The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 576
September 2, 2002
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, NC1L, KF2HC, K3ZO, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4JF, W4FOA, WB4HAM, W5KFT, K8YSE, K9AJ, 4S7DA, 7K1WLE, 9A6AA, DJ7ZG, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, DL3NBL, DL6KAC, EA7FTR, F5NBU, F5NQL & UFT, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, G3XTT, G0IAS, HK3JJH, I1JQJ & IK1ADH - 425 DX NEWS, IK2QPR, IK2XDE, I8QLS, I8YRK & IZ8BRI - Diamond News, JA1ELY, JI3DST, JI6KVR, LA4LN, OZ6OM/OZ7M & OZ 50 MHz DX Bulletin, PA3ARM, PS7ZZ, RW0MM, S53R, SM5SIC, SQ9FMU, UT7WZ, VA3RJ & ICPO, XE1KK, XE2AC, VK3DYL and ZK1CG for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 25/August, through Sunday, 1/September there were 235 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C5, CE, CE0A, 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, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JX, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T2, T32, T33, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TR, TT, TU, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VK9C, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8, VP9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, XZ, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD9, ZK1/s, ZK2, ZL, ZP, ZS
* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations. As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later" (WFWL).
4S, SRI LANKA
Denver, 4S7DA, informs OPDX that there is a new operator on the air from 4S-land. Ranjith, 4S7KM, who is only operational on CW on 20/15 meters, has been very active. Watch 20 meters 1030 and 1430z. QSL via the bureau or direct to 4S7KM: Ranjith Peiris, 37/6, Chapel Road, Nugegoda, Sri Lanka.
In celebration of the 70th anniversary of the "Federacion Mexicana de Radio Experimentadores" (FMRE), the Mexican Government has authorized all the Mexican radio amateurs to use the special prefix "6J" instead of "XE" when working DX. Examples: XE2AC can use the 6J2AC, XE1J -- 6J1J and XE3DX -- 6J3DX. This is valid from August 21st, 2002, through December 31st, 2002.
Also, look for special event station 6F1LM to commemorate the 70th
anniversary of FMRE to be activated by different hams and radio clubs on
several bands and modes during the rest of the year. A special QSL card will
be sent to each and every contact they made. Please QSL VIA BUREAU ONLY.
DO NOT send SASE, IRCs or Green Stamps, just send it via your country's
bureau. Any questions about this operation please send an E-mail to:
Allan, G0IAS, informs OPDX that Harry (G0JMU), 7Q7HB, is back here again and will be here for the next 6 weeks. Over the past week, Harry has been active on 15/10 meters CW/SSB at various times. QSL ONLY DIRECT to G0IAS (Allan states, "Any other way will not work. I'm not a member of RSGB... neither is Harry... and there is NO BUREAU in Malawi....."). Allan also mentions that when the Doc says he is fit enough, he may go for an extended visit maybe 6 months or so to visit Ron (7Q7RM). They will TRY to get something up for 160.
9M6, EAST MALAYSIA
Shun, JH7IMX, will be active as 9M6LSC from September 26th through October 1st. He will participate in the CQ/RJ Worldwide DX Contest, RTTY (September 28-29th) as a Single Op/All Band entry. QSL via JH7IMX.
Ed, ON7UN, will leaving Belgium at the end of the month and will be working in Africa. During the first week in October he is expected to be in the Dem. Rep. of Congo (9Q). He has requested for a license and has received confirmation for the license. He will operate from there with the 9Q5** callsign. He is also expected to travel to Brazaville, Republic of Congo (TN), probably during the second week. He will also try to obtain a license from the TN country. Ed will be using the equipment in the Belgium Embassies (a KLM log periodic antenna and 500 watt). Over the next 6 months, Ed will be visiting Kenya (5Z), Tanzania (5H), Gabon (TR), Angola (D2) and possible other African countries because of his work. QSL via ON4ACA.
C9, MOZAMBIQUE (Update)
As mentioned in OPDX.574 Babs/DL7AFS and Lot/DJ7ZG will be active again from here as C98DC. Their 2 weeks activity will start around September 24th. Activity will be from Bazaruto Island in the northern part of Mozambique (IOTA AF-072). They will operate SSB on the usual DX frequencies. Also, look for operations on RTTY/PSK on 18101 kHz as well. QSl via DL7AFS. For more up-to-date information, check out the Web site at:
Jim, W7EJ, is expected to be active as CN2R in the CQWW DX SSB Contest as a Single Op/All Band entry. QSL via W7EJ.
Bryan, W5KFT, wants to remind everyone that the 12th Annual DX BASH will be on October 4-5th. Check the web page for all the info. They will be having a great time and the best selection of programs ever!! Come join them for the weekend and enjoy the fellowship, fun, and food. Their Web page is at:
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, reports the following operations have been approved for DXCC credit:
BURUNDI - 9U5A (Valid from May 28, 2002, to May, 27, 2003) BHUTAN - A52ED - (October 23rd through November 1st, 2001) A52OM - (January 1st through February 5th, 2002)
UGANDA - 5X1CW - (March 19, 2002, through March 1, 2003)
FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Jean-Luc, F5AEP, is expected to stay in Papeete for the next two years starting on September 1. Currently his callsign has not been anounced yet. Over the next two years Jean-Luc also plans to visit several other islands like the Marquesas or Gambier Island.
FS, FRENCH ST. MARTIN
Look for Ann/W2AZK, Brian/KF2HC, Gene/K2KJI, Maryann/K2RVH, Bob/W5GJ and Mike/WA2VUN to sign FS/homecall from December 4-11th. The group hopes to have 2 stations on HF and 1 station on 6 meters. Operations will be CW, SSB, and possibly some PSK31. They plan to participate in the ARRL 160M Contest that weekend. QSL to the callsign worked. Visit the following Web page for up-to-date information at:
Rainer/DL2MDZ and Gerhard/DL3NBL will be active October 11-27th from the Island of Guernsey, IOTA EU-114. Using a KW, activity will be on 160-10 meters, including the WARC band. DL2MDZ will use CW/RTTY and DL3NBL will use SSB/RTTY. QSL via their homecall.
AF-077. Barry, ZS1FJ, reports he plans to be active as ZS23I from the Cape Province South Coast Group on September 28th for one or two days. Activity will be mostly on 17/12 meters. QSL via ZS1FJ.
AS-066. John, RW0MM/p, and some potential YL members of the Vladivostok Contest Club will be active from Russkij Island (RR-16-02) between September 7-9th during their IOTA holiday. They will participate in the IARU (Reg.1) Field Day. Activity will be on all HF bands CW/SSB on the usual IOTA frequencies. Depending on local conditions, they will try to operate from one or more lighthouses (RLHA-New) on the military island. QSL via UA3DX. E-mail requests for replies through the bureau go to:
AS-147. Take, JI3DST, will be active as JI3DST/8 once again from Okushiri Island (Okushiri-cho Okushiri-gun Hokkaidou) from October 25-28th. Activity will be on 70/17/15/12/10/6 meters SSB and in the CQWW SSB Contest. QSL via JI3DST (through the Bureau ONLY).
EU-004. Christian, DL6KAC, will once again be active from Mallorca Island (DIE: E-021) starting September 5th until the end of September / beginning of October (return flight not yet booked). Activity will be on 80-10 meters, mainly SSB. Antennas will be dipoles on the high bands and Inverted L for 40/80m. Power will be 350 watts. He might include some activity in the WAE SSB Contest. This will be a holiday style operation. QSL via the DARC bureau or direct (qrz.com).
EU-020. Hardy/DL3KWF and his wife Rosel/DL3KWF will be active from Gotland Island September 2-13th. They will sign SM1/homecall and be active on CW during the morning and evening hours. QSL via bureau. Also, QSL requests can be sent via E-mail to:
EU-062. The Namdal Group of NRRL will be active as LA7N/p and take
part in the Region 1 Field Day between 1300z, September 7th
and 1300z September 8th. The multi-operation will take place
on Borgan Island (LOC JP54KX) with five stations on 160-10
meters SSB/CW/PSK/RTTY, 6m, 2m and 70cm SSB-FM, also some
satellite operation. You will find them 5-10 kHz below the
usual IOTA-frequences (+/-QRM):
CW - 1825, 3525, 7025, 14025, 21025 and 28025
SSB - 1850, 3750, 7050, 14250, 21250 and 28450 kHz
QSL via SM5SIC.
EU-120. Look for DK1RF to be active as M/DK1RF from the English Islands Group between September 7-13th. QSL via home call.
SA-078. Pedro, HK3JJH, will be active from Isla Palma (SA-078), September 6-9th and Isla del Pirata (Rosario Island - SA-040) from September 11-12th. Suggested frequencies are: 28460, 21260 and 14260 kHz (+/- QRM). His callsign will be HK3JJH/1. QSL direct to Pedro's home address: Pedro J. Allina, PO Box 81119, Bogota Colombia. He does not receive QSL cards sent via the bureau.
Hartmut/DM5TI and Thomas/DL2RMC will be active from here between September 4-13th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters on CW/SSB/RTTY/ SSTV/PSK31/Pactor. Check out the following Web page for more details at:
JD1, OGASAWARA (75 Years Commemorative DXpedition of JARL)
Toshi, JA1ELY, Project Planner, informs OPDX that they are pleased to announce that several Japanese groups will operate as 8N1OGA from Ogasawara Islands. The islands are located about 1,000 kilometers south of Tokyo and can only be reached by taking a 25 hour boat trip from Tokyo. Between September 15th and the end of January 2003, the special station will be active to commemorate 75 years since Japan Amateur Radio League (JARL) was founded. Preliminary license has been already issued by Japanese Telecommunication authority, which permits all modes including satellite and one kilo watt output on normal bands and 500 watts on 6 meter band. They will operate two complete stations with yagi beams on self supporting towers and dipoles and GP antennas for low bands. They will aggressively participate in upcoming major DX contests such as the CQWW Phone, CQWW CW and JIDX Phone Contest. They will particularly be looking for Europe and the East Coast of North America on low bands (For them to be able to do this, they will put up antennas that can be viewed over the Pacific Ocean!!)
The current details of the operation schedule is as follows:
Sept 15-18th JE1CKA, JF1PJK, JM1RFT, JR1AIB (A constraction team, limited operation) Sept 27-Oct 5th JQ2EHG, JO1LVZ Oct 2-5th JI2UNR Oct 8-16th 7K3EOP, WA1S Oct 20-23th Unknown Oct 26-29th JA1WSX, JS1DLC Oct 26-Nov 4th JA1MRM, JA1LZR Nov 8-11th JO1RUR, JP1JFG Nov 14-23th Unknown Nov 27-30th JA1ELY, JA1IDY Dec 4-24th Unknown Dec 27th-Jan 1st JA7AYE Dec 31st-Jan 4th JA1WSX Jan 4-31st Unknown
QSLs will be available for all QSOs via the Bureau unless you request SAE with one IRC to the manager. If you QSL directly, please send to the QSL Manager JA1MRM to: Saburo Asano, 3-26-8 Toyotamakita, Nerima, Tokyo, 176-0012 Japan. A log search will be available as soon as the operation starts. Please note that there will be no operations prior to September 15th. The Web page for this project is at:
LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVITY AND NEWS
The Radio Amateur Society of Norwich, N1NW, will be active between 1000z September 7th through 1600z September 8th from New London Ledge Lighthouse (ARLHS USA-542). This lighthouse is located in New London County, New London harbor, New London, CT. Suggested frequencies are: 7270, 14270, 21370 and 28370 kHz. QSL via Radio Amateur Society of Norwich, PO Box 329, Norwich, CT 06360.
Members of the Natal Digital Group (NDG) will activate Lighthouse Bacopari (DFB RN-08) on September 6-8th and participate in the DARC 10-Meter Digital Contest. Look for operators PS7ZZ, PS7TKS and PS7KC to be active on all bands SSB, CW, RTTY, and PSK-31 as ZW7NDG. QSL to Manager is PS7ZZ (bureau or direct to: Francisco Edvaldo P de Freitas, Av. Sao Miguel dos Caribes, 31 - Conj Jiqui, 59086-500 Natal, Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil)
The Radio Amateur Union of North Aegean will be active during their "FIELD DAY 2002" using the special callsign SZ8LH, and will activate at the same time the Lighthouse Megalonisi (Lesvos Island, NUMBER: GR-7130, Grid Locator: 39N12, 25E50 and IOTA EU-049). Operators will be SV8QG, SV8CRI, SV8DCY, SV8DTD, SV8DBO, SV8DCW, SV8BEV and SV8DTL. Activity will be on 160-2 meters on all mode.
LN CONTEST PREFIX FOR NORWAY
Tom, LA4LN, reports: "The Norwegian Post and Telecommunications Authority has recently issued a permit for Norwegian club stations to substitute their ordinary LA prefix with the rare LN prefix during certain HF contests. The first opportunities will be the contests All Asian (Sept. 7-8th), WAE (Sept. 14-15th), SAC (Sept. 21-22nd & 28-29t), and CQ WW RTTY DX (Sept. 28-29th). Most Norwegian club stations now use 2-by-1 calls (deceased old-timers' calls; like for instance LA1V), and would in most cases accept QSL to their ordinary LA call. The LN prefix has only been in use once before on amateur radio. This happened in 1995 in commemoration of the 50th anniversary for the liberation of Norway after the 2nd World War, when some LN stations were active, like LN1V (QSL via LA4LN). LN1V will now resurface in some of the above mentioned contests; activity is especially planned for the CQWW RTTY DX Contest. For the SAC (Scandinavian Activity Contest) the NRAU (Nordic Radio Amateur Union) recently decided to accept the LN prefix for Norway in the contest rules for 2002."
OJ0, MARKET REEF
Remeber to look for the "QLF DX TEAM" to be active this week from here through September 9th. Operators LA5UKA, LA6YEA, LA8SDA, LA9VDA and OJ0/LB1NE (along with possibly OH0RJ) will be active as OJ0LA. Activity will be on CW/SSB, maybe some RTTY, and on 160-10 meters with special attention paid to the high and low bands. QSL OJ0LA to LA9VDA. For direct QSL, please send a SASE + 1 IRC or 2 USD. QSL OJ0/LB1NE via CBA. QSL OJ0RJ via OH0RJ.
Jacobo, P43P, is expected to be active as P40B in the CQ/RJ WW DX Contest (RTTY) as a Single Op/All Band entry. Also, P43P is expected to be active as P40B in the CQWW DX SSB Contest as a Single Op/All Band entry. QSL via I2MQP.
P5, NORTH KOREA
According to Bruce, KK5DO, there have been reports that Ed, P5/4L4FN, has been on CW and these QSNs are false. Ed still has to repair his antennas. A co-worker that was helping Ed has left the country permanently for another assignment. So this will increase Ed's work duties and limit his radio activities to the weekends.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
Tony, W4FOA, informs OPDX that Lawrence, 9N7RB, is now officially QRT, effective Friday, August 23, 2002. During his period of activity, Lawrence made 12,000 QSOs with 289 countries and was responsible for putting 9N in the logs of many for a new country, especially on CW. QSLs for his activity may be sent via W4FOA, preferably via direct. Bureau cards will be answered on a time available basis. Lawrence's equipment and antennas will be left behind in Nepal.
Robert, S53R, informs OPDX readers of the following:
1) All direct requests for A52KR and AP2ARS were answered during July/August. There were no cards pending when he left home.
2) AP2ARS - Please note that Robert does not handle any AP2ARS QSLs anymore. From January 1, 2002, all QSLs (bureau/direct) for AP2ARS / A52KR are handeled by K2PF. So, for you who have already sent BUREAU cards to Robert (even the ones for 2001), please resend to K2PF because he will not have time to answer.
3) YA5T - again do not send the cards to Robert. All cards for YA5T go via KU9C!!!
PLEASE NOTE: Robert states that he is receiving plenty of IRC coupons NOT stamped in his requests. Most of them have come from Germany! They are not exchangable at the post offices so those QSLs were replied via bureau.
Hisato, 7K1WLE, who was on Easter Island (CE0Y) from July 18-24th (2002), informs OPDX that he worked 3,100 QSOs on HF and has put up a Web page with an on-line log and photos. Visit the Web page at:
Don Field, G3XTT, D68C Publicity Manager, reports that he has finished processing all of the incoming requests for D68C cards on hand. A large quantity of cards will be despatched shortly to the RSGB bureau. The confirmed QSO count stands at 80692. That's 47.8%, and almost certainly a record for number of confirmed QSOs for a single DXpedition. Phil is still receiving at least one direct request most days! The team thanks Phil for his efforts.
Miro, UT7WZ, reports that all cards for EN1WJP (Special Event Station in June, 2001, for Pope John Paul's visit to the Ukraine) have been all confirmed direct or via bureau. All cards were sent automatically via the bureau in early 2002. If anyone still needs a card, please E-mail a request to UT7WZ : firstname.lastname@example.org
On-line log, with statistics, some photos and other information about the recent holiday/expedition to Les Saintes Island (NA-114) by FG/IK2XDE, FG/IK2JYT, FG/IK2HAB and FG/IW2MVS are available at:
Richard, WD4IKI, reports that he is NOT the QSL Manager for the current HH2CQ operations.
Fred, K3ZO, reports that in a recent bureau shipment he received QSLs for S21DM. He states that he is NOT the QSL Manager for S21DM and has nothing to do with QSL arrangements for S21DM.
Many have been reporting that they have been receiving their S9LA QSL cards in mail.
Yann, F5NBU, reports that he is not the QSL Manager for the recent TM4T opetion. QSL TM4T via F6HLC (not via F5NBU). However, Yann is the QSL Manager for the 1994 CQWW SSB Contest TM4T only.
Temir, UN7OP, has changed his callsign and will be active starting September 1st as UN1O. QSL via IK2QPR: Paolo Fava, via Bertani 8, 46100 Mantova, ITALY.
Mike, K9AJ, reports, "For those waiting for their Henderson Island QSL (VP6AJ and VP6VT) from March 2002, there is good news: the balance of the QSL order arrived today (August 30th) from the printer, IT9EJW. QSL Manager N9TK will be working on answering the outstanding QSLs. Thanks for your patience."
Photos and others information on the recent XY0TA (AS-165) DXpedition can now be found at:
Ron, WB4HAM, informs OPDX that he is the QSL Manager for Rudi, YC0EEX, in Indonesia.
YE2R was active from Karimunjawa (OC-186) during August 28th-September 1st. QSL via EA7FTR.
R1, ANTARCTICA. It has been reported that Oleg, R1ANF/A, will be active from the "Great Wall Base" (WABA BY-01) until the end of September. Look for him to be active every Monday on 21275 kHz starting at 1700z. Also, Oleg is expected to activate the Uruguyan Base "Artigas" (WABA CX-01) during the month of September. QSL via RK1PWA. PLEASE NOTE: WABA stands for "World Antarctic Base Award".
RU1, EUROPEAN RUSSIA
Operators UA1AKC, UA1ARX, RW1AC, RV1AW, RN1AM and RA1ACJ will be active in the CQ/RJ RTTY Contest as RU1A as a Multi/Single entry. Look for them on 80 meters (3 element yagi). Their sunrise/sunset is: 0350/1540z. Operators RU1AA, RW1AC, RV1AW, UA1ARX, RN1AM, RX1AA, RA1ACJ and possibly others, will be active from ZONE 16 in the CQWW CW Contests as RU1A as a Multi/2 Band entry. Look for them on 160 meters (2 element yagi) and 80 meters (3 element yagi). Their sunrise/sunset is: 0550/1320z. Also, look for RU1A to be active in the CQWW SSB Contest as a Multi/2 Band entry by operators RW1AC, RV1AW, UA1ARX, RN1AM, RX1AA and possibly others. Their sunrise/sunset during this contest is: 0450/1400z. QSL both operations via RU1AE or via the bureau.
The Radio Club Station SP9KDU from the Polish town of Tarnowskie Gory will be active using the special callsign SN9TG to celebrate a holiday there. Operations will be from September 1-8th with activity on SSB, CW and FM. QSL to SP9KDU via the Bureau (prefered) or direct via callbook address.
Albert, NH7A, will be active in the CQWW DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Single Op/All Band entry. Callsign is not yet known but it will be TO5(something). QSL via F5VHJ.
Pat, I8QLS, informs OPDX that he will be active with Piero, W1NA/I8CZW and Gino, I8ULL, from Benin between October 19-28th. During the CQWW Phone Contest, I8QLS will take part as a Single Op/10m entry, W1NA as a Single Op/15m entry and I8ULL Single Op/20m entry. Before the contest they will focus on the low bands, WARC bands, 6 meters and CW. QSL Manager is Cirio, I8ACB. Only callsign provided so far is for Pat, I8QLS, and will be active as TY2LS.
V6, MICRONESIA IOTA TOUR 2002
The Diamond DX Club has announced that three of their members ( Nando/IT9YRE, Gaetano/IT9GAI and Claudio/I1SNW) will be active as V63RE, V63GH and V63WN. They will activate Nomwin Island (OC-NEW) from October 24-27th and Etal Island (OC-NEW) from October 30th to November 4th. QSL via IT9YRE. For more information about the Micronesia IOTA Tour 2002, visit their Web page at:
ZD7, ST. HELENA
Gilbert, ZD7BG, has been active around 2330z on 14013 kHz (also around 0745z) with a fairly good signal. Anyone needing ZD7 on CW, this would be a good catch. There was also a QSN of Gilbert on 18080 kHz around 2245z. Meanwhile, Carlos, ZD7CY, has been active on 15/10 meters SSB. Watch 21305 and 28450 kHz between 2030-2330z.
ZK1, NORTH AND SOUTH COOK ISLAND (News by ZK1CG)
During the month of September, Victor, ZK1CG, will once again be using the "ZK1USA" as his callsign to show support for September 11th victims from the South Cook Islands. Also, four YL hams will be in the South Cook Islands operating with the callsign ZK1XYL between October 1-15th. Victor states, "This is the first time South Cooks has seen this many YL's operating in the Cooks at one time." Jim/ZK1JD, Victor/ZK1CG, Tuatai/ZK1CY (South Cooks) and ZK1MA (North Cooks) will welcome these young YL hams to Rarotonga, South Cook. They will bring along a OM ham to be their GOFER during their stay in the Cooks. Victor, ZK1CG, is still looking for some hams to come to the Cooks for the CQWW SSB Contest in October to help run a contest station from the South Cooks. If you're a fast talker and interested please contact ZK1CG via E-mail at: email@example.com The group (plus a new member) that was on the North Cooks last year for CQ WW SSB Contest will be going back to the North Cooks in October for CQ WW SSB Contest. Contact W7VV or W7TSQ for more info/details. Victor states, "It would be nice to have both North and South Cooks on at the same time for the contest."
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Subject: For DX Bulletins: JW4LN
JW4LN from Svalbard July 6 - 21, 2002
Tom's (LA4LN) activity as JW4LN from Spitsbergen (IOTA EU-26) and Bear Island (IOTA EU-27) July 6 - 21, 2002, while on work, resulted in a total of approximately 1000+ QSOs; about 750 QSOs from Bear Island and the rest from Spitsbergen. Propagation was better from Bear Island than during the visits the two previous years. But the operation from Spitsbergen was this year bothered by aurora and "black-out".
Requests were received for specialty modes like SSTV, 160 m (the sun was up day and night), and on-line logs, with very little understanding that we were in the wilderness of the Arctic with no facilities what-so-ever other than a .44 Magnum revolver to protect us from the hungry polar bears ...
A number of QSLs have been received at my home address (P.O. Box 15 Kjelsaas, N-0411 Oslo, Norway). But a majority of the direct QSLs lack the necessary coverage of the return postage. One US$ is now only worth Norwegian Kroner 7.50, while a stamp to DX locations now costs Norwegian kroner 10.00 = US$ 1.33.
For a while I have answered under-covered direct QSLs, attaching a request for reimbursement of the missing postage. Only a very few percent have reimbursed the missing postage. Last year I answered approximately 1000 under-covered direct QSLs, giving me an accumulated loss of some hundred dollars! This simply cannot continue. The last year's Norwegian postage increase was widely published, together with the fact that one "Green Stamp" no longer covers the return postage from Norway. One IRC will, however, cover the return postage, but leave nothing to help support the extra expenses to get on the air from remote locations.
I'm sorry, but from now on direct QSLs to LA4LN without sufficient coverage of the return postage will be answered via the QSL Bureau.
Tom LA4LN / JW4LN / etc.
Tom V. Segalstad
P.O. Box 15 Kjelsaas
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