Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 694
January 17, 2005

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 694
BID: $OPDX.694
January 17, 2005
Editor Tedd Mirgliotta, KB8NW
Provided by BARF80.ORG (Cleveland, Ohio)

Thanks to the Northern Ohio Amateur Radio Society, Northern Ohio DX Association, Ohio/Penn PacketCluster Network, AB5K & the AR TelNet Clusters Network, K1XN & GoList, NG3K, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4VUD, N4AA & QRZ DX, N6FF, KW7V, K8YSE, K0IR & K4UEE, N0JK, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, DL2VFR, DL7CM, EA5RM, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, HA0HW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I1HYW, IZ8BRI, IZ8CCW, J6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, PA3GIO, PA7FM, PY2ZX, SM6WET, UA2FM, VA3RJ & ICPO and VU2JOS for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 9th/January, through Sunday, 16th/January there were 210 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3DA, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9L, 9M2, 9M6, 9Q, 9U, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A6, A7, A9, AP, BV, BY, C2, C3, C6, C9, CE, CE0A, CE0Y, CE9, CM, CN, CP, CT, CT3, CU, CX, D2, DL, DU, EA, EA6, EA8, EA9, EI, EK, EP, ER, ES, ET, EU, EX, EY, EZ, F, FG, FK, FM, FO, FP, FR, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HC, HC8, HH, HI, HK, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, J7, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, JY, K, KG4, KH0, KH2, KH6, KL, KP2, KP4, LA, LU, LX, LY, LZ, OD, OE, OH, OH0, OK, OM, ON, OX, OY, OZ, P2, P4, PA, PJ2, PJ7, PY, PZ, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV9, T5, T7, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TK, TR, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK9N, VP2E, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XT, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD9, 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).

3B8, MAURITIUS (Also PT7). Tibi, HA7TM, will be active as 3B8/HA7TM from January 25th to February 3rd. Activity will be on 40-10 meters including the WARC bands using a radio with 100 watts into a four band GP antenna by DunaX. After his operation here, he will go to Brazil between February 21st and March 2nd, and be active as HA7TM/PT7. His QTH will be Fortalese. QSL cards are "OK" via the HA bureau or direct using the QRZ.com address.

3C, EQUATORIAL GUINEA (Update). Last week we mentioned that a station was signing 3CAK, and the operator was stating his name was Vladimir in Malabo on Bioco Island (AF-010). OPDX has been informed by Victor, UA2FM, that the operator is Vladimir Arseniev, and his QSL address is correct as announced last week. However, the 3CAK is the callsign of the ferry boat "DJIBLOHO" that Vladimir is on. He is an employee onboard the ferry, and operates the ship's HF terminal and actually should be signing /mm. We were also informed that Vladimir has never had a personal callsign before but was a club station operator (UK2FAH in UA2-land) over 20 years ago. Victor states that Vladimir is a professional RO and excellent CW operator but has not been in contact with any UA2 hams for many years. Victor does know him on a professional basis, being that he is a maritime operator and captain's mate himself. Members of the UA2 Contest Club (RK2FWA) have contacted him and explained that his operation is illegal. They advised him to apply for a 3C licence and to look for any house close to the port area, or at least use a ham callsign with /mm id. Individuals are trying to help and provide/get Vladimir more information on the 3C licencing procedures. This information has been obtained and has been sent through a local coastal HF station where he is registered for communication service. The UA2 group has also recommended that Vladimir refrain from using the commercial call on ham bands. They hope he will get a UA2 licence when on holidays in April. After then, he may use /mm id. Stay tuned!

3Y0X PETER I ISLAND DXPEDITION UPDATE (Op Delayed!). On January 13th, the following was a press release sent out by Team Co-leaders Ralph Fedor, K0IR and Bob Allphin, K4UEE:

DXpedition Delayed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: "There will be at least a two and one-half to three-week delay in the planned 3Y0X DXpedition. Problems have arisen with completing the renovation and re-registration of the ship on schedule.

We currently have one team member in Chile gathering information. On Jan. 17 a second team member will arrive. The two of them will travel to the shipyard and personally inspect the vessel. We will know more after this meeting and will update you at that time.

Our entire team remains intact. We are all eager to be underway.

This is a huge undertaking and very, very expensive. The team members are funding 74% of the total cost and need your help with the remaining expenses. Your contribution will be very much appreciated. Send contributions to either: K4UEE, F2JD, JA1ELY or ZL2AL (check the website for an easy-to-use donation form)." The URL address for the donation form is: http://www.peterone.com/contribute.htm The main Peter I Island DXpedition Web site is: http://www.peterone.com

A25, BOTSWANA. Operators Hans/DL7CM and Sid/DM2AYO will be active as A25/DL7CM (possibly A25CM) and A25/DM2AYO, respectively, April 6-20th. Activity will be on 160-6 meters CW/SSB/RTTY/PSK31. They will have two stations active with amps using a 27m GP, 3 element 5 band beam, HF9V and a 4 element beam for 6m. QSL via their home callsign. Visit their Web page (which will have a log search) at: http://www.qsl.net/dl7cm/A2.htm

AAW 2005 ANNOUNCEMENTS...................

AY1ZA STORY ON THE WEB. The story of the AY1ZA DXpedition is now available online at: http://www.mdxc.org/antarctica/AY1ZA_ARTICLE.doc

CADXA OFFICERS FOR 2005. The following members of the Central Arizona DX Association (CADXA) have been recently elected for the following officers for 2005:

      Gary Capek K8BN   - President
      Mike Fulcher KC7V - Vice-President
      John Arthers K7WP - Treasurer
      Mike Johnson KW7V - Secretary
      Bruce Makas K1MY  - Past President
      Bob Epstein K8IA  - Board Member at Large
      Jim McDonald N7US - Board Member at Large

Visit the CADXA Web page for more information at: http://www.cadxa.org

FS, ST. MARTIN. Dennis, KT8X, will be active as FS/KT8X from March 4-11th. This will be a holiday style operation with an emphasis on the WARC bands. However, he does plan to enter the ARRL DX SSB Contest (March 5-6th) as a Single-Op entry. QSL route will be the "Logbook of The World" (LoTW).

IOTA NEWS................

J2, DJIBOUTI. Yves, F5PRU, is currently here for work the next four months and will be active as J20FH. His activity will be limited to his spare time on 80-10 meters CW/SSB. He was heard this past week on 30 meters between 1900-2100z. QSL via F5PRU (Bureau QSLs preferred).

J73, DOMINICA. Lars, SM0CCM, will be active as J73CCM from February 16th to March 14th (for the 6th time). Activity will be on all bands, mostly CW and RTTY, but also some PSK and SSB. QSL to his home callsign SM0CCM. ADDED NOTE: He states that he will probably be active for a few days from the Caribbean Indian Territory as J70SWD (See more about J70SWD on QRZ.com).

KG4, GUANTANAMO BAY. Three members from the VADXCC (VA DX Club) are now active until January 22nd. Callsigns are as follows:

Activity will be on 160-6 meters operating on ALL modes. Jose will have SSTV for those who desire it! On Sunday, activity was heard on some of the WARC bands (CW and SSB). Jose is also expected to be active on the FM satellites.

KP2, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS. Operators John/G4RCG and Bruce/KI7VR will be active as KP2/G4RCG and KP2/KI7VR from St. Croix (NA-106) between January 21st and February 6th. John is expected to be an entry in the CQ 160m CW Contest (January 29-30th) as KP2ZZ. QSL for both callsigns is via G4OOC, direct or by the bureau.

LIGHTHOUSE ACTIVITY. Operators LU9DA, LU5EW and LU1DWW will be active as LU2DT from Punta Mogotes Lighthouse (ARG005), January 22-23rd. Activity will be on 20/15/10 meters SSB beaming Europe. QSL via: P.O. Box 664, (7600) Mar del Plata, Argentina. ADDED NOTE: It is reported that in Argentina 1 green stamp does not cover the mail charge.

MJ, JERSEY. Bert, PA3GIO, will be active as MJ/PA3GIO/p from Jersey Island (EU-013), January 22-27th. Activity will be on 80-10 meters SSB only. He will use only 100 watts and a Doublet. A Web page for this operation has been set up at: http://www.pa3gio.nl/MJ/ For Bureau QSLs, PLEASE use the easy QSL request form on his Web site. (Also for all of his other operations!) For direct QSLs, please use the QSL info on his Web site at: http://www.pa3gio.nl/

QSL INFO AND NEWS..................

SPECIAL EVENT. Look for special event station TM6OLW and TM6OLS to be active between January 23rd and February 6th to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the liberation of Wittenheim and Sausheim. Modes and bands of activity were not provided. QSL TM6OLW via F5TFI, and TM6OLS via F5OCL.

ST2, SUDAN. QSL Manager Dennis, PA7FM, informs OPDX readers that Paul, ST2PN, is back in the Sudan after a few weeks back home for the holidays. As things look now, Paul will work in Khartoum meaning he will be active much more often than before when he was in the Darfur area. He has been more active and has been working some PSK31. He is expected to do some RTTY later. Looking over the past few weeks, Paul has been on PSK31 on 20/17/15 meters between 1000-1700z. Also, some SSB activity has been used on 17/12/10 meters between 1330-1700z. Watch both modes. Dennis states that the ST2PN QSLs have just arrived from the printer, and ALL direct requests will be answered in the next week. New request will be answered as soon as they arrive. So far, only direct requests will be answered. Bureau cards will "MAYBE" be answered possibly later (not now). The log, the ST2PN QSL card and several new photos can be viewed online at: http://www.pa7fm.nl ADDED NOTE: Just a reminder. Dennis states that one green stamp does NOT cover the costs for mail outside EU (also postal rate in PA went up again this year).

TS1, TUNISIA (Special Event). All Tunisian Hams are allowed to use the special callsign, TS1WHC, during the upcoming World Handball Championship in Tunisia between January 23rd to February 2nd. Activity will be on the HF bands, SSB and maybe CW and SSTV. QSL all QSOs via the bureau, or direct to: ASTRA, B.P. 339, Tunis El-Mahrajen, 1082 Tunis, Tunisie.

VP9, BERMUDA. Jon, N0JK, will be active as VP9/N0JK from January 28-31st. His primary purpose is a low power entry in the CQ WW 160 CW Contest. Jon has upgraded his 160m antenna to an Inverted L, which is now showing a "3 S-unit" improvement compared to his prior 160m anatenna. Look for him outside of the contest on 60 and 6 meters.

XU, CAMBODIA. Peter, NO2R, continues to be active from Sihanoukville as XU7ACY until January. Activity is mainly on 160 and 80 meters CW, with some 30 meters. Start looking for him after 1945z on 160 meters (before he moves to 80 meters). QSL via K2NJ.

XV2, VIETNAM (IOTA Op). By the time you read this, operator Masa, JA7GAX, is expected to be active as XV2G from Con Son Island (IOTA AS-130) until 1700z January. Activity will be on 40/20/15/10 meters CW, using only a wire antenna and 80 watts. QSL direct only to JA7GAX: Takayoshi Nagashima, 3-8-18 Akasaka Aoba-ku, Sendai, Miyagi 989-3211, Japan.

ZK1, NORTH AND SOUTH COOK ISLANDS (Update). Magnus, SM6WET, informs OPDX that he and a team of operators will be active from North and South Cook Islands as follows:

The DXpedition will concentrate mostly on 17 and 20 meters, although there will be activity on 160-10 meters. They will have full size monoband yagis for 10/17/20 meters and verticals for the other bands. They plan on having a double sided QSL card printed for each station. Do not QSL via the Bureau. QSLing is preferred via M3SDE direct. They now have a Web site at: http://www.zk1sde.co.uk

A SPECIAL VU4 AND NIAR NEWS RELEASE. The following was received from Jose Jacob, VU2JOS, Public Relations Officer of the NIAR:

  Subject: VU4 Dxpedition cum Tsunami Emergency Communication News
  Dear Friends
  Seasons Greetings to one all.
  This is to inform you that all Ham Members who were on Dxpedtion till
  26th December and their support team which became Tsunami Emergency
  communication operation are all safe and returned to Headquarters on
  15th January 2004.
  The Tsunami operation a major success with the help of excellent
  cooperation from National / International Ham community like yours.
  Some of our ham members who operated from remote and inaccessible
  areas of Carnicobar & other islands were able to communicate through
  many relay stations to provide relief much needed.
  All logs of Dxpedtion are safe and we will enter them into computers.
  We are also happy to inform you that around 1000 Direct QSLs have also
  arrived safely at NIAR QSL Bureau. We are also entering them into
  The finanicial support already given and promises made will meet some
  of our Dxpedition cum Tsunami Emergency communication.
  So,  we are grateful to all those who are contributing to our efforts.
  Kindly wait patiently for our reply QSL Cards.
  With Regards
  Jose Jacob, VU2JOS
  Public Relations Officer
  Member - Tsunami Emergency Communication located at Hutbay in Little
  Andaman Islands.
  Note: If any one wants to contribute money for this Dx-pedition cum
  Tsunami Emergency Communication, you can send them in the form of Cheque
  infavor of "Director, National Institute of Amateur Radio" payable at
  Hyderabad, India.
  Or (For dontations Through Credit Card)
  Persons wishing to donate to the Dxpediton can send an email to
  In the email, they should say the amount they wish to donate in
  U.S.Dollars, say that it is for the VU4 Dxpedtion cum Tsunami
  Emergency Communication
  Visa / MasterCard Card Number
  Expiration Date
  Name on Card
  Complete Billing Address, including postal codes and country
  Donors will receive a receipt by postal mail, sent to billing address.
  Credit Card charge statement will show "DERA Disaster Resource Center"
  as the merchant.
  Persons not wishing to email the information may FAX their
  authorization to USA +970-532-2979
  Or send cash, check or credit card authorization via postal mail to
  Attn: NIAR VU4 DXpedition cum Tsunami Emergency Communication
  P.O.Box 280795
  Denver, CO 80228
  Checks and money orders should be made payable to "DERA" with a
  notation that funds are for the NIAR VU4 DXpedition cum Tsunami
  Emergency Communication.
  OR  Also other fast means is
  Please note: - Since amount less than US $ 100 may attract more bank
  collection charges, you may send to us only when you receive more than
  US $ 100 or multiples thereof.
  NIAR has authorization to receive foreign contributions by Govt of India.
  NIAR sincerely thanks every one who is contributing to this Dx-pedition.
  NIAR shall acknowledge all the money/ contributions if received in due
  course even if it is US $ One
  Andaman & Nicobar Islands 2004 Dxpediton
  C/o.National Institute of Amateur Radio
  Rajbhavan Road, Somajiguda,
  Hyderabad - 500082, India
  Tel: 91-40-23310287, 91-40-55167388
  E-Mail: niarvu4@gmail.com
  URL: www.niar.org
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