Ohio/Penn DX Bulletin No. 458
April 23, 2000

The Ohio/Penn DX PacketCluster
DX Bulletin No. 458
BID: $OPDX.458
April 24, 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, The ARRL Letter, K1VV, KF2TI, NT2X, WB2YQH/WB2RAJ & The 59(9) DXReport, W3UR & The Daily DX, N4AA & QRZ DX, N4NX, N5KO, N5PA, K8YSE, WT8S, 9A7K, A41KG, BA1DU, BA4TB, CT1END, DJ5AV & DX News Letter, EA5EYJ, EX8MF, F6AJA & Les Nouvelles DX, G0KRL, HS0/G3NOM, JA1ELY, JK1FNN, JM1LJS, LU7EC, PP8EB, PS7ZZ, PY2YP, RA0FF, RV3MA, RZ1OA, VE5RA, VK9NS and ZS6WPX for the following DX information.

3DA, SWAZILAND. Andre, ZS6WPX, will be operating from here April 28th through May 2nd as 3DA0WPX. He will be operating on 160-10 meters. Andre states to check the following Web page for QSL info: http://www.infozone.co.za/hlatest.htm

4W, EAST TIMOR. A 4W6SP showed up on the air April 21st. Most of the activity has been on 20 meters CW, but there have been some reports on 20/15 meters SSB. Not much is known on this station, but hopefully we will know more next week. QSL was reported to be 9A2AA.

5I, YAMBE ISLAND, TANZANIA (Update/Change/New IOTA). Nasser, A41KG, has informed OPDX that the twelve members of the Royal Omani Amateur Radio Society (ROARS) will be heading/traveling to the Tanga Province, Tanzania, on June 27th, to activate Yambe Island instead of Toten Island as first reported. This is due to the advise from the IOTA committee. They wish to respect and obey the rules and regulations since Toten Island does not qualify for the IOTA program. The ROARS team reviewed their plans and have gotten the permission to activate Yambe Island by the Tanzania Communication Commission, which is about three KM from Toten Island. Therefore, Nasser reports that the team has already finished their administration preparation and plans for this expedition. They will use the callsigns 5I3A and 5I3B. They plan to be on the air simultaneously from July 1-10th, operating SSB/CW and digital on all bands. QSL cards are via A47RS, P.O. Box 981, Muscat, Code: 113 Sultanate of Oman. More details will be published soon.

7O, YEMEN. Operators DJ7MG, DK1II, DK9KX and DL5EBE continue to be very active as 7O1YGF (Yemen German Friendship) from Sanaa mostly on CW with activity on SSB/RTTY. Operations have been on all bands, but most of the activity seems to be on 20/15 meters and the WARC bands. They will continue to be active unil April 30th. QSL: QSL all CW QSOs via DJ3XD and all SSB/RTTY QSOs via DK9KX, either via the bureau or to their CBA.

A5, BHUTAN. We are just a little over a week away (May 1-12th) before a major operation takes place from this number 2 most wanted country hits the airway. A quick recap of details presents that the operators will be: 9V1YC, JA3IG, JA3USA, JF1IST, OH2BU, ON4WW, RA3AUU, UA3AB, K3VN, K4UEE, K5VT, N0MJ, N1DG, W0GJ and W3WL. Using ONLY 100 watts, the operating frequencies are:

It has been reported that an interactive Web site will be operational shortly at: http://www.goldtel.net/A5/ Thw Web site will contain: daily log, daily schedule, current statistics, the latest WWV (w/grayline and MUF information links), latest PacketCluster A5 spots from around the world, and links to sponsors/supporters. QSL via W0GJ: Glenn Johnson, 14164 Irvine, Bemidji, MN 56601 USA.

BQ9P WRAP-UP. Paul Daley, WT8S, informs OPDX that the preliminary totals for BQ9P Pratas Island DXpedition are 31,000 plus QSOs. About 15,000 QSOS were on SSB, 15,000 on CW and over 1300 on RTTY. Leo/K8PYD and Paul were particularly pleased with the 1300 QSOs on RTTY and even more so with the number of USA callsigns on that mode, more than half of which were east of the Missisippi which showed the greatest need on RTTY in the recent DX Magazine survey for RTTY. Paul states that he will be submitting an article on the BQ9P 2000 operation in an upcoming Issue of DX Magazine, focusing primarily on the RTTY aspects.

DXCC YEARBOOK 1999 OUT SOON. "The ARRL Letter" reports this week: "The DX Yearbook 1999 was delayed slightly this year. The ARRL DXCC Desk says the book is now at the printer's and will be available in mid to late May. ARRL member-participants who submitted DXCC applications between October 1, 1998, and September 30, 1999, and/or current Honor Roll members will receive a complimentary Yearbook in the mail. For more information, contact Bill Moore, NC1L, bmoore@arrl.org.--DXCC Desk"

GD, ISLE OF MAN. Ian, G0KRL, informs OPDX that he will be operating from the island April 30th through May 12th, as GD0KRL/P. It is a vacation, but he hopes to be active every day. Activity will be on all HF bands, mainly SSB, with some RTTY using an Alinco DX-70 and multiband vertical aerial. QSL via the bureau or direct to his home callsign. E-mail QSL requests for the bureau can be sent to: g0krl@arrl.net

HC8, GALAPAGOS ISLANDS. Trey/N5KO and Stephen/K6AW plan to activate HC8N during the CQ WPX CW Contest (May 27-28th) as a multi-single entry. QSL via AA5BT.

HM0DX MYSTERY (More). Toshi, JA1ELY, informs OPDX that "according to our beam trackings, the signals came from JA7 district. Operator spoke English in a broad Tohoku (JA7 district) accent."

INTERNATIONAL MARCONI DAY (IMD). On April 29th (from 0000-2400z), over 40 International Marconi Day Special Event stations will be participating world wide. These Marconi Day Stations will represent Historic Guglielmo Marconi transmitting and receiving stations and will commemorate milestones in the development of worldwide wireless communications By Guglielmo Marconi. The Marconi Radio Club, W1AA/IMD of Massachusetts, will represent the Marconi Transatlantic Station where Marconi completed his first spark gap radio transmission between the United States and Europe on January 18, 1903. The Marconi Radio Club will have several stations on the bands for the event. Check out the Marconi Radio Club W1AA Web site at: http://personal.tmlp.com/k1vv/w1aa/ Sponsor - C.R.A.C. - International Marconi Day link: (List of participating stations and award information). Also, check the Cornish Radio Amateur Club Web site at: http://www.users.globalnet.co.uk/~straff/

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

KH0, MARIANA ISLANDS. Mie/7L1MKM and Hiro/JK1FNN will be active from Saipan Island (OC-086) between May 3rd and 5th, using the callsigns KH0/homecall. Activity will be on 40-15 meters. They plan to participate in the "Children's Day" Contest which is organized by Japan's UNICEF Ham Club. Details of the contest are available at: http://www.juhc.org/en/ QSLs via JK1FNN.

LB, NORWAY (Attention Prefix Hunters). "The 59(9) DXReport" reports that Norwegian Novices who use LB prefix are now allowed to use 100 watts on all bands. Previously they were limited to 15 watts.

OL5, CZECH REPUBLIC. The club station OK1KJA has just received a new contest callsign. Be looking for OL5TEN to be aired in major contest. QSL via OK1JN.

ON6TT WILL BE ON THE MOVE AGAIN. Well-known DXer, Peter, ON6TT (now active as YU8/ON6TT), will be leaving for a trip to Nepal, Pakistan, Iran, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Tajikistan and Armenia. Do not be surprised if you see activity from these areas by Peter.

PY0F, FERNANDO DE NORONHA. Gerard, F2JD/PY2ZDX, will be active as PY2ZDX/PY0F from May 7-15th. His activity will be on 40-6 meters CW/SSB.

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

SPECIAL EVENT (Attention CW Enthusiast!). On April 27th, the Ukrainian Radio Telegraphic Morse Club (UCWC) will celebrate the 209th birthday of Samuel F.B. Morse, the inventor of the radio telegraph, and be active on the air using the special callsign, EMORSE (all letters) now through April 30th. Activity will be on all bands including the WARC bands. A unique QSL card will be available through the QSL Manager DJ0MAQ, Czeslaw Grycz, Sigmaringer Str. 33, 10713 BERLIN Germany. They mention that a contact with EMORSE and the QSL card is a full valid membership to the Morse Club UCWC. The address for the HQ of the Morse Club UCWC is: P.O. Box 28, Chernigiv-Postamt, 14000 Ukraine, Europe. Their E-mail address is: morse@ok.net.ua Their Web page is: http://morse.cjb.net

SPECIAL EVENT. Look for ZW500T to be active until April 30th, to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Brazil on all modes and bands. QSL via PS7ZZ.

T8, PALAU. Operators Misao/JJ1DWB/T88MT, Hiro/7N1KAE/T88YH, Hide/JM1LJS/ T88LJ and Yo/(no JA callsign)/T88** will be active on from April 28th through May 3rd. Activity will be on 75-6 meters SSB/CW. QSL infomation is as follows:

V3, BELIZE. Baldur, DJ6SI, is now active as V31OM. As usual, he is very active on CW on 160/80/40 meters. His length of stay is unknown. QSL via DJ6SI direct or via the bureau.

V6, MICRONESIA. Kuni/JA3DAU and Yoshihiro/JA3HRV will be active from Yap Island, April 30th through May 3rd as V63BJ and V63BD, respectively. Their activities will be on 40-6 meters CW/SSB. QSL V63BJ via JA3DAU and V63BD via JA3HRV.

VK9, LORD HOWE ISLAND. The "DX News Letter" reports that Ed, VK2INI/AA4EH, will sign VK9LEH from here (OC-004) now through May 1st. He will only be operating with 100 watts, verticals and wires antennas on CW (little SSB) on 40/20/15/10 meters. QSL via VK2INI, Ed Hula, Editor Around the Rings, 1/98 Cremorne Road, Cremorne, NSW 2090, Australia or AA4EH, Ed Hula, 1776 Peachtree Street, Suite 410-N, Atlanta, GA 30309, USA.

WEB SITE MOVED. Alan, N5PA, informs OPDX that the Oklahoma DX Association (OKDXA) has moved their Web site to a new URL address. Please change your bookmarks to: http://www.qsl.net/okdxa/

XT, BURKINA FASO. Dan, N9XAG, will not be returning to N'Dorola as XT2DP as originally planned. His missionary work has changed, and he hopes for another DX assignment in the future. All logs for his previous operation are available for QSLs via WB2YQH.

ZK2, NIUE ISLAND. A Spanish Novice EC5DKD is expected to be active from here between April 24th and May 2nd. After his operation from Niue, he plans go to Tonga (A3).

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