The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 583
October 21, 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, ARRL Letter, K1AA, NC1L, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4GN, N4VA, W5OZI, W5UE, N6RT, K8YSE, NE8Z, WB8YJF, 9A7K, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, DL3DXX, F5NQL & UFT, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, G3AB, G3NKC, G0PSE, HS0/JF6DEA, I1JQJ & IK1ADH - 425 DX NEWS, IK0FTA, IK0LNN, JH6RTO, LU7XP, LX1RQ, MM0BQI, OH6NJ, OZ6OM/OZ7M & OZ 50 MHz DX Bulletin, PA1AW, PS7AB, PY5EG, RW6HS, VA3RJ & ICPO, VE6JO, VE7HA, XE1YJS and Z35M for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 13/October, through Sunday, 20/October there were 240 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4U1U, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE0A, CE0Z, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, 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, FW, 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, J5, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, 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, PY0F, PZ, S0, S2, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TL, TN, TR, TT, TU, TX0, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP8/o, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, ZK1/n, 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).
3C, EQUATORIAL GUINEA (Update)
Vitaly, VE6JO, has informed OPDX that he has received a scanned copy of his license via E-mail. He has requested the callsign 3C2A but was issued 3C2MV. He will try to change it if the extra premium cost will not be too high. Vitaly has provided some more info that was omitted on the original posting (OPDX.580). This operation is planned from the capital city of Equatorial Guinea - Malabo located on Bioko Island (IOTA AF-010). And now the bad news. Vitaly is still waiting for the visa. It cannot be issued until a person with local residence status sends an invitation. He states that he is looking for such a individual, but it does not look promising at this point. He was expected to be in 3C-land around November 2-24th. If you know a local resident and can help Vitaly, let the editor know, and he will relay the message to him.
4G, PHILIPPINES (Update/Change)
Dave, N2NL, reports that his callsign and entry in the CQ World Wide DX CW (November 23-24th) has changed. He will now sign 4G1A and be Single Op/All Band/High Power entry. Dave states all QSOs will be confirmed via the Bureau.
Alex, PA1AW, reports that there has been a few DXCluster spots of 5Z4DZ on 30 meter CW and 15 meters RTTY which are not real. He states that in Kenya, 30 meters is not allowed, and Alex (5Z4DZ) does not work RTTY yet. Meanwhile, Alex has been active on 20/17/15 meters. Watch 14025, 18074 and 21290 kHz (at various time, between 1530-1900 and after 2330z). His QSL Manager, PA1AW, also reports that the log is updated again and now contains 14,728 QSOs through 13-October-2002 1400z at:
60 METER EXPERIMENTAL BAND OPERATION
Members of the Team-Zone 2 (see OPDX.579) have obtained authorization from Industry Canada to conduct experimental operations on the 60 meter band from October 22-24th (possibly other times...if time permits). Their callsign will be VA2BY. QSL requests via direct only for QSOs with authorized stations and SWL reports via VE3BY. E-mail SWL reports are also welcome via firstname.lastname@example.org For further info on frequencies, operation times etc. see the Web page at:
6F, MEXICO (Update/Special Event)
Special event station 6F1LM continues to be active through the end of the year on the weekend. The special station is to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Federacion Mexicana de Radio Experimentadores (FMRE). Activity is on CW and the Digital Modes (RTTY, PSK31, MFSK). 6F1LM will be activated on several bands and modes by different Mexican hams and radio clubs during the rest of the year 2002. Watch around 7003, 10107, 14085, 14012, 18071 and 21015 kHz. A special QSL card with this very rare prefix will be sent to each and every contact they make in January 2003. If you want to send them your QSL card please do so VIA THE BUREAU ONLY. You don't need to send them your card to receive their QSL card, however, they will greatly appreciate very much if you do send them one. DO NOT QSL DIRECT or to the operator you QSO with... USE THE BUREAU. They will NOT QSL direct to anyone, ONLY VIA BUREAU. Please DO NOT send SASE, IRCs or Green Stamps, just SEND IT BY YOUR own COUNTRY's BUREAU and save money.
9L, SIERRA LEONE
Andy Chadwick, G3AB (ex G4ZVJ), will be in Freetown, Sierra Leone, from November 7th for several weeks. Andy plans to be active as 9L1AB on all bands 160-6 meters mainly on CW. QSL via G3AB:
Andy Chadwick, 5 Thorpe Chase, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 1UA E-mail requests for bureau QSL cards can be sent to: email@example.com Check the Web site for updates at:
Dan, KL7Y, and some other KL7 locals will be active as AL1G from Zone 1 Alaska during the CQWW DX SSB Contest as a Multi/Single entry. QSL via AC7DX.
Just a reminder that a five man team from the Magnolia DX Association will be active from Treasure Cay, Abaco Island (IOTA NA-080) in the Bahamas from October 21-28th. They will be participating in the CQWW SSB Contest in the new Multi-2 catagory using the callsign C6ARB. Team members will be active the week before the contest as homecall/C6A on 160-10 meters, CW, SSB and RTTY. Team members are: Randy/W5UE, Stan/K5NY, Bernie/KK5EW, Joe/N5ID and Terry/W8JE. QSL for C6ARB via W5UE, individual team member activity via home calls.
#CQDX HAS A NEW ADDRESS
Doug, N6RT, informs OPDX that the popular #CQDX chat room for DXers has a new address. Please reconfigure your IRC client to connect to irc.radiochat.org. Information about the room and software configuration instructions can be found at:
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, reports that 9U0X by Baldur, DJ6SI, last month has been approved for DXCC credit.
EA8, CANARY ISLANDS (OLD TIMERS AT EA8ZS)
A press release from Tim, N4GN: "The Quarter Century Wireless Association (QCWA) is pleased to announce an outing of seasoned contesters to EA8, a North African hot spot. Their party represents some 250 years of cumulative contesting experience. They think it's CQWW contest time this coming weekend? Isn't it? CW or SSB?
Indeed, the amateur radio population is aging at the speed of light and new sources of inspiration are scarce. This group decided to be at it before it is too late. Moreover, they convinced some selected youngsters to join them, just in case - and an M.D. is accompanying them to ensure their well-being. Good sleep, reasonable blood pressure and functioning stomach...
So, please look forward and backward to some serious caramba on all bands as EA8ZS hits the airwaves. The operator roster includes - in addition to the host, Manolo, EA8ZS--OH0XX, OH1MA, OH1RY, OH2BH, OH2JTE, OH2MM, OH2PM and OH2TA.
This coming weekend? With six (6) Yaesu radios and relating fire power with so many Finnish Antenna beams that they cannot count for. This operation counts for all QCWA awards.."
FO, AUSTRAL ISLANDS (Possible New IOTA)
Silvano/I2YSB and Adriano/IK2GNW are now active as FO/I2YSB and FO/IK2GNW from Rurutu Island (OC-050) in the Austral Islands group until October 28th. Activity over the past weekend has been on 40/30/20/17/15/12/10 meters (most on CW with some SSB). They are also expected to try to activate Maria Island, a NEW IOTA (OC-NEW). QSL FO/I2YSB direct to I2YSB: Silvano Borsa, P.O. Box 45, 27036 Mortara (PV) Italy). QSL FO/IK2GNW direct to IK2GNW: Adriano Premoselli, Via Rossini 2, 20080 Cisliano (MI) Italy).
FO, FRENCH POLYNESIA
Murray, VE7HA, informs OPDX that his wife, Konomi, and himself have left Sunday, October 20th, for a vacation to French Polynesia to celebrate their 16th anniversary. Among many other stops, they will be staying at FO5IW/FO8DX, Stan's, Mai Moana Resort on Motu Ite in the Bora Bora Lagoon (OC-067). They will only be at that location on October 30th and 31st. He hopes to get on the air in his spare time using his former FO0LM callsign if the government will re-issue that old callsign to him. If he makes it on the air from Stan's station, Murray expects the operation would be on the higher bands (40-10 meters) on SSB. Murray, states, "Ironically, on the CQ WWDX weekend (Oct. 26-27), I will likely end up in a private villa on Huahine Island with operating permission but no equipment since I'm not taking any along. I'm too afraid if I take equipment, the wife will be sitting on the beach alone all weekend long... ..the things we do for wives, eh?"
FR & FR/J, REUNION AND JUAN DE NOVA ISLANDS
Fred, F5IRO, stationed on Reunion Island will go from time to time to Juan de Nova during the next 4 months signing FR5KH/J. Activity will be mainly CW. QSL via F6FNU.
Operators ES2DJ, ES2EZ, ES2NJ, ES1LSR and ES1QV will be active as ES2U in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) as a Multi/Single entry. QSL via ES1QV.
FY, FRENCH GUIANA
Didier, FY5FY, will be active in both CW/SSB CQWW DX Contests as FY5FY and as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry. QSL via the Bureau or direct (good in any callbook since 1992).
Karlfried, DL1EK (Editor of DXMB/DXNL), will be going here with his friends Lars/DF1LON, Peter/DH4JQ, Stephan/DL1ELY and Stephan/DL7AOS for the CQWW SSB Contest. They will use the callsign MJ/DL1EK during the contest and trying out the new Multi-2 class category. QSL via DL1EK.
EU-092. Jim, MM0BQI, will be returning to Tanera Mor in the Summer Isles for a week starting Saturday 19th October 2002. He will be operating on 80-10 meters CW, SSB and the Digi modes. He is especially looking for DX contacts on 80 meters particularly because he only needs 30 new countries for his 5BDXCC. Look for part time participation in the RSGB 10/15m CW and CQWW SSB Contests. QSL via the bureau, E-mail or direct will be replied to 100 per cent. His address is: Jim Martin, 3 Lismore Avenue, Edinburgh EH8 7DW, SCOTLAND. E-mail address: JimMM0BQI@aol.com
OC-252. Activity over the past week by Kadek/YC9BU, Joni/YC9WZJ, Ign/YB9COD and Made/YB9AY as homecall/7 was from Temaju Island (A New IOTA). QSL via YC9BU to CBA.
Operators I0CUT, IK0LNN, IK0NFV, IK0PEA, IK0SME and IZ0BXZ will be active as IQ0N in the CQWW SSB Contest as a Multi/Single category. Look for them on every band, from 160-10 meters. QSL via IK0NFV, bureau or direct.
Look for JU840C, a special event station to celebrate the 840th birthday of Gengis Khan, founder of the Mongolian Empire, to be active from October 21-31st.
KP4, PUERTO RICO
Rick, NE8Z, will be signing KP4/NE8Z from many different locations in Puerto Rico between October 26th-November 3rd. He will also be on a fishing and diving trip to Desecheo Island (KP5), but, he will only be operating /MM off shore. Landing on Desecheo Island without special permission is still prohibited. Most of his activity will be on the WARC bands CW. Rick will use a TS50s + Spider Vertical. QSLs via NE8Z.
LX, LUXEMBOURG (MAKE A QSO! This one does count!)
An international group of friends will be active from here as LX0LT from November 30th through December 8th. The special activity by LX0LT will be on the air to help in collecting donations for the scientific research against genetic illnessess. The team has sponsors who will give them "4 cent" per QSO. Their goal is to reach 20,000 in one week. They will be active on SSB, CW, RTTY and PSK, with operations on 24 hours day all that week. Robert, LX1RQ, states, "The hams around the world have only one thing to do..... contact LX0LT on all bands (WARC included) . We hope, that we will be able to reach the goal of that 20.000 QSOs." QSL via LX1RQ or the LX Bureau. Check out the following Web at:
MD4, ISLE OF MAN (Callsign Update)
Operators G0HSS, G1GEY, G3NKC, G4MJS, G4XUM and M0BEW will sign MD4K as a Multi-Op team in the CQWW DX SSB Contest. QSL direct ONLY to GD0TEP.
Scott, K0DQ, will be active as P40Q in the CQWW DX CW Contest (November 23-24th) from P49V's QTH as a Single Op/All Band/High Power entry. QSL via K0DQ.
P5, NORTH KOREA
Ed, P5/4L4FN, is back in North Korea and should be back on the air soon.
PJ2, NETHERLAND ANTILLES
Operators W9VA, K9BG, W9JUV and W9UZ will be active as PJ2T in the ARRL 10m Contest (December 14-15th) as a Multi-Op/ High Power entry. QSL via N9AG.
Many members of the Araucaria DX Group will be active in the next CQWW SSB Contest with the following stations to be on the air:
PT0F - From their station on Fernando de Noronha, SOAB operated by
their friend, Jose, CT1BOH.
ZW5B - From their Curitiba Contest Station, MULTI/TWO, Operators will be PY5EG, PY5CC, N5FA, PY1KN, PY2KC, PT2PS...
From their Contest Station in Santa Catarina - Boa Vista, look for the following competitors:
ZY5G (PP5WG) SOSB - 10 meters HP
ZX5J (PP5JR) SOSB - 15 meters HP
PY3MM - SOSB - 20 meters HP
PX5A (PP5UA) - 40 meters HP
PU3A (PY3DX) - 80 meters HP
PP5ZYZ - 160 meters HP
From their Sambaqui Florianopolis PP5JR Station, look for ZV5K (Operators PP5NW, PP5FMM, PP5AMP, PP5ABU) Multi/Single/
Some additional ADXG members are going to be active, and they will inform the DX community later on the callsigns.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
Special event station 6F1LM continues to be active through the end of the year on the weekend. The special station is to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of Federacion Mexicana de Radio Experimentadores (FMRE). Activity is on CW and the Digital Modes (RTTY, PSK31, MFSK).
Activity by Borislav/9A3KB/p and Franjo/9A2MF/p, from the Croatian
Lighthouse Altijez LH-0278 and CLH-001 (not a IOTA), should be QSLed
via their home callsign.
Borislav Santini 9A3KB Franjo Maticic 9A2MF Galijotska 7 Ravna dolina 17 HR - 52100 Pula HR - 52475 Savudrija Croatia Croatia
The log of the recent GB2IOM Dxpedition to the Isle of Man (IOTA EU-116) which activated the Point of Ayre Lighthouse (LH NR. IOM 013) is now available at:
HV4NAC, HV0A AND 1A0KM LOGS NEWS. Sergio, IK0FTA, provided OPDX with the following (edited) information: "Francesco, IK0FVC, informs all Radio Amateurs that unfortunately, due to a failure to HV4NAC's computer, all files containing the logs through December 31, 1999, have crashed. Francesco is very disappointed for the situation, but he can't confirm any more QSOs made previous of this date. All others logs concerning HV0A are still active in another Hard disk, and QSOs can be confirmed without problems. Regarding 1A0KM, all logs are active, but, please, don't ask Francesco to confirm QSOs previous to 1994 activities because he doesn't have the logs. Please, QSL to him directly only."
IRCS AVAILABLE. Larry, N4VA (ex-S21ZK), has some (89 big, 321 small) IRCs for sale. QSL chores for S21AM, S21FHQ and S21R are the source. All are the airmail style(s) and properly stamped in the left box. The coupons are 1 USD for the small ones or 1.10 USD for the large ones. No minimum order, but please include your SASE when sending your check or cash. Inquire first by E-mail (N4VA@yahoo.com) to reserve your batch.
Dave, KZ8Y, is the QSL Manager for TG9NX, 4S7AVR, 4S7AR, 4S7NMR, N8DCJ/8P6, and 8Q7AZ. Jon, WB8YJF, is the "Y" letter manager for the 8th Area QSL Bureau and reports that he has a TON of cards waiting for him. Jon states that he cannot find an E-mail address for him, and he has sent Dave a bunch of notices about getting his cards w/o any reply. Jon is pretty sure Dave simply dosn't accept bureau cards and recommands NOT to send QSLs via the bureau for these stations. He is going to return the cards back to the original bureaus marked either "unclaimed" or QSL DIRECT ONLY.
Jarno, OH6NJ, informs OPDX that almost every direct QSL from last summer's OH6AW (EU-101) and OH6AW/8 (EU-184) IOTA operations has been answered.
Operators PS8ET/p, PS8DX/p, PS8PY/p, PS8HF/p, PU8PYK/p and with some other friends activated a new DIB Island over the past weekend in the "Jamboree On The Air". The new number is DIB 79, Ilha da Conceicao, in the PS8 land region. This is a river island and is NOT valid for IOTA. QSL via: Teresina DX Group, P.O. Box 096, Teresina-PI, 64001-970 Brazil.
NEW ADDRESSES for RK3TS and RA3OW:
RK3TS (ex-UA0ABG, RX0AG): Mikhail M. Dubinin, 603158, Nizhnij Novgorod, P.O. Box 56, RUSSIA
RA3OW (ex-UA3QDB): Vladimir A. Samojlenko, 394068, Voronezh, UL. Kholzunova, D. 33 KV. 105, RUSSIA.
Well known DXer and a teacher for amateur radio operators in Argentina, Jorge F. Vrsalovich, LU7XP, became a Silent Key (SK) on October 12th at the age of 74. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to his family and friends.
Look for the special QCWA memorial station W2MM to be active during October 24-26th from Kissimmee, FL. Activity will be on all bands including the WARC bands. QSL to W1DLP with SASE.
Look for the Radio Club of Panama to activate the special event station, HP100RCP, during the month of November to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Republic of Panama. HP100RCP will operate on all bands and all modes including PSK31. A commemorative certificate will be available to stations working the special event station and confirming the contact with a QSL and two IRCs or 1 USD. QSL to: Radio Club de Panama, P.O. BOX 10745, Panama 4, PANAMA.
Tosy/JA6VZB and Seiji/JH6RTO will be active from Palau between November 19-27th. Tosy's main activity will be during the CQWW CW Contest, while Seiji will concentrate on 6 meters. The callsigns are T88JA (Op. JA6VZB) and T88FS (Op. JH6RTO). QSL via their home callsigns in QRZ.com.
TX0, CHESTERFIELD ISLANDS
Two Italian operators, Paolo/IZ0EVI and Luca/IZ6DSQ are currently active as TX0AT from Long Island (OC-176, FK-082) until October 22nd. They may also activate Loop Island (FK-006). Most of their activity seems to be on 20 and 10 meters (14227, 14260, 28460 and 28495 kHz). There have been many concerns raised over this operation because of their CB/Freeband activity. It seems this type of operation is legal from New Caledonia, which would include the Chesterfield Islands. There is no power limit, and the band plan for this activity must take place between 26.965 and 27.855 MHz. QSL via IZ0CKJ: A.Roma, Via Sterparo 43, 03023 Ceccano-FR, ITALY.
By the time you read this, Pat/I8QLS, Piero/I8CZW and Gino/I8ULL will be active as TY/homecall until October 28th. Activity will be on the WARC and low bands. They will also take part in the CQWW DX SSB Contest; each operating as a Single Op/Single Band entry (I8QLS 10m, I8CZW 15m and I8ULL 20m). QSL via I8ACB.
Look for Guy, AC9X, to sign AC9X/p, from Biddle Island (USI IN-001R) starting around 1300z on November 3rd. Actiivity will be on 40 and 20 meters on the usual IOTA frequencies. Biddle Island is located in the Wabash River in the state of Indiana (Cass County). QSL via home call, direct (SASE or SAE + postage) or bureau.
V47, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS
Doc, W9NY, will activate V47NS once again and also be active for the CQWW DX Contest from Nevis Island. He hopes to have the station up and running on Thursday, October 24th, and will break down Monday afternoon on October 28th. The contest effort will involve two transceivers on all bands and with multiple operators. QSL via W9NY.
VP2, MONTSERRAT (Update)
As previously announced in OPDX.581, operators Dick/K5AND, Pat/W5OZI and John/W5LXG will be going on a DXpedition to Montserrat, and will be active as VP2MJD from October 31st through November 8th. The QSL route was announced this past week and QSLs should go to Pat Rose, PO Box 393, Junction, Texas, 76849 USA, with SAE and appropriate postage, GS or IRC. Cards received via the bureau and any cards without SASE will be answered via the bureau. Their main focus will be on 50 MHz, and they will use a FT-897 with a 7 element beam and 800 watts. However, they will have 100 watts on 20-10 meters as well (frequencies will be announced later). They will also have an E-mail and InterNet capability but don't know the particulars yet.
WEB SITE CORRECTION
Dietmar, DL3DXX (member of the DARC DXHF Contest Commitee) informed us that in OPDX Bulletin #582 there was a mistake in the InterNet-link for the "Worked All Germany Contest". The correct URL address is:
Shirow, JF6DEA/KE1EO, currently as HS0/JF6DEA in Bangkok, Thailand, informs OPDX that he will be on the air from Cambodia signing XU7ACD from October 26-28th (Local time). He will take part mainly in the CQWW SSB Contest and is planning to be a Single Op/Single Band(10m)/Low Power entry. Also, he will monitor 6m and be active in case of opening. There is further infomation at his Web site, "JA 6m Companion", at:
YA, AFGANISTAN. Reportedly, Henri, F6EAY (ex-J28FF), is now staying in Kabul for the next several years. He has already applied for a license and is currently awaiting for it. QSL via F6ITD.
Vlado, Z35M, now active as ZA/Z35M, informs OPDX that he plans to be active in the SSB (and also CW) "CQWW DX Contest" from Tirana, Albania, using the ZA/Z35M callsign in the Single Op/All Band/High Power category (running 300w into G5RV). He states, "Due to family obligations, operating times will be limited. I kindly ask all participians in the contest to 'DO NOT ASK me for QSY' (a lot of tuning procedure is necessary to change band). The Contest is only a game, so let me enjoy the Contest making QSOs and not waste time adjusting the antenna tuner and amplifier all the time, PLEASE!" QSL via Z35M, only direct!
ZK1, NORTH COOK ISLANDS
As this was being prepared, Roger, W7VV, has shown up on the bands as ZK1VVV from Manihiki Atoll, North Cook Islands (OC-014). He is expected to be joined by Bob/W7TSQ (ZK1ASQ), John/AA7PM (ZK1APM), Ralph/VE7XF (ZK1AKX) and Rick/KT7G (ZK1TTG). Activity is planned to last until October 31st with operations on all bands and modes. Also, there will be activity in the CQWW DX SSB Contest as ZK1MA. QSL individual ZK1 callsigns to their home callsign expected ZK1MA, QSL via W7TSQ. ADDED NOTE (Update): The other operators are now active from Manihiki Atoll.
ZL7, CHATHAM ISLAND
The ZL7C Chatham Island DXpedition by the Kermadec DX Association is now active and very busy on all bands. Activity will end October 29th. QSL via ZL4HU: Ken Holdom, P.O. Box 7, Clyde, Central Otago, New Zealand. Updates can be found on the Web page at:
Operators KD3RF, KD3TB and K3FMQ will be active as KD3RF/VE2 in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Cntest (October 26-27th) as a Multi/2 entry. Look for them on 160-10 meters using a Inverted V and Vertical Antennas. QSL via KD3RF.
Tom, ZP5AZL, will be active as ZP6Y in the CQ World Wide DX SSB Contest (October 26-27th) from a new location/station as a Single Op/All Band/High Power entry. QSL via W3HNK.
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Subject: ZL7C Operators Newsletter #1
Date: Sat, 19 Oct 2002 14:47:24 +1300
ZL7C Operators Newsletter
Written by Murray ZL1CN on 18 October at 2100 UTC
The operators here arrived in two contingents - one on Tuesday from Christchurch, and the other on Wednesday from Wellington.
The first lot arrived to excellent weather on Tuesday and, beccause it was late in the day by the time they arrived, they started unpacking gear and setting up the stations.
On Wednesday, the weather was also good, so they started assembling antennas and finished setting up the gear they had with them.
The second contingent assembled in Wellington and, apart from a delay in the arrival of some equipment, all went according to plan, and the team assembled later that afternoon at the site. The weather was very good, so it was all hands on deck to complete the antenna assembly and the vertical for 80 and 160m was erected later that afternoon.
By the end of Wednesday the stations were all assembled, and the antennas were ready to be erected.
On Thursday morning, the 30m antenna was erected, so it was possible to make the first Pactor 3 QSO with Gordon ZL2ARN, and the first photographs were uploaded for publishing on our website. Later in the day the rain started, so it was necessary for the last of the antennas to be erected by a very hardy bunch with a variety of wet weather gear - lots of very wet team members and they were ready to get dried off.
We finally went on the air at 0451 on 17 October, with as many bands and operators as we could.
By the time the first log take was done, just after 1900, we had more than 6000 QSOs in the log, and 24 hours later a further 9000 QSOs were in the bag, on all bands and modes. However, at this stage there have been no 160m QSOs, 40m SSB QSOs and we have had no success so far on 6m, although we continue to listen and our beacon is running. It has been heard briefly in Kaikoura.
Since Thursday afternoon, the weather has not been good. Except for a short spell on Friday afternoon, we have experienced high winds and rain most of the time.
The stations are set up on the Norman Kirk Memorial Sports Centre. This features a squash court, a playground for children and a racecourse for the annual race meeting. We have eight stations set up, with four on SSB, three on CW and one on 6m. We have eight Yaesu radios, six of which are currently in use, two Icom radios and six linear amplifiers.
Antennas are generally in two separate fields, one for CW and the other for SSB, on opposite sides of the operating builiding. We have the following in use: 2 five element yagis for 10m, with a further two for 15m. a four element yagi and a three element yagi for 20m, a vertical for 80 and 40, with a further vertical for 80 and 160 and a vertical for 30m. Also we have a beverage antenna.
Operating conditions are comfortable, in the sports centre. The room is carpeted with plenty of natual light, and we have the coax cables coming through the window. The area is equipped with a kitchen, so we can make cups of tea and coffee as we wish.
We are sleeping in the hostel, located a mile from the Sports Centre so, although we have hired a small vehicle for the duration of our stay, there are a lot of walking trips between the two. That is fine except for when the rains come when we often get wet!! We also get wet when we go outside to rotate the antennas!
The hostel is also very comfortable, and we have the place to ourselves. This means that most of us can sleep on lower bunks, and we have two showers to share between us. That is not a problem as we are operating 24 hours, so that means that showers are available as required.
The hostel managers have agreed to provide us with the materials for breakfast, so we get our breakfast cereal, toast and fruit as required. For the other meals we have been patronising the piecart and the cafeteria which is here. The first night I think the lady got quite a shock when she realised that she would have to provide food for twelve hungry souls, but she did a wonderful job.
Well, we are having fun, with good band conditions and generally well behaved pileups.
Thanks for all the support we have had and for the support we continue to have.
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