The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 621
August 4, 2003
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 DX Bulletin, K1XN & GoList, N1WON, W2CE, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, K8YSE, CO8TW, DL/VE3ZIK & Contesting.info, DL1EK/DL7VOA & DX Newsletter, F5NQL & UFT, F8BBL, FJ5DX & La Gazette du DX, GM3WOJ, I1JQJ & IK1ADH - 425 DX News, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, LA7QI, OM3JW, RW3RN, TA3YJ, UA3SGV and VA3RJ & ICPO for the following DX information.
SPECIAL ADVANCE NOTICE FROM THE EDITOR (by KB8NW)
There will be "NO BULLETIN" for August 18th and (probably) 25th. Linda and I will be heading south first to Tennesee to drop-off/move my daughter to Middle Tennesee State University (MTSU) and then off to Biloxi, Mississippi. I really need this break to rest up and I hope that lying in the sun on the beach will help bring back some of my strength. However, PLEASE continue to send your DX info to me......... TNXS and GUD DX de Tedd KB8NW
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 27th/July, through Sunday, 3rd/August there were 209 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 3X, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5R, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9V, 9Y, A4, A6, A7, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE0A, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, CY9, D4, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EZ, F, FG, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HZ, I, IS, J3, J5, J6, JA, JD/m, JD/o, JT, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KH8, KH9, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PY, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T5, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TN, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP6, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, YA, YB, YI, YJ, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZK1/s, ZL, ZP, ZS
* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations. As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later" (WFWL).
Leo, 3XY1L, continues to be active. This past week he was mainly on 15 meters usually between 21280-21285 kHz (sometimes lower around 21208 kHz) as early as 1230z and as late as 1900z. He has also been heard on 7060 kHz after 2100z. QSL via UY5XE.
5H, TANZANIA (Help Needed)
Paul/K1XM (5H1F) and Charlotte/KQ1F will be active and will try to have many radio club students at Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) join them in this year's CQWW SSB Contest as 5I3A. They will be a Multi-Multi entry. Charlotte and Paul will arrive a few days early, set up stations, and start educating students as they have time. Paul figures they will need to teach a bit of geography, propagation, operating, contest rules, how to use the contesting software, strategy, pile-up handling, phonetics, etc.... They will have three radios with them. They will bring extra headphones and splitters, so they can operate with the students listening and then swap off and have a student operate while they listen. However, Paul is looking for other "stuff" and some ideas. They don't have enough headsets. Does anyone have a Heil headset they are interested in selling? This is a good opportunity to buy a new Proset + and unload your old set. They could also use a stand-alone voice keyer or two. He is also in need of some ideas for antennas. The existing log periodic is a good start, but he needs enough for six bands and three radios. Any aluminum must fit in a 4' golf club carrying case. He thinks they will be using the top of a building. Rotators are probably too heavy. If someone is interested in joining this operation, that is a possibility. The safari opportunities in Tanzania are incredible. Check out the following Web page to see some of the photos Paul and Charlotte took during their 2001 operation. They plan to leave the antennas and enough accessories that the TS-140S can be used as a contest station. Paul states, "There are a group of college students who were enthusiastic enough that they got licenses. They are young and learn fast. If our operation is succesful we hope that the DIT club will continue to operate in contests and the members will be comfortable getting on the air." If you can help Paul out with accessories/antennas, send an E-mail to: email@example.com
By the time you read this, look for operators 9A6XX, M0GMT, K9YO, N1SNB and 9K2RR to be active from now through August 14th. Their callsigns were not yet known as this was being typed. They will have two stations active with activity on 160-6 meters, SSB, CW, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via N1SNB.
Nick, G4FAL, will be on a family holiday and will be active during short periods as 7Q7NT from Blantyre, August 13-30th. Most of his activity will be mainly on 20 and 15 meters CW/SSB.
Uwe, DJ9HX, will be active as 8Q7HX from Lhaviyani Atoll, now through August 16th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters. QSL via his home callsign. E-mail requests for bureau cards are welcome by sending QSO info to: firstname.lastname@example.org
BQ9P, PRATAS ISLAND
The Chinese Taipei Amateur Radio League (CTARL) is planning to head back to Pratas Island in coming October. Paul, BV4FH, reports that they need 4 experienced foreign operator for this DXpedition. If anyone is interested, please contact Paul, BV4FH, as soon as possible for more details and freight schedule arrangements for Pratas Island. His E-mail address is: email@example.com
CO0, CUBA (Special Event)
Look for special event station CO0R to be on the air from Santiago de Cuba City, August 9-10th, to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Cuban national hero Jose Marti. Activity will be on CW, SSB and digital modes (bands of activity were not provided). All QSLs will be sent automtically via bureau.
A group of Spanish operators will be active from here between September 23rd and October 9th. Activity will include an entry in the CQWW RTTY Contest. Before and after the contest, operators will be on SSB/RTTY/PSK31/SSTV. Operators will be EB2DTP, EA2RU and EA2RY. Look for them to sign homecall/FG or FG/homecall. QSL via EA2RY.
EU-030. Ric, DL2VFR, will be active as OZ/DL2VFR from Bornholm Island (BO-001 for the Danish Islands Award) between now and August 15th. Activity will be mainly CW on the HF bands with some SSB and 6 meters. QSL via his home callsign, direct or bureau.
EU-123. Derek/GM0HLV and Chris/GM3WOJ will be active as GS2MP/P on Saturday/Sunday, August 16-17th, from the Island of Stroma, off the coast of Orkney (58.7N, 3.1W; IOSA ref. SC02, and Scotia ref. DI34). Operation will be from the Stroma Lighthouse (SCO228) to coincide with the Lighthouses weekend. Activity will be on 80-10 meters SSB/CW, including the WARC bands, with 2 separate stations active. No skeds or lists or "last two" callers please. QSL via N3SL.
EU-166. Operators IK8PGM/9, IT9EJE/P, IT9EJW/P, IT9HLN/P and IW9HDS/P were expected to be active this past weekend from Pietra di Patti (IIA ME-030). However, due to bad weather conditions this operations has been rescheduled for August 9-10th. Operator IW9HDS/P is expected to be on AO-40 and other satellites. The team was also try to activate IT9FCC/P from Scoglio di Patti (EU-166, new one for the Italian Islands Award: ME-038). The Web page for this operation is at:
Operators LA7QI and LA8AW will operate from Spitsbergen as JW7QI and JW8AW, respectively, from September 16-22nd. Also, look for them to be in the SAC CW Contest as JW8D. QSLs for JW7QI and JW8D are via LA7QI and JW8AW via LA8AW, bureau or direct. Remember, that SASE requires 2 USD or 1 IRC (new).
JX, JAN MAYEN (Update/Op Cancelled!)
Ove, LA2IJ, informs OPDX that he is sorry to announce that his trip to JX-land has been cancelled because of transportation problems. The plane has not been able to land at Jan Mayen airfield the last two weeks due to thick fog. He states, "I did see the island quite well on Thursday, but the plane could not come down... It is almost sure that I will not go to JX this year, but hope to be able to go next year." Ove also states that there are only eight (8) flights going to Jan Mayen during one year. His possible next trip will be announced when plans are final. Ove's visit to JX is not a DXpedition; he has work to do and only operates ham radio in his spare time.
KG4, GUANTANAMO BAY
Cory/N1WON and David/WA4ET will be active as KG4CM and KG4DP, respectively, from Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (NA-015), from August 14-21st. Activity will be 80-6 meters, SSB, RTTY and PSK. Please QSL KG4CM to N5FTR and KG4DP to WA4ET. Reminder: Please do not send cards for this event to the bureau. There is no KG4 bureau for Guantanamo Bay. Please QSL as directed to receive QSL cards.
KH9, WAKE ISLAND
Jake, N6XIV/KH9, was quite active this past weekend on 40 meters. He used several frequencies (7085, 7227-28, 7231 and 7243 kHz) between 7000-0845z. QSL via K2FF.
Operators from Gainesville, FL, area ham clubs and the University of Florida will activate the Cedar Key Lighthouse (WLH# 2741, USA #745) on Seahorse Key (IOTA NA-076) in Levy County using the call W4L during the International Lighthouse/Lightship weekend, August 16-17th. There will be SSB/CW activity mainly on the HF bands with a possibility of some 6 meters. This is only the second time that a radio operation has been allowed from the Cedar Key lighthouse at Seahorse Key which is a closed wildlife sanctuary. QSL via W4DFU: University of Florida, Box J-12 JHMHC, Gainesville, FL 32610 USA.
Look for Dov, 4Z4DX, to be active during the International Lighthouse/ Lightship Weekend (August 16-17th) as 4Z4DX/LH from Jaffa Lighthouse (ARLHS ISR-005, Grid Loc. KM72). QSL via his home callsign (QRZ.com).
MOUNTAIN POLAR RADIO EXPEDITION
The Russian Robinson Club (RRC) plans to be active as R3RRC/9 from August 14-25th, from the Polar Ural Mountains (RM-02-01 for Russian Mountains Award). Their activity will be on HF and VHF bands. For more information regarding Russian Mountains Award, please visit the Web page (in Russian) at:
PACIFIC OPERATION (H44/H40/P29)
Dan, JA1PBV, will be active as H44V from Guadalcanal (OC-047), Solomon Islands, between August 5-9th. He will team up with Kazuo, P29KM, as H40V from Temotu Province (OC-100), August 11-16th. Dan will also sign P29SI from Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea (OC-034) before going back to Japan around August 20th.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
QSL 5B4AGM via RW3RN (only for 2003 IOTA Contest). RW3RN's address is: Alex Kuznetsov, Box 57, Tambov-23, 392023 Russia.
A photo gallery of the recent CS4B IOTA DXpedition to EU-040 is now available at: http://www3.ocn.ne.jp/~iota/newpage63.htm
Information, pictures and logs of the IL7M EU-050 operation are now available at: http://www.mdxc.org/il7m/index.htm
Nilay, TA3YJ, informs OPDX that she has sent out QSL cards for TA3YJ, TA3YJ/0, TA3YJ/3, TA3YJ/4, TA3YJ/LH, SV1/TA3YJ, LZ2/TA3YJ, TA3J, TA3J/0, TA3J/1, TA3J/3, TA3J/4, TA3J/LH, SV1/TA3J, LZ1/TA3J, LZ2/TA3J, YM3BU, YM3ATA, YM3SV, YM75TA, YM21TA, YM3LZ/WPX2000 and YM3LZ/WAE2000 to the QSL Bureaus of Austria, Belarus, Canada (RAC National Incoming QSL Bureau), Denmark, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Israel, Hungary, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Serbia & Montenegro, Slovakia, Sweden, Switzerland and U.S.A. (W1, W2,W3, W4, WA4, W5, W6, W7, W8, W9, W0, KH6, Alaska, Puerto Rico and US Virgin Islands) direct July 29th.
Uli, DJ9XB, will be active as J45XB in the CQ/RJ Worldwide DX RTTY Contest (September 27-28th) as a Single-Op/Single Band (15m) entry. QSL via DJ9XB.
T33, BANABA ISLAND (Update)
An international team of 20 operators will be active as T33C during the first two weeks of April 2004 (April 4-16th). They will have 6 HF stations on the air (3 CW and 3 SSB), plus a separate 6 meter/AO-40 and separate HF digital mode station. Activity will be on 160-6 meters, satellite, CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK and some SSTV. They have arranged a suitable vessel named "Te Toobe" to take the equipment and them safely to and from Banaba Island (a 2 day trip from Tarawa, Kiribati). The T33C license and landing permission has been granted. Operators are: Frank/DL4KQ, Greg/DF2IC, Bernd/DL5OAB, Rob/PA5ET, Ronald/PA3EWP, Alan/AD6E, Bill/AK0A, Richard/N6KT, Flo/F5CWU, Bob/N4CD, Eugene/RK3AD, Tom/GM4FDM, Hrane/YT1AD, Krassimir/K1LZ, Doug/N6TQS, Jeff/K1ZM, Vojislav, Will/K6ND and Andrea/IK1PMR. QSL Manager will be Rob Snieder, PA5ET. Some of the team members will arrive early and enter the CQ WPX SSB Contest from T30-land in March 2004. For updates, visit the Web page at:
V4, ST. KITTS AND NEVIS
Joe, VE3BW, will be active as V47CA from St. Kitts (NA-104) between October 18-26th. His activity will include an entry in the CQWW SSB Contest (Oct 25-26th). QSL via VE3BW, using the address on QRZ.com.
VP5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS
Matt, IK2SGC, will be active as VP5/IK2SGC from North Caicos Island from August 9-19th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters SSB and 6 meters. QSL via the bureau.
Steve, OM3JW, informs OPDX that his son Mike, OM2DX, has obtained from the Iraqi PTT (thanks to Fred Matos, W3ICM) his personal callsign YI/OM2DX and the special callsign YI2X only for contests. He will be active for the next three years from the Slovak Ambassy in Baghdad. Mike has with him two transceivers: TS-850SAT and IC-706. Also, a power amplifier, L4B, is on the way to Baghdad. He is currently only using 100 watts and a FD4 antenna. Mike has also erected a 20m high vertical for 80 and 160 meters and a 8 element LP for 20-10 meters. He will be active on CW/SSB/RTTY/PSK31 on 160-6 meters. He was heard over the past week on 40/30/17 meters CW between 1345-1800z. QSL for both callsigns (also his activity as YI1BGD) is via his father OM3JW.
Plenty of activity from here over the last week. Willie, YI/KV4EB, provided some SSB QSOs on 17 meters and some SSTV pictures on 20/15 meters. Activity is on at various times. QSL via K0JN. Operator Abel, YI/KC0LEK, near Baghdad was active mainly on 15 meters SSB (between 21250-21302 kHz), again at various times. Also, active was YI/AD8DY, YI/NG5L, YI/SM7WZA, YI1EM and YI1BGD.
Z3100, MACEDONIA (Special Activity)
Look for stations from this country to be active using the special prefix "Z3100" during the month of August to celebrate 100 years of Macedonia. Here is a list of some of the operators that will be active: Z3100A (Z31A), Z3100B (Z31B), Z3100C (Z32UC), Z3100D (Z32DY), Z3100E (Z32AU), Z3100F (Z33F), Z3100G (Z33A), Z3100I (Z31CZ), Z3100K (Z34M), Z3100M (Z35M), Z3100O (Z36A), Z3100R (Z33AA), Z3100S (Z32ZM), Z3100T (Z31CQ), Z3100W (Z35W), Z3100X (Z32XX), Z3100Z (Z33Z), Z3100IL (Z37M), Z3100KR (Z32BF) and Z3100MK (Z37FAD).
ZF, CAYMAN ISLAND
Steve, K8FFO, will be active as ZF2FF from Grand Cayman (NA-016), August 5-11th. Activity will be on 20 and 17 meters CW/SSB. QSL via his home callsign.
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