Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 702
March 21, 2005

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 702
BID: $OPDX.702
March 21, 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, NC1L, KA2AEV, K3LR, NG3K, W3HC, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4UJ, N4AA & QRZ DX, K5LBU, WK6I, K8YSE, 4Z4KX, 9A7K, CE6TBN, DL1EK & The DX News Letter, DL2VFR, DU1EV, EA5ON, EC8AUA, F5CWU & La Gazette du DX, F5NQL & UFT, F5NZO, HA0HW, I1JQJ/IK1ADH & 425 DX News, I1HYW, IN3XUG, IZ8BRI, IZ8CCW, J6KVR & JA-IOTA Islands News, JA3AAW, JA3USA, JA0SC, M5AAV, OE3JAG, OH4MD, OZ1LQH, SM0DTK, SP5UAF, VA3RJ & ICPO, VK4AAR and VK4FW for the following DX information.

DXCC COUNTRY/ENTITY REPORT: According to the AR-Cluster Network for the week of Sunday, 13th/March, through Sunday, 20th/March there were 227 countries active. Countries available: 3A, 3B8, 3B9, 3D2, 3V, 3W, 4J, 4L, 4S, 4U1I, 4X, 5A, 5B, 5H, 5N, 5R, 5T, 5U, 5V, 5W, 5Z, 6W, 6Y, 7P, 7Q, 7X, 8P, 8Q, 8R, 9A, 9G, 9H, 9J, 9K, 9M2, 9M6, 9N, 9Q, 9V, 9Y, A2, A3, A4, A5, 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, FK, FM, FO, FR, FT5W, FT5X, FY, G, GD, GI, GJ, GM, GU, GW, HA, HB, HC, HH, HI, HK, HK0/a, HL, HP, HR, HS, HV, HZ, I, IS, J2, J6, J7, J8, JA, JD/o, JT, JW, 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, PJ7, PY, PZ, S5, S9, SM, SP, ST, SU, SV, SV5, SV9, T7, T8, T9, TA, TF, TG, TI, TJ, TK, TR, TT, TU, TY, UA, UA2, UA9, UK, UN, UR, V2, V3, V4, V5, V7, V8, VE, VK, VK0M, VK9N, VP2E, VP2M, VP2V, VP5, VP8, VP8/h, VP9, VQ9, VR, VU, XE, XU, XW, YA, YB, YI, YK, YL, YN, YO, YU, YV, Z2, Z3, ZA, ZB, ZC4, ZD7, ZD8, ZD9, ZF, ZK1/s, ZK3, 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).

3D2, FIJI (IOTA Op). Brian, N6IZ, will be active as 3D2IZ from Namotu Island (OC-121), March 26th through April 5th. Activity will be on 80/40/20/15/10 meters and entry in the CQ WW SSB Contest (March 26-27th). His activity will also be scheduled around his main purpose which is surfing. Visit his interesting Web page to view his posted schedule and operating frequencies at: http://www.n6iz.com QSL direct to N6IZ (QRZ.com).

9A, CROATIA (Croatian Islands DXpedition). Leon, 9A2KL, will be active from many Croatian Islands between March 21-23rd. The islands will be good towards the "All Croatian Islands Award". QSL via the bureau or direct via his home callsign. The list of all the Croatian Islands that Leon is going to activate can be viewed at: http://www.9a7k.com

APDXC 2005. "DXers and Contesters are cordially invited to the Asia Pacific DX Convention (APDXC), which will take place November 18-20th, 2005, as the first Asian international DX event. In addition to the presentations of recent DXpeditions, technical sessions, displays, etc. that you find at most large DX conventions, this convention offers something special such as a tour to the Icom factory, a technical session led by the Icom IC7800 design team, a tour to the electronics district, and more, since it is being held in the country in which most of the amateur radio equipment is developed. For the non-hams accompanying you, there will be activities in which they can enjoy Japanese culture. Activities like a tea ceremony and flower arranging are being prepared. We would appreciate your introducing this convention to your DX/contest club members. See our website for more details at: http://www.ja3.net/apdxc/. For convention updates, please visit the Web site and send an E-mail to subscribe to the APDXC newsletter. We look forward to welcoming you at the APDXC in Osaka, Japan....." APDXC Committee / JA3USA

C6, BAHAMAS. Duncan, EA5ON, will once again be active from Freeport as GM7CXM/C6A. His provisional dates are from May 26th to May 30th. As in previous years, this is a business trip, but he hope to be fairly active on 80-10 meters, mostly on SSB but also some digitals, and perhaps participating a bit in the CQWW WPX CW Contest. The IOTA reference is NA-080 (Grand Bahama Island). QSL via EA5ON, direct or via the bureau.

CONTEST DINNER (Dayton HamVention). Tim, K3LR, reports that the North Coast Contesters are pleased to announce their 13th Annual Dayton Contest Dinner will be held on Saturday, May 21st, at 6:30 PM (Cash bar opens at 5:30 PM), at the Crowne Plaza Hotel located at 5th and Jefferson Streets (Next to the Convention Center) Dayton (Downtown), Ohio, in the VAN CLEVE BALLROOM. Menu: Prime Rib of Beef, Potato, vegetables, rolls, chocolate fudge cake, choice of beverage, coffee, tea or iced tea. *** Vegetarian menu available by request at the Contest dinner. Price is 33.00 USD per person (SEATING IS LIMITED TO 300, SO ORDER YOUR CONTEST DINNER TICKETS EARLY). Guest speaker is successful book writer, contest operator and all around great guy, Ward Silver, N0AX. Master of Ceremonies for the Contest dinner is John Dorr, K1AR. The 2005 Contest Hall of Fame Inductions will be formally announced by the CQ WorldWide Contest Director and CQ Contest Hall of Fame member, Bob Cox, K3EST. All Contest dinner ticket orders are handled exclusively by Craig Clark, K1QX, at: Radioware and Radio Bookstore, PO Box 209, Rindge, NH 03461 (http://www.radio-ware.com). You can place your order for Contest dinner tickets by calling: Monday through Friday from 10 AM to 6 PM eastern USA time: 1-800-457-7373 or 1-603-899-6957 for International or by FAX 1-603-899-6826 (24 hours). You can also E-mail your orders for Contest dinner tickets to: jcclark@worldpath.net. Visa, Mastercard and American Express are accepted. Sorry no COD orders. E-mails must include charge card + number, callsign and return address information. Contest dinner tickets will be sent via First Class U.S. Mail no later than May 10, 2005. Please allow plenty of time for your dinner tickets to arrive before you leave for Dayton. Deadline for ticket orders is May 7, 2005. NO EXCEPTIONS. There will be no Contest dinner tickets at the door.

CONTEST DINNER (Visalia DX Convention). Reservation are now being accepted for the 7th Annual Contest Dinner at the International DX Convention in Visalia, CA. The dinner will be held Friday, April 15th, with serving starting at 7:30pm. The speaker will be Veijo Kontas, OH6KN, with a presentation of his monster contest station (one 42m tower, three 60m towers and one 150m tower plus many antennas) built in Oulu, Finland. Cost is 25 USD per person (in addition to the convention registration fee) PAID IN CASH AT THE DOOR! Reservations are required, so please reserve your seat at the dinner and make your menu selection at: http://www.twistedoak.com/wk6i/contestdinner.html. See you there! - 73 - Jeff, WK6I & Steve, K6AW

CORRECTION DEPARTMENT. In last week's OPDX.701, under "SILENT KEY", there is a "typo". Long time contester Rush Drake's callsign is W7RM and not K7RM as reported.

DXCC NEWS.............

DX0, SPRATLY ISLAND. Operators Gil/4F2KWT, Ed/4F1OZ and Eddie/DU1EV were expected to leave for Palawan Island this past Friday, March 18th and take a plane (if available) the next day to Pag-Asa Island (in the Spratly Island Group). Apparently, the plane was not available because no DX0K signals were heard this past weekend. The team anticipates taking a ship on March 25th, and will arrive on the island on March 27th. However, they expect to leave the island by the end of March. These trips to the Spratly are not commercial ships, and they have no control over the scheduling because these are military transports. Since they are civilians, the ride to Spratly is only on a space available basis. Eddie/DU1EV informed OPDX that this operation will be a DXpedition and a medical mission at the same time. Gil/4F1OZ is a doctor, Ed/4F2KWT is a nurse and Eddie/DU1EV is a lawyer (he jokes.. just in case there is a malpractice suit). Activity should be on 160-6 meters. Their special project this time will be 6 meters EME during the moon rise and moon set using digital mode WJST. The team will work with a six or seven element beam and 300 watts. QSL Manager is 4F2KWT: Gilbert Lappay, P.O. Box 89, 2500 San Fernando City, La Union, Philippines. For online logs and more details/updates, please visit their official Web sites at: http://www.geocities.com/f2kwt/ and http://www.geocities.com/dx0kkalayaan/.

E21, THAILAND. Champ, E21EIC, will be active in the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Single-Op/All-Band/Low-Power entry. QSL via E21EIC. For JA stations QSL via JR5XPG.

FG, GUADELOUPE. Jean-Louis, F5NHJ, will be active as FG/F5NHJ/P from March 25th to April 2nd. Activity will be on 40-20 meter CW/SSB. QSL via his home callsign, either direct or by the bureau.

FT5X, KERGUELEN ISLAND. The Microlite Penguins DXpedition Team is now active as about 0630z March 20th. The following was a press release sent out by George, K5TR, dated Sunday, March 20th:

"Port Jeanne D'Arc, Kerguelen

The Microlite Penguins DXpedition Team will be QRV today on the Kerguelen Islands, located in the sub-antarctic region of the Indian Ocean. The New Zealand based R/V Braveheart, used during ZL9CI, VP8THU, VP8GEO, and VP6DI expeditions, is again be supporting the team for the duration of this 30 day trip. Departure was from Durban, South Africa, and the end destination is Fremantle, Western Australia. The team expects to be operational here from the 20th of March through the 1st of April.

Callsign is FT5XO.

A team of twelve operators representing seven nations will be participating in this month's long trip. Operators are AG9A, HB9ASZ, GI0NWG, M0DXR, N6MZ, N0TT, SP5XVY, VE3EJ, VK6DXI, W3WL, W7EW and 9V1YC. All team members are experienced contesters or DXpeditioners, and 7 out of the 12 are veterans of at least one previous Antarctic regional DXpedition.

In order to maximize band openings, we will have the ability to run up to 7 stations at once. Operations will take place on all bands from 160m-6m using CW, SSB and RTTY. There will also be operation on PSK-31 and EME.

The team has two "Battle Creek Special" verticals for 40, 80 and 160m, single 1/4 wave verticals each for 30m and 40m, plus a full set of monoband vertical dipoles for 20m and up. All 1/4 wave verticals and vertical dipoles were constructed and supplied in South Africa by ZS4TX.

Just like the 2002 DXpedition to South Georgia and South Sandwich, there will be no websites, pilots, or on-line logs. We feel that a DX QSO made by the hard work of knowing propagation, listening, skillful calling and paying attention to the DX station's pattern is more meaningful and fun. We have purposefully advanced minimal publicity about our DXpedition in the spirit of putting the operator instead of the technology back into the forefront of the DX chase.

Logisical support in South Africa was provided by ZS5BBO, ZS5NK, ZS5VE, ZS5GMW, ZS5HV, ZS5IAN and the members of the H.A.R.C. Equipment and logistic arrangements in New Zealand were provided by the crew of The Braveheart,and ZL2BSJ.

The QSL manager for this DXpedition is Garry, VE3XN. Many thanks in advance for any extra contributions received with your QSL envelopes.

This DXpedition is funded by the twelve team members and an exclusive grant from the NCDXF - The Northern California DX Foundation. There are no other organizational or commercial sponsors for this trip..

Sincere thanks to the NCDXF for their continued support of DXpeditioning to the world's most remote destinations."

FY, FRENCH GUIANA (Fort Activity). Members of the FY5KAC ARS will be in the Cayenne area to activate Fort Ceperou during the Easter weekend. The activity will start March 26th in the morning and end March 28th in the evening. Operations will be on HF, SSB, CW and may be PSK. (2 stations are expected to be on the air.) The activity is also valid for the French Forts and Castles Award (DFCF FY002). QSL via the REF French Bureau or direct (SAE+Postage) to: A.R.C.G. (Association Radio Club Guyane), BP 9271, 97392 Cayenne cedex, FRENCH GUIANA.

HOLYLAND CONTEST 2005. The Israel Amateur Radio Club (IARC) invites all Radio Amateurs and Short Wave Listeners around the world to participate in the annual Holyland DX Contest 2005 on the 16th of April starting on 0000z until 2359z. There were 241 certificates already sent to last year's participants from 58 countries. More information can be found on the IARC Web site at: http://www.iarc.org

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

OX, GREENLAND (Updated). Retu, OH4MDY, who is a member of the Pieksamaen Radioamatoorit (OH4AB) team, informed OPDX that he has received his own callsign for the upcoming March 23-30th operation (See OPDX.701). His callsign will be OX3RZ. The other team members Anni/OH4JGE and Lasse/OH4HJI will still sign as OX/(own call). Remember, Retu will be in the CQ WPX SSB Contest. QSL via CBA to OH4MDY.

OZ5, DENMARK (Special Activity/Event). Since the year 2000 the callsign OZ5HCA has been used one week in April to mark the birthday of the world famous fairy tale writer "Hans Christian Andersen". On the 2nd of April, this year, he would have become 200 years old, and therefore, the callsign OZ5HCA will be used during the entire month of April. The callsign will be used by members of the EDR Odense Branch, OZ3FYN. The EDR Odense Branch has been issuing the "Hans Christian Andersen Award" since the year 2000. This year will be the last chance to make QSOs for this award because it is the last time the callsign will be used. The rules can be found on the Web page at: http://www.oz3fyn.dk/diplom-hcaGB.html. Aplications for the award must be received before December 31st, 2005. The reason for the deadline is that each award is specially made and signed by the mayor of Odense.

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

SILENT KEY. Mac, W3HC, informed OPDX that he has received an E-mail from Allen, BA1DU, stating that Mr. Park (Ping Ke Cheng), BA1CO, became a "Silent Key" (SK) on March 9, 2005. Mac was his QSL Manager. OPDX and its readers would like to send out our deepest sympathy to Mr. Park's family and friends.

SPECIAL EVENT. Some members of Canary Islands DX Society will activate the special event station EF8CID to celebrate the "Canary Islands Day" between May 27-30th. All QSLs will be sent through the URE Bureau after their operation by Edu, EC8AUA. It is not necessary to send your QSL via the Bureau (for confirmation). Direct QSLs can be sent via the normal way. Activity will only be on 15 meters band. Members are restricted to only operate below 21200 kHz.

TS8, TUNISIA. Operators YT1AD, S56A, 4N1EA, 4N1NM and possibly others will activate the 3V8BB club station as TS8A in the CQ WW WPX SSB Contest (March 26-27th) as a Multi-Single entry. QSL via YT1AD.

XX9, MACAO. Hirotada, JA0SC, informs OPDX that he will be visiting here and will be active on the digital modes as well as paticipate in the NVCG SSTV Contest during the first weekend of April. He will also operate before and after the contest between April 7-11th. Hirotada will receive his callsign after his arrival in Macao. Look look for him on 20, 15 and 10 meters SSTV and RTTY. QSL direct to his home callsign (address on QRZ.com).

YB0, INDONESIA. Operators Sanyi/HA7VK/YU9VK and Gyuszi/HA2VR will go to Jakarta to visit some friends and operate. Look for Sanyi to sign YB0/HA7VK between March 20-29th, and Gyuszi to sign YB0/HA2VR between March 23rd and April 5th. QSL YB0/HA7VK via HA0HW. QSL YB0/HA2VR via HA2VR.

YV5, VENEZUELA. Dario, YV4GMG, is expected to sign YV4GMG/5 from March 23-27th, only on 40 meters and on 145.800 MHz SSB (Satellite ISS). QSL via his home callsign.

ZF2, CAYMAN ISLANDS. Paul, K4UJ, will be active from Grand Cayman as ZF2UJ, April 1-9th. Activity will primarily be on: 80m-CW, 40m-CW, 20m-CW/SSB, 17m-CW/SSB, 12m-CW/SSB and 10m-CW/SSB. He will only use 100 watts into a wire antenna on the north side of the island. QSL via his home callsign.

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