The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 647
February 9, 2004
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF-80 BBS Cleveland, Ohio
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, K1ZM, NC1L, K2FF, KB2MS, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, KH6GMP, W6DXO, AC7DX, K8PT, K8YSE, KB8ZYY, N8BJQ, K9JE, W0SA, CX8FB, DL/VE3ZIK & www.contesting.info DL1EK & The DX News Letter, DL5EBE, EA7FTR, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, I1HYW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, SP6NVK, VA3RJ & ICPO, VA3PL and VK3DYL for the following DX information.
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 1st/February, through Sunday, 8th/February there were 219 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4W, 4X, 5B, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, 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, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, H4, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J3, J6, J7, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KH0, KH6, 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, S5, S7, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T30, T32, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V3, V4, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9L, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD9, ZF, ZK1/s, ZL, ZP, ZS
* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations. As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later" (WFWL).
4U1UN WRAP-UP Bernie McClenny, W3UR, editor of "The Daily DX", reports that last week's 10 hour operation made 1062 QSOs. Operators were only able to use one station at a time due to inter-station interference. He stated that their operation was from about 1430Z on Friday, January 30th until about 0200Z on Saturday, January 31st. Any QSOs after 0200Z on Saturday was that of a pirate! Operators were Bernie/W3UR, his daughter Christa/KB3JIU and Steve/KU9C. QSL via address on QRZ.com.
Sigi, DL7DF, will be here on holiday with his XYL between February 16th and March 1st. He will be active during his free time as 5Z4HW on all bands (no 160/30/6m ) on SSB, CW, RTTY, PSK31 and SSTV. He will only use a 100w into a GP and wire antennas. QSL via his home callsign DL7DF.
6T1, SUDAN (Attention Prefix Hunter!)
OPDX was informed that a new interesting prefix from the Sudan will be activated soon only during a contest. The operator is Namer, ST2NH, and his new contest callsign is 6T1T. QSL via EA7FTR: Francisco Lianez Suero, Asturias 23, 21110 Aljaraque, HUELVA, SPAIN.
Look for Peter, W0SA, to be here for a month, February 11th to March 11th. His callsign will be 8P9NX. Peter told OPDX that he would be active on 80-10 meters including the three WARC bands, mostly on CW but some RTTY as well. QSL all contacts DIRECT + SASE to his QRZ.com address.
A6, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES (Topband!)
It was reported on the Topband Mail Reflector that Ghis, ON5NT, will be here for a two month work assignment starting in Dubai on February 9th. He will be staying 50km from A61AJ. Also, Robert, S53R, is expected to be with him part of the time. Ghis said he will try to activate A61AJ on the lowbands when work permits. Apparently he has to work weekends - which makes sunrise openings difficult for him. Additionally, Dave Rosen, K2GM, is also going back to Dubai about February 15th and will try some more 160m work permitting.
ANTARCTIC ACTIVITY WEEK
Gianni, I1HYW, announced this past week that several special Italian callsigns have already been issued for the Antarctic Activity Week which will be held from February 22-28th. The callsigns issued so far are: TM0ANT by F5NOD, IR1ANT by I1HYW, II6ANT by I6DHY, IR6ANT by I6YOT, II7ANT by IZ7AUH, IR8ANT by I8ACB and IR0ANT by IZ0EGC. Gianni also states that as soon as other callsigns are received from the Ministry of Communication, he will up date the list. They have arranged to use a unique QSL card (printed by IT9EJW) and a QSL Manager in Germany (Manfred, DE0MST) during this event. Manfred will do the Bureau service for all the callsigns used during the Antarctic Activity Week. Readers may have noticed that the Italian stations in Antarctica are already using a special prefix callsign, IR0PS. This station will join the activity only for few days starting February 24th. The actual crew has to leave the Base, but they have promised to try to be active from the Ship, as /MM.
AY1, SOUTH ORKNEY ISLANDS
Henry, LU4DXU, has arrived on Laurie Island (South Orkneys) and has started to operate as AY1ZA. He has been very active on 20 meters SSB. Henry has also been active on 80/40/15/10 meters usually operating split and by the numbers. It was reported earlier by Dominik, DL5EBE, that Henry's radio is/was interfering with the commercial HF radio of the base. When both radios are operating, Henry has to reduce his output to 10-15 watts. The use of the linear amplifier is only possible when the commercial radio on Orcadas Base is not operating. However, his digital equipment works fine on AMTOR, RTTY + PSK31. Unfortunately, the conditions are very poor at the moment.
CENTRAL AMERICAN OPERATIONS
Heikki "Henry", OH3JF, is going to be active from Guatemala as TG7/OH3JF from February 18-29th. He will then move to Honduras and operate as HR5/OH3JF during the period of March 2-10th. As usual, he is traveling with good antennas for the low bands and 800 watts power. The main focus of the operation will be from 160-30 meters, but also other bands will be activated. QSL this operation via OH3OJ. The primary (suggested) frequencies are:
CW - 1827, 3507, 7007, 10103/10108, 14007, 18077, 21007, 24897, 28007
SSB - 1840, 3789, 7045, 14195, 18145, 21295, 24945 and 28495 kHz
Jim, W7EJ, will be here starting February 24th until about the end of March. During this time, he plans to be active in three contests as CN2R. Look for him during the CQ 160-Meter SSb Contest (February 28-29th) as a Single-Op entry. Then in March, look for Jim in the ARRL DX Phone Contest (March 6-7th) and the CQ WPX SSB Contest (March 27-28th) as a Single-Op/All Band/High Power entry in both contests. QSL all three contests via W7EJ.
DAYTON DX DINNER BANQUET
The Southwest Ohio DX Association is pleased to announce the 19th Annual DX Dinner to be held on Friday, May 14th, 2004, at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Dayton OH. There will be a cash bar at 6:30 PM and dinner at 7:15 PM. Tickets are 32.00 USD and must be purchased in advance. Groups wishing to sit together must order as a group. A table seats eight. Please make your check or money order payable to SWODXA and send an SASE for ticket return. Seats will be assigned in the order that requests are received. Seats will be assigned in early March. Seating is limited. Please order tickets from Steve Bolia, N8BJQ, 7354 Thackery Rd, Springfield OH 45502. For information on the dinner, check the following Web page at:
Bill Moore, NC1L, ARRL DXCC Manager, reports that the following UA4WHX/AC4LN operations are approved for DXCC credit:
UA4WHX/AC4LN 2003 Operations Callsign DXCC Entity Date(s) V63MB Micronesia May 13-20, 2003 T88VV Palau May 21-26, 2003 KH0/AC4LN Mariana Is May 27-31, 2003 V63MB Micronesia June 2-10, 2003 V73VV Marshall Islands June 12-20, 2003 5W0VB Samoa June 26-30, 2003 ZK2VB Niue July 1-4, 2003 A35VB Tonga July 10-18, 2003 ZL/UA4WHX New Zealand July 19-31, 2003 P29VVB Papua New Guinea August 4-17, 2003 H44VV Solomon Islands August 18-23, 2003 H40VB Temotu Province August 24-30, 2003 YJ0VB Vanuatu September 5-18, 2003 FK/AC4LN New Caledonia September 21-October 3, 2003 3D2VB Fiji Islands October 4-6, 2003 3D2VB/R Rotuma October 8-14, 2003 3D2VB Fiji October 16-20, 2003 T30VB Western Kiribati October 21-28, 2003 T20VB Tuvalu October 29-November 5, 2003 3D2VB Fiji November 6-7, 2003 ZK1/AC4LN North Cook Is November 9-15, 2003 ZK1/AC4LN South Cook Is November 18-26, 2003 FO/AC4LN Marquesas Is December 2-7, 2003 FO/AC4LN Austral Is December 11-13, 2003 FO/AC4LN French Polynesia December 16-25, 2003 UA4WHX/AC4LN 2002 Operations Callsign DXCC Entity Date(s) V31VB Belize May 25-30, 2002 YS1/AC4LN Belize June 5-9, 2002 HP8/AC4LN Panama June 26-July 1, 2002 J6/AC4LN St Lucia July 17-20, 2002 HH2/AC4LN Haiti July 23-27, 2002 9Y4/AC4LN Trinidad and Tobago August 2-7, 2002 8R1/AC4LN Guyana August 9-14, 2002 J73/AC4LN Dominica August 20-23, 2002 J3/AC4LN Grenada August 27-30, 2002 FW/AC4LN Wallis & Futuna Is September 27-October 3, 2002
Patrick, F6IRF, will be active as FG5BG, in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 21-22nd). His operating category will be decided on the spot according to propagation and antenna condx. QSL via FG5BG. Patrick will be here between February 14-29th and will be active as FG/F6IRF outside of the contest on CW and RTTY. His activity will be casual with low power and wire antennas. QSL via home callsign (LoTW is preferred).
NA-102. Henri, F5DBC, will be active from Marie Galante Island (Guadeloupe and DIFO FG-008) now through February 18th. Activity will mainly be CW daily between 2200-2400z and possibly other times. Suggested frequencies are: 10104, 14025, 14135 and 18075 kHz. QSL according to instructions.
SA-057. A group of CX operators will activate San Gabriel Island between February 15-18th. Activity will be on 160-10 meters (including 6m and the WARC bands). QSL via EA5KB.
SA-074. Operators Jorge/OA4BHY, Pablo/OA4DJW, Sergio/OA4SJ, Marcial/ OA4DM, Hildebrando/OA4BHN and Manual/OA4AHW will be active as OC3I from Los Chimus Island between February 11-16th. Their activity will be on 80-10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and PSK31. QSL via OA4DJW.
J6, ST. LUCIA (Update/More)
Jack, K9JE, is another member of the J6DX team in St. Lucia for the ARRL CW DX Contest. He informs OPDX that he will be operating with his callsign J68AR before and after the contest. Jack will be there from February 11-25th. QSL via K9JE.
Witek, SP9MRO, will be active from the islands of Hawaii as KH6/SP9MRO and perhaps from Battleship Missouri Amateur Radio Club, KH6BB, between now and February 17th. His activity between February 8-13th will be sporadic (as time permits) but between February 13-17th very intensive. He will be active on all bands (No 30m - no antenna for 30M) and he will use a FT1000MP plus 7L on the higher bands, 2L on 40m, sloper on 80m and other antennas for the WARC bands. The QSL cards for his YN1/SP9MRO and TI2/SP9MRO activity are going to be mailed in March when he returns from Hawaii.
KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS
Harry, W6DXO, will be active as KP2/W6DXO from the island of St. John (NA-106) from March 14-19th. His activity will be focused on 17, 12 and 10 meters on SSB and PSK. QSL via his home callsign W6DXO.
Mat, F5SHQ, will be active as MJ0ASP in the ARRL DX CW Contest (February 21-22nd) as a Single-Op/Single Band (20m) entry. QSL via F5SHQ.
Pete/K8PT and Craig/K3PLV are off to the Channel Islands again. This is their 4th year in a row. They will be operating from JERSEY from March 10th-17th courtesy of the Jersey Amateur Radio Society. Callsigns will be MJ/K8PT and MJ/K3PLV. They should have 2 amplifiers operating this year which will help them during cycle 23 propagation. They will be operating all HF bands and modes of SSB/CW/RTTY and will concentrate on the lower bands during darkness. QSL via individual home callsigns.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
Luigi, IK8OZZ, is the QSL Manager of the following stations: KC4/IK7JGQ and IK7JGQ/MM.
Pictures of the JA6WFM/HI8 operation can be found on the following Web page at: http://www.h7.dion.ne.jp/~ja6wfm/
The callsign KL7DX has been re-issued to the Alaska DX Club in memory of Robert L. Rapuzzi, former holder of the callsign. AC7DX will be the QSL Manager.
Glenn, K2FF, informs OPDX that the logs for PZ5FF, PZ5UE and PZ5A have been uploaded to LoTW.
NEW MANAGER. Joe, W3HNK, is now the QSL Manager for FK8GX and YI3Q.
NOT THE QSL MANAGER! KZ5RO is the QSL Manager for TA3DD, not KB2MS. Mark, KB2MS, states that he is still receiving a few cards for him. However, KB2MS is currently the QSL Manager for A22EW, 9K2SS, and HI3NR. QSL HI3/KB2MS via KB2MS.
QSL W8P via P.O.Box 252, Oscoda, Michigan 48750 (C/O: Raymond H.Knuth, KB8ZYY). Activity was by the Iosco County Amateur Radio Enthusiasts, located in Iosco County, MI (En-84), during the 54th Perchville Winter Festival on the shore of Lake Huron. This event took place on February 7-8th.
VK9CYL and VK9XYL Contacts. Gwen, VK3DYL, informs OPDX readers: "Sorry for the delay but all direct cards (with return postage) will be in the mail in the next week. Cards received without postage will be returned via the Bureau."
TOP 5 QSL MANAGER NOMINATION FOR 2003. John, K1XN, from "The GoList" announced that the nomination for TOP 5 QSL MANAGERS of 2003 closed on February 1st, and here is the list of all the managers nominated as TOP 5 managers. He states, "The response has been great this year and the nominations show why you just can not place a single one on a black list. QSL Managers provide the DX community a very valuable service and our experiences with these managers will be 'good and bad' but most of the time it is not the fault of the manager personally. The nomination list proves that other variables enter into the good/bad equation. Here is the complete list (98) in alphabetical order. The TOP 5 of the Top 5 list will be announced later (next week). Thanks to all of you that participated in this activity and look forward to your help with this survey next year (2004)."
5B4AGU AA5BT AC7DX CE3FIP DJ2MX DJ6SI DJ6ZN DJ9ZB DK1WI DK7YY DL2MAE DL5EBE DL5MBY DL5NAM DL6FBL DL7AFS DL7CM DL7DF DL8KAC EA3BT EA4URE EA5KB EA5URE EA7ADH EA7FTR EA7JX F2YT F5OGL F5TI F6AJA F6FNU G3AB G3OCA G3SWH G3SXW G3TXF I2MQP I2YSB IT9YRE JA0HC JR2KDN K1BV K1ER K2UO K3PD K9LA KB6NAN KD6WW KJ0LZ KK5DO KU9C KU9Z KZ5RO LZ2UU N1IBM N2OO N3SL N3ZOM N4AA N4JR N4QB N5FTR N5ID N6AWD N6FF NT1N OH2BH OK1TN OM2SA ON5NT OZ1ACB PA3GIO PA5ET RW6HS SM0CCM SM0JHF SM5DJZ SM7EHU UA1RJ UY5XE VA7DX VE3HO VE3NE VE3XN W3HC W3HNK W5UE WA1S WA3HUP WA4WTG WF5T XE1CI YC9BU YO3FRI YT1AD ZL1AMO ZL4HU ZS6EZ
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To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the XIV Winter Olympic Games, look for special event station T90ZOI to be active from Sarajevo between February 8-10th. Activity will be on all bands and modes. QSL via the bureau.
T32, EAST KIRIBATI
Gary/KH6GMP and Tuck/KH6DFW will be operating from Christmas Island from March 1-8th as T32I and T32BI, respectively. Their activity will be on 40-10 meters (nothing on 75/80m). T32I will try to be on RTTY and PSK31 at times, but main operations will be on SSB. Also, look for T32I to be active on 40-10 meters in the ARRL SSB Contest on March 6-7th. QSL T32I via his home callsign KH6GMP. QSL T32BI via his home callsign KH6DFW.
UE4, EUROPEAN RUSSIA
Look for UE3SFF/4 to be active February 17-22nd, from the Mordovsky Natural Reserve (RFFA reference RFF-060), and whenever possible from the Smolnyj National Park (RFF-143). QSL via RU3SD (Vasily Bardin, P.O. Box 1, Ryazan 390000, Russia).
VQ5, TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS (Attention Prefix Hunters!)
Operators John/WE3C, Steven/N3FTI and Robert/KQ3V will activate, for the first time, the prefix "VQ5" during the ARRL DX Phone Contest (March 6-7th). Look for them to be active as VQ5A as a Multi/Multi entry in the contest. QSL via KQ3V.
XU, CAMBODIA (Also 3W)
Reports indicate that Hiroo, JA2EZD/XW2A, will once again travel to Cambodia and Vietnam starting February 10th and possibly staying until the end of the month. He is expected to operate as XU7AAA and 3W2B. QSL direct to: Hiroo Yonezuka, P.O. Box 10003, Vientiane, Laos.
Darek, SP6NVK, informs OPDX that he now has a license and sent us a copy showing his callsign YI9NVK. He is working in An Nasiriyah in the Province of Thi Qar. Darek wants/intends to be active as soon as possible! However, he is having a problem obtaining equipment to operate. Darek will be in Iraq until the end of March. His Web pages are:
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