The Ohio/Penn Dx PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 662
May 31, 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, K1RV, K1XN & GoList, K2JXW, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4GN, K8YSE, W9OL, AA0MZ, CO8TW, CT1EEB, DL/VE3ZIK & www.contesting.info DF4SA, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, E21EIC, EA7FTR, EA8CAC, EA9IE, EI6FR, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, F6AJA, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, JI6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, OH2BH, OY1CT, PA7FM, UR3HC, UT3UZ, VA3RJ & ICPO, VA7DP, VK4AAR and VK4FW for the following DX information.
EDITOR'S SPECIAL NOTE
Let me first say, it is great to have electrial power back again. Thanks to last week's storms, we had no power between 4:00 PM Friday to 8:30 PM Monday. It made for an interesting weekend (with no computer or television). Anyway, due to the large amount of late CQ WPX CW Contest announcements, I decided to release the bulletin early. I also wanted to free up more time during the Memorial Day weekend. Have a safe and fun holiday! 73 de Tedd KB8NW
DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT
According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Friday, 21st/May, through Friday, 28th/May there were 215 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5X, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C3, C6, CE, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, D4, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FH, FJ, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HB0, HC, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J3, J6, J7, J8, JA, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OA, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OJ0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PY, PZ, S2, S5, S7, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V5, V6, V7, V8, VE, VK, VP2E, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, XX9, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YS, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD8, ZF, ZK1/s, ZL, ZP, ZS
* PLEASE NOTE: The report "could" contain "Pirate/SLIM" operations or more likely a "BUSTED CALLSIGN". As always, you never know - "Work First Worry Later" (WFWL).
5W, SAMOA (Update
Ted, K8AQM, reports that his upcoming trip to 5W will take place between July 7-21st. He will operate as 5W0TR from the Samoan Village Resort on 160-10 meters CW/SSB/RTTY and PSK. He also mentions that they will be active for the IARU Radiosport, hopefully using the special callsign for the contest only, possibly 5W0XX. All QSLs are via K8AA CBA. They will put the log on the "Logbook of the World" and eQSL. Also, look for them as KH6BB from Hawaii, July 5-6th and 22-24th.
Felipe, NP4Z, will be active as 6Y4OJ during the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th) as a Single-Op/QRP entry. QSL via WC4E.
Con, DF4SA, will be active as 9H3MM in the CQ WPX CW Contest as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. Activity will be on 40-10 meters from Gozo Island. QSL automatically via the bureau after the contest via DF4SA or direct to: Cornelius Paul, Adelberger Weg 3, D-73104 Breech, Germany.
9M6, EAST MALAYSIA
Look for Toivo, ES2RR, to be active as 9M6A in the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th) as possibly a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via N2OO. Activity will be from the Hillview Gardens Resort (Web site http://www.qsl.net/9m6aac/ ). Toivo will be active occasionally as 9M6AAC outside of the contest.
Alex, YO9HP, will be active as A45WD during the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/Low-Power entry. QSL via YO9HP.
Tim Totten, N4GN, sent out the following press release from the "Project Goodwill Albania" team:
"A HEARTY THANK YOU FOR THOSE WHO RESPONDED TO A CALL FROM
ALBANIA AT DAYTON 2004
It was delighting to Geni, ZA1B, and other Project Goodwill Albania members to hear the sincere compliments for a project well executed from the visiting DXers in Dayton. Many complimented the dual-track idea of making amateur radio's entry to University level training and including a DX outing in the same package.
Many individual donors wanted to do their share in getting the students on the air. To that end, equipment support was received from AA4XR, N3BNA, K3LP, K7JA, VE1JF, W3BTX, W4MYA, W6EUF, W6OSP, W6UM and W9JUV in addition to those already reported earlier.
The highlight obviously was when Len Geraldi, K6ANP, President of the Northern California DX Foundation, announced at the DX Dinner that NCDXF and Vertex Standard (Yaesu) will combine forces to donate ten complete FT840 stations to the University of Tirana to boost the successful completion of the project. DXers around the world are reminded that NCDXF relies on the support of individuals like you in order to fund such DX projects.
As Bob Ferrero, W6RJ, stepped forward on behalf of Ham Radio Outlet with the same number of antennas and Bob Heil, K9EID, added the good Heil sound to the package, the event was ending happily, once again showing the power of the DX community and related industry for a good cause.
The First Albania DX Convention, scheduled for 19-20 June in the capital city Tirana, is the place to be to enjoy the camaraderie of the new ZA amateurs as well as many figures from the DX community who helped make the donated equipment work--G3LQP, G3TXF, I8NHJ, K2WR, W6UM, OH2BH, OH2PM, T93Y and others. Your participation will be welcomed! U.S. DXers may contact Rich, K2WR, at email@example.com for advice how to travel there easily. In case of your further equipment donation, these people will be happy to take them along and do the presentation on your behalf.
ARLHS PRESS RELEASE
Jim Weidner, K2JXW, Founder and President of the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society, provides the following information: "Guidelines for the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society August 2004 National Lighthouse-Lightship Weekend (NLLW) QSO Contest are available at:
Duncan, EA5ON, is once again active from Freeport. He has been active since May 26th and will continue to be active unitl May 30th as GM7CXM/C6A. Although this is primarily a business trip, Duncan informs OPDX that he will be taking his IC-706 and portable antenna. This year the licence is already issued, the antenna has been thoroughly tried and tested, and it is hoped that more contacts will be made than last year. Operation will be 80-10 meters SSB. In case the hotel accomodation proves to be radio unfriendly, batteries will be taken along to enable portable use on the beach. Freeport is on Grand Bahama Island, IOTA NA-080. QSL to EA5ON, direct or by the bureau.
Juan, CO8TW, will be active during the CQ WPX CW Contest as a Single-Op/Single-Band (20m)/Low-Power entry. QSL information is IZ8CCW, and the Log will be on after the contest at:
Alex, UR3HC, will take part in the CQ WPX CW Contest as a Single-Op/All-band entry and use the callsign EM3H. QSL information is via UR3HC, either direct or through the bureau.
Michal, OK1HWB, will be active as ET3TK in the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band (40m) entry. QSL via OK1CU.
FT5Z, AMSTERDAM ISLAND
Sebastien, FT1ZL, on Amsterdam Island (AF-002) is expected to become active soon because the French have changed their licensing structure. French operators that previously hold a VHF-only license have been granted HF bands privileges and are allowed to operate on all modes except A1A, A2A, F1A and F2A. These stations usually have a 1 or 4 in their prefix. So, look for Sebastien to be on 20/17/15/12/10 meters SSB. Suggested frequencies are: 14195, 14274, 18138, 18148, 21191, 21271, 24954, 24974, 28485 and 28495 kHz. Please go easy on Sebastien because he is not used to pile-ups.
GB4, ISLE OF MAN
Members of the Wrexham and District Amateur Radio Society will be operating from the Isle of Man (IOTA EU-116) during the period of September 1-8th. The site that will be used is Scarlett Point, a discontinued Coast Guard lookout tower, approx 1.5 miles South of Castletown, Isle of Man (QRA: IO74, WAB SC26). Activity will be on all HF Bands, 50 MHz, 70MHz, 144MHz and 432 MHz, at full UK power. The team plans to operate simultaneously on 3 HF Bands (CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK and some SSTV) and 1 VHF Band. They also plan a high level of activity on the lower HF Bands with particular attention being paid to 160 and 80 meters. Stations will use a combination of aerials, including Phased Arrays, Yagi's and Quads at heights of 40 - 100 Feet. Callsigns will be: GB4IOM and GB4SPT. Some operations from the island's mountain will take place, conditions permitting, for SOTA devotees. QSL via the Bureau or direct to M1LCR (Further details and a P.O. Box address will be issued later). A number of awards are planned for working the station, either multiband/multi mode or a combination, and QSLs will be available for SWLs. Further press releases will be issued on the following dates: June 7th, July 7th, August 7th, 14th and 28th. Visit the following Web site for more details and updates:
GET WELL WISHES
OPDX and its readers would like to send out their "Get Well Wishes" to well-known DXer Bill, AK0A (TI9M/OY7WB/T33C), who became ill while in Dayton for the Hamfest. He is currently still in Dayton at the Miami Valley Hospital recovering from triple bypass surgery. The operation took place on Tuesday morning, May 25th. For those wanting to send (mail) "Get Well Wishes", send to: WILLIAM F BOECKENHAUPT, Miami Valley Hospital, One Wyoming Street, Dayton, Ohio 45409-2793.
GI1, NORTHERN IRELAND
Look for M0SDX to be active as GI1A in the CQ WPX CW Contest as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via UT5SI, by the Bureau or CBA.
Champ, E21EIC, was expected to be active as HS72B on the WARC bands looking for NA stations (Before CQ WPX CW Contest). However, this did not happen. Hopefully, he will be in the CQ WPX CW Contest, using the HS72B callsign as a Single-Op/Low Power entry (SOAB or SOSB). QSL via E20NTS.
HZ, SAUDI ARABIA
Look for Thomas, SM0CXU, to be active as HZ1AB in the CQ WPX CW Contest as a Single-Op/Single-Band (15m) entry. QSL via K8PYD.
AS-117. (Update) It seems Kenji, JA4GXS, was active earlier than announced from Saba Island as JA4GXS/4 on May 22nd. Remember to QSL via his home call, direct or by the JARL Bureau.
AS-133. Jaak, XU7ACE (ES1FB), recently back from XU-land, states that his operation and trip were very sucessful. However, due to logistical problems and very bad weather in July, they have cancelled their IOTA Contest operation from Koh Pos.
EU-006. The WestNet DX Group will be active from Inis Mor in the Aran Islands, from Friday, June 18th, to Tuesday, June 22nd. Callsign used will be EJ7NET, and activity will be on HF and 6m. QSL via EI6FR.
EU-040. A multinational team of operators will be active as a Low-Power DXpedition entry in the 2004 IOTA Contest from Ilha da Berlenga. Team members are: CT1APE, CT1CJJ, CT1EEB, CT1ILT, CT2GLO, EA1CA, EA1DKV, EA4ABE, EA4ST, ON5NT (if not busy for the UN) and some more operators to be confirmed. Activity will be on all bands and modes including VHF/UHF. The homepage will soon be hosted at:
EU-159. Members of the Bordeaux DX Group (F2VX, F5OZF, F5RXL, F5SSG, F6EXV and F8BBL) will be active as TM7BDX from Cordouan Island (WLH 271 and DIFM 032), for about 12 hours on June 12th. Activity will be on 40-10 meters CW/SSB. QSL via F8BBL, by the bureau or direct.
OC-160. Bill, VK4FW, will be active as VK4FW/p from the Queensland State (South Coast) North Group, June 5-6th. Bill informed OPDX that he hopes to be active on 40/30/20/17/15 meters. QSL direct only to the following address: Bill Horner, P.O. Box 513, Nambour, 4560, Australia.
George, JY9QJ, will be active in the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band entry. QSL via DL5MBY.
Look for Haru, JA1XGI, to be active as W8XGI/KH2 until May 31st. Activity will be on 40/30/20/15/10 meters, mostly on the digital modes. QSL via JA1XGI, direct or by the bureau.
Joel, KG6DX, will be operating as NH2DX during the CQWW WPX Contest. Please QSL via the info on QRZ.com.
OH0, ALAND ISLAND
Toni, OH2UA, will be active as OH0B during the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. QSL via OH2BH.
OY, FAROE ISLAND
Carsten, OY1CT, will be active in the CQ WPX Contest as a Single-Op/All-Band/High-Power entry. He mentions that he will be on 160 meters this year. Please QSL, if needed, direct via address on QRZ.com or CBA address.
QSL INFO AND NEWS
EA9IE LOGS. Juan, EA9IE, is celebrating his 25 years in ham radio (his first QSO as EA9IE was July 30th 1979). He has put his logs on the Web page at:
EM0U. Is a club amateur radio station of the Ukrainian State Centre of Radio Frequencies and the 6th ITU Centre of Excellence. QSL Manager is UT3UZ (Alex I. Arbuzov, P.O.Box 240, Kiev-232, 02232, Ukraine). QSL either direct or through the UARL bureau.
Fran, EA7FTR, informs OPDX that he is now the QSL Manager for Pedro, HK1HHX (and 5K1X), from Colombia. QSL must be sent to Francisco, Lianez Suero, Asturias 23, 21110 Aljaraque HUELVA Spain.
Bob, W9OL, reports that logs for the recent YO3APJ have been uploaded to "Logbook of The Wolrd" (LoTW). He also mentions that more of the 9X5AA 1989 logs have been uploaded to LoTW (still a lot to do yet). Lastly, Bob states IRC info for Belarus has been updated to:
Alan, VK4AAR, would like to advise OPDX readers that the cards for the recent IOTA expeditions to VINEY (OC-266) and PASCO (OC-071) Islands have been printed, and he has started to work on the backlog. They will all be in the mail very shortly.
SPECIAL ACTIVITY (Attention Prefix Hunters!)
Portuguese radio operators from Portugal, Azores and Madeira will be using the following special prefixes from June 12th through July 4th during the Football (Soccer) European Championships (EURO 2004):
CT1 - CQ14 CU0 - CU04 CU5 - CU54 CT2 - CQ24 CU1 - CU14 CU6 - CU64 CT4 - CQ44 CU2 - CU24 CU7 - CU74 CT5 - CQ54 CU3 - CU34 CU8 - CU84 CT3 - CS94 CU4 - CU44 CU9 - CU94Also, look for special activity by the official Rede dos Emissores Portugueses (REP) station CS2004REP. A EURO 2004 award will be available for working these stations. Details are available at:
SPECIAL EVENT (Addition/Correction)
Pi, K1RV, has provided a few corrections to last week's announcement about the Annual Museum Ships Weekend. This year will be the 8th year (not 5th) for this year's event. They expect close to 90 ships to participate from around the world. The event's Web site is at:
The Penticton ARC will be operating a special event station from the Kettle Valley Railroad steam train on May 29-30th starting about 9:00 AM (local time) and running through to about 10:00 PM. They will be active as both RR mobile and RR portable. Suggested frequencies are just above 3785, 7225, 14225, and 21300 kHz for SSB. For CW, look for them in the lower part of the U.S. General portion of the band (if they have CW operators) on 20, 40 and 80 meters. A nice four sided QSL card will be available with pictures of the locomotives they used on the railroad line. The callsign they will use is VE7KVL (VE7 Kettle Valley Line). Also, visit the Web page at:
SPECIAL EVENT (Radio Reactivation Day)
Look for special event station VE3SCX to be active June 5-6th (11:00 AM - 3:00 PM) from Camp X on the Oshawa-Whitby border. Activity is to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the D-Day landing on June 6, 1944. For more information on Camp X, have a look at the following Web page:
Look for the special event station ED8ERC to be aired between July 3-10th to celebrate the 2nd Canarias HamRadio Meeting (II Encuentro de Radioaficionados de Canarias). Activity will be on all HF bands SSB/CW, possibility of PSK/RTTY and one APRS station on the air. QSL Info: QRZ.COM. The special station will be operated by EA8ZS, Gran Canaria DX Group members and others EA8 operators.
Rodja, YZ1AA, is active until the end of year with the special callsign YZ200A. Activity is to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the First Serbian Mutiny against Turks (1804). His activity will be mainly on CW (just a reminder, he is a member of FOC, YUCWK etc...). He already made over 3000 QSOs last week. Look for him in CQ WPX CW Contest, mainly during the night time. QSL via YZ1AA: Rankovic Rodoljub, P.O. BOX 17, 11550 Lazarevac, SERBIA AND MONTENEGRO. Please note, bureau cards are also welcome.
Michael, PA5M (ex-YI/PA5M and 9U5M) is now in Sudan and will be active for about one month using ST2DX. He will use his vertical from the hotel or a 10 element log periodic antenna from his work QTH with 100 watts from his FT-857. Operating times...work permitting. All info about this operation including on-line log search, is available on:
VK9L, LORD HOWE ISLAND
Bill, VK4FW, announces that "At this time we still need 1 more YL operator and 1 CW operator." Operation will take place between September 25th and October 16th. Activity will be on all HF bands CW/SSB/RTTY and 6 meters. For more details, visit the following Web page at:
VO2, CANADA (Zone 2)
Francois, VA2RC, will be active as VO2/VA2RC from Labrador City (VO2 - Zone 2), July 31st (1200-0600z) to August 1st (1200-0400z). Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters SSB and RTTY. Suggested frequencies are as follows:
SSB - 3790-3795, 7050-7060, 14185-14200, 21250-21275 and 28420-28450 kHz
RTTY - 3580-3600, 7040-7050, 14085-14090, 21085-21090 and 28090-28100 kHz
QSL to VA2RC via the bureau. For more information, pictures and updates, visit the Web page at:
Look for Venci, Z32AF, to be active in the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 29-30th) as a Single-Op/Single-Band entry. The band was not provided. QSL via N8RKA.
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