, signing YN2EJG, provided the only activity from Nicaragua and made almost 3000 QSOs.

The ZL7/G3SXW and ZL7/G3TXF operations are now QRT, but if you are interested, they now have the stats by continent and band from their trip to Chatham Island posted on their Web site:


Hisato, 7K1WLE, is planning to stay at Resolute Bay on Cornwallis Island in the Queen Elizabeth Islands Group, Nunavut, Canada (Canada north polar region: CQ ZONE2, IOTA NA-009), from October 25-31st. He will possibly sign VY0/7K1WLE or AK2M/VY0. He will use an IC-706MKII w/IC-2KL and wire antenna. He will be active mainly on the low bands. His operation from ZONE 2 on low bands will be a great interest to low banders because Hisato's operation will be influenced by an aurora propagation. The sunrise/sunset at Resolute Bay is 1534z/2030z. Pilot stations for him are JP1IOF/Toshi and JF6OJX/Tad. QSL via JN1HOW.

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Hi Ted

Here is some info on the up comingRSGB HF and IOTA Convention

Programme for the RSGB HF and IOTA Convention, October 12- 14, 2001. Beaumont Conference Centre, Old Windsor.

As usual a full programme of DXpedition reports, new techniques and tall stories in the bar !. Europe's premier HF DX convention includes 4 lecture streams covering, IOTA/ DXpeditions, HF technology, contests, a special LF Forum and demos, digital speech demos from a top class set of speakers. An IOTA buffet and our Saturday night DX Dinner with some electrifying entertainment.

Keynote speech. "From pure DX fun to missionary DXing. another DX journey of 40 years". Martii Laine OH2BH.

IOTA Numbers, one milestone down, what's next?,Roger G3KMA & Martin G3ZAY Ideas on what to expect as the IOTA Programme enters the 21st Century. Likely developments on the air, on Internet, in awards and QSLing

RI0B Ushakova and the Lost Islands of the Central Arctic, RW3GW, UA9OBA How a 13 man team of radio operators, polar explorers and video-makers put Ushakova Island, one of the remotest islands in the high Arctic, on the amateur radio map and what they found on the way back !

Mounting a one-man DXpedition, Martin G3ZAY and Phil G3SWH Advice from two operators who have almost made one-man DXpeditioning an art form.

The D68C Story, Neville G3NUG and the D68C team The inside story on the record breaking DXpedition of 2001.

3B6RF, Agalega Dxpedition, Derek G3KHZ
The expedition that challenged our determination to secure the licence, that tested our logistical flexibility, our financial resources and our patience !

VP8SDX Falklands, Gavin GM0GAV.
A Quick Trip to Cocos-Keeling and then to Chatham Island, Roger G3SXW.


Logbook of the World, Wayne Mills, N7NG. ARRL. The Logbook of the World concept will accept authenticated data directly from computerized logs via the Internet. using easy-to-obtain digital signatures for authentication. Wayne will tell us how it will work.

A special LF forum and demonstration. The transAtlantic QSOs on 136kHz, Peter G3LDO. LF propagation and some effects of Solar Disturbances, Alan G3NYK New ideas formulated as a result of the nightly recording of commercial stations in the 136kHz band.

Digital Voice at HF, and related techniques, Andy G4JNT

HF Datamodes via the soundcard, Phil GU0SUP How to get started properly.

Intelligence Services for the Keen DX-er, john G3LAS

Where did Cycle 23 go?, Gwyn G4FKH

BeSpeak - the voice announcing and logging software for the NCDXF/IARU beacons , Alan G0TLK

Getting the best out of multiband doublets and dipoles. Alan G3ZBE.

And a full set of DXpedition videos, our famous DX dinner with electrifying entertainment, IOTA buffet, DXCC card checking, Ladies programme and some great company.
The convention is at the Beaumont Conference Centre, Old Windsor which is 15-20 minutes from London Heathrow.

Booking details, online registration and programme at www.rsgb.org.uk

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