Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 449
February 21, 2000

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 449
BID: $OPDX.449
February 21, 2000
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, WB2YQH/WB2RAJ & The 59(9) DXReport, W3UR & The Daily DX, K4WA, N4AA & QRZ DX, W4GBU, W4WX, N5VT, K7BV, KL7J, NW7O, K8WK, K8YSE, NE8Z, CO8LY, CT1EKY, DJ5AV & DX News Letter, DL3XM, G3SXW, IK3ZAW, JI3DST, OH6YF, ON4CHP, PA3GIO, PT2BW, PT7WA, PY2YP, RW3GU, TA3J, UA6AF, V73CW, VK3DYL, VK0MM and ZS4BS for the following DX information.

160 METERS NEWS. It has been reported that effective April 1st, JAs will be able to use 1810-1825 kHz in addition to their current privileges on 1907.5-1912.5 kHz.

3B6, AGALEGA ISLAND (Update). As reported in OPDX.445, preparations for a 16 day operation in October continues to be on schedule. There has been 17 operators mentioned with possibly one or two more added. According to their Web site, the licence and the landing permission will be issued in mid-March in Mauritius (3B8). A team member will be flying to 3B8 within a week to make further preparations. More details and information are available at their great looking Web page at: http://www.agalega2000.ch

CE0Y, EASTER ISLAND. Vladislav/G0KBO and his brother Victor/UA6AF will be active as CE0Y/G0KBO and CE0Y/UA6AF from February 22 through March 2nd. QSL direct to G0KBO for both callsigns at: 16 Birchfield House, Birchfield Street, London E14 8EY, England. QSL can also be via the bureau as well as E-mail requests will be confirmed via respective bureaus. Use the E-mail address: vic@morflot.ru

CE0Y, EASTER ISLAND. The "DX News Letter" reports that Willy, ON5AX, will be active as CE0Y/ON5AX during his evenings on 14020 and 14120 kHz. QSL via ON5AX, Willy Dellaert, Leemstraat 95, B-2910 Essen.

CE0Z, JUAN FERNANDEZ. Just a reminder (refer to OPDX.445), look for the following German operators DL2OAP, DL3DXX, DL7UFN, DK1BT and DK7YY to be active as CE0ZY now through February 29th. They will have two stations active on 160-10 meters on CW and RTTY, with some SSB and PSK31. This group does have special permission for 30 meters. QSL via the bureau or direct to DK7YY, P.O. Box 700343, D-10323 Berlin.

EM, UKRAINE. The Ukrainian National Team UARL HQ-2000 will take part in the 2000 IARU HF World Championship as EM0HQ. Activity will be from the base station UR4MZL. The team's Chief is Vladimir Grushevskiy (UX2MM) and Manager is Alexander Shevchenko (UR5EAW).

FH, MAYOTTE. By the time you read this, Christian, 6W1QV, should have arrived in Mamoudzou. He hopes to be active as FH/TU5DX for the next 6 months. He will use an IC-706 and R-7000. QSL via F5OGL, Didier Senmartin, DASC, BP 19, F-35998 Rennes Armees, France.

FO/C, CLIPPERTON ISLAND (OOOPPSS!!). Sorry, this one got by me (editor), but for those who could not figure out why the URL address in last week's bulletin for the "Clipperton2000 DXpedition" Web site did not work, it was missing a very important colon (:) in the address. The URL address should be: http://www.qsl.net/clipperton2000/

IOTA NEWS.........

J6, ST. LUCIA. A member of the Southeastern DX Group (SDXG) Steve, K4WA, will be active from March 5-12th. He has applied for J68WA, but may be active as J6/K4WA. Most activity will be on WARC and low bands, and mostly CW, operating barefoot with wire antennas. QSL to K4WA direct via the new QRZ address, or via the bureau. Direct address: Steven R. Schmidt, 1002 Rocky Bayou Drive, Niceville, Florida 32578.

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

S2, BANGLADESH. By the time you read this, Andy, G4ZVJ, will be QTH as S21VJ from Dhaka. He is scheduled to leaves on February 21st. QSL via G4ZVJ.

SPECIAL EVENT. Look for special event station VI3GP to be activated March 9th at 1200z, in conjunction with the running of the Australian Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne, Australia. QSL via the VK3 Bureau or Direct to: Eastern and Mountain District Radio Club Inc., P.O. Box 87, Mitcham 3132, Victoria, Australia (with SAE and sufficient return postage). If insufficient postage is received, the special QSL card will be returned via the Bureau.

SPECIAL OPERATION. Willy, ON4CHP, informs OPDX that he will put on a special operation from Friday, March 31st through Sunday, April 2nd, from the Allied WWII landing beaches of Normandy, France. He will sign ON4CHP/P on 40/20/ 15/10 meters with 100 watts. On Saturday, he will be active from one of the American beaches, probably the most well-known "OMAHA" (otherwise UTAH). On Sunday, he will be from the GOLD beach, which was one of the British landing zones. QSL via bureau or direct is ok. Willy states, "If the conditions will be ok, the activation could give some fine QSOs with the older American, Canadian and British OM's to whom we Europeans owe so much."

SY2, MOUNT ATHOS. Veronica, IK3ZAW, has informed OPDX that Monk Apollo has applied for and received the special callsign, SY2A, to celebrate his 10th anniversary of activity on the bands as the only licensed operator on Mount Athos. Expect to hear him with the special callsign on all bands and modes now through December 31, 2000. Further news is forthcoming.

V4, ANTIGUA. Larry/W1LR and Bill/W4WX, of the Florida DXPedition Group (FDXPG), will be active from here February 22-29th. Look for them on 10-20 meters on SSB, CW and RTTY. They will sign V2/W1LR and V2/W4WX. QSL via the bureau or direct to home callsign.

V7, MARSHALL ISLANDS. Bruce, AC4G, who is active as V73CW from here, was active this past weekend in the ARRL CW Contest with the special callsign V7G. He mentions that he will be going QRT in about 3 weeks and suggests to QSL via AC4G. Look for him to continue to be active until he leaves, especially on the lower bands.

VC7, CANADA. "The 59(9) DXReport" states to look for special event station VC7AIR to be active until March 10th to commemorate the Y2K Balloon Event. So far no QSNs have been reported on the PacketCluster Networks.

VK9C, COCOS-KEELING ISLAND (IOTA OC-003). Bert, PA3GIO, will be active as VK9CQ possibly August/September of 2000 (Exact dates are pending on flight schedule). His activity will be on the IOTA or DX frequencies (only SSB) 80/40/20/17/15/12/10 meters using his Kenwood TS-50 w/100 watts into a Doublet. For more info, check Bert's Web pages at: Website USA: http://www.qsl.net/pa3gio/VK9CQ/ Website Netherlands: http://www.xs4all.nl/~pa3gio/VK9CQ/

VK9X, CHRISTMAS ISLAND (IOTA OC-002). Bert, PA3GIO, will be active as VK9XV possibly August/September of 2000 (Exact dates are pending on flight schedule). His Activity will be on the IOTA or DX frequencies (only SSB) 80/40/20/17/15/12/10 meters using his Kenwood TS-50 w/100 watts into a Doublet. For more info, check Bert's Web pages at: Website USA: http://www.qsl.net/pa3gio/VK9XV/ Website Netherlands: http://www.xs4all.nl/~pa3gio/VK9XV/

VK0MM -"INPUT REQUESTED". Alan, VK0MM, informs OPDX and others that he is looking for a way for "maximizing the number of stations needing Macquarie Island as a new country, irrespective of band or mode." He reports that his logging software indicates that the same callsigns are starting to crop up time and time again on different bands and different modes. These, he states, are usually the "59++" variety and the average guy with 100w and a vertical has much less of a chance of breaking through, especially on SSB. There are many who have worked VK0MM four or five times in different combinations of band/mode/callsign. The bottom line is that as a single operator, Alam can only work one band and mode at a time. The question he poses to the greater amateur radio population out there is: "What is more equitable, fairer all round, efficient?"

1,000 QSOs with 1,000 different stations, each of whom is happy having worked a new country or 1,000 QS0s with maybe 300 to 500 stations, each of whom works VK0MM in one or more different combinations of bands and modes ??

Any comments, opinions, two-cents worth etc etc would be welcome. Alan will be off the ANARE station until around the end of the month working at the other end of the island and will read any comments on his return to base. The last supply ship of the year will be arriving fairly soon. This supply ship will bring Alan a new iambic keyer and a linear to use as he is settling in for the winter. Alan states, "I'd like to get an operating strategy in place by then and will base it on the wishes of the majority." Alan's (VK0MM) E-mail address is: vk0mm@yahoo.com

WANT TO TRAVEL TO RUSSIA? Guy Shields, W4GBU, reports that the "Friendship Force" in Atlanta, GA, is organizing a "Radio Amateur Operator Trip to Russia" to meet with and stay with Russian Hams for about a week. You will be able to operate with them and learn Russian DXing/Contesting techniques as well as visit Red Square, the Kremlin, shop for old Soviet radios, etc..... If you are interested in going to Russia, see details at: http://w4gbu.home.mindspring.com Then, click on the "Trip to Russia" line. This should prove to be an exciting trip for all Radio Amateurs...

XW, LAOS. Hiroo, JA2EZD, in Vientiane, has once again received the license/callsign XW2A. He states that this XW2A license will be effective until May 5th and is licensed for all bands/modes, 24 hours. Hiroo will be using a Kenwood TS-570S and a Yaesu FT-840 with Cushcrft beam antennas and dipoles for 7/18/24 MHz. He will mount a 50 MHz 4element Yagi (20m up) on top of a water tower. He has been heard on 40/17/12/10 meters CW/SSB at various times between 2200 and 0430z. QSL via: Hiroo Yonezuka, P.O.Box 2659, Vientiane, Laos (but requests 2 IRCs for printing QSL and quick return by air mail). Hiroo hopes to have photos of his station at XW2A, soon on his Web page at the URL address: http://qth.com/dxshack/ His E-mail address is: JA2EZD@wwdx.net

YM, TURKEY (Special Prefix). Bulgarian radio amateurs, Valeri/LZ2CJ and Tzvetalin/LZ2FV have been invited by Berkin/TA3J and Nilay/TA3YJ to stay in Izmir and Manisa, Turkey between March 22-29th. LZ2CJ and LZ2FV will be active on all bands from TA3YJ's QTH in Turkey. LZ2CJ, LZ2FV, TA3J, TA3YJ and Yasar/TA3D will participate in the "43rd Annual CQ World-Wide WPX Contest (SSB)" at TA3YJ's QTH, Manisa (Spylious Mountain-Turgutalp Village - 1000 Meters above sea level) on March 25-26th, with the callsign, YM3LZ in a Multi-Operator/Single-Transmitter category. The special callsign YM3LZ was issued with the permission from "Izmir Directorate Of Radiocommunications" (dated February 14th). This joint activity, by Turkish and Bulgarian radio amateurs will show the friendship between these two countries, and it will also help for the development of amateur radio activities. QSL via TA3YJ: Nilay Mine Aydogmus, P.O. Box 876, 35214 Izmir, Turkey.

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